Friday, April 12, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Events for the week beginning Saturday, April 13

That's it for awhile.  I must take a break for awhile - and possibly a LONG while.  At 93 it has gotten to be a bit much, and I'll see if there might be a successor.  Particularly among you who read this without any publicity.  For a younger person it could be easy and fun - in addition to making a real contribution to many in the DC area.  We will see. Please contact me in the comments below - orpersonally here at The Kennedy Warren.

13 - Saturday
Booktalk: Iona Purnell A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win WWII – Politics and Prose - Connecticut Ave. P and P – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Booktalk: Cass R. Sunstein – How Change Happens – P and P – 6 PM – 7 PM

Concert: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Ensemble performs a Tribute to Scott Joplin – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – 2 PM – 4 PM

14 - Sunday
Film: Gray House – Washington premier documentary by Austin Jack Lynch and Matthew Booth shifting between the natural world and architectural spaces – 2017 – 75 minutes – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 4 PM

Booktalk: Reae Hundt. – A Crisis Wasted: Barack Obama's Defining Decisions Politics and Prose – 1 PM – 2 PM

Concert: East Coast Chamber Orchestra – West Building – West Garden – National Gallery of Art – 3:30 PM
15 - Monday
Book talk: Emily Brazelon – Charge: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and Mass Incarceration – in conversation with Hanna Rosin – P and P – 7 PM

16 - Tuesday
Booktalk: Judith Viorst – Nearing Ninety: And Other Comedies of  Late Life – P and P – 7 PM 

Booktalk: Tyler Cowen – Big Business: A Love Letter to an American anti-– Hero – in conversation with Edward Luce – P\ & P 7 PM
18 - Thursday
Concert: Chamber music Society of Lincoln Center – Coolidge Auditorium – Jefferson Building – Library of Congress – Pre-– concert conversation –Whittall Pavilion – 6:30 PM – 7 PM – rush tickets usually available for concert beginning at 8 PM in the auditorium

Booktalk: Bill McKibben – Falter: Has the Human Game to Play Itself Out? – P and P – 7 PM

Booktalk: Donna Brazelle and three others – For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Politics – in conversation with Jonathan Capehart – National Archives – 7 PM – 8:30 PM

Friday, April 5, 2019

Free Intellectual and Cultural Event for the Week Beginning Friday, April 5

Although I am a bit tardy in issuing this, there are some outstanding events in the week ahead.  Be sure to check out the fascinating films at the National Gallery of Art this Saturday and Sunday.  I guess age and a few computer glitches caught up with me.  Anyone in The Kennedy Warren Building who might  time to help, I would indeed appreciate it.  We have only scratched the surface of what can be and was done by a much younger man in the past in compiling this weekly list!!!!!!

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5 - Friday
Booktalk: Akiba Solomon and Kenrya Rankin – How We Fight White Supremacy: A Field Guide to Black Resistance – Politics and Prose – Connecticut Ave  - 7 PM

6 - Saturday
Booktalk: Robert Alter – The Art of Bible Translation – P and P – 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Booktalk: Susan Page – The Matriarch: Barbara Bush and the Making of an American Dynasty with Diane Rehm – P and P – 6 PM – 7 PM

Film: La Religieuse – outstanding film which was banned in France about tyranny and intolerance – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 2 PM – see complete writeup below.

7 - Sunday
Film: Rosenwald – Outstanding documentary about the building of African-American schools by businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald and educator Booker T. Washington in the South during the Jim Crow era – National Gallery of Art – East Building – 4 PM – see complete writeup below.

Concert: Haimovitz Iyer Duo – Cello and piano – National Gallery of Art – West building – 3:30 PM
See information below.

Booktalk: Michael Dobbs – The Unwanted: America, Auschwitz and a Village Caught in Between – P and P – 3 PM – 4 PM

Booktalk:Grey Grranden – /The End of the Myth From the Frontier to the Border Wall in the Mind of America – P and P – 1 PM – 2 PM

 11 - Thursday
Booktalk: Nathaniel Rich – Losing Earth: A Recent History -P and P - 7PM - 8PM

Film: I Spy A Spy: Social Anxiety and Farce in North Korea - A comedy film - Dining Room LM620 - Madison Building -  Library of Congress - Noon - 1PM
La Religieuse
April 6 at 2:00
East Buiding Auditorium
Washington premiere of the digital restoration
Based on a Denis Diderot novel about a willfully rebellious young novice, Jacques Rivette’s La Religieuse (The Nun) is a blistering portrayal of life in an eighteenth-century French convent. Forced to take her vows, impressionable Sister Suzanne (Anna Karina) is shunned, mistreated, and exorcised by her community, eventually becoming the plaything of Mother Superior Liselotte Pulver. A tour de force for French New Wave actress Karina, the film (adapted from Rivette’s earlier stage version), remains an eloquent and insightful tale about tyranny and intolerance. At the time, the film was banned in France, blocked two times from release by the Minister of Information. (Jacques Rivette, 1966, subtitles, 135 minutes) Restored from the original film negative by L’Immagine Ritrovata under the supervision of Studiocanal and Mrs. Véronique Manniez- Rivette with the support of the Centre National du Cinématographie (CNC), La Cinématheque Française, and the Franco American Cultural Fund
April 7 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium
Aviva Kempner in person
Rosenwald documents the remarkable collaborations between businessman and philanthropist Julius Rosenwald, author and educator Booker T. Washington, and African American communities in the South. Together they built more than five thousand schools during the Jim Crow era, a time when few African Americans received any public education. In addition, Julius Rosenwald established a fund that awarded grants primarily to talented African American artists and intellectuals. Fellowships were awarded to Marian Anderson, Ralph Bunche, W. E. B. DuBois, Ralph Ellison, Gordon Parks, James Baldwin, and Zora Neale Hurston, among others. (Aviva Kempner, 2015, 95 minutes)
  • Haimovitz–Iyer Duo
    April 7 at 3:30
    West Building, West Garden Court
    Cellist Matt Haimovitz, an artist whose barrier-breaking performances have taken him around the world, collaborates with renowned pianist/composer Vijay Iyer in a program that defies definition. Iyerʼs repertoire, alongside the music of Zakir Hussein, John McLaughlin, J. S. Bach, Ravi Shankar, Billy Strayhorn, and others, flows seamlessly, creating a program of virtuosity and depth.