HILLWOOD MUSEUM & GARDENS
4155 Linnean Ave. NW
Geometry in the Garden: The French Formal Style and Its Influence – Using Hillwood’s French parterre as an example, Eric Haskell of California’s Scripps College examines historic French formal-garden design as developed by famed landscape architect AndrÃ© Le NÃ´tre, renowned for his design at Versailles. (10/12) Â· Catherine the Great: Benefactress of the Arts and Manufactories – Nathalie Bondil, chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, lectures on Catherine the Great’s patronage of Russian manufactories and highlights some of their most exquisite work. A book signing of the exhibition catalog follows the lecture (11/15) Â·
JEWISH LITERARY FESTIVAL
1529 16th St. NW
Madeleine Albright — The former secretary of state offers her thoughts about the most controversial topics of our time (9/16) Â· Dual Identity: Reflections on Gay Jewish Life — Three renowned authors — Michael Lowenthal, LeslÃ©a Newman and Lev Raphael — discuss the intersections of Jewish and gay or lesbian identities (9/17) Â· Annabelle Gurwitch – A showing of Gurwitch’s film Fired!, which opens with her own tale of being fired by Woody Allen, an experience that inspires her to start talking to anyone and everyone about the subject (9/18) Â· Harry Shearer – Best known as the voice of Mr. Burns and Flanders on The Simpsons, co-creator and co-star of This is Spinal Tap, and former writer and cast member on Saturday Night Live, Shearer will read from and discuss his hilarious first novel, Not Enough Indians (9/20) Â·
Shelton Jackson — Reads from and signs his book, Dawn of a New Day (9/22, Baltimore store) Â· Alex Sanchez — Reads from and signs his newest book, Getting It (10/18, D.C. Store) Â· Christopher Bram — Reads from and signs his new book, Exiles in America (10/27, Baltimore store) Â·
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!
The Grosvenor Auditorium
National Geographic Society Headquarters
1600 M St. NW
My Toxic Body — With writer David Ewing Duncan (9/19) Â· Bizarre Beasts – With sculptor Gary Staab (9/20) Â· Return to the Arabian Nights — With B. Notenboom (10/12) Tejanos of South Texas — With photographer Penny De Los Santos (10/17) Â· Probing Saturn’s Mysteries — With C. Porco (11/15) Â·
1307 19th St. NW
Barbara Boxer — The outspoken author, a congresswoman from California, introduces three unforgettable characters in her novel A Time to Run, whose friendship and betrayals shape not only their lives, but also the Supreme Court and the future of the country (9/25) Â· Shawn Decker — The author of My Pet Virus: The True Story of a Rebel Without a Cure discovered at age 11 he was infected with HIV from tainted blood products. Instead of becoming self-pitying, Decker met Depeche Mode through the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and writes on blogs and in Poz magazine about what it’s like being hetero and HIV-positive in rural Virginia (9/26) Â· Christopher Bram — The author of Gods and Monsters reads from his new novel, Exiles in America (9/28) Â· Tom Santopietro — Treating Barbra Streisand like the serious artist she is, Santopietro, in The Importance of Being Barbra, delves into the key reasons for her all-encompassing success: the overwhelming ambition, the notorious perfectionism, the fervent gay following, the dramatic pull of a voice and style that mysteriously connect with the lovelorn all around the world (10/12, Penn Quarter store, 418 7th St. NW) Â· Gary Cole — Reads from and signs copies of his memoir, Artless: The Odyssey of a Republican Cultural Creative (10/16)
POLITICS AND PROSE
5015 Connecticut Ave. NW
Myra MacPherson – All Governments Lie! Is MacPherson’s portrait of legendary journalist I.F. Stone brings back Izzy, the maverick journalist (9/24) Â· Neil Gaiman — Gaiman’s third collection of ”short fictions and wonders,” Fragile Things, includes an alternate-world Sherlock Holmes, a new last book of the Bible, verses from ”a vampire’s Tarot,” and love stories that stretch the definitions of ”love” and ”story” in previously unimaginable ways (9/29) Â· James Fallows – A national correspondent for the Atlantic Monthly, Fallows wrote a series of five articles between 2002 and 2005, first predicting, then documenting, the growing chaos of postwar Iraq. The articles, now collected in the volume Blind Into Baghdad (9/30) Â·
1611 Connecticut Ave. NW
5th Annual Women’s Words $400 Slam — This year’s slam features women poets from New York City, Philadelphia, as well as the Washington metropolitan area. Hosted by Michelle Sewell (9/29) Â·
GMU Center for the Arts
Braddock Road & Route 123
The Flight of the Creative Class: The New Global Competition for Talent – Richard Florida, Hirst Professor of Public Policy, discusses The Flight of the Creative Class, in which he paints a picture of a global giant on the verge of one of the toughest economic battles of its life (9/25) Â· Towards Virtual Brains — How computer simulations based on detailed experimental data can advance our understanding of how the brain works, with potential benefits for both biomedical and computational science (10/16) Â· Air Transportation: A Tale of Prisoners, Sheep and Sociopaths — George Donohue, Director of the Air Transport Systems Research Center, on why the current U.S. governmental policies are creating myriad problems in air transport today (like long security lines, delays, unexplained cancellations and bankruptcies) and what citizens can do about it (1/29/07) Â·
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