Readings and Lectures

Fall Arts Preview 2007

Published on September 13, 2007, 12:00am | Comments

Various locations

· Eugene Drucker -- The Savior (9/15, Tyson's Corner)
· Michael Korda -- Ike: An American Hero (9/18, 18th & L Sts. NW)
· Douglas Crandell -- The Flawless Skin of Ugly People (9/18, Tyson's Corner)
· Bruce E. Bechtol, Jr. -- Red Rogue (9/19, 18th & L Sts. NW)
· Dave Barry -- Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far), signing only, scheduled for one hour (9/21, 18th & L Sts. NW)
· David Harsanyi -- Nanny State (9/27, 18th & L Sts. NW)

812 Seventh St. NW

· Prof. Heinrich August Winkler -- Still a Community of Values? Historical Reflections on the Normative Basis of the West (10/9, Johns Hopkins Kenny Auditorium)
· Daniel Kehlmann -- Die Vermessung der Welt (Measuring the World). This historical novel has been on German bestseller lists for more than a year; it was second as international bestseller in 2006. Kehlmann presents a twin biography of science giants A. v. Humboldt (1769-1859) and C. F. Gauss (1777-1855) (11/29)
· Password Project -- Conceived by writers and visual artists in Graz, Austria, a recent European Cultural Capital, as a unique means of uniting visual and verbal creativity on a digital canvas through the World Wide Web. These nearly 40 artists, who represent more than a dozen nations, exchange inspirations via the internet. The project will be projected in the Goethe Theater and read by participating poets Daniel Thomas Moran, Walter Hölbling and Gabriele Pötscher (12/11)

4155 Linnean Ave. NW

· Curatorial Lecture: A Quest for Fabulous -- Anne Odom, curator of the special exhibition A Quest for Fabulous: Thirty Years of Collecting, 1977-2007, discusses these objects and their fascinating history. Odom will sign copies of the exhibition catalogue after the lecture (9/27)

1529 16th St. NW

· Selected Hightlights. Finding Home: A Theatrical Celebration -- Jewish short stories, acted by Naomi Jacobson, Isabelle Thompson, Jerry Whiddon and Harry Winter. Directed by Nick Olcott (10/6)
· Ruth Wisse -- Jews & Power (10/7)
· Steven Lee Beeber -- The Heebie-Jeebies at CBGB's: A Secret History of Jewish Punk (10/9, at the Black Cat)
· Jewish Washington: Scrapbook of an American Community (10/11)
· Meredith Jacobs -- The Modern Jewish Mom's Guide to Shabbat (10/12)
· Daniel Mendelsohn -- The Lost: A Search for Six of Six Million (10/14)
· Shalom Auslander -- Foreskin's Lament: A Memoir (10/15)
· Walter Isaacson -- Einstein, His Life and Universe (10/16)

1625 Connecticut Ave. NW

· Mike Warren -- A Private Affair (9/27)
· Dr. Jay Littell -- Soul Sailings (9/30)
· Bob Smith -- Selfish and Perverse (10/3)
· Alex Sanchez -- The God Box (10/17)
· Victor J. Banis -- Longhorns (11/15)
· Frederick Smith -- Right Side of the Wrong Bed (12/19)

The Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society Headquarters
1600 M St. NW

· Through the Eyes of the Condor -- Robert B. Haas focuses his aerial photographic artistry on Latin America (9/18)
· From Eden to Exile -- Archaeologist Eric H. Cline explores some of the Bible's most enduring mysteries to see what light archaeology, Bible studies and comparative literature may shed on the biblical accounts of the Garden of Eden, Noah's Ark and other topics (9/19)
· Planetwalker -- In the early 1970s, John Francis gave up using motorized vehicles after witnessing the devastating effects of an oil spill in San Francisco Bay. In early 1973 he took a more radical step still: a vow of silence that lasted 17 years, during which he undertook a pilgrimage by foot across America on behalf of the environment and world peace, earning a Ph.D. in land management along the way (10/17)
· Running the Sahara -- In November 2006, a team of three endurance athletes led by Charlie Engle, one of the world's top ultradistance-marathon runners, set out from the coast of Senegal on a seemingly impossible quest: to run 4,300 miles across northern Africa's Sahara to the Red Sea. For the next 111 days, these intrepid harriers averaged 44 to 50 miles a day in one of the most hostile environments on Earth (10/18)
· Extreme Dinosaurs -- National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Paul Sereno introduces one of the most bizarre dinosaurs ever discovered -- the Nigersaurus, with 1,000 teeth and a head permanently rotated toward the ground (11/16)
· Wings of the Albatross -- Frans Lanting documented the world of the albatross, a bird enshrined in legend and poetry, capturing hauntingly beautiful images of these graceful birds in flight, as well as intimate moments in their island breeding grounds (11/28)
· 21st-Century Cowboys -- Photographer Robb Kendrick traveled the western U.S. and Mexico to produce a fascinating portrait of the modern heirs to the cowboy legacy. A master of tintype, a technique of wet plate photography on tin that was widely used in the mid-19th century, Kendrick has created a portfolio of images that evoke the look and feel of another time while faithfully recording modern subjects and views (12/4)
· New Discoveries at Stonehenge -- A series of excavations carried out by the Stonehenge Riverside Project offers a new perspective on this ancient monument by placing it in the context of its broader landscape (12/6)

Various Locations

· John W. Dean -- The former White House counsel discusses his book Broken Government: How Republican Rule Destoyed the Legislative, Executive, and Judicial Branches (9/15, Arlington Courthouse)
· Jeffrey Lewis -- Theme Song for an Old Show (9/18, Dupont)
· John Leland -- Why Kerouac Matters (9/19, Penn Quarter)
· Patricia McConnell -- For the Love of a Dog: Understanding Emotion in You and Your Best Friend (9/19, Old Town)
· Carl Bernstein -- A Woman In Charge: The Life of Hillary Rodham Clinton (9/20, Penn Quarter)
· Pat Graham -- Silent Pictures (9/23, Dupont)
· Ann Packer -- Songs Without Words, A Novel (9/27, Old Town)
· Frances Madeson -- Cooperative Village, A Novel (9/27, Dupont)
· Mike Sager -- The Revenge of the Donut Boys: True Stories of Lust, Fame, Survival and Multiple Personality (9/28, Dupont)

5015 Connecticut Ave. NW

· John W. Dean -- Broken Government (9/14)
· Christopher Dodd -- Letters from Nuremberg: My Father's Narrative of a Quest for Justice (9/17)
· Kenneth Oppel -- Darkwing (9/20)
· Dave Barry -- Dave Barry's History of the Millennium (So Far) (9/20)
· Jeffrey Toodbin -- The Nine: Inside the Secret World of the Supreme Court (9/26)

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