Thursday, March 26, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column


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 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail.us.


Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv


Friday, March 27 at 7 PM, The Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture on Historic Preservation in DC. Georgetown University law student William King will deliver the inaugural lecture of the Capitol Hill Restoration Society’s annual Dick Wolf Memorial Lecture, describing his proposal to strengthen the protections of DC’s Historic Preservation laws by limiting the power of the Mayor’s Agent to approve demolitions turned down by DC Historic Preservation Review Board. Free. In the HIll Center of the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SW. http://hillcenterdc.org


Saturday, March 28 at 9 AM, Tenley Tiger Run 5K, Fun Run at 10 AM. Register now for the 2.5K, the 5K, or the Fun Run at www.TenleyTigerRun.com. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family and form a team! Packet Pickup/Late Registration: At Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake St NW, on Friday, March 27 from 4 - 7PM and on race morning from 7 - 8:45 AM. Cost: $35 for the 5K and 2.5K, $10 for the Fun Run. Course: Run the loop once for a 2.5K and twice for the 5K. A map is available on the website under “Race Info.” Parents are welcome to run with their children. Not a runner? Want to volunteer instead? Sign up at http://bit.ly/1EPYSmd. Please join us at CAVA, 4237 Wisconsin, after the race! In addition to being a race sponsor, CAVA is generously hosting a post-race fundraiser to continue the celebration. Enjoy lunch or an early dinner between 11 AM - 4 PM and tell them you support Wilson Track to give the track team 10% of your bill.


Saturday, March 28, 11 AM - 1 PM, Cherry Tree Walk with Casey Trees. Join Washington Walks and local non-profit Casey Trees for a walking tour recounting how Japanese cherry trees came to be planted in the District and learn about the different varieties found in the area. The walk will include up-close looks at notable trees in the Enid Haupt Garden (located on the south side of the Smithsonian Castle), along the National Mall, and on the grounds of the Department of Agriculture headquarters. Led by Carolyn with special guest Stephanie Juchs, Community Education Coordinator, Casey Trees. $20 per person; $5 discount with military or federal government ID. Go to: http://bit.ly/1D1Ed14 to buy tickets and find out the meeting point. 


Saturday, March 28, 8 PM, Sing Out for Shelter Concert. Join Friendship Place for the 23rd annual Sing Out for Shelter benefit for the homeless. This concert will feature some of the best contemporary a cappella singers: DC's own Augmented 8 with special guests, The Capital Hearings, Euphonism, and the Maret School Gracenotes. All proceeds will benefit Friendship Place, Christ House, and Metropolitan House. For more information, contact Jayme Aronberg at 202.503.2963. Tickets available online at http://bit.ly/17OHkv0; tickets also be sold at the door. Free parking. Location: The Metropolitan Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW.


Sunday, March 29 at 2 PM, The Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital presents the DC premiere of “Divide in Concord.” Jean Hill, a fiery octogenarian, cares deeply about the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Adriana Cohen: mother, model and celebrity publicist-turned-pundit, unequivocally defends individual freedoms. When Jean tries to ban single-serve plastic bottles in Concord, Massachusetts, Adriana rallies the local merchants, the International Bottled Water Association and national news outlets in opposition. Can one old lady make history once again in a town that incited the American Revolution and inspired Thoreau’s environmental movement? Discussion follows screening. Free. No reservations required. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/47310


Sunday, March 29 at 3:30 PM, Vocal recital by student opera singer Faith Snyderman. Faith will be studying opera this summer at the prestigious American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz, Austria. The program will include a mix of Rossini, Schubert, Hahn, Hundley, Weill and more, for a mix of classical and operatic repertory AND musical theatre!  She will be accompanied by the amazing Aline Otten, St. Paul's very own Music Director at the piano. There will be a light reception to follow. At St. Paul's Lutheran Church, 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. This event is free and open to the public; however, donations would be appreciated. Donations by check should be made out to AIMS, noting that the donation is for Faith’s studies. AIMS (http://AIMSGraz.com) is a nonprofit organization and all contributions are tax-deductible. 


Monday, March 30 at 6:30 PM, Pelecanos in Petworth: Exploring DC Noir with Author George Pelecanos. Join DC-based novelist and critically acclaimed television producer George Pelecanos as he reads excerpts from The Martini Shot, his new novella and collection of short stories. After the free author reading at the Petworth Library (4200 Kansas Avenue NW), come to the Reading Room at Petworth Citizen (829 Upshur Street NW) for Happy Hour with George ($35/person) Proceeds will benefit the DC Public Library Foundation and 10% of the bar tab will go to the Friends of the Petworth Library. Go to http://bit.ly/1OyyQcN to RSVP to one or both events. More information: http://dclibrary.org/node/47589


Tuesday, March 31 from 7 - 8:30 PM, The Books That Shaped America Series presents a discussion of “Family Limitation” by birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger. This session is led by American University’s interim dean of academic affairs Mary Clark. All discussions in the series are free and open to the general public. It is not required to have read the book before attending the discussion. More info at http://bit.ly/1EXPlcS. In the Training & Events Room at the Bender Library, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, April 1 at 2 PM, Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour of the Tidal Basin. This year forget the crowds and avoid the pollen and the nuisance of all those teeny-tiny petals falling into your hair -- take the Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour instead of an actual walking tour. No strollers running over your feet, no bicyclist dinging their bells at you! All you do is relax in the comfort and security of your own home and click on photos of cherry trees on your computer or iPad screen. Go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afR_sJYDm1o to start, and from there you will see any number of other cherry blossom videos available with a click. If you insist on dragging yourself down to any of the non-virtual cherry blossom tours starting this weekend, go to the US Park Service link: http://1.usa.gov/1FWNlTK to find actual events; the Virtual Cherry Blossom Tour is this week's fake event. More info at: http://tinyurl.com/oq24h94

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Still Life With Robin: 15,000!

by Peggy Robin

The attached photo is a screenshot taken yesterday of the listserv’s homepage at  https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/cleveland-park/info. Look at the membership number: It’s a lovely, round 15,000. We hit that mark just a few months past the listserv’s 15th anniversary, which was on November 30, 2014.

The listserv has grown steadily by about a thousand members a year since its creation on November 30, 1999.

It’s been a daily illustration of the “wisdom of crowds” – as posters turn to the readership for advice about an astonishing range of questions – from advice about the far-flung corners of the globe (“What to see on a trip to Iceland?”) to queries about what is literally in their back yard (“What kind of bird could have left behind a pile of red poop?”) And the more who can add to the store of knowledge, the better. Welcome to each and every new member, and especially to number 15,000, whoever you may be!

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

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Hamachidori
via Wikimedia Commons
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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail.us.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv


Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 at 7:30, Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 and 7:30, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s classic story of enchanted lovers, would-be actors and meddling fairies will be set in San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for students. For the Saturday matinee there’s a special “bring a student” deal: up to 2 children or students free with each paying adult. At Woodrow Wilson High School in the Black Box Theater.3950 Chesapeake St., NW. More info:http://bit.ly/1MRkAbw. Tickets available at the door, but seating in the Black Box theater is limited -- email wilsondramatickets @ gmail.com to reserve tickets in advance.

Friday, March 20 at 7 PM, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” - Spotlight on Louisiana, the US State named after none other than King Louis XIV, "Le Roi Soleil" himself! Do you know what "zydeco" and "gumbo"stand for? Or 'Les Bons Temps Rouler"? Music and Soul Food guaranteed! Michael Hart & Sharon Schiliro from Dancing By the Bayou will teach a dance lesson and talk about the unique history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana. At Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. Tickets: $20 - $30 at http://www.francedc.org/Events/?id=303

Friday March 20 at 7:30 PM,  “Extreme Realities,” exploring the links between extreme weather, global warming and our national security. Part of the Environmental Film Fest 2015, this screening features special guests: Environmental Visionary Lester Brown and Emmy-award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner, who will answer questions after the film. At St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $3 Donation requested. Contact Nicole: environmentleader @ columba.org. More info: http://www.columba.org/index.php/2011/events/3432.  For the complete schedule of films in the festival, see: https://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/festival-schedule/

Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM, "Once Upon a Forest" with filmmaker Luc Jacquet. Part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, this film will be introduced by Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance. Discussion with Oscar-winning filmmaker Luc Jacquet follows the screening. Join Luc Jacquet and renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis Hallé on a spectacular journey to the top of the tropical rainforest canopy, the world’s “green lung.” This extraordinarily beautiful film was shot in an untouched region of the Peruvian Amazon and in Gabon. Using spectacular animation and drawing on extensive research, the film leads viewers into the depths of the tropical jungle and into the heart of life on earth. Tickets: $8.50 / $7.50 for Avalon Members, available at http://www.theavalon.org/films/once-upon-a-forest/At the Avalon Theatre,  5612 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 21 from 12 Noon - 2 PM, Free rose pruning workshop offered by the Arlington Rose Foundation. Bring your pruning shears and gloves. RSVP required: gardentours @ allhallowsguild dot org. In the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Details at http://bit.ly/1EvDO1X

Sunday March 22  at 3 PM, "Spring, Love, etc.! Songs from Broadway and Beyond." Celebrate the brand new season by enjoying singers from various military ensembles, out of uniform, performing songs by composers ranging from such Broadway legends as Rodgers and Hammerstein to modern muslcal-theater figures such as Jason Robert Brown. The free-will collection will benefit the House of Ruth DC and its work with abused women and children. The concert will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of photos by James D. and Kathryn K. Steele. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW; 202-363-4900. Plentiful parking.

Sunday March 22 at 4 PM, The Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents CineMatsuri, the first Japanese Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. CineMatsuri showcases five of Japan's most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today's Japanese cinema. All films in Japanese with English subtitles. Following the screening of the first film in the series, “Uzumasa Limelight,” there will be a discussion and reception with the director, Ken Ochiai. For a special combined price of $35 (film and reception) go to: http://www.cinematsuri.org/Uzumasa_Limelight.html. The CineMatsuri film festival continues with showings every night at 7 pm from Monday, March 23 - Thursday, March 26. Location: E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW. Full details on all films and programs in the series at www.cinematsuri.org.

Sunday, March 22, at 4 PM, “Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation's Capital,” author talk by Steve Dryden. Continuing its celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Chevy Chase Historical Society invites the community to hear author Steve Dryden talk about the lone survivor of eight water-powered mills that once thrived along Rock Creek. Using vintage photographs dating back to the Civil War when Peirce Mill supplied flour for Union soldiers, Dryden will tell the story of the mill's early days, its tea house and dance hall era and its three restorations. His book, *Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation's Capital,* will be available for sale and signing following his talk. No reservations are necessary, and the historical society's signature refreshments will be served. At the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.

Monday, March 23, 5 - 7:11 PM, at 1317 19th St, NW, suite 2329. Prime Number Workshop. You may not have realized you needed a refresher course in prime number theory until you watched the Jeopardy episode that aired on March 18, which ended in a Final Jeopardy requiring contestants to name the lowest two-digit prime number made up of digits that are both prime. If you answered “11” (as the leading player did), you definitely need this education session! You will discover the mathematical truth behind the revelation that one is NOT a prime number. The correct answer is “23” -- which is why this workshop is held on the 23rd of the month. Or it would be, if this were not the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM, “An Evening with Chris Palmer: Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker.” Part of Environmental Film Festival 2015. Reception at 6:30 PM. Film producer Chris Palmer's provocative and newly published memoir, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King, challenges broadcasters to raise their game. Illustrating his remarks with compelling clips, Professor Palmer will provide a thought-provoking perspective on wildlife filmmaking. At American University’s Forman Theater, McKinely Building, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info: http://www.american.edu/soc/cef/upcoming-events.cfm

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 PM, Dr. Ruth Trocolli, City Archaeologist, and her staff are responsible for the many archaeological sites in the District, including prehistoric and Native American sites. These sites contain remains of historical significance that contribute to our knowledge of the city’s cultural past. Come hear Dr. Trocolli and her staff talk about archaeology in the District and what they have been unearthing recently, including some exciting finds from a burial site in Georgetown. They’ll be bringing some interesting finds for you to handle, too! Free. In the large meeting room on the main floor of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/36907

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM, Exodus: The Modern Refugee Crisis. Each Passover Jews recall the escape from persecution and relive experiences as refugees fleeing Egypt. Join the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s Associate Vice President Rachel Levitan as she discusses current international efforts to increase protection for particularly vulnerable refugees, including survivors of torture and gender-based violence, children, and sexual minorities. Rachel will also speak about global programs that range from assisting internally displaced Ukrainians to helping Colombian refugees achieve economic stability in Ecuador. At Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW. For more information and tickets ($10 - $12) visit: http://thejdc.convio.net/site/Calendar?id=148301&view=Detail

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Happy Pi Day to You!

Photo by By Mike R Soldwisch via Creative Commons
by Peggy Robin

Today is one of my favorite quasi-holidays of the year. It’s Pi Day! What is Pi Day? -- you may ask (if you have never had a child in elementary school). It is the date that matches the value of pi, 3.14  -- and this year it’s even better because the next two digits match the year ’15 -- 3.1415.

What do you do on Pi Day? At precisely 9:26 AM you run outside and recite as many digits of pi as you have been able to memorize. Or sing it, if you know any of the Pi songs that have been circulating around math classes and the internet for years (see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJJJmQojcLM or https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-iqVyjOv8X0). For appropriate holiday attire, wear a pie tin on your head while reciting. Afterward, you go back inside and eat pie – pizza pie and/or a fruit pie, with the crust decorated with the Greek symbol π. If you are a Three Stooges fan (and there is, apparently a great deal of overlap, which you would see if you made a Venn diagram of the set of mathematicians and the set of Three Stooges fans), then you can engage in a Pi Day homage to the Stooges by tossing cream pies at your fellow Pi Day celebrants.

For a quick run-down of what makes this year’s Pi Day the best in a century, Slate.com has the story:
http://www.slate.com/articles/health_and_science/science/2015/03/pi_day_2015_ten_digits_represented_on_march_14_at_9_26_53.html - with the bonus factoid that Pi Day is also Einstein’s birthday

For an in-depth …and fun!... look at the history, humor, and trivia of this holiday, I turn you over to NPR’s Science Friday host, Ira Flatow:
http://www.sciencefriday.com/blogs/03/14/2013/pi-day-mashup.html. To listen to the segment: (and see pi written out to 1,000 digits) go to: http://sciencefriday.com/segment/03/14/2008/happy-pi-day.html

As Pi Day continues to grow in popularity, it becomes a worthwhile promotional gimmick for restaurants, which offer deals on (you guessed it) pie. Here are a few in our local area:
http://dc.eater.com/2015/3/12/8198981/d-c-restaurants-mark-pi-day-with-pie

If this list of Pi Day facts and activities whets your appetite for another mathematical holiday, then mark your calendars for Fibonacci Day, just a little more than six months from now, on November 23 (11.23) – see http://holidaysinyear.com/day/fibonacci-day/

And now I leave you with a Pi Day joke: What did the dessert chef say when he heard the mathematician say "Pi R Squared"?  "No, pies are round -- brownies are square!"

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

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

National Zoo Photo
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 14,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail.us.


Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv


Thursday, March 12, 7 PM, Author Talk: “Wild Women of Civil War Washington, DC: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District”. Author Canden Schwantes Arciniega will entertain you with tales of the women who both fascinated and shocked Washington society during the Civil War. Copies of the book are available throughout the library system. This event coincides with Women's History Month and the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Canden Schwantes Arciniega is a historian and tour guide in Washington, DC, and manages Free Tours By Foot, an international walking tour company. At the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. http://dclibrary.org/node/46693


Friday, March 13 from 7 - 8:30 AM, Overcoming Your Superstitious Fears on Friday the 13th. This breakfast workshop will give you a good reason to get out of bed on a day when many are left cowering under their covers until the day is done. Not only will you learn to face this often-dreaded date with sang-froid, but at this super-efficient 90 minute session, we will also have you walk back and forth under ladders, boldly step on sidewalk cracks, open umbrellas indoors with abandon, and at the grand finale, we will all smash a giant wall mirror together! Free, but you must rsvp to: http://bit.ly/cpfakeevent


Friday, March 13 from 12 - 6 PM, Middle C Music celebrates its 13th anniversary with musical performances, cake and other treats. Free. More info: http://bit.ly/1MsVVtB


Friday, March 13 from 5 - 8 PM, Haitian Art Exhibit at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church and Day School. Paintings, sculptures and other works by various artists, including sculptor Janvier Louis Juste. Reception first, with student performances. Proceeds of sales benefit St. Patrick’s sister church and school in Haiti. Free admission. At St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway. The art exhibit continues on Saturday from 11 AM - 5 PM and Sunday from 1 - 6 PM.


Saturday, March 14 from 5 - 6 PM, Children's Concert at St Columba's. A concert featuring children's choirs from five area churches will be hosted by St. Columba's Church, 4201 Albemarle NW. Reception following the concert. Free. More info: http://bit.ly/1C7iAuo


Saturday, March 14, 8 AM - 3 PM, Gently Used Book, CD and DVD Sale + Bake Sale. The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan invite you to browse to your heart's delight among the stacks: hardbacks, paperbacks, memoirs, travel books, cookbooks, and children's books. An accompanying bake sale will offer homemade tea breads, cookies, and other sweets that make stealing time with a book even more delicious! Free parking in large lot. Proceeds benefit health and education programs for women, children, and youth in the US and in 110 countries. In the church vestry at 3401 Nebraska Avenue (at New Mexico, across from AU).


Saturday, March 14, 10 AM - 12 PM, “Rock Creek Park IS Your Back Yard.” Celebrate the 125th Anniversary of Rock Creek Park! Learn more about the wild heart of Washington, hidden places you can explore, and what you can do to protect and connect with this urban forest. Hosted by Rock Creek Conservancy, in collaboration with Friends of the National Zoo, and the Rock Creek Park Partners Network. Author Melanie Choukas-Bradley offers inspiration from her book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC; Arborist Marty Frye from Casey Trees, talks leafy canopy;  Rock Creek Conservancy announces a new program—Rock Creek Park in Your Backyard: Creating wildlife-friendly, water-wise natural landscapes; and special presenter Pete Marra, Head of the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center, talks about the birds nesting in and around Rock Creek Park. Free. Register at: http://bit.ly/1ByhuGa.  Location: National Zoo Visitor Center Auditorium.


Sunday, March 15 from 2 - 7 PM, 38th Bach Organ Marathon. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church presents the music of J.S. Bach in half-hour programs on a wonderful 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. The featured music this year will be all six Trio Sonatas for Organ (bwv 525-530) played by Julie Vidrick Evans in 3 half-hour slots at 3:00, 4:00 and 5:00 PM. J. Reilly Lewis returns with other notable organists of our area and beyond. A catered German dinner by Alex Brown will be available for $15. Seating is limited so reservations are recommended -- RSVP to julie @ chevychasepc.org with “dinner” in the subject line. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW.


Tuesday, March 17 at 7 PM, “Bikes vs. Cars,” a film about bicycling in a world dominated by cars. This Swedish documentary is the opening night film of the DC Environmental Film Festival. A reception and discussion with the filmmakers Margarete Jangard and Chris Paine will follow. Tickets $25 at http://bikesvscars.bpt.me. At the Carnegie Institution for Science, Elihu Root Auditorium, 1530 P Street, NW. More information about the festival at https://www.dcenvironmentalfilmfest.org/  

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Still Life With Robin: Where Do the Stars End?

Egres73 via Wikimedia Commons
by Peggy Robin

By now everyone on the planet has seen #thedress, the viral internet photo that some people see as gold and white and others, looking at the same image, see as blue and black (http://bit.ly/1x4ce9e). 

The puzzle I’m about to pose is less amazing in terms of differences in visual perception, but it does have more significance – because the way you see the image will result in a different economic outcome for someone else (unlike #thedress dilemma, which had no practical consequences whatsoever – it was just mind-blowing).

Here’s the puzzle: When you look at this layout of stars, which is the last star?

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There are two ways to read this: 1) As two columns of stars, in which case the last star is at the end of the second column. Or 2) That there are two rows of two stars each, followed by a third row with just one star -- which makes that single star the last star of the bunch.

The reason this matters is that it's the layout of the Uber driver ratings system. If you want to give your driver a 5-star rating, which will help that driver attract more riders in the future, you have to click on the last star. That means the one that Uber's software design team has designated the last star. But do they think in colums or rows? This was the question I faced after my very first Uber ride, which I took in Manhattan during Thursday’s snowstorm. I wanted very much to reward my intrepid driver, who was able to negotiate a safe path around some unexpectedly closed streets and down many others narrowed by banks of snow and slush, to get me safely and efficiently to my destination.

I may be a novice at Uber ratings, but I'm no stranger to handing out stars on other interactive sites, and was sure I could puzzle out the correct answer. Looking at the spacing of the stars seemed to me to be the best clue. If you were meant to see two rows of two stars and a third row with one, I reasoned, then the stars in the rows needed to be closer together. And why the need for separate rows, anyway? You would normally expect to see all five stars in a line. So the answer, to my eyes, had to be that these were two columns of stars, the first column with three stars in it and the second column with two. With confidence in my logic, I clicked on the last star in the last column….and guess what? Uber immediately told me I had given the driver just 4 stars! Apparently, there are three rows of stars.
 
And there’s no do-over. I could not find a way to take back the rating and re-submit a new rating with 5 stars. Now I know which way the stars go, but it’s too late for my driver, robbed of his well-earned 5th star. Next time I know to see the layout as rows, not columns, and after my next Uber trip, will be sure to keep that in mind when clicking on stars. Now if I could only see the blue and the black in that damn dress!

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

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Mapping Segregation Project of Prologue DC

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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail.us.


Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv


Thursday, March 5 at 4 PM, Manga Madness: Ninja vs. Samurai. For kids ages 11-19 -- join us at the Tenley Library for a celebration of all things otaku. Read manga, watch anime, have fun! Light refreshments will be served. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 202-727-1488, http://dclibrary.org/node/45566. [Please check with the library in case of cancellation due to snow.]


Friday, March 6 from 5:30 - 8:30 PM, Spring Open House at Alliance Francaise. Meet the teachers, learn about the programs and mingle with fellow francophiles. Free. At Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. This event is in French and English. More info:  http://www.francedc.org/Events/Default.aspx?id=266 [Alliance Francaise weather cancellation policy follows OPM closings, available at http://1.usa.gov/1wISnSt.]


Friday, March 6 at 6 PM, Veterinary Workshop: “Get Your Dog Ready for Daylight Saving Time.” Before we “spring ahead” on Sunday, March 8, you can learn how to prepare your dog adjust to the new time at this practical and fun workshop for humans and their animal companions, held at Petting Time Pet Shop. While your dog will never grasp the concept that the clocks have been moved forward and we’ve “lost” an hour of sleep, you can apply time-tested techniques to ease the transition. The only downside to attendance at this veterinarian-led workshop is that it is the listserv’s weekly fake event -- though it does seem like a great idea for a real event! 


Saturday, March 7 at 9:30 AM, “The District of Columbia During the Reconstruction Era,” a talk by John Hampton about events in the nation’s capital from 1865 - 1877, illustrated by drawings and photographs from the Library of Congress - part of the Rock Creek Park Civil War Roundtable series. Free. At Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. http://www.nps.gov/rocr/planyourvisit/upload/March-2015-2.pdf 


Saturday, March 7 at 10:30 AM, Chinese New Year Celebration, including the exciting Lion Dance, at the Chevy Chase, MD Library, 8005 Connecticut Avenue. Parking is free. For more information call 240-773-9590 or see http://bit.ly/1wQKXqL


Saturday, March 7 at 11 AM, Police Dog K9 Program, followed by a Dog and Cat Adoption Fair from 12 - 2 PM. Chevy Chase Library staff members will be at the Second District Police Station to read books and sing songs about police dogs. A K9 Officer will show kids a K9 dog, and McGruff the Crime Dog will make an appearance. The Second District Police Station is at 3320 Idaho Avenue NW, Phone: (202) 715-7300. View flyer at http://yhoo.it/1M3GBoN


Sunday, March 8 at 3 PM, “Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Focusing on historic housing segregation in the Northwest DC neighborhoods of Bloomingdale, Columbia Heights, Mt. Pleasant, Park View, and Pleasant Plains.” Come learn why many of D.C.’s “historically black” neighborhoods were once exclusively white, and how more recent shifts in the city’s racial identity have been shaped by this history. Come see for yourself the maps created to show restricted neighborhoods, the legal battle lines, and who lived where over the years. Maps tell stories that words cannot. “Mapping Segregation in Washington DC” is a collaboration among historians Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC, historian/GIS specialist Brian Kraft of JMT Technology Group, and others. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/47351


Sunday, March 8 at 5 PM, Concert by award-winning pianist Sahun Hong, performing works by Handel, Beethoven, Chopin and Brahms. No admission fee but a free-will offering would be appreciated. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW.


Monday, March 9 from 6:30 - 9 PM, “Welcome, Pierre!” Dumbarton House’s 27th annual toast/reception in honor of Pierre-charles L’Enfant’s 1791 arrival in what would become Washington, DC. Tickets $30 at http://bit.ly/17Szvoj; more info: http://bit.ly/17SznVJ. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW.


Tuesday, March 10 at 1:30 PM, “History Alive!” Who lived in Washington before it was Washington? Margaret Brent, a colonist who became the first woman landowner and the first woman lawyer in America, takes kids on an interactive journey where they can become early settlers and Indians, and learn what life was like in the 1600s. Ms. Brent is portrayed by award-winning actress and Smithsonian scholar, Mary Ann Jung.  This free performance is in celebration of Women's History Month. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/46967

Thursday, March 12, 7 PM, Author Talk: “Wild Women of Washington, DC: A History of Disorderly Conduct from the Ladies of the District” (History Press 2014), http://bit.ly/1GlFoZP. Author Canden Schwantes Arciniega will entertain you with tales of the women who both fascinated and shocked Washington society during the Civil War. Copies of the book are available throughout the library system. This event coincides with Women's History Month and the ongoing 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Canden Schwantes Arciniega is a historian and tour guide in Washington, DC, and manages Free Tours By Foot, an international walking tour company. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, first floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, http://dclibrary.org/node/46693