April 2 and beyond….

Freebie  Cultural Events,  April 2 and beyond….. all events free unless otherwise noted – Scroll down for actual listings… but….

Cherry Blossom Festival is here!!!  www.nationalcherryblossomfestival.org 

Plus Art Spiegelman, Richard Dana, Tony Gittens, Randall Packer, Kim Roberts, John Sellers, Bob Mondello, J. D. McClatchy, Paul Dickson, 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 your right, you can click here on an amazingly comprehensive site – www.gosmithsonian.com/calendar 

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

Wednesday, April  1 –

L – 5-7:30 PM – remarks from Pulitzer winner Joe Lelyveld and Suzman family members at an exhibit opening on the anti –apartheid leader Helen Suzman of the South African Parliament.  Intercultural Center at Georgetown University,

Thursday, April 2 –

100 hours of astronomy  begins –   www.100hoursofastronomy.org

L – 6 PM – A Sierra Club rep, and a Latin American Labor guy and Goldman Prize Winner Jesus Leon Santos will discuss “Free Trade and and the Promise of a New Green Economy.” Busboys, 14th and V NW

L – 5-7 PM – Francis Deng of Johns Hopkins on “Identity, Diversity, and Constitutionalism in Africa”  Res. required at the McGhee Library of the Intercultural Center at Georgetown U.  202-687-5934

**A – 6:30-9 PM – “Take Me to the River” includes work by  the great Richard Dana, Randall Packer, Betsy Stewart, Judy Jashinsky and others at the spanking new Momento Gallery – 2141 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 3rd Floor, Suite N    www.tmttr.org 

P – 6:45 PM – Brigit P. Kelly and J.D.McClatchy at the Jefferson (main) bldg of the Library of Congress

**A – 7 PM – The great Art Spiegelman (“Maus,”  numerous New Yorker covers, etc.) at GW.  805 21st St. NW in the Jack Morton aud. of the Media and Public Affairs Bldg.

L – 7 PM – “Challenging the Myth of Silence” Postwar Responses to the Destruction of European Jewry.”  David Cesarani of the University of London.   US Holocaust Memorial Museum –

Friday, April 3

L – noon – David Cameron of Yale on “The European Union and the Economic Crisis.”  Res. required for Room 812 at the Rome Bldg. of Johns Hopkins – 1619 Mass Ave. NW, 202-663-5796

L – 6 PM – outstanding panel on “A Nation on Fire: America in the Wake of the King Assassination.”  Led by author/editor Clay Risen, includes three who were in the DC riot of 1968 – a national guard soldier, a fire fighter, and Tony Gittens, a student journalist at Howard.  Busboys, 2021 14th St. NW at V.

A – 6ish to 8, 9ish – First Friday openings – Gallery 10 – 1519 Ct. Ave. NW; three artists at the  Arts Club of Washington, 2017 I St. NW;   five artists at Touchstone, 406 7th St. NW: Greg Ferrand plus, at the Hillyer Arts Space, 9 Hillyer Ct. – behind the Cosmos Club and the Phillips…

L – 8:15 PM –  US Naval observatory astronomer Wm. Hartkopf on double stars, at the Powell aud. of the Cosmos Club, 2170 FL. Ave. NW

Saturday, April  4 –

3 – 10 PM – Rare open house at the Naval Observatory – www.usno.navy.mil/USNO/tours-events

1 PM – The 18th annual “Blessing of the Fleet” – music, food, exhibits – Navy Memorial – 7th and PA Aves NW

A, F – 2 PM – Nat’l Gallery E. bldg aud. – highlights from the Montreal Int’l Festival of Films on Art

A – 4-6 PM – Marina Reiter and others at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW

A – 5-8 PM – two photographers at District Fine Arts – artists talk at 5:30 PM and an acoustic set by Brad Pugh at 7 PM.     1639 Wisconsin Ave. NW    Need framing?  This could be the place…

A – 6-8 PM – debut exhib of photographer Claire Bouleau,  at Zone Zero, 3rd floor at 1000 Wisconsin Ave. NW, press buzzer for admission

A – 6:30-8:30 PM – Robin Rose’s encaustics, plus aboriginal works at Hemphill, 1515 14th St. NW

A –  6:30 – 8 PM –  also at 1515 14th St. NW, visit Andrea Pollan’s latest Curator’s office offering..

A – 6:30 – 9 PM – Int’l Visions Gallery – 2629 Ct. Ave. NW just above Calvert

M – 7:30 PM – Great a cappella by the renowned University of Pennsylvania Glee Club at their yearly Cherry Blossom visit to DC.   At BCC High School in Bethesda, 4301 East-West Highway.  Yes, there is a fee, but you get a great reception afterward as well as real entertainment!    A. N. Schlaifer, impresario.  www.whartondc.com or 301-365-8999

April  5, Sunday –

L – 10:30 AM – “Jerusalem: Holy City of Three Religions” by Rabbi David Forman, former director of the Israeli Office of the Union of Reform Judaism.  Washington Hebrew.  Mass. And Macomb Sts. NW

P – 2 PM – A women’s poetry celebration featuring renowned local poets Rosemary Winslow, Kim Roberts and others.  Nat’l Museum of Women in the Arts.

A – 2 PM – Timothy James Clark of UC Berkeley, at the Nat’l Gallery E. Bldg aud., lectures again on Picasso and Truth.

A – 3 PM – Nol Putnam on architectural ironwork and the arts and crafts movement,  at the Renwick

B – 4 PM – Stephanie  Jones of the Nat’l Urban League on “The State of Black America” – Busboys, 14th and V Sts. NW

Monday, April 6 –

L – 2:30-5:30 – reg. required at www.dels.nas.edu/prb for a panel on the early accomplishment s of the International Polar Year.  Nat’l Academy of Sciences, 2100 C St. NW

L – 5 – 6:30 PM – res. required at the Rome Bldg of Johns Hopkins, 1619 Mass. Ave. NW, 202-663-5796, as Swiss professor Lanxin Xiang discusses “China’s Marshall Plan for America.”

L  – 5 PM – Georgetown  U. Visiting Professor Avi Beker on “Arab-Muslim Anti-Semitism: Unspoken Barrier to Peace”  Res. required at the Copley Lounge at Georgetown U. 202-338-6536

T – 7 PM – M, T, Weds! – www.yptdc.org  8 new playlets by DC students, at the GALA Hispanic Theater, at the amazing Tivoli, 3333 14th St. NW

F, L – 8 PM – panel on film and politics – Bob Mondello leads NPR’s Susan Stamberg, Linda Wertheimer, and Ron Elving.   Avalon Theater, 5612 Connecticut Ave. NW. Res. suggested 202-966-6000

Tuesday, April 7 –

B – 6:30 PM – two great baseball writers at the Nat’l Press Club.    Local authoreal superstar Paul Dickson pauldicksonbooks.com/events.htm  and Allan Barra

B – 5 PM – David Calleo on “Follies of Power:  America’s Unipolar Fantasy.”  Res. required at the Rome Bldg of Johns Hopkins, 1619 Mass Ave. NW 202-663-5796

 B – 7 PM – John Fea on his bio of Philip Vickers Fithian, one of Rev. War America’s best-known diarists.   Anderson House of the Society of the Cincinnati.  2118 Mass. Ave. NW   www.societyofthecincinnati.org

B – 6:30-8 PM – A NASA scientist and photog Josh Wolfe discuss “Climate Change: Picturing the Science.”  Amazing images at the Marian Koshland Science Museum, 6th and E Sts. NW.  Never been? This is a fine opportunity.

T – 7 PM – M, T, Weds! – www.yptdc.org  8 new playlets by DC students, at the GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St. NW

B – 7 PM – The great William Greider at Politics and Prose

Wednesday, April 8 –

***11 AM – dedication of statues at the Nationals ballpark.  www.dcarts.dc.gov

***L – Noon – The wonderful John Sellers will lead an exhibit talk about Lincoln, at the Library of Congress main building.  If you do not see the exhibit “With Malice Toward None” before it closes in May, you will be much the poorer.  Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity to see the greatest assembly of Lincoln documents EVER, and brilliantly presented.  Go!

M – Noon – Russian Vocal Music by the Russian Chamber Art Society. Harman Hall, 610 F Sts. NW

L – 12:45 PM – Res. required at SAIS of Johns Hopkins, RM 517 at 1740 Mass. Ave NW, 202-663-5734 as Dan Erikson of the Inter-American Dialogue discusses  US and Cuba post –Castro

T – 7 PM – M, T, Weds! – www.yptdc.org  8 new playlets by DC students, at the GALA Hispanic Theater, 3333 14th St. NW

L – 7 PM – Imam Mahdi Bray and Ibrahim Ramey of the Muslim American Freedom Fdn.  discuss the impact on Muslims-Americans of the US gov’ts post 9-11 policies. Rm. 1 of the Ward Circle Bldg. at AU

Thursday, April 9 –

L, F – 6 PM – the great Vera Rubin, one of the discoverers of black holes, explains, “What is the Universe?”   Special IMax presentation at 7 PM – “400 Years of the Telescope”   Reception at 7:30 PM Air and Space Museum on the Mall – tickets   www.nasm.si.edu 

 April 10, Friday –

A, M – 9 PM until  – The Cherry Blast- a warehouse art experience  www.thepinklineproject.com

April 12 – Easter Sunday

M – Re-creation of the historic Marian Anderson concert at the Lincoln Memorial

April 19

A – 3-5 PM – closing reception for Marina Reiter and others at the Studio Gallery, 2108 R St. NW

April 23-24

All day – that relay running race from Gettysburg to DC –  www.americanodysseyrelay.com

April 30 – many days of free embassy events –  www.passportdc.org  

May 3, Sunday

A – 5 PM – Artist’s talk by Ellington Robinson in Adams Morgan at the dynamic DCAC, 2438 18th St. NW

May 21, Thursday –

T, M  – reading of the new play “The Real Anna Nicole,”  by local writing icon and guru Grace Cavalieri. Features a fine cast, including the amazing Holly Bass, at the Writers Center in Bethesda

May 25, Monday –  Memorial Day Itself

***TV – 10 PM on PBS (check local listings) HALLOWED GROUNDS – on the 22 largely unknown but immaculate US military cemeteries overseas, each with amazing stories to tell

June 8 –

7 PM – another lecture in the “evolution ” series at the Nat’l Academy of Sciences at 2100 C St. NW 

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