Wednesday, February 24, 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 15,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv   

Thursday, February 25 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Tenleytown Community Vision Forum. Share your vision for Tenleytown's future! Tenleytown Main Street is still collecting feedback on what you want to see our local business district (Wisconsin Avenue from Tenley Circle to Fessenden St.) become – from what it should look like to the kinds of stores and restaurants you’d like to have in the neighborhood. If you haven’t had a chance yet, please complete our brief online survey: The forum will be facilitated by Doug Loescher, who has more than 30 years of experience working with Main Streets across the country and right here in the District. Through the survey and the forum, Tenleytown Main Street hopes to identify common themes for the future of the commercial district that can help guide our work and help us better serve residents and businesses. At St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW.  

Thursday, February 25 at 7 PM, Reno City: Post Civil War to WWII – Early Residents, Growth of Surrounding Community and Eradication of Reno - a Tenleytown Historical Society program. Community Speaker: Alcione Amos, Curator, Smithsonian Anacostia Museum Note: Doors will open at 6:30 for visiting the exhibit. Talk will highlight two Reno City families, the Dover family (African American) and Bangerter family (white.) It will include information on the destruction of the neighborhood with the building of the reservoir, the schools and finally the demolition of the houses that were still standing after the Second World War. The Reno School built for the children of that community has survived and was recently restored. Free. At Alice Deal Middle School/Reno School 3815 Fort Drive, NW (Howard Street, NW). RSVP requested: tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ More info:  

Friday February 26 at 1:30 PM, "Preserving African American Sites of Memory" - A Black History Month Program with Brent Leggs at President Lincoln's Cottage and the Armed Forces Retirement Home. As a national thought leader in the field of historic preservation, Brent Leggs is a Harvard Loeb Fellow and senior field officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington, DC. Dedicated to preserving historic places that represent the diverse heritage of our nation, Brent is the author of the book, “Preserving African-American Historic Places,” which provides tools for protecting some of the most important landmarks in African-American history. Free but you must register at Please note that seating is limited to the first 50 guests who RSVP. At Lincoln’s Cottage, Upshur Street at Rock Creek Church Road NW. Questions? Contact MMartz @ or 202-688-3735.  

Friday, February 26, at 12 PM, Lunch and a movie at the Guy Mason Recreation Center. The movie is "Working Girl" starring Melanie Griffith and Harrison Ford. It is a comedy; so come ready to have some laughs. The movie starts at 1 PM; lunch reservations deadline was Feb 24. Free. For more information call Ms. Bell at 202-727-7703. Guy Mason Rec Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.  

Saturday, February 27 at 10 AM, A Walk Along Beach Drive: An Evolving Park. Join us for our Centennial Celebration on a two-mile round trip walk from Peirce Mill and along Beach Drive. We will explore how the park has changed, both with the growth of transportation and the need for outdoor recreation to a desire to protect the natural world all around us.Free, for all ages. Start at Peirce Mill, at Tilden Street and Beach Drive,  

Saturday, February 27 at 10 AM, Blue Sky Puppet Theater presents “SuperPig” - the show that will have kids and families laughing and learning, with audience participation and humor aimed at all ages. “SuperPig!” shares the story of  Chester, who dreams of having superhero powers, but learns what heroes really are when a friend helps him out of a bullying situation. Tickets: $8.00 / $6.50 for Avalon members; children under 2 are free. Tickets available at The Avalon Theatre is at 5612 Connecticut Avenue NW. 

Saturday, February 27 at 2 PM, “CTL+ALT+DELETE: Stories of Restarting and Remembering,” presented by Friendly Rewinders Playback Theatre, a dedicated ensemble of Sidwell Friends Upper School actors who invite the audience to share personal stories. The performers dramatize what they hear in brief “fluid sculptures,” accompanied by live music. Then, the “conductor” of the performance invites someone to tell a longer story. An audience member comes up to the stage and is interviewed.The only rule is that the story told must be the personal experience of the storyteller. The actors and musicians listen carefully, the conductor shapes the story, and the enactment follows without planning or discussion. At its best, the “playback” reaches into the story behind the story, serving the storyteller by adding insight and art to what has been shared. There is no admission fee, but donations will be accepted for Guest House, a charity that helps Northern Virginia women make successful transitions from incarceration back into the community. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 202-537-8150 or emailing mundayb @ sidwell dot edu. Location: the Sidwell Friends Middle School Drama Studio, located at 3962 37th Street. Full details at:  

Sunday, February 28 from 5 - 7:30 PM, “Young Israel on Stage.” What is it like to try to be a “normal” twenty-something in the midst of war and uncertainty? AU Department of Performing Arts students perform excerpts of “The Guide to the Good Life,” an edgy, contemporary Israeli play by Yael Ronen. Following the scenes there will be a showing of “Operation Grandma”, an Israeli cult comedy about the military and kibbutz life, directed by Dror Shaul. The evening will end with a brief discussion and pizza reception in the Katzen Arts Center Rotunda, on Massachusetts Avenue at Ward Circle. Free, but RSVP requested at  

Monday, February 29 from 12:30 - 2 PM,”Race Relations in the United States,” a conversation with Dean Vali Nasr and Robert C. Lieberman, Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at The Johns Hopkins University, Moderated by Vali Nasr. Free, but reservations required at Location: The Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, The John Hopkins school of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW.   

Monday, February 29 from 1 - 5:30 PM AU’s 2nd Annual Public Affairs Forum considers “The Role of the Latino Vote in the 2016 Presidential Election.” What effects might Republican discourse and positions during the primary process have on this growing block of voters and how might these affect the election? Are Democrats effectively building on or losing their historical advantage among Latinos? Are there other, perhaps unforeseen, factors that might come into play to help determine the impact of the Latino vote on the election? Three different panels take on aspects of these questions in this afternoon-long series of discussions. Free, but please register at Forum schedule and panel participants listed at In the Abramson Family Founders Room of the School of International Service at American University, Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues NW.  

Monday, February 29 at 6 PM, Panel Discussion In Celebration of Black History Month: The Road to the Election of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia and Beyond. You are invited to join the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia & the Washington Bar Association for their Black History Month panel discussion. Eight current and former Attorneys General/Corporation Counsel will serve on the panel. This is a must-see event and an opportunity to hear from eight of the individuals who served as the District’s chief legal officer over the past 30 years.Co-sponsored by: Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia & Washington Bar Association. Free. At the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room, 4340 Connecticut Avenue, NW. More info:  

Monday, February 29 at 7 PM, Leap Day Leaping Contest - Best Two Out of Three. To celebrate an event that comes just once every four years, we will play leap frog….with a twist. Registered contestants will do one leap, and only one leap, with records taken for both height and length of the leap. Four years later, the same participants will come back and do their second leap on February 29, 2020. Four years after that, on February 29, 2024 the contestants will perform the third and final leap of the Leap Year Series, and the scores of their two best leaps will be added together, and the contestant with the best combined total will be declared the winner of the Leap Day Leaping Contest. Free. At Guy Mason Rec Center. You must commit to all three leaps (2016, 2020, 2024) when you register at:  

Tuesday, March 1 at 12:15 PM, “Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Police Encounters.” “Lonny the Street Lawyer” dissects the most controversial interaction that occurs on a daily basis: the government vs. the individual. This engagement usually manifests itself when law enforcement officers interact with a member of the public. Increasingly in the past few years, police interaction has become the point of discussion regarding individual rights, race, economic status, and the role of government. Having represented over 4,000 criminal defendants in his career, Lonny Bramzon has a comprehensive perspective on police encounters with the public. He will break down how these situations are initiated all the way through how they are resolved. He will explain what really, really goes down in our streets.Lonny Bramzon’s talk is one of the Spring 2016 series of lectures presented by The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. All lectures are free and open to the public, no reservation needed. In the Lower Level of Temple Baptist Church at 3850 Nebraska Ave. NW. For details on the full series, visit:  

Wednesday, March 2 from 6:45 - 8 PM, Making a Difference: How to Create Stem Cells and Have Their Products Change the World,” a lecture by Dr. Dominique Bergmann, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Department of Biology, Stanford University and adjunct staff member, Department of Plant Biology, Carnegie Institution for Science. Standing strong and silent, plants are all around us, both shaping our world and responding to it. Plants can live for hundreds, if not thousands of years, continuously renewing themselves through active stem cells, yet also avoiding cancer. What lessons might we learn about our own biological potential from a closer look at their life strategies? Free but registration required at At the Carnegie Institution, 1530 P Street NW.    

Wednesday, March 2 at 7 PM, Author Talk: “Things I Did When I Was Hangry.” Join author Annie Mahon for her talk on “Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating A Peaceful Relationship With Food.” After years of struggling with eating disorders and anxiety around food and eating, Annie Mahon figured that having a path, any path, is helpful. When she read The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, she changed her relationship with food and transformed nearly every aspect of her life. “In Things I Did When I Was Hangry,” Annie shares her path to mindful cooking and eating. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

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