Monday, October 7, 2019

Free cultural events for the week (and month) ahead

Wow!  Just look at the free cultural events listed below.  They are all at one venue, THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES. .  And they are events at noon, and at night and even for families with young children.  There are so many things going on and we in this city are so privileged to have them available to us.  The problem is learning about them, and at 93 I find I can no longer keep up.  BUT WHAT A FUN  - AND REWARDING JOB - FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO DO.  (Someone with a more enterprising mind than mine could probably make some money doing it.)  Ever since THE CURRENT  went out of business we have had no other complete listing of events.  I'd be happy to help someone learn how simple it can be to discover those events that enables DCites to be among the best informed in the nation.

However I want to let you now that I don't plan to pass away YET.  I'll plan to keep going with my other blog.  I've had some success in the past communicating with a larger audience (particularly on REDDIT'S ASK ME ANY THING) and I'd like to try to continue with (particularly) the inter-generational dialogue that is so vital (and unfortunately limited) in the United States today.  I'LL NOT BE SENDING OUT REMINDERS, but I plan to get my thoughts out almost weekly so I hope to see you, and establish dialogue with you at..........................................

you might also learn more about me at

Women in Leadership: The Impact of Women on the U.S. Congress

Wednesday, October 30 at 7:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

When the 116th Congress convened in 2019, a record number of women — 102 in the House of Representatives and 25 in the Senate — held seats.  How has this historic increase changed the ethos of the institution? How do newly elected women interact with experienced members? How will the future of the Congress change as more women are elected?  A distinguished panel, including Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI), Rep. Debra Lesko (R-AZ), and Rep. Brenda Lawrence (D-MI) will discuss these topics and others. The discussion will be moderated by Brooke Baldwin from CNN.

Presented in part by BMO Financial Group.
 Rightfully Hers now open in the Lawrence F. O'Brien Gallery
The Cigarette: A Political History

Thursday, October 3 at 12:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

Tobacco is the quintessential American product. From Jamestown to the Marlboro Man, the plant occupied the heart of the nation’s economy and expressed its enduring myths. In The Cigarette, professor Sarah Milov discusses the untold political story of the rise and fall of the most controversial consumer product in American history. A book signing follows the program.
Yale Needs Women: How the First Group of Girls Rewrote the Rules of an Ivy League Giant 
Tuesday, October 8 at 12:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

In the winter of 1969, young women from across the country sent in applications to Yale University for the first time. Yale’s landmark decision to admit women was a step forward for equality in education. In Yale Needs Women, author Anne Gardiner Perkins tells the story of how these young women fought against the male cultural traditions of a centuries-old institution and created the opportunities that would carry them into the future. A book signing follows the program.
Story Time in the ReSource Room for Pre-Schoolers and Adults

Thursday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m.
National Archives Museum

Join us for story time designed for 3-5 year olds and accompanying adults. Children will practice their listening skills, participate in group activities and create a craft. The theme for October is Native Americans.
The Leopold and Loeb Files: An Intimate Look at One of America’s Most Infamous Crimes
Thursday, October 10 at 12:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

In 1924, University of Chicago students Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were young, rich, and looking for a thrill. The crime that came next—the brutal, cold-blood murder of 14-year-old Bobby Franks—would come to captivate the country and unfold into what many dubbed the crime of the century. In The Leopold and Loeb Files, author Nina Barrett returns to the primary sources recounting the moves of the murder and sentencing hearing as well as addressing the questions that continue to fascinate—issues of morality, sanity, sexuality, religious assimilation, parental grief and responsibility, remorse, and the use of the death penalty. A book signing follows the program.
Thomas Paine and the Clarion Call for American Independence
Tuesday, October 15 at 12:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

From bestselling author and Founding Fathers’ biographer Harlow Giles Unger comes the astonishing biography of Thomas Paine, the man whose pen set America ablaze, inspiring its revolution, and whose ideas about reason and religion continue to try men’s souls. A book signing follows the program.
Women Suffragists and the Men Who Supported Them: The Suffragents and Their Role in the Struggle for the Vote 
Thursday, October 17 at 7:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

What role did men play in the women’s suffrage movement, and how did they aid in the fight for the 19th Amendment? At a time when public support for women’s issues could cause men ridicule, their backing of the movement was significant. A distinguished panel will discuss the men who involved themselves in the suffrage movement, including the Men’s League of Women’s Suffrage. Moderated by Betsy Fischer Martin, Executive Director, Women and Politics Institute, American University School of Public Affairs, panelists include Brooke Kroeger, author of The Suffragents: How Women Used Men to Get the VoteJohanna Neuman, author of Gilded Suffragists: The New York Socialites Who Fought for Women’s Right to Vote; and Susan Ware, author of Why They Marched.

Presented in partnership with the 2020 Women’s Vote Centennial Initiative and the One Woman, One Vote 2020 Festival.
The Credibility of the Fourth Estate, Past and Present
Wednesday, October 23 at 7:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

What is the role of traditional media in our 21st century representative democracy? How are we receiving our political information and from which sources? If our information already has a partisan bend, how can we determine whether the information we received is news or rather an editorial? Join us for a panel discussion moderated by POLITICO Reporter Dan Lippman, with former Members of Congress, Scott Klug (R-WI)Elizabeth Esty (D-CT), and Charlie Dent (R-PA)Denise Lenoir Tolliver, Communications Director for Rep. Brenda Lawrence; and Tom Glaisyer, Managing Director, Public Square/Democracy Fund.

Presented in partnership with the U.S. Association of Former Members of Congress.
Washington, D.C. Premiere of Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare 
Saturday, October 26 at 7:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

In the depths of the Great Depression, Franklin Roosevelt appointed Frances Perkins as the first woman to serve in a Presidential Cabinet. Against overwhelming odds, she became the driving force behind Social Security, the 40-hour work week, the eight‐hour day, minimum wage and unemployment compensation. Summoned: Frances Perkins and the General Welfare features compelling interviews with David Brooks, Nancy Pelosi, Amy Klobuchar, Lawrence O’Donnell, and others while telling Perkins’ heroic story which explores the history of women in politics, Social Security, our attitudes toward immigration, poverty, Socialism, and the role of government.
Undaunted: Surviving Jonestown, Summoning Courage, and Fighting Back 
Tuesday, October 29 at 7:00 p.m.
William G. McGowan Theater

Jackie Speier was 28 when she joined Congressman Leo Ryan’s delegation to rescue defectors from cult leader Jim Jones’s Peoples Temple in Jonestown, Guyana. Ryan was killed on the airstrip tarmac. Jackie was shot five times at point-blank range. While recovering, the choice to survive against unfathomable odds, empowered her with a resolve to become a fearless voice against injustice and inequality in the U.S. Congress. A book signing follows the program.
Please arrive at the Special Events entrance on Constitution Avenue NW no later than 15 minutes prior to the start of the program. Your seat will become available for any wait-listed guests at that time.

If you have questions or require additional assistance at these events, please contact or call 202-357-5000.
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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, August 29

Although the list is limited this week, it is enriched by films of Jonas Mekas, the godfather of American avant-garde film maker who died at age 96.


Thursday, 29
Author Talk: Kelli Harding – The Rabbit Effect: Live longer, happier and healthier with the groundbreaking science of kindness – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

Friday, 30
Author Talk:  Christopher Leonard - Kochland : The secret history of Koch industries and corporate power in America – P and P – 7 PM

Saturday, 31
Film:  Jonas Mekas - Sleepless Night Stories - A stroll with Mekas thrrough New Yo;rk Nights - 2011 1 hour 54 minutes - East Building National Gallery of Art - 2PM

Sunday, 1
Films:  Jonas Mekas - Notes on an American Film Maker at Work - Martin Scorsese - Noon
Jonas Mekas - Out-takes from The Life of a Happy Man - 2PM
Hyenas - Outstanding African film looking at materialism in the west. - 1992 - 110 minutes

All at the National Gallery of Art - East Building

Monday, 2
It's no day off for museum workers.

Tuesday, 3
Author Talk:  Bina Venkataraman - The Optimists Telescope: Thinking ahead in a restless age  with Anne Marie Slaughter– PNP – 7 PM

Wednesday,  4
Authors Talk:  Sarah Hurwitz with Dana Bash – Here All Along: Finding meaning, spirituality and deeper connection to life in Judaism... after finally choosing to look there – PNP – 7 PM


  • Denis McDonough is an executive fellow of the Keough School’s Global Policy Initiative at the University of Notre Dame and former White House chief of staff to President Barack Obama.
  • Carlos Curbelo is a Republican leader on immigration issues, a former member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Miami, Florida, and was a resident fellow at the Harvard Institute of Politics for the spring 2019 semester.
  • Aryah Somers Landsberger is the vice president of programs at Grantmakers Concerned with Immigrants and Refugees; an experienced litigator and advocate for unaccompanied minors; and co-author of the UNHCR’s “Children on the Run” report on the root causes of migration.
  • Mizraim Belman Guerrero (SFS’20) is a DACA recipient, a youth delegate for the Global Compact for Migration with the United Nations in 2018, and a culture and politics major at Georgetown University.
Maura Policelli, executive director of the Keough School of Global Affairs Washington Office, will open the dialogue. John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, will moderate the conversation.
Upcoming Dialogue
September 16, 2019 | 5:00 p.m. 
A Conversation with Sister Helen Prejean, C.S.J.
The Initiative is delighted to be co-sponsoring this conversation with Sr. Helen Prejean, C.S.J., on her new book, River of Fire. Sister Helen's new spiritual biography is receiving impressive reviews and is especially timely in light of recent proposals to reinstate the federal death penalty. Space is limited; please RSVP here.
The Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life
Maguire Hall 208, Georgetown University
37th & O Stre

Thursday, August 8, 2019

Free cultural events for the week beginning Thursday, August 8

"Occasional" means just that for the rest of the month as I travel to Chautauqua, New York, for a week with Wynton Marsallis hearing both his music and his comments  on the American cultural scene.  Linda and I plan to enjoy the rest of the summer with other travels.  You are on your own for the next few weeks.  The list this week is limited because of travels to Michigan, but I hope to see some of you at some of these outstanding opportunities.  I've even included a rare (for me) novel.

Thursday, 8
Authors Lecture: Steven Greenhouse – Beaten Down, Worked Up: The Past, Present and future of American Labor - Politics and Prose Bookstore - 7PM

Friday, 9
Authors Lecture:  Richard Russo -  Chances Are............ - A novel about three men as they reminisce, spill secrets and affirm their friendship - PNP - 7PM

Saturday, 10

Sunday, 11
Authors lecture: Robert Wilson – Barnum: An American Life – in the first major biography of P. T. Barnum in  a generation Wilson reveals the complex man beneath the spectacular image – PNP –  1 PM

Authors Lecture: Alexandra Fuller – Travel Light, Move Fast – focuses on the authors father, the adventurous, restless Tim Fuller, who leaves England and lives in Rhodesia and Zambia. A tribute to a man who devoured life whole – PNP – 5 PM

Steinway Series - Natalia Kazaryan

Sunday, August 11, 3 – 4pm
Critically acclaimed pianist Natalia Kazaryan joins us for the summer Steinway Series. She was a student at Julliard School and is now on the adjunct piano faculty at Howard University. She has received top prizes from the Eastman Young Artists International, Zosciuszko Foundation Chopin, and the New York piano competitions, and a “Sobresaliente” Award from Queen Sophia of Spain. Natalia will be focusing on all women composers for her perform

Monday, 12
Authors Lecture: J. Michael Zraczynski – Becoming Superman: My journey from poverty to Hollywood – PNP  – 7 PM

Tuesday, 13
Authors Lecture: Karen Abbott – The Ghosts of Eden Park: The Bootleg King, the women who pursued him and the murder that shocked the Jazz age – PNP – 7 PM

Black Site: The CIA in the Post-9/11 World

William G. McGowan Theater 
Washington, DC

Tuesday, August 13, 2019 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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When the towers fell on September 11, 2001, nowhere were the reverberations more powerfully felt than at CIA headquarters in Langley, Virginia. Almost overnight, the intelligence organization evolved into a war-fighting intelligence service, constructing what was known internally as “the Program”: a web of top-secret detention facilities intended to help prevent future attacks on American soil and around the world. With Black Site, former deputy director of the CIA Counterterrorist Center Philip Mudd presents a full, never-before-told story of this now-controversial program, directly addressing how far America went to pursue al-Qa’ida and prevent another catastrophe. A book signing follows the program.

Wednesday, 14
Authors Lecture: Timothy Faust – Health Justice Now: Single-payer and what comes next – PNP – 7 PM
:Thursday, 15
Take 5! with Tyrone Allen
Thursday, August 15, 5 – 7pm
Bassist Tyrone Allen celebrates the 80th birthday of the legendary DC bassist Butch Warren. A native of Temple Hills, MD, Allen began his musical journey at the age of three, taking lessons from his father, a teacher in DC public schools. Allen studied jazz and classical at the Eastman School of Music before attending the Berklee College of Music. Around the DC area he has performed at Blues Alley, Twins Jazz Club, Bohemia Caverns, and the Kennedy Center. Enjoy the sound of this special performance in the museum's acoustically advanced McEvoy auditorium. Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Atrium

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Free culstural and intellectual events in DC for the week beginning Wednesday, July 31

The list is a bit abbreviated this week and will be for the next two because of trips to Michigan and Chautauqua, New York.  I know it is a bit heavy on Politics and Prose, but there's no other place to be so fully informed as that (lucky for us) locale.

However I hope you will also "tune in" (that's what we used to do with the radio) to my other blog,

I'm really fired up about what's going on in our country and want to make sure I'm doing everything I can to return us to the (at least partial) sanity I've known for most of my 93 years.

Wednesday, 31
Authors book talk: Philip Mudd – Black Site: The CIA in the 9/11 World – PNP – 7 PM 

Thursday, 1
Author Lecture: Terry McAuliffe – Beyond Charlottesville: Taking a stand against white nationalism – Politics and Prose – 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. – 7 PM

ENTATY Music & Go-Go Dance Workshop with Lorenzo "GoLo" Evans [Summer Concerts on the Lawn]

Thu, Aug 1, 2019 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM EDT Library of Congress  - Jefferson Building Lawn General Admission

  • Friday, 2
  • Author Lecture: Lyz Lenz - God Land: A story of faith, loss and renewal in middle America – exploring why some people decide to leave religion and other stay with it – PNP  - 7PM

  • Saturday, 3

SAAM Arcade
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Enjoy this free, two-day, family-friendly event that invites gamers of all levels to test out new games and replay some of the classics. This year, the Arcade recognizes diversity, celebrates underrepresented segments of the gaming community and encourages everyone to "break barriers."

It's held both days

Sunday, 4
Let's play! Discover new video games and replay the classics
SAAM Arcade
Saturday, August 3 and Sunday, August 4, 11:30 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Enjoy this free, two-day, family-friendly event that invites gamers of all levels to test out new games and replay some of the classics. This year, the Arcade recognizes diversity, celebrates underrepresented segments of the gaming community and encourages everyone to "break barriers."

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Monday, 5
Lots of museums to see.  Have you been to Smithsonian's Portrait Gallery?  It is open noon - 7PM and then there are many restaurants in the area

Tuesday, 6
Author Lecture: Tope Folarin – A Particular Kind of Black Man – Rhodes scholar, Nigerian – American writer, Folarin's first novel explores questions of identity, exile, manhood and meaning itself – PNP – 7 PM

Wednesday, 7

Author Lecture: Natalie Wexler – The Knowledge Gap: The hidden cause of America's broken educational system – and how to fix it – PNP – 7 PM

National Archives - 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT 

Escape Room! Hands-on Adult Workshop

Escape Room
Tackle puzzles and ciphers about the National Park Service to solve a mystery in time during this “escape room” for adults.

EVENT | CONCERTS AND PERFORMANCESJefferson Building -Library of Congress
Lakota John LocklearWednesday
August 7, 2019
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT
Lakota John Locklear blends traditional styles of the Delta and Piedmont acoustic blues with bottleneck slide guitar. He grew up listening to his father’s music collection and learned to love the blues.