Thursday, July 27, 2017

Free intellectual and cultural events for the week beginning Friday, July 28

Sometimes I almost feel that I am a shill for Politics and Prose Bookstore. But I would take that moniker as a compliment! If there is anything that the last election showed, it is that we need a more enlightened voting populace. With its proximity to thoughtful authors discussing their works almost every day locally – and thanks to the miracle of the Internet – to a worldwide audience, P and P does just that!. One of my personal disappointment's for this blog is that I have not been able to make it more available to high school students. I've tried, but "learned" that students are far too busy with other demands that have a priority. Yet from my personal experience as a lifelong educator I'm well aware of the increasing number of students who are disaffected by traditional instructional patterns. Proof of this is indeed obvious as one looks at dropout rates and the rise of alternative school programs.

It's obvious to me that P&P's daily lectures as well as other cultural listings could provide challenge for many disaffected learners. But enough of this idol daydreaming - on to the list for the week. For another hot week, you'll notice lots of cool movies.

However I also want to urge you to have a look at another issue of great concern to me which I discuss on my other blog. I give my reasons for being disinterested in statehood for the District of Columbia,but, I think, I provide an appropriate substitute measure. It's available at:

Friday, 28
Discussion: "Media's Distortion and Misrepresentation of the Palestinian Issue" – Noor Waz Waz of NPR – reservations required – 202-338-1958 – The Palestinian Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM to 2 PM

Film: "Lessons of a Dream" – telling the story of the beginnings of football in Germany – Goethe- Institute – Suite 3 – 1990 K St. NW. – 6:30 PM

Saturday, 29
Book lecture: "Talking Pictures: How to watch movies" – Ann Hornaday – P&P – 3:30 PM

Book lecture: "Vice Capades: Sex, drugs and bowling from the Pilgrims to the present" – Mark Stein – P&P – 6 PM

Sunday, 30
Book lecture: "A Man and his Presidents: The political odyssey of William F. Buckley, Jr.". – Alvin S. Felsenberg – P&P – 3 PM

Book lecture: "Campus Confidential: How college works, or doesn't, for professors, parents and students" – Jacques Berlinerblau – P&P – 5 PM

Film: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Film Festival"  - Derek Tsang's 2016 movie "Soul Mate" – a fascinating love story – Warner Brothers Theater – Smithsonian Museum of American History – 2 PM

Film: Albert Serra's 2016 film, "Death of Louis XIV" – the bed ridden came continues to conduct the affairs of state – East Building Auditorium – National Gallery of Art – 4 PM

Monday, 31
Book lecture: "Homing Instincts: Meaning and mystery in animal migration" – Sarah Menkedick – P&P - 7 PM
Tuesday, 1
Book lecture: "Caesar's Last Breath: Decoding the secrets of the air about us" – Sam Kean – P&P – 7 

Book lecture: "Almighty: Courage, Resistance, and Existential Peril in the Nuclear Age" – Washington Post reporter Dan Zach – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM

Concert: Berkley Brass Ensemble performs works by Bach – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. NW. – 12:10 PM

Performance: Zimbabwe dance group – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Wednesday, 2
Movie: Ricardo Milani's 2014 film "Do You See Me?" – A female architect has trouble getting work in Rome – reservations required – – Embassy of Italy6 PM

Thursday, 3
Film: The Smithsonian's Freer and Sackler Museums preview this Fall's Korean Film Festival with the screening of the forthcoming movie "Battleship Island" – free performance – Landmarks E St., Cinema – doors open 30 minutes before showtime – 7 PM – 9 PM


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  2. Correction: The Louis XIV movie at the National Gallery is on Sunday July 30th (NOT Monday the 31st)

    1. Thanks so much for catching that - I've made the change.

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