Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Free and easily accessible intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, May 5

My, oh, my!  So many exciting things to do this next week beginning with the opportunity to visit 40 countries (embassies, that is) on Saturday.  You might recall that last week. because of personal time constraints, I was going to send an abbreviated list - or no list at all!  Yet there is so many things available, I just couldn't do that with guests coming to see the city..  In order to get this weeks listing out in time for Thursdays events, I'll do it in two parts – today - I'll include the events through Sunday. On Sunday, I'll add the events for the rest of the week. 

Additionally I hope soon to do some more Ranting and Raving. Recent events nationally and the opportunities I've had to learn from the "younger generation" through Reddit and Oprah's Magazine cause me to want me to say more in response. I'll let you know when those thoughts are available.

Thursday, 5
Book lecture: Amy E. Herman – "Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life" – P & P - 7 PM

Panel discussion: "Through our eyes: Insights from Syrian refugees in the United States" – Riggs library – Healy Hall – Georgetown University – 4 PM – 6 PM
reservations requested –

Film: In honor of victory in Europe Day, the premier of "After Hitler" with follow-up discussion – Embassy of France – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW – 7 PM
reservations required –

Friday, 6
Concert:  Musicians from Marlboro with music of J. Haydn, Saariaho and Schumann - Coolidge Auditorium - Jefferson Buildings - Free tickets required - rush tickets generally available 6:30PM at the same time as a Pre-concert conversation -  /Concert at 8PM

Book Lecture:  Dave Barry - "The Worst Night Ever" - Takoma Park, Maryland Library - P&P - 7PM

Concert: "Opera Studio" performs works by Britain and Rossini – Arts Club of Washington – 2017 I Street NW – noon

Demonstration: In honor of Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: Chef Kevin Lee presents "The American Story of Sushi" – a hands-on demonstration – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 2 PM

Book lecture: Mark Wilkerson – "Thomas Young's War" about a paralyzed Iraq war veteran heroically battling his 10 year old injury – in conversation with Martha Raddatz of ABC news – Potters House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, 7
Book Talk:  Richard Zacks - "Chasing the Last Laugh: Mark Twain's Raucous and Redemptive Round the World Comedy Tour" - P&P - 1PM

Book Lecture:  Actress Diane Guerrero - " In the Country We Love: My Family Divided" - the story of her family overcoming severe immigration problems - P&P - 6PM

Lecture: Jeff Spurr, scholar of Islamic textiles and rugs discusses prayer rugs – George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum – 701 21st St. and W – 10:30 AM – noon

Presentation: Anne McLean of the Library of Congress discusses Ludwig van Beethoven life and discusses various artifacts of the composer – Whittall Pavilion – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 11 AM
reservations required – loc,gov/concerts

Book lecture: Donna Urbikas – "My Sisters Mother – the story of her mother's deportation and starvation in Siberia during World War II – The Kochanski Foundation – 2025 O Street Northwest – 4 PM

Festival: Cultural Tourism DC Presents "Around The World Embassy Tour" open houses, entertainment and culture programs in about 40 embassies including food, dance, art, fashion, and music – 10 AM – 4 PM – for more information consult

Festival: "Korea Day: A Family Festival" – varied activities – Arthur M. Sackler Gallery – 1050 Independence Ave. SW. – 11 AM – 4PM.

Film: "Paris Belongs To Us" – a 1961 work that portrays life in bohemian Paris – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2:30 PM

Special event: National Bike Month is celebrated with a non-– denominational event at the Church of the Ascension and St. Agnes – 1217 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 11 AM –

Sunday, 8
Boo Lecture:  Molly Sinclair McCartney - "America's War Machine: Vested Interests, Endless Conflict" - P&P - 1PM

Book Lecture:  Seymour M. Hersh - "The Killing of Osama Bin Laden" - P & P _ 5PM

Concert: United States Marine Corps Latin jazz ensemble performs various Latin jazz styles – John Philip Sousa Band Hall – Marine Barracks Annex – seventh and K St., Southeast – 2 PM

Concert: Steinway Series features the Mendelssohn piano trio performing Beethoven's piano trios – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Oran Etkin - Jazz artist and composer "Re-imagining Benny Goodman" – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3 PM and 4:15 PM

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