Thursday, September 21, 2017

Special Edition: Free intellectual and cultural events for September 22 - 29

A visit from my daughter causes me to find worthwhile activities to attend while she is here.  I thought I would share them with you.  And also remind you of my two ventures where I continue to add my two cents worth.
I'll soon be embarking on my 5th Ask Me Anything on Reddit where I have previously answered thousands of questions.

Obviously my sources this week are but one, Politics and Prose Bookstore.  You can overcome this time constraint by going to today's THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER to seek out other event.  However this alone has so many outstanding events that it shows the fortune we have to live in DC.

Friday, 22
Book lecture: "Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History"  – Katie Tur – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 23
Book Lecture: "We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations that Matter" – Celeste Headlee – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The House of Government: A Saga of the Russian Revolution:" – Yuri Slezkine – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Thanks, Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years" – David Litt – P&P – 6 PM
Sunday, 24
Book lecture: "Another Fine Mess: America, Ugandaand the War on Terrorist (Columbia Global Report)": – Helen Epstein – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "One Nation After Trump: A Guide for the Perplexed, the Dissoluted, the Desperate and the Not – Yet Deported – E. J. The Dionne, Jr. Norman J. Ornstein and Deborah Tanner – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "The Cuban Affair" – Nelson DeMille – A thriller of a novel based in Florida and Cuba – P&P – 5 PM

Monday, 25
Book lecture: "Gorbachev: His Life and Times" – William Taubman – in conversation with David Green of NPR's Morning Edition – P&P 7 PM

Tuesday, 26
Book lecture: "Mayhem: A Memoir" a harrowing look at drug addition - in conversation with Scott Stossel, Editor of The Atlantic  – P&P 7 PM

Wednesday, 27
Book lecture: Michael Korda "Alone: Britain, Churchill and Dunkirk - Defeat into Victory" – P&P 7 PM

Thursday, 28
Book lecture: "Man of the Hour: James B. Conant Warrior/Scientist" – Janet Conant – 7 PM – P&P

Friday, 29
Book lecture: "Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook" – Mark Ray – P&P – 7 PM 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

A continuing alert that I have discontinued publishing. - It's been fun communicating with so many!

Reduced energy, too much travel and too much excitement in life at 91 keeps me from continuing to publish this weekly listing of free cultural events.  BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS that notice of events is easily available to all of us.
  • Of course the most complete listing easily available to all in the D. C. community is THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER -  It's distributed throughout the city on Thursday.  Giving about 30 minutes to this each week would enable you to discover almost all the events I've culled for the listing for five or so years.
  • Most government and cultural agencies have mailings and Internet listings of free events.  They can easily be made available to you weekly and monthly.  A list of just a few of those I have used are:
      • George Washington University
      • Georgetown University
      • American University
      • Johns Hopkins University
And periodically I may "throw out" a mention about something special that caught my eye and put it on this blog site.

And I'm continuing to "have my say" occasionally about life as I see it at:

I've given lots of thought to the current one,


I hope you will have time to check it out.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week through Friday, August 18

I'm glad you found me on your own. I' hope you'll continue to do so and share my blog listings with others. Remember that many of the events are available throughout the world on the Internet. I'm gone next week visiting family in Michigan - so there will be no listing - but will be back again on Thursday, August 24.

I hope you will also read my weekly Rant telling of the experiences of a well seasoned nonagenarian.  This week's reminiscence is about the positive experience of giving up my drivers license and the surprising benefit it provided along with some lifelong insights about "THE GOOD LIFE".

Remember.  It is at                  

Friday, 11
Book lecture: "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and other Essays" – Paul Kingsnorth – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Concert: The United States Army band performs bluegrass at the United States Department of Agriculture is National Farmer's Market Celebration – Lawn – US Department of agriculture – 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW – 11 AM

Film: Movies of the Revolution: America Films 18th – Century France" – Jack Conway's 1935 movie "A Tale of Two Cities" with outstanding Hollywood stars – East Building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Saturday, 12
Movie: "Testament of Youth" (2014) – a young woman leaves Oxford University to become a war nurse – Madison Building – Library of Congress – third floor – Pickford Theatre – 2:30 PM

Concert: Eccentric Six–member Korean band performs modern rock and deep – rooted Korean folk music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Family program for all ages: The Daughters of the American Revolution Worlds Fair provides crafts, music, games and food that debuted at Worlds Fairs – DAR Museum – 17th and C Streets Northwest – 10 AM to 3 PM

Film: Continuing: "French films depicting the 18 century – William Dieterle's 1934, "Madame du Bsrry" with Dolores Del Rio – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM

Sunday, 13
Concert: Six young winners of the 1932 international young artists piano competition – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Steinway Series features pianist Natalia Kazarian performs Haydn, Ravel and Chopin – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Film: Gaumont at 120: Twelve unseen Treasures" features eminent Polish director Andrzej Wajda's 1988 movie "Lez Possedes" - East building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 14
Book Lecture:  "Too Fat,, Too Slutty, Too Loud:The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" - Anne Helen Petersen - P&P - 7 PM

Concert: The United States Naval Academy band superintendents Combo performs works of jazz in various styles – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 15
Book lecture: "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" – Robert Wright – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Dr. Lori Glaze, NASA scientist – "Venus: the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet" – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Saxophonist Peter Anderson and clarinetist Will Anderson perform unique renditions of jazz classics and innovative original music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. toward West – 12:10 PM
Wednesday, 16
Book lecture: "Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post American World" – Suzy Hanson – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The British Invasion" features a screening of "Rhythm 'N Greens" (U. K. 1964) –

Concert: Starlight Orchestra performs big band sound – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan's Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – Noon to 1 PM – Pickford Theatre – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM to 9 PM

Thursday, 17
Book lecture: "How to be a Muslim: An American Story" – Haroon Moghul With Wajahat Ali - P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Take Five! Jazz Series features Gingerbred with outstanding local musicians – Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM to 7 PM

Friday, 18
Book lecture: "Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Work for Freedom at the Ballot Box" – Angela P. Dotson with Dorothy Gilliam - P&P – 7 PM

And always remember, a more complete listing of both free and charged events are available each week in more detail in the weekly Current Newspaper distributed every Thursday throughout the District of Columbia

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week beginning Friday, August 4

I'm increasingly finding the need to simplify my life – I guess it's the initial stage of old age. One way to simplify my life with the computer will be to stop sending regular announcements to my various audiences. While I shall continue to put out my listings and Rants (hopefully) every Thursday afternoon I'll depend upon my regular readers to seek them out by remembering:

It will of course still have the weekly listing as well as reference to my Rants and Raves. I encourage you to look at my  R & R this week because it has some of my personal thoughts on that venture of mine. It can always be found at:

You can check periodically.  Remember you can always put the blogs on a header or app.(or whatever it is called).
Friday. 4
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art – Incendio, a world music ensemble – 5 PM – 8:30 PM

Lecture and discussion: The United States Navy B-1 Band – featuring 3 members of the original integrated band and and Alex Albright, historian and author "The Forgotten first: B – 1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy – reservations required – 202 – 433 – 4882 – National Museum of the United States Navy Building 76 – Washington Navy Yard – 805 Kidder Breeze St., Southeast – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Book lecture: Tareq Baconi– "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Saturday, 5
Concert: R&B and pop recording artist Spencer Batiste of the Choctaw tribe – National Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian – performs gospel music and hymns – 2 PM

Films: "Gaumont at 120:12 Unseen Treasures" –  Henri – George's Clauzot's 1943 film – a comedy at 2 PM and Henri DeCon's 1955 film about thugs in a nightclub at 4 PM – National Gallery of Art – East Building

Concert: Composer Andre McCray and performers present scenes from his new musical, "Chasing the Wind" the untold story of King Solomon, his wealth, wisdom and women – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 6
Concert: The New Orleans – based trio, Nutria, perform original swamp – inspired contemporary jazz – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Films: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Films Festival feature to a variety of film including the 1998, "Beast Cops" at 1 PM and Fruit John's 1998 movie "Made in Hong Kong" – at 3:30 PM – Warner Brothers Theatre – Smithsonian Museum of American history 

Monday, 7
Book lecture: Trita Parsi – "Losing and Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy" – Politics and Prose Bookstore – 7 PM

Tuesday, 8
Book lecture: Journalist Thomas Oliphant "The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five year Campaign" – National Archives – Noon

Book lecture: Gilliam Thomas – "Because of Sex: One Law, 10 Cases and 50 Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work – P and P – 7 PM

Wednesday, 9
Book lecture: Henry Fountain – "The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Tour: "Visit DuPont Underground" – explore the city's newest art space, a former trolley station underground at 67 and 8 PM – it violates my rules and charges $16 but……

Thursday 10
Concert: Lincka, a Mexican-American artist from Oklahoma City performs songs in English and Spanish – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Discussion and lecture: National Portrait Gallery educator connects portraits of three prominent Civil War figures, Frederick Douglass, John Brown and Julia Ward Howe – Lobby – National Portrait Gallery – Noon

Book lecture: Eric Love of Dickinson College – "Islamaphobia and Racism in America" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM


Please remember that more events and details can be found in The Current which is distributed throughout the city every Thursday

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 28

Sometimes I almost feel that I am a shill for Politics and Prose Bookstore. But I would take that moniker as a compliment! If there is anything that the last election showed, it is that we need a more enlightened voting populace. With its proximity to thoughtful authors discussing their works almost every day locally – and thanks to the miracle of the Internet – to a worldwide audience, P and P does just that!. One of my personal disappointment's for this blog is that I have not been able to make it more available to high school students. I've tried, but "learned" that students are far too busy with other demands that have a priority. Yet from my personal experience as a lifelong educator I'm well aware of the increasing number of students who are disaffected by traditional instructional patterns. Proof of this is indeed obvious as one looks at dropout rates and the rise of alternative school programs.

It's obvious to me that P&P's daily lectures as well as other cultural listings could provide challenge for many disaffected learners. But enough of this idol daydreaming - on to the list for the week. For another hot week, you'll notice lots of cool movies.

However I also want to urge you to have a look at another issue of great concern to me which I discuss on my other blog. I give my reasons for being disinterested in statehood for the District of Columbia,but, I think, I provide an appropriate substitute measure. It's available at:

Friday, 28
Discussion: "Media's Distortion and Misrepresentation of the Palestinian Issue" – Noor Waz Waz of NPR – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – The Palestinian Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Film: "Lessons of a Dream" – telling the story of the beginnings of football in Germany – Goethe- Institute – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 29
Book lecture: "Talking Pictures: How to watch movies" – Ann Hornaday – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Vice Capades: Sex, drugs and bowling from the Pilgrims to the present" – Mark Stein – P&P – 6 PM

Sunday, 30
Book lecture: "A Man and his Presidents: The political odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.". – Alvin S. Felsenberg – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Campus Confidential: How college works, or doesn't, for professors, parents and students" – Jacques Berlinerblau – P&P – 5 PM

Film: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival"  - Derek Tsang's 2016 movie "Soul Mate" – a fascinating love story – Warner Brothers Theater – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 2 PM

Film: Albert Serra's 2016 film, "Death of Louis XIV" – the bed ridden came continues to conduct the affairs of state – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 31
Book lecture: "Homing Instincts: Meaning and mystery in animal migration" – Sarah Menkedick – P&P - 7 PM
Tuesday, 1
Book lecture: "Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the secrets of the air about us" – Sam Kean – P&P – 7 

Book lecture: "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age" – Washington Post reporter Dan Zach – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Concert: Berkley Brass Ensemble performs works by Bach – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Performance: Zimbabwe dance group – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 2
Movie: Ricardo Milani's 2014 film "Do You See Me?" – A female architect has trouble getting work in Rome – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy6 PM

Thursday, 3
Film: The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Museums preview this Fall's Korean Film Festival with the screening of the forthcoming movie "Battleship Island" – free performance – Landmarks E St., Cinema – doors open 30 minutes before showtime – 7 PM – 9 PM

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 21

Once again this is a rather hurried listing of events because I'm just back from visiting family in Wisconsin. You might also recall that I am beginning to place an emphasis not only on events and topics I am personally interested in, but also those that are on the Internet and available EVERYWHERE..

If you haven't read - or at least read my summary of  Timothy Eagan's "Short Night of the Shadow Catcher" I'd encourage you to read my brief four page summary of the book. I found it fascinating.

 Next week I'll be ranting again about conditions in our nation's capitol that threaten our rights as free citizens - a threat even greater than our failure to have statehood,.

Error note:
Sorry we were given bad info on this concert.  We had erroneously listed it for Sunday.  It is Saturday. 22

YouthCUE's National Honor Choir enlists 150 of the finest high school singers in North America.

Friday,  21
Demonstration: "Cooking History: Exploring Cajun and Creole Food Tradition" – chef David Guas – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 2 PM – a good chance to take a look at the newly remodeled displays at the Museum

Saturday, 22
Book lecture: "Riding with George: Sportsmanship and Chivalry in the Making of America's First President" –Politics and Prose – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Beyond Trans: Does Gender Matter" – Heath Fogg Davis with Shannon Minter – P and P - 6 PM

Film: "House of Bamboo" – Samuel Fuller's 1955 film – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Sunday, 23
Book lecture: "Whistleblower at the CIA: An Insider's Account of the Politics of Intelligence" – Melvin A. Goodman – P and P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "In the Warlord's Shadow: Special Operations Forces, the Afghans , and their Fight Against the Taliban" – Daniel R. Greene – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Devils Bargain: Steve Bannon, Donald Trump and the Storming of the Presidency" – Joshua Greene – P&P – 5 PM

Concert: National Building Museum continues its summer concert series – 2 PM – 3 PM

Film: James Ivory's 1995 "Jefferson in Paris" – East Building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 24
Book lecture: "Divided We Stand: The Battle over Woman's Rights and Family Values that Polarized American Politics" – Marjorie J Spruill - P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Public Wealth of Cities: How to Unlock Hidden Assets to Boost Growth and Prosperity –Dag Detter – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Tuesday, 25
Book lecture: "The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives" – Jesse Eisinger – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Find Your Whistle" – international whistling champion Christopher Ullman will discuss his book and give a demonstration – National Archives – Noon

Lecture: World Affairs Council presents a talk by the Amb. of the state of Qatar to the United States – Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – 6 PM – 8 PM

Wednesday, 26
Book lecture: "The Retreat of Western Liberalism" – Edward Luce – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, 27
Book lecture: "Why? What Makes Us Curious" – Mario Livio – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: "A Drag Salute to Divas and DeVos" – impersonations of top musical legends ranging from Tina Turner to Dolly Parton – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: 2016 film from Korea, "Familyhood" appetizer/social at 6 PM – film at 6:30 PM - reservations required – – Korean Cultural Center – 2370 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

Film: "Raiders of the Lost Ark" – the 1981 Blockbuster – North Lawn – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – reservations suggested – – 8 PM

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

ALL PROGRAMS - except some on Thursday, - are available on the internet

This is the week I changed emphasis (for one week at least) by primarily listing those events that I hope to listen to while visiting another capital city, Madison Wisconsin. For me it's a way to have my cake and eat it – taking the culture of Washington DC with me when I visit family in the Midwest.

And here it is, as promised, this site for listening to this year's July 4 Concert at the Washington National Cathedral. If you enjoy organ, brass and choir, give yourself a treat by setting aside an hour for listening..

And this week I depart from my usual concern with the status of America today on my RANT  blog by summarizing a book – a biography about a man who truly impressed me, Edward S. Curtis.  If you do not have time to read "Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher," I hope you'll at least read my four-page summary. It's by Timothy Egan who also wrote the National Book Award winner "The Worst Hard Time ." As usual it can be found at

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University- Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
Friday, 14
Book lecture: "Who is Rich?" – Matthew Klam with Jake Tapper – P&P – 7 PM

Saturday, 15
Book lecture: "Unshackling America: How the War of 1812 Truly Ended the American Revolution" – Willard Sterne Randall – P&P – 1 PM

Sunday, 16
Book lecture: "Avoiding War With China: Two nations – One World" – Amital  Etzioni – P&P 1 PM

Book lecture: "Lincoln's Pathfinder: John C Fremont and the Violent Election of 1856" – John Bicknell - P&P – 5 PM
Monday, 17

Tuesday, 18
Book lecture: "The Last Palestinian: The Arrives and Reign of Majhmoud Abbas" – Grant Rumley and Amir Tibon – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Raven Rock: The Story of the U. S. Government's Secret Plan to Save Itself - While the Rest of Us Die" - Garrett Graff - National Archives - Noon

Wednesday, 19
Book lecture:  "Dirty Wars and Polished Silver: The Lives and Times of a War Correspondent turned Ambassadrix – Linda Schuster – P&P – 7 PM

Concert:  Millennium stage – Kennedy Center

The Washington Balalaika Society 
7/19/2017 at 6:00 PM

Thursday, 20
Book lecture: "Policing the Black Man: Arrest, Prosecution and Imprisonment" – Angela J. Davis  -P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 7

One of the beauties of this listing of free events is that one doesn't need to be present to enjoy them.  That was particularly true this week for two events. On July 4th Linda and I were privileged to be a part of an enthusiastic full house at the Washington National Cathedral for their annual July 4th patriotic brass ensemble and choir concert. What a marvelous locale for a patriotic concert.  I was actually driven to tears hearing emotional words like "Send me your tired…" and I thought of the present hostility to the "other" in our country. And so here's the advantage for those in DC not able to attend – even those throughout the country – even the world: THEY ARE AVAILABLE ON LINE.

Unfortunately I was unable to attend another outstanding concert.
The final performance of Serenade! features Shanghai No. 3 Girls High School Concert Band (China), Escolania de Montserrat (Spain and Catalonia), Akoo Show Choir (Ghana), and the Nairobi Girls Chorale (Kenya). 
Part of JFKC: A Centennial Celebration of John F. Kennedy 

The concert featured musicians from the various countries where the Peace Corps was active.  To hear the amazing music , go to "Kennedy Center Millennium Stage"

For the July 4th Concert go to
Washington National Cathedral - July 4th Concert - (although at present only the concert from last year is available.  I'll keep you posted as to when the 2017 Concert - even more outstanding - is available 

And many of our book lectures are available on line, especially those at Politics and Prose and National Archives.


Friday, 7
While I don't find much to list that special this today, please remember the Smithsonian Folklife Festival focusing on "Circus Arts" continues from 10 AM to 5 PM through Sunday with dance parties and circus performances beginning at 5:30PM. Remember too the continuation of Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art each Friday from 5 PM to 8:30 PM

Mark Damisch is an American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four. He performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teenager in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. In Salzburg’s Mirabel Gardens, he first considered the idea of touring on his own. Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. Currently he is touring to Washington, D.C., Portugal, Spain, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Serbia, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Uzbekistan, and Russia.
When: Friday, July 7, 2017 | 12:00 pm – noon
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.

Saturday, 8
Book lecture: "The Lives of Dylan Ripley: Natural Scientists, Wartime Spy, and Pioneering Leader of the Smithsonian Institution" – Roger D. Stone – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The Prisoner in His Palace: Saddam Hussain, His American Guards, and What History Leaves Unsaid" – William Bardenwelper – P&P – 3:30 PM

Film: ";Atanarjust: The Fast Runner" – Zacharias Kunuk's 2001 epic selected as the best Canadian film of all time – East building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: "The Good Soldier" the 1960 film about the adventures of a Czech soldier during World War I and the absurdity of war – Pickford Theater – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 2:30 PM to 4 PM
Sunday, 9
Concert: Summer concert series at the National Building Museum – 401 F St. NW. – 2 PM – 3 PM – if you haven't seen this building it would be worth it to go just to see a magnificent structure

Book lecture "Rules for Resistance: Advice From Around the Globe for the Age of Trump – David Cole – P&P – 3 PM

Monday, 10
Book lecture: "Flashpoints: Lessonss Learned and not learned in Malawi, Kosovo, Iraq, and Afghanistan" – author Jade Wu – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – 6 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: "Be Free or Die: The Amazing Story of Robert Smalls Escape From Slavery to Union Hero" – Kate Lineberry – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday, 11
Concert: Bach's  "Goldberg Variations" – Pianist Helene Papadopoulos – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Panel discussion: "Covering the White House: A Panel on the Changing Role of the Press" featuring Peter Baker, Julie Pace and Dana Milbank – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 202 – 387 – 1400 – 7 PM

Wednesday, 12

Book lecture: "Chokehold: Policing Black Men" – Paul Butler – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V Northwest – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Wrestling With His Angel: The Political Life of Abraham Lincoln, 1849 – 1856" – Sidney Blumenthal's second volume of his acclaimed biography – National Archives Building – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, 13
Concert: "Forlorn Strangers" perform Americana and country music – National Garden Amphitheater – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Panel discussion: "President Kennedy and His Legacy" – distinguished panel of historians from the Library of Congress and Harvard University - Smithsonian American Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. Northwest – 7 PM

Lecture: "Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bringing Revolution to the Western Front,'s 1917 – 1918 – Edward Lengel  - Anderson House – Society of the Cincinnati – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 6 PM

Book lecture: "American Fire: Love, Parsing and Life in a Vanishing Land" – Monica Hesse  – P&P -  7 PM
Please remember that more events are listed in THE CURRENT - the local weekly newspaper used to compile these events.  

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, June 29

There is not as much for me to list this week with the holiday on the 4th.  Remember, all the Museums are open .  And here are a few things you might like to consider. I also hope you'll also have a chance to consider my rant at
I've already put it on Facebook since I was so startled by the reality of racism that we whites do not understand in Dvorak's recent article in The Washington Post. 

Friday, 30
Concert: "Serenade! Choral Festival: a JFK 100 Celebration" – with choirs from India and Bulgaria – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Saturday, 1
Concert: Begin your celebration of the Fourth of July with the "All woman Afro/Brazilian band" – steps of the national archives – 1 PM – 2 PM

Films: Luigi Cuomo's 2015 film "Constellations" and Federico Fellini's 1970 film "I clowms" – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Sunday, 2
Concert: David and Ginger Hildebrand of the Colonial Music Institute present 18th century music – Anderson House – 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 2 PM

Monday, 3
Concert: The grand finale of the "Serenade! Choral Festival: A JFK 100 Celebration" with choirs from a dozen worldwide countries – Kennedy Center – 6 PM – tickets will be distributed beginning at 4:30 PM
Tuesday, 4
Concert: United States Air Force String Quartet  celebrates Independence Day – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Concert: Washington National Cathedral annual Independence Day Organ Recital with symphonic brass and the United States Navy's Sea Chanters – National Cathedral – 11 AM

Wednesday, 5
Concert:  Ledward "Led"Kaapana a master of the Hawaiian ukulele and the slack key guitar performs as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Film: Enrico Pau's 2016 film, "Angel of Mercy" – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 6 PM – 7:45 PM 

Thursday 6
Book Lecture: "The Secret History of Jane Eyre: How Charlotte Brontë Wrote Her Masterpiece" – John  Pfordresher – Professor of English at Georgetown University – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, June 23

There may be some – particularly newcomers to the city – who are not aware of the many free concerts we are fortunate have in the DC area. Most of them, of course, are put on by military groups. I am listing just a few of them this week to give a sampling.. I'll only list them occasionally in the future.

Once again you'll note my abbreviated listing – primarily of things appealing to me personally I must admit. Remember that a much longer listing of not only free events may be found weekly in The Current Newspaper issued in the four areas of the city.

I also hope you have an opportunity to read my newly restored, hopefully weekly, rant at:

I'd like to especially call this to the attention of my Reddit readers. I'm not sure I'm permitted to discuss politics or refer to personal blogs directly on their site.  At 91 I find it hard to refrain from commenting on some deeply held feelings about our country.

Friday,  23
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art features blues singer Juanita Williams – Sculpture Garden – NGA – 7th  Street and Constitution Ave., Northwest – 5 PM – 8:30 PM 

Film: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a screening and discussion of the documentary, "The Lost Jews of Kastoria" about an idyllic city in Greece where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia until Germans took control – United States Holocaust Museum – 2 PM

Saturday, 24
Family program:  Pierce MIll will host "Run of the Mill" – Washington's only surviving gristmill in action – Peirce Mill – Tilden Street and Beach Dr., Northwest – 11 AM – 2 PM

Film: Smithsonian American Art Museum about artists features two shorts from 1968 and 1978 – followed by discussion – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, 25
Book lecture Mugambi Jouet discusses his book "Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other" – politics and prose 1 PM

Book lecture: Sarah Yael Hirschhorn, lecturer and fellow in Israeli studies at Oxford University – "City on a Hill–Top: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement" - Busboys and Poets – 5th and the K Streets Northwest – 6 PM – 8 PM

Film: "New Waves: features the 1967 cell "Loin duVietnam" about antiwar sentiments – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" – recent shorts culled from the International Film Festival  in Rotterdam – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – 1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Monday, 26
Concert: United States Navy Concert Band – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Performance: Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus present modern circus arts as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 27
Concert: BeuSoleil Quartet presents Cajun music – in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: Christophe Honors 2016 comedy "Sophie's Misfortunes" – reservations required – Embassy of France – French culture.board 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Wednesday, 28
Concert: Beau Soleil Quartet performs Cajun music from Louisiana – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Concert: The "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Thursday, 29
Concert: The Star – Spangled American Music Series features the United States Army Blues – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert  "The Presidents Own" – United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Lecture: Photographer Camilo José Vergara – who documented segregated communities in American cities through the years and looks at urban decay and gentrification talks about the exhibition "Down These Mean Streets" – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5:30 PM:

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Selected FREE intellectual and cultural events Friday, June 16 - Thursday June 22

Indeed, it is I back again. Ready to make yet another stab at listing intellectual and cultural events each day for the week ahead. It will be a bit different in that I shall usually list only two – or possibly three - events to keep it more simple for me. Yes, I missed the doing it and I was gratified by the many who expressed appreciation for the service.  I now feel more energized to again look at the many local opportunities for learning in our city. It will probably be a bit more personal in listing those things of primary interest to me and highlighting some held at lesser-known venues.

And some of you may have noticed I'm back to Ranting and Raving on my other blog:  I just can't help but add my two cents worth to the problems of these perilous times. Please see:

Friday, 16
Concert: Russian violinist Elena Denisova performs various classical compositions – reservations required – – Austrian Cultural Forum – 3524 International Court NW. – (I've attended many events here and a reservation has never been necessary) – 7:30 PM

Film: Anreas Dresen's, "As We Were Great," about a lost generation that unknowingly became the victim of German reunification – Goethe  Institut, Washington Suite 3, 1990 K St. NW. – reservations suggested - 6:30 PM

Saturday, 17
Concert: "Cowboys and Frenchmen" known for blending traditional American folk and pop with our and be in modern jazz – Kreeger Museum – 2401 Foxhall Rd. NW. – reservations encouraged – – noon – 2 PM

Book lecture: Thomas Wright of the Brookings Institute, "All Measures Short of War: The Contest for the 21st century and the Future of American Power – politics and prose – 3:30 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" featuring the 2015 film, "A Magical Substance Flows Into Me" – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 1:30 PM – 3:15 PM
Sunday, 18
Film: Advanced screening of the National Geographic documentary, "From the Ashes," about the state of the coal industry and what it means for the future – reservations requested – western – Western Presbyterian Church – 24th and G streets Northwest – 1230 to 2:30 PM

Film: Malin Bjorkman-Widell's "Just a Normal Person" – reservations suggested –  – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. (Waterfront area) – 2 PM – 4 PM

I'm only listing films because it promises to be a hot day. Other films are available at the National Gallery of Art at both 1 PM and 4:30 PM. Check their listings on the computer.

Monday, 19
Violating my own rules, I'm listing two events for which there are minor costs.

Lecture: Frank Amoroso considers baseball great Babe Ruth's German-American heritage, the internment of German-Americans during World War I and other baseball lore from his three volume series on baseball – German – American Heritage Museum of the USA – 719 six Street Northwest – five dollars to seven dollars – for more – 6 PM

Lecture: Atlantic's Graeme Wood (who wrote an article in the magazine's June issue about Richard Spencer, leader of the alt-right movement and one of his classmates and others consider "The Rise of Populism and Nationalism" – $15 – 6th and I historic Synagogue – 600 I Street Northwest – 7 PM - $15
Tuesday, 20
Concert: The Choir of St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburg, Scotland present "Sing joyfully: Five Centuries of British Choral Classics – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM
Book lecture: David King discusses "The Trial of Adolf Hitler: The Beer Hall Putsch and the Rise of the Nazi Germany" – politics and prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Book lecture: Douglas Edgerton – "Thunder at the Gates: The Black Civil War Regiments that Redeemed  America" – National Archives – noon

Wednesday, 21
Book lecture: Washington Post reporter will discuss her book, "I Was Told to Come Alone: My Journey Behind the Lines of Jihad" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: The Embassy of Italy hosts a screening of 2012 film "Balancing Act" – about a man who suddenly discovers how thin the line is between well-being and despair truly is – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW – 6 PM -7:40

Lecture: The Law Library of Congress presents "Shylock Appeal, "a mock appeals trial that imagines what happens to "The Merchant of Venice – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 202-707-7024 – 4 PM

Thursday, 22
Film: The Embassy of France will present, the 1937 film by Max Ophuis  – reservations required – – 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Film: "Films at the Stone", The Oscar-nominated film "Fences" – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial – 8 PM
For those seeking a wider listing of free events free and otherwise, I'd like to direct you to the major source of my information, the weekly, Current Newspaper.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The time has come make this be the last of my weekly intellectual and cultural blogs. Aging and travels make it necessary that my diminishing stamina move in other directions.  However, if there is someone with the time (only about a half day of actual work) in keeping it alive, please let me know through a memo our comment, and I'll be happy to share information about the process I have followed. you might like to keep this format or start afresh (there could eve be a commercial venture to something like this for someone more venturous than I.

And while I have more or less closed my other blog –  – I've also added one further thought on it that you might find interesting. It relates to my thinking about one of the most frequently asked questions I've had among the thousands I've responded to on my Reddit's, Ask Me Anything, "What do you consider to be the invention that has most changed American lifestyle in your 90 years?"  It's one I have pondered – and vacillated on – a great deal I like to encourage you to go to my other blog to see my changed perception.

And I must close with an apology to any who thought they were going to the concert of the Smithsonian Jazz Ensemble, Tribute to Ella on Sunday.  Just as me, the found that it was performed on Saturday.

I'll look forward to attending more of these free events and hope you will look for the tall, grey haired man with the cane.
Friday,, 5
Book lecture: "Behave: The Biology of Humans: Our Best and Worst" – Robert M. Sapolsky – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Saturday, 6
Book lecture: "MacArthur's Spies: The Soldier, the Singer and the Spymaster Who Defied the Japanese in WWII" – Peter Eisner – P&P – 1 PM

Book Lecture: "How Did This Happen? Not So Young Anymore -Mary D. Esselman and Elizabbeth Ash Velez " – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "The Case For Impeachment" – Alan J. Lichtman – P&P 6 PM

Concert: The Medieval Music Ensemble: Eya performs "Florence: The Cultural Crucible" – W. Garden Court – National Gallery of Art – Noon and 2 PM

Sunday, 7
Lecture: "The Forest: America in the 1830s: "The Forest of Thought: On the Roof with Robert Montgomery Bird" – Alexander Nemerov, Department chair in the Arts and Humanities, Stanford University – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Concert: Pianist Margaret Leng Tan  performs her new American of avant-garde work, "Metamorphasis" – East Building Auditorium – – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 8
Lecture: In honor of the legacy of Dr. Hisham Sharabi, Dr. Edmund Ghareeb will discuss the contributions of early Arab-American "men of letters" of the Mahjar press, whose writings shed light on the perceptions and positions held within these communities on the issues of Palestine and Arab nationalism. - The Jerusalem Fund -
12:30 - 2:00 P.M. EST

Book lecture: "The Islamic Enlightenment: The Struggle Between Faith and Reason" – Christopher de Bellaigue – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Enduring Vietnam: An American Generation and It's War" – James Wright – P&P – 7 

Tuesday, 9
Book talk: "The Jersey Brothers: A Missing Naval Officer in the Pacific and His Families Quest to Bring Him Home" – Sally Mott Freeman – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Wednesday, 10
Demonstration of materials: "Oh the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files" – Director Susan Karren on the 135th anniversary of the Chinese Exclusion Act – National Archives – 2 PM

Book lecture: "My Cubs: a Love Story" – Scott Simon – P&P – 7 PM

Book Lecture: "Pantsuit Nation" -Libby Chamberlain – P&P – In the Den – 8 PM

Concert: Flutist Laura Falzan and Guitarist Rupert Boyd perform European classics – E. Garden Court - National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Thursday, 11
Book lecture: "The H – Spot: The Feminist Pursuit of Happiness" – Jill Filippovic – P&P 7 PM

Concert: United States Army Concert and – music for saxophone – Smithsonian National American History Museum – 12:30 PM

Friday , 12
Book lecture: "Rising Star: The Making of Barack Obama – David J. Garrow – P&P – 7 PM

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, April 28

Another week with so much to do from John Kasich TOMORROW.  Friday, April 28, to the conclusion of Jazz Appreciation Month on Sunday with the Smithsonian Jazz Appreciation Combo at the Smithsonian American Art Museum'.

Friday, 28
Book lecture: "All Day" – Author Liza Jesse Peterson – a look at the realities of mass incarceration – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Flights of Angels: The Heavenly Orders in the Renaissance" – author Meredith J. Gill, professor of Italian Renaissance art and chair Department of Art history and archeology, University of Maryland – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Film: The Bibliodiscotheque "You Got Served(Screen Gems, 2004) – films memorializing the era of the mid-1970s – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Two Paths: America Divided" – Ohio Governor John Kasich – P&P – noon

Saturday, 29
Film: The Bibliodiscotheque "Celia: The Queen (PBS, 2008) and "Dirty Dancing: Havana Knights" (Lions gate, 2004) – films memorializing the era of the mid-1970s – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Book lecture: "The Happiest Kids in the World: How Dutch parents help their kids" – author Rena Mae Acosta and Michele Hutchinson – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "Madness Rules the Hour" – author Paul Starobin – The Fate of Charleston, South Carolina during the Civil War – P&P – 3:30 PM

Lecture: David H. Plylar discusses the creative process of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 11 AM – 12:30 PM

Sunday, 30
Book lecture: "The Destruction of Hillary Clinton" – author Susan Bordo – P&P 3 PM

Concert: "Ella Turns 100" – Smithsonian Masterworks Jazz ensemble performs classic works of Ella assisted by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Jazz Ensemble – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2 PM

Art lecture: The Sixth-Sixth A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts – "The Forests: America in the 1830s: Emerson, /Raphael and Light Filtering through the Woods" – Alexander Nemerov, Department Chair in Arts and Humanities – Stanford University - West Building Lecture Hall - NGA - 2PM
Monday, 1
Book lecture: "Rigor Mortis" – author Richard Harris – P&P - 7 PM

Lecture: The National Endowment for the Humanities presents the 46th annual Jefferson Lecture in the humanities with Martha C. Nussbaum, philosopher and law professor at University of Chicago – reservations required communications@neh.cov – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 7:30 PM

Lecture: Poetry and the spoken word: Former United States of Poet Laureate, Natasha Treheway – "Writing and Righting Way to Racial Justice" – reservations required – – Washington National Cathedral – 7 PM to 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 2
Book lecture: "The Presidents Kitchen Cabinet: the story of the African Americans who have fed our first families" – Author Adrian Miller – National Archives – noon

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

Lecture: "A Valueless Foreign Policy: Can It Be American?" – Roger: Cohen – New York Times journalist – Kennedy Herter Auditorium – Nitze Building – Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. – reservations required – – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Book lecture: Veteran war correspondent and Columbia University professor Judith Matloff – "No Friends but the Mountain: Dispatches From the World's Violent Highlands – Kramer Books – 1517 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 6:30 PM

Wednesday, 3
Book lecture: "JFK: A Vision for America" – edited by Douglas Brinkley and Stephen Kennedy Smith – Kennedy's greatest speeches along with essays from distinguished authors – National Archives – noon

Concert: "A Journey to Merrie Olde England – A Recital of Organ Music" – St. John's Church in Lafayette Square - 12:10 PM

Concert: "Tonality of Culture" Series presents and Estonian Concert – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Book lecture: "The Political Spectrum: The Tumultuous liberation of Wireless Technology from Herbert Hoover to the Smart Phone" – Author Thomas Hazlett – Kramer Books – 6:30 PM

Film: "Miss Hokusai" – about the daughter of one of the world's most famous artists – Japanese Culture and Information Center – 1150 18th St., Northwest – reservations required - – 6:30 

Thursday, 4
Photographic lecture: Archives technician Matthew Margis discusses the history of African American soldiers in World War I – National Archives – 2 PM

Book lecture: "The Jewish Justices of this Supreme Court: From Brandeis to Kagan" – author David Dalin – National Archives – 7 PM

Book lecture: "Janesville: An American Story – author Amy Goldstein – "Goldstein notes that the American dream as seen in Wisconsin of upward mobility has become an anachronism" – P&P 7 PM

Concert:Songs of the Resistance – Joe Uehlein – Busboys and Poets – Tacoma – 6 PM to 8 PM

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for four days beginning Monday, April 24

With visitors coming for the next two weeks I'm back suggesting interesting things for them to do.  I thought some of you might also be interested.

Monday, 24
Concert: Ella@100 – piano Jazz series featuring various artists – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – all week long – Noon to 1 PM

Panel discussion: "Roy Lichtenstein – Mexico – The Mural Tradition" – distinguished panel including Dorothy Lichtenstein, president of the Roy Lichtenstein Foundation – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Book lecture: Amital Etzioni, Professor of International Affairs at George Washington University – "Avoiding War With China: Two Nations, One World" – reservations required – warwithchina -Room 505 – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. NW. – 4:30 PM – 6 PM

Book lecture: David Grant – "Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Lecture: Folger Shakespeare Library director Michael Whitmore delivers the Annual Shakespeare Anniversary Lecture celebrating the Bards 400th anniversary, "The Wonder of Will" – reservations required – 202-544-7077 – Folger Shakespeare Library – 201 E. Capitol St., Southeast – 7 PM

Tuesday, 25
Concert: Blues Alley Youth Orchestra – an 18 piece big band ensemble salutes Ella Fitzgerald on the day of her Centennial celebration – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: Historian Elizabeth Cobbs - Texas A&M University professor – "The Hello Girls: America's First Women Soldiers" – 223 American women sent to France in 1918 because of their skill as telephone switchboard operators – National Archives Building – Noon – 1 PM

Lecture: Curator Larry Applebaum presents "Celebrating the 100th Birthday of Ella Fitzgerald" – items and recordings from the Library of Congress –Whttall Pavilion – reservations requested – 202-707-5502 – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – Noon to 1:30 PM

Book lecture: David Lyon of American University discusses "Base Nation: How United States Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World" – Georgetown Library – 3260 R St. NW. 7 PM

Book lecture: David Owen – "Where the Water Goes: Life and Death Along the Colorado River" -      P and P – 7 PM

Film: Marking the Centennial of American involvement in WWI - "The Great War: Animated Memories" – nine short films – reservations required – – Embassy of France – 7 PM

Wednesday, 26
Concert: Ella @ 100 Jazz Series continues throughout the week – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – Noon – 1 PM

Book lecture: David Callahan – "The Givers: Wealth, Power, And Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Cellin Gluck's movie, "Persona Non-Granada" a true story of Japanese diplomats who issued visas for Jewish refugees saving 6000 lives – Auditorium – Bunn Intercultural Center – Georgetown University – reservations required – - 5 PM to 8 PM

Concert: West Garden Trio – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM
Thursday, 27
Book talk: Lynne Olson – "Last Hope Island: Occupied Europe, and the Brotherhood That Helped Turn the Tide of War" – P&P – 7 PM

Concert: George Washington University Latin Jazz Band – Noon – 2 PM – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – noon – 2 PM

Lecture series:Anne Hillerman, author of "Song of the Lion" will speak as part of the "Women Who Inspire" Lecture Series – reservations required – - Nitze Building - Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies – 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 630

Panel discussion: "The Future of National Health Insurance" with Alice Rivlin and Stuart Butler – Moot Court Room – University of the District of Columbia – David A. Clark School of Law – 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. – reservations required – - 6 PM – 8 PM,

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Free cultural events fro the week beginning Friday, March 31

A special announcement for jazz lovers! The 2016 national endowment for the arts Jazz Masters you Concert will be held at the Kennedy Ctr., Concert Hall on Monday, April 3. While tickets are no longer available there will be a small allotment of tickets available the night of the concert. This year's honorees are Dee Dee Bridgewater, Dick Hyman, Dr. Lonnie Smith, Ira Gitler and Dave Holland. (The award ceremony last year was held at the Kennedy Center last year, and I had no problem getting in.) The concert will also be live streamed at
the concert begins at 7:30 PM


My last Rant fr the near future is also available at

Friday, March 31
Concert:  Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead presents emerging jazz artists and composers – Kennedy Center – Millennium Stage – 6 PM

Lecture: "Hamilton: Man and Musical" – Dan Sherman – Spring Valley Building – American University – reservations required – – Noon – 1 PM

Discussion and luncheon: "Listen Up America: Forging Our Agenda for Justice" – The Seventh Annual Stateswomen Women for Justice luncheon and Forum with Bernice King and others – reservations required – RSVP at –– National Press Club – Noon to 2 PM

Film: Detlov Buck's adaptation of his German film, "Measuring the World" – Goethe-Institut – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Saturday, April 1
Book lecture: "Hell's Traces: One Murder, To Families, Thirty-Five Holocaust Memorials"" – Author Victor Ripp – Politics and Prose – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The House Of the Dead: Siberian Exile under the Czars" – Daniel Beer – P&P – 6 PM

Choral workshop: Brahms "Requiem" workshop on conducting excerpts with members of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra – Wonder Bread Factory 641 F St. NW. – Washington performing – 10 AM

Concert: East Capitol River Jazz presents pianist Mark Meadows performing and explaining the music of Thelonious Monk – reservations required – – Recitals Studio – Building 46 – West – University of the District of Columbia – 2 PM

Film: Doodles - East Building - National Gallery of Art
Sat Apr 1 (2:00)
A mixture of Segundo de Chomón’s delightful early oddities,
vintage commercials, contemporary stick figure animations
by Calpurnio Pisón, and more, with emphasis on humor
and absurdity. . Total running time 65 minutes

Modern Times - East Building - NGA
Sat Apr 1 (3:30)
Advertising gems, a bedtime marching song for children’s
television, animated folk tales, and other pop-culture delights
make for a whimsical look at the last century: Spots Estudios
Moro (commercials 1954–1964, 16 minutes); The Warrior
Maiden (Julio Taltavull, Pepita Pardell, 1974, 12 minutes);
William Wilson (Jorge Dayas, 1999, 10 minutes); Blind Man’s
Bluff (Isabel Herguera, 2005, 7 minutes); Exemplary Lives
(Carles Porta, 2008, 11 minutes); Maria’s Journey (Miguel
Gallardo, 2010, 6 minutes); Vía Tango (Adriana Navarro,
2013, 3 minutes); and Onemoretime (José González, Tonet
Calabuig, Elisa Martínez, 2014, 5 minutes). Total running time 82 minute

Sunday, 2
Book lecture: "Stranger in a Strange Land: Searching for Gershom Scholem and Jerusalem" –  George Prochnik - P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: "The Spider Network: The wild the story of a math genius, a gang of backstabbing bankers, and one of the greatest scams in financial history" – David Enrich – P&P 3 PM

Concert: Howard University Jazz ensemble opens Jazz Appreciation Month– National Portrait Gallery – 3 PM

Concert: DC Chamber Music Society presents works of Glass, Brahms and Prokofiev – St. Mark's Capitol Hill – 301 A Street Southeast – 3 PM

Panel discussion: Distinguished panel considers "The Many Faces of Simone de Beauvoir – reservations required – 202-783-7370 – Performance Hall – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 2 PM

Presentation and discussion: Ford's Theater Society and the American Friends of the check Republic present "The Accidental Hero" – reservations required - ford' – Ford's Theater – 7 p.m. – 8:30 PM

Lecture: The 66th A. W. Mellon lectures on the Fine Arts – "The Forest: America in the 1830s:' The Tavern to the Traveler: On the appearance of John Qiedor's Art" – distinguished professors from Stanford University – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Film: Ugetsu - National Gallery of Art - East Building
Sun Apr 2 (4:00)
One of the celebrated treasures of the jidai-geki tradition is
Kenji Mizoguchi’s Ugetsu, recently restored in a 4K digital
version. Invoking an eighteenth-century Japanese ghost tale,
Ugetsu recounts the story of a folk potter seduced by a phan
tom princess when he leaves home to sell his wares. When
he returns, all is in ruin. The trio of stars
—Masayuki Mori,
Kinuyo Tanaka, and Machiko Kyō
—plus Kazuo Miyagawa’s
moody cinematography form a near-flawless work. (Kenji
Mizoguchi, 1953, subtitles, 97 minutes)

Monday, 3
Book lecture: "You're More Powerful Than You Think: A citizen's guide to making change happen" – Eric Liu - Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: "Sex and the Constitution: Sex, religion and law from America's origins to the 21st century" – David Enrich -  P&P – 7 PM

Jazz concert: Paquito D' Rivera performs saxophone and clarinet music – presented by the National Endowment for the Arts at the Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM
remember limited tickets may be available for the annual Jazz Masters Concert at 7:30 PM

Panel discussion: Authors and scholars Geraldine Brooks, Paul Harding, Stephen Knapp and Alan Lightman will join Marianne Robinson in a panel discussion centered on the intersections of faith, fiction and the imagination – Kluge Center – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 202 – 707-5394 – 7 PM – 9:30 PM

Tuesday, 4
Book lecture: "Protestants: The faith that made the modern world" – Alec Ryrie – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: "Asylum Seekers in Europe: A Crisis in Europe, the United States and the World" reservations required – – room 602 – Elliott School of International Affairs – George Washington University – Noon – 2 PM

Panel discussion: "Remembering Past Wars''' And preventing the Next" – an event marking 100 years since the United States entered World War I – distinguished panel – Busboys and Poets – 5th street and K Northwest - reservations requested – worldbeondwar.org100DC – 6 PM to 8 PM

Film: The Italian Cultural Institute presents the 2013 film "A Lonely Hero" a Chaplinesque Odyssey through the world of work – reservations required www.– - Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – 6 PM – 7:40 PM

Wednesday, 5
Concert: Durufle's "Requiem" – Georgetown University Singers – Dahlgren Chapel of the Sacred Part – Georgetown University – 7:30 PM – 9 PM

Film: "The Age of Consequences" about the impact of climate change on resource scarcity, hydration and conflict with the following discussion – Doyle/Forman Theater – McKinley Building – American University – 6:30 PM

Lecture and Discussion - The Rosenburg Files ‒ The Federal Ministry of Justice, and the Nazi-Past
 6 - 8 pm
Goethe-Institut, 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St. between I and K streets)

During his official state visit to the United States, the Parliamentary State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection Christian Lange will draw particular attention to the Rosenburg Project, a recent investigation into the Ministry’s national-socialist legacy during the early years of the newly founded Federal Republic of Germany.

State Secretary Christian Lange, German Federal Ministry of Justice and Consumer Protection

Concert: Soloists from St. John's Choir – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 12:10 PM

Thursday, 6
Jazz Concert: The United States Air Force Bands Airmen of Note – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert: Drummers and dancers from Japan perform thundering taiko drumming and traditional Japanese dance – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture: "The Gatekeepers: How the White House chief of staff defined the presidency" – Chris Whipple – P&P – 7 PM

Special event: Architecture month begins with a Spanish tapas and refreshment party as well as two exhibits – "Exporting, Spanish Architecture Abroad" – reservations requested – former residence of the Ambassadors of Spain – 2801 16th St. NW. – 6:30 PM – 8 PM

And here's an interesting event for the near future

 Panel Discussion on

 Debating the Merits of the Trump Administration's New Travel, Immigration and Refugee Ban


Johns Hopkins University
School of Advanced International Studies
1740 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20036

Contact on the internet to make areservation

Danielle Pletka (SAIS M.A.)
Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies
American Enterprise Institute

 George Biddle (SAIS M.A.)
Chairman, World Connect
Former Executive Vice President, International Rescue Committee

 Alex Aleinikoff
Director of The Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility
The New School

 James Jay Carafano
Vice President for the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy, The Heritage Foundation

 Moderated by

Margaret Warner
Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent
The PBS NewsHour

Monday, April 10, 2017
11:00am to 12:30pm

And as a postscript: I hope no one else attempted to attend the Tuesday concert at Union Station commemorating the birth of Arturo Toscanini. It sounded too good to be true, and it was. I hope no one else made the unnecessary trip – my source I'd be glad to know if this really did occur.