Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, March 17

My personal schedule again enables me to provide a full listing of events for the week ahead.  And I think you will truly be amazed at the variety of events available to us.
But  I'm most excited about my Rave for the week.  I had to change my plan from last week, and am beginning a new series that shares with readers some of the events I am able to attend but MOST OF YOU cannot.  I begin with an event I attended about 3 years ago which had to be among the TEN MOST IMPRESSIVE LECTURES/CONCERTS I HAVE ATTENDED  in these past 20 years in DC. I hope you will go to

I think you will find it has a timely reference to what lies head politically without any reference to the T_ _ _ _ word.

Thursday, 17
Symposium: A panel of scholars discusses the relationship between health and literacy – Montpelier room – Madison building – Library of Congress – contact: 202-707-5221 – 9 AM – 5 PM

Panel discussion:  Distinguished panel discusses "Learning from the Past? The Refugee Crisis in Historical Perspective " - German Historical Institute - 1607 New Hampshire Ave. NW - reservations suggested - 202-387-6437 - 6:30PM - 9:00PM

Concert:  "Take 5!: American In Paris" with the Danielle Quartet - The Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum - 5 - 7PM

Lecture: Lonnie Bunche, founding director of Smithsonian's national Museum of African Americans history and culture discusses the forthcoming opening in September – Abramson Family Recital Hall – Katzen Arts Center – American University – 6 PM to 7 PM

Friday, 18
Book lecture:  Shirin Ebadi – "Until We are Free: My fight for human rights in Iran" – P&P - 4 PM

Concert: Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet – Martin Luther King Junior Memorial Library – noon

Concert: "The President's Own" – Marine Chamber Orchestra – West Garden Couirt – National Gallery of Art – noon and 2 PM

Film: "The Good Life" – environmental film Festival – a village in the forests of northern Columbia whose environment is threatened by a coal mine – 7 PM – reservations required – Media and Public Affairs Building – George Washington University – 805 21st St. NW. – 7 PM

Saturday, 19
Book lecture:  Gerald Davis – "Algerian Diary" – P&P – 1 PM

Craft Shop:  Indian Craft Shop - Department of the Interior - This little known store with perhaps the very best collection of authentic native material from Americas southwest is open the third Saturday of every month from 10 - 4 PM.  ID necessary for entry at the entrance at 1849 C Street NW - zYou can check it out at

Concert: United States Navy Band Sea Chanters – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM

Concert:  The Cantare Children's choir of greater Richmond  performs various classical works – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

All-day symposium – The Abraham Lincoln Institute Ford's Theatre Society presents a symposium on the life, career, legacy of Pres. Lincoln – various imminent eminent historians – Ford's Theater – registration required – - 9 AM to 5PM

Lecture: Landscape architect discusses "Creating stunning plant communities" reservations required – 202-225-8333 – US Botanic Garden – 10:30 AM to noon

Sunday, 20
Concert: National Presbyterian Festival Choir and Orchestra performed Mozart's "Requiem" – National Presbyterian Church – 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW. - 5 PM

Concert: United States Army Chorus and Brass quintet – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: Environmental Film Festival presents Hamid Sardar's documentary "Taiga" – about Mongolian sheepherders – with post-screening discussion – Warner Bros. Theater – 14th St. and Constitution Ave., Northwest – 1 PM

Monday, 21
Panel discussion: "A Band Apart: Women at War" – veterans history Project of distinguished panelists – Whittall Pavilion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Discussion: Musician historian and writer Elijah Wald discusses "Dylan goes electric! Music, myth and history" – Room 111 – Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University – 4 PM

Lecture: Former United States Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel discusses "The global future of security" Copley's formal lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – reservations required – - 4 PM to 5:15 PM

Panel discussion: Catholic Universities Columbus School of Law, Moment Magazine and the Museum Institute's Religious Freedom Center – "The First Amendment on campus: speech, religion, sexuality and gender" reservations required – - Knight Conference Center Newseum – 555 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 7 PM to 9 PM

Tuesday, 22
Book lecture: Mervyn King - "The End of Alchemy: money, banking, and the future of the global economy – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture:  "Forty-seven Days: How Pershing's Warriors Came of Age to Defeat the German Army in World War I" - National Archives - Noon

Concert: Baritone soloist, violinist with continuo performing an all Bach program to mark Holy Week – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 23
Book lecture:  Elaine Showalter – "The Civil Wars of Julia Ward Howe"– P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Sharif  S. Elmusa, poet scholar and writer discusses "Being Palestinian: personal reflections on Palestinian identity in the diaspora" reservations required – 202-338-1290 – the Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Book lecture: Steve Olson – "Eruption: The untold story of Mount St. Helen's" – Kramer Books and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Gen. Michael Hayden – former director of the national security agency and the CIA – "playing to the edge: American intelligence in the age of terror" reservations required – wpr; - Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Local author Marione Ingram – "The Hands of Peace" - Eyewitness accounts of Nazi Germany and Jim Crow United States – Georgetown library – 3260 R St. NW. – 7 PM

Concert: George Washington University students perform "Send in the Clowns" and other selections from their upcoming production of Sondheim's musical – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Advanced notice of a "sure to be" popular event

Wednesday, 30
Panel discussion:  "Faith, Francis and the 2016 Campaign" - featuring E. J. Dionne, Jr. and commentators from Pew Research Center, The Atlantic and EWTN's Correspondent and from The National Catholic Reporter - ICC Auditorium - Georgetown University - 7 - 8:30PM - reservations requred -

1 comment:

  1. Hey,

    There's a free book talk by Derek Cressman, author of the newly released book, "When Money Talks: The High Price of 'Free' Speech and the Selling of Democracy". Specifically, it'll be a talk about big money in politics next Tuesday, March 29th, at 5:30 the headquarters of the Communications Workers of America (CWA), 501 3rd St NW. If you have any additional questions, you can email