Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events in DC beginning Thursday, January 14

        It's been quite an exciting week on my two blogs! The number of "hits" on this cultural blog grew from over 1,000 to over 2,000 and over 12,000 on my rants and raves blog.  And I know why!
        It stems from my desire to close out the other blog, feeling I had had my say. However, I used one of the social media tools that is in vogue with young people: Reddit.  I had used Reddit before with limited success. Now again using their listing, "Ask Me Anything", I invited readers to do just that after I had made a brief autobiographical statement. Within a day I had received not only 4000 hits but also 1000 comments in response.
       What an exciting time for me now.  The questions were so thoughtful and challenging that I want to respond to each one individually, but I know my limits.       
       However having noted certain patterns in the thoughtful questions, I thought there might be one more opportunity for me to share insights as an educator.on my blog.  I'd like to invite you to join the conversation on Reddit at
Or you too might like to ask me anything at the regular blog spot, you can go to::

In the first installment of the blog, I present the first two questions asked of me and my initial reactions.  

But first, the business at hand

Thursday, 14
Panel discussion: Tunisian revolution: On the Anniversary – What Next? Distinguished panel includes Tunisian ambassador to United States - United States Institute of Peace – 2301 Constitution Ave. NW– reservation required – use Internet – 2:30 PM – 4 PM

Social justice discussion: Aviva Kempner, Clarence page and Rabbi David Saperstein consider the film, "Rosenwald" the story of Jewish philanthropist Julius Rosenwald – Addis Israel congregation – 2850 Québec St. NW. – Cleveland Park Metro – reservations required – 7:30PM

Concert:  The Ella and Louis tribute band – millennium stage – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Concert: Stronger Sex: experimental, electronic noise-pop – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5:30 PM to 7 PM

Lecture: Steve Roberts - "Politics 2016 – What's happening and why" – Abramson family recital Hall – Katzen arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW – 1030 – 11:30 PM a.m.

Book talk:  James Good "Capital houses: historic residences in Washington, DC and its environs, 1735 – 1965" – reservations suggested – 202–337–2288 – Dumbarton house – 6 PM to 8 PM

Friday, 15
Film. "Blues for Lovers" - Ray Charles in a rarely screened drama - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7PM

Film: "Wings for the Man" with Ronald Reagan  - 1945 and "The Negro Soldier" - 1944 - directed by Frank Capra – commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Tuskegee Airmen – National Archives – Noon

Book talk: Dr. Syed Hossain – "The Study Quran: A new translation and commentary" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: The Ukrainian World Music Quartet performs – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Lisa Schulte Moore of Iowa State University discusses "Harnessing the power of the Prairie - Conservatory classroom – US botanic Garden – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – noon – 1 PM

Lecture: Jean-Pierre Filiu, professor of Middle East studies, Paris school of international affairs – discusses, "Israel's 12th war on Gaza" – reservations required – – room 241 – Bunn intercultural Center – Georgetown University – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Film: George Axelrod's 1966 "Lord Love a Duck" – reservations required – – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

 Saturday, 16
Concert. Alban Gerhardt, Cello and Anne-Marie McDermott perform music of Barber, Britten, Foss, Bernstein, Gershwin, Heifitz, Gerhardt, and Piazzolla - Collidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - tickets available - Rush tickets - noon - Concert - 2PM

Book talk: Paul Lisicky – "The Narrow Door: A Memoir of Friendship" interviewed by Richard McCann of the Penn/Faulkner foundation – P&P 6 PM

Concert: Robert Downing and DC's Apollo chamber orchestra chamber music from Asia and Europe – Kennedy Center – Terrace theater – 6 PM

Performance: Poetry, drumming and dancing by youth including Sista Joy and collective voicesMartin Luther King tribute – Martin Luther King Junior memorial library – 1 PM

Film: Athens today:  Pantelis Voulgaris' 2013 film "Little England" – a part of the new Greek cinema – Great Hall – National Portrait Gallery – 4 PM

Sunday, 17
Book talk: R. Douglas Fields - "Why we Snap: Understanding the rage circuit in your Brain"
P&P - 1 PM

Concert: Fisk Jubilee Singers – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: Re-seeing Iran: 12th annual Iranian film Festival – 2014 satirical allegory "The President" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Special event: "Rosa and Martin, Martin and Rose – musical program including excerpts from one of King's sermons, reflection and prayer – Washington National Cathedral – 1 PM
note there is a $10 admission charge

Monday, 18
Book talk: Eddie S. Glaude, Jr – "Democracy in Black: How Race still Enslaves the American Soul" – P&P 7 PM

Lecture: "Sugar: History, botany, production and processing" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM – noon

Special event: Yolanda Adams, Grammy award – nominated gospel singer and the choir, Let Freedom Ring in a tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.  – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – tickets available beginning at 4:30 PM in the hall of Nations – Concert 6 PM:

Tuesday, 19
Book talk: Ralph Ehrenberg and Herman Viola discuss "Mapping the West with Lewis and Clark" – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon

Book talk: Tony Lewis, Junior – "Slugg: A Boy's life in the age of mass incarceration" – Busboys and poets – Brookland – 6:30 PM

Book talk: Harry Jaffe – "Why Bernie Sanders Matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Discussion: "Beyond MLK's Dream" – a discussion of the role of LGBT activists and leaders such as Bayard Rustin, James Baldwin and Alice Walker during the civil rights movement – Betts Theater – Marvin Center – George Washington University – 821st St., Northwest – 7 PM

Wednesday, 20
Concert: Musicians from Marlboro – classical quintet with music of Beethoven Penderecki and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – free tickets required – rush tickets available at 6 PM – concert – 8 PM – pre-concert conversation - 6:30 PM – no tickets required

Book talk: John Donovan and Caren Zucker – "In a Different Key: the story of autism" –
 P&P – 7 PM

Book talk: John Stauffer – "Picturing Frederick Douglass: An Illustrated biography of the 19th Century's most photographed American" – William G. McGovern Theater – National Archives –

Lecture: Steve Wermiel, author, "Justice Brennan and the Progressive Supreme Court" – Temple Baptist Church – 3850 Nebraska Ave. – 10 AM to 11:30 AM

Book talk: Elaine Kamarck, "Primary Politics: Everything you need to know about how America nominates its presidential candidates" – Kramer Books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Lecture:  2016 Dr. Martin Luther King J. Address – Martin Luther King J. Memorial Library – 7 PM

Thursday, 21
Book talk: T. H. Brien – "George Washington's journey: The president forges a new nation" – P&P 7 PM

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