Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Cultural Events for the week beginning Thursday, October 8

 I see what I've been missing. Although Michigan, New York and Germany were wonderful trips the last two months, it's good to be back to enjoy all that goes on here in DC.  I've come back with renewed vigor.  I'll not only enjoy the culture, but I'll also have a chance for weekly preparation of my last two months of ranting and raving.

I hope you will "tune in" to as I begin a look at religion -CERTAINLY NOT TO PROSELYTIZE - but because of a conviction that religion has been a major divisive force in creating the problems of the world today. AND YET I believe it must play a major role in bringing us together if we are to achieve world peace.  This weeks piece is a personal look at WHY AN AGNOSTIC ATHEIST ATTENDS TWO CHURCHES.

Thursday 8
Book talk: Melanne Verveer – Fast-forward: How Women can Achieve Power and Purpose – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Beer garden blues: Prohibition era songs and stories – national archives – 7 PM – reservations recommended - Looks like a very promising program and I just registered yesterday so i KNOW space is still available - go to the National Archives Foundation on the internet

Concert: Peter Stumpf cellist performs works by Mozart and Faure' – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Bruce Hoffman discusses "Anonymous soldiers: the struggle for Israel, 1917 – 1947) – McCarthy Hall – Georgetown University – noon

Friday, 9
Concert: Organist Ronald Stolk performs works by Buxtehude and Hindemith – National City Christian church – 5 Thomas Cir. NW. – 12:15 PM

Lecture: Jack Burns discusses "Exploring the universe from the moon" – room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM - reservations -

Movie:  A Seijun  Suuki retrospective featuring the 1967 film "Banded to kill" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 10
Book talk: Kate Clifford Larson – author - Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter – P&P - 1 PM

Book talk: Mark Rippling – author - Church of Spies: The Popes secret war against Hitler – P&P  - 3:30 PM

Book talk: Morton Condrake - Jack Kemp: The bleeding heart conservative who changed America - P&P – 6 PM

Concert: The new music ensemble Yarn/Wire – two pianists and  two percussionists perform 20th century music – Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson building – Library of Congress – rush tickets 6 PM – concert 8 PM

Art performance:  Wilmer Wilson IV, artist, adheres white strips to his skin to examine the meanings of black skin in contemporary American society in the long history of racism – Great Hall – national portrait Gallery – 4 PM to 6 PM

Sunday, 11
Book talk: Sasha Abramsky – The House of 20,000 books - is a memoir of his grandparents that doubles as an intellectual history of the 20th century Jewish diaspora - P&P 12 PM

Book talk: Daniel J. Levitin - The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the age of information overload –  P&P - 5 PM

Concert: Steinway series – Beethoven sonatas performed by Catholic University of America of school of music faculty – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Hermes String Quartet performs works by Mozart Schubert and Weber – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: French film Festival features "the chorus" – a teacher in an all boys boarding school uses  music for the good of the students – Eckles Auditorium – George Washington University – Mount Vernon Campus – 4:30 PM

Special event: Dedication of the bust of Jonathan Myrick Daniels, an Episcopal seminarian and civil rights activist killed in 1965 while protecting young African/American activist Ruby Sales – followed by Sales discussion of Daniel's legacy – evensong service at 4 PM – talk by Sales at 5:30 PM – Washington National Cathedral

Monday, 12
Book talk: Jenny Lawson – author – Furiously Happy -  A memoir about struggles with anxiety and depression – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Kennedy Ctr., Opera House orchestra performs works by Ravel and Brahms – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture:  "The history of spices" -  US botanic Garden – reservations required – 10 AM to noon

Performance: "Picturing America" film series, "Empires facing each other: little golden America" – retraces the steps of a Russian writer who documented the small towns of America in the 1930s – Goethe Institute – 812 7th Street Northwest – 6:30 PM – reservations required -

Performance: "Good Kids" – a high school student is raped by a group of football players and becomes the subject of gossip the of the social media – theater lab – Kennedy Center – 8 PM tickets available at 7:30

Tuesday, 13
Book talk: Ted Rall – author – Snowden - celebrating Snowden's courage in revealing government's surveillance network – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V St., Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Larissa MacFarquhar – author - Strangers Drowning: grappling with impossible idealism – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: T. D. Jake's – Author "destiny: Step into your purpose" – Barnes & Noble – 555 12 Street Northwest – noon

Book Talk:  Shoon Murray and Gordon Adams - authors - "Mission creep: the militarization of US foreign policy" - Abramson family founders room – school of international service – American University – 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Book talk: "Using entertainment mass media to change trends" – population media Center president William Ryerson discusses climate change and teen oriented programs to bring change – foreman theater – McKinley building – American University – 7 PM

Wednesday, 14
Discussion: Judaic Christian and Islamic scholars will discuss, "Jesus: Jewish Rabbi, son of God spirit of Allah – McDowell formal lounge – McDowell Hall – American University – 3:30 PM to 6 

Book talk: John Danforth, former US Sen. and ambassador to the United States, "The relevance of religion: how faithful people can change politics" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Film documentary: 2014 documentary "Projections of America" about a team of idealistic US government filmmakers during World War II seeking to use the power of movies to reshape the world – National Archives Building – 7 PM

Lecture:  Ryan Raul Banagale of Colorado Colage discusses< "The Ongoing Composition of 'Rhapsody in Blue" - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - reservations suggested - - 7PM

Thursday, 15
Jazz Concert: Samora Pinderhughes Ensemble performs works of Billy Strayhorn - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 P


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