March 14, 2006
GW's Guide To Happenings Throughout Metropolitan Washington
Tuesday / March 14
$ Lecture “Brian Fagan: A New Story on the Settling of the New World” Renowned anthropologist Fagan argues that rather than being uniquely courageous, Columbus was heir to a body of knowledge about seas and ships acquired at great cost. 6:30 pm. General admission $20, members $15, senior members $13. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
Wednesday / March 15
$ Lecture “The Mysteries of Chartres Cathedral” Chartres (France, 1194–1260) is a testament to the glory of Western civilization. Middle Ages scholar Judy Scott Feldman explores this cathedral, while offering the basic tools needed to read its architecture, sculpture, and stained glass. She weaves together the social, cultural, and spiritual motivations behind the structure, inspiring a full appreciation of this majestic place. 6:30–8:15 pm. General admission $27, members $17, senior members $15. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
$ Performance “Via Kabul: Central Asia Without Borders” The music of the Silk Road returns to Washington with a concert inaugurating an American tour of musicians who are re-invigorating the ancient traditions of Central Asia’s mountains and mosques with new performance styles and techniques. From Kyrgyzstan comes Tengir-Too, from Tajikistan is The Academy of Maqam, and from Kabul is Homayun Sakhi. 7:30 pm at the Meyer Auditorium of the Freer Gallery. Additional performance on Thursday, March 16. General admission $25, members $20, senior members $18. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
Thursday / March 16
$ Performance Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Pipeline Dermot Hyde and Tom Hake offer a repertoire that comprises both traditional and brand new music from Ireland, Scotland, Galicia, and Brittany 7:30 pm at the Voice of America Auditorium. General admission $25, members $20, senior members $18. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
Saturday / March 18
$ Lecture “The Dark Universe — Black Holes, Dark Matter, Dark Energy” Recent discoveries in astrophysics and cosmology suggest that the most exciting constituents of the cosmos are dark. In a discussion of these discoveries, astrophysicist and cosmologist Mario Livio takes participants from the physics of black holes through the attempts to identify the constituents of dark matter and the nature of dark energy. 10 am–4:30 pm at the Ring Auditorium, Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden. General admission $131, members $85, senior members $77. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
GW Lecture Francesca Zambello, Director of The Washington National Opera’s New Production of Das Rheingold” presented by The Wagner Society of Washington, DC. Zambello will lecture and answer audience questions about the new Ring Cycle that the Washington National Opera is initiating this season, the first of the four operas of Richard Wagner’s Der Ring des Nibelungen premiering on March 25 in the Kennedy Center Opera House. 7:30 pm at Funger Hall. For more information please call 301-907-2600 or visit www.wagner-dc.org.
Sunday / March 19
$ Lecture “Hollywood and the Environment” Until the 1970s, Hollywood’s depictions of environmental issues rarely deviated from simplified melodramas such as ranchers fighting the encroaching railroads or the 1950s radiation thrillers. However, following the inception of Earth Day in 1970, ecological concerns began to surface in sci-fi thrillers such as Silent Running and Soylent Green. Later themes such as nuclear power (The China Syndrome), threats to indigenous populations (The Emerald Forest and At Play in the Fields of the Lord), environmental contamination (A Civil Action or Erin Brockovich) became popular. Join film historian Max Alvarez for a lecture enhanced by film clips exploring Hollywood’s erratic infatuation with the Earth and environmentalist. General admission $18, members $15, senior members $13. For more information, call 252-0012 or visit residentassociates.org.
Monday / March 20
GW Lecture “History, Memory, and the Politics of the Past” Jost Dulffer, Konrad Adenauer Visiting Professor at Georgetown University, will discuss “Post-1945 Europe: History and Memory.” 12:30–2 pm. Voesar Conference Room, 1957 E St., NW. Sponsored by GW’s Institute for European, Russian, and Eurasian Studies. RSVP for lectures at email@example.com.
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