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

1 comment:

  1. Ron, thanks for keeping this blog going as long as you have. The number of cultural events available in DC never ceases to impress. Enjoy your travels.