January 17 and beyond….



Updated Sat, 1- 17

Yes, I have to provide a little inaugural info, don’t I?

Site with good links about logistics, etc :   http://inauguration.dc.gov/index.asp

also    www.washingtonpost.com/inaugural

And my friend Keith’s listing of mostly affordable events with tickees still available:

http://dcdl.org/2009/01/13/inaugural-events    the Art of Change Ball has to be a blast,

what with all those fire dancers, plus Tim Tate and others roaming about in Molly Ruppert’s domain.

In this update, we have Alice Walker, Wm. Raspberry, Rep. Barbara Lee, Nevin Kelly, Bill Gilcher, Eric Kandel, Edward P. Jones, David Kaplan, Mel Konner, and more!

As always, check the blog roll to your right, and consider confirming all events.

For those new to the list, please think of making it as a favorite and spreading the news.

And for those of you uncomfortable with checking that blogroll to the right, you can click right here on the amazingly comprehensive site – www.gosmithsonian.com/calendar 

And don’t forget the National Gallery of Art, lair of film maven Peggy Parsons, the courtly and welcoming curator Eric Denker, and other worthies   www.nga.gov    

Also, scroll down to the future weeks – there may be events worth planning for, or making a res. far in advance

And, once again, for additions, corrections, a quick review (much appreciated) or just to send some love, reach out to glennsblog@aol.com

 The Philip Barlow classification system:

A = Art opening or art lecture             L = Non-Art Lecture

B = Book Talk                                    M = Music

D = Dance                                          P = Poetry (Grace C. insists!)

F = Film                                              T = Theater


January 17, Saturday –


Today though Monday – multicultural festival at the Indian Museum on the Mall



Time tbd – Jazz, hip hop, and folk musicians in a 90 minute concert celebrating the inauguration of Obama.  Lisner Auditorium, 730 21st St. NW


10 AM – 6 PM – Manifest Hope Gallery – 3333 M St. NW – A big Obama art show, including Shepard Fairey!


****A – 2 – 6 PM – Grand opening of the new location of the Nevin Kelly Gallery.  1400 Irving St. NW, Suite 132, at the Columbia Heights metro stop.


T – 2 PM – pay what you can at the Studio Theater, 14th and P NW.  Conor MacPherson’s “The Seafarer,” featuring the always hilarious Floyd King and others.


F – 2 PM and 4 PM – several films at the National Gallery e. bldg aud. from the program “The Rebel Set: Film and the Beat Legacy.”


A – 5 – 8 PM – Haitian Art at the Watergate Gallery, 2552 Virginia Ave. NW


Sunday, January 18


10 AM – 6 PM – redux – Manifest Hope Gallery – 3333 M St. NW – A big Obama art show, including Shepard Fairey!


L – 10:10 AM – Wm. Raspberry and Earl Stafford on the historic inauguration – Washington National Cathedral


M – 2 PM  Catie Curtis at Lambda Rising, 1625 CT. Ave NW


A – 2 PM – Sarah Greenough on Robert Frank’s photographic vision, Nat’l Gallery e. bldg aud


F -2 PM – Iranian film redux, at the Freer


M – 3 PM – classical trio will perform Smetana and Mendelssohn.  Nat’l Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW

M – 3:30 – 7 PM – fabulous annual gospel concert honoring MLK, at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church, 215 Rhode Island Ave. NW

January 19, Monday – M L King, Jrs B-Day observed

9 AM – 4 PM – six college debate teams, in 3 75 minute debates, will argue the priorities of the new Obama Administration.   Baird auditorium of the Natural History Museum.

F –  9:45 AM and 1:30 PM   www.afi.com/silver   free 1970 documentaries on MLK

10 AM – 6 PM – last day – Manifest Hope Gallery – 3333 M St. NW – A big Obama art show, including Shepard Fairey!  And Lisa Marie Thalhammer.


10 AM – Noon – Rev. A.C. Durant leads an interfaith service celebrating MLK and the Inaug. Of you know who  10th St. Baptist Church,   1000 R St. NW at 10th

M – 2-4 PM – The Urban Nation Hip Hop Choir, violinist Daniel Davis and others celebrate MLK, at the Washington National Cathedral

B – 4-6 PM – ALICE WALKER at Busboys and Poets, 2021 14th St. at V.

B – 4:30 – 6:30 PM – Barbara Lee, (D-CA) chair of the Congressional Black Caucus, on her memoir Renegade for Peace and Justiceres.  required at the GWU alumni house, 1918 F St. NW 202-994-0211

January 20, Tuesday    Rosa Parks sat, and MLK, Jr. marched, so Obama could run,

B – 1-3 PM – Genius Grant award winner Deborah Willis will sign her book The Historic Campaign in Photographs at the Natl Museum of American History.

January 21, Wednesday –

M – 10 – 11:50 AM – author and pianist Elizabeth Smith Brownstein will discuss and perform Abraham Lincolns Life in Music  Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW 

Noon – – the very talented singers Joanne Schmoll and Cam Magee will present Shakespeare and Songat the Harman Center, 610 F St. NW

A – 6 PM – MOMAs Glenn Wharton on The Future of New Art Technologies   McEvoy aud. of the SAAM

B – 7:30 PM – Mark Harman on his translation of Kafkas Amerika: The Missing Person Embassy of Austria.  Res. required .  202-895-6776 or   rsvp@austria.org

F – 7 PM – first night of a weekly Thai film fest at the embassy   www.thaiembdc.org/CalturalCalendar/event.aspx    (not a typo in there!)

Thursday, January 22 –

L – 10 AM – Washington editor of The Nation, Christopher Hayes, on the elections of 2004 and 2008 and what changed.  McDowell Hall at AU.

B – Noon at the National Archives – John Stauffer on Giants: The Parallel Lives of Lincoln and Frederick Douglass.

F, A – 6 PM – Short films by the likes of John Baldessari and other artists.  McEvoy Aud. of SAAM.  8th  and G Sts. NW

B – 6:30 PM – Gail Milissa Grant on At the Elbows of My Elders: One Familys Journey Toward Civil Rights.  Cleveland Park Library, 3310 CT. Ave. NW

L – 7 PM – Tom Hayden and Leonard Weinglass discussing, you guessed it, The Trial of the Chicago Seven.  Yes, $18 at the Corcoran, but it is Hayden and Weinglass!

L – 7 PM – National Archives – The Black Loyalists and Their Flight to Freedom panel discussion moderated by Edna Green Medford

L – 7:30 PM – The amazing physician/anthropologist Mel Konner, MD, Ph D, will give a talk on The Jewish Body: An Anatomical History,  including sex, circumcision, genes, and other matters.   DC JCC, 16th and Q Sts. NW.  Yes, $9, but that is far less than one therapy session.

Friday, January 23 –

M – 8-11 PM – Rio Garage, featuring the wild and crazy David Kaplan, at the New Deal Café at 113 Centerway, Roosevelt Center in Greenbelt.  Dont know the history of Greenbelt? Shame! for directions, www.newdealcafe.com 

January 24, Saturday –

A – 1-5 PM – Symposium on Robert Frank at the Natl Gallery in the E. bldg aud. 4 fine scholars including Alan Trachtenberg 

B – 5 PM – Words That Burn Inside Me for the late Hilda Stern Cohen.  The hidden poetry of a Holocaust survivor and her story.  Editors are her husband Werner Cohen, master story teller Gail Rosen, and the good man who can do it all, Bill Gilcher, whose Goethe Institute will host the reception after the reading.  Politics and Prose.  Ct. Ave just below Nebraska.

A – 6-9 PM at the Hounskell Real Estate Office,  1506  14TH St. NW – a Pinkline Project event featuring the work of the totally wonderful Lisa Marie Thalhammer.

Also, right on that 14th st. strip at the same time, openings at The Curators Office at 1515 14th St., and Irvine Contemporary and Randall Scott Gallery, both just down the street.  Hey – you know where they are!

Sunday, January 25 –

A,B  – 2 PM – Michael Fried of Johns Hopkins on Photography, Modernism, and Not Losing Faith in the DialecticNatl Gallery e. bldg aud.

A – 3 PM at the Renwick – Richard Notkin on art and war in ceramic.

F – 4:30 PM – another in the Rebel Set: Film in the Beat Legacy  e. bldg aud.  Natl Gallery

January 27, Tuesday –    Intl Holocaust Remembrance Day

F – 6:45 PM – documentary on memory expert and Nobel Prize winner Eric Kandel   Carnegie Science Center – 16th and P Sts. NW   Dr. Kandel and filmmaker Petra Seeger will do Q and A.

B – 7 PM – Azar Nafisi and Scott Simon will talk and sign their respective books.  SAIA at 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW

January 29, Thursday

B – 5 PM – Pulitzer prize winning author Edward P. Jones will read from his work THE KNOWN WORLD and engage in a dialogue with the audience.   Jack Morton auditorium of GWU, 805 21st St. NW 

L – 6:45 PM – Carnegie Science Lecture – Steven Beckwith, VP of Research for the University of California (see you there, Steve Ransdell?) on the Big Bang and its aftermath – The First 2 billion years.  www.ciw.edu  16th and P Sts. NW

A – 7 PM – Landscape photographer Frank Gohlke will discuss his work and read from his essay Stories in the Dirt, Stories in the Air. Wine and cheese reception follows.  Smithsonian American Art Museum, 9th and G Sts. NW  

Friday, January 30

A – 6-9 PM at the always great Arlington Arts Center of Claire Huschle, Jeff Cudlin, etc.  4 artists on the theme of Public/Private.  3550 Wilson Blvd. near VA. Square metro stop.   Always worth the trip

 February 12, Thursday

Wreath laying and musical performances  at Fords Theatre www.fords.org

A, F – 6 PM –  Art : 21 features segments on Kara Walker, Kiki Smith and two other artists who employ narrative in their work

L – 6:45 PM – Carnegie Science Lecture – Margaret Tolbert of the University of Colorado on what we can learn from Saturn’s moons   www.ciw.edu   16th and P Sts. NW

Sunday, February 15 –

F, A – Noon – Paul Sanderson will introduce his fine documentary on Augustus Saint-Gaudens. Natl Gallery of Art e. bldg. aud.

February 16 –

All Day Open House at Fords Theater  www.fords.org

**TV – 9 PM – “Cinema’s Exiles” by the divine Karen Thomas, on WETA.  Tells the story of the Europeans who fled Hitler and made new careers in Hollywood. 

February 26, Thursday –

A – 6 PM – Lecture by Judith Walsh on the color principles of Chevreul, using the art work of his dedicated follower, Winslow Homer.

March 11-22 – Environmental Film Festival    www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org

March 28

10 AM – 4 PM – Smithsonian Kite Festival   Wash. Monument Grounds www.kitefestival.org

April 16 –

L – 6:45 PM – Carnegie Science Lecture, 16th and P NW.   Bonnie Bassler on intercellular communications

And of course once again the gift that keeps on giving:


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