Wednesday, April 6, 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, April 7 from 10 AM - 6:30 PM, UDC Law School Symposium: “Legal Strategies for an Emerging Civil Rights Movement: Protest Movements of the 1960s to #BlackLivesMatter." At the David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room, University of the District of Columbia, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free, but registration required at

Thursday, April 7 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “The Man with the (Urban) Plan” -  A DC Humanitini Happy Hour event. As part of DC’s 225th birthday celebration, DC Humanitini hosts a Happy Hour talk focusing on the legacy of Civil War Brigadier General Montgomery C. Meigs, who laid the foundation for the city’s current urban plan. Meigs made his mark on the city ordering the construction of bridges, the Washington Aqueduct, and serving on a committee responsible for choosing the final plan for the city's Civil War defenses. Modern planners and local community leaders will discuss the legacy of Meigs' work, and how it has helped or hindered the physical and social development of the city. Panelists include DC historians, planners and anthropologists. Free. At Busboys and Poets at 14th & V Street NW. Register at

Friday April 8 at 12 PM, Lunch and a Movie, “The Taming of the Shrew,” starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. No reservations needed for the movie, which starts at 1 PM. The deadline for lunch reservations was Wednesday, April 6.

Friday, April 8 at 6 PM, Crush Funk Brass Band Concert on the field at Guy Mason Recreation Center, hosted by the Friends of Guy Mason and Erin Sobanski of Long & Foster. Free. Food trucks will be on hand. At 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info:

Saturday, April 9 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Arts on the Bloc - annual studio tour. This year’s theme is “Garden Arts” - see Tour our creative space; meet our talented apprentice artists. Refreshments; Raffle; Mosaic-making; Fun for all ages! Free admission. Studio is at 4218 Howard Ave., 3rd Floor, Kensington,MD. Parking available behind the building.

Saturday, April 9 at 1 PM, Peabody Room Series: Frederick Law Olmsted: Designing Democracy’s Great Outdoors. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, will discusses how America’s first landscape architect made the US Capitol’s grounds, gardens, and veranda sing of democracy. In the Peabody Room (3rd Floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Saturday, April 9 from 7 - 9 PM, Levine Music’s JazzFest: Open Jam Session - The Great American Songbook. Join Levine Music Jazz Program Chair Gary Prince (guitar/bass), along with faculty members, Jeffrey Chappell (piano), Andrew Hare (drums), and Matthew Stuver (saxophone) for an open jam session focusing on the music of The Great American Songbook. The Jazz Jam is open to instrumentalists and vocalists of all ages and skill levels, as well as those who simply prefer to listen. Amplifiers, pianos, and drum kits are provided. At the DC Campus: 2801 Upton Street NW, Lang Recital Hall.  Open to the public to play and observe. Free with RSVP at

Sunday, April 10 from 2 - 4 AM, Infant ScreamFest. Parents of newborns to six-month-olds are often up in the wee hours with a colicky baby. Haven’t you ever wondered whether your middle-of-the-night screamer would chime in with other babies if he or she had the chance? Now you can find out! When your baby has you up late on Saturday night or super-early on a Sunday morning, don’t walk the floor -- strap the baby into a carseat and drive to the Syncopation Room at UDC’s Performance Studios where you can meet other parents of crying babies, while our musicians provide a backbeat and some jazz riffs on various instruments (the “wailing sax” and "wheezing accordian" among others) and see if we can get the babies to turn into a chorus. Earplugs provided, or bring your own. Free, but please register and fill out liability waiver at

Sunday, April 10 at 3 PM, Concert by pianist Ralitza Patcheva, cellist Vasily Popov, and flutist Nikolai Popov (from the Bolshoi Orchestra), performing trios and duets by Beethoven, von Weber, Villa-Lobos, and others. This free concert is presented by the the Arts Council of Metropolitan Memorial UMC and will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of recent photos of Cuba by Yvonnick Renard. Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. More info:

Sunday, April 10 at 3:30 PM, “The 3 Trebles Festival” concert, featuring the Children’s Chorus of Washington, the Boston Children’s Chorus, and the Princeton GirlChoir. Free. At St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, 4700 Whitehaven Parkway NW,   

Sunday, April 10 at 2 PM, Author talk: Dolen Perkins-Valdez, author of the bestselling “Wench” will discusses her new novel “Balm.” The story takes place during the Civil War era, exploring the next chapter of history - the trauma of the Civil War and the end of slavery.  This program is presented as part of the Spring Author Series at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library.  Ms. Perkins-Valdez will be in conversation with Bernardine (Dine) Watson, a writer/poet who was recently appointed to the Ward 4 Arts and Humanities Committee. Free. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar Street NW,

Monday, April 11 at 12 noon, “Alexander Graham Bell in Washington.” Carlene Stephens, curator at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, oversees a collection of recently re-discovered early sound recordings made in the 1880s by Alexander Graham Bell in his Volta Laboratory in Washington, DC. Learn about Bell's research on recorded sound and his life in a city that, in his time, brimmed with science, technology, and invention. Free. At the George Washington Unversity Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St NW. More info:

Tuesday, April 12 at 7 PM, Parenting Without Power Struggles, presented by Claire Lerner, L.C.S.W.-C. Claire Lerner has served as the Director of Parenting Resources at Zero to Three for over 18 years, overseeing the development of all parenting content, print and digital. She is the author of over 100 parenting publications and articles in addition to podcast and video series’ for parents and professionals. Claire has also been a practicing clinician for over 27 years, providing parent education and consultation to families with young children. Free. No RSVP necessary. At the Community Preschool of the Palisades, 5200 Cathedral Ave. NW,

Wednesday, April 13 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Lincoln Ideas Forum. Notable thinkers in a variety of fields will convene at President Lincoln's Cottage for a dynamic symposium discussing the intersection of their contemporary work with President Lincoln's life and legacy. Following their presentations, the audience will have an opportunity to share their thoughts and ask questions generated by the themes and issues discussed. Participants include Lincoln scholars, experts on modern slavery, and civil war historians, among others. For all the details about this event and to RSVP, go to This is a free public program, but space is limited to 60 attendees. Location: President Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road, NW  

Wednesday, April 13 at 7 PM, Screening of the documentary film "Making a Killing: Guns, Greed, and the NRA." Featuring personal stories from people across our nation, "Making a Killing" puts a face on the survivors, victims, and families whose lives have been altered forever by gun violence. The film also exposes how powerful gun companies and the NRA are resisting responsible legislation for the sake of profit.Visit to learn more and RSVP for this event. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

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