Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Get Out! The Events Column

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 May 26 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Wit’s End Puppets’ Performance: Saudade. Join President Lincoln’s Cottage and the American Immigration Council for a shadow puppet performance of “Saudade,” illuminating the immigrant experience in Washington, DC. Saudade runs 45 minutes and is intended for audiences ages 10 and up. The performance will be followed by a group discussion. Free, but registration required at At President Lincoln's Cottage - 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

Friday, May 27 from 11 - 11:45 AM, Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing. This lively 45-minute walk with an expert traces the history and horticulture of the centuries-old trees, heirloom plants and flowers, and abundant English boxwood shrubs that thrive in the 5½-acre landscape of Tudor Place Historic House & Gardens. Learn how Tudor Place’s design reflects its Federal-period origins and how land use changed over time. See where orchards, stables, and grazing land made way for lawns, fountains and stately garden “rooms.” Learn to identify species cultivated here for two centuries, and find out how four owners cared for their estate over six generations, as Georgetown and the Federal City grew around it. Free to Tudor Place members, $10 for non-members. Walk-ins welcome, or reserve online at Tudor Place is at 1644 31st St NW. 

Friday, May 27 at 7 PM, “Protecting mankind's cultural heritage in crisis areas” - a talk by Alessandro Bianchi, with the participation of Aparna Tandon. This event is presented by the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute in Washington DC and it is part of the "Protecting our Heritage" initiative, a program supported by UNESCO and organized by the Washington Network of the European Union National Institutes of Culture (EUNIC) to raise awareness on the need to act against the growing threats posed to cultural heritage by wars, international terrorism, criminal organizations, climate challenges - or more simply, by neglect. Doors open between 6 - 6:55 PM. Photo ID and QR code reservation required - go to: Free. At the Embassy of Italy, 3300 Whitehaven St NW.  

Saturday, May 28 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Run of the Mill.” Miller Jeanne Minor and the Friends of Peirce Mill invite you to drop in and discover Washington DC's only surviving gristmill in action. Be sure and explore the exhibits and watch the film in adjacent Peirce Barn as well. Children's activities also available. Free. Peirce Mill is at the corner of Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW. Events repeat on Sunday. More info:  

Saturday, May 28 National Hamburger Non-event Day. The “Get Out!” columns strives to represent all the significant goings-on for all official and unofficial holidays in and around our neighborhood and our city, and so we were eager to find local events for National Hamburger Day on May 28. But when we scoured the internet looking for local burger joints giving out free burgers and discounts, we came up empty. Maybe it’s because our local hamburger joints are lacking in search-engine optimization for their promotions. Or maybe they are just pathetic slackers, who do not appreciate the significance of this iconic national day. Whatever the reason, the absence of any real event on this date turns this entry into the weekly fake event. Hamburger joints of DC, please do better next year!  

Sunday, May 29 at 6 PM, Artist Talk: Sweden's Mats Ek on 40 years as a Dance Rebel. Swedish choreographer and director Mats Ek will talk about his 40 years as one of the world's most renowned ballet choreographers and directors. Moderated by Sarah Kaufman, dance critic at The Washington Post. Doors 5:30 pm; Talk at 6 PM followed by a reception. Free, but RSVP to attend is required through At the House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW. 

Monday, May 30 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Memorial Day program at Lincoln’s Cottage and US Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home. Commemorate Memorial Day with guided tours of the United States Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Home National Cemetery. Visited by President Abraham Lincoln, the Soldiers' Home National Cemetery is notable for being the first national cemetery (est. 1861) and for serving as the final resting place for John Logan, who formalized Memorial Day celebrations in 1868. Wreath laying ceremony at John Logan Mausoleum at 10 AM. Cemetery tours at 10:45 AM and 12:30 PM, Tours last approximately 30-45 minutes. Registration is free -- go to Please register at Registrants are asked to gather at the bandstand adjacent to President Lincoln's Cottage 30 minutes prior to each scheduled event, so that Cottage staff can lead them over to the nearby Soldiers' Home Cemetery. President Lincoln's Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

Tuesday, May 31 at 10 AM, A Conversation with Martin Baron. The hero of the Oscar-winning Best Picture of the Year is Martin Baron, now the executive editor of The Washington Post. From The Post's new offices on K Street, Baron directs coverage of Washington, the nation, and the world in a brutal business environment of competition and change. On his watch, Baron has welcomed home a reporter extracted from an infamous Iranian prison and added three Pulitzer prizes to his previous seven. His broad experience in the trenches of many of the nation’s leading newspapers has shaped the man who has been called the best editor in America.  As journalists scramble to cope with a society that is already digital and increasingly mobile, his managing perspective includes this warning: adapt or fail. He will be interviewed by 30-year veteran Post reporter and editor Judy Havemann. This program is a presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University. Free. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,   

Tuesday, May 31 from 7:30 - 8:30 PM, "Labyrinth Journeys" - documentary film premiere. Filmmaker Cintia Cabib presents her documentary, "Labyrinth Journeys" a half-hour film telling  the stories of adults, teenagers and children who walk the labyrinth at seven locations in the Washington, DC metropolitan, showing how they use this ancient pathway as a tool for healing, rehabilitation, meditation, stress reduction, spiritual awareness, and playful exploration. Free admission. At Washington National Cathedral's Charles A. Perry Auditorium, 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW. For details about the event, visit   

Wednesday, June 1 from 6:30 - 8:00 PM, Why Knowledge Matters: The Need for a Rich Curriculum, from the Earliest Grades. Featuring Dan Willingham, a noted cognitive scientist and professor at the University of Virginia. Willingham will discuss the role of history, social studies, science, and the arts in educating students who are strong readers, can think critically, and solve problems - the kinds of skills that we hope our kids will take from their schooling and bring into their post high school academic, civic, and employment lives. The Office of the State Superintendent of Education and the State Board of Education are poised to consider revisions to DC’s current accountability rules and to high school graduation standards. The question of what is fundamental to students’ education is a critical one. At McKinley High School, 151 T Street NE. For more info and to register for this free event, go to:

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