Saturday, March 17, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Lá fhéile Pádraig sona dhaoibh!

Photo by Daniel Ramirez via Wikimedia Creative Commons
by Peggy Robin

If you are home tonight and reading this instead of out for a night of pub crawling for St Patrick’s Day, you may feel you’re missing out on the spirit of the holiday. Fear not, for I am here to supply you with the required minimum dose of Irish Legend and Lore (ILL) on this occasion.

First, you will need to know something about St. Patrick himself. Fortunately for all of us, there’s Wikipedia to get you up to speed quickly, and we have Stephen Harrison, writing for, to reassure us that the Wikipedia entry in this case is “surprisingly good.” You can knock it off pretty quickly here:

Next, you might want to do a spot of Irish name-dropping. I like to play the “Guess Who’s Really Irish (OK, Part-Irish) That You Wouldn’t Suspect Was Irish” game. And then throw out Robert de Niro, whose great-great-grandfather was Irish immigrant Edward O’Reilly. Followed by Meryl Streep, whose great-great-grandmother came from County Donegal. Next there's Mariah Carey, whose ties to the Old Sod come from her mother’s side (not sure how far back). And Tom Cruise, who traveled back to Ireland to trace his ancestry and came away with a certificate of recognition from the Irish government. Christina Aguilera says she’s half-Irish, through her mother, Shelly Kearns. And finally, Barack Obama, whose mother says her family descends from an ancestor who came over on a boat from Ireland around 1850.

If you are thinking maybe next year you will spend St Patrick’s Day in a more exotic and unusual place, instead of staying home and reading the CP Listserv, well, you have many great choices from all over the globe. As the Irish have one of the greatest diasporas of any people on earth, you can find a St Patrick’s Day festival almost anywhere, from Aukland to Zagreb. Here are just three of the best examples:

1. Montserrat:
"The over-a week-long St. Patrick’s Festival provides a rich mix of Irish and African heritage, with some traditional Caribbean entertainment, making this one of Montserrat’s most popular annual events. ...Irish history is still evident today from the moment visitors arrive at the airport in Montserrat and receive a shamrock shaped stamp in their passports. On St. Patrick’s Day, visitors will notice many locals wearing the national dress – in which green is the dominant color – and both Guinness and green Heineken are available in bars, as well as the traditional rum punch cocktails. African-inspired events such as the freedom run and masquerade dancing commemorate the slave history in Montserrat, specifically an unsuccessful uprising that took place on St. Patrick’s Day in 1768. This year marks the 250 anniversary of the uprising."

2. Oslo:
"Every year the Norwegian Irish Society gathers on Jernbanetorget to have Norway’s largest St. Patrick’s Day Parade. Founded by the Oslo St. Patrick’s Day Association, mostly comprised of Irish ex-pats, in 2009, the parade has grown to an all-inclusive celebration of the Irish in Scandinavia." (Source: Norwegian Irish Society).
There’s a phenomenal after-party too – described here: - and be sure to read about the great cuisine they’re servin’ up for this special Fenian night:
“Food and drink: Asian buffet on a self-service basis. Food available throughout the event. Full bar. Tables of 9/10 with free seating.”

3. Mumbai:
The Gateway of India in Mumbai goes green for St. Patrick’s Day, and the Irish pubs around the country’s major cities stock up on Murphy’s stout. (Source: Times of India)

But it’s the Ireland of All Cliches that has a firm grip on our imaginations here in America, what with Finian’s Rainbow, and that little guy on the Lucky Charms cereal box, and these classic figures from Saturday Night Live (3/15/1997):
The Brendan Boyle Show For Leprechauns

Now let’s end the night's festivities with an Old Irish Folk Song, served up by the incomparable Tom Lehrer:
….and a Rickety-Tickety-Tin-Tin-Tin to you all and good night!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays. 

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv     

Friday March 16 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, March 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Wilson Theater presents Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic story of two young lovers trying to overcome the violence wrought by their feuding families. One of the greatest love stories of all time, Wilson’s production will be performed in Wilson’s Black Box Theater and will feature contemporary music and dance.Wilson's Black Box Theater. Enter on Chesapeake Street. Tickets for evening performances are: $15 for adults, $5 for students and Wilson staff, $5 for all seats at the Saturday matinee.     

Saturday, March 17 at 1 PM, Saving Family Treasures: Personal Archiving Workshop with the DC1968 Project. Are you interested in preserving family treasures? Special Collections staff, in collaboration with Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter of the DC1968 Project, will lead a two-hour workshop on preserving digital and physical personal archives, including photos, letters, newspapers and other material objects. Participants will receive information and supplies to help them maintain their family records.Free. At Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,  entrance on Lamont Street,   

Saturday, March 17 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Irish children’s cartoons and coloring for all ages. This free event is part of a larger ticketed event for The Ireland Today Art Festival. Tickets: $15 available here: Scheduled ticketed events include: Irish Short Films (running on loop through the day, starting at 12 PM; Irish Poetry reading and open mic from  2-4 PM; Seisún and Trad with with Michael Winch and family and friends (Session of traditional Irish music) from 6:15-7:15 PM: Hannah Mcphillimy - Live Music from 8-9:30 PM. At Dupont Underground, 1500 19th Street NW.

Saturday, March 17 at 6 PM, First launch of a new social movement: “Don’t Kiss Me - I’m Irish But You Still Need to Ask for My Permission First!” Before you go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, come and pick up your free button and sticker to spread the word: St. Patrick’s Day is no excuse for uninvited kissing! This campaign to assert control over your own body is a much-needed antidote to years of the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” slogan suggesting that all Irishwomen will gladly accept kisses from strangers at bars. Even worse is the “Pinch Someone If They’re Not Wearing Green” thing that school children do. This has got to stop! (Thankfully, St Patrick’s Day is not on a school day this year). We’ll be handing out “No Pinching - I’m Not Wearing Green But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Make Me Black-and-Blue” cards for children to proactively give to their peers who might be inclined toward this heinous behavior. To support this campaign and find out the location to pick up your free buttons, stickers, and cards, register here:    

Sunday, March 18 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Passover Expo. Sample new menu items and great kosher-for-Passover wines, pick up interesting readings for adults and projects for children, find new Judaica for your seder table, and take home some Passover swag. Free admission. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St NW,     

Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 AM, “For This We Left Egypt?” - a comedic talk (including recipes!)  by Alan Zweibel, one of the original Saturday Night Live writers. Comedy-writing legend Alan Zweibel discusses his new book, "For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them," an irreverent parody of the traditional Haggadah. As humorous in person as he is in writing, Mr. Zweibel is a frequent guest on late-night talk shows. Theatrically, his contributions include a collaboration with Billy Crystal for the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Broadway hit, Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play, Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the movie Field of Dreams. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation (part of the Amram Scholar Series), 3935 Macomb St NW,   

Sunday March 18 from 2 - 7 PM, 41st Annual Bach Organ Marathon. Chevy Chase Concerts presents the music of J.S. Bach in half-hour programs on the wonderful 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. This year’s theme is “Desert Island Bach”, each performer choosing a Bach work of special meaning to them. “Come when you can; leave when you must." Free - Donations Accepted. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW,, office @ chevychasepc dot org, 202-363-2202

Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM, “Mind of a Giant” - Film Screening, Q&A, and Discussion. Presented as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, "Mind of a Giant" explores what it is like to be a modern elephant surviving in a world of poachers, new human settlements and other dangers. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Senior Curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and board of directors of the Elephant Managers Association, Bryan Amaral; Collections Mammalogist at the National Museum of Natural History, Nicole Edmison; Behavioral Ecologist with Save the Elephants, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and Colorado State University, Shifra Goldenberg; and featured expert in the film and founder of Think Elephants International, Josh Plotnik. In the Visitor Center Auditorium at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free but please register at:       

Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM, Concert, Art Exhibit and Reception. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon of music and art starting at 3 PM with Trio Strata, an unusual combination of piano, violin, and clarinet, playing trios by Mozart, Menotti, Bruch, and others. Next: a reception and a watercolor show, "Painted Places" by Michael Shibley - such wish-you-were-there places as the Cote d'Azur in France and the beautiful old seaside villages along the Italian Riviera. At National United Methodist Church (also called Metropolitan Memorial Church), 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free; ample parking (enter lot around the corner on New Mexico Ave.) 

Sunday March 18 at 4 PM, Montgomery Modern: The Spirit of Post-War Architecture, an illustrated lecture with author and architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly. This event is free and open to the public, and as always, refreshments will be served. At the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase Village, MD,

Monday, March 19 at 12 noon, Lecture: An Elite 19th-Century Black Enclave Hidden in DC History, presented by Vakil Smallen, National Education Association project archivist. Adjacent to a number of DC neighborhoods, the four blocks at the intersection of 16th and M Streets NW appear to have no distinct identity. Archivist Vakil Smallen will present evidence, in the form of institutions and people, that in the late nineteenth century, these four blocks were home to elite members of Washington’s black community. Free and open to the public - no reservations needed. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Tuesday, March 20 from 7 - 9 PM, Film Screening: Paris, a Wild Story. Paris is known throughout the world for the beauty of its architecture and the wealth of its heritage. But what of the 500,000 trees and the 2,900 wild species of fauna and flora that inhabit the City of Light? Having adapted to the urban environment, this nature overflows with the fascinating and moving stories of wild species that dwell amongst the famous places of our habitat, and live the unusual adventures of their animal lives. Paris: A Wild Story relates the astonishing destinies of those living creatures that stroll through town in search of food, love and adventures while men sleep, travel and work in the city. This screening is organized in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Free admission - online registration require here: At La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy. No large bags.

Wednesday, March 21 at 4 PM, Women's History Month Story and Craft-making. Celebrate Women's History Month with stories about amazing women -- and then make a craft to take home. This program is recommended for ages 6 and up. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: UDC Community Listening Project. Faith Mullen, associate professor of Law and Co-Director, General Practice Clinic, University of the District of Columbia, will discuss the University's Community Listening Project focus on the high cost of being poor in the District. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, March 22 at 10 AM, Women's History Month: Sally Ride with History Alive. Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life. Mary Ann will tell the tale of groundbreaking astronaut Sally Ride to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,    

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Time for a DST Forever

Photo by Sun Ladder
via Wikimedia Creative Commons

By Peggy Robin

Tonight we “spring ahead” and wake up after an hour’s less sleep. This may have been a good idea during World War I, when it might actually have been something of an energy saver – but the data shows it’s no longer that, and may even have a slight energy-wasting effect (see this Scientific American article for more about that: One thing that is certain is that it’s a twice a year nuisance to go around adjusting all the clocks and watches and time-keeping devices in the house. Now there’s a waste of energy for you! It’s a headache for parents of babies and toddlers, whose schedules are disrupted. It’s tough on dog owners, too -- their inner chronometers don’t reset when it’s time to go out and do their business first thing in the morning). Of course, farmers have been objecting to DST ever since the idea was first bandied about, and that goes back to Ben Franklin’s day. Farm animals, then as now, don’t care what a clock says.

For a clear, concise case for stopping this time-switching nonsense, I recommend this article from science writer Joseph Stromberg in Vox:, who says, when we turn the clocks ahead one hour tonight, that should be it – we should stay on Daylight Saving Time from here on out.

That seems to be the thinking of the Florida legislature, too. By a vote of 33-2 in the state senate and 103-11 in the house, the Florida state legislature is sending the bill on to the governor to make that change. If Governor Scott signs it, Florida will join Arizona, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands as rebels against Standard Time. Dave Barry may have dubbed Florida “The Punchline State” but that doesn’t mean that every political idea that comes out of Florida is a joke. Just all of them except this one.

If you agree that the rest of the country should follow suit, you can add your name to this petition to Congress to fix things:

What I’d like to propose is that the DC Council tackle this as a home rule issue. We can make our own DC time! Let the Council pass a law keeping us on Daylight Saving Time in November, and save us from any further clock-wrangling. Of course, our congressional overseers won’t stand for it, but we could stand up to them. Draw a line in the sands of the hourglass. Let DC be the master of its own time, and refuse to give Congress the time of day! How about it, Council Members? Mayor Bowser? Can we make the time change tonight the last for DC? Let’s spring ahead on this issue!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays. 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, March 9 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM, American Universities: Some Questions and Answers - a lecture by Hunter Rawlings. Why are American universities by far the best in the world? What makes them, as a group, so strong that the world beats a path to them? How can they be so good when our K-12 system is so mediocre? To what extent do universities’ controversies — speaker bans, high tuition, athletic scandals — do irreparable damage? Why is the contribution research universities make to the American economy so little appreciated? Why study arts and humanities when students and their parents worry about students getting jobs and paying off college loans? Hunter R. Rawlings III has been president of the Association of American Universities, Associate Vice Chancellor for Instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder, chair of the Ivy Council of Presidents, and chair of numerous boards. This talk is part of the OLLI spring lectures at American University, Spring Valley Building, Room, 601, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. Registration required at:

Friday, March 9 from 7 - 9 PM, La nuit de poésie. Poets of the World, Unite! The Alliance Française and the Embassy of Canada are organizing this evening celebrating the poetry of le monde francophone as part of the DC Francophonie Festival. Come to the enjoy a glass of wine, hear select poems from around the French-speaking world read in the poem’s original language and discuss their meanings – have poetry of your own? Bring it along to share! Free admission, but registration is required at Donations are appreciated and support the Cultural Programs of the Alliance Française de Washington DC.Alliance Française de Washington DC. Location: 2142 Wyoming Avenue.

Saturday, March 10 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Historic Preservation 101: The Why and The How in Your Neighborhood. Want to learn how living in a historic district could affect your property? Find out what you can and can’t do. This workshop is for people who live in a historic district or are considering one for their neighborhood. Talk to an architect and neighbors who live in and work with historic districts. Enjoy coffee, snacks and a good exchange of ideas and information. Speakers: Architect Maria Casarella (Takoma Theatre Restoration), Loretta Neumann (Takoma Park DC Historic District), Greta Fuller (Anacostia Historic District), and Erik Hein (National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers). Presented by Concerned Neighbors. Inc., Manor Park Citizens Association, and Shepherd Park Citizens Association. Free, but please register here: or RSVP to SaraGreenDC @ yahoo dot com. At Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue.

Saturday March 10 at 1 PM, Author Jane Donovan will discuss her book "Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American," a tale of one man’s impact on both a church and state in a country that enshrines their separation. Free. In the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,   

Saturday, March 10 from 2 - 6 PM, Ireland on the Wharf. Celebrate the beauty and tradition of the Emerald Isle with bagpipers, a beer garden, Irish dancers, live music, and plenty of family-friendly activities. And, of course, sip a pint of Guinness in honor of St. Patrick’s Day at Kirwan’s Irish Pub. Free admission. At District Pier/7th Street Park. For music lineup and schedule of activities and performances, go to:  

Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday March 11 from 9 AM - 4 PM, NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo. More than 250 exhibitors will be at this year’s Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center. Celebrity guests include Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey player Haley Karupa, actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher, and reality TV star and author Teresa Giudice.Cooking demos, health screenings, fitness tips, yoga, dance, giveaways, and much more! All events are free. The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place. More info:    

Sunday, March 11 at 5 PM, Concert: Washington Conservatory Orchestra. Program: Brahms-Academic Festival Overture; Beethoven – Symphony #7. Free -- but donations welcome at the door. Reception follows. Children welcome! At Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir NW, Bethesda, MD.

Sunday March 11 at 6 PM, Fairouz Foty and The Romez Trio perform Through the Opera Glass, featuring Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, piano; Peter Joshua Burroughs, tenor; and Fairouz El-Bayoumi Foty, soprano.Free. Presented by Middle C Music at The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Avenue NW,     

Monday, March 12 at 12 noon, Lecture: Peaceful Protest in Benjamin Banneker’s "Almanack and Ephemeris" - a talk by Leah Richardson, GWu special collections librarian. Benjamin Banneker was born a free black man in Ellicott Mills, Maryland, in 1731 and owned a farm near Baltimore. Banneker was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics and was called upon by Andrew Ellicott to assist in surveying territory for the construction of the nation's new capital. Banneker also became an active writer of almanacs and exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson, politely challenging him to do what he could to address racial equality. Drawing from original printings of Banneker's almanacs housed in GW’s Gelman Library, this talk with explore the history of the almanac as a format and Benjamin Banneker’s unique and subversive use of the genre. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Tuesday, March 13 at 7 PM, Film: Diamond Island by Davy Chou, presented as part of the Francophonie Festival, sponsored by Cultural Services of the French Embassy. In Khmer with English subtitles. Bora leaves his small village to work in the building sites of Diamond Island, an ultra-modern island under construction. He meets up with his charismatic and mysterious older brother, Sun, who has sent no news for three years. Sun introduces him to the exciting world of the country's wealthy youth. Free - but online registration is required for this screening - go to: At La Maison Française - Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Attendees must have a Government issued photo ID in order to enter the Embassy. Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot. Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time - doors will be closed at 7 PM sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Wednesday, March 14 from  4 - 6 PM, National Pi Day: Pie Social. In honor of National Pi Day, Georgetown Neighborhood Library is excited to offer a community social, featuring pie. While the Children's Room has crafts and activities for kids and families, the adult community can enjoy our Sight and Sound room by eating pie, meeting neighbors and generally rejoicing in the joys of math. Join us from 4-6 p.m. to find out the exciting ways we can divide pies by their diameters—and then eat them. All are welcome to come and enjoy. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, (Never heard of Pi Day before? You can learn to appreciate a holiday devoted to an irrational number here:

Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon, Rho Day Celebration. It’s the day after Pi Day, and so according to the sequence of the Greek alphabet, this day is Rho Day. It’s what comes after Pi, which in Greek is written as 𝜋, while Rho is a capital P. Confused? You might be, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Rho Day by eating roe….as in caviar. To do the holiday right, you can eat roe while you row, row, row your boat. For this special Rho Day event, we will gather at the Potomac Boathouse at 12 noon, where all attendees will be assigned to a rowboat. When you reserve your seat in the boat, you can also reserve a 50 gram serving of caviar for $150. But act fast, or you will miss out on this chance to row with roe. Reserve here:

Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM, Cottage Conversation: Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary. Walter Stahr, along with Jared Peatman, founder and president of Four Score Consulting, LLC, will discuss Stahr's most recent book Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union. A reception in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at 6 PM will precede the lecture, which starts at 6:30 in Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. To purchase tickets and RSVP click here:   

Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 PM, Wilson Theater presents Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic story of two young lovers trying to overcome the violence wrought by their feuding families. One of the greatest love stories of all time, Wilson’s production will be performed in Wilson’s Black Box Theater and will feature contemporary music and dance.Wilson's Black Box Theater. Enter on Chesapeake Street. Three more performances: Friday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Tickets for evening performances are: $15 for adults, $5 for students and Wilson staff, $5 for all seats at the Saturday matinee.

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Still Life with Robin: March of the Posters

by Peggy Robin

March has started off with a roar, and I’m not talking about the windstorm, but the storm of messages on the Cleveland Park Listserv. On an average day, the listserv typically has between 25 – 35 messages, with a fairly consistent average of about 30 a day (fewer on weekends, more on Thursdays and Fridays). But for the first three days of March, the listserv has averaged double that -- 60 per day. What accounts for this giant leap in loquaciousness? Well, it really got started on the last day of the month, before – Wednesday, February 28th. That was the day that Suzie of Wake Up Little Suzie announced her retirement and the closing of her store. Who knew so many would be prompted to tell of their love of the store? There were 9 on that day followed by 4 more the next day and a couple of late ones coming in on Friday and Saturday, for a total of 17 so far.

We’d already been discussing the closing of Johnson’s Flower and Garden Center, and when someone asked where to get flowers and plants now that Johnson’s is gone from Tenleytown, there were 10 answers to the question on Wednesday.

Also, early Wednesday morning the Kennedy Center opened the online box office for Hamilton tickets. That brought in 9 messages about the experience of the online, hours-long queue.

Two other discussion threads would start on Wednesday that would go on and build up over the next few days. Someone found two dead robins in her yard and asked what to do about them. One person answered the same day, but on Thursday, 7 more posters joined the discussion about what could have killed them. The other conversation that started on Wednesday was about the potholes on 34th Street. Just the one observation on Wednesday, followed by 6 more on that subject on Thursday and 4 more on Friday.

So Wednesday was a busier-than-usual day….and then came Thursday with its own new hot topic:  Dog Waste! Seventeen messages coming in, boom, boom, boom, the same day – 22 in all, so far. And yes, I think we’re done with that topic.

Thursday also brought the Weather Advisory from DDOT that the big windstorm was on the way, followed by 11 messages about the after-effects. Not counted in that total is a separate thread about Washington Post delivery, started by someone delighted to find the newspaper on their doorstep as usual, despite the extreme weather. That discussion almost immediately morphed into related matters, such as tipping the carrier, delivery at other times of the year, and other types of delivery problems. Total number of messages so far: 12.    

Now, keep in mind that this is all on top of the usual daily numbers of posts for people seeking and giving recommendations, offering things for sale and for free, posting about nannies and housecleaners, advertising houses and apartments for sale or for rent, and announcing various events and public service messages. Also consider that for all the posts you see, there’s another 20 or 30 messages a day that you don’t see: messages that duplicate information already posted, anonymous messages (we usually give people a chance to say who they are, so that their unsigned messages can make it onto the listserv, but often they don’t respond), replies that should go just to the original poster, two-word replies (“I agree” gets canned), and sometimes, messages that are too nasty to pass the smell test.

So to a quick summing up of perhaps the busiest 4 days of the listserv’s 18-and-a-half year history:

     Hamilton ticket queue: 9
     Dead Robins: 9
     Where to buy flowers and plants: 10
     Windstorm related posts: 11
     Washington Post delivery: 12
     Potholes: 12
     Wake Up Little Suzie: 17
     And the top posting subject, with 22, goes to….Dog Poop!

To all our new members (around 20 newbies per week), I promise you, this whirlwind of messages is unusual, and will recede to a more normal level soon. Just as the windstorm died down, we’re thinking we may have a calmer, quieter Sunday.

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.  

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Suffrage Protest
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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, March 2 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM, Celebrate Read Across America Day at Friendship Recreation Center (a/k/a “Turtle Park”), 4500 Van Ness Street NW. Kids will enjoy: Story Time with Officers; Book Giveaway; Refreshments; Arts & Crafts. Come dressed as your favorite story book character (optional). This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Department (Second District) and Friends of Turtle Park.  

Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM, DC Public Library Executive Director Rich Reyes-Gavilan is the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library. Rich will bring us up-to-date on the the new Cleveland Park Library construction project, give us an idea of when the new library will open, and respond to your questions. Come and learn more about the building that's been variously described as "iconic," "majestic," and "the gateway to Northwest." This meeting is free and open to all. You need not be a member of the Friends to attend. The meeting will take place at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 2nd floor large meeting room, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:

Saturday, March 3 from 11:15 - 11:45 AM, Special Story Time with Amir! The Alliance Française de Washington DC is very pleased to introduce Amir FEHRI, a celebrated young author who will be in DC in March. Amir has already written 2 novels at just 14; both works have already received much acclaim in the Francophone world. Amir, a great lover of French literature, science, and education, will be in the AFDC library and will host a special presentation of his two works. Venez nombreux! Free, but please register: At Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 3 from 2 - 4 PM, Levine Music’s 23rd Annual Two Piano Concert, featuring: Elizabeth Lane and Barbara Wing, duo pianists. With guest artist, Rosa Lamareaux. Music by: Bach, Ravel, Brahms, Parrotta, Milhaud, and Bernstein. Free. Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton St. NW. RSVP:

Sunday, March 4 from 3 - 4 PM, AU Symphony Orchestra: In Nature's Realm. To celebrate spring, the AU Symphony Orchestra presents works inspired by nature. The program takes its title from Antonín Dvorák’s symphonic poem, In Nature’s Realm, which will be paired with Beethoven’s quirky Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale), which was inspired by the composer’s retreats to the countryside in search of solace. The program will be rounded out with the prelude to Saint-Saens’ rarely performed oratorio, Le déluge, a musical setting of the well-known biblical story of the flood. Tickets: $5–10 at In the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Sunday, March 4 at 6 PM, Witches and Witch Hunts, presented by Profs and Pints. Last summer, Donald Trump tweeted that he was the victim of the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history! Critics of the #MeToo movement have warned of a Salem atmosphere in Hollywood and beyond. But what does it really mean when men in positions of power claim to be victims of a witch hunt? And what about the real history of the witch trials, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of women in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Europe? Come explore the history of the witch hunts real and rhetorical with Mikki Brock, teacher of a class on witch-hunts at Washington and Lee and author of Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c.1560-1700. At the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door at

Monday, March 5 from 12:30 AM - 3 AM, Oscar’s Sour Grapes Party. Were you rooting for an Oscar nominated actor, director, production person, who did not win on Sunday night? Were you thinking you’d have something to celebrate, but after the telecast, were left feeling cheated and annoyed that someone else walked away with the coveted statuette? Now you can party with others in the same mood - this post-Oscar bash gives a place to go and share your misery with company! Free refreshments include: sour grapes, hard cheese, and grits. Cash bar - no credit for anyone. To find out the location and reserve your tickets, click on this link as soon as the Oscars show is over:     

Monday, March 5 at 12 noon, Lecture: The Archaeology of the West End, by Ruth Trocolli, city archaeologist, District of Columbia. You never know what history lies beneath your feet. Explore historic and prehistoric evidence in Washington, DC’s West End neighborhood and learn about the city’s upcoming archaeological projects in the area. Attendees will have the opportunity to handle a few artifacts. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,  

Tuesday, March 6 at 4:30 PM, Make Origami Frogs. This Tuesday, we'll be creating origami frogs that hop! Recommended for ages 5 and up. No registration required. Supplies will be provided. Free. At Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St. More info:

Wednesday, March 7 at 7 PM, Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts will discuss her book Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote. The 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the day after President Trump’s inauguration, wasn’t the first time women turned out to make demands of the government. In 1913, the day before the inaugural of Woodrow Wilson, more than 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, calling for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Not all of the spectators at the parade were kind. Some of the women marchers were jeered, grabbed at, spat upon, shouted at and tripped. Injuries occurred. Dozens of women marchers were taken to the hospital. However, the women did not give up; they finished the parade. Their mistreatment led to congressional hearings. Historians later credited the 1913 parade for reinvigorating the women’s suffrage movement. Join author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as she delves into the fascinating story of the parade and its audacious organizer, 28-year-old Alice Paul. Rebecca Boggs Roberts has been a journalist, producer, tour guide, forensic anthropologist, political consultant, jazz singer and substitute host for several NPR programs. Currently, she is a program coordinator for the Smithsonian Associates, where she has made it a personal mission to highlight the history of the nation’s capital. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, March 8 at 10 AM, Women's History Month: Amelia Earhart with History Alive! Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life. Mary Ann will tell the tale of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE,

Thursday, March 8 from 8 to 9:30 PM, Premiere Screening of "U Street Contested." Washington DC’s U-Street is currently one of the most popular, exciting, and creative neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. As new residents have moved in, longstanding residents, businesses, and communities have been forced out. In 2017, U-Street is as Dr. Derek Hyra explains “gentrification gone wild.” With this in mind, D.C. residents must ask, how can we honor the cultural, political, and artistic history of U-Street while simultaneously achieving economic growth? How can we support longstanding communities and preserve historical landmarks while opening new bars, restaurants, and music venues? How can we ensure longstanding residents can remain on U-Street while welcoming new residents? And overall, how can we create diverse, tolerant communities, which both embrace change, yet remember and respect the past and the voices of longstanding residents? Michael T. Barry Jr.’s new film “U-Street Contested” explores the ways in which U-Street has changed, its vibrant history, and how we can all work to create a better, more equitable community. Trailer: Free. Registration recommended: In the Doyle/Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Thursday, March 8 at 7 PM, "A National Jaunt: Footster's Guide to Washington, DC." Author Ken Wilcox presents his new book, “A National Jaunt: Footster's Guide to Washington, D.C.: From the National Mall to the National Nearby,” a full-color guide that describes more than 90 miles of the best walks in the greater Washington, DC, metro area. Free. At the Francis Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE,       

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Still Life with Robin: A Little Seasoning

Photo by Cafzal
(via Creative Commons)
by Peggy Robin

We all divide time into seasons, but we use different seasons to follow the arc of the things that interest us. For the sports fan, the year divides into the football season, basketball season, baseball season. It also could include the hockey season and soccer season. You get to decide which seasons are part of your year.

For the fashionista there are the fashion weeks in New York, Milan, Paris, and the unveiling of fall and spring collections (not that I would know anything about the timing of any of those things), and for the movie buff, the year is divided into summer and winter blockbuster seasons, with the major film festivals and awards season taking up time-slots in other parts of the calendar.

For the politically involved, time moves in two- and four-year cycles revolving around presidential and midterm elections, with petition periods and primaries marking the space between.

I’m sure those who follow other hobbies and interests have their seasons, too. It makes it easier to deal with the vagaries of life, to have the year divided into digestible, foreseeable events. And yet, when we think about what the main thing that seasons were designed to track – that is, the changing of the weather from the heat of summer to the cooling of the fall to the frozen air of winter and then the warming in springtime – we have to come to grips with the times when the weather just won’t seem to stick to its appropriate season. And that bring us specifically to this February, when, on three separate occasions here in Washington, we experienced spikes of high temperature, more suited to summer – not springtime! – than mid-to-late winter.

Just take a look at the month of February on this graph (scroll down past January 2018):

I still have not wrapped my head around that 82 degree day that we had on Wednesday, Feb 21. But now that I’ve brought up other types of seasons, I’m thinking we’ve had these kinds of unexpected outcomes before. When the Cubs won the World Series – that was an unanticipated end to a season. Or when the Presidential election cycle ended in 2016 with the election of the current holder of the office – well, think of how few experts believed that was ever going to happen…..

We say that to everything there is a season, but sometimes we just wish it would turn, turn, turn, already!

Still Life with Robin is published on the Cleveland ParkListserv and on All Life Is Local, usually on Saturdays but occasionally on Sundays.    

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

White House Portrait of Lincoln
(Public Domain)
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, February 23 from 1 - 2:30 PM, Black History Month Talk by Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, USCG, Ret., a retired Coast Guard admiral and the former Director of the Executive Residence and Chief Usher at the White House - presented by Lincoln’s Cottage in partnership with the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH). Please check-in and gather in the atrium of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln's Cottage at 1 PM. The program will be held in the Scott Building of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and members of the public will walk over together from the President Lincoln's Cottage grounds. Tickets are free but limited, so please reserve soon at The Armed Forces Retirement Home is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. 

Saturday, February 24 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Family Day Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at the the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the museum: enjoy music performances by GW's Chinese Music Club, create colorful zodiac animals from paper, and design your own jewelry inspired by the traditions of China's Guizhou Province. Visit the galleries to see the exhibition "Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China" during its opening weekend. Visitors can also explore our new hands-on learning center, Textiles 101, which introduces the basics of textile making through fiber, color, and structure. All ages welcome. Schedule of specific performances, activities and workshops here: Free. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW 

Saturday, February 24 at 1 PM, Georgetown's Oldest Fraternity: The Early History of Freemasonry in Georgetown. Chris B. Ruli, historian of the Masonic Potomac Lodge No. 5 of the District of Columbia, will discuss the early history of Freemasonry in Georgetown, notable members of the fraternity, and the uses of the George Washington gavel. The gavel is making a rare visit to Georgetown from its permanent home at the US Capitol. President George Washington used the gavel during the ceremonial laying of the Capitol's cornerstone in 1793. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Sunday, February 25 from 2 - 4 PM, Jazz in the Basement. The DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut Washington present Stephen Arnold and Sea-Change, an eclectic group of DC-based musicians who will present a dynamic and creative dialogue. Q&A with the artists to follow the concert. All ages. Free, no RSVP needed. At the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level), more info:   

Sunday, February 25 at 8 PM, Closing Ceremonies of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics 2018, featuring the Weir/Lipinski Fashion Watch Program. If you’ve been following the NBC-televised figure skating events at the Olympics so far, you know that a large part of the entertainment is seeing what jazzy, snazzy outfits the two expert skating commentators, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, will turn up in. And just where on the gush-to-gut-o-meter will their comments register? Now that the dazzling duo have been named the main announcers and play-by-play commentators for the closing ceremonies, airing on NBC this Sunday evening, you have your chance to watch the whole spectacle on Jumbo-trons in a stadium filled with rabid Lipinski/Weir fans. Come dressed in your sparkliest outfit and go for the “big hair” do -- in tribute to these two fashion icons, who traveled to Pyeong Chang with nine and thirteen suitcases, respectively. This event will take place at the Verizon Center Arena….or would, if it were not the Weekly Fake Event
Monday, February 26 at 6 PM, Cottage Conversation: “They Knew Lincoln.” Historian Kate Masur, along with co-presenter and President Lincoln's Cottage Executive Director, Erin Carlson Mast, will discuss Masur's most recent project, “They Knew Lincoln.” Reception at 6 PM, lecture at 6:30. At President Lincoln’s Cottage, in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center (Entrance at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW). Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. To purchase tickets and RSVP click here:   

Tuesday, February 27 at 6 PM, DIY Printmaking with Maker In Residence Tsedaye Makonnen. Learn monotype printmaking with interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen, the DC Public Library Maker in Residence. This form of printmaking involves transferring an image created on different surfaces onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together. We will use water-soluble printing ink, cardboard shapes, brushes, drawing materials and other materials provided by DC Public Library Foundation. All participants will take home their own creations. This program draws inspiration from the printmaking techniques of legendary American artist EJ Montgomery who has been based in D.C. since 1980. Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class, so please register to reserve your spot. If the class isn't showing up in the calendar at the link found here - -  registration is full, but please check back for cancellations and future classes. Free. At 3160 16th St. NW - entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St.

Wednesday, February 28 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - The End of Eddy: Sexuality, Literature and the New Left in Contemporary France. Tristan Cabello, director of the American Studies Program and professorial lecturer, Gender & Culture Studies Collaborative at American University will discuss the multiple confluences of sexual identity, literature and politics in France. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Wednesday February 28 at 7:30 PM, Jason Moran and Elizabeth Alexander at Georgetown University. Acclaimed composer and artist Jason Moran joins with poet and professor Elizabeth Alexander onstage for a dialogue in music and poetry. A Q&A session with the audience will follow. Moran is an electrifying jazz performer, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010. He serves as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center and as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Georgetown University. Poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander is a Chancellor of the American Academy of American Poets, the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and the Director of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. She composed and delivered "Praise Song for the Day" at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. Free and open to the general public. At the Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University, 37th and O St. NW,  

Wednesday, February 28 from 6:30 - 8 PM, The Vietnam War PBS Series Film Clips and Discussion - AU School of Public Affairs Professor Ron Elving with Lynn Novick, program series co-director, and Tricia Reidy, editor. Discussion of “The Vietnam War” series coincides with the 50th anniversary year of the TET Offensive, a military campaign that ultimately resulted in weakening U.S. public support for the war. Light Refreshments following program. Free and open to the public, first come, first seated. In the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW,   

Thursday, March 1 at 4 PM, Purim Party. The Shepherd Park Library Children's Department is throwing a festive Purim celebration. Create your own zany masks and noisemakers—anything goes. Fun for the whole family. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,       

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Still Life with Robin: Snow, Followed by Tropical Breezes

by Peggy Robin

Snow is falling at a fast clip right now, as I’m typing this. Whoa, I’m so confused. Two days ago -- Thursday, February 15 -- it was 73 crazy degrees outside. I was perfectly comfortable outside in my T-shirt and jeans….watching guys jog past me in shorts. Meanwhile, out at Dulles, it hit 76◦F (see
The next day, the daytime temperature had dropped by a few degrees for a high of 66. But today I could do a few winter sports in my driveway, including the Downhill Slip-and-Fall and the Double Hip-Break (Over 55 Division).

So far, this sort of thing is unusual, but not unheard of. It’s what’s happening next week that brings us into the twilight zone. Just a few days into the future, the temperatures will rebound for a few days in the mid-70s. Tuesday’s supposed to be around 74 and Wednesday will be higher than that (see:

It all makes me wonder, where am I, really? What kind of a place is this? Let me answer my own question. Apparently, it’s a place where you keep a snowbrush/ice scraper in your car and make sure that your car AC is working at the same time. But you need to take care, as you’re sweeping the snow off your front steps that you don’t throw your back out, or you might not be able to play tennis or just go for a run in the heat of the days to come. Expect more records to be shattered. You’re not likely to be disappointed!

Still Life with Robin is published on The Cleveland Park Listserv and on All Life Is Local on Saturdays.

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart
(Public Domain)
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Friday, February 16 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: Patriot Printer Robert Aitken. Society of the Cincinnati’s Library Director Ellen McCallister Clark discusses the career of the Philadelphia printer, binder and bookseller Robert Aitken. Born in Scotland, Aitken immigrated to America in 1771 and soon became one of the key printers in Philadelphia whose work supported the cause of American independence. He is best remembered as the printer of the first English-language Bible published in America, which received the endorsement of Congress during the war in 1782. A number of works issued from Aitken’s shop are on view in the Society’s current exhibition, "Books in the Field: Studying the Art of War in Revolutionary America," and several other examples will be on display during the talk. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of these rare items. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, February 16 at 1:15 PM, Lubana Al Quntar, Soprano: From Syria With Love. Lubana Al Quntar, soprano, Eylem Basaldi, violin, April Centrone, percussion and oud. Bridging centuries, this program highlights the creative brilliance of Syria through Syriac music sung in Aramaic (language of Christ); a variety of Muwashahat (strophic songs sung in classical Arabic) from Aleppo; and folk song cycles originally sung by women at gatherings in Damascus. Presented in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Part of the Georgetown University Friday Music Series. Free. In McNeir Auditorium, 37th and O St NW. More info:  

Friday, February 16 at 2 PM, African Art on the Go: Unmasked - What Do Masks Really Reveal? Learn about the cultural significance of masks and discover the role they play in rituals, ceremonies, rites of passage, and entertainment in societies throughout Africa. Ages 6 and up, under 9 with adult. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, More info:

Saturday, February 17 from 10 AM - 4:30 PM, Discover Engineering Family Day. Nearly 30 Family Day exhibitors present basic engineering principles through hands-on and mind-challenging activities. Special demonstrations are also sprinkled throughout the day. Past Past appearances have included astronauts, racecar designers, and a model of the Mars Rover. For children ages 4 - 12. Free. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW,   

Saturday, February 17  at 2 PM, Living When There Was Slavery in the United States - presented by Civil War Defenses of Washington. A park ranger from the National Park Service’s Civil War Defenses of Washington will present an interactive, educational program that will teach its audience about the hardships enslaved people endured as well as how they overcame those hardships. Families with older children are encouraged to attend. Free. At the Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW,

Saturday February 17 from 4 - 5 PM, Gallery Talk by Artist Brian Dailey. Brian Dailey’s towering 13-screen video installation is a contemporary turn on the Tower of Babel story explaining the worldwide diversity of languages, a tale with parallels in ancient Sumerian and Assyrian myths. WORDS is the artist’s creative summation of his global experiences in over 90 countries on all seven continents, compelling viewers to come to terms with the fluid relationship between language and concept, between interpretation and meaning. The Gallery Talk is free and open to all. At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM,  Chinese New Year Parade. DC Chinatown celebrates the year of the dog! The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) is holding its biggest and most diverse parade ever to ring in the 4716 Chinese Lunar New Year. This dynamic community-based parade will include traditional lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, live music and marching bands, beauty pageant winners, VIPs, and other community talents! The fun starts at 2 PM; the parade starts at 6th and Eye Streets NW - see the route here: Take the metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown. More details at    

Sunday, February 18 at 3 PM, Year of the Dog Canine Parade. Why celebrate the year of the dog with lion dances and fireworks? Dogs hate fireworks! They’re probably not so great with lions, either. For this year of the dog, bring your pooch to the parade that’s got everything a canine could love: People tossing kibble from floats, baton twirlers who throw their sticks for dogs to fetch; marching bands that play Who Let the Dogs Out and Atomic Dog, and lots of beautiful bitches in heat. There will never be a dog parade as amazing as this one - and that’s because it's the Weekly Fake Event.

Sunday February 18 at 4 PM, Music at National Presbyterian Church. James Madison University presents their President’s Day Concert. This concert is free and open to the public. In the Sanctuary of National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW,  

Monday, February 19 at 6 PM, Profs & Pints: The Radicalization of George Washington. As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, it’s easy to forget that our nation’s first president, George Washington, once lived comfortably as a proud British subject. What led him to become the first member of America’s elite to pledge his life for independence? Hear Washington’s transformation explained by Denver Brunsman, an associate professor of history at George Washington University, who will trace the steps of our first president’s radicalization, describing how a mix of financial ambition, political ideology, and intuition turned Washington into an agitator, a risk-taker, and a revolutionary who rejected the crown. Tickets $10 in advance at - $12 at the door. At Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.

Tuesday, February 20 at 4 PM, Black History Month Celebrates Artists. Celebrate Black History Month by learning about famous black artists through stories and a craft. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Wednesday, February 21 at 12:30 PM, “Advocating for the Invisibles: Defending Migrants’ Rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Beyond.” In recent years, a significant number of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have been unaccompanied children and family units fleeing violence and persecution in Central America who seek protection in the US. Others attempt to cross the U.S. border’s harsh terrain undetected in the hope of a better life or to reunite with their family and live in a place they consider home. It is a dangerous journey for all. Maureen Meyer, Director of Washington Office on Latin America's Mexico program, will present information about efforts to seek justice for the widespread crimes and abuses against migrants in transit through Mexico and to denounce practices by US Border Patrol and other agencies that put migrants at risk at the border. This program is part of The Exploring Social Justice Series, cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, which brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues. Free and open to the public. Please register at: In the Mary Graydon Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Wednesday, February 21 at 4:30 PM, Black History Month: Special Visit From a Navy Diver. Children ages 8-12 and their families are invited to meet Commander Carl Parks, a diver in the US Navy. He will speak on his experience in the military and participate in a Q&A session. Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. Free. At the Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW,

Thursday, February 22 at 6 PM, Lecture and Book Signing: George Washington: A Life in Books. Marking the 286th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, Kevin J. Hayes, emeritus professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, discusses and signs copies of his book on the intellectual life of George Washington revealed through the study of his papers, journals, and personal collection of books. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments.Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW.