Thursday, March 28, 2019

Free Intellectual and cultural events in DC for the week beginning Friday, March 29

Here is the latest addition FOR TONIGHT, TUESDAY, APRIL 2
World Traveler & recent Chicago to Chevy Chase resident Barbara Friedell will be speaking about her 2013 trip to North Korea tomorrow evening 7:00, April 2, at Adas Israel in Cleveland Park. Barbara has traveled extensively around the world, touching ground and enjoying many off road scenes in many continents over the past 50 years! The presentation will be held in Funger Hall. She hopes you can join her at this very interesting discussion.

If you can post photos, attached is a nice one from her visit. 

With the (hopeful) arrival of spring, and the Cherry Blossoms, there won't be as much time for indoor activities.   And you might remember that while the Washington Monument remains closed, there is a sensational view of the city for your out-of-town guests from the Clock tower at the Old Post Office (now known by some as Trump Hotel.) Remember you do not have to go through the hotel since the entrance is behind the building just east of Pennsylvania Avenue.

Here are some events you might want to find time for. Remember also that I continue to Rant and Rave periodically at                               
Friday, 29
Booktalk: Joan Biskupic – The Life and Turbulent Times of Chief Justice John Roberts"– Politics and Prose –  Connecticut Avenue - 1 PM

Saturday, 30
Booktalk: Darrell M. West – Divided Politics, Divided Nation: Hyper Conflict in the Trump Era – P and P – 1 PM

Booktalk: Cara Robertson – The Trial of  Lizzie Borden – P and P – 3:30 PM

.Film: Strange Illusion – Hallucinatory version of "Hamlet" – outstanding psychological thriller from 1945 – 87 minutes – accompanied by News of the Day and a cartoon – East Building – National Gallery of Art - 4 PM
Sunday, 31
.Film: Hollow Triumph – Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett in this little-known and handsomely photographed film noir – a hard-hitting and gritty masterwork – 83 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM

Concert: Durufle's " Requiem" – The Arts Nova and St. John's Choir – present as a part of the worship service – St. John's Episcopal Church – Lafayette Square – 11 AM

Monday, 1
Movie: Special preview screen – "The Best of Enemies" – a civil rights activist and a Ku Klux Klan leader reluctantly agreed to co-chair a community summit about school desegregation in the summer of 1971 – National Archives – 7 PM – nine

Tuesday, 2
Remember it is baseball season and there is historic display at the Library of Congress - Jefferson Building.
Wednesday, 3
Booktalk: Stuart Eizenstat - "President Carter: The White House Years - Tenleytown Library - 7PM

Wednesday, April 3, 2019 at 7 PM 

The Work Must Be Done: Raoul Wallenberg’s Mission to Rescue Hungary’s Jews
Reflections by Karin Olofsdotter, Sweden’s Ambassador to the U.S.
At  Adas Israel Congregation
2850 Quebec St. NW
Washington, DC (Metro: Cleveland Park)
Co-sponsored by the Jewish Study Center and Adas Israel Congregation

Thursday, 4
Booktalk: Barry Lopez – Horizon: In which Lopez looks at geography and considers his version of how to live in a broken world – P and P 7 PM

Friday, 5
Booktalk: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin – How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance – P and P –  7 PM

Booktalk: Susan Page – "The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty" – National Archives – noon – 1 PM

Thursday, March 21, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Events for the Week beginnning Friday, March 22

The regular reader of this blog will note that the listing of events is much curtailed from previous years.  This is a result of the scale-back of listing of events in The Current, the weekly publication throughout the city.  Unfortunately most listing are from about five individual listings.  I hope we can get more inclusiveness the near future, but even these few show the plethora of events available to us in DC.

And I hope you have a chance to read my (for awhile) weekly Rant.  One of my passions is JAZZ and I take a break from more serious topics to share three items that have been extremely meaningful to me.  I hope JAZZ Lovers and those of you who want to learn more about Jazz will check it out at

22 - Friday
Booktalk: Adam Rutherford – Humananimal: How Homosapiens became nature's most paradoxical creature: a new evolutionary theory –   Connecticut Avenue –  Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Lecture and concert: Borodin Quartet – Concert lecture - Kevin Bartig - Michigan State University Professor of Musicology Whitttal Pavilion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 6:30 PM – 7 PM. Concert tickets generally available on standby basis for the concert in the Coolidge Auditorium – 8 PM – 9 PM

23 - Saturday
Booktalk: Susanna Lessard – The Absent Hand: Re-imagining Our American Landscape –  P&P 1 PM

Booktalk: Xu Xi – This Fish is Fowl – Essays of  Being  – P&P*– 3 PM

Booktalk: Michael Ames – American Cipher: Private First Class Bowe Bergdahl and the United States Tragedy in Afghanistan – P&P – 6PM

Japanese Culture: Day: Children of all ages – Young Readers Center – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 10 AM – 3 PM

Film: Mamba 1930s film/78 minutes about crazed colonialism with Jean Hershold – accompanied by Metrotone News and jazz band short – East Building – National Gallery of Art – noon

                                                                      24 - Sunday
Booktalk: Mary Pipher – Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age –  P&P - 3 PM

Booktalk: Patricia S. Lemer – Outsmarting Autism: Build Healthy Foundations for Communication, Socialization and Behavior at all Ages – P&P – 5PM

25 - Monday
Booktalk: Albert Woodfox – Solitary: Sentenced to 50 Years in an Angola Prison –  P&P – 7 PM

Viewing: Stradivarius Instruments – Whittal Pavillion – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – 10 AM – 12 noon
26 - Tuesday
Booktalk: Jennifer. Eberhard – Biased: Uncovering the Hidden Prejudices that Shape What We See, Think and Do – P&P – 7 PM

Book talkCatherine  Murino –  Feminism for the AmericasMaking of an International Human Rights Movement  National Archives Noon – 1 PM

27 - Wednesday
Booktalk: Janet Napolitano – How Safe Are We?: Homeland Security Since 9/11 – P&P – 7 PM

Film: Special Preview Screening – Joseph Pulitzer: Voice of the People – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Concert: Alash Trio Ensemble –Tuvanu traditional music and throat singing – Whittal Pavillion – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 12 noon – 1 PM

28 - Thursday
Book talk: Tom Wheeler – From Gutenberg to Google: The History of the Future - National Archives -7:00PM - 8:30PM

29 - Friday
Booktalk: Joan Biskupic – The Chief :An authoritative Portrait of Chief Justice Roberts – P&P 7PM   
* P&P of course refers to the Politics and Prose store on Connecticut Avenue

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Free Cultural events in DC for the week beginning Friday, March 15

Here goes again.  I must admit: (1.) That I enjoy knowing what is going on in the city even though I might no longer be able to attend, and (2.) That given the present condition of the America I hardly recognize because of its polarization, I MUST continue expressing myself on issue of most concern to me.   Thus I hope you will see my other blog at where I begin again by venting my feelings about THE UNITED METHODIST CHURCH.                                                     
Friday, 15
Concert: Rachel Calloway – Soprano with "Ensemble Signal" – Coolidge Auditorium – Library of Congress – Thomas Jefferson Building – 8 PM – 9 PM tickets available online through the Library of Congress – preceded by a lecturer by the performers in the Whittal Pavallion - – TJ building – no tickets required – concert tickets often available for standbys – 6:30 PM

Booktalk:  David E. McCraw – "Truth in Our Times: Inside the Fight For Press Freedom in the Age of Alternative Facts" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

                                                                       Saturday, 16
Films: East Building - National Gallery of Art:
       2 PM – False Faces 1932 comedy over an unscrupulous surgeon – 81 minutes – complete with Metronome News and Betty Boop cartoon
      4 PM – Damaged Lives – 1933 pioneering film on exploitation of a female by a young businessman and Metronome News and film short, Dancing on the Moon

Booktalk Christina Proenza-Coles – "American Founders: How People of  African Decent Established Freedom in the New World" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose - 1 PM

Talk: Sanford D. Horwitz – "Conversations with Abner Mikva:: Final Reflections, Chicago Politics, Democracies Future and A Life of Public Service – Politics and Prose Connecticut Avenue -3:30 PM

Sunday, 17
Film: Special showing of  Ryuichi Sakamoto.s, "Coda." The artist musician, singer and composer extraordinaire is known for responding to even the smallest environmental shifts and tensions erratic sounds and events in Japan and his own cancer inspire him to create this very personal film -  110 minutes – East Building – National Gallery of Art – 4:30 PM

BookTalk: Elizabeth R.Varon – "Armies of Deliverance: A New History of the Civil War" – Connecticut Avenue – politics and prose 1 PM

Booktalk: Jesse Morgan-Owens – "Girl in Black and White: The Story of Mary Mildred Williams and the Aboltion Movement " – Connecticut Avenue – politics and prose – 3 PM

Monday, 18
Two local museums have remarkable displays there are a must to see
Holocaust Museum has a very dramatic review of civil rights abuses in
America and the world war two. No waiting to see it in the basement

Baseball fans
Be sure to see the baseball exhibit in the Jefferson building in the Library of Congress

Tuesday, 19
Booktalk: Michael J Mazarr – "Leap of Faith: Hubris, Negligence and America's Greatest Foreign Policy Tragedy" – Connecticut Avenue – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Wednesday, 20
Lecture: Climate Change, Nature and the Writer's Eye – Science writer Peter Brannen and novelist Amita Ghosh – with fiction writer Annie Prouix to discuss pressing issues of environmental change – College Auditorium - Jefferson Building - Library of Congress – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Thursday, 21 
Jazz Performance: Take five! Sharon Gunn – DC's best trombone player and an All Woman's Orchestra – Smithsonian Museum American Art – 5 PM – 7 PM

Films: 2019 Environmental Film Festival – Three Depression-era films – Plow that Broke the Plains, The River, and Power and the Land – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:45 PM

Concert:Vishten -French/Canadian music from Prince Edward Islands – Arcadian vocal trio and instrumentalists – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson building – Library of Congress – noon – 1 PM


Tuesday, 26
Book Author: Katherine Marino – "Feminism for the Americas: The Making of an International Human Rights Movement"- National Archives - Noon