Wednesday, August 10, 2016

A few special events and a report on a remarkable experience

With a visitor in tow last week, I followed my own advice and for the first time went into the (soon to closed) World Bank Bookstore. While some may regret its closing, it's a boon to any of us looking for good reading at a remarkably low price. For instance I purchased George Packer's "The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America."  I'm finding it utterly fascinating.   Published three years ago and sold for $27. 00,  my cost without tax was $3.00. The hours of the bookstore are 10 AM – 6 PM Monday through Friday and it is located at 1776 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

You'll note in the following list of events that I'm trying to anticipate the fall season by sharing a few of the less publicized cultural events that might have broad appeal.

And I'm hopeful that even more of you than usual will seek out my other blog:

It's my report of an event I attended recently that I wish I could share with all America!

Thursday, 11
Book lecture: John Yochelson: "Loving and Leaving Washington: Reflections on Public Service"  Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Friday, 12
Concert: Jazz in the Garden – saxophonist Paul Carter – the highly popular series of weekly jazz continues in the Sculpture Garden – National Gallery of Art – 5 PM – 8:30 PM
Saturday, 13
Old Time Radio
August 13, 2016, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Members of the Metropolitan Washington Old Time Radio Club will re-create three broadcasts complete with sound effects the Golden Age of Radio: a 1940 episode of the soap opera, John s Other Wife, a 1936 episode of the children s series Little Orphan Annie (two examples of daily, 15 minute radio serials), and a 1949 episode of the private-eye series Pat Novak for Hire, a self-contained thirty minute evening program. This event will be held in the Coolidge Auditorium inside the Thomas Jefferson Building.
Location: Jefferson Building, Ground floor, Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-5508

The Inner Landscapes of Bruce Baillie
August 13-21
A founding member of independent film distributor Canyon Cinema and cofounder of the San Francisco Cinematheque (with artist Chick Strand, in 1961), Bruce Baillie (b. 1931) is a true pioneer of American avant-garde film. His experiments in sound and image are firmly rooted in the land and the observational, often connecting to a place, mood, history, and mythos of the American West, while remaining entirely subjective, always evocative, and unabashedly playful. From the very beginning, Baillie stretched the technical limits of his medium with optical printing, superimpositions, and other visual and aural collaging methods. Three programs of his 16mm film work have been chosen for this series from the recent retrospective All My Life: The Films of Bruce Baillie. With thanks to curator Garbiñe Ortega and to Antonella Bonfanti, executive director of Canyon Cinema, for the generous loan of these 16mm film prints.
Why Take Up the Camera?
August 13 at 2:30
East Building Auditorium

Charles Covington 
8/13/2016 at 6:00 PM

Featured Artist(s)
Charles Covington Jr.
Sunday, 14
Searching for Heroes
August 14 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 3pm
LOCATIONAmerican Art Museum
Sejoon Park made his orchestral debut at the age of ten, and since then has received top prizes from numerous piano competitions. A graduate of the Peabody Institute and The Juilliard School, Park has appeared on stages across the U.S. and has been a soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, among others.
For more on Sejoon Park click here.

Etudes-Tableaux Op.33............................. Sergei Rachmaninoff
Fragilité, Op. 51, No.1................................. Alexander Scriabin
Sonata No. 5, Op.53.................................... Alexander Scriabin
Pictures at an Exhibition........................... Modest Mussorgsky

Monday, 15
Book Lecture: Rosa Brooks – "How Everything Became War and the Military Became Everything: Tales from the Pentagon" – P and P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 16
Big band concert: John Kocur band performs jazz favorites – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – noon – 1:30 PM

Wednesday, 17
Book Lecture: Terry Tempest Williams – "The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America's National Parks" – P &P – 7 PM

Movie: "Sue, Mai and Sawa: Righting the Girl Ship" - heartwarming drama about three women struggling with their careers – Japan Information and Cultural Center – 1150 18th St., Northwest – registration required – - 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 18
Concert: American Roots Concert series features vintage #18 with soul and blues – US botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM to 7 PM

WHENThursday, August 18, 2016, 5 – 7pm
CATEGORIESAfter Five, Performances
LOCATIONAmerican Art Museum
Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? Local artists from ArtJamz set up a temporary studio, offering an opportunity to paint your own canvas while you listen to music during theTake 5! programs. Register at
Guitarist Kenny Burrell’s career spans over 60 years and he continues to influence jazz guitar. Josh Walker and his ensemble will pay tribute to Burrell’s tone, time, and technique by presenting a variation of arrangements to reflect the depth and impact of Burrell’s unique and unparalleled contribution.

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