Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Get Out! The Events Column

We wanted to share some events and activities we think are of interest. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that should be in next week's column, email us at events @

The events column is being published a day early this week, so that we can get a head start on the holiday weekend.

If none of this week's events appeal to you, or if you're just too full after Thanksgiving dinner to move, you can watch this red panda video instead: .

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Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, November 22, Turkey Trot for Hunger. The Trot will be held from 9:00 AM on and will begin and end on Pennsylvania Avenue, NW between 13th Street, NW and 12th Street, NW at Freedom Plaza. The Trot includes a timed 5K run and an un-timed family fun walk. The 5K is preceded by a Little Turkey One Mile Fun Run (all ages) at 8:30 AM that is open to all Trot for Hunger participants. Overall and age group prizes are offered. Register online at, $25 for untimed participants and $35 for timed participants.

Saturday, November 24, from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Columbia Heights Community Marketplace, with delicious, local food, live music, local artists. Location: Civic Plaza at 14th Street and Park Road, NW. The marketplace is on, rain or shine, every Saturday through December 15th.

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:30 PM -- The Bebop Baroness, at the Embassy of Austria, sponsored by the Levine School of Music. In the fertile creative scene of New York's jazz community of the late 1940s, one of the strangest and most important figures was Baroness Pannonica "Nica" de Koenigswarter, who loved the music of Thelonius Monk. This concert by the Levine Jazz Quintet will be devoted to music inspired by the Baroness and central to the bebop scene of the time, and will conclude with a tribute to the great Austrian jazzman Joe Zawinul. More info and tickets at, 202-686-2000 X1051

Friday, November 30, 7:30 PM, "Autumn Music & Love," Eriko Tokura Murray, Soprano with Yuko Ohnishi, accompianist. Eriko-san sings both classical Western (Puccini, Schubert, more) and Japanese traditional songs. Tysons Corner Steinway Concert Room, 1961 Chain Bridge Road, McLean, VA, 703-388-2482 (venue). For information: contact Eriko – 703-425-4906; sindueriko @, or Yuko – 703-815-0273.

Saturday, December 1, Fall/Holiday Book Sale at the Cleveland Park Library, open to the public from 10 AM - 4 PM. There will be thousands of books in all subjects at great prices: mysteries & thrillers, history, sports, fiction, politics, romance, fine arts, kids books, cookbooks, travel, science & nature, poetry, foreign language, self-help, plays, business & economics, diet & fitness, science fiction & fantasy, reference -- many in pristine condition suitable for gift giving. Proceeds support children's and adult programs at the Cleveland Park Library (Connecticut Avenue at Macomb St NW).

Saturday, December 1: Alternative Gift Fair. Fun, festivity and holiday shopping the generous way – buy alternative gifts that honor family and friends while helping those in need. All money donated for gifts goes to the participating local, national, and international charities. Music, kids corner, massage station, cookie decorating for a local food pantry, bake sale, raffle and more! More info: Location: Takoma Park Presbyterian Church, 310 Tulip Ave. Time: 12 noon - 4 PM

Saturday, December 1 at 5:00 PM, Concert "Great Glad Tidings" by the Washington Bach Consort in National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue, an all-Bach program of Cantatas for the holiday season performed by music director J. Reilly Lewis on the church's magnificent pipe organ. Offered with a neighborhood discount of 20% (for seats regularly priced at $23 - $65) with the special code SANTABACH, which you'll enter at checkout on our online ticketing (offer expires at 3 pm on Friday, November 30). Student tickets $18 (available by phone only, 202.429.2121) and if your age is 18-38 you can pay your age.

Saturday, December 1, 2012, 3:00 PM - Master Class with Eric Michael Gillett, award-winning Broadway performer, cabaret director, and teacher. Recognized for his work within the Manhattan cabaret scene, Mr. Gillett will share his expertise on cabaret performance in a master class for adult voice students. At the Levine School of Music, NW DC Campus, Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton Street NW. For more info:, 202-686-2000 X1051

Sunday, December 2: Pajamarama. Don't miss this fun, annual Old Takoma event! Shop early in your pajamas and receive discounts at Old Takoma participating businesses! Location: Old Takoma participating businesses: . Time: 7:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Saturday, December 8, 2 - 6 PM, Tenley WinterFest, brought to you by Janney Elementary School, Tenley-Friendship Library, Iona House and the Friends of Tenley Library. A festive indoor-outdoor seasonal celebration in Tenleytown. At Janney Elementary: annual craft market, gently-used toys, hot chocolate, roasted chestnuts, food vendors, Children's Winter Garden of Lights, musical performances. At Tenley-Friendship Library: used children's book sale, winter storytime and crafts, music. At IONA Senior Services: art exhibit and sale, art and wellness center tours. At area merchants: Tenley Yeti scavenger hunt, Dec. 1-8. Visit Tenley-Friendship library children's desk for details, see the Janney website at

Sunday, December 9, the Cleveland Park Historical Society's Annual Gingerbread House Decorating Party will be held in two sessions at the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Pl., NW. First session, 1 PM - 2:30 PM; second session, 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM. Houses to decorate are $30 for CPHS members and $50 for non-members. Space is limited and advance registration is required. Please reserve online at

Sunday December 9, 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM, Japanese Americans' Care Fund, 2012 Arts & Crafts Fair, Kena Shriners Annex Building, 9001 Arlington Blvd., Fairfax, VA. Admission $2.00 (free for children under 12). Arts & Crafts, Japanese food,  locally grown Japanese vegetables, Kimono and Obi, Antiques, Japanese books including manga, Various household items, and much more. Visit for more information.

Saturday, December 22, 7:30 AM, Introduction to Carrier Pigeons, outside the main entrance to Union Station. This free three hour class will provide an introduction to the world of carrier pigeons. Offering a secure way to clandestinely communicate through two world wars, carrier pigeons still have a lot to offer for people who need to have a secure method of communication. If you're having an affair or considering a career as a spy, this program is for you. Wear a hat. (And yes, it's another not-real event on our otherwise real events column.)

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