Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Free intellectual and cultural events for the weeks beginning Thursday, November 19

My travels and the many events of the holiday season that may appeal more to individual taste cause this to be the last list of events for the year.   I've gone beyond the week scope, however, since there are a great many interesting lectures and concerts of a secular nature in early December at the Library of Congress.

I'll resume again on Wednesday, January 6.  Since I'll then be 90 I'll have a different format and hopefully some new ideas.  I'll welcome your suggestion as to how this service can be improved.

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

Concert: Chamber Concert Series – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street Northwest – noon

Lecture:  Charles Mill, professor of moral and intellectual philosophy at Northwestern University discusses, "liberalism and racial justice" - Room B 12 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 4 PM

Discussion: Gail Kern Paster with Charles DeSantis of the UN refugee agency discusses "refugees from Pericles to now" connections between today's migration crisis and Shakespeare's "Pericles" – Folger Shakespeare Library – 2001 E. Capitol St. SE. – 6 PM

Saturday, 21
Book Talk:  Deported: policing immigrants, disposable labor and global capitalism - Author Tasnya Maria Golash Boza - P&P - 7PM

Book Talk:  Cheney One On One  - Author James Rosen - P&P - 6PM

Gallery Tour: George Washington University Museum and textile Museum offers tour of two new exhibits, "For the record: the art of Lily Spandorf" and "A Collector's vision: creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection" – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Concert: Honoring the 150th anniversary of the 13th amendment to the United States Constitution abolishing slavery – various musical groups – tickets available at DC public library branches – Constitution Hall – 1776 D St. NW. – 7:30 PM

Book talk:  R. Andrew Bittner discusses, "building Washington National Cathedral" – national building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – noon

Film: Frederick Wiseman's New York features the 1985 film, "Racetrack" at 12:30 PM and the 1980 film, "Model" at 3 PM – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 12:30 PM and 3 PM

Performance:  Prisoner written multimedia show, "From Uncle Tom's cabin to Uncle Sam's prison" – city streets arts foundation – Western Presbyterian Church – 2401 Virginia Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Sunday, 22
Concert: Chopin, Schubert and Liszt performed by pianist Aphrodite Mitsopoulou – Church of the Holy City – 1611 16th St. NW. – 3 PM

Concert: National Gallery of Art new music ensemble performs work of Morton Subotnick "From Silver Apples of the Moon to a Sky of Cloudless Sulfur" – National Gallery of Art – W. Garden Court – 3:30 PM

Concert:  World percussion ensemble performs works by American composers – McNeir Auditorium – Georgetown University – 4 PM

Square dance lessons: Caller Janie Smith with fiddler, guitarist, banjo and bass – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle celebrates 175th anniversary with "Singing in the Year of Mercy" featuring works by Buxtehude, Poulenc and Rorem performed by the Schola Catorum with string orchestra and harp – 1725 Rhode Island Ave. NW. – 7:30 PM

Monday, 23
Book Talk:  The Audacity of Hope - Author Alexander Wolff - Obamas political style as seen in basketball - P&P - 7PM

Concert: Xuejuan dance ensemble performs Chinese folk and classical dance – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book talk: Ada Calhoun and Preston Lauterbach discuss "St. Mark's is dead: the many lives of America's hippie is Street" and "Beale Street dynasty: sex, song, and the struggle for the soul of Memphis" – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 24
Lecture:  Poet and critic Stephen Burt begins a new series, "The Poem is You" - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building- Library of Congress - Noon

Concert: Concert: Mozart and Ravel performed by the Rock Creek Piano Trio – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10PM

Concert: Commemorating 100th Anniversaryof Armenian Genocide, pianist Sofya Mmelikyan performs a varied program - Kennedy Center – millennium stage – 6 PM

Lecture: Putin and Putinim two years after euro maidan – reservations required – - room 505 – Elliot school of international affairs – George Washington University – 19507 E St., Northwest – 12:30 PM

Discussion: Thomas Merton thoughts regarding "theology on tap" – Buffalo billiards – 1330 19th St., Northwest – free admission – happy hour 6:00 PM - presentation and questions 7:00 PM

Discussion: "Italy and the Allyah Beth" – journalist Simonetta Della Seta - about the Jewish agency organized to save Jewish survivors of the Holocaust and take them to Palestine – reservations required – - Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St., Northwest – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday,  25
Concert:  Baltimore's acoustics roots band Charm City Junction performs - Millennium Stqage - Kennedy Center 6PM
Thursday, 26
Concert/Dance lessons:  Swing Dance party features the Jive Aces with 1940's music with swing dance lessons - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6 - 9PM

Wednesday, 2
Book Talk:  Sam Phillips:The Man Who Invented Rock 'N" Roll - Author Peter Guralnick - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7pm

Saturday, 5
Lecture: #Declassified:Fly Space 2: Beyond the Backdrop - Staff member talks about theatrical collections - Jefferson Building - Jefferson Studio - Library of Congress - 11AM

Wednesday, 9
Lecture:  Kreisler's Sibelius Transcription - Jani Lehtonen, Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra - Whittall Pavilion - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Thursday, 10
Lecture:  Louis and Lil' Armstrong: A Couple Making Musical History - Montpelier Room - Madison Building -  - Library of Congress - 7PM

Friday, 11
Concert:  Ruske, Frautschi and Chien on Horn, Violin and Piano with music of Hindemith, Ligeti, Persichetti and Brahms - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8PM - Free tickets available on line - pre-concert lecture - 6:00PM - No ticket required

Saturday, 12
Lecture:  #Declassified Fly Space 2: Schnabel as Composer and Editor -  Staff member explores his work beyond being a pianist - Jefferson Studio - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 11AM

Friday, 18
Concert:  Borromeo String Quartet plays music of Bartok - Coolidge Auditorium - Library of Congress - 7:30PM - Tickets available on line - rush tickets generally available - Pre-concert lecture 6PM - No ticket required


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