Thursday, February 16, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday February 17

Concert: "Either/Or" – Experimental Chamber Group – Coolidge Auditorium – 8 PM – rush tickets generally available two hours before the concert – Pre-Concert Presentation has members of Either/Or –Whittall Pavilion – 6:30 PM – no tickets required

Film: "F is for Fake" Orson Welles' last major film is witty and a subversive look at fakery and forgery, art and illusion – 95 minutes – 1977 – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Film: "From Passage to Chronicle" – recent short films from Paraguay, Brazil, Argentina, Puerto Rico, and Columbia explore some of the long-term local effects of political decisions made many years earlier – 65 minutes – East Building – NGA – 1 PM

Film: "Theater of Conflict" – Chilean film opens the program "We Are More" – 1985 – era of Pinochet – 55 minutes – East Building – NGA – 2:30 PM

Film: "Lantouri" – Iranian film of brutal criminal gang with bold social messages – Persian with subtitles – 115 minutes – East Building – NGA – 4:30 PM

Sunday, 19
Book lecture: Philip E. Auerswald  – "The Code Economy: A 40,000 Year History" – shows us how to prepare for a future that will require us to reinvent how we work and who we are – P & P – 1 PM

Film: Cinema – "Concert: Poncho Villa's Revenge" – 35mm restoration of newsreels and fiction footage accompanied by The Secret Quartet – 50 minutes – East Building – NGA – 4:30 PM

Artist Talk: Smithsonian curator and jazz author John Hasse discusses "In the Groove: Jazz Portrait by Herman Leonard" – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM

Lecture: Matthew Zeller – Co-founder of the nonprofit group ,No One Left Behind, speaks on efforts to help Afghan and Iraqi refugees resettle safely in the United States – St. Albans Episcopal Church – 3001 Wisconsin NW – 10:30 AM

Film and discussion panel – The documentary "Two Blue Lines" – a passionate dispute among Israeli citizens about the occupation of Palestine – a part of the "Voices From the Holy Plan Film Series" – Perry Auditorium – Washington National Cathedral – 2:30 PM – 4:30 PM – series continues for the next month each Sunday

 Special event: "Day of Remembrance" video clips and discussion by former Japanese detainees incarcerated during World War II – Smithsonian Natl Museum of American History – 1 PM – 3 PM

Monday, 20
Book lecture: Joel Whitney – "Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World's Best Writers" – P&P – 7 PM

Special Event: Presidents Day Holiday Main Reading Room Open House – special opportunity to observe the Jefferson Buildings Great Hall from 10 AM to 3 PM

Book lecture: Joel Bird, CEO of Hunger Free America will discuss "America, We Need To Talk: A Self – Help Book for the Nation" – Busboys and Poets – 14th and V – 2021 14th St. NW – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Film: Documentary – "A Thousand and One Journeys: The Arab Americans" – the untold story of almost 200 years of immigration from the Middle East – Busboys and Poets – Fifth and K – 1025 5th St. NW – 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Tuesday, 21
Lecture: "Understanding Seclusion: The Legal Dimensions of the Ghetto" – commemorating the 500th anniversary since the establishment of the Jewish ghetto of Venice – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 10 AM

Book lecture: Christopher Phillips of Queen Mary University of London – "The Battle for Syria: International Rivalry in the New Middle East" reservations required – – Room 505 – Elliott School of International affairs – GWU – 1957 East St. and W – 10 AM – 11:30 AM

Book lecture: Martin Bayly – London School of Economics and Political Science – "Taming the Imperial Imagination:: How the British Empire Came to Know Afghanistan, and Why it Matters" – reservations required - – Room 602 – Elliott School of International Affairs – GWU  – 12:30 – 1:45 PM

Book lecture: Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations – "A World in Disarray: American Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Old Order" – reservations required  - – School of International Service Building – American University – Abramson Family Founders Room – 3 PM – 4:30 PM

Wednesday, 22
Book lecture: Mark Speltz discusses and signs his new book "North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South" – Mary Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – noon

Book lecture: World Affairs Council presents Robie Barrett "The Gulf and the Struggle for Hegemony: Arabs and Iranians, and the West in Conflict - registration requested – 202-293-1051 – Horizon Ballroom – Ronald Reagan Building – 6 PM – 8 PM

Lecture: Alisha Montgomery, News director at WAMU discusses "Donald J. Trump: An Assessment of the First 100 Days of His Presidency – Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Cynthia Barnett - "Rain: A Natural and Cultural History" – Kramerbooks and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Lecture: Trombonist and jazz historian David Sager on the first jazz recording and the events leading up to and following that historic event in 1917 - Recital Hall – Building 46 – West – University of the District of Columbia – 7 PM

Film: Documentary "Mr. Civil Rights: Thurgood Marshall and the NAACP" – Martin Luther King Jr. Library – 10:30 AM

Film and panel discussion: "Film  series "Media That Matters" features "Hate Rising" – inspired by the incident in which the Mexican – born journalist was ejected from a Donald Trump press conference – Doyle/Forman Theater – McKinley building – American University – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 23
Book lecture: Frank Sesno – "Ask More: The Power of Questions to Open Doors, Uncover Solutions and Spark Change" – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Author Jean E. Snyder discusses "Harry T. Burleigh: From the Spiritual to the Harlem Renaissance – Montpelier Room – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 7 PM

Lecture: Susan McDonic -  Assistant Professor of Sociology at American University – "Buddhist Lessons for Living in a Precarious World" – Atrium – Battlle – Thompkins Building – American University – 1 PM – 2 PM

Lecture: Sharmila Sen – Executive Editor at Large at Harvard University Press discusses "Losing and Finding Your Way in the Humanities" – reservations required – - Oak Room – Fellowship House – Dumbarton Oaks Research Library – 1700 Wisconsin Ave.- 5:30 - 7PM

Oscar-Nominated Film
Showcase: 13th
Date: Thursday, February 23, 2017
Time: 7:00 pm
National archives

Friday 24
Film: "Kansas City" – Robert Altman's 1996 35 mm 160 minute film with contemporary musicians like Joshua Redman showing the jazz scene of the shady Hey Club in the 1930s – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM      

Oscar®-Nominated Film Showcase: O.J Made in America Made in America
Date: Friday, February 24, 2017
Time: 11:00 am
National Archives                                                                                                                                                                       



Zeit der Kannibalen© Pascal Schmit
Fri, 02/24/2017


1990 K Street NW, Suite 03
(Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level)
Washington, DC
Germany, 2014, color, 93 min., German with English subtitles, Director: Johannes Naber

Three successful business consultants tour the industrial centers of the world as front-line soldiers of global capitalism to enforce what has been deemed efficient elsewhere. A grotesque story that is both coolly remote and shrill.


  1. Hi Ron,
    I wanted to send you a list of places that I've been adding to over the years but I can't find your email.
    Also, thanks for the new schedule :)

    1. Good to hear from you. I'm at