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.


  1. hi ron - First I must tell you how much i appreciate your weekly (mostly) fact-filled, fun-filled listing of upcoming events. It's a great effort on your end and much welcomed each time I use the information.
    Regarding the Tuesday concert at Union Station commemorating the birth of Arturo Toscanini: I did not understand your comment. Were you there?

    I attended and had a thoroughly enjoyable experience - partly because of the novelty of it all - fast moving trainers rumbling beneath the floor, setting the entire room to vibrate. Meanwhile the soprano soldiers on; professionally. The musicians played beautifully and the soprano made compelling emotional contact.

    1. Indeed i was there at 5:30 and saw and heard NO sound of it. I hope to begin the publishing again soon. I truly enjoy it whether or not I can go to many events. It is exhilarating for a 91 year oldster to feel involved - as long as it is useful