Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S. Mann
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 15,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, October 22  at 7 PM, "Breaking The Phalanx: Fighting Jim Crow in the Nation's Capital." Join us for a presentation by local historian C.R. Gibbs. Seldom told or taught is the long, local struggle against codified,crystallized racial prejudice in the District of Columbia. Follow this epic account of a social and legal battle which reached a crescendo in the 1950s but still continues to this day. This program is part of the DC Reads series of events. For more information about the series, please visit Free. At Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library, 1547 Alabama Avenue SE,

Friday, October 23 at 12:15 PM, Arts @ Midday: “Enemies of the State” - Concert by the DaPonte String Quartet. The program includes Dmitri Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 8 and Erwin Schulhoff's String Quartet No. 1. Shostakovich defied the Stalinist regime that sought to oppress him, and Czech composer Schulhoff did not survive Hitler’s concentration camps to fully take his place in music history. Free. In the Sanctuary, St. Alban's Church, 3001 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Friday, October 23 at 7 PM, Back to the Future 2 Day. Although the actual date set by Doc Brown in the 1989 movie “Back to the Future 2” was Wednesday, October 21, 2015, the party will take place 2 days later, on Friday night. Zoom in on your hoverboard or your flying car, and be sure to wear your Google glasses (which the movie accurately predicted), and bring your tablet computer to Skype live party pics to your friends who can’t attend. The main event is a discussion by a panel of experts on the topic: “Biff Tannen - Role Model for Donald Trump? Or Actual Incarnation?” For more about the intersectionality between the movie’s view of our time vs. the reality, see To buy tickets (available in bitcoin only) for this futuristic event, go to (Wish you could go to a real Back to the Future Anniversary Event? There is one on Sunday, October 25 in Reston (renamed Hill Valley for the week), with special guest Christopher Lloyd and other film VIPs -- but it’s sold out! See for what you’re missing.)

Saturday October 24 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Free Shredding and Electronics Recycling Event. Trucks are on site and you can see your documents shredded. If you have gently used household items to donate, a truck from A Wider Circle will also be present to collect these items and provide you with a tax receipt at the time of drop-off. Location: 4315 50th Street NW.For more information, visit:  

Saturday, October 24 from 10 AM - 5 PM, DC Authors Festival, featuring over 60 local authors and publishers, presenting and selling their books, including Tenleytown/AUPark's Carolyn Long ( and Rhoda Trooboff ( More info:  Free. In the great hall (main lobby) Martin Luther King Library, 901 G Street NW.

Saturday, October 24 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Friends of the Cleveland Park Library Fall Book Sale. Choose from thousands of books at great prices -- mysteries, thrillers, biographies, sports, fiction, romance, fine arts, history, business economics, science, nature, foreign language, science fiction & fantasy, reference, travel, hobbies, psychology & self-help, kids books, cookbooks, graphic novels, CDs, DVDs, and more! All items have been donated by your friends and neighbors -- many are brand new and in perfect condition.  Proceeds support branch and city-wide library programs. On the second floor of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW.

Saturday, October 24 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Cathedral Heights Fall Festival and Craft Beer Showcase 2015. This one-day event will transform our mixed-use development here at Cathedral Commons into a family-friendly festival featuring food, children's activities, live performances, and craft beer tastings. Participating restaurants will dole out free food samples, while live entertainment will include a performance from The Donegal X-Press (a Celtic rock band), plus a dance performance by The Washington Ballet.Youngsters can enjoy face painting, a pumpkin patch, make-and-take crafts, and a petting zoo, and of-age event-goers can partake in craft beer tastings, the fees from which will benefit The Washington Ballet. Hope to see you there! Rain date: Oct. 25. At Cathedral Commons, 3401 Idaho Avenue NW,

Saturday, October 24 at 1 PM, Bulb Planting Day at Tregaron. Attention gardening enthusiasts!  Help us plant daffodil bulbs to enjoy in the spring. Refreshments will be served. Tools and gloves will be provided. Come to the Macomb entrance to the Tregaron Conservancy (3100 Macomb St NW). To register, email info @ Website:

Saturday, October 24, 3 - 5 PM, Lafayette Elementary School’s Annual Fall Festival, followed by a screening of “The Boxtrolls” in the Lafayette Elementary School “Big Top” tent. This year you can buy pumpkins and apples from local farms, which are also vendors at the Chevy Chase Farmer’s Market. Additionally, there will be Arts and Crafts, Pumpkin Decorating, Face Painting, Moon Bounces, Festival Games, Potomac Pizza, Bake Sale, Annual Pie Competition, and Photo Booth. Don’t forget to have some spooky fun at the Haunted House run by Lafayette 5th graders and come and see Boxtrolls come alive - special creations by the 2nd graders.Take part in a Tennis Play Day hosted by Lafayette Tennis Association, a Boxtroll Obstacle Course Challenge run by HoopEd, and potions brewing, courtesy of Mad Science. At Lafayette ES, 5701 Broad Branch Road,

Saturday, October 24 from 4 - 6 PM, An Artist’s Reception and Talk, closing the show “Bound and Determined” by Lois Kampinsky. The show, "Bound and Determined," comprises boundless line and color and takes up half of the lower gallery at 2108 R Street, NW, Washington, DC (across from Restaurant Nora) through October 24. For more information, contact Studio Gallery at 202-232-8734 or email info @

Saturday, October 24 from 3 - 7 PM, The 3rd Annual Adams Morgan Porch Fest, a celebration of the deep musical talent that exists in the DC metro area. Last year 40+ musicians/bands participated, including members of the National Symphony Orchestra. The front porches, patios and stoops of Adams Morgan homes and businesses are transformed into “stages for a day” where local talent could be heard by all for free. Neighbors gather, kids dance, and the streets come alive thanks to the generosity of musicians sharing their art. Maps will be passed out at the BB&T Plaza at 18th and Columbia Road, NW. For more information in advance go to:  

Saturday, October 24 from 7 - 11 PM, Opening reception for the 2nd Annual Immigration Film Festival, including the premiere of “Dream: An American Story.” It’s a party with lavish international hors d’oeuvres and libations at UDC Theater of the Arts (4200 Connecticut Avenue NW). After the screening, Alberto Avendano, El Tiempo Latino’s editor-in-chief, with the director and “stars” Juan Gomez and Gaby Pacheco will answer your questions. Easy street and garage parking (enter on Van Ness). Tickets: $45 (includes food, wine, beer) or $25 for students (18+). Tickets and more films from the Greater Washington Immigration Film Festival at

Saturday, October 24 and Sunday, October 25, both days from from 4 - 8 PM, Haunted Garage and Fall Festival 2015 at Oyster Adams School. Get ready for a family evening of friendly fright and ghoulish crafts. Oyster-Adams Bilingual School is hosting its 1st Annual Haunted Garage and Fall Festival -- no charge for entry. Hold on to friends and loved ones as you walk through our Haunted Garage. Pumpkin decorating, candy skull decorating, food and costume contests, games, and more. Contact volunteer @ with questions. At 2801 Calvert Street NW.

Sunday, October 25 from 1 - 4:30 PM, Tenleytown Block Party. Free food: fresh, hot grilled burgers and hot dogs; iced drinks; snacks; desserts and ice cream from favorite local dessert food truck. Free family fun, including children’s bounce house, children’s ferris wheel, inflatable obstacle course, quarterback toss, golf challenge, face-painting, balloon animals. NLF viewing tent;  
3-on-3 basketball tournament. Free live entertainment: stilt-walker; magician; live DJ/music. The NATS Presidents Mascots will be in appearance 1 - 3 PM. Giving Back to the Community - Collections for care packages for at-risk families: Please donate baby wipes, dry shampoo, toothbrushes, dental floss, nail clippers, first aid supplies, socks. For more information, visit At The City Church, 4100 River Rd. NW.

Sunday, October 25 from 2:30 - 5 PM, Mitchell Park's Annual Fall Fun Day, Bring your friends and family and show off your costumes! Some highlights are: grill manned by Jim Bell; crafts & games; moon bounce; acrobat; community table; DJ….and much more. If you have any questions, feel free to contact FriendsofMitchellPark @ gmail dot com. Mitchell Park is at 23rd & S Street NW. Website:   

Monday, October 26  at 7 PM, "Black Georgetown Remembered." Named after a popular book of which the presenter C.R. Gibbs is a co-author, this lecture chronicles the rise and near extinction of the presence of people of African descent in one of the most storied neighborhoods of Washington,DC. Free. At the Palisades Neighborhood Library, 4901 V St. NW,

Tuesday, October 27 at 4:30 PM, Storyteller Julia Tasheva presents “Baba Marta’s Yarn” - A Puppetry / Storytelling Performance. A “yarn” can be a funny and imaginative story…and “yarn” can be a string used for knitting…and “yarn” can also be both a story and a string at the same time! In Baba Marta’s Yarn, you’ll hear a traditional Bulgarian folktale, told with puppets and props made of yarn. “Baba Marta” means "Grandma March" in Bulgarian, and on the first day of March, it’s an old Bulgarian custom to give and wear “martenitsi” -small dolls made of red and white yarn- while wishing family and friends "Chestita Baba Marta!” (“Happy Grandma Marta!”). Master storyteller Julia Tasheva spins an ancient legend about welcoming the coming of spring with two of Bulgaria’s most famous martenitsi — Pizho and Penda — while sharing their message of friendship, health, and happiness. Part of the “Kids Euro Festival, for ages 5 to 11. Free. At the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street NW,

Tuesday, October 27 from 12 noon - 1 PM, American University’s “Books That Shaped America” community discussion series will focus on Zora Neale Hurston’s “Their Eyes Were Watching God,” a masterwork considered to have paved the way for younger black writers such as Alice Walker and Toni Morrison. Attendees are encouraged—but not required—to have read the featured text. Discussion will be led by Daniel Whitman, Assistant Professor of Foreign Policy at the Washington Semester Program. Admission is free for this series and no RSVP is required to attend. At American University Library, Training and Events Room, 4200 Massachusetts Avenue NW, more info:

Wednesday, October 28 at 6 PM, Bryan Stevenson - lecture followed by book signing. The University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in conjunction with the UDC College of Arts & Sciences' Big Read Program, proudly present the 23rd Annual Rauh Lecture featuring Bryan Stevenson, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative & author of the critically acclaimed "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption." At UDC Theater of the Arts, 4200 Connecticut Ave, NW. Free. Register at More info:

Thursday, October 29 at 7 PM, Mayor Muriel Bowser Presents the 30th Annual Mayor's Arts Awards. The Mayor's Arts Awards are the most prestigious honors conferred by the city on artists, teachers, nonprofit organizations and patrons of the arts, honoring 25 finalists in excellence in many categories, along with special honorees: Peggy Cooper Cafritz - Mayor’s Art Award for Lifetime Achievement; Molly Smith - Mayor’s Arts Award for Impact on Culture and Humanities; Dr. Sachiko Kuno & Dr. Ryuji Ueno - Mayor’s Art Award for Visionary Leadership; Dolores Kendrick - Mayor’s Art Award for Special Recognition; Street Sense - Humanitarian Highlight. At Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street, NW. The Red Carpet Pre-Show is from 6 - 7 pm; Ceremony 7 - 9 pm; Reception 9 - 11 pm. Admission is Free. Creative formalwear suggested. Valet Parking Available. Please note admission is first come, first served. RSVP's are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. To RSVP, please click here:

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