Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Linda Tanner (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 19 from 4 - 5:30 PM, “Free to Rock: Rock Music and the End of Communism,” Moderated by Richard Robin, GWU Professor of Russian, with panelists Valery Saifudinov, Founder of first Soviet Rock Band, The Revengers, and co-inventor of the first Soviet electric guitar; Joanna Stingray, Soviet and Russian rock recording artist, producer, TV personality, and first American record producer of Soviet Rock bands; Mark Yoffe, Curator of the International Counterculture Archive and the Soviet Samizdat Archive in Gelman's Global Resources Center; William Levins, Student view; Nick Binkley and Doug Yeager, Producers and researchers for the film “Free to Rock.” At the Gelman Library at George Washington University, 2130 H St NW, Room 702. Free and open to the public. Register at:

Thursday, November 19 at 6 PM, Lincoln and Shakespeare: Cottage Conversation with Michael Anderegg and Michele Osherow. "I think that nothing equals Macbeth. It is wonderful."
--Abraham Lincoln, August 17, 1863. Join us for a Cottage Conversation with Michael Anderegg and Michele Osherow, who will discuss Abraham Lincoln's fascination with William Shakespeare and what that reveals about the 16th president. Dr. Anderegg is the author of the new book Lincoln and Shakespeare, and Dr. Osherow is associate professor of English and Director of the Judaic Studies Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Reception: 6 PM at the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center; Lecture: 6:30  PM at President Lincoln's Cottage, Upshur St at Rock Creek Church Rd. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. To purchase tickets and RSVP, email Michelle Martz at MMartz @ savingplaces dot org or call 202-688-3735. More info:  

Friday, November 20 at 7:30 PM and Saturday November 21 at 2:30 PM and 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. Performed by Woodrow Wilson High School Theater. Tickets: Student/child/Wilson teachers and staff - $5 all performances; Adult - $15 for evening performances, $10 for the Saturday matinee. Cash or check only. Tickets may be purchased before each performance or by email to wilsondramatickets @ gmail dot com. More info:

Friday, November 20 from 7 - 9 PM and Saturday November 21 from 10 AM - 3 PM. The Washington Waldorf School’s Annual Fall Bazaar. Lots of beautiful handcrafts—knitted and handmade clothing and dolls, jewelry, pottery, wooden toys—made by local artisans and school parents; lots of live music; craft-making and other activities for all ages; an organic lunch; and a fabulous dessert bake sale. Friday evening from 7 to 9 pm is a ticketed preview event ($11.54 - go to but on Saturday entry is free. Get there early because the puppet show tickets go quickly! 4800 Sangamore Road, Bethesda, MD. For a detailed list of activities, see  

Friday, November 20 at 8 PM and Saturday, November 21 at 3 PM: The world premiere of the original play “The Ghost of Strasburg.” Circa 1929 in Central Virginia, where the ladies of the Strasburg Hotel offer more than a good night’s rest -- they provide sanctuary to lost souls. But when the wife of a policeman seeks refuge from her husband, the hotel proves anything but idyllic. From critically acclaimed playwright Carol Lee Campbell (“The Goddess Diaries”) comes a new story that blends history with a touch of magic in a genre-defying drama about our dalliances with eternity. Tickets $15: At Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD. More info:

Saturday, November 21 at 10 AM, Make a Bird Feeder in Rock Creek Park. Learn how to make a simple bird feeder from things you can find around the house or in nature. Seed included. Ages 6 and older. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Saturday, November 21 from 11 AM - 1:30 PM, “International Games Day: Come and Play!” Try out the library's bevy of board games, some of which are new ones received just for this day. Starting at noon, the main event for the day will be a Mario Kart video game racing tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top racers. Preliminary races will be from 12 PM -1 PM, with the final grand prix starting at 1:10 PM. Free. The Tenley Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Saturday, November 21 at 12 PM, Gallery tour of two Washington, DC oriented exhibitions: “For the Record: The Art of Lily Spandorf” and “A Collector’s Vision: Creating the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection,” led by consulting curator Jane Freundel and assistant curator Anne Dobberteen. Free - no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW,

Sunday, November 22 from 9 AM - 3 PM, Temple Sinai’s Holiday Mart and Wine Tasting. Fun, food, shopping, schmoozing, and craft making for kids. The wine tasting is from 11 AM - 2 PM. See flyer with more info: - and you can also print the flyer and bring in the coupon to get a child’s free hot dog (must be accompanied by parent). Temple Sinai is at 3100 Military Road NW.

Sunday, November 22 at 2 PM, History Hike through Rock Creek Park. Discover a Civil War fortress that saw action during the Battle of Fort Stevens, an eccentric poet's cabin, and historic creek ford during this two-mile hike, led by a park ranger. Starts at Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road. Free - no reservations needed.

Tuesday, November 24 at 4 PM, Turkey Stories. This Thanksgiving program for kids of all ages features turkey stories and crafts. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW.

Wednesday, November 25 at 5 PM, “Cranksgiving.” This special celebration is in honor (?) of all the disgruntled guests who will be coming to town this Thanksgiving, only to complain, as they do every year, that they don’t like the way the Thanksgiving food is prepared, and they think the dinner starts too early (or too late), and their hosts’ dogs jump up on them and/or their hosts’ cat makes them sneeze, and they end up arguing with everyone over politics and/or religion. Participating neighborhood bars will be happy to give your “Cranksgiving” guests half-price drinks to lighten their mood the evening before the big dinner, if presented with this special Cranksgiving coupon, which you can print out at:

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