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, www.ronlehkersrants.blogspot.com

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."

Join our Facebook Event

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.

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Free Cultural and Intellectual events taking place in DC beginning Thursday, July 25

I'm very gratified that over 1000 hits occurred on last week's listing, the first in several months. It gives me encouragement to continue encouraging others to join me in taking advantage of the many opportunities we have in DC to be informed. Only that all of America could join us in joining The Washington Post in realizing that "Democracy Dies in Darkness".  But remember, all the world can join us in looking at the events at places like Politics and Prose because their events are on You Tube!

Please remember that YOU can make this weekly listing more successful by adding other events You would like people to attend.  As you can see, my interests are primarily FREE events mainly jazz, international, political and ecumenically religious.

Thursday, July 25

ThursdayJuly 2512pmHOMEGROWN CONCERT: Cedric Watson: Cajun, Creole and Zydeco Music from Texas (Coolidge Auditorium)
ThursdayJuly 257pmSUMMER CONCERTS ON THE LAWN: BYTES & BEATS: Shing02 and FAT JON Samurai Champloo 15th anniversary event
Friday, July 26
Authors book talk: Harriet A. Washington – A Terrible Thing to Waste: Environmental Racism and Its Assault on the American Mind – Politics and Prose – 7 PM

Family Event:
EVENT | LECTURES AND SYMPOSIA Jefferson Building Librry of Congress
Kihara Hirokatsu and Diana Garnett, LIVEFriday
July 26, 2019
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EDT

In this program for children and their families, Studio Ghibli writer, producer and director Kihara Hirokatsu will discuss his experience in Japanese anime production and the inspirations for Totoro and other animated films. Together with singer and voice actress Diana Garnett, Hirokatsu will share the joys of creating an animated film.

Jazz concert 

World Guitar
 5:00pm to 8:30
Sculpture Garden - National Gallery of Art Gardens
Saturday, 27
Authors book talk: Thomas W. Lippman - Crude Oil, Crude Money: Aristotle Onassis, Saudi Arabia and the CIA – P and P – 1 PM

Authors book talk: Jennifer Ratner/Rosenhagen – The Ideas That Made America: A Brief History – tells the story of the United States through its central ideas from its conception and its major thinkers and intellectual movements including the Enlightenment, transcendentalism, social Darwinism, progressivism and postmodernism – P and P – 6 PM

  • Films
    Pom Poko
    July 27 at 12:30
    East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art
    The heroes of Isao Takahata’s anime Pom Poko are the tanuki, the fabled shape-shifting Japanese raccoon dogs. Beginning in the 1960s, tanuki of the ancient Tama Hills near Tokyo are alarmed by the reckless construction of houses and shopping centers bordering their homes. They finally join together to fight back, practicing their ancient art of transformation into human forms and even staging a grand deception by shifting the newly developed land back into its primeval state. Director Takahata was a founder of the prestigious production house Studio Ghibli. (Isao Takahata, 1994, 35mm, subtitles, 119 minutes)
  • Princess Raccoon
    July 27 at 3:30
    East Building Auditorium - National Gallery of Art
    Seijun Suzuki’s quirky and colorful operetta is a folkloric tale of young love inspired by the form of the raccoon dog (tanuki). Princess Raccoon (Operetta tanuki goten) stars Zhang Ziyi as a shape-shifting tanuki princess and Joe Odagiri as Prince Amechiyo, in danger because he has displaced his father Azuchi Momoyama (Mikijirō Hira) as the most beautiful man in the kingdom. Intrigue, trickery, and romance ensue as the young princess saves the day, absconding with the prince to her own palace. (Seijun Suzuki, 2005, 35mm, subtitles, 110 minutes)
Sunday, 28
Authors book talk: Lawrence Pintak – America and Islam: Soundbites Suicide Bombers in the road to Trump – P and P  – 1 PM

Authors book talk: Russell Gold with Amy Harder – Superpower: One Man's Quest to transform American Energy – PNP – 3 PM

Family Art Project:  Drop in for art making - all ages - children must be accompanied by an adult - National Gallery of Art - Concourse - 11AM - 3PM

July 28 at 4:00
East Building Auditorium - NGA
In eight beguiling vignettes inspired by recurring dreams, Akira Kurosawa follows his surrogate self through the stages of life. In the final dream, “Village of the Water Mills,” a wise old man describes the rewards of living a simpler life without the conveniences provided by advanced technologies. A subtext of Dreams is the beauty and primacy of nature, with a gentle admonition about its conservation and perpetuation. Animal forms are leitmotifs, frequently accentuating this premise. (Akira Kurosawa, 1990, 35mm, subtitles, 119 minute
Monday, 29
Authors Lisa Taddeo with Olivia Nuzzi – Three Women – Writing with nuance and empathy audio strips away the myths and assumptions that shaped views of female sexuality – PNP – 7 PM

Tuesday, 30
Authors book talk: Neil Shister – Radical Ritual: How Brewing Man Change the World – PNP 7 PM

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

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Free cultural and intellectual events in D. C. for the week beginning Thursday, July 18

Here's an abbreviated list of  some free intellectual and cultural things to do that are easily accessible by bus and/or metro for the week beginning Thursday, July 18.

Particularly note the continuing temporary display on the lower level of  The Holocaust Museum:


(I spent 3 hours there the other day and only saw one-half of the exhibition.)

In the listing of lectures at Politics and Prose, please note that bus service is available directly in front of the Kennedy/Warren (and other bus stops) directly to the Politics and Prose.

Thursday, 18
Book author:  Tim Alberta – American Carnage – chief political correspondent for "Political" details the internal crisis of the Republican Party that resulted in putting Trump in the White House – P&P – 7 PM – 8 PM


Take 5! with Integriti Reeves: A Tribute to Nat "King" Cole


Friday 19

Saturday, 20
Book author: William D.Cohan – Four Friends – classmates from Phillips Academy'whose lives were all cut short include the son of a Holocaust survivor, a Chicago lawyer, and the grandsons of Harry Truman and John F. Kennedy –  P&P – 3:30 PM

Book author: Michael K. Kellogg – The Wisdom of the Renaissance – a review of the intellectual and artistic advances during the Renaissance. Two centuries of intellectual progress – P and P – 6 PM

Sunday, 21
Book author: Bruce Beehler – Birds of Maryland, Delaware and the District of Columbia – P&P – 
1 PM

Book author: Williams  Sturkey – Hattiesburg – The author charts the parallel and starkly unequal experiences of the towns Black and white residents including Faulkner's great-grandfather – P&P – 3 PM


The Man Who Fell to Earth
July 21 at 4:30
East Building Auditorium National Gallery of Art
A striking contribution to the science-fiction genre as well as a cautionary tale about the protection of natural resources, The Man Who Fell to Earth features David Bowie in his acting debut as an alien sent to our planet to source water for his own. British director Nicolas Roeg’s surreal mise-en-scène and Tony Richmond’s sumptuous cinematography make the most of Bowie’s considerable screen presence. The film’s narrative ellipses serve to emphasize enduring existential qualities of estrangement and despair. (Nicolas Roeg, 1974, 148 minutes)
Monday, 22
Book author: Richard A. Clarke and Robert A. Knake - The Fifth Domain – A look at cyber wars and attempt to shut down infrastructures and manipulate data – P&P – 7 PM

Tuesday,  23

Wednesday, 24