Wednesday, July 29, 2015

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 15,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, July 31 at 10 AM and 11 AM, “Tree Wise” - Casey Trees education program for kids ages 6 - 10, featuring hands-on activities, including leaf and bark rubbings, scavenger hunts, water relays and more. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. More info:  

Friday, July 31 at 5:30 PM, The 2nd Annual “Picnic in the Park” Concert Series at the Forest Hills Playground, featuring lively and upbeat music of internationally loved Bob Perilla’s Big Hillbilly Bluegrass band. More info: Free. The Forest Hills Playground is east of Connecticut Avenue between Brandywine and Chesapeake Streets.

Friday, July 31 from 5 - 7 PM, The Austrian Cultural Forum presents a Piano Concert by Mark Damisch, who is on his 40th anniversary tour. More info: At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. Free, but you must RSVP:  

Saturday, August 1 from 10 AM - 12 noon, “The Lazy Gardener: How to Save Space, Time and Effort in Your Garden,” workshop led by Neighborhood Farm Initiative garden manager Caroline Selle, presented by the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The first hour will be an overview of the topic and a tour of the NFI demonstration garden to show techniques in action; second hour will be an interactive design workshop where participants can begin putting these ideas into practice. Includes a walk-through of NFI’s demonstration garden showing creative methods that can increase efficiency, yield – and beauty – in your garden space. Free. Reservations required go to and scroll down to “The Lazy Gardener” and then go to the “register now” link. At Fort Totten Farm, 100 Gallatin Street NE.  

Saturday, August 1 at 6 PM, Story District’s Kick-off Party to celebrate its name change -- it used to be SpeakEasyDC -- with artists, community partners, performances, booze, on-site T-shirt screen printing by Soul & Ink (bring your own T or buy one there), dancing and every possible coming-of-age celebration we can think of rolled into one epic night. Free admittance with RSVP: At Town Danceboutique, 2009 8th St NW. More info: 

Sunday, August 2 at 1:30 PM, “Women in Glass and Stone” art and architecture tour of the National Cathedral. Where else can you see Joan of Arc and Eleanor Roosevelt in one place? Women of great influence are to be found in the statues, needlepoint, and stained glass of the Cathedral. Hear their tales and look upon the faces and symbols of these revolutionary thinkers, visionaries, and saints.For visitors aged 10 and older. Tickets $16 - $20. Reservations suggested but not required -- go to The tour meets at the west-end docent station, nave level, just inside the main doors of the Cathedral.  

Monday, August 3 at 1 PM, “Visions of Liberty,” a discussion about the struggle for civil rights and civil liberties in America, with Ira Glasser, retired executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union, and documentary photographer Bob Adelman. Free and open to all - no tickets needed. In the Mumford Room of the Madison Building, Library of Congress, 101 Independence Avenue SE. More info:  

Monday, August 3 at 8 PM, The Fringe After The Fringe: “Post-Dishwasher.” You may have read about “Dishwasher,” the edgy, experimental piece of performance art that was the surprise hit of this year’s Capital Fringe Festival (see The show ends on Sunday, but on the day after, join a group of theater-goers and critics for a post-performance appraisal, in which everyone who shows up is invited to wash dishes, and then vote to decide whether anyone has washed the dishes better than actor/director/creator Brian Feldman. To sign up for this unique piece of theater mixed with participatory democracy, go to      

Tuesday, August 4 at 7:30 PM, Brilliant Minds, Great Thinkers: Steven Gimbel on Albert Einstein. 2015 is the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Einstein was the first scientific superstar, and his international fame allowed him financial security at a time of economic collapse in Germany, instant credibility on topics both scientific and non-scientific. Steven Gimbel, author of Einstein: His Space and Times, explains Einstein’s science in terms anyone can understand, and shows how Einstein’s powerful ideas emerged from the particular world he occupied and continue to shape the world we inhabit today. Tickets $10 - $12 - go to: At the Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th St NW.  

Wednesday, August 5 at 3:30 PM, “Japan in a Suitcase” brings traditional toys, clothing, school items, and crafts to encourage a deeper understanding and awareness of Japan and Japanese culture to school children through hands-on activities and demonstrations. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, August 5 at 7 PM, “Every Hero Has A Story” - Comics Panel featuring Fantom Comics, Big Planet Comics, and Shawn Martinbrough. In celebration of this year's Summer Reading theme, “Every Hero Has a Story,” join us for a comics panel that will discuss the artistic inspiration, creation, and distribution of graphic novels and comics. The panel will be moderated by Esther Kim, manager of Fantom Comics in Washington, DC and will feature fellow comic bookstore manager of Big Planet Comics of College Park, distributor and publisher of comics, Peter Casazza, as well as local comics artist Shawn Martinbrough. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Wednesday, August 5 from 7 - 8:30 PM, An evening to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the  atomic bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki: this event will include testimony by a Hibakushi (a survivor of the atomic bombings) and performance by the children of Little Friends of Peace. The accompanying Hiroshima-Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Exhibition will include 20 artifacts collected from the debris of the 1945 atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki as well as six twenty-four foot folding screens that depict the horrors of the event. The 1995 Nobel Peace Prize nominees, Iri and Toshi Maruki, created a total of 15 screens over 32 years from 1950. More info: Free. The art exhibition is on view until August 16. At The Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.  

Thursday, August 6 at 7 PM, Local author Liliane Willens will discuss her memoir, Stateless in Shanghai. Born in Shanghai to Russian Jewish parents who fled the Bolshevik Revolution, Liliane Willens is a "stateless” girl in the world's most cosmopolitan city. But when the Far East explodes in conflict, the family's uncertain status puts them at risk of being stranded, or worse. Stateless in Shanghai recounts Willens’ life and trials in a China collapsing under the weight of foreign invaders and civil war. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3301 Connecticut Avenue NW,

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