Thursday, August 24, 2017

A continuing alert that I have discontinued publishing. - It's been fun communicating with so many!

Reduced energy, too much travel and too much excitement in life at 91 keeps me from continuing to publish this weekly listing of free cultural events.  BUT THE GOOD NEWS IS that notice of events is easily available to all of us.
  • Of course the most complete listing easily available to all in the D. C. community is THE CURRENT NEWSPAPER -  It's distributed throughout the city on Thursday.  Giving about 30 minutes to this each week would enable you to discover almost all the events I've culled for the listing for five or so years.
  • Most government and cultural agencies have mailings and Internet listings of free events.  They can easily be made available to you weekly and monthly.  A list of just a few of those I have used are:
      • George Washington University
      • Georgetown University
      • American University
      • Johns Hopkins University
And periodically I may "throw out" a mention about something special that caught my eye and put it on this blog site.

And I'm continuing to "have my say" occasionally about life as I see it at:

I've given lots of thought to the current one,


I hope you will have time to check it out.


Thursday, August 10, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week through Friday, August 18

I'm glad you found me on your own. I' hope you'll continue to do so and share my blog listings with others. Remember that many of the events are available throughout the world on the Internet. I'm gone next week visiting family in Michigan - so there will be no listing - but will be back again on Thursday, August 24.

I hope you will also read my weekly Rant telling of the experiences of a well seasoned nonagenarian.  This week's reminiscence is about the positive experience of giving up my drivers license and the surprising benefit it provided along with some lifelong insights about "THE GOOD LIFE".

Remember.  It is at                  

Friday, 11
Book lecture: "Confessions of a Recovering Environmentalist and other Essays" – Paul Kingsnorth – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Concert: The United States Army band performs bluegrass at the United States Department of Agriculture is National Farmer's Market Celebration – Lawn – US Department of agriculture – 12th St. and Jefferson Dr., SW – 11 AM

Film: Movies of the Revolution: America Films 18th – Century France" – Jack Conway's 1935 movie "A Tale of Two Cities" with outstanding Hollywood stars – East Building Auditorium – national Gallery of Art – 2 PM

Saturday, 12
Movie: "Testament of Youth" (2014) – a young woman leaves Oxford University to become a war nurse – Madison Building – Library of Congress – third floor – Pickford Theatre – 2:30 PM

Concert: Eccentric Six–member Korean band performs modern rock and deep – rooted Korean folk music – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Family program for all ages: The Daughters of the American Revolution Worlds Fair provides crafts, music, games and food that debuted at Worlds Fairs – DAR Museum – 17th and C Streets Northwest – 10 AM to 3 PM

Film: Continuing: "French films depicting the 18 century – William Dieterle's 1934, "Madame du Bsrry" with Dolores Del Rio – East Building – NGA – 12:30 PM

Sunday, 13
Concert: Six young winners of the 1932 international young artists piano competition – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Concert: The Steinway Series features pianist Natalia Kazarian performs Haydn, Ravel and Chopin – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 2:30 PM

Film: Gaumont at 120: Twelve unseen Treasures" features eminent Polish director Andrzej Wajda's 1988 movie "Lez Possedes" - East building Auditorium – NGA – 4 PM

Monday, 14
Book Lecture:  "Too Fat,, Too Slutty, Too Loud:The Rise and Reign of the Unruly Woman" - Anne Helen Petersen - P&P - 7 PM

Concert: The United States Naval Academy band superintendents Combo performs works of jazz in various styles – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Tuesday, 15
Book lecture: "Why Buddhism is True: The Science and Philosophy of Meditation and Enlightenment" – Robert Wright – P&P – 7 PM

Lecture: Dr. Lori Glaze, NASA scientist – "Venus: the Forgotten, Mysterious Planet" – Pickford Theatre – Madison Building – Library of Congress – 11:30 AM

Concert: Saxophonist Peter Anderson and clarinetist Will Anderson perform unique renditions of jazz classics and innovative original music – Church of the Epiphany – 1317 G St. toward West – 12:10 PM
Wednesday, 16
Book lecture: "Notes on a Foreign Country: An American Abroad in a Post American World" – Suzy Hanson – P&P – 7 PM

Film: "The British Invasion" features a screening of "Rhythm 'N Greens" (U. K. 1964) –

Concert: Starlight Orchestra performs big band sound – Woodrow Wilson Plaza – Ronald Reagan's Building – 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. – Noon to 1 PM – Pickford Theatre – Madison building – Library of Congress – 7 PM to 9 PM

Thursday, 17
Book lecture: "How to be a Muslim: An American Story" – Haroon Moghul With Wajahat Ali - P&P – 7 PM

Concert: Take Five! Jazz Series features Gingerbred with outstanding local musicians – Courtyard – Smithsonian American Art Museum – 5 PM to 7 PM

Friday, 18
Book lecture: "Remember the Ladies: Celebrating Those Who Work for Freedom at the Ballot Box" – Angela P. Dotson with Dorothy Gilliam - P&P – 7 PM

And always remember, a more complete listing of both free and charged events are available each week in more detail in the weekly Current Newspaper distributed every Thursday throughout the District of Columbia

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Free cultural events in the Washington, DC area the week beginning Friday, August 4

I'm increasingly finding the need to simplify my life – I guess it's the initial stage of old age. One way to simplify my life with the computer will be to stop sending regular announcements to my various audiences. While I shall continue to put out my listings and Rants (hopefully) every Thursday afternoon I'll depend upon my regular readers to seek them out by remembering:

It will of course still have the weekly listing as well as reference to my Rants and Raves. I encourage you to look at my  R & R this week because it has some of my personal thoughts on that venture of mine. It can always be found at:

You can check periodically.  Remember you can always put the blogs on a header or app.(or whatever it is called).
Friday. 4
Concert: Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art – Incendio, a world music ensemble – 5 PM – 8:30 PM

Lecture and discussion: The United States Navy B-1 Band – featuring 3 members of the original integrated band and and Alex Albright, historian and author "The Forgotten first: B – 1 and the Integration of the Modern Navy – reservations required – 202 – 433 – 4882 – National Museum of the United States Navy Building 76 – Washington Navy Yard – 805 Kidder Breeze St., Southeast – 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Book lecture: Tareq Baconi– "Hamas Contained: The Rise and Pacification of Palestinian Resistance – The Palestine Center – 2425 Virginia Ave. NW. – 12:30 PM – 2 PM

Saturday, 5
Concert: R&B and pop recording artist Spencer Batiste of the Choctaw tribe – National Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian – performs gospel music and hymns – 2 PM

Films: "Gaumont at 120:12 Unseen Treasures" –  Henri – George's Clauzot's 1943 film – a comedy at 2 PM and Henri DeCon's 1955 film about thugs in a nightclub at 4 PM – National Gallery of Art – East Building

Concert: Composer Andre McCray and performers present scenes from his new musical, "Chasing the Wind" the untold story of King Solomon, his wealth, wisdom and women – Millennium stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Sunday, 6
Concert: The New Orleans – based trio, Nutria, perform original swamp – inspired contemporary jazz – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Films: The 22nd annual "Made in Hong Kong Films Festival feature to a variety of film including the 1998, "Beast Cops" at 1 PM and Fruit John's 1998 movie "Made in Hong Kong" – at 3:30 PM – Warner Brothers Theatre – Smithsonian Museum of American history 

Monday, 7
Book lecture: Trita Parsi – "Losing and Enemy: Obama, Iran and the Triumph of Diplomacy" – Politics and Prose Bookstore – 7 PM

Tuesday, 8
Book lecture: Journalist Thomas Oliphant "The Road to Camelot: Inside JFK's Five year Campaign" – National Archives – Noon

Book lecture: Gilliam Thomas – "Because of Sex: One Law, 10 Cases and 50 Years that Changed American Women's Lives at Work – P and P – 7 PM

Wednesday, 9
Book lecture: Henry Fountain – "The Great Quake: How the Biggest Earthquake in North America Changed Our Understanding of the Planet" – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Tour: "Visit DuPont Underground" – explore the city's newest art space, a former trolley station underground at 67 and 8 PM – it violates my rules and charges $16 but……

Thursday 10
Concert: Lincka, a Mexican-American artist from Oklahoma City performs songs in English and Spanish – Millennium Stage – Kennedy Center – 6 PM

Discussion and lecture: National Portrait Gallery educator connects portraits of three prominent Civil War figures, Frederick Douglass, John Brown and Julia Ward Howe – Lobby – National Portrait Gallery – Noon

Book lecture: Eric Love of Dickinson College – "Islamaphobia and Racism in America" – Kramer books and Afterwords – 6:30 PM


Please remember that more events and details can be found in The Current which is distributed throughout the city every Thursday