Thursday, November 17, 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 16,500+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, November 18 at 12:30 PM, Portrait of Alexander Hamilton, lecture by curator Emily Schulz Parsons as part of the “Lunch Bites” series from the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House. Alexander Hamilton’s death in 1804 following his duel with Aaron Burr inspired scores of published eulogies, prints, and other public memorials. Among them was a series of small oil portraits painted by William J. Weaver for Hamilton’s friends and admirers. Completed by 1806, the profile portraits emphasize Hamilton’s military career, depicting him in the uniform of a U.S. Army brigadier general. They also represent Hamilton during the period when he served as the second president general of the Society of the Cincinnati (1800-1804). Emily Schulz Parsons, deputy director and curator, presents the Society’s recently acquired example of Weaver’s portrait of Hamilton — one of only a dozen to survive. Her talk will explore the history and technique of Weaver’s portraits, as well as the Washington, D.C., provenance of the Society’s example, which was once owned by George Washington Riggs, co-founder of Riggs Bank. This program is held in conjunction with the exhibition Boom! Artillery in the American Revolution (October 1, 2016-March 26, 2017). The talk will last about 30 minutes with time afterwards for questions and up-close viewing of the painting. Free. Anderson House is 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday November 18 at 1:30 PM, “ A Taste of Jewish Soul Music — from Eastern Europe to the Shores of America” - Lecture by Caron Dale. Learn about the roots of klezmer music and Yiddish song with a musical demonstration and a little zingen a lang (sing-a-long), too. This discussion will offer a short history of the Yiddish language, life in the shtetl, Yiddish on the stage and in Hollywood, and klezmer as a form of communication. Come prepared for a journey of centuries, culture and art, and be prepared to use your vocal cords. Caron Dale is founder and lead vocalist for Lox & Vodka, the widely acclaimed Klezmer, Jewish and American music group. She is a WPAS performer, a well-reviewed songwriter, Cantorial Soloist of Hevrat Shalom and founder and CEO of the non-profit, Chords of Courage. For reservations go to: Presented by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at American University, Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Room A (101). More info:

Friday, November 18 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM, Art Opening/wine and cheese reception. Come enjoy the works of local artist Kathy Karlson on display throughout Hera Hub DC - meet the artist and celebrate her work. All of the pieces are for sale through February. Free. Hera Hub DC is at 5028 Wisconsin Ave NW #100. RSVP here:

Friday, November 18 at 7:30 PM and Saturday November 19 at 2:30 and at 7:30 PM, Wilson High School Theater program presents Urinetown, the Musical. Inspired by the works of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill, Urinetown tells the story of a Gotham-like city in the grips of a terrible water shortage that has led to  a government-enforced ban on private toilets. The citizens must use public amenities, regulated by a single malevolent company that profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs. Amid the people, a hero decides he's had enough, and plans a revolution to lead them all to freedom! Tickets for evening shows are $15 for adults, $5 for students, $5 for all at the matinee. Buy at the door or reserve in advance by emailing Wilsondramatickets @ gmail dot com. At Wilson High School Auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. More info:

Saturday, November 19 from 10 AM - 3 PM, Washington Waldorf School’s 42nd Annual Fall Bazaar, featuring: crafts, games, puppet shows, 30+ vendors, unusual toys, books, art supplies and more! At 4800 Sangamore Road in Bethesda. Tickets for puppet show and some activities are $1 each. Details at:

Saturday, November 19 at 1 PM, Game On! The International Games Day Edition. Celebrate International Games Day with fun board games starting at 1 PM. Our main event for the day will be a Mario Kart video game racing tournament. Prizes will be awarded to the top racers. Preliminary races will be from 1:30 - 2:30 PM., with the final grand prix starting at 2:40 p.m., and a Mario Cart Tournament where you could win prizes, starting at 1:30. For all ages. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, November 19 from 3 - 8:30 PM, Gun Violence Prevention Event at Temple Sinai. This free afternoon film and panel discussion featuring Jamie Raskin, Chicago Sun Times DC Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet, Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research Director Daniel Webster and others runs from 3 - 6:30 PM. A dinner (at $20) with speakers follows. Register at for the free programs or the programs + dinner. At Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW.

Sunday, November 20 from 9 AM - 3 PM, Chanukah Mart at Temple Sinai - food, wine tasting, bake sale, kids’ activities, vendors, and more. Free admission. At Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW.

Sunday, November 20 at 2 PM, Concert: World Percussion Ensemble. In this exciting afternoon of rhythmic exploration, the World Percussion Ensemble presents a program that includes works by some of America's prominent percussion ensemble composers, along with original compositions by members of the WPE. Free. At the Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University, 37th & O St NW,

Monday, November 21 at 12:30 PM, Author Talk, “Walt Whitman in Washington, DC: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet,” by writer, lecturer and tour guide Garrett Peck.  Free. Refreshments will be served at 12:30. In the vestry of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Free parking available.

Tuesday, November 22 at 4 PM, Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids. Kids of all ages can drop in to make a Thanksgiving Day themed craft. Free. At the Palisades Library 4901 V Street NW,

Thursday, November 24 from 12 noon to 2 PM, Thanksgiving Community Dinner hosted by St. Alban’s Episcopal Church and the Washington Hebrew Congregation. Free - reservations required at At St. Alban's Episcopal Church, 3001 Wisconsin Ave NW. To volunteer or donate food for this event, please register at Information for volunteers and Thanksgiving guests at:

Thursday, November 24 starting at 12:30 PM, "Hanksgiving" is the non-football-watcher’s way to spend Thanksgiving Day….and who better to spend it with than all-American movie star and all-around nice guy, Tom Hanks? Let “Hanksgiving” become the start of a new American tradition of watching Tom Hanks movies, streaming to your computer if all the TV screens in your house are taken over by football fans. Start with “Big” and move on to “Splash,” then “Sleepless in Seattle” and “You’ve Got Mail.” Save the heavy-hitting dramas (choose from: “Philadelphia,” “Sully,” “Captain Phillips,” “Saving Private Ryan,” “Cast Away” and more) for after the Thanksgiving meal, and then put the kids to bed with Toy Story, and finally, for the true Hanksgiving devotee, watch “That Thing You Do!” Free, if you have a fast computer connection and access to a source of old movies online. Whether you do or not, this is the weekly fake event. 

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