April 16th and beyond…

Freebie  Cultural Events,  April 16 and beyond….. all events free unless otherwise noted – Scroll down for actual listings… but….

April 16-26 –  www.filmfestdc.org     there’s at least one film in there for each and every on of you!

This weekend – Fri., Sat., Sun – Bethesda Literary Festival  www.bethesda.org

And it IS craftweek DC!  Check page 23 of today’s Post “Weekend” section for a photo and commentary by and about our man Tim Tate.  Be afraid, be very afraid.   But Laurel Lukaszewski is on page 26 to save the day.    www.craftweekdc.com 

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, 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

April 16, Thursday

Opening night of the 10 day International Filmfest DC.  www.filmfestdc.org

1 and 3 PM – at the Historical Society of Washington, DC.   Emancipation Day event featuring Lincoln impersonator Dennis Boggs.   801 K St. NW opposite Convention Center.   The Lincoln impersonators convention is here in DC for three days, so get out your stove pipe hat and beard and join in!

A – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Sufi-inspired drawings by Tom Block at WPA, 2023 Mass Ave. NW

5 – 9 PM – awards ceremony followed by a reception at the Media and Public Affairs bldg at GW, 805 21st St. NW.  The Jackie Robinson Society (yes, the Dodger great) will present service awards to Michael Wilbon, Maureen Bunyan, and the great activist Franklin Kameny.  Always a nice affair.

A – 6 PM – St. Mary’s Professor Ben Click on John White Alexander’s portrait of Mark Twain.  Nat’l Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW

L – 6:15 PM – the Carnegie Science Lecture by Princeton’s Bonnie Bassler, on “Cell to Cell Communication in Bacteria.”  These lecturers are all experts at making things clear to a general audience, so don’t be shy.   Carnegie Institution at 16th and P Sts. NW

B – 6:30 – Ben Wallace on “The Billionaire’s Vinegar: The Mystery of the World’s Most Expensive Bottle of Wine.”  Borders,  18th and L Sts. NW

B – 6:30 – 8 PM – NYU prof Pam Newkirk on “Letters From Black America,” Busboys at 1025 5th St. NW

A – 6:30 PM – Princeton’s Ruben Gallo, and the Library of Congress’s Barbara Tennenbaum on the early 20th Century aesthetic revolution driven by artists and writers living in Mexico City.  Res, requested at the Mexican Cultural Institute, in the mansion at 2829 16th St. NW 202-728-1675

M – 7:15 PM – Free jazz at National Geographic – The Bryan Horton Quartet, and the blues, Brazilian and jazz strains of Roseanna Vitro and JazzIam

B – 7:30 PM – Cindy Parker of Johns Hopkins on “Climate Chaos: Your Health at Risk” at the Bowen Center, Suite 103, 4400 MacArthur Blvd., NW 

M, L – 7:30 PM – Lecture /recital by Paul Ruffner on the political economy of music in Cuba and Argentina.   Katzen Arts Center of American University.

April 18 – Friday

9:30 AM – 5:30 PM – conference on “Beyond Category: Performing Race and Politics in DC.” McNeir Hall of Georgetown U. 202-687-3838

A – 12:30 PM – Lindsay Borst will discuss Chinese export porcelain from sketches of Pierre L’Enfant, at the Society of the Cincinnati, in the Anderson House mansion, 2119 Mass Ave. NW

M – 5 – 7 PM – the 12 piece Thad Wilson Jazz Band in the courtyard of the Nat’l  Portrait Gallery

***A – 6-9 PM – A Mr. Philip Barlow, in conjunction with a Hirshhorn curator, have put together a show at Huschle and Cudlin‘s fabulous multi story facility, the Arlington Arts Center, one block from a metro stop on the Orange Line.  http://www.arlingtonartscenter.org/    check it out!   Did Barlow or Cudlin send me an advance note that this event was happening?  Noooooooooooooooo.  But I love them anyway.

A – 6-8 PM – Two fun exhibs open at Cross MacKenzie Galley , 1054 31st St. NW in Canal Square

B- 7 PM – Harold Holzer and Edward Steers Jr. on their volume on the Lincoln Conspirators. National Archives.

A – 7-9 PM – Lou Kaplan memorial retrospective at Edison Place, 702 8th St. NW

L – 8:15 PM – Amanda Sozer on “Forensic DNA profiling” Powell aud. of the Cosmos Club. Yes, the secrets of CSI. 

April 18, Saturday –

L – 10:30 AM – Retinal surgeon Robert Stephens on “Your Eyes and Nutrition.”  Sibley Hospital

F – 10:30 AM – Int’l shorts about nature.  Nat’l Gallery E. bldg aud.

M – 1:30 PM – Classical guitarist Ernest Tamayo at the Society of the Cincinnati, in the Anderson House mansion, 2119 Mass Ave. NW.   Great artist. Great setting.

A – 1 PM – St. Mary’s Prof Ben Click will give a tour of the “Presidents in Waiting” exhib at the Nat’l Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW 

1 PM – Cynthia Brown of Green Spring Gardens will  discuss “The Best Vegetables to Grow in DC.” Historical Society of DC, 801 K St. NW    202-383-1828

M – 1:30 PM – The Master Singers of Virginia in the East Court of the Nat’l Gallery W. Bldg

A – 2 – 5 PM – 60 artists’ work at the high end Osuna Gallery, 7200 Wisconsin Ave. NW

B – 2 PM – Paul Chaat Smith on “Everything You Know about Indians is Wrong” at the Rasmuson Theater of the Nat’l Museum of the American Indian.

M – 2 PM – Washington Nat’l Opera artists perform in the courtyard of the Nat’l Portrait Gallery

F – 2 PM – Informal discussion by the foreign directors here for Filmfest DC.  Borders, 1801 K St. NW

A – 2:30 PM – Magnum’s Alec Soth will discuss his work at the Nat’l Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Sts. NW

M – 3 PM – Norman Scribner will discuss his group’s recording of Mahler’s 8th, and play excerpts, at Politics and Prose. 

M – 3:30 PM – The South Jersey Chorus in the East Court of the Nat’l Gallery of Art

***L – 4:30 PM – The great Harold Holzer discusses Lincoln portraiture, at the McEvoy auditorium of the Nat’l Portrait Gallery.    Holzer is an amazing scholar and lecturer.  See him sometime!

A – 5- 8 PM – mixed media by Pamela Solwedel at Watergate Gallery, 2552 VA. Ave. NW

A – 6:30 – 8:30 PM – the photography of the remarkable Chan Chao  G Fine Arts  1515 14th St. NW

7 PM – Public Forum – Is Obama turning away from the left?  Dedrick Mohammad of the IPS, John Nichols of The Nation, Laila Al-Arain of Al-Jazeera English, and author Dave Zirin.   St. Stephen’s Church Auditorium, 1525 Newton St. NW – close to Columbia Hghts metro.  www.isodc.blogspot.com   and www.haymarketbooks.org  

Sunday, April 19 –

F – 11:30 AM – Int’l shorts about nature, redux.   Nat’l Gallery E. bldg aud.

B – Noon – Bob Abernethy of PBS’s Religion and Ethics Newsweekly on “The Life of Meaning: Reflections on Faith, Doubt, and Repairing the World.”  Cleveland Park Congregational United Church of Christ.  3400 Lowell St. NW  www.cpcchurch.org

A – 2 PM – Timothy James Clark again on “Picasso and Truth.”  Today – Monster!  Nat’l Gallery E. bldg aud. 

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

A – 4-6 PM – Ghanian weaver Kwasi Asare will demonstrate his craft.  Busboys at 1025 5th St. NW

F – 4:30 PM – Director Gerald Fox will present his “Leaving Home, Coming Home: A Portrait of Robert Frank.”  Nat’l Gallery E. Bldg. aud.

April 20, Monday –

M – Noon – The music of Benny Goodman, by the Navy Band’s Commodores. Baird Auditorium of the Natural  History Museum.

B – 6:30 PM – Kurt Yeager on “Perfect Power: How the MicroGrid Revolution will Unleash Cleaner, Greener, and More Abundant Energy.”  Rieter’s – 1990 K St. NW

M, T – 7 PM – Yes, $25 at the Terrace Theater of the KenCen, but it is a program featuring performances of the songs of Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof, etc) and Mr. Harnick himself discussing his craft.

Tuesday, April 21 –

F – 10 AM – free screening at the Avalon – “Let the Church Say Amen” on a very special DC church.

L – Noon – Giselle Mora-Bourgeois on “What is Urban Ecology?”  at the Mary McLeod Bethune Council House – A Nat’l Park Service Historic Bldg at 1318 Vermont Ave. NW just off Thomas Circle.

Noon – in celebration of the Bard’s b-day, actors will read the poetry of Shakespeare in the Whittall Pavilion in the main bldg of the Library of Congress

6-9 PM – for only $25 you get appetizers, a light supper, an open bar, a silent auction, and more to benefit  the activities of Historic Dupont Circle.   At the lovely Carnegie Institution, 16th and P Sts. NW

M – 6:30 PM – Washington Nat’l Opera director Zambello, plus the dramaturge and the director of artistic operations will discuss their production of Wagner’s Siegfried. Goethe Institute.  Res. required. 202-289-1200 x 160  or rsvp@washington.goethe.org

L – 6:30 – 8 PM – Josphat Ngonyo will discuss his animal welfare work in Kenya. Busboys at 1025 5th St.

L – 7:30 PM – Anat Hoffman on “From the Bible to God’s Slang: Understanding Modern Israel with Five Hebrew Words” Adas Israel – 2850 Quebec St. NW near CT. and Porter.

Wednesday, April 22 –

L – Noon – Clark Evans will discuss the assassination of Lincoln.  S. Gallery of the main building of the Library of Congress.  And this is a chance to see their fabulous, once-in-a lifetime Lincoln exhib.

M – Noon – soprano Karin Paludan-Sorey  at Harman Hall, 610 F St. NW

A – 5:30 – 7:30 PM – Art Vs. Craft Panel and Tug of War – WPA , 2023 Mass. Ave, NW.   Fun!!!!

A – 6:30 PM – artist’s talk by Gregory Ferrand, and if you saw his unique portraits, you’d want to meet the artist!   Int’l Art and Artists at the Hillyer Art Space, 9 Hillyer Ct.

B – 6:30 PM – Scott Mitic on “Stopping Identity Theft: 10 Easy Steps to Security, Reiter’s, 1990 K St.

F, L – 7:30 PM at the Nat’l Archives – a new documentary on the political rise of Obama against the backdrop of changing racial attitudes in the US will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by the one and only Ron Walters.

B – 7:30 PM –  Lev Raphael, child of Holocaust survivors, reads from his memoir “My Germany: A Jewish Writer Returns to the World His Parents Escaped”   Goethe Institute, 812 7th St. NW  $5 donation suggested.

April 23, Thursday –

Official launch day of D. C.’s THE BIG READ ’09.   Book this year is “The Heart is a Lonely Hunter.” Honorary chair this year is George Pelecanos.   www.wdchumanities.org 

10 AM – Meet at the GW statue on Pilgrim Road on the grounds of the Washington Nat’l Cathedral for a really good wildflower walk and lecture, by Annette Lasley

Noon –  Closing lecture on the George Catlin exhib at the Renwick in the Grand Salon

L – 7:30 PM – Panel on Lincoln, the Smithsonian, and Science.   Includes Obama’s science adviser John Holdren, and eminence gris writer Tom Allen.    Nat’l Museum of American History.

A, M – 7:30 PM – opening of exhib on Hayden  res. required at the Austrian Embassy – http://www.acfdc.org/events-registration

A, F  – 8 PM – Documentary on the life of Keith Haring.  Hirshhorn Musem

April 23-24

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

April 24, Friday –

10 AM – Noon – open studios in the Gateway area – Mt. Rainier mostly.  www.craftweekdc.com  We love Washington Glass Works and Red Dirt Studio especially 

1:30-3:30 – Nat’l Crime Victims’ Rights Week Awards Ceremony and reception.  Mellon aud. 3101 Constitution Ave. NW  

April 25, Saturday –

A – 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM – 5 master craftsmen discuss their work in the McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian’s   American Arts Museum., 8th and G Sts. NW

April 26 –

A, F – 11 AM, 1 PM, and 3 PM – Documentary on the life and work of Louise Bourgeois, Hirshhorn  Mus.

April 28, Tuesday –

L – 9 AM – 4 PM – 8th annual DC fair housing symposium, at the historic True Reformer Bldg, 1200 U St. NW    www.ohr.dc.gov  to register

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

April 30, Thursday –

L, M  – 6:30 PM – at the Strathmore Center – “Music as Attack/Music as Escape” with Bret Werb, Director of Music at Holocaust Museum

May 2, Saturday

11 AM – 4 PM – Glen Echo Family Day.  If you’ve never been there, go!  www.glenechopark.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 7, Thursday 

F – 8 PM – Democracy Challenge Finalists – the state dept. challenged filmmakers from the humble to the great for an international competition to make a 3 minute film addressing the meaning of democracy.    Hirshhorn Museum.

Sunday, May 10

***1:30 AM – 7:30 PM  Special Sunday hours for the last day  to see the greatest collection ever, a true once in a generation opportunity, of Lincoln treasures, including inaugural addresses, The Emancipation Proclamation, the Gettysburg Address, and more, wonderfully presented.  Main Bldg of the Library of Congress.   Do not miss this exhibition!

May 14, Thursday

F – 8 PM – noir inspired melodrama by John Bock, entitled PALMS.   Hirshhorn Museum.

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 22 largely unknown but immaculate US military cemeteries overseas, each with amazing stories to tell.  You know of the one over Normandy Beach, but what about the others?   Florence, Italy?   Tunis, Tunisia?   Maastricht, Holland?    Luxembourg and Belgium?   Flanders Field?  You will be amazed.

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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