Thursday, February 9, 2017

Free cultural event for the week beginning Friday, February 10

I'm truly sorry that you missed the many events I was able to attend last week. I know I'll make some of you jealous by telling you of the jazz films at the National Gallery of Art. Two hours of early film of the music of Duke Ellington. And that was followed by one of my all-time favorite films, "Anatomy of a Murder". If you haven't seen it, it's a must!

And you might note that Jazz films continue this week at the National gallery of Art, so you are in luck!

But the more timely and dramatic event I was able to attend at the National Archives was the book talk by Timothy Tyson on his recent mind-boggling book, "The Blood of Emmett Till".  But the good news is that you can see the hour and 15 minute lecture yourself by going to my weekly Rant at

While I haven't read the book yet, the lecture and audience reaction you will see is remarkable and I can't recommend it highly enough.

And just look at how very many free events there are this week.  I'm especially eager to have a great attendance for friend Bob McDonald as he "does" Sinatra on Wednesday night.  It'll be a GREAT show!

And remember, even more can be found in the weekly free Current Newspaper.

Friday, 10
Book lecture: Daphne Merkin: "This Close to Happy: A Reckoning with Depression" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

New exhibit   "Baseballs Greatest hits: The Music of Our National Game" – sheet music, scores and photos from the performing arts collection housed in the music division – exhibit open July 22 from 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM – performing arts reading room – Madison Building – Library of Congress

Book lecture: Alice Rothschild – "Condition Critical: Life and Death in Israel/Palestine" – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM

Art artifacts and discussion: Walter Evans discusses Carl van Vetchen's portraits of various African-American jazz artists – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 11
Book lecture: Lisa Wade – "American Hookup: The New Culture of Sex on Campus" – P&P – 1 PM

Film:, "Elevator to the Gallows" – a melodramatic thriller shot in Paris features a haunting score by Miles Davis performed by and a local pickup quintet including Kenny Clarke – 90 minutes –  East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival - "Me (aka I)" an eye-opening depiction of Tehran's surprisingly robust underworld - 84 minutes - with Persian and English subtitles - (2016) - 4PM

Concert: Medieval music ensemble Eya presents "Florence: The Cultural Crucible" – W. Garden Court – West Building – NGA – noon and 2 PM

Sunday, 12
Book lecture: Ayelet Waldman – "A Really Good Day; dealing with mood disorders and LSD" – P&P – 5 PM

Film: Iranian Film Festival - "Drought and Lie"  - a rare look at Iran's upwardly mobile set - (2016) Persian with English subtitles - NGA - 4PM

Concert: Steinway Series features pianist Kara Huber varied classical program – McAvoy Auditorium – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Book lecture: David Wood – "What Have We Done: The Moral Injury of Our Longest Wars" – St. Alban's Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin Ave. NW – 10:30 AM

Film: "Sweden on the Screen" features the 2017 Documentary Kalmar Nykel: The Forgotten Journey" – Sweden's first voyage to the New World – House of Sweden – 2900 K St. NW. – reservations suggested – 2 PM

Lecture: The Sunday Forum with David Brooks – Washington National Cathedral – 10:10 AM

 Monday, 13
Book lecture: Alec Ross – "The Industries of the Future" – Busboys and Poets – 5th and K – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Daniel Karpowitz – "College in Prison: Healing in an Era of Mass Incarceration" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and the – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Shamus Kahn, Professor of psychology at Columbia University – "Privilege: The Making of an Adolescent Elite" – about the reproduction of the elite through education – Letts Hall– American University – 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. – 5 PM – 7 PM

Tuesday, 14
Book lecture: Martin Torgoff – "Bop Apocalypse: Jazz, Race, the Beats and Drugs" – P&P – 7 PM

Book lecture: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor – "The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgotten Era – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford Theatre – noon

Book lecture: Poet and translator Forrest Gander reads from his new book, "Then Come Back: The Lost Neruda" – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mumford Room – 4 PM

Concert: Celebrating St. Valentine's Day with classic Baroque love duets by Handel and Monteverdi – soprano, countertenor and continuo – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW – 12:10 PM

Concert: Omar and Ilana – "Gardens for the Lush" mystical Islamic philosophy, romantic love poetry and Hindustani sitar – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: The 28th annual Black film Festival features the 2015 movie, "The Ground on Which I Stand" at 4 PM and the 2016 movie "Almost Christmas" at 6 PM – room A – 5 – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Wednesday, 15
Book lecture: Elizabeth Dowling Taylor – "The Original Black Elite: Daniel Murray and the Story of a Forgot Era" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Serbian columnist Melina Ttobozie Garfield - "The American Wives" - Library of Congress - Contact: 202-707-4371 – noon

Concert: Atlantic Reed Consort present "American: Branches From Beginning Jazz -  inspired music by Leonard Bernstein and Charlie Parker and contemporary works – West Building Lecture Hall – National Gallery of Art – 12:10 PM

Concert Vocalist Bob McDonald and his band celebrate the songs and life of Frank Sinatra – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Book lecture Barbara Feinman Todd – "Pretend I am Not Here: How I Worked With Three Newspaper Icons: One Powerful First Lady and Still Manage to Dig Myself out of the Washington Swamp" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Film: "Cineforum" features the 2011 film "La Krytonite nella Borsa" a coming-of-age story set in Naples 1973 – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy – 3000 Whitehaven St. NW. – 7 PM
February 15, 2017 | 7:30 pm

Daniel Gutmann is a young singer and musician from Austria. The upcoming bass-baritone is currently a vocal student at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Vienna. In 2017, he will be on tour with his solo program in the United States (New York, Washington D.C.) and Singapore. Further concerts with the COMPANY OF MUSIC and the music theater group ANIMATO will take place in Austria and Germany. Daniel Gutmann will be accompanied by New York-based pianist Peter Walther. Together they will perform songs by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioachino Rossini, Andrew Lloyd Webber and many more. Come and join us at the ACFDC for an amazing night of classical music!

When: Wednesday, February 15, 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, 16
Book lecture: John B. Judis - "The Populist Explosion: How the Great Depression transformed America and European Politics" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Upstairs Inferno" (2015) – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford Theatre – Contact 202-707-8437 – noon

Film: "The Mark of Zorro" (1940) – Library of Congress – Madison Building – Mary Pickford
Theatre – contact – 202-707-5603 – 7 PM

Concert: American Pop Orchestra and Broadway actress Bayla Witten – First Congregational United Church of Christ – 945 G St. NW – 1250 – 1245

Concert: The Take 5! Jazz Series features drummer NasarAbadey and his Quartet celebrating the work of Eric Dolphy – Coast Guard courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM – 7 PM

Lecture: David Laskin -"The family: A Journey into the Heart of the 20th Century" discusses the history of the Jewish ghetto in Venice – reservations required – – 7 PM

Film: "The Fireman's Ball" a tribute to Milos Forman 85th birthday – Embassy of the Czech Republic – 3900 Spring of Freedom Street and W reservations required by February 14 – – 6 PM

An Evening with the Mt. Rushmore Presidents
  • Date: Thursday, February 16, 2017
  • Time: 7:00 pm
  • Location: William G. McGowan Theater, Washington, DC
How often do we have the opportunity to experience four Presidents engaged in discussion?  Join us for a lively, interactive program featuring the Presidents whose images were carved into Mt. Rushmore.
Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer will moderate a panel featuring President George Washington (portrayed by Ron Carnegie), President Thomas Jefferson (portrayed by Bill Barker), President Abraham Lincoln (portrayed by George Buss), and President Theodore Roosevelt (portrayed by Joe Wiegand).  

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