Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural Programs for the week beginning Thursday, January 28

It;s been a fascinating week with over 13,000 hits on my two blogs in five days.  Both blogs have new features this week.  For the first time I am listing on this blog an event at the United States Institute of Peace - that "Dove-like" looking building on Constitution Avenue that one sees as they enter the District across the Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Bridge.

And remember, Wednesday noon check out the tribute to Sinatra at 100.  I've seen the show and it's even worth skipping lunch if you have to!.

More dramatic changes are incorporated on my Rant blog at  I'm no longer ranting or raving, I've begun responding to the thousands of questions sent me on the Internet's Reddit program used primarily by young people.  I hope you will give it a trial this week to see some of the provocative questions youth asked.  YOU are invited to take part in the discussion.

Thursday, 28
Book talk: T. H. Brien – "George Washington's journey: The president forges a new nation" – P&P - 7 PM

Panel:  "Money, War and the Business of Power in the Horn of Africa" - United States Institute of Peace - 2301 Constitution Avenue - Entrance on 23rd Street NW - 10:30AM - Noon

Friday, 29
Film:  "Thunderbirds Are Go" - British Sci-fi film - Pickford Theatre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7PM

Concert:  Merlin Ensemble from Vienna with violin cello and piano with music of Koerber Mendelssohn Liszt and others – Austrian cultural forum – 3524 International Court NW. – 7:30 PM

Saturday, 30
Lecture:  Dance Historian Graham Christian discuss his new book, "A Playford Assemby" celebrating the country dance and song - Collidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 1PM

Booktalk:  Jim Wallis - "America's Original Sin: Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America" - P&P 3:30PM

Booktalk  David Kaezynski - "Every Last Tie: The Story of the Unibomber and his Family" - P&P:

Discussion/Exhibition:  Photographic display and lecture of scenes from the District in 1960 - 70 Historical Society of DC - Carnegie Library - 801 K St. NW Noon - 2PM

Chinese New Year Family Festival:  Crafts, art work and performances - Smithsonian American Art Museum - - 11:30AM - 3PM

Concert:  NSO Flute, Horn and Piano perform Various Classical Works - Millennium Stage - Kennedy Center - 6PM 

Sunday, 31
Book Talk:  Roger Rosenblatt - " Thomas Murphy" - P&P - 1PM

Concert:  National Gallery of Art Vocal Ensemble ,, "Songs of Myth and Grandeur from the 19th and 20th Century" - West Garden court - NGA -3:340 PM

Film:  Iranian Film Festival - "Avalanche" with discussion by the film's star - East Building Auditorium - NGA - 4 PM

Monday, 1
Booktalk: Ian Buruma _ Their Promised Land:My Grandparents in Love and War - P&P - 7PM

Tuesday, 2
Concert:  "The Heartbeat of God: Sacred Drumming" - drums will be provided and all will be taught - Washington National Cathedral - 7 PM  

Book Talk:  Jeffrey Stern - " The Last Thousand: One School's Promise in a Nation at War" - Kramer Books and Afterwords - 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 3
Concert:  "Sinatra Turns 100" -  Bob McDonald with combo from the Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Orchestra - St. John's Church - Lafayette Park - 12:10PM - 12:45PM

Booktalk:  Ruta Sepetys - "Salt to the Sea"- Embassy of Lithuania - 7PM

Booktalk:  Sonja B. Williams - "Word Warrior: Richard Durham of the Chicago Defender"- Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon - 1PM

Booktalk: Rashod Ollison discusses his memoir "Soul serenade: rhythm, blues and coming of age through vinyl" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Lecture: GWU Prof. Christopher A. Bracey discusses "the Dred Scott decision: slavery, secession and its aftermath" – room 316 – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6:30 PM

Concert with interpretation:" Lost in the stars: an evening of music and insight exploring the themes of Washington National Opera's production of "Lost in the stars" – based on the novel "Cry the beloved country" with reflections on South Africa by former ambassador Ebrahim Rasool and theologian Kelly Brown Douglas – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM

Thursday, 4
Booktalk;: James Mayer - "Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right" - P&P - 7PM

Film: "Rosenwald:A Remarkable Story of A Jewish Partnership with African American Communities" - Introduced by director Aviva Kempner - WILL BE A VERY POPULAR PROGRAM - Register now at National Archives Foundation -  National Archives - 7PM

Film: "Journey into Europe: Islam, immigration and identity" –with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed Healy family student center – Georgetown University –  Will be very popular - Make reservation NOW - – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Concert: "beyond this there of time: a musical journey" music from the English choral tradition" – Washington National Cathedral – 7PM

Lecture: Jeffrey Rosen, President of the national Constitution Center discusses "Is the voting rights act of 1965 in jeopardy?" – Room 360 – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Peter Sleven "Michelle Obama: A life" - room 301 – Marvin Center – George Washington University – 821st St., Northwest – 7 PM

Friday, 5
Film:  "Predator" - R rated film of  human/alien encounters from the 35 mm collection - Pickford Theatrre - Madison Building - Library of Congress - 7PM

Film: "Valentino's ghost: Why We hate Arabs" – Jerusalem fund – Palestine Center – 7:45 PM reservations requested –

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