Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, November 12

Among the many outstanding events for the week are several activities at the Library of Congress.  If you have never been to the Jefferson Building, make sure to do so ANYTIME.  It is one of the premier buildings in the city - or anywhere.  They also have a new policy for obtaining free tickets. While rush tickets are usually available at the last minute, they can also be secured in advance - free - at the following site:

And the grand reopening of the Smithsonian Renwick on Friday morning is a must event for those of us who have time to attend.

And if you like brass and percussion, there is no better place to hear it than Washington's National Cathedral Sunday -check it out.

Thursday, 12 
Book talk: Gateway to Freedom: Reconstruction and the fragility of democracy – Eric Foner – National Archives – 6:30 PM

Book talk: War of Two: Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr and the Duel that Stunned the Nation – John Sedgwick – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: 29th annual German historical Institute lecture – Capitalism and the Jews Revisited – Jerry Z. Muller – RSVP  – 202–387–3355 – German Historical Institute – 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM - reception follows lecture

Film: Pierre Boulez and the Lucerne Festival Academy Orchestra: inheriting the future of music – Pickford theater – Monroe Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Lecture: "Migration, asylum and the role of the state: defining boundaries, redefining orders" - Kluge Fellows Ivan Chaar-Lopez, Katherine Luongo and Julia Young - room LJ 119 – Jefferson building Library of Congress – 4 PM

Friday, 13
Book talk: The Rise of Germany:1939 – 1941 – The War in the West – James Holland – National Archives – noon

Grand reopening: Smithsonian Renwick Gallery – ribbon-cutting 10 AM – exhibit open all day featuring "Wonder" – festivities continue all day Saturday

Concert: Ensemble Intercontemporain - Music of Berg, Ligeti, Pintscher and Lash (world premiere) - Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building -  Library of Congress Concert -  7:30 PM – pre-concert conversation 6 PM – no tickets for conversation – rush tickets usually available

Book talk: Isabel Allende discusses "The Japanese Lover" – a novel of love and betrayal in San Francisco and Poland just after world war II – P&P - 7 PM

Saturday, 14
Movie: Arthur – National Archives – 2 PM

Choral workshop: With members of the Ensemble Intercontemporain for musicians and music lovers – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – 10 AM

Film:  Pierre Boulez: Eclat,Sur Incises – Pickford theater – Madison building -  Library of Congress – 2 PM

Artist tour: "Elaine de Kooning paints a secret" – with Margaret Randall, feminist poet, writer photographer and social activist – National Portrait Gallery - 12:30 PM

Book talk: "Reel portraits: Frank Sinatra in 'From Here to Eternity" – Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery -  2 PM

Book talk: "The Generals" – the lives of Patton, Marshall and MacArthur – Winston Groom – P&P - 1 PM
Sunday, 15
Book talk: Sheila Hamilton – "All the Things We Never Knew" – in conversation with former Sen. Gordon Smith discuss mental health issues – P&P – 1 PM

Book talk: "Negroland" - Margo Jefferson discusses her upbringing in upper class Chicago – P&P – 3:30 PM

Discussion: "Race and the Church" - Rep. John Lewis - Georgetown Presbyterian Church - 3115 P St. NW - 9:30AM

Concert: NGA Wind Quintet performs works of Gershwin, Milhaud and others - National Gallery of Art - 3:30PM

Concert:  Brass and Percussion ensemble of the U. S. Marine Corps annual worship service - Washington National Cathedral - 3:30PM

Film:  Frederick Wiseman's New York features "the 1989 film, "Central Park" - National Gallery of Art - 4PM

Monday, 16
Lecture: Marie Rolf – Eastman School of Music – "Debussy's fascination with the exotic – from China to Spain – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book Talk:  "Understanding Mass Incarceration" - James Kilgore - Brookland  Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  "Destiny and Power: George Herbert Walker Bush" - Jon Meacham - P&P - 7PM

Discussion:  "Shifting the Paradigm" - Ambassador Maen Rashid Areikat, PLO representative to the U. S.  - The Palestine Center - 1PM

Tuesday, 17
Concert:  Anne Sophie Von Otter, soprano, Jonathan Cohen: keyboard, Thomas Dunford, lutes - various Renaissance and Baroque songs and a song or two by Simon and Garfunkel – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - concert at 8 PM – pre-concert lecture 6:30 PM – Nightcap conversation with the artists following the performance - rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Book Talk:  Writing on the Wall - Johanna Fernandez - a revolutionary perspective on community, power, politics and social change - Brookland Busboys and poets - 6:30PM

Book Talk:  A Sister's Memories: Edith and Grace Abbott - John Sorenson - Busboys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM

Concert:  Clarinetist Ben Redwine performs works of Brahms, Bernstein and Poulenc - Church of the Epiphany - 1317 G ST, NW - 12:10PM

Lecture:  William J. Burns, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and U. S. Under secretary of State discusses  current affairs and his 33 year career - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University - 1740 Mass Ave. NW - reservations required - - 12:30PM

Wednesday, 18
Lecture: "Broadcasting independence: newspaper printings of the declaration of independence" Georgia Higley – South Gallery – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert:  Congressional Chorus multisensory performance-Millennium Stage -Kennedy Center- 6PM

Lecture:  The China Challenge: Shaping the Choices of a Rising Power - Thomas J. Christiansen, Princeton University and formerly Assistant Secretary of State - reservations required - - Mortara Center - Georgetown University - 2PM

Book Talk:  "Weed the People - The Future of Legal Marijuana in America" - Bruce Barcott - Takoma Busboys and Poets - 6:30PM\\

Film:  "The Wanted 18" - Little known incident during the first Intifada - reservations required - - Washington National Cathedral - 7PM

Thursday, 19
Concert: "Apollo's Fire" with soprano Amanda Forsyth singing music of the Vivaldi, Handel and Sorrell – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 8 PM – rush tickets may be available at 6 PM

Lecture: Lucy McFadden of the Goddard space flight Center presents, "Dawn: a journey to the beginning of the solar system" – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Take 5: BJ Simmons sextet pays tribute to Harold Floyd "Tina" Brooks, tenor saxophone – Smithsonian American Art Gallery – 5 PM – 7 PM

Report:  Asia Foundations 2015 Survey of the Afghan People - U. S. Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Ave. NW - - 9:30AM - 11:30AM

Friday, 20
Film: Kennedy v. Wallace: a crisis up close – Mary Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

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