Thursday, March 16, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, March 17

Here is the weeks listing of the events.  You'll notice the abundance of film, primarily those of the very important Environmental Film Festival.

This may already be at capacity but you still might try to get in to the following stellar event for two weeks from now, April 4.

A Conversation with General Michael Hayden Former Director of the Central Intelligence Agency and National Security Agency
Johns Hopkins University - The Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS)
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 12:00 PM (EDT)
Washington, D.C.
RSVP here please

And after spending too much time this last week watching MSNBC, CNN and even Fox News, there are some things I just had to get off my chest so I hope you'll take a few moments to look at

Friday, 17
Book lecture: Noah Eisenberg – "We'll Always Have Casablanca: The Life, Legend and Afterlife of Hollywood's Most Beloved Movie" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Films: Spillover: Zika, Ebola and Beyond – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – 6 PM – Food Evolution: Feeding an expanding population – 8:30 PM reservations required – 202 – 342 – 2564 – or

Concert: The Spelman College Glee Club performs gospel, sacred and secular choral music for women's voices – Flag Hall – Smithsonian Museum of American History – Noon

Discussion: Barbara Schmidt, author of "Orchid Care: For the Beginner" discusses "Everything Orchids" – reservations required – 202-225-8333 – United States Botanic Garden – 100 Maryland Ave. SW. – noon – 1 PM

Saturday, 18
Book lecture: Erica Armstrong Dunbar – "Never Caught: The Washington's Relentless Pursuit of their Runaway Slave, Owen Judge" – P&P – 1 PM

Book lecture: Nicholas Reynolds – "Writer, Sailor, Soldier, Spy: Ernest Hemingway's Secret Adventures – 1935 – 61" – P&P – 6 PM

Films: "A Land for War" – poetic documentary portrays the impact of Fort Ord on the terrain and the people – National Gallery of Art – 55 minutes – 2 PM – followed by the 55 minute film produced by the Veterans History Project of the Library of Congress – "Fort Ord: A Sense of Place"

Film: "Light on Earth" – Sir David Attenborough hosts this film about living in light with question and answer session – Smithsonian Museum of Natural History – 2 PM

Special events: "Flavors of Syria" – presented by the Syrian Cultural House and Mosaic celebrates the culture of Syria and of the resistance – National City Christian Church – 5 Thomas Circle Northwest – reservations required - – 10 AM – 5 PM

Symposium: The Abraham Lincoln Institute Symposium – focusing on the life, career and legacy of the president features a variety of outstanding scholars – for information – lincoln– – Ford's Theatre – 511 10th St. NW. – 9 AM to 5 PM

Sunday, 19
Book lecture: Amy Dickinson – "Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things: A memoir of love, loss and coming home" – P&P – 1 PM

Film: Dimitri Shostakovich: Sonata For viola – introduced by Alexander Toradze – an eloquent portrait of Soviet-era composer Shostakovich's life – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Film: "Born in China" – adventures of three animal families – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 1 PM

Environmental film Festival: "Kivlina" portrait of an Inupiaq Eskimo tribe on an island that is disappearing – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 1250 New York Ave. NW. – reservations nmwaorg  – 3 PM – 5PM

Film: "24 Snow" – the harsh Arctic climate of Siberia attracts people seeking freedom and independence – Carnegie Institution for Science – 4 PM

Film: "Behold the Earth" – changing America's habits from living indoors to the outdoors through science and religion and music – E St., Cinema – 555 E Street Northwest reservations required – 202-342-2564 or – 4 PM  - Taken from the Post - you may want to check this out - that is not the address of the theatre

Film: "Columbia: Wild Magic" an extraordinary look at this exotic country with questions and answers following – Carnegie Institution for Science – reservations required – - 7 PM

Concert: The Kruger Brothers and Kontras Quartet perform "Appallation Concerto" – East Garden Court – West Building – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM

Monday, 20
Lecture: Americans for the Arts present its 30th annual Nancy Hanks Lecture of Arts and Public Policy – Speaker Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation – tickets required – 202-371-2830 – Concert Hall – Kennedy Center – 6:30 PM

Presentation: The Shakespeare Theater Company Book Club presents, "Every body Behaves Badly: The True Story Behind Hemingway's, The Sun Also Rises" – Forum – Sidney Harman Hall – 610 F St. NW. – 6:30 PM to 8 PM

Book lecture: Ulrich Boser – "Learn Better" – the author shows that learning itself is a skill anyone can master and gives six key steps – Busboys and Poets – 5th Street and K – 6:30 PM

Book lecture: Sharon Weinberger – "The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA: The Pentagon Agency That Changed the World" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "Tidewater" – the vulnerability of the Virginia and North Carolina coast to rising sea level – United States Navy Memorial, Naval Heritage Center – 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – reservations – 202 – 342 – 2564 – 7 PM
Tuesday, 21
Book lecture: Adam Alter – "Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked" – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The Age of Consequences" investigates the effects of climate change on resource scarcity, migration the and conflict – Carnegie Institution for Science – 1530 P St. NW. – called nation – 7 PM

Panel discussion:  The Rise In Hate Crimes - 7:30PM
Join four distinguished panelists to discuss the challenges faced by the LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish communities, the trends we are seeing, and the initiatives in place to combat hate crimes.
Brenda Abdellal, Muslim Advocates
Doron Ezickson, Anti-Defamation League
Karen Finney, MSNBC (Moderator)
David Stacy, Human Rights Campaign
Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street NW, Washington, DC
Limited Parking, 2 blocks from Cleveland Park Metro (Red Line)

Concert: Saxophonist Jeremy Koch and Pianist Yu-Hsuan Liao perform – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Wednesday, 22
Film:  Environmental Film Festival - "Following Seas" -94 minute film celebrating the adventures of Bob Griffith and Nancy Hirsch sailing Polynesia and Antarctica – National Archives– 7PM   

Gallery talk: "New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin" – National Museum of Women in the Arts – 12:30 PM

Concert: Musicians From Marlborough perform works by Haydn Webern and Brahms – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – rush tickets often available at 6 PM – Concert at 8 PM – preconcert conversation  – no ticket required – 6:30 PM

Thursday, 23
Book lecture: Bruce Feiler – "The First Love Story: Adam, Eve and Us" – shaping our feelings about relationships, family and the togetherness – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Environmental Film Festival - Philip Scheffner's 2016 film, "Havarie" – the misfortune that besets a refuge boat in the Mediterranean Sea – reservations suggested - – New York University/DC – 1307 L St. NW. – 7 PM

And these future events

The Asia Foundation and The Brookings Institution invite you to a book launch event for:

China’s Governance Puzzle: Transparency and Participation in a One-Party State


Ji Hongbo, Country Representative to China, The Asia Foundation

Edmund Malesky, Professor of Political Economy, Duke University (co-author)

Wang Xixin, Professor of Constitutional and Administrative Law, Peking University Law School (contributor)

Friday, March 31, 2017
9:30 -11:00 AM

The Brookings Institutiion
Falk Auditorium
1775 Massachusetts Ave, NW, Washington, DC

Faith Over Fear: Welcoming the Stranger

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Washington National Cathedral
3101 Wisconsin Ave NW
Washington, DC 20016

Free and Open to the Public- Registration Required

The Rumi Forum is partnering with the Washington National Cathedral, the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Interfaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington,

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