Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Free Intellectual and Cultural events in D. C. beginning Thursday, April 7

With  the redbud and cherry trees at their glorious peak, it may be a bad time come out with the longest listing of intellectual and cultural events ever. But that's the way it is in our wonderful city. And of course the Nats are also coming to town. Still I hope you'll have time to look over this lengthy list to find something appealing to you during Jazz Appreciation Month.  How fortunate we are to live in this dynamic city!
Thursday, 7
Book Lecture   James Traub - "John Quincy Adams: Militant Spirit" - National Archives - Noon

Book lecture: James McBride – "Kill 'em and Leave: Searching for James Brown and the American Soul" – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture:  Carmen Agraa Deedy and Karla Campillo- Soto share stories of growing up in small town USA from Cuba and Mexico - Montpelier Room - Madison Building - Library of Congress - Noon

Lecture:  Madeleine Albright - "Religion, Peace and World Affairs: The Challenges Ahead" - Healy Hall - Georgetown University - Walk up seating as space permits - 4:15 PM''

Concert: "Celebrating Benny Carter: Jazz Appreciation Month" – United States Air Force: airman of the note ensemble – Smithsonian Museum of American history – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert: University of the District of Columbia's "Jazz Alive" series artist, Ralph Peterson, Jazz drummer and educator – University of the District of Columbia – building 46 West. – Van Ness Metro stop – 12:30 PM

Concert:  Eastman School of Music students perform works of American composer Steve Reich – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Panel discussion: "Iconoclash": looting and traffic in antiquities in the Middle East" – Wilson Center – Ronald Reagan building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. reservations required – – 9:30 AM

Friday,  8
Concert: Indiana University school of music performs work by Bach, Ross and Ravel – Terrace Theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

All-day conference: Berkeley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs celebrates its 10th anniversary with the conference on "Rethinking religion and world affairs" Copley formal lounge – Copley Hall – Georgetown University – reservations required – – 10 AM to 3 PM

Lecture: Jim Fowler, naturalist and author discusses "A photographer's quest for North America's wild orchids" United States Botanic Garden – reservations required – 202– 225– 8333 – noon to 1 PM

Panel discussions: "Gardens Speak" Art for humanity in peace building: stories from Syria" – various Middle East studies experts – National Building Museum – reservations required - 202-272-2448 noon to 1:30 PM

Saturday, 9
Book lecture: Lawrence J. Haas – "Harry and Arthur: Truman, Vandenberg, and the Partnership that Created the Free World" – P&P 1 PM

Cherry Blossom Celebration:  Japanese Drumming, Music and Dance - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 11:30AM - 3PM

Concert: Manhattan school of music chamber choir presents works by sign time I and bird – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: Thad Wilson and the GWU Jazz Orchestra perform – Hammer Auditorium – Corcoran School of Arts and Design – George Washington University reservations required –

Lecture: Kevin Michael Foster of the University of Texas discusses school reform – Busboys and Poets Takoma – reservations required - – 9 AM to 11 AM

Lecture: Jamie Stiehm – "Frederick Law Olmsted: designing democracies great outdoors – Georgetown library – 30 to 60 R St. NW. – 1 PM

Lecture:  Michael Kane of the University of Florida discusses "Bridging the gap between growing orchids and their ecology" US Botanic Gardens – reservations required – 202–225-8333 – 2 PM

Film: Reinert and Alexanders 2015 film, "Ra Ra Avis: John James Audubon and the birds of America – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Sunday, 10
Book lecture: Thomas Frank – "Listen, Liberal: or, whatever happened to the party of the people? " – P&P 1 PM

Book lecture: James Traub – "John Quincy Adams: " – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: David Cole – "Engines of  Liberty: The Power of Citizen Activists to Make Constitutional Law" – P&P – 6 PM:

Concert:  Steinway Piano Series - Duo of Stephanie and Saar Baroque Music - Smithsonian American Art Museum - 3PM

Concert: "American Roots: A journey through our country's folk, old-time and gospel traditions" – West building – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Concert:  Georgetown University gospel choir – spring concert – Gaston Hall – Georgetown University – 5 PM to 7 PM

Concert: Peabody Institute Conservatory of Music students present works by Brahms and other Baroque music – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert and performance: Embassy of Turkey presents Ahmet Ozhan and the whirling dervishes – ancient Turkish customs and teachings – reservations required – – Lisner auditorium – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Richards Isaac, president of the New Evangelical Partnership for the Common Good discusses "Thou shalt care for the earth" – Washington National Cathedral – 10:10 AM

: Lecture: David A Dahomey, former General Counsel for the national trust for historic preservation discusses "The National Gallery of Art at 75: Andrew W. Mellon, David Finley and Paul Mellon" – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – noon

Lecture: Tina Brown discusses art and nature with an emphasis on the 350 plants observed at Sugarloaf Mountain Maryland – US botanic Garden – reservations the required – 202-225-8333 – 1:30 PM

Lecture: Artist Jennifer Angus and entomologist Sean Brady discuss the insects in the artwork of Angus, "In the midnight garden" and the importance of insects – Renwick Gallery – 2 PM to 3 PM

 Concert: St. Andrews Society of Washington DC presents their annual pipe and drums and choir of men and boys – service of choral evensong – Washington National Cathedral – 4 PM

Monday, 11
Book Lecture:  Joel L. Swerdlow - "So As I Was Saying

… My somewhat eventful life " the memoir of his friend and former NPR director Frank Mankiewicz - Bus Boys and Poets - Takoma - 6:30PM

Ceremony: Mario Vargos Llosa receives the Living Legend Award - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Reservations required - email "" - or 202-707-6933 - 6:30PM

Lecture: Carlene Stevens, curator at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History discusses "Alexander Graham Bell in Washington" – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – Noon

Lecture: United State Sec. of Energy Ernest Moniz discusses his work in building a partnership between science and diplomacy – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required - trainor– – 4:30 PM to 6 PM

Book Lecture:  Domnica Radulescu discusses "Country of Red Azaleas" a novel about a Serbian and Bosnian woman whose friendship overcomes the devastation of war – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: Washington DC Turkish Film Festival features Tolga Karacelik's 2015 psychological thriller, "Ivy" – Landmark E St., Cinema – reservations required – – continues through Thursday – reservations required – 7 PM

Tuesday, 12
Book lecture: Charles Wheeling – "Naked Money A Revealing Look at what it is and why it matters" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Ted Leonsis – "The Business of Sports – reservations required – – Kogod student lounge – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 4 PM – 5:30 PM

Lecture: Michael Barnett – "the Star and the Stripes: A history of the foreign policies of American Jews" with panel discussion – reservations required – - room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 East St. NW. – 5:30 PM

Book lecture: Corrina Nicolaou - A None'Story – and how those with no religious or faith affiliation are changing American society politics and culture – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: World Affairs Council presents author Nicolas Pelham – "Holy Lands: Reviving Pluralism in the Middle East" – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan building – reservations required – – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Lecture: Candace Gibson and Palwasha L. Kakar discuss the work of the Institute for Inclusive Security to transform decision-making about war and peace – Potter's House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW. – reservations requested - – 7 PM to 9 PM

Theater Festival: 2016 Kennedy Center - American College theater presents "Every 28 Hours" – plays inspired by the Black Lives Matter Movement – Terrace theater – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 13
Book lecture: Andrew J. Bacevich – "America's War for the Greater Middle East" – P&P – 7 PM

Panel Discussion:  AfricanAmerican Life in Washington, D. C. Before Emancipation - Disatinguished panel chaairerd by John W. Franklin - National Archives - 7PM

Lecture:  Juan Felipe Herrera, Poet Laureate Consultant presents final reading - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 7PM

Lecture: Stephanie Midon discusses several works in the museums exhibition "She who tells a story: women photographers from Iran and the Arab world" – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 21st St. New York Ave., Northwest – noon to 12:30 PM

Lecture: Amb. Thomas Pickering discusses "Envisioning the future of the United Nations" Abramson Family Founders Room – School of international service building – American University – reservations required – – 3 PM to 4 PM

Celebration of book publication: Jean Casella and James Ridgeway, cofounders of Solitary Watch and coeditors of "Hell is a very small place: voices from solitary confinement" – Busboys and Poets Langston room – 2021 14th St. NW. - 6 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Darrin Lunde discusses "The Naturalist: a new account of Theodore Roosevelt's lifelong passion for the natural world" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Sean Solomon of Columbia University discusses "First Rock from the Sun: Exploring Mercury by spacecraft" – Carnegie Institution of Washington – 1530 P St. NW. – reservations required – 202-328-6988 – 6:45 PM

Book lecture: Retired Army Col. Andrew Bicevich discusses "America's war for the greater Middle East: A Military History" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Maria Schneider, bandleader and composer leads panel on "Artists Rights and the Digital Music Marketplace" – Montpelier room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – tickets required – loc,goc/concerts – 7 PM
Thursday, 14
Exhibition Opening - "Jacob Riis: Revealing 'How the Other Half Lives'" - South Gallery - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - 8:30 - 4:30 Through September 5

Friday, 15
Concert:  Maria Schneider Orchestra - World Premiere Event - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress - Concert - 8PM - Tickets required, but rush tickets usually available -  Pre-concert Conversation with Maria Schneider at 6:30 - Whittall Pavillion 

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