Culture Vulture

A compilation of interesting—and, most important, free—lectures, cultural events, and more throughout the week.

By: Eliot Stein

Monday, October 19
Head to the National Theatre’s Helen Hayes Gallery for a night of smooth a cappella as Reverb performs its brand of gospel-inspired soul at 6 and 7:30. Tickets are distributed one per person on a first-come, first-served basis 30 minutes before the show.

Tuesday, October 20
Author Steve Early reads and signs his new book, Embedded With Organized Labor: Journalistic Reflections on the Class War at Home, at Busboys and Poets at DC’s 14th and V streets, Northwest. Early’s book describes how union activists have successfully organized to fight employer opposition and includes a series of essays on social and economic justice. 6 PM.

Wednesday, October 21
Join Kay Ryan, US poet laureate, at the Library of Congress’s Coolidge Auditorium as she reads from her work. The evening marks the opening of the library’s fall literary season of poetry readings and lectures. The reading at 7 will be followed by a book signing and reception in the Great Hall.

Thursday, October 22
Grab a pack of Pall Malls, and get ready for the 6:30 showing of The Insider, the fourth installment of the Whistleblower Film Series, at the Rayburn House Office Building (Room 2247). The film, starring Russell Crowe and Al Pacino, tells the true story of Jeffrey Wigand, a former tobacco executive who blows the lid on the industry in a 60 Minutes exposé. Wigand will speak following the screening.

Friday, October 23
Help celebrate the National Archives’ 75th anniversary with a lecture by museum curator Stacey Bredhoff as she discusses former President John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address. The event caps a week of programs and films in honor of the museum’s birthday. The lecture takes place at noon in the Jefferson Room.

Saturday, October 24
Visit the National Geographic Museum to preview photographer Paul Nicklen’s upcoming book, Polar Obsession. Nicklen, a photographer for National Geographic, shot images of leopard seals, polar bears, penguins, and other Arctic animals. The exhibit will remain on display through February 15. Monday through Saturday 9 to 5, Sunday 10 to 5.

Sunday, October 25
Get into the World Series mood at Politics and Prose, where baseball historian Paul Dickson will read excerpts and take questions about his famed Baseball Dictionary. The book, which was called a “staggering work of scholarship” by the Wall Street Journal, contains fun trivia such as the origin of terms like “split-finger fastball” and “fungo.” The reading at 1 is followed by a book signing.

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