DC LaborFest Today: Ravitch Memoir; Celebrating Craftmanship

Monday, May 12, 2014

DC LaborFest Today: Ravitch Memoir; Celebrating Craftmanship(Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO)AFL-CIO Book Club: "So Much to Do: The Life of Business and Politics"  (12 noon, AFL-CIO, free)  Richard Ravitch has been a prominent figure in American life since the 1960s, linking the worlds of public service, investment and labor. Join AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka today as he and Ravitch discuss the rich and varied life that is detailed in Ravitch’s new memoir. AFL-CIO, 815 16th St NW Washington, DC.
Film: Note By Note: The Making of Steinway L1037 (7:30p, AFI) One of the most popular DC Labor FilmFest films returns to the AFI tonight…Can craftsmanship survive in an age of mass-production and consumption? The most thoroughly handcrafted instruments in the world, Steinway pianos are as unique and full of personality as the world-class musicians who play them. However, their makers—members of Local 81-102 of the International Union of Electronic Workers-Communications Workers of America—are a dying breed: skilled cabinet-makers, gifted tuners, thorough hand-crafters. This gorgeous and fascinating documentary follows the creation of a Steinway concert grand from forest floor to concert hall. Featuring interviews with and performances by world-class artists including Chinese phenom Lang Lang, Helene Grimaud, Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and jazz greats Hank Jones, Marcus Roberts, Kenny Barron, Harry Connick, Jr., and Bill Charlap. Click here to order tickets online. 
Presented in cooperation with the Alliance for American Manufacturing and American Federation of Musicians Local 161-710


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