Thursday, March 31, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S Mann
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 15,900+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, March 31 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Evolution of the DC Food Scene. Interested to find out what is in store for Washington DC's restaurants and how far we've come? Top chefs, restaurateurs, and other deeply involved in the food scene of our city will explore this topic through diverse approaches and points of view. Free, but RSVP required: Location: The Lohrfink Auditorium at the McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University 37th and O Streets, NW.

Thursday, March 31 at 7 PM, Screening of the CNN Original Series “Race for the White House: Kennedy v. Nixon,” followed by panel discussion, moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash, with panelists Kathleen Kennedy Townshend (President Kennedy’s niece), Amy Entelis, overseeing the CNN Original Series, and Matthew Dallek, an assistant professor at GWs Graduate School of Political Management. Free, but registration required at At the George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs, 805 21st Street NW, Jack Morton Auditorium.

Friday, April 1 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Giant White Elephant Sale at St. Eligius. Vast bargains at this spectacular white elephant sale! Unlike the typical white elephant sale full of cast-off clothing, ugly lamps, and sagging bookshelves, this one is actually selling white elephants - porcelain figurines, statuettes, and artworks in pachydermic form, from three inches high to massive life-size sculptures. Get rid of that garden gnome and replace it with a concrete elephant (must bring your own forklift to transport it). You’ll be talk of the neighborhood! Free and open to all. More details at

Friday, April 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Dupont Makers Event at Heurich House, featuring pop-ups by local designers Gaylia Wagner (jewelry) and Palo Borracho (handcrafted gifts). Guests are welcome to the explore the first floor of the house -- and be sure to visit Brewmaster Studios, located in the museum’s historic carriage house. This event is free and open to the public. At Heurich House Museum, 1307 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, April 2 at 8 PM, Concert: Edvinas Minkstimas, pianist. Lithuanian pianist Edvinas Minkstimas is widely regarded as one of Europe’s top emerging young pianists. He has performed throughout Europe and North America in solo and chamber music recitals, and as a soloist with orchestras. Among his many awards, he has taken top honors at the First Tchaikovsky International Competition for Young Musicians (Moscow), the International Knezkova- Hussey Piano Competition (Canada) and European Piano Days (France), among other festivals and competitions. He is Chair of the Piano Faculty of the Washington Conservatory of Music. Free (donations welcome). At the Washington Conservatory of Music, One Westmoreland Circle, Bethesda, MD. Full details at:

Sunday, April 3 at 5 PM, Concert by Larry Weng, Pianist - performing works by Beethoven, Chopin, Liszt, Ravel, and other classical composers. No admission charge but a free-will offering will be gratefully accepted. At the Church of the Annunciation, 3810 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Monday, April 4 at 12 noon, Lecture/Discussion: The Past and Future of the C&O Canal, presented by Maggie Downing, destination manager, the Georgetown Business Improvement District. The Georgetown BID and the National Park Service are working to restore and revitalize this National Historical Park. In this lecture and discussion, Downing will share their plans in the context of the history of this local favorite. Free - no reservations necessary. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW.

Tuesday, April 5 from 8:30 AM -  5 PM, “A Moment or a Movement? Why Black Lives Matter on the Path to Equitable Development in Washington DC,” a day-long series of events presented by the George Washington University and ONE DC. Bringing together residents from all parts of the DC area, organizers, students, developers, elected officials and all who are concerned with sustainable, equitable development, this conference will build on the ongoing efforts to create a more democratic and just community. Keynote discussion and interview with activist Bill Fletcher, Jr. begins at 9 AM, followed by a panel discussion with Gail Taylor, Three Part Harmony Farms, Dr. Lawrence Brown, Morgan State University, Zach Komes, Roosevelt Institute GWU, Omolara Williams McCallister, Black Lives Matter DMV, Rachelle Downs, Melanin Uprising, and moderated by Eugene Puryear. Walking DC Study Tours to Shaw, Anacostia, and Congress Heights leave from the GW campus at approximately 1:00 PM to explore issues and highlight effective organizing around resistance to displacement and gentrification, housing cooperatives and the Black Workers Center. Lunch will be provided prior to the tour, but cost of transportation through Metro to starting location will not be provided (approximate cost: $5-$7). Free - register by April 5: Location: The Cloyd Heck Marvin Center, Grand Ballroom, The George Washington University 800 21st Street NW.

Tuesday, April 5 at 7:30 PM, A Talk by Preservation Landscape Architect Glenn Stach, presented by the Cleveland Park Historical Society and the Tregaron Conservancy. Over 20 years ago, national preservation policies were restructured to address more holistically the future of historic sites and districts. Why then do we remain principally focused on the preservation of buildings, often overlooking the systems of the built and natural landscape? This talk reveals the value and necessity of addressing the broader cultural landscape in planning for the future of historic sites and districts. Refreshments will be served. The talk is free and open to everyone, but registration is required: At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street NW.

Wednesday, April 6 at 6 PM, Palisades Library Renovation Project - Community Meeting. This is the second community meeting for the Palisades Library renovation project. Hear from library staff and the design team about how the project is beginning to take shape and share your ideas. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW. More info: For more about the process and to access a survey, visit:

Wednesday, April 6 at 7 PM, Sarah Kaufman, the Pulitzer-Prize winning dance critic for The Washington Post, will discuss her book “The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life.” Her book studies people who have lived with grace – from Cary Grant to Barack Obama. It’s a joyful manual for easing anyone’s way through the world. With warmth, humor, and an ever-perceptive eye, Kaufman sifts the graceful from the graceless, celebrating heart-catching moments of physical elegance in sports, movies, dance, fashion, and music; rare sightings of celebrity grace; the secrets of gracious hosts; and grace found unexpectedly, in the kitchen of a high-end restaurant and among strippers in a basement bar. Kaufman’s thought-provoking reflections on these physical and social acts of grace offer hope for even the clumsiest, most awkward among us. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW.  

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