- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 17, 2008

Folger Shakespeare Library

201 East Capitol St. NE. 202/544-7077, www.folger.edu

• PEN/Faulkner Reading Series: An Evening With Thomas McGuane. Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 8 p.m. Jan. 18. $15.

• The Most Mysterious Clarity: Poetry reading by Kay Ryan. Moderated by National Endowment for the Arts Chairman Dana Goia. Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $12.

• Words on Will: Jennifer Lee Carrell. The novelist and scholar discusses her Shakespeare thriller “Interred With Their Bones,” parts of which are set in the Folger Shakespeare Library. Folger Elizabethan Theatre. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25. $12.

Fort Ward Museum and Historic Site

4301 W. Braddock Road, Alexandria. Admission free, but reservations encouraged through 703/838-4848. See www.fortward.org.

• Civil War Video Series: “The Drummer of the 8th” and “Granddad,” two nickelodeon films of 1913 by pioneer Thomas H. Ince. 2 p.m. Jan. 26.

• Civil War Video Series: “The General.” The classic Buster Keaton silent comedy of 1927 was inspired by the Andrews Raid, also known as the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

International Spy Museum

800 F St. NW. Unless otherwise noted, advance registration required; tickets do not include admission to the museum. Tickets through Ticketmaster at 800/551-SEAT, on line at ticketmaster.com, in person at the museum or through 202/393-7798. www.spymuseum.org.

• Talk and discussion: “Curveball: Inside the WMD Debacle.” Bob Drogin, author of “Curveball: Spies, Lies, and the Con Man Who Caused a War,” and Tyler Drumheller, former chief of CIA covert operations in Europe, on the intelligence failure behind the U.S. invasion of Iraq. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 22. $16, $20.

• Talk and discussion: “The Terrorist Watch: Inside the Desperate Race to Stop the Next Attack.” Author Ronald Kessler’s views on the terrorist threat to the United States and the country’s response. Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 24. Free. No registration required.

• “Spies on Screen” film: “The Lives of Others” (2006). The Oscar-winning German film about one Stasi officer’s break from the agency’s total surveillance of East German citizens. With discussion by retired CIA case officer Burton Gerber. Co-sponsored by the Goethe-Institut. 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. $16, $20.

• Talk and discussion: “Mata Hari and Houdini: Entertaining Spies?” Authors Pat Shipman and William Kalush ask whether World War I double agent Mata Hari and escape artist Harry Houdini were really spies. 6:30 p.m. Feb. 5. $16, $20.

The Library of Congress

202/707-4604, 202/707-5664, www.loc.gov

• Illustrated lecture: “The Book of Psalms.” Author and artist Debra Band discusses the 36 psalms she chose to interpret and illustrate in her new book, “I Will Wake the Dawn: Illuminated Psalms.” African and Middle Eastern Division Reading Room, second floor, Jefferson building, 10 First St. SE. Noon Jan. 17. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-4188.

• Lecture and discussion: “Economic Globalization in the Mirror of History.” Economic historian Herman Van der Wee on globalization as a wax-and-wane phenomenon through the centuries. Kluge Center, Room 119, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE. 4 p.m. Jan. 17. Free and open to the public. No tickets or reservations required. 202/707-2692.

• Two-day symposium: “The Contemporary Significance of Confucianism.” Whittall Pavilion, Jefferson Building, 10 First St. SE, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 24; Confucius Institute, 0134 Holzapfel Hall, University of Maryland, College Park, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Jan. 25. Library of Congress portion free and open to the public but registration required by Jan. 15 through Anchi Hoh, 202/707-5673 or adia@loc.gov. For a conference schedule and to register for both days, visit the Confucius Institute at www.international.umd.edu/cim/4934 or call 301/405-0213.

• Film: “Nicholas Winton: The Power of Good.” Matej Minac’s Emmy-winning 2002 film about the man known as “The British Schindler,” who shipped 669 children out of Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia just before World War II broke out. Post-screening discussion by Winton Scholar Miriam Klein Kassenoff and Alice Masters, who was saved by Winton. Pickford Theater, Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Noon Jan. 29. Free; no tickets required. 202/707-9897.

National Building Museum

401 F St. NW. Films 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. $5, $10. Prepaid registration required, through the Web site. Walk-in registration based on availability. 202/272-2448, www.nbm.org

• “Bachelors, Secretaries, and Spies: Mid-century Style in American Film.” A series of three films illustrating Hollywood’s treatment of mid-century style: “The Moon is Blue” (1953), Feb. 6; “The Best of Everything” (1959), Feb. 13; “In Like Flint” (1967), Feb. 20.

National Gallery of Art

East Building Auditorium, Fourth Street and Constitution Avenue NW. 202/737-4215, www.nga.gov

• Film series: “England’s New Wave, 1958-1964.” The films of the “angry young men.” “A Kind of Loving” (1962), 2 p.m. Jan. 19; “This Sporting Life” (1963), 4:30 p.m. Jan. 19; “Saturday Night and Sunday Morning” (1960) and “The Angry Silence” (1960), 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20; “The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner” (1962) and “Every Day Except Christmas” (1957), 4:30 p.m. Feb. 3.

• Film series: “Istvan Szabo’s 20th Century.” Honoring the Hungarian filmmaker on the occasion of his 70th birthday. “The Age of Daydreaming” (1964) and the early short “Koncert,” 4:30 p.m. Feb. 9; “Father” (1966), 4 p.m. Feb. 10; “Meeting Venus” (1991), 5:45 p.m. Feb. 10; “Budapest Tales” (1976), 12:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Confidence” (1979), 2:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Taking Sides” (2001), 4:30 p.m. Feb. 16; “Sunshine” (1999), 4 p.m. Feb. 17; “Being Julia” (2004), 4 p.m. Feb. 23; “Relatives” (2006), 4 p.m. Feb. 24.

National Museum of the American Indian

Rasmuson Theater, Fourth Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202/633-1000, www.nmai.si.edu

• Reading and book signing: Victor Montejo, professor and past chairman of the Native American Studies Department at the University of California, Davis, author of “Testimony: Death of a Guatemalan Village.” Noon and 6:30 p.m. Jan. 30. Free.

National Museum of Natural History

Baird Auditorium, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue NW.

• Lecture: “Growing Smarter: Achieving Livable Communities and Environmental Justice Twenty-Five Years After Warren County.” Robert D. Bullard, director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University and known as “The Father of Environmental Justice.” Part of the Anacostia Community Museum’s 23rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Program. 7 p.m. Jan. 17. Admission free but seating limited. Reservations and information at 202/633-4875 or e-mail acmrsvp@si.edu.

National Presbyterian Church

Stone Hall, 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW.

• “Can Human Rights Survive Secularization?” Philosopher Nicholas Wolterstorff, senior fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture at the University of Virginia, speaks at the Reformed Institute of Metropolitan Washington’s annual convocation. 9 a.m.-noon Jan. 26. Free and open to the public. Information and registration 703/518-5125, www.reformedinstitute.org

National Press Club

529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor. 202/662-7500, www.press.org

• “The State of the World Address.” Astrologer Michael Lutin of Vanity Fair on the outer planets and their affect on politics. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23. $45 through www.ticketalternative.com.

Sixth & I Historic Synagogue

600 I St. NW. 202/789-0900, www.sixthandi.org

• “The Changing Geopolitics of the Israel-Palestine Peace Process.” David Newman of the Department of Politics and Government at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and editor of the International Journal of Geopolitics. 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17. $6.

• “Europe’s Real Imaginary Spaces: Sauerkraut Cowboys and Klezmer Cafes.” Writer and photographer Ruth Ellen Gruber. 7 p.m. Jan. 29. $6. 202/408-3100.

Washington DC Jewish Community Center

1529 16th St. NW. 202/518-9400, washingtondcjcc.org

• Nextbook series: “How to Read the Bible.” James Kugel of the Institute for the History of the Jewish Bible, Bar-Ilan University. 7:30 p.m. Feb. 12.

Woodrow Wilson International Center

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. All discussions free and open to the public; advance reservations required through the Web site for some. Photo ID required for entry to all discussions. 202/691-4000, www.wilsoncenter.org

• “Toward the Great Society: The Presidential Recordings of Lyndon B. Johnson, February 1-May 31, 1964.” An in-depth discussion of recently published transcripts compiled from secret recordings made in the early months of the LBJ presidency. With the editors of the three-volume collection. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 18. Advance reservations required through the Web site.

• “Freedom and Restriction of Speech in the Context of Counter-Terrorism in Russia.” Dmitry Dubrovskiy of European University, the Russian Museum of Ethnography and the Kennan Institute. Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 22. No reservations required.

• “China’s Galloping Economy: Problems, Prospects and Implications for the United States.” Barry Naughton, School of International Relations and Pacific Studies, University of California-San Diego; Steven Dunaway, International Monetary Fund; Jeffrey Logan, Congressional Research Service; and Cong Cao, the Levin Institute, State University of New York. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 22. No reservations required.

• “The Prophet of Post-Communism: Vladimir Nabokov and Russian Politics.” Nina L. Khrushcheva, New School University, New York, granddaughter of former Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev. Noon-1 p.m. Jan. 28. No reservations required.

• “Isadora Duncan: A Revolutionary Dancer in Revolutionary Russia.” Lori Belilove, Isadora Duncan Dance Foundation; Elena Yushkova, Kennan Institute and Vologda Branch of the Moscow Academy for Humanities. 3:30-5:30 p.m. Jan. 29. No reservations required.

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