Monday, November 21, 2016

Information about free cultural and intellectual event in Washington D. C.

As indicated last week I have discontinued publishing the weekly listing of events. It is my hope that someone can assume the work. It has weekly reached from 1000 to 2000 readers.  In the meantime I encourage you to check the very complete and informative listing of both free and cost events in The Current available throughout the city weekly.
The weekly listing of free events through Friday, November 25 is still available on the previous post.

Ron Lehker

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, November 18

As the holiday season begins with Thanksgiving, the number of events will multiply between now and January 1. I'll be with my "scattered family" throughout the country and not able to publish. I therefore highly recommend that you access The Current which is published weekly and has the best listing of both free and cost events that I know of.

I've also found that the intern arrangements that I had anticipated were not sustainable. As I near 91, I am more drawn to ranting and raving and responding to the thousands of questions I've received on Reddit, Thus I find I am unable to continue with the weekly blog. I'm hopeful that some reader might respond to the challenge of keeping it alive in the future. My grandson and I I would be happy to work with anyone to assist in making the transition either now or in the new year.

Indeed I shall miss the contact I have had with many of you for years on my weekly culture blog. I hope you will take time to check my increased ranting at
This week end I hope to begin tackling the topic: HOW WE LIBERAL ELITE LOST THE ELECTION.  Check it out Friday afternoon. 

And I think many of you will find the questions asked of me by young people on Reddit to be most interesting.  My answers to their fascinating questions can be found on Reddit's "Ask Me Anything"at

Friday, 18 
Book lecture: Talmage Boston – "Cross – Examining History: A lawyer gets answers from the experts about our presidents" – National Archives – Noon

Book lecture: Curator Emily Schulz Parsons discusses William J. Weaver's portrait, circa 1806, of Alexander Hamilton – Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Film: "Shooting Stars: Bowie and Prince on film" – Two films from the 1990s – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – reservations required – 202-707-5502 – 7 PM – 9 PM

Saturday, 19
Book lecture: Carol S Steiker, Harvard law professor and her brother Jordan M. Steiker – "Courting Death: The Supreme Court and Capital Punishment" – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: Tyler Ambinder of George Washington University – "City of Dreams: The 400 year epic history of immigration in New York" – P and P – 3:30 PM

Sunday, 20
Concert: World Percussion Ensemble performs the works of some of America's most prominent percussion  composers – Gonda Theater – Davis Performing Arts Center – Georgetown University – 2 PM

Concert: Clarinetist David Krakauer and chamber orchestra perform "Dreams and Prayers" – West Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: "Olga" – Miroslav Janek's 2014 film about Olga Havlova, the famously forthright first lady of the post-communist Czech Republic – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 21
Concert: Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra performs works by Brahms, Verdi, Dvorak and others – Auditorium – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – reservations required – - 7 PM

Book lecture: Wesley Lowery, Pulitzer prize-winning reporter for The Washington Post – "They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: John Edgar Wideman – "Writing to Save a Life: The Lewis Till File" tells the story of the execution of Emmett Till's father 10 years before Emmett was lynched – PNP – 7 PM

Tuesday, 22
Lecture: Syed Tariq Fatemi, Minister of State and special assistant on foreign affairs to the Prime Minister of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan discusses, "Pakistan – U. S. Relations: Present Trends and Future Prospects" reservations required – sais-jhu.eduKennedy – Herder Auditorium – Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Book discussions: Julianne Malveaux discusses "Are We Better Off? Race: Obama and Public Policy" and Michael I. Days – "Obama's Legacy: What He Accomplished as President – Busboys and Poets – 14th and the V streets – 6:30 PM

Lecture Kirsti Kauppi Ambassador of Finland to the United States discusses U. S. – Finland relationships and climate change" – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – free wine and cheese – PM

Book lecture: David Hajdu, music critic for "The Nation" and professor at Columbia University – "Love for Sale: Pop Music in America – the role of popular music in shaping America's music milieu in conversation with Leon Wieseltier  formally of "The New Republic" – P&P – 7 PM

Wednesday, 23
Take in one of the DC's find Museums

Thursday, 24
Check to see which museums are open

Friday, 25
Art display and discussion: "The journeys of George Catlin" his paintings from the 1830s traveling amidst the Plains Indians – F St. lobby – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Streets NW – 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM

Film: Four films from this year's International Festival of Films on Art held in Montreal each March – featuring - "Soundhunters" – A Musical Expedition," "One Million Steps," "Viva Dada" and "The collection that did not exist" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – Noon

Friday, November 11, 2016

Free cultural events for the week beginning Saturday, November 12

Sorry for the delay and that the list is somewhat abbreviated this week. This week I have extensive used the listing in ""The Northwest Current".  Please see one of their four DC area publications for a full listing of free and paid performances.

Hope you can join me in attendance at some of them.

I also hope you have an opportunity to check what I think is an important message about the election at my other blog:

Saturday, 12
Book lecture: Nina Willner, U.S. Army intelligent officer in Berlin during the Cold War discusses, "Forty Autumns: a family story of courage and survival on both sides of the Berlin wall" – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: John Simpson, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary discusses "The Word Detective: Searching for the meeting of it all at the Oxford English Dictionary" – a memoir – P&P - 6 PM

Film: "The Cave of the Silken Web" – from the Golden age of Chinese cinema – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: A film about Salvador Dali from the 1920 and 30's – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Sunday, 13
Concert: Pianist Katie Mahan performs works by Gershwin and Mozart and others – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Concert: Chuck Redd Ensemble performs jazz classics – Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church – 1 Chevy Chase Cir. – 4 PM

Film: Federico  Fellini'sclassic, "Amacord" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Monday, 14
Discussion: Maureen Corrigan – "The Not-so-Great Gatsby: How Hollywood Misinterprets America's Greatest Novel" – Pickford Theatre – Madison building – Library of Congress – 1 PM

Book lecture: John Hudak, deputy director of the Brookings Institutions Center for Effective Public Management discusses Marijuana: A Short History" – Kramer Books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Tim Hartford of the World Bank – "Messy: The Power of Disorder To Transform Our Lives" – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 15
Concert: Italian saxophone Quartet performs works by Bach, Piazolla  and others reservations required - -– Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. - 7PM

Book lecture: James Conroy – "Lincoln's White House: The Peoples House in Wartime – National Archives – noon

Book lecture: Anaheed Al-Harden of American University – "Palestinians in Syria: Memories of Shattered Communities" – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Wednesday, 16
Art exhibition and lecture: "No Man's Land: Women Artists From the Rubell Family Collection"  – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – Noon - 12:30 PM

Book lecture Francis W. Hoeber – "Against Time: Letters From Nazi Germany, 1938 – 1939 – reservations required - goetheinstitutwashington.eventbrite,com – Goethe-Institut – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6 PM

Lecture: Ambassador John Negroponte – discusses strategies for leading in complex international environments – reservations Room 602 – Elliott School of International Affairs –  1957 E St. NW. – 6 PM – 8 PM 

Thursday, 17
Booktalk: Alexandra Zapruter – granddaughter of the photographer of the Kennedy assassination discusses, "Twenty-six Seconds: A Personal History of the Zapruder Film – P&P -7PM

Booktalk: Alona Frankel – "Girl: My Childhood and the Second World War" a memoir about growing up as a hidden child during the Holocaust – Pickford Theatre – Madison building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Special event TODAY

Outstanding panel: Georgetown University "election 2016: What Happened? Why and What Does It Mean" – E. J. Dionne, Michael Gerson, Bob Costa, Elizabeth Diaz of Time magazine. 6:30 PM register at

I'm sure this panel was set up with the anticipation of a different result than the 93% of us who voted in DC expected. I signed up but was reluctant to attend given the state of depression I am in.