Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning, Thursday, March 31

Returning from a week long trip to my boyhood home in San Antonio late last night, I am able to produce only an abbreviated blog this week.   However it gives me an opportunity to underscore my theme for last week - Slam Poet Clint Smith.  I was gratified that a new friend in San Antonio confirmed for me the high regard I had for the power of poetry when Barbara said, "It gave me a totally new perspective on race and immigration."

In all candor I was disappointed in the number of people who took time out to hear Clint's recitation last week. I strongly urge more of you  to find 15 or so minutes to view it this week.  It can be found at

Here are a few things I found I'd like to attend this week.

Thursday, March 31
Book Lecture: Book lecture: Sarah Bakewell – "At the Existentialist CafĂ©: Freedom, Being and Apricot Cocktails (with Sartre, Camus, et. al)" – P&P  - 7 PM

Lecture: Dakim Hart, Senior Curator - Isamu Museum - "Sculpting Beyond the Pedestal" - Jefferson Building - Library of congress - Whittall Pavillion - 7PM

Friday, 1
Dance performance:  Martha Granam Dance Company - Extensive performances and discussions with the company both Friday and Saturday - for full schedule go to

Concert:  United States Marine Chamber Orchestra - "Musical Fashion of Great Britain" - works of Williams, Walton and Sibelius - National Presbyterian Church - 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW - 7:30pm

Saturday, 2
Concert:  Acoustic guitarist and tenor William Baskin performs music from the 50s – Society of the Cincinnati – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 1 PM

Film: "Real Portraits: Gregory Peck" celebrating the 100th anniversary of actor Gregory Peck with showings of "To kill a Mockingbird" and "A conversation with Gregory Peck" – discussion with the actors daughter Cecelia Peck – McAvoy Auditorium – National Portrait Gallery – 2 PM

Sunday, 3
Concert: John Phillips Sousa Band Festival features works by Sousa, Bernstein and Williams – reservations required – 800-395-2036 – Concert Hall - Kennedy Center - 2PM

Book lecture: Susan Jacques "The Empress of Art: Catherine the Great and the Transformation of Russia" – Performance Hall – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – 1 PM – 2PM

Monday, 4
Book Lecture:  Sam Lebovic - "Free Speech and Unfree News: The Paradox of Press Freedom in America" - National Archives - Noon

Tuesday,  5
Book lecture: Diane Rehm – "On My Own" – P and P – 7 PM

Jazz concert: Berkeley School of Music Global Jazz Institute performs jazz and contemporary music – tickets distributed at 5:30 in the States Gallery – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Justin Martin – "Rebel Souls: Walt Whitman and America's First Bohemians" – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I St. NW. – 7PM - 9PM

Wednesday,  6

Concert:  Soloists from the St. John's Choir - excellent voices performing in the historic Church across the street from the White House - 12:10 - 12:45PM

Concert: New England Conservatory of music performs work by Kern, Gershwin and Schumann – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book Lecture: Juliana Barbassa discusses. Dancing with the devil in the city of God: Rio de Janeiro on the brink" - reservations required - – room 505 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 E St. NW. – 5:30 PM to 7 PM 

Film "The German Shepherd" an animation exploring the human capacity to forgive acts of evil and "Zuruckkommen" – which follows Israeli immigrants in Berlin where Holocaust memorials bring forth painful – panel discussion follows – reservations requested – - Goethe Institut - Suite 3 - 1990 K Street NW - 6:30 - 8PM

Thursday, 7
Book Lecture   James Traub - "John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit" - National Archives - Noon


  1. On April 2, the Bier Baron is showing the documentary Air Guitar Nation at 3 pm. The showing is free.

    Come watch the story of America's first competitors in the World Air Guitar Championships. Local air guitar competitors may also perform after the movie.

    The Bier Baron is located at 1523 22nd Street, just around the corner from the Dupont Circle metro station.

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