All programs take place in the McGowan Theater and there is no charge for any of these events. Reservations are not required but they are recommended and can be made at www.archivesfoundation.org/events or 202.357.6814. For more information call 202.357.5000; toll free at 877.874.7616 or e-mail email@example.com
The National Archives is located at 700 Constitution Ave, NW – enter through the Constitution Avenue Special Events entrance for all programs.
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Lectures with Book Signings
Monday, September 8, 12:00 noon
Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas by Cass R. Sunstein
Cass Sunstein, the nation’s most-cited legal scholar, discusses his latest book Conspiracy Theories and Other Dangerous Ideas, a compilation of his most famous, insightful, relevant, and inflammatory pieces. Sunstein is a man who cuts through the fog of left vs. right arguments and offers logical, evidence-based solutions to today’s most challenging questions. A book signing follows the program.
Wednesday, September 10, 12:00 noon
The Half Has Never been Told: Slavery and the Making of American Capitalism by Edward E. Baptist
As historian Edward Baptist reveals in The Half Has Never Been Told, the expansion of slavery in the decades after American independence, drove the evolution and modernization of the United States. In the span of a single lifetime, the South grew to become a continental cotton empire, and the United States grew into a modern, industrial, and capitalist economy trying to find ways to make slavery more profitable. A book signing follows the program.
Friday, September 12, 12:00 noon
James Madison: A Life Reconsidered by Lynne Cheney
Best selling author Lynne Cheney offers a new biography of James Madison, a modest man who audaciously changed the world. Outwardly reserved, Madison was the intellectual driving force behind the Constitution and crucial to its ratification. His visionary political philosophy and rationale for the union of states – eloquently presented in The Federalist papers – helped shape the country Americans live in today. A book signing follows the program.
Saturday, September 13, 2:00pm
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours by Melissa Gilbert
Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple dishes – including crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, and apple pie – present Bonnet Heads (die-hard Little House fans) with the chance to eat like the Ingalls family. Also included are Gilbert’s personal recollections of behind-the-scenes stories and anecdotes, and more than 75 scrapbook images that accompany the recipes. A book signing follows the program.
We have a few updates for you this weekend. We hope you have a great holiday and we’ll be back after the long weekend!
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Penn Quarter – This is the last weekend for the Shakespeare Theatre’s Free for All which runs through August 31 at Harman Hall (610 F St NW). The Free for All is an event where you register your interest for free tickets to a Shakespeare play online the day before the performance (see the FAQ). If you get selected, then you’re in. This year’s production is The Winter’s Tale.
Downtown/Shaw – The National Book Festival takes place this weekend on Saturday, August 30 from 10 am to 10 pm at the Washington Convention Center. Sponsored by the Library of Congress, this is an annual favorite for the readers and literature lovers among us.
Downtown – Specs New York opened their retail fashion sunglasses boutique at 1206 G St NW across the street from Macy’s. We checked out the store and thought it to be well arranged with great lighting design inside.
Downtown – PAUL, the French bakery chain, with its entrance facing the 1200 block of F St NW in Columbia Square (address of the building is 555 13th St NW) is hoping to open up some time next week and they are hiring but the actual date is not firmed up yet. We passed by and can see the outside is ready to go but the inside still needs some arranging…but it’s real close to being ready. Bon appétit!
Last night we had a chance to attend a networking event at Mockingbird Hill (1843 7th St., NW). While most known for their sherry program, one of their best offerings, in our opinion, is their Gin and Tonic, which happens to be available ON TAP. The house-made tonic features notes of citrus and spice and is the perfect refreshment for a Summer evening.
The MLK Library is moving through the renovation process having now selected an architecture team to redesign the aging Mies designed structure at the corner of 9th and G St NW. The architectural solicitation was also released for housing an interim library and associated programming.
There are a few websites we’d like to point out where readers can find information about the renovation project as below. The first link is the best link to follow to track ongoing progress and updates:
DC Shorts, the annual short film festival that was born and grew up right here in Penn Quarter, takes place September 11 through 21 at the E Street Cinema and the Navy Memorial auditorium.
The festival is also in search of hosts who can put up guest rooms for filmmakers who come to the event and travel to Washington, DC. More information follows below:
DC Shorts Film Festival
Host a Visiting Filmmaker
Thursday – Sunday, September 11th – 14th
Overnight quarters needed during the festival
If you have a spare bed, a sleep sofa, or room to set up an air mattress, consider hosting a filmmaker
For this hospitable gesture, the Festival producers give hosts
- Four Tickets to Screenings
- Two Tickets to Any Party
- Two Tickets to Best of DC Shorts
- Access to DC Shorts Online Film Festival with over 100 Films
Now in its 10th year, the DC Shorts Film Festival has grown into the largest short film event on the East Coast – showcasing 135 films from 25 nations. With this amazing growth have come some challenges, including the need for more volunteers to house the filmmakers.
DC Shorts encourages filmmakers to come to Washington and attend the festival; this year, more than 140 filmmakers will attend, some need a place to stay for a few days. Filmmakers are scheduled throughout the day so they really only need a place to sleep and shower.
Please forward this to your friends, colleagues, and family members who might be interested – or willing – to host a filmmakerTo host a filmmaker complete the form at: http://bit.ly/dcs13-hostform
- Website – http://festival.dcshorts.com
- Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dcshortsfilmfest
- Twitter – https://twitter.com/dcshorts
- Instagram – http://instagram.com/dcshorts
DC Shorts Film Festival
1317 F Street NW, Suite 920
Metro: Metro Center, exit 13th and G or 12th and F
Today we observed workers putting presumably final touches on a dragon headed digital billboard (clickable photos above) at the entrance to the Gallery Place alley (701 7th St NW) with blade signs facing both north and south down 7th Street NW slightly canted at an angle. This intersection is where G St NW tees into 7th Street NW between the Verizon Center and the main Gallery Place commercial/residential building.
Orange Barrel Media based in Columbus, Ohio, who books time on the signs didn’t quite get their way from their original plan from 2010 which would have had much taller and inappropriately positioned signs on the Gallery Place edifice itself. For a sense of how advertising is pitched by Orange Barrel and what this signage will look like once lit, one can visit this link and click on the second and third images from the rightmost image in the slideshow (the fifth and sixth images in the slideshow sequence).
Past experience with digital signage installed in the neighborhood leads us to believe there will be a bright burn in period followed by regular operations at a lower intensity.
This weekend, stop by the National Building Museum (401 F St., NW) and check out Canstruction. The international event has teams of local engineering, design and construction experts working with canned food to build intricate structures for awards and bragging rights. This year’s theme is “Play With Your Food.” Be sure to contribute your vote for the People’s Choice award. Finished structures will be on display until September 5. All canned goods are then donated to Capital Area Food Bank.
In other news, congratulations to Rose’s Luxury for being named the #1 restaurant in America by Bon Appetit. We ate there last week and enjoyed some of the most interesting and innovative food, like the sausage and lychee salad pictured above.