Thursday, January 21, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 21 at 6:45 - 8 PM, 6:45 PM - 8 PM, “A Tale of Two (Cities) Planets: What Earth and Mars Are Teaching Us about the Evolution of Habitable Worlds." Dr. Pamela Conrad, Planetary Environments Laboratory, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, will talk about the Curiosity rover and what we have learned about its explorations of Mars for more than three years; it has been measuring the past and present habitability potential of our nearest planetary neighbor. We’ve also been busy on Earth, exploring the harshest environments we could find on this planet, not only to help us understand what makes them habitable, but also how to measure it. Dr. Conrad will tell us about what we’ve learned on and from both planets about the evolution and decline of habitable environments. Free, but registration required at At Carnegie Institution for Science, 1530 P Street NW.

Thursday, January 21 at 7 PM, “Name That Winter Storm - A Brainstorming Session.” According to the winter storm naming scheme announced by The Weather Channel on October 13, 2015, the predicted monster snowstorm that will hammer us from Friday to Sunday will be known as Winter Storm Jonas. But if this is indeed the Storm of the Century, it needs another, more appropriately fearsome but colloquial name, such as “Snowmageddon” or “Snowpocalypse.” Now is your opportunity to attend a brainstorming session at which participants will offer up their best suggestions, and see which ones garner support. There will be a first round of voting to winnow the field to the top five choices, followed by discussion and debate, and then a final vote to determine the winner. This event is sponsored by a committee of the top local TV meterologists, who have agreed to use the winning name in all future broadcasts. To register for this event and to register your suggestion for the storm’s name, go to:

Friday January 22 at 12 noon (movie at 1 PM), Lunch and a Movie - “The Sting” starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.
Friday, January 22 at 3 PM,”A Curator’s Tour of Dumbarton Oaks: Conserving 75 Years/Objects.” Celebrating seventy-five years of Dumbarton Oaks, this exhibition presents seventy-five objects from the Dumbarton Oaks Museum’s three collections. Arranged in sequences of nine themed, consecutive rotations over the course of nine months, the works on view reflect the significance of the historical anniversary year as well as the ongoing assessment of Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss’ collecting passion and appreciation. Free. At Dumbarton Oaks, 1703 32nd St NW. More info:

Saturday, January 23 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Tour of the renovated Hecht Company Warehouse, an Art Deco landmark, and the up and coming Ivy City Neighborhood, led by Architectural Historian Laura Hughes of EHT Traceries, and Architect Kevin Sperry from Antunovich Associates, who will discuss the vision for the the adaptive reuse and construction of this industrial structure. The program will conclude with a guided tour of the building. Originally constructed to serve the retail activities of a major local merchant, the Hecht Company Warehouse is an outstanding example of the Art Deco (Streamline Modern) style which stands as one of the major triumphs of inter-war Modernism in Washington. The large complex warehouse consists of five sections constructed between 1937 and 1961 and is important for its architectural style, its early and extensive use of glass block and its importance to the city’s economic heritage. Space is limited! Tickets: $15 for DCPL members $25 for non-members - go to to register. At 1401 New York Avenue, NE. The tour is sponsored by the DC Preservation League,

Saturday, January 23 at 7 PM, Comedian Dani Klein Modisett. Take a night out for laughter on at Washington Hebrew Congregation. The creator, producer, and director of the shows "Afterbirth…Stories You Won't Read in a Parenting Magazine" and "Not What I Signed Up For," Modisett will share refreshingly honest stories about marriage and parenting that will have you rolling in the aisles. Tickets are available at for $18 and include wine, beer, and heavy hors d'oeuvres. The Washington Hebrew Congregation is at 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Sunday, January 24 at 3 PM, Free Concert and Art Show. The Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial UMC invites you to hear the Army String Quartet on Sunday, January 24, at 3:00. The program includes Beethoven, Gershwin, Ives, and Elliot Carter. Following the concert we'll move from our beautiful Sanctuary to the Great Hall for a reception and the opening of a show of lovely paintings by Elise Ritter (samples at Free; ample parking. Join us for a splendid afternoon of music and art. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW (at New Mexico),   

Monday, January 25 at 12 noon, “TV News Comes to Washington.” This talk, led by Christopher Sterling, associate dean of GW’s Columbian College of Arts & Sciences, will explore the top ten television news innovations and their impact on the D.C. political scene. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW. More info:

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