Wednesday, April 27, 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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @  

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, April 28, all day, Food & Friends Dining Out for Life Day. More than 65 restaurants throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area will donate 25% - 110% of their proceeds to Food & Friends. Simply by dining out, you'll ensure that thousands of children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses, receive the daily, nutritious meals so vital to their care. For info on participating restaurants and reservations, visit:    

Thursday, April 28 at 6:30 PM, “Migrants, Refugees, Citizens: Arriving in Europe” - A Conversation with Author Maxi Obexer. Maxi Obexer will present excerpts from her recent drama Illegal Helpers (2016), which tells the stories of civil society heroes and heroines before the phrase ‘welcome culture’ existed. In addition, she will read from her essay The Longest Summer, in which she reflects on her own path as an EU citizen from South Tyrol, Italy who applied for German citizenship. She also reflects on and compares her situation to that of undocumented refugees with whom she shares a train to Berlin, and to the complicated status of many migrants living in Europe isolated from one another and yet bound by the invisible threads of bureaucratic terms and categories. The author will discuss her work in English with Professor Katrin Sieg (Center for German and European Studies, Georgetown University). Discussion followed by a light reception. Free. At the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St NW. Please register at:

Thursday, April 28 at 7:30 PM, Washington, DC’s Trolleys and Streetcars - a talk by John DeFerrari, author of  “Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, DC.” Streetcars were a fixture in Washington, DC from 1862 to 1962 when streetcar transit was discontinued. For nearly 100 years, streetcars were a familiar sight on Wisconsin Avenue and throughout the city. Mr. DeFerrari writes the “Streets of Washington” blog and has authored two additional books: “Lost Washington, DC” and “Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC: Capital Eats.” Free; registration required by email to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ yahoo dot com. At Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, NW. More info:  

Friday, April 29 at 11 AM, El Dia de los Ninos/El Dia de los Libros. Celebrate Children's Day/ Book Day with this special program featuring Latin Grammy Award nominee 123 Con Andrés!
Sing, dance, and try out new rhythms and Spanish words with Andrés as he takes children on a musical journey through different Latin American cultures. Free. For children ages birth to 5. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,     

Friday, April 29 through Sunday, May 1, Georgetown French Market, a three-day sidewalk festival. Shops, restaurants, and galleries along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road are putting on an open-air market with French fare, live music, and all kinds of family activities. Street performers, street food including French pastries and other delights. Fun for all ages. From 10 AM - 5 PM on Friday and Saturday, 12 noon - 5 PM on Sunday.     

Saturday, April 30 from 10 AM on, International Jazz Day celebrated in DC throughout the day, in various locations, many around Dupont Circle, including jazz concerts, discussions, films, and collaborative performances. Some performances are free; others have a cover charge. Full schedule and information on registration at   

Saturday, April 30 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Revolutionary War Encampment: The First Oval Office. Long before the White House, George Washington’s “Oval Office” was a humble camp tent. On April 30, to celebrate its Bicentennial, Tudor Place welcomes a beautiful reproduction of this historic structure to the grand South Lawn. See and experience how America’s future first President slept, ate, and strategized during critical moments of the Revolutionary War. Examine women’s roles in Revolutionary War camps and on the battlefield. Experience Colonial life through interactive candle-making demonstrations and mixing your own tea blends. Read, hear, and discuss stories of African Americans’ role in the Revolution in the historic Conservatory. Washington Camp Tent on loan from the Museum of the American Revolution. Free with advance registration at; $5 per person at door. Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st St NW.   

Saturday,  April 30, from 5 - 7 PM, SoleilArt "Pop Up" Exhibit at the new La-Z-Boy Furniture Gallery, Logan Circle, 1328 14th Street NW. Meet artist and creator, Judith L. Smith, Street parking available. Close to McPherson and Dupont Metros.  

Saturday, April 30 at 3 PM, The Georgetown Chorale presents its 2016 Spring Benefit Concert, "Now Nearer Blow the Bugles." Ralph Vaughan Williams’s powerful Dona Nobis Pacem is presented in the composer’s rarely heard arrangement for strings and piano. Blending the Civil War poetry of Walt Whitman with the cry for peace of the Agnus Dei, the cantata resonates as a tribute to servicemen and women of all nations, a fitting link with the Chorale’s 2015-2016 beneficiary, the Sergeant Sullivan Fund (SSF) of the National Jewish Health. Founded in memory of Marine Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, the SSF raises funds for medical research related to the prevention and treatment of deployment-related illnesses. Choral works by Handel and Parry round out our spring benefit program. Advance tickets: Adults: $25; Students/Children: $15 available online through midnight April 29, 2016 at Tickets at the door: $30; Students/Children: $15. At First Congregational United Church of Christ, 945 G Street, NW.  

Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 AM, Lecture: The Israeli Mind by Dr. Alon Gratch. The Israeli national character, emerging from the depth of Jewish history and the drama of the Zionist struggle, presents a compelling if disturbing portrait, according to Alon Gratch. Dr. Gratch, an Israeli-American clinical psychologist and author, draws on a broad cultural and historical canvas and weaves in personal and professional experience, in his new book, "The Israeli Mind: How the Israeli National Character Shapes Our World." Learn more about this event, which is free and open to the public, at This lecture is part of the Amram speaker series at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.  

Sunday, May 1 at 11 AM, A Walk along the Georgetown Waterfront. Meet at the fountain at the Georgetown Waterfront Park at Wisconsin Avenue and K Street NW and stroll the Georgetown Waterfront Park to various overlooks, sharing the history of how Georgetown went from an active port town to a vibrant community. Free. Ages 7 and older,    

Sunday, May 1 from 1 - 4 PM, The 5th Annual Running of the Chihuahuas. Enjoy an early celebration of Cinco de Mayo at The Wharf at 600 Water Street SW to watch the Chihuahuas race! No, this is NOT the weekly fake event! We’re not even putting in a weekly fake event this week, because we couldn’t make up anything as good as this real event! Racing entry fees benefit Rural Dog Rescue. In addition to watching the racing pups, you can also listen to live music, drink beer and buy food from food trucks. Free admission. More info at  

Tuesday, May 3 from 5 - 9 PM, The 4th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan. Stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhoods. Purchase tickets (either 4/$25 or 8/$40) and you're off to explore Adams Morgan! Each ticket is valid for 1 taste at any of the participating restaurants, highlighting their signature dishes or cocktails. Pick up tickets from Little Shop of Flowers, 2421 18th St NW, the day of the event. Taste Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes they are offering will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your culinary adventure. Purchase online at - proceeds benefit Mary’s Center,  

Wednesday, May 4 at 4 PM, “May the Fourth Be With You - A Star Wars Celebration.” The Palisades Neighborhood Library invites you to celebrate May the Fourth with all things Star Wars. ​Dressing up as your favorite Star Wars character is highly encouraged! Make Star Wars themed crafts, decorate an edible Wookie Cookie, and test your lightsaber skills on a piñata, then at 5 PM, settle in for a showing of Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens. All ages welcome. Free. Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street NW,      

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM, Author Talk by Joe Riener. Join former Wilson high school teacher Joe Riener is the author of two informative nonfiction titles, “Teach Me How to Work and Keep Me Kind” and “Puzzle Me the Right Answer to That One.” Both volumes assert that high school students are quite capable of considering powerful intellectual and emotional matters from the literature they read. This book seeks to honor the noble humanity of young people, despite the many assaults on their dignity in our culture. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,      

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: French Garden Spirit. Art Historian Vanessa Badre will stop by the Meeting Room to discuss her research on French gardens. "From the marvel of the ancient world, the Hanging Gardens of Babylon to the mythologic Garden of the Hesperides, from the Virgin Mary hortus conclusus to Venus garden of The Dream of Poliphilus, the garden belongs both to myth and reality. It feeds our imagination. What is the spirit of the French formal garden, the famous type of garden which inspired the entirety of 17th century Europe? Geometrical lines imposing order to nature, reveal a vision of the world where man is "master and owner of nature" as wrote French philosopher René Descartes. The garden is a microcosm which expresses the desire of an everlasting power." Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,       

Wednesday, May 4 at 7 PM, “Journey into Europe.” Film Screening and Discussion with Ambassador Akbar Ahmed. Europe today confronts complicated and controversial issues surrounding its Muslim population, including Sharia law, terrorism, the building of mosques, and the pressures of immigration and multiculturalism. With the recent attacks by ISIS in Brussels, these issues are increasingly pressing for Europeans. On Wednesday, May 4 at 7:00 pm at Washington Hebrew Congregation (3935 Macomb Street NW), Ambassador Akbar Ahmed joins us for a Congregational Conversations Keynote where we will screen his documentary, “Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity” and reflect on the challenges of interfaith conflict presented in Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's book, “Not in God's Name.” Ambassador Ahmed, a world-renowned Muslim anthropologist, will give us an in-depth look at Muslim life across Europe and the attitudes and perceptions of Europeans regarding their Muslim neighbors. Learn more at Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW, More about the film at  

Thursday, May 5 at 6:30 PM, The Cleveland & Woodley Park Village 2nd Annual Spring Fling - It’s a Fiesta! Come celebrate!  It’s Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy a night of dancing and toe-tapping to the sounds of Doc Scantlin and his Imperial Palms Orchestra! Enjoy our guest speaker, neighbor and author, Judith Viorst! Sign up for a Cleveland & Woodley Park Village Salon Event. Join local celebrities and experts on a variety of topics in our neighbor’s homes. Or try your luck to place the winning bid at our silent auction. Try for seats at a Nationals game, or a week at a Montana ranch near Yellowstone National Park. Tickets benefit the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, starting at $150: available at . Questions? Please email info @ clevelandwoodleyparkvillage dot org.

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