Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Dwight Sipler via Wikimedia Commons
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, November 12 at 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Round Table discussion: “11th Street Bridge Park: Connecting Communities.” Built on an aged out freeway over the Anacostia River,the 11th Street Bridge Park will be DC's first elevated park supporting the community's environmental, physical, cultural and economic health. Founding Director Scott Kratz will describe the larger vision for this iconic new civic space, the intensive community engagement that has included over 550 stakeholder meetings to date, and further plans to create what Washingtonian Magazine called one of "four projects that will change Washington." Other panelists include: Edmund Fleet - Executive Director, THEARC and Dayvie Paschall - DesignBuild Diversity Manager for DBE & EEO, Skanska USA Civil, Inc., moderated by Philip Kennicott - Art and Architecture Critic, The Washington Post. Tickets: $12 - $15 at the Kreeger Museum, 2401 Foxhall Road, NW  

Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 PM, Coping with Death. This is the third in a series on death and dying and end-of-life issues, with the following questions to be addressed by the three panelists/presenters: How can people cope with death? Can medical treatment reduce the pain of grief? Or is grief something that cannot be managed? Should grief be shared publicly? Or not? Should funerals celebrate the life of the deceased? Or should they help survivors to confront death?Must the dying make spiritual peace with death? Or do the dying have the right to die angry? Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St NW,  

Friday, November 13 at 12 noon, Lunch and a Movie: “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard. Burton. Lunch starts at noon (the deadline for lunch reservations was November 11); the movie starts at 1 PM. At Guy Mason Recreation Center 3600 Calvert Street, NW. Free. 

Friday, November 13 and Saturday, November 14, both days at 7:30 PM, HAIR! the first rock musical, depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the `60s that changed America forever. The story follows a group of hopeful and free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War as they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, and burn draft cards. Featuring an exhilarating rock score, including favorites Aquarius, Hair, Easy to Be Hard, and Good Morning Starshine, the Tribe in Hair creates an irresistible message of hope, peace and change that continues to resonate with audiences of all ages over 40 years later. Performed by Woodrow Wilson High School Theater. Tickets: Student/child/Wilson teachers and staff - $5 all performances; Adult - $15. Cash or check only. Note: The show continues next weekend, Friday, November 20 and Saturday, November 21 at 7:30 with a special matinee performance on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30. Complete details, including how to order tickets by email, at  

Saturday, November 14 at 10 AM - 12 PM, Cleveland Park's own Mac users group, National Capital Apple Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG) is pleased to announce that for the last meeting of the year, Apple's Aaron Davis will speak about Apple's latest products and updates. Free. In the Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. NCA-MUG's meetings are open to all Mac users.  

Saturday, November 14 at 8 PM, 4 x 4: Celebrating Contemporary Chamber Music. The last twenty years have seen the proliferation of many successful contemporary chamber ensembles. These groups have forged a new identity for this genre of music through commissioning and championing new works. Led by director Noah Getz, this concert will focus on these contributions by featuring chamber ensemble configurations within the American University Workshop to bring you exciting and dynamic pieces. $10 regular admission tickets; $5 AU community and seniors - may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting At Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Sunday, November 15 at 9:30 AM, “Civil Rights, Race, and the Church," with Congressman John Lewis. The Georgetown Presbyterian Church will host renowned civil rights leader Congressman John Lewis for a conversation about race in America and the role of the church in addressing these deep-rooted issues. Congressman Lewis is also recently the author of a graphic novel trilogy, “March”, recounting his journey with the Civil Rights movement. His co-author in the “March” series, Andrew Aydin, will join Congressman Lewis for this event, which will be moderated by Elder Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief, USA Today. The event is free and open to anyone. A question and answer session will follow the discussion. Coffee and pastries will be provided.
At The Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 3115 P Street NW. More info:

Sunday, November 15 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Celebrating the 70th anniversary of Pippi Longstocking. This year Pippi Longstocking, the strongest and kindest girl in the world, turns 70 years old! Come celebrate her birthday in Pippi style with: Pippi film screenings; arts and craft station; book store, in partnership with Politics & Prose; Villa Villekulla Café in Pippi's garden with Swedish birthday cake; scavenger hunt; fish pond with prizes for all; raffle with great prizes such as tickets to Astrid Lindgren World in Sweden! Free admission. At the House of Sweden
2900 K Street, NW (Georgetown waterfront). More info:  

Sunday, November 15 from 12 - 5 PM, Open Studios Day at the Jackson Art Center. Visit the studios of 40+ local artists. Shop from a table of original oils, watercolors, ceramics, photography. Plus: Children's mural project from 3-4 pm: Children will create fall murals with brightly colored paints outside in the side courtyard. All painting supplies will be provided. Children of all ages are welcome, and Jackson artists will be on hand to offer instruction. Free admission for all, no registration required. Live music and refreshments. Jackson Art Center is at 3050 R St. NW. More info:  

Sunday, November 15 at 3 PM, American University Symphonic Band Fall Concert, led by director Ben Sonderman. The American University Symphonic Band presents classic gems and current favorites from the symphonic band repertoire. $10 regular admission tickets; $5 AU community and seniors - may be purchased by calling 202-885-ARTS or visiting At Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Sunday, November 15 at 4 PM, Dr. Libby O’Connell, Chief Historian for the History Channel and author of The American Plate: A Culinary History in 100 Bites, will share colorful stories of how economics, technology and social movements have shaped our culinary tastes. Vintage cookbooks from the Chevy Chase Historical Society archive will be on display, and O’Connell’s book will be available for sale and signing. This program, the fall lecture of the Chevy Chase Historical Society, is free and open to the community. The program will be held at the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.  

Tuesday, November 17 from 10 - 10:45 AM, Tudor Tots: Fall Frolic. At this family-friendly event children enjoy interactive read-alouds, songs, and themed movements related to the week’s topic, sharing a shady green and tranquil setting with the grown-ups who care for them. (Indoors when weather requires.) Ages 2- 4. Tickets for children: $5, adults: free. Please register at Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st Street NW.  

Tuesday, November 17 from 11:30 - 1:30 PM, Experts Forecast the 2016 Election - Panel Discussion. Lunch at 11:30 AM, discussion begins at 12 PM. Panel to include: Glen Bolger, Partner and co-founder of Public Opinion Strategies and CCPS Research Fellow; Anna Greenberg,  Senior Vice President of Greenberg, Quinlan, Rosner and CCPS Research Fellow; Jennifer L. Lawless, Professor of Government and Director of the Women & Politics Institute; Allan Lichtman, Distinguished Professor of History and author of the forthcoming book The Keys to the White House; David N. Wasserman, US House Editor, Cook Political Report. Moderated by James A. Thurber, Director, Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies and Distinguished University Professor at American University. In the Founders Room of the School of International Service Bldg. at American University, Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues NW. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to wpi @ or call 202-885-2903. More info:  

Wednesday, November 18 from 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM, The 2012 Election - A Backwards Look. Pundits who made confident predictions about the winner of the Republican Primary in the election cycle of 2011-2012 will return to the forum to admit just how completely wrong they were and describe how and why they miscalculated the race, at various times declaring Rick Perry, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, or even Ron Paul to have a better chance to secure the nomination than Mitt Romney. Just kidding! This never happens -- it’s the weekly fake event.  

Wednesday, November 18 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Lecture: “Art + Design: Vienna 1900.” Few cities ca. 1900 were as decisive in the shaping of 20th century Europe as Vienna, the capital of the Austrian Hungarian Empire, where influential minds seemed to flourish (e.g., Wittgenstein in philosophy, Freud in psychology, Arnold Schoenberg in music theory, and Alois Riegl  in art history. In the visual arts, dissatisfied painters established the Secession in 1897, while young designers and craftsmen formed the Wiener Werkstätte in 1903, contributing to this general climate of change and articulating a new sensibility in the ways of seeing and living. This lecture will examine these bold overtures in the fields of art and design. In particular it will look at the Gustav Klimt’s innovative style of painting and designers’ parallel efforts in modernizing the art of the poster. This lecture will be held by renown Russian born artist Luba Sterlikova and Erich Keel, former curator at the Kreeger Museum. Free but please register at At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Court NW. More info:

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