Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, February 11

This week's listing is a bit late in being published as a result of my travels and work on my blog follow-up.  Yep, word of my two blogs has gone somewhat viral reaching internet, printed and TV media in more than a dozen countries as well as cities throughout the U. S.  And there may even be more to come.  I'm now back to answering the last 400 or so questions of the almost 2000 that were submitted.  If you are interested, you can reference them on my blog at

And you will note how very extensive is the list of events once again. Particular note should be made of Brian Stevenson's talk at the National Cathedral Sunday morning.  His book Just Mercy has gained wide attention and many of us have thrilled to his message and the cause he has championed.  It's a MUST for any not hearing him previously. 

Thursday, 11
Panel:   Distinguished panel of former members of Congress - "The History of Finaance in American Politics" - National Archives - 7 PM

Book Lecture:  Ted Gioia - "Love Songs: The Hidden Hisstory" - Montpelier Room - Madison Building- Library of Congress - 7 PM

Book lecture: A. O.  Scott – "Better Living Through Criticism: How to Think About Art, Pleasure, Beauty, and Truth" - P&P - 7 PM

Concert: United States Army chamber winds perform works celebrating the American spirit. – New York Ave. Presbyterian Church – 1313 New York Ave. NW.-  Noon

Book review: Flora Fraser discusses "The Washington's: George and Martha joined by friendship, crowned by love "– Dumbarton house – 2715 Q St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Benjamin Chavis Junior, former executive director of the NAACP celebrates Black history month – Thurgood Marshall Center – 1816 12th St., Northwest – 7 PM 
Friday, 12
Film:  "Trip Along Exodus" - 70 Years of Palestinian Politics - The Jerusalem Fund -2425 Virginia Ave. NW - reservations requested  - - Light snack provided - 6PM - 8PM

Concert: Bryan Dunnewald, organist from Philadelphia performs various organ classics – National City Christian church – 5 Thomas Cir. – 12:15 PM

Nature walk: Biologist Kobinah Abdul-Salim discusses "a botanical walk through black history" United States botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – reservations required – 202 – 225 – 8333 – noon – 1 PM

Saturday, 13
Book lecture: Lawrence Douglas – "The right wrong man: John Demjanjuk and the last great Nazi war crime trial - P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Claudia Kalb – "Andy Warhol was a hoarder: inside the minds of histories great personalities" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Lecture: Jamie Stiehm discusses "Frederick Douglass/Harriet Tubman Parallel Lives from the Eastern Shore" Georgetown library – 3260 R ST. NW – 1 PM

Booktalk: Flora Fraser author "The Washington's: George and Martha: joined by friendship, crowned by love"  - National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Film: sci-fi film series features Scott's 1979 film "Alien" and "Verhoeven's 1990 film "Total Recall" – Pickford theater – Madison building – Library of Congress – reservations required – – Noon

Film: Iranian film from 2015 – "Monir" and Wolkaan" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Sunday, 14
Book lecture: Rod Norland – "The lovers: Afghanistan's Romeo and Juliet, the true story of how they defied their families and escaped an honor killing - P & P - 1 PM

Book lecture: Misha Glenny -  "Nemesis: One man and the battle for Rio" – P&P - 5 PM

Concert: The Cann duo performs piano works of Leonard Bernstein and others – West Garden Court NGA – 3:30 PM

Concert: The Georgetown Concert series presents the United States Navy band Sea Chanticleers with a varied program – St. John's Episcopal Church – Georgetown Parish – 3240 O Street Northwest – 5 PM

Concert: Curtis Institute of music performs Schonberg's, "Pierrot Luminaire" – tickets available at 5:30 in the States Gallery – Concert at 6 PM – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center

Discussion:  Brian Stephenson – Founder and Executive Director of equal Justice initiative discusses his book "Just Mercy" – Washington National Cathedral – 10:10 AM

Monday, 15
Book lecture: Laura Secor – "Children of paradise: the struggle for the soul of Iran" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: University of Michigan school of music, theater and dance perform various classical works – tickets available at 5:30 in the States Gallery - performance Terrace theater – Kennedy Center - 6 PM

Book lecture: Joanne Bamberger, Marc C. Curtis and Emily Zanotti discuss their book "Love her, Love Her not: the Hillary paradox" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Open house: Main reading room of the library of Congress –  One of two days it is available to the public - Jefferson building - Library of Congress - 10 AM – 3 PM

Tuesday, 16
Book lecture: Richard Engel – "And then all hell broke loose: Two decades in the middle east" – P&P 7 PM

Concert: Northwestern University music students perform classical works – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Films: Documentaries for black history month feature "Black Panthers search for justice: Passin' it on" and "the murder of Fred Hampton" – MLK Junior Memorial Library – 5:30 PM

Lecture: Amb. Edward "Skip" Gnehm GWU professor discusses "Te Middle East: broken nations, splintered coalitions, and shattered societies" – reservations required – – Elliott school of international affairs – 1957 E St., Northwest – 6:30 PM – 7:45 PM

Wednesday, 17
Concert: San Francisco Conservatory of Music - works by modern composers – Terrace theater -Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Lecture: Masood Ahmed "After sanctions: challenges facing the Iranian economy" – Herter Auditorium – John's Hopkins University – reservations requested - - 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW – 12:30 PM – 1:45 PM

Lecture:  Princeton University professor Amaney Jamal discusses "Race and Muslim Americans: 'us' and 'them' " - Kay Spiritual life Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – reservations requested – – 4 PM – 5 PM

Booktalk: Jane Mayer, staff writer for the New Yorker, will discuss "dark money: the hidden history of the billionaires behind the rise of the radical right" – Doyle/Forman theater – McKinley building – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM – 7:30 PM

Booktalk: Bill Press, former chair of the California Democratic Party discusses "Buyers remorse: how Obama let progressives down" – busboys and poets – 2021 14th St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Laura Elkins discusses "Summer in the city" about the American obsession with Guns – Upshur Street books – 827 Upshur St. NW. – 7 PM

Film: Ken Burns' documentary "Shadow ball" the story of the Negro leagues from 1930 to 1940" – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 1 PM

Museum tour: Robin Kennedy discusses the Renwick Galleries extensive renovation – first floor information desk – Renwick Gallery – 17th St. and Pennsylvania Avenue NW - noon – 1 PM

Thursday, 18
Book lecture: Nicholas Hinin – "Jihad Academy" – P&P – 4 PM

Friday, 19
Book lecture: Fergus M. Bordewich – "The First Congress: how James Madison, George Washington and a group of extraordinary man invented the government" – P&P - 7 PM

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