April 24 and beyond

Freebie  Cultural Events,  April 24 and beyond….. all events free unless otherwise noted – Scroll down for actual listings… ….   April 16-26 –  www.filmfestdc.org     there’s at least one film in there for each and every on of you!

The Big Read begins!  www.wdchumanities.org     www.neabigread.org   www.dclibrary.org

And it is still www.craftweekdc.com

Plus we have Andrea Kalin, Barr Weissman, Grace Cavalieri, Mary Cheh, Jamin Raskin, Lisa Marie Thalhammer, George Pelecanos, Chuck Redd, David Plouffe, 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, 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 24, Friday –

10 AM – Noon – open studios in the Gateway area – Mt. Rainier mostly.  www.craftweekdc.com  

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

M – 7:30 PM – “Seussical” by the Sidwell Friends Middle School.  Will any Obamas attend?

L – 7:30 PM – Lauren Winner of the Duke Divinity School on “Reconciling Politics and Spirituality: Lessons from a Faith Journey.  At Foundry Methodist Church – P and 16th Sts. NW.  Yes, this is the church of Bill and Hillary Clinton.

April 25, Saturday

9 AM – 4 PM – National Arboretum Garden Fairwww.usna.usda.gov  or www.fona.org

10 AM – 4 PM – Open House at the U of MD.   www.marylandday.umd.edu

10 AM – 4 PM – Kingman Island Day.  50 acre river oasis!  www.kingmanisland.org

10 AM – “Chat with Cheh”  Le Pain Quotidien  4874 Mass Ave. NW. Yes, Council member Mary Cheh

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

11 AM – Kick off event of the Big Read – Gallaudet University.  Elstad Auditorium. Never been?  This would be a good time.  George Pelecanos is your host

A – 11 AM – 5 PM – Open studios at 52 O St. NW  www.52OStreetstudios.org   Many studios, including the Department of Furniture, Lisa Marie Thalhammer and more,  but watch out for Gabriel Thys!

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

M – 1-6 PM – 5 bands perform sequentially at the “Big Band Jam” – Sylvan Theater on the Mall

M – 1 PM – “Seussical” by the Sidwell Friends Middle School.  Will any Obamas attend this 2nd perf?

F, A – 1 PM – Films by Robert Frank – East bldg aud of the Nat’l Gallery.

P – 1-3 PM – Young poets read their works based on inspiration from objects at the Museum. Smithsonian American Arts Museum, 8th and G St. NW

2-4 PM – “Victory Mail, Victory Music” – at the National Postal Museum   – right next to Union Station

A, P – 3:30 PM – Poetic avant-garde works in honor of Robert Frank.  Nat’l Gallery e. bldg aud.

A – 4 PM – artist’s talk by Robin Rose – somewhere (Katzen Center? Hemphill?).  

M – 5 PM – Jazz percussionist Chuck Redd will give a clinic and performance at Middle C Music, 4530 Wisconsin Ave. NW

L – 5:30 PM – res. required at Dumbarton Oaks,  202-339-6940 for Harvard prof Michael McCormick on “Climate Change in the Roman Empire.”

M – 7 PM – Midnight  – fine live music at  www.unit22art.com   at 5235 Beech Road, Unit 22
Temple Hills, MD 20748   worth the trek for nice atmosphere,  fine sounds, and to support Wilbur King and S.O.M.E.

Sunday, April 26 –

10 AM – Garden of the Righteous Ceremony – plantings to honor two Belgians who risked it all to save Jews during the Holocaust.   Front side of Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec St NW off CT. and Porter

10:10 AM – former Senator Chuck Hagel on “America: Our Next Chapter” – Washington National Cathedral

10 AM – Noon  – National Arboretum Garden Fairwww.usna.usda.gov 

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

Noon – 4 PM – Shakespeare’s Birthday Open House – cake, jugglers, jesters, and more at the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 E. Capitol St.   close to Library of Congress and Supreme Ct.

M – 1:30 PM – Encore chorale ensemble – Smithsonian Art Museum – 8th and G Sts. NW

****A, F – 2 PM – good guy DC based filmmaker Barr Weissman will present his documentary “A View from the Street: The Art of Lily Spandorf.”   Spandorf’s work is also on display there at the Historical Society of Washington DC, 801 K St. NW opposite the Convention Center.    Among many admirer’s of Spandorf and her work is National Gallery of Art ace presenter, Eric Denker.

A – 2 PM – Timothy James Clark on Picasso, again, at the Nat’l  Gallery E. Bldg aud.

M – 3 PM – Panamanian jazz trio featuring pianist and composer Danilo Perez.   Smithsonian Amer. History Mus.

A – 4:30 PM – famous cartoonist Roz Chast of the New Yorker will discuss even more famous New Yorker cartoonist Charles Addams – McEvoy aud of SAAM, 8th and G Sts. NW

A, F – 4:30 PM – Discussion and films of the great iconoclast Bruce Conner, NGA E. bldg.aud.

L – 8:15 PM – Star studded panel on Obama’s first 100 days.  David Plouffe, Luke Russert, Tucker Carlson, Mika Brzezinski, and Michelle Bernard at the Bender Arena of American University.  202-885-6416

Monday, April 27 –

B – 6:30-8 PM – The energetic Jamin Raskin and Michael Avery on “We Dissent: Talking Back to the Rehnquist Court: Eight Cases That Subverted Civil Liberties and Civil Rights.”  Busboys, 14th and V, NW

B -6:30 PM – The genuinely amusing Stephen Joel Trachtenberg, former Pres. of GW, on “Big Man on Campus,” a memoir of his tenure there, at Reiter’s Books, 1990 K St. NW.

P – 7-9 PM – If you have never seen Holly Bass perform, this is a good chance, as she reads with Kim Roberts and Dan Vera at the West End Library, 1101 21st St. at L, NW

7 PM – High schoolers will read speeches from a variety of civil right’s champions, at Ford’s Theater

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

****B, F, A – 3 PM – Fabulous panel, with film excerpts, on the WPA Federal Writers’ Project, at the Mumford Rm. of the Madison Bldg of the Library of Congress.  The great DC based documentarian Andrea Kalin will be joined by author David A. Taylor, and the Smithsonian’s Peggy Bulger.

6-8 PM – “Friends Spring Barbeque” will celebrate the unveiling of a mural highlighting Foggy Bottom’s History.    Anniversary Park of GW, F St. between 21st  and 22nd.  202-994-9132

Wednesday, April 29 –

L – Noon – Main bldg, south gallery, of the Library of Congress – Ford Peatross discusses the building of the Lincoln Memorial.  and don’t we love the name “Ford Peatross!”

Noon – McGowan Theater of the Nat’l Archives – “What Really Sank the Titanic”

B – Noon – Bill White on “Intrepid: The Epic  Story of America’s Most Legendary Warship.” Navy Heritage Center, 701 PA. Ave. NW.  The subtitle is highly contestable, though…

M – Noon – at the Harman Center, 610 F St. NW, across from the Verizon Center – the Washington Balalaika Orchestra.  But it’s just not the same since Tom Tulenko retired. 

***P – 6:30 PM – at the Goethe Institute, 812 7th St. NW at Gallery Place, the moving poetry of the late Holocaust survivor Hilda Stern Cohen will be presented and discussed by her husband Werner plus master story teller Gail Rosen and the multi-talented William Gilcher, with moderator Grace Cavalieri

L – 7 PM – “Eroticism and War among the Toltecs.”    Who knew?  Library of Congress, main bldg.

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

April 30, Thursday

L – 10 AM – Pryzbyla Center 321-323 of Catholic University – Historian David Wood gives a talk “Vaulting Ambition: Lincoln’s Self Fashioning.”

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

Friday, May 1 –

6 PM – midnight – POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE – at the Mott House next to the Supreme Court – should be a good party!  http://earthball2009.homestead.com  yes, $25, but  to benefit urban vegetable gardening. and then there are Tiffany de Lisio and Alex Lawson to chat up….POSTPONED

May 2, Saturday –

10 AM – 4 PM – The Big Read Marathon at the MLK Library – 9th and G Sts. NW

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

A – 7-10 PM – 4 artists at PASS Gallery, in the alley behind 1617 S St. NW, but enter that alley off 17th above S St.  Richard Seigman (Siegman?) lives!

M – 8 PM – midnight – no cover, no minimum at Casa Fiesta. 4910 Wisconsin Ave. NW for the HeeBeeGeeBees.    “This ain’t the Mud Club, or CBGB’s…” – David Byrne, with apologies to Scott Sherman and Warren Marcus

May 3, Sunday –

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

Monday, May 4 –

**T – 8 PM – staged reading by the Washington Shakespeare Company of “Hercule de Bergerac”  at the Clark St. Theater, includes one of our absolute favorites, rising star Adam Jonas Segaller . The drive is as easy as going to National Airport by car.  Hope to see you there! http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=601+S.+Clark+Street%2C+Arlington%2C+VA

 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 – 11 PM on WETA –  HALLOWED GROUNDS – on the 22 largely unknown but immaculate US military cemeteries overseas, each with amazing stories to tell

Tuesday, May 26 –

***TV – 10 PM on Maryland Public TV –   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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