Thursday, January 24, 2013

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 should be in next week's column, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, All Life Is Local
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Friday, January 25 at 7:30 PM, Vertical Voices presents Playback Theatre, personal stories brought to life on stage by student actors. Free, with donations and reservations suggested. Contact Tim Reagan at or call 202-537-2454. At Sidwell Friends Middle School Drama Studio, 3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info at

Saturday, January 26 from 10 AM to 1:30 PM, March on Washington for Gun Control. Beginning at Union Square (between 3rd St NW and the Reflecting Pool just west of the U.S. Capitol), the March will proceed west on Pennsylvania Avenue to Constitution Avenue, concluding with speeches and performances at the Washington Monument. Speakers will be local and national politicians, as well as representatives of the arts (singers, writers, actors). For more information go to

Saturday, January 26 at 1 PM, “Winter Buds and Silhouettes” guided walk through the Olmsted Woods of the National Cathedral, led by horticultural manager Deanne Eversmeyer. Free. Meet at 35th and Garfield Streets. Rain date, Saturday, February 2. More info at

Saturday, January 26, 2 - 4 PM, Community Self Defense Workshop, presented by the DC Self Defense Karate Association. Free with pre-registration or $10 at the door. For adults and children over age 8 with adult guardian. Register at . Learn the basics of self-defense, including verbal and physical strategies for dealing with standing confrontations. At the Bancroft School, 18th and Newton NW.

Sunday, January 27 at 10 AM (doors open at 9:30 AM) Children’s concert by John Henry, child entertainer, who is guaranteed to get your little one(s) jumping and singing and to provide a break for the January blues! At the Gan (nursery school) at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec Street NW. Only $5 per family - register by January 26th at

Sunday, January 27 at 2 PM, concert by ASHIRA (Arianne Brown, Laura Lenes, and Leah Tehrani) at Adas Israel, 2850 Quebec Street NW. Followed by a reception - $5, RSVP (required) to Carol Ansell, Carol.Ansell @

Monday, January 28 at 2 PM, screening of Stephen Frear’s film “The Queen” (2006) starring Helen Mirren. Free. Chevy Chase Branch Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info at

Wednesday, January 30, 9 AM - 12 Noon, “Finding Room for Tree Roots in the Inner City,” presented by Rutgers University professor Jason Grabosky, as part of the Casey Trees series on “Principles of Sustainable Design.” $20, reservations required: At Casey Trees, 3030 12th Street NE.

Wednesday, January 30, 7PM - 9PM: Facebook Interpretation Seminar. Is that comment on your wall sarcasm? Is it passive-aggressive? How do you write a comment without seeming like you’re 1) half asleep, 2) overly saccharine, 3) angry, 4) don’t really care. Learn everything you need to know about interpreting Facebook comments and writing comments that will ensure that your friends stay friends forever. Bonus: Learn the ins and outs of creating pretend Facebook girlfriends and boyfriends. Location: Chevy Chase Library, Connecticut Avenue, NW. Yup, this is this week’s fake event.

Thursday, January 31, from 5 - 9 PM, Madam’s Organ Charity Happy Hour to benefit the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home. For each drink you order, $1 goes to the Home as well as 20 percent of the food sales. Madam’s Live Blues Bar and soul food restaurant is located at 2461 18th Street, NW, Adams Morgan, (202) 667-5370. Visit for more info about the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home.

Thursday, January 31 at 7 PM, "Understanding the Teenage Brain" presented by neuroscientist and author Dr. Ron Clavier (“Teen Brain, Teen Mind”). Free. At the British School of Washington in Georgetown. RSVP: 202.829.3700 or events @ For more info visit

Saturday, February 2, Free scholastic (K-12) chess tournament. Union Market, (formerly known as "Farmers Market"), will host a chess challenge! The tournament is free, but all participants must be members of the US Chess Federation. To learn how to participate, please send an email to Vaughn Bennett, Vaughn_bennett @ or call 202-557-9516 (but email is preferable).

Tuesday, February 5, 6 - 8 PM, 5th Street Ace Hardware presents the 3rd Annual Ladies’ Night, featuring DIY demos & workshops, gift bags for the first 100 guests, raffle prizes including a $250 shopping spree at Ace, and wine & fizzy drinks, snacks, and cake pops from Baked by Yael. At 1055 5th Street NW/Mt. Vernon Place. Please rsvp by January 31 to ladies @ or call 202-682-4570.

Tuesday, February 5, Hill Rag film critic Mike Canning will deliver an Overbeck History Lecture based on his new book “Hollywood on the Potomac: How the Movies View Washington, DC.” Canning examines more than 50 motion pictures of the sound era, from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington to J. Edgar. At the Naval Lodge Hall, 330 Pennsylvania Ave. SE. Free; rsvp required due to limited seating: email OverbeckLecture @ with number of seats needed.

Saturday, February 9 at 8 PM, 21st Annual Sing Out for Shelter Concert, at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (MMUMC), 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. organized by the Augmented Eight, a nonprofit, men’s a cappella singing group which has performed for Washington audiences for over 50 years. This year's concert of a cappella vocal music will once again benefit three local organizations that serve the more than 30,000 individuals who experience homelessness each year in the Greater Washington DC Region – Friendship Place, Christ House, and MMUMC’s own Metropolitan House. Tickets (100% tax deductible): $50 Preferred seating; $25 General Seating; $10 Students/Seniors; Children 13 and under are free. Reserve by emailing musicdirector @

Saturday, February 9, 9:30 AM - 3 PM: DC Department of Transportation presents a Transportation Fair, a family-friendly public event, held to share ideas about how District residents, workers and visitors can have convenient and reliable multimodal options that connect them to economic and quality of life opportunities. Anyone who drives, walks, bikes, rides a bus, or takes a train in DC is invited to drop in anytime or stay throughout the day to hear information, participate in interactive activities and to join a panel discussion. At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G Street, NW. More info at

Ongoing exhibit now through February 8: NASA's "Mars as Art" exhibit. In the Gallaudet Washburn Art Center's Linda K. Jordan Gallery daily between 9 AM - 4 PM. Selected by a panel of professional artists, photographers, and photo editors, Mars As Art represents actual images of the Martian landscape taken from orbiting spacecraft and from the planetary surface by visiting spacecraft. The images are highlighted with color to accentuate various topographical features of the planet transformed into beautiful works of art. Visit for more info.

1 comment:

  1. All Life is Local - thanks for your help promo-ing our Jan. 30th speaker series! With your help, hopefully we can fill all of the four-part series - if you would like more information, feel free to shoot a quick email to Tim Hoagland, our Digital Media Associate ( and he can provide you with anything you need.

    So grateful for your coverage - thanks again!