Thursday, January 19, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, January 20

I'm delighted that last week after two months off, there were over1800 hits on the blog in three days.  It's good to be back on schedule again.  Here's a rather hastily drawn up list of free events for both the Inauguration and the Woman's March and the entire week ahead. Having been further stimulated by events of the past year, I'm committed to not only keeping this list alive but also intensifying my ranting and raving. This week I introduce two topics that drew my attention in this week's Washington Post that I think might be of interest to others. I hope you'll check it out at

Friday, 20
Presentation: The Institute for Policy Studies presents "Teach-in on Trump's Plans (And How to     Resist Them" – The Potter's House – 1658 Columbia Rd. NW – 6 PM – 9 PM                                 

Book lecture: Jonathan Chait – "Audacity: How Barack Obama Defied His Critics and Transformed America" – P&P – 7 PM

Teach in on Women's Rights: Fatima Gross Graves, Jennifer Klein and Rebecca Traister - P & P -  4PM

President’s Swearing-in Ceremony
  • Date: Friday, January 20, 2017
  • Time: 11:30 am
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC - National Archives
Saturday, 21
 Solidarity Sing.  We'll learn and then sing Leonard Cohen's "Anthem" in the sanctuary. Open to all--families    especially welcome - All Souls Unitarian Church -   16th and Harvard Streets  NW -   6:45 - 7:45                                                                                                                                                        
Sunday, 22
Film: "Orpheus" –  1950 film about poet obsessed with death – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Dramatic performance: Douglas Taurel – "The American Soldier" – dramatic readings of real and imagined military letters from past wars – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM 

Michael Kazin - War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918

Sunday, January 22 at 5 p.m.
War Against War: The American Fight for Peace, 1914-1918 Cover Image
When is a war worth fighting? The question is as acute now as it was a century ago on the eve of U.S. entry into World War I. Kazin, a professor of history at Georgetown, co-editor of Dissent, and the author of American Dreamers, The Populist Persuasion, and other histories of political philosophy, focuses on the 1914 work of what was then the country’s largest and best organized anti-war movement. Though these “anti-warriors” ultimately lost their battle, for three years they prevented Congress from the massive increase in manpower and weapons war required. Detailing the pacifists’ combined strategies of street demonstrations, peace candidates, and mobilization of suffrage and labor leaders, Kazin finds a laudatory model for today’s activists.
5015 Connecticut Ave NW   Washington   DC    20008 - Politics and Prose

7 p.m. Politics and Prose

"Presidential Inauguration Treasures"

January 23, 2017, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
A two-week display on inaugurations, at the Library of Congress, will feature presidential treasures the handwritten speeches of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln and collections on the lighter side: menus, dance cards and souvenirs. The display will include newspapers, film clips, a demonstration of online resources and a challenging presidential history quiz.The display is free and open to the public. Tickets are not needed.
Location: Mahogany Row A (LJ113), 01 floor, TJB - Thomas Jefferson Building
Contact: (202) 707-2922

January 238 pmCONCERT: Pacifica Quartet with Jörg Widmann (Coolidge Auditorium)  - 8PM - rush tickets generally available 6PM
[6:30pm, Whittall Pavilion - Pre-concert conversation]

:Tuesday, 24

Concert: Alto Barbara Hollinshead and Lutist Howard Bass featuring songs about the passing of time – Church of the Epiphany – 12:10 PM

Discussion in lecture: "The Dreamers Story" – Donald E. Graham, former chairman, the Washington Post Company And Cofounder of the dream.US – a college scholarship fund for needy immigrants – reservations required – - Katzen Arts Center – American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Wednesday, 25
7 p.m. - Politics and Prose3-200

WednesdayJanuary 258 pmCONCERT: Musicians from Marlboro: Michelle Ross, Carmit Zori, Rebecca Albers, Alice Yoo, Nicholas Phan and Lydia Brown (Coolidge Auditorium)
[Nightcap conversation with the artists following the concert]
12:00pm EST -National Archives

Book lecture: Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered Nuclear War

Author Nate Jones tells the chilling story about how, in November 1983, a Soviet misinterpretation of NATO war games almost led to nuclear war

Event | The Blue Danube Reloaded

January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm

In the cold winter months of the year 1866/67 Johann Strauss II composed the world-famous Blue Danube waltz – the melody to which couples around the world swing into the New Year. In 2017 The Blue Danube celebrates its 150th anniversary, if that's not a reason to celebrate! Therefore, join the ACFDC at the special "The Blue Danube Reloaded" event.
The ACFDC organized a short film competition to bring the classical waltz into the age of multimedia and film, the best five submissions will be awarded at this event. Let us surprise you, what else we have up our sleeve! Just a small hint: there is going to be a lot of music!

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2017 | 7:30 pm
Where: Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW, Washington, DC, 20008
Tickets: General admission is free and open to the public.
Free Ticket
                                                               Thursday, 26
Book lecture: Former .U. S.Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates – "A Passion for Leadership: Lessons on Change and Reform From 50 Years of Public Service – National Archives Building – 7 PM – for reserve seat, go to the National Archives Foundation site – if reservations are no longer available, standby tickets are sometimes provided

Lecture: Michael A. Hammer, former U. S. Ambassador to Chile – "Opportunities and Challenges in the Western Hemisphere – reservations required – guevents, Room 450 Bunn Intellectual Center – Georgetown University

Panel discussion: Distinguished panel "Climate Change: The Impact of We, the People" with the 2015 film "Tomorrow" – reservations required – MSC of France – 4001 Richard war Road and W – 5 PM – 8:45 PM


"The Rhythmic Imagination in African Music"

January 26, 2017, 7 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
The world of Sub-Saharan African music is immensely rich and diverse, containing a plethora of repertoires and traditions. In The African Imagination in Music, renowned music scholar Kofi Agawu offers an introduction to the major dimensions of this music and the values upon which it rests.
Location: Montpelier Room, 06 floor, JMB - James Madison Building Building
Contact: (202) 707-5502

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