Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

By Paul Ehrenfest (Museum Boerhaave)
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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 15,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv    

Thursday, January 7 from 10 - 11:30 AM, “The Middle East: How We Got to Where We Are,” discussion by author/journalist Thomas W. Lippman, former Middle East bureau chief for the Washington Post. The chaos in Iraq and Syria and the rise of the Islamic State did not just happen. The violence plaguing the Arab world has roots in history, and specifically in 1979. The disparate, seemingly unconnected events of that landmark year, beginning with the Iranian revolution and culminating in the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan, led the region down the path to the intractable conflicts of today. Free. Presented by Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Temple Baptist Church (lower level), 3850 Nebraska Avenue NW. More info:  

Thursday, January 7 from 6:30 - 9:30 PM, “DC’s Tapestry of Regional Cultures,” a Humanitini-sponsored happy hour, part of the yearlong celebration of the 225th anniversary of the District of Columbia. Since its founding, Washington, DC has reflected the regional cultures brought to the city by waves of new residents from around the country. Learn about those regional cultures and the impact they have had on life in Washington -- all while enjoying happy hour at Busboys & Poets in Brookland, 625 Monroe St NE. More info: 

Thursday, January 7 at 7 PM. “Changing Fives to Sixes: An Exercise Class.” This timely workshop will provide you with handy techniques and exercises to help you remember to write the year as 2016 instead of 2015. First you will learn a simple but seamless way to close the backward “c” in the normal, handwritten “5” to make it look like the loop in the figure “6,” allowing you to turn your inevitable, mistakenly jotted-down 2015s into 2016s. Next, we will practice, practice, practice, writing a few randomly chosen dates in January and February from scratch, followed by the year 2016. We will also do some keyboard drills, hitting the 6 instead of the 5, both on smartphone glass screens and on actual keyboards, with the right index finger fully extended. This free class is offered by the DC DMV as part of a public education campaign to promote the writing of the correct year on checks sent in payment of parking tickets and speed cam fines. To register online go to:  

Friday, January 8 at 12 noon, Lunch and a movie, “The Sting,” at Guy Mason Recreation Center. “The Sting” stars Paul Newman and Robert Redford. The movie starts at 1 PM. For lunch reservations call (202) 727-7703. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info:     

Friday, January 8 at 8 PM, “Einstein, Time, and Light: Another Look at Einstein’s Thinking and the Measurement of Time in the International Year of Light” - a talk by William D. Phillips, Co-Recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, Leader, Laser Cooling and Trapping Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Distinguished University Professor, University of Maryland. This lecture will be a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations, of some of the science of laser trapping, ultracold atoms, fantastically accurate time keeping and other aspects of today's most exciting developments in the science of light and quanta. Free. At the Philosophical Society of Washington, John Wesley Powell Auditorium, Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave NW (corner of Florida Ave and Massachusetts). More info:  

Saturday, January 9 at 9:30 AM Rock Creek Park Civil War Round Table Discussion, led by Karen Needles, president of the Lincoln Group of Washington, DC, who will explain the Lincoln Archives Digital Project. Its goal is to digitize all records created during the Lincoln Administration that are now in the hands of the National Archives. Ages 10 and older. Location: Rock Creek Park Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. Contact Phone Number: 202-895-6070  

Saturday, January 9 at 10 AM, Mac Users Group Meeting. When it comes to computers, it's not IF your hard drive will fail, but WHEN! This month, the topic focus will be on Mac backup practices, plans, strategies, and related topics. National Capital Area Mac Users Group (NCA-MUG) meet-ups are free and open to all Mac users in the area. In the 1st floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library (corner of Connecticut Ave & Macomb St NW).  

Saturday, January 9 at 1 PM, Lucretia Mott: Speaking Quaker Truth to "Slave Power." Jamie Stiehm, Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses Lucretia Mott's journey to Washington, DC to speak out on slavery, the "peculiar institution." Free. In the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,    

Saturday, January 9 at 7 PM, A Capella Concert. Yale University's all-female jazz and swing a cappella group, Proof of the Pudding, will be performing at All Souls Episcopal Church as part of their 2016 Winter concert tour. Proof of the Pudding stands in the long and illustrious tradition of Yale a cappella with a style rooted in jazz and swing, and performances including songs from a number of genres, including pop, spirituals, and rock-and-roll. For more information visit All Souls is at 2300 Cathedral Avenue NW.  

Sunday, January 10 at 10:30 AM, “Einstein: His Space and Times,” A politically engaged man of his day, driven by strong moral principles, Albert Einstein comes to life in “Einstein: His Space and Times,” a new biography by Steven Gimbel, Chair of the Gettysburg College Philosophy Department and the Amram Scholar Series speaker at Washington Hebrew Congregation. Professor Gimbel, the author of six books, explains Einstein's theories in understandable terms and demonstrates how they directly emerged from the realities of his times and helped create the world we live in today. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW. For more information, visit or call 202-362-7100.  

Sunday, January 10 at 10 AM, Concert by John Henry, children’s entertainer, singer and pre-school wonder. Adas Israel Congregation, in conjunction with the Gan ha-Yeled (pre-school) is proud to bring you the well-loved children’s entertainer. John Henry is guaranteed to get your little one(s) jumping and singing and to provide a break for the January blues! Adas Israel Congregation is located at 2850 Quebec Street NW. Door open at 9:30 and the concert starts at 10 AM. Tickets: $8/family in advance - register at or $10/family at the door. Contact Debbie at dzucke3 @ with any questions.  

Sunday, January 10 from 2:30 - 4:30 PM, Cleveland Park/Woodley Park Community Open House, hosted by the following community organizations: Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, Cleveland Park Business Association, Cleveland Park Citizens Association, Cleveland Park Club, Cleveland Park Historical Society, Rosedale Conservancy, Tregaron Conservancy, Woodley Park Community Association. Free. Hot cocoa and other refreshments will be served. At the Cleveland Park Club, 3433 33rd Place NW. There’s also a second pedestrian entrance at 3300 Ordway Street.Please note that the Club has no parking.  

Sunday, January 10 from 1 - 4 PM (check-in starting at 12:30) "Sky Above Clouds: Finding Our Way Through Creativity, Aging and Illness". Art therapist and counselor Wendy Miller writes of her life as the wife and collaborator of the late Gene Cohen, reflecting upon his groundbreaking work on aging, their work together, and his struggle with terminal illness even as he continued his life's work. Dr. Miller writes about her life with Gene and how creative aging was able to enliven their work even as his own monumental life force ebbed. Wendy will present a conversational reading from her book followed by small group discussions to deepen our  our reactions and the relevance to our own lives. This event, intended for both mental health professionals and members of the community engaged in these issues either personally or professionally, is sponsored by the Center for the Study of Aging and will take place at the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Avenue NW Suite #400. General admission: $15. For details and tickets go to:  

Tuesday, January 12 from 10 - 11:30 AM, “Pantomime, Music and Movement: Theater beyond Words” presented by Paata Tsikurishvili & Company. Founded in 2001, Synetic Theater made its artistic debut with the first wordless Shakespeare production, “Hamlet … the rest is silence,” thrilling audiences with its athletic and high-voltage physical theater. With the assistance of several performers from his company, Paata Tsikurishvili will demonstrate how he combines the traditions of the Caucasus with distinctly American styles to tell classic stories through movement, mime, music, technology, and visual arts. Free. At the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center of American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. This program is part of a series put on by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. More info:   

Wednesday, January 13 at 7 PM, “Base Nation: How U.S. Military Bases Abroad Harm America and the World,” author talk and book signing David Vine. Anthropologist David Vine of American University will be on hand to discuss the complex socioeconomic and geopolitical issues surrounding the establishment and maintenance of United States military bases abroad. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,  

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