Thursday, June 22, 2017

Intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, June 23

There may be some – particularly newcomers to the city – who are not aware of the many free concerts we are fortunate have in the DC area. Most of them, of course, are put on by military groups. I am listing just a few of them this week to give a sampling.. I'll only list them occasionally in the future.

Once again you'll note my abbreviated listing – primarily of things appealing to me personally I must admit. Remember that a much longer listing of not only free events may be found weekly in The Current Newspaper issued in the four areas of the city.

I also hope you have an opportunity to read my newly restored, hopefully weekly, rant at:

I'd like to especially call this to the attention of my Reddit readers. I'm not sure I'm permitted to discuss politics or refer to personal blogs directly on their site.  At 91 I find it hard to refrain from commenting on some deeply held feelings about our country.

Friday,  23
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art features blues singer Juanita Williams – Sculpture Garden – NGA – 7th  Street and Constitution Ave., Northwest – 5 PM – 8:30 PM 

Film: The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum presents a screening and discussion of the documentary, "The Lost Jews of Kastoria" about an idyllic city in Greece where Jews and Christians lived in harmony for more than two millennia until Germans took control – United States Holocaust Museum – 2 PM

Saturday, 24
Family program:  Pierce MIll will host "Run of the Mill" – Washington's only surviving gristmill in action – Peirce Mill – Tilden Street and Beach Dr., Northwest – 11 AM – 2 PM

Film: Smithsonian American Art Museum about artists features two shorts from 1968 and 1978 – followed by discussion – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 3 PM – 5:30 PM

Sunday, 25
Book lecture Mugambi Jouet discusses his book "Exceptional America: What Divides Americans From the World and From Each Other" – politics and prose 1 PM

Book lecture: Sarah Yael Hirschhorn, lecturer and fellow in Israeli studies at Oxford University – "City on a Hill–Top: American Jews and the Israeli Settler Movement" - Busboys and Poets – 5th and the K Streets Northwest – 6 PM – 8 PM

Film: "New Waves: features the 1967 cell "Loin duVietnam" about antiwar sentiments – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 1 PM

Film: "Arab Cinema Now" – recent shorts culled from the International Film Festival  in Rotterdam – reservations requested – 202-338-1290 – 1:30 PM to 3:15 PM

Monday, 26
Concert: United States Navy Concert Band – West Steps – United States Capital – 8 PM

Performance: Sweet Spot Aerial Productions and Street Light Circus present modern circus arts as a part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 27
Concert: BeuSoleil Quartet presents Cajun music – in conjunction with the Smithsonian Folklife Festival and the Library of Congress – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Film: Christophe Honors 2016 comedy "Sophie's Misfortunes" – reservations required – Embassy of France – French culture.board 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW. – 7 PM

Wednesday, 28
Concert: Beau Soleil Quartet performs Cajun music from Louisiana – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM

Concert: The "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Thursday, 29
Concert: The Star – Spangled American Music Series features the United States Army Blues – Smithsonian National Museum of American History – 1 PM and 2 PM

Concert  "The Presidents Own" – United States Marine Band – West Terrace – United States capital – 8 PM

Lecture: Photographer Camilo José Vergara – who documented segregated communities in American cities through the years and looks at urban decay and gentrification talks about the exhibition "Down These Mean Streets" – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5:30 PM:


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