Thursday, March 20, 2014

Get Out! The Events Column

Photo by Bill Adler
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 13,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Thursday, March 20 from 7 - 8:30 PM Forum for Candidates in Contested April 1st Primary for Mayor, with guest moderator Mark Plotkin - Note update on the location! The April 1 Mayoral primary is heating up and the demand for forum attendance is strong. To that end, the CPCA has changed the forum’s location. Our forum will begin promptly at 7 PM in the meeting room of John Eaton Elementary School, Lowell & 34th St NW. The CPCA will hold its regular monthly business meeting prior to the forum, starting at 6:30 PM. Refreshments will be served. More info: Free. 

Thursday, March 20 from 7 - 9 PM, At-Large Council Candidates Forumsponsored by the Ward 3 Democratic Committee, at the Methodist Home at 4901 Connecticut Ave. NW. All Democratic candidates that will appear on the April 1st Democratic Primary ballot have confirmed their attendance. In alphabetical order, they are Nate Bennett-Fleming, Anita Bonds, Pedro Rubio, and John Settles. The forum will be moderated by Dorothy Brizill, Executive Director of DC Watch. For more information see

Thursday, March 20 from 6:30 - 11:30 PM Forum for Candidates in the 2018 Mayor’s Race. If you have already made up your mind about the race for Mayor in 2014, then it’s high time to start thinking about who to get
behind in 2018. While we don’t have the names of announced candidates this early, the forum will feature “open-mic night” style speeches by anyone and everyone in the audience who would like to be considered to lead the District of Columbia less than five years from now. There’s no candidate too fringe-y for this event, because it is most assuredly the week’s fake event. At the new UDC Student Center --which hasn’t been built yet but probably will become reality sometime in the next 4 years (not that it matters for a fake event).

Friday, March 21 and Saturday, March 22, 10 am - 4 pm both days, and Sunday, March 23, 1 - 4 pm, the Friends of Palisades Library will hold its huge Spring Used Book Sale. Thousands of books are for sale at low
prices. Most books are $1 each; $10 per bag on Saturday and Sunday, except children’s books, 50 cents -- $1. A new feature of this sale will be a silent auction of specially priced, more valuable books: first edition, out-of-print, unique, and hard-to-find volumes. The downstairs permanent Sale Room will be open during the sale, don’t forget to stop by Bargain Alley (downstairs near rear door) where all books are 25 cents each or $2 per bag. The Library is located at 4901 V Street NW, corner of MacArthur Blvd & V St. NW. 

Saturday, March 22 and Sunday, March 23, 1 - 3 PM both days, Book Signing by Stephen R. Brown, author of DC Photo Book: An Insiders View of Washington, DC. Brown’s dynamic images capturing DC springtime and cherry blossoms have appeared in Smithsonian, Time, Fortune, The New York Times, National Geographic Books, Life and Newsweek. His photographs have been exhibited in solo shows throughout the world. Most notably, they were featured in “Indelible Images: 100 Years of War Photography” and “Odyssey: 100 Years of NGS Photography,” both of which were initiated at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Free. Location: The
International Spy Museum, 800 F Street, NW. To order the book go to: For more info see: 

Saturday, March 22 10 AM - 12 PM, St. Elizabeths West Campus Walking Tour. Join the DC Preservation League in partnership with the General Services Administration for a walking tour of the historic west campus
of St. Elizabeths Hospital, a National Historic Landmark. Tours of St. Elizabeths campus are being offered on a limited basis depending on the course of construction activity. Space is limited and reservations are
required. Because of security issues walk-ons will not be permitted on the tour. More info at:  

Saturday March 22 at Law Day Open House, 10 am to 2:30 pm at UDC Law School. Congressman John Conyers will be on hand to speak to prospective students and will also speak at the subsequent public forum entitled, “Job Creation to Address Income Inequality and Reinvigorate Our Communities.” Law Day will feature presentations by (and opportunity to ask questions of) staff, faculty, students and alumni as well as a simulated law class. And lunch is included! To register go to To register for the Jobs Forum that follows, go to At UDC School of Law at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, 5th Floor.

Saturday, March 22 at 1 PM, Levine Music presents the Young Artist Contest and Jam Session, part of the 2014 Washington Women in Jazz Festival. Free for Levine students, $10 for the general public. At Lang
Recital Hall, Levine School of Music, 2801 Upton St NW. To reserve go to: 

Sunday March 23 at 3 PM, Concert by Pianist Wen-Yin Chan. Works include Bach's Partita #4 and Beethoven's "Appassionata” Sonata, plus three lovely waltzes by Chopin (op. 34). The concert will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of art by local artist and singer Jennifer Rutherford. Location: Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church is at 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW, corner of New Mexico. Free; a free-will offering at the concert will go entirely to the pianist. Ample free parking available. 

Tuesday, March 25 at 12:15 PM, US Holocaust Memorial Museum volunteer Jacqueline Birn speaks about her childhood in France during World War II. Born in Paris, France, to Dutch Jewish parents, Jacqueline’s early childhood was normal. Everything changed when Germany invaded France. She and her family fled for the Vichy-controlled southern region of France. In late 1944, after Paris was liberated, they returned to Paris
and resumed life. They learned that more than 200 members of their extended Dutch family had been deported and murdered in Sobibor and Auschwitz. In 2007, Jacqueline Birn retired from the Foreign Service Institute and began writing her memoir, A Dimanche Prochain: A Memoir of Survival in World War II France. Free. At Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue NW.

Wednesday March 26 at 2 PM, Book discussion: Irish author Colm Toibin’s novel Brooklyn is the subject of the Tenley-Friendship Library’s book book group. Free. The library is located at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

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