The Folger Shakespeare Library’s O.B. Hardison Poetry series will present Kwame Dawes & Safiya Sinclair in a program titled Naturapaal Mystic: A Poetic Celebration of Reggaeon February 5.The event will pay tribute to “one of its most acclaimed singer/songwriters, Robert "Bob" Nestor Marley, the day before what would have been his 73rd birthday.” Kwame Dawes, who was born in Ghana and raised in Jamaica, is the author of 20 collections of poetry and numerous other books of fiction, criticism, and essays. Safiya Sinclair, who was born and raised in Montego Bay, is the recipient of many honors and awards.
The Mansion at Strathmore’s Artists in Fiction Book Club invites participants “to dawdle in Delft with Vermeer, explore the mystery behind Girl With a Pearl Earring, relive the Renaissance through the eyes of Artemisia Gentileschi in The Passion of Artemisia, and get a new perspective on Leonardo, Michelangelo, Monet, and many more." Participants can "explore the fictions of their favorite artists, turning the pages of both popular and lesser-known novels, then join fellow readers and art enthusiasts one Wednesday night a month to discuss forgotten painters, mysterious art heists, and miraculous recoveries of masterpieces. Each evening provides an examination of the factual background along with the fiction.” Meetings are planned at 7 pm on: February 21, March 21, April 18, May 16, June 20 & July 18.
The National Archives will present Constitutional Law professor Gerard Magliocca in a discussion of his book titled The Heart of the Constitution: How the Bill of Rights became the Bill of Rights in the William G. McGown Theater on January 26. Professor Magliocca “examines the history behind the Bill of Rights, a document that has meant different things to different generations. In The Heart of the Constitution, Magliocca views the document as a living text that reflects the great ideas of the Constitution, but did not achieve its modern form as the most powerful symbol on the limits of governmental power until after WWII. A book signing will follow the program.”
Image below: The book cover for The Heart of the Constitution: How the Bill of Rights became the Bill of Rights
The Shakespeare Guild will present A Memorable Conversation with Actor-Director Keith Baxter at Dupont Circle's WNDC Clubhouse on February 1. Keith Baxter is probably best known for shared scenes with such legendary figures as Orson Welles and Sir John Gielgud. Mr. Baxter has appeared in a number of stellar roles at what is now the Shakespeare Theatre Company. “He's now delighting audiences as the Gravedigger in Hamlet, the highlight of Michael Kahn's concluding season as artistic director of an organization he has headed since 1986.” Mr. Baxter will talk with the Guild's President John Andrews, and will respond to questions from the audience. To reserve space for this gathering, simply reply with a message to email@example.com To learn more about other Shakespeare Guild offerings, visit www.shakesguild.org
The Society of the Cincinnati
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati is presenting Books in the Field: Studying the Art of War in Revolutionary America, thru March 4 at Anderson House in Washington, D.C. Anderson House is located near DuPont Circle.