Thursday, April 18, 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 @

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Friday, April 19 at 3:15 PM, The Great Zucchini invites all neighborhood kids to a benefit performance at Lafayette Elementary School. The Great Zucchini is well known in the DC area for his unique blend of magic and comedy that keeps the kids laughing! This performance is geared mostly for the 4 - 6 year old set. A light snack will be served. Tickets are only $10 and all proceeds benefit Lafayette. See

Friday, April 19, "ColorStruck: With the Skin I'm In!" by the Northeast Performing Arts Group. A thought-provoking musical expression of history, human behavior, images of color and change. See how today's youth overcome the destructive forces of color bias and create hope for embracing humanity. This musical is told through the eyes of young people ages 3 - 25, in 2 performances: 11:30 AM (for schools, seniors, and city officials - tickets $7) and 7 PM (tickets $15 in advance/$20 at the door). At Woodrow Wilson Senior High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. More info at

Friday, April 19 from 10 AM - 5 PM and Saturday, April 20, 10 AM - 5 PM: Georgetown’s Book Hill Neighborhood holds its 10th annual French Market, with music, food, children’s activities and more. Free. Along Wisconsin Avenue between P Street & Reservoir Road. More info at

Saturday, April 20 from 8 - 11 AM, Shred It & Forget It, a free spring clean-up and shredding event, sponsored by Damian Buckley and Martha Piesto of the Buckley Group, 301-907-7600. At Blessed Sacrament School & Church Parking Lot. Entrance on Western Avenue, east of Chevy Chase Circle.

Saturday, April 20, 9 AM - 3 PM, Car Wash to Support Oyster-Adams 8th Grade Trip to Costa Rica. The Oyster-Adams 8th grade is going on a trip to Costa Rica in May as part of a community service and cultural exchange program. While there, the students will be planting trees and tutoring Spanish-speaking children in an after-school program, as well as participating in other community-service projects. Cost: $20 per vehicle (includes outside wash & dry and inside vacuuming). Location: Driveway of Oyster-Adams Bilingual School at 29th and Calvert Streets.

Saturday, April 20, 10 AM - 12 Noon, Rock Creek Park Extreme Clean-up. The Rock Creek Conservancy and the National Park Service hope you will join your neighbors to save park trees from the chokehold of English ivy, an invasive vine that grows up tree trunks and will eventually weaken and kill the tree. Volunteers will cut ivy from tree trunks using hand tools. Tools, gloves, and training on how to identify and cut English ivy will be provided. Ages 16 and up to use tools. Meet at the intersection of Normanstone Drive and Rock Creek Drive, NW. Go to to register and find out what to wear and what to bring.

Saturday, April 20 from 12 Noon - 4 PM, The Junior League of Washington hosts its annual Kitchen Tour, starting at Lime Fresh in Columbia Heights, then on to U Street for a tour of homes, focused on the heart of any home - the kitchen. The Tour will conclude with a Happy Hour at Vinoteca. The Tour also includes some neat extra perks, such as tastings, goodie bag items, and door prizes. From floral arrangements to wine tastings, learn to how to make big ideas happen in even the smallest of spaces. Tickets are $30 in advance through and $35 on the day of the event.

Saturday, April 20 at 1 PM, Cathedral Wildflower Walk, led by horticulture manager Deanne Eversmeyer. Wear sturdy waterproof shoes.Free. At the Washington National Cathedral -- meet at Garfield and 35th Streets. For more information visit

Sunday, April 21, 11 AM - 4 PM, Kensington Day of the Book Festival, featuring George Pelecanos, popular author of DC-based hard-boiled detective novels, who will read from his latest novel with musical accompaniment by The Nighthawks (sometime between 2 -3 PM). Live music by The Nighthawks, Atomic Swing Club, Silver Creek, Stancill's Guitar Studio, Side by Side, and Interstate Rivals. Over 100 authors, poets, publishers, and community groups will line Howard Avenue (street closed) from Armory Avenue to Montgomery Ave. Children's program includes magical readings by Mayor Pete Fosselman, and Delegate Al Carr, a miniature horse, eat your Math, learn to draw a magical creature, storytellers and young poets. And a scavenger hunt! Free rare book evaluations by professional book appraiser Dale Sorenson. Food court with four fabulous food trucks. All activities are free. More info at

Sunday, April 21 from 1 - 3 PM, Earth Day at Tudor Place, A Family Celebration. Bring your family together to celebrate our earth in one of Washington's greenest spots. The afternoon's activities include games, a scavenger hunt, and painting flower pots and planting them with seeds from the historic garden.  Eco-friendly refreshments will be served. Tickets $5 - $8 at

Sunday, April 21 at 2 PM, historian Mara Cherkasky presents Mount Pleasant’s history through maps and images. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW. For more info go to

Sunday, April 21, Rock Creek Waterfront Walk (4 PM) and Trash Bash ( 5 PM). Explore and see some spectacular views of the spot where Rock Creek flows in the Potomac River by the Kennedy Center and Georgetown Waterfront. At Thompson s Boat House, 2900 Virginia Avenue. Then meet up for the 5th Annual Trash Bash at Tony & Joe’s on the Georgetown Waterfront. Admission to the Trash Bash is $10, which includes a drink ticket and food. Register at

Monday, April 22, 1 - 3 PM, free program, “Reverse Engineering a Supermarket Line.” Reverse engineering is taking a product, disassembling it, and figuring out how it works. We’ll do that with a supermarket line so that you can find out what makes a line move fast. We’ll visit three Washington-area supermarkets and examine checkout lines in each. You’ll learn to spot people like coupon-users, check writers, and those who are just plain unlucky and pick items that don’t have scannable bar codes. After this seminar you’ll be able to pick the fastest lane in a supermarket 75% of the time. Location: Social Safeway parking lot. Or not, because this is the weekly fake event.

Monday, April 22 at 7 PM, Think Globally, Act Locally: an Earth Day panel discussion with Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh and Reid Detchon, Vice President for Energy & Climate at the UN Foundation. At Seabury at Frienship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Street NW. Free, reservations requested at or .

Wednesday, April 24 at 7 PM, “Return of a King: The Battle for Afghanistan, 1839-42” book discussion with author/historian William Dalrymple. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. More info at

Thursday, April 25 at 6:30 PM, “From Obedient Wives to Fierce Furies: Women's Changing Lives in the Early Republic.” Although women lacked political power in the Republic's early days, the talk of "rights" and growing education of women opened new doors for them. Author and historian Natalie Wexler will discuss the four women at the heart of her novel of early America, “A More Obedient Wife.” $15 - 20, tickets at
Thursday, April 25, 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Illuminate: A Light It Up Blue Cocktail Reception hosted by AS2YP Benefiting Autism Speaks. Please join us for an evening of hors d'oeuvres, beer, wine, soft drinks, music and a beautiful spring night overlooking the Potomac River. With ticket purchase, you will also receive access to the event’s After Party with drink specials at Mason Inn on April 25th! At the  House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW. Tickets for 21-40 yrs old: $50; $100 for 41+yrs old at
Thursday, April 22 at 7 PM, Author Rebecca Gail discusses her novel, Trying, at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info at

Thursday, April 25 at 7:30 PM, The Cleveland Park Library hosts a Q&A with author Glen Weldon about his book, "Superman: The Unauthorized Biography", which chronicles how over the past 75 years, the way Superman has been portrayed -- and how he has been perceived -- has steadily changed to reflect the culture around him. Glen writes about books and comic books for the NPR blog Monkey see, and he is also a founding member of the NPR podcast Pop Culture Happy Hour. More info at

1 comment:

  1. First off, those familiar with William Dalrymple's earlier works, notably 'White Mughals' and 'The Last Mughal' will not be disappointed with 'Return of a King'. The book contains what most of his readers will have now come to expect from a Dalrymple book - (1) meticulous research, (2) characters whose virtues and vices are duly brought out, (3) anecdotes (all stemming from his extensive research) , and (4) a style of story telling which ties in his research and the characters beautifully.

    To those interested in this genre, but who have not yet read Dalrymple's work, I strongly recommend you to buy this book, as well as 'The Last Mughal'. You will find them most enjoyable.

    While the story takes up about 500 pages of the book, it should be able to keep readers engrossed (I finished reading my copy in 3 days). The pace picks up at key moments and slows down whenever the story demands. As reported in various media, the book will draw parallels to the current occupation of Afghanistan, and viewers will not fail to see why.

    All in all, William Dalrymple's 'Return of a King' is a good read and is highly recommended.