Thursday, September 3, 2015

Free cultural events for rthe month of September

       I couldn't resist looking ahead and seeing the events I shall be missing.  There is so much going on in the next month that I am unable to list them, but I have added some sources you might go to on the internet that I have found helpful.  AND, IF YOU SEE SOMETHING SPECIAL IN THE FUTURE, YOU MIGHT JUST ADD IT AS A COMMENT ON THIS BLOG WHICH WILL KEEP OPEN UNTIL I RETURN.  

I keep learning as I compile these lists.  Last Friday - with two grandchildren -  I attended the Concert in the Park at the National Gallery of Art's Sculpture Garden.  I'll no longer list that.  It seems EVERY ONE knows about it already!  I've rarely seen such a mass of humanity having a good time together.  I surely recommend your going before the end of the see the scene.

And another MUST DO is a TOUR OF THE NPR STUDIOS.  I went on Monday and found it it quite fascinating.  The tours are free and are available every weekday at 11AM.  Registration can be made at
The nearby NoMa metro stop is two blocks away and gives one another perspective of the changing city scene.  

Here are some sources to look at for events this month:

The bookstores of Politics and Prose
     A fascinating array of book reviews this next month range from  a talk by Joyce Carol Oates, to a book on Obama, the Clintons and the racial divide, to a look at who is in charge of America's schools to college football and the money chase, to a doctor reflecting on race and medicine to Thurgood Marshall to Machine Gun Kelly to the use of dro0nes to 1944 as the year that changed history to a look at environmental concerns.and Marvin Kalb's book, Imperial Gamble: Putin, Ukraine and the New Cold War!  WHEW!

The National Archives
     Films, book reviews and talks ranging from Building he St. Louis Arch (A Guggenheim tribute) to Nine from Little Rock to Andrew Jackson to 1920's fashions to Eisenhower and Nixon.

The Library of Congress
     Concerts and talks ranging from homegrown blue grass to celebrating Ola Belle Reed to A history of public libraries to Mariachi music to religious freedom and the constitution  to from a slave ship to Harvard to the music of Blind Boy Paxton to stories that helped win WWII.

Georgetown University
     Presentations ranging from the economy to The "Francis Factor" Revisited

Smithsonian's American Art Museum
     Concerts including jazz by the U. S. Army Blues to David Rubinstein at the piano to various art lectures including American Impressionism


  1. Another free & timely event on Labor Day (from Jerry Hoganson):

    Page-to-Stage Festival

    Invites you to an Advanced Staged Play Reading of



    David L. McWellan

    Nine actors use historical narratives to present the drama of the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The narratives are combined into a theater format, which creates identifiable characters caught in crisis. The rising action and conflict escalates the drama to a shattering climax. At the end, the characters achieve greater understanding of the crisis and the impact it has caused on their lives.

    Monday, September 7, 1:00 PM

    The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

    Theater Lab Auditorium
    2700 F Street, NW Washington, DC 20566

    No admission charge

    Free shuttle from Foggy Bottom Metro station