Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, October 29

      The blog gets more and more exciting for me.  Last week there were more events listed than ever before - it ran to five pages - and the blog had over 1300 "hits" in the week.  It may be time for me to reorganize it a bit to make it more useful (and easier) to prepare.  I'd welcome any thoughts.
      You might note that there are several lectures at the Library of Congress in some of their more inaccessible rooms that could be quite interesting to see - in addition to the lectures themselves.

Thursday, 29
Book Talk:  Kevin Lippert – author – "War plan: the United States secret plan to invade Canada and Canada's secret plan to invade the United States" – national archives – noon

Book talk: Simon Winchester – author – "Pacific: Silicon chips and surfboards/coral reefs and atom bombs/brutal dictators, feuding empires and the coming collision of the world superpowers" – P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: Glenn M. Stein – "Discovering the Northwest passage: the four-year Arctic odyssey of HMS investigator and the McClure expedition" – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11 AM

Lecture: The 2015 biennial Kellogg lecture in jurisprudence on, "Justice, Neutrality and Law" – Harvard University professor Michael Sandel – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-4642 – 3 PM

Conversation: "A conversation on the Constitution": Justice Samuel Alito and Yale law professor Akhil Reed Amar – National Archives – 7 PM – while reservations are no longer possible it is often possible to be admitted if seats are available if one gets in line early enough – I would say 6 PM

Friday, 30
Book Talk:  Dr. Ghade Karma– author and medical doctor -  "Return: a Palestinian memoir" – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – for reservations contact 202\-338-1958 – lunch at 1230 – lecture 1 PM – 2 PM

Film: A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the 1964 movie, "The Call of Blood" – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – 7 PM

Saturday, 31
Book Talk:  Tom Gjelten – author and NPR correspondent – "A Nation of Nations: A Great American immigration story - the story of families from Korea, Bolivia and Libya as they face cultural and racial stereotyping in Fairfax County -  P&P – 6 PM 

Film:  Legendary short subjects from the 1950s and 60s including "Black Panthers" and "Salut les  Cubains" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM

Film:  Cooperating with the Jewish film Festival the NGA presents Richard Kanes 2014 documentary "Jon Imbers left hand" – the Harvard University art professor who found a way to continue painting when he was diagnosed with ALS – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Sunday, 1
Book Talk:  "Raw Deal:How the 'Uber' Economy and Run Away Capitalism Are Screwing American Workers" - Steven Hill - P&P - 1PM

Book Talk:  "Insomnia" - Poet Linda Pastan visits the dark/remorseless/stations of the night - P & P - 5PM

Lecture:  Peter Manseau as a part of the Amran scholar series discusses "One Nation, Under god's" a view of American history beyond the traditional prism of Christianity – Washington Hebrew congregation – 3935 Macomb St. NW. – 10:30 AM

Film:  A Seijun Suzuki retrospective featuring the filmmaker's 1959 movie, "passport to darkness" at 1 PM and at 3 PM his 1957 movie "eight hours of fear" – Freer Gallery of Art – 1 PM and 3 PM

Monday, 2
Book Talk: "Custer's Trials: A Life On the Frontier of a New America" - T., J. Stiles - P & P - 7 P.M.

Book talk:Freeman, Brown and Darraj discuss their book, "Extraordinary rendition" an anthology of works by 65 writers seeking to counter mainstream reporting on Israel – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book talk and panel:  Tim Flannery, scientist and environmentalist will discuss, "Atmosphere of hope: searching for solutions to the climate crisis" - Beard Auditorium – national Smithsonian Museum of natural history – reservations required – - 6:15 PM to 8 PM

Special Event:  International arts and crafts fair – world bank main complex - 1818 H St. NW. – 10 AM to 4 PM – continues Tuesday through Thursday from 10 AM to 4 PM

Celebrating:  Dia de los Muerlos with music, dancing and crafts – Kogod courtyard – Smithsonian national portrait Gallery – 4:30 PM to 7 PM

Tuesday, 3
Book Talk:  "The Three Year Swim Club: The Untold Story of Maui's Sugar Club and Their Quest for Olympic Glory"- Julia Checkoway - P & P - 7PM

Presentation: Francis Garry Powers discusses his father's U-2 incident over the former Soviet Union – reservations required – - Room 602 – Elliot school of international affairs – GWU - 6:30 - 8:30PM

Special Event:  Elected officials, faith personnel and activists involved in various national gun violence prevention organizations present, "United to stop gun violence" – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Book talk: "The Year of Fear: Machine Gun Kelly and the Manhunt that changed the nation" – Joe Urschel - Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: "Tesla" – Serbian author Vladamir Pistola – European reading room – second floor -Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Concert:  Bach consort with organist - Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Concert:  "Flower – bird – wind – noon" features soprano and pianist – Meyer Auditorium – Freer Gallery of Art – tickets required – 202- 633–1000 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, 4
Book Talk: "Power Wars: Inside Obama's Post 9/11 Presidency" - Charlie Savage - P & P - 7PM

Book talk: Lady Bird and Lyndon: the hidden story of a marriage that made a president – Betty Boyd Karoly – National Archives – noon

Book Talk:   Community Revivalisn in the Wake of Disaster" - Stefanie Haeffele-Balch - Takoma Busboys and  Poets - 6:30PM

Interview: The life of a poet – Alice Fulton discusses her work with Washington Post Book World editor Ron Charles – Hills Center – old Naval Hospital – 921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. – 7 PM – 9 PM

Concert: Saxophonist Noah Goetz with organist – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM
Thursday, 5
Book talk:  "Berlin" - Slovenian author Alea' Teger discusses his book in the European reading room- Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson building – noon – 1 PM

Lecture:  "From Gospel to Now: The Lutheran Reformation and its impact on law, and politics and society" – John Witte  – Kluge Center Meeting Room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Book talk "Roosevelt's second act: the election of 1940 and the politics of the war – Richard Moe – Mumford room – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book Talk:  "The Washingtons: Join'd by Friendship, Crown'd by Love" - Flora Fraser - P & P - 7PM

Friday, 6 
Book Talk:  "Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be Stopped    - Garry Kasparov - P&P - 7PM

Lecture: "Classified as White: Historical insights into the racial classification of Americans of middle eastern and north African descent" –Randa Kayyali - African/middle eastern room – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon

Saturday, 7
Concert: Michelangelo String Quartet – varied classical program – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM – tickets required however rush tickets should be available an hour before the concert

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