Thursday, September 29, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, September 30

This week's list is again compiled with the help of the weekly Current newspaper. A special event of note occurs this Friday evening at listener Auditorium. It's the annual National Heritage Fellowships concert sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. It features performances and demonstrations by honored artists in the folk and traditional arts from a Dakota flute maker and player to an Irish button accordionist to demonstrations by shipwrights and basket makers. Although reservations are suggested at– I have never been refused admission. See listing below.

Friday,  30
Concert: Trumpeter Chuck Seipp with organ – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Cir. – 12:15 PM

Special Concert: National endowment for the Arts hosts a National Heritage Fellowships Concert – with a wide variety of performers and demonstrators – Listener Auditorium – 730 21st St., Northwest – 8 PM

Saturday, 1
Film: "Cave of forgotten dreams" – documentary follows the cave expedition that reveals the world's oldest surviving figurative paintings – 95 minutes – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Book Lecture: Ralph Nader – "Breaking Through Power: It's Easier Than We Think " – P&P – 1 PM

Book Lecture: Sarah Gray – "A Life Everlasting: The Extraordinary Story of One Boys to Medical Science" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book Lecture: Arley Russell Hochschild – "Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Morning on the American Right" – P&P 6 PM

Sunday, 2
Book Lecture: Mark Lilla – "The Shipwrecked Mind: On Political Reaction: A History of Political Conservatism" – P&P – noon

Concert and Discussion: Philip Glass performs and discusses the creative process reminiscing about SoHo in the 70s – East building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Monday, 3
Lecture: Matthew Dallek discusses "Campaign History and the Current Race" – George Washington University Museum and textile Museum – 701 21st St. NW. – noon

Tuesday, 4
Salsa Dancing: Jim Byers, host of "Latin flavor classic edition" on WPFW leads his popular "Metro mambo" – video and audio clips from Hollywood films and mambo/salsa demonstration – sixth floor James Madison building – Library of Congress – 3 PM – 5 PM

Film and Discussion: "Equal Means Equal" – real life stories and precedent – setting legal cases in documentary film looking at how women are treated in the United States today – discussion with Kamula Lopez, Director of the film – National Archives – 7 PM

Book Lecture: Tom Rinaldi – "The Red Bandanna: A Life, a Choice, a Legacy – historic story of 9/11 – P&P - 7 PM

Concert: Washington Bach Consort – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Russia's Role in the Middle East" – distinguished panel members – room 602 – Elliott school of international affairs – George Washington University – 1957 East St. NW. – reservation required – - noon to 1:15 PM

Wednesday, 5
Book Lecture: Patrick Phillips – "Blood at the Route: A Racial Cleansing in America" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: United States Army Chorus – Historic St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM – 12:35 PM

Thursday, 6
Concert:  El carro del amor (The Cart of Love) Mezzo-soprano Ana Maria Ruimonte with a Spanish Baroque chamber ensemble presents this unique musical performance combining song, multimedia, and puppeteering – ground floor – Thomas Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Book Lecture: Joseph Lelyveld – "His Final Battle: The Last Months of Franklin Roosevelt" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: American roots Concert series features "Big Virginia Sky" performing bluegrass and Americana music – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 3 PM – 5 PM

Lecture: American poet, memoirist and novelist John Pineda discusses "Filipino Americans: The Other Asian Americans" – Pickford theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Friday, 7
Book Lecture: "The Wedding Heard 'Round the World: America's First Gay Marriage" – story of first legal same-sex wedding in 1971 – National Archives – noon

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, September 22

You can tell from the abbreviated listing of events, that I need help. Thanks to my plea for help, Reddit readers really came through, I have it! Next week you'll see changes with the help of George Washington University student Shannon Johnson. Next week we will publish the list on Thursday rather than Wednesday and I know there will be fewer typos, and I'm delighted to have much needed help.   It's gratifying to note that we continue to get about 2000 "hits" a week

I continue to thoroughly enjoy answering the thousand or so questions I received two months ago on Reddit's AMA (Ask Me Anything).   I thought I would share one of the many questions (and my answer)  on my blog.  You might find it interesting.  It's at

Thursday, 22
Concert: Queen Esther with the blue crown ensemble – jazz blues and soul – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Booktalk: Candace Millard – "Hero of the Empire: the Boer war and the daring escape and the making of Winston Churchill" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Gabriel Munoz and Melodias Borinquenas present Puerto Rican Folk Music from New Jersey – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon

Concert: Steven Scheschareg, bass sings German Leider – Austrian Embassy – 3524 International Court – near the Van Ness Metro stop – 7:30 PM

Friday,  23
Booktalk: Jonathan Tepperman – "The fix:: how nations survive and thrive in a world in decline" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Mark G. Meadows – acclaimed jazz composer, pianist, singer and actor performs a compelling mix of jazz, gospel, R and B, rock and rap with his band "The Movement" – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

 Saturday, 24 
Storytelling: 2016 Peace Corps storytelling contest: Winning storytellers take listeners on a round – the – world journey sharing experiences from time spent in Ecuador, Nicaragua, Swaziland, Togo, Tonga, and Ukraine – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Sunday, 25
Booktalk: Joshua Partlow – "A Kingdom of Their Own: The Family Karzai and the Afghan Disaster" – P&P – noon

Booktalk: Sunil Khilnani – "Incarnations: India in 50 Lives" – P&P 5 PM

Concert: Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University – and energetic gospel journey – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, 26
Booktalk: Bill Ayers – "Demand The Impossible! A radical manifesto" - Busboys and Poets - 14th and V - 6:30PM

Tuesday, 27

2016 Religion and Diplomacy Conference

Tuesday, September 27
1:00 to 4:30 p.m.
ICC Auditorium, Intercultural Center
Georgetown University, 37th & O St.

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Wednesday, 28
Concert: Artemio Posadas presents Mexican music and dance from California – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon

Thursday, 29
Booktalk: Colson Whitehead: "The Underground Railroad" – P&P – 8 PM

Panel discussion "The 14th amendment, the National Park Service and America's Second Founding" – keynote speaker representative James Clyburn (SC) with the Elizabeth Wydra, LuAnn Jones and Kate Mazur – presented in partnership with the Constitutional Accountability Center and the National Park Service – National Archives – 7:30 PM

Lecture: "The Art of Romain Brooks" – Curator Joe Lucchesi – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6 PM

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, September 15

Once again I'm totally in awe of the quality of events that are available to us and how often some of the best are rather poorly attended because of the inconvenient time when they are scheduled. This is often true of events at the National Archives where outstanding authors speak to a small crowd. And they are usually biographies or history of important people and events. The speaker yesterday was Larry Tye who spoke on his book, "Bobby Kennedy: The Making of a Liberal Icon". Of course I haven't read the book yet, but his presentation was so inspirational that it has caused me to get back at my RANTING AND RAVING and share a few things that I think are significant for our present election. I hope you'll take a look at:

And you may wan to check during the week.  I may have more to add.

Thursday, 15
Booktalk: Joe Conason – "Man of the World: The further endeavors of Bill Clinton" – P&P  –  7 PM

Reading and presentation: Simon Schwartz, German cartoonist, discusses his editorials/cartoons regarding life in East Germany – Goethe Institute - 1990 Street Northwest Suite 03 – reservation suggested – 6:30 PM

Concert: "Take 5! John Coltraine celebrated! With the Ted Baker quintet "– Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Symposium: "Nathaniel Comfort, Astrobiology chair leads panel discussing "The emergence of life: On the earth, in the lab and elsewhere" – room LJ 119 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – contact 202-707-0213 – 9 AM – 5 PM

Concert: Onix Ensemble – Contemporary Latin – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Friday, 16
Lecture: Gary Groth, Editor and publisher of Fantagraphics books, presents "Fantagraphics books and the Advent of the graphic novel" – West dining room – six floor – Madison building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Furniture and the future: Maloof symposium – this one day symposium examines historical and contemporary furniture production in light of the rapid changes brought about by the digital age, and what these changes mean for the future of the craft. Full schedule and speakers at - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 9 AM – 5 PM

Film: "The Occupation of the American Mind" with executive producer Sut Jhally - Perceptions of the impasse between Israel and Palestine - The Jerusalem Fund - Light snacks at 5:30 - RSVP - 202-338-1958 - Film 6 - 7:30PM

Concert: "The Marriage of Figaro" – preview performance by young artists – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Saturday, 17
Booktalk: Katli Martin:, "True Believer: Stalin's Last American Spy" – P&P – 3:30 PM

Booktalk: MarkGreiff: "Against Everything: essays on life" – in conversation with Leon Wieseltier – P & P - 7 PM
Lecture series: "A Closer Look: The World of the Ashcan School – Georgetown University professor Bonita Billman presents a three-part lecture series about the artists of the Ashcan School – Smithsonian American Art Museum – space limited: register at – 11 AM – 1 PM

Concert: Brazilian harmonicyst – Pablo Fagundes – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 18
Concert:  The Out of Water Experience – progressive hip-hop band with social justice themes – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Monday, 19
Booktalk: Mark Green – "Bright, Infinite Future: a generational memoir on the progressive rise – busboys and poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Concert: J. A. S. S. Quartet – Indian classical jazz – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 20
Booktalk: Sarah Jaffe: "Necessary Trouble: America in revolt" busboys and poets – 14th & V – 6:30 PM

 Booktalk: Jessica Tracy – "Tke Pride: Why the deadliest sin holds the secret to human success" – P&P – 7 PM

Comedy night: Ben Gleib – millennium stage -  Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 21
Booktalk: Julissa Arce – "My (Underground) American Dream: My true story as an underground imigrant who became a Wall Street executive" – busboys and poets – 14th & V – 6:30 PM

Booktalk: Laura Weinrib: – "The taming of free speech: American civil liberties compromise" – National Archives – Noon

Concert: Gabriel Munoz – Puerto Rican folk music – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Thursday, 22
Concert: Queen Esther with the blue crown ensemble – jazz blues and soul – millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM