Thursday, January 26, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Wikipedia Year of the Rooster
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 16,600+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

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Thursday, January 26 from 7 - 9 PM, “Not a Time for Silence: Personal Reflections on a Nation in Transition.” Please join us as six AU faculty members speak from their personal and professional experience about the current political discourse, potential policies, and their implications. This event is structured to include as many perspectives as possible. Audience members may submit questions and offer comments or concerns prior to the event through the link at the site: The faculty will read as many comments as possible aloud and will make efforts to incorporate these comments into the evening. There will be two public comment periods as well. Register at: Free. At the Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW   

Friday, January 27 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch & a Movie at Guy Mason Recreation Center. The movie is “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen” starring Ian McEwan, Kristen Scott-Thomas and Emily Blunt. Assortment of games available starting at 11 AM; lunch is at 12 noon (lunch reservations needed to be called in to 202-727-7527 in by Jan 25); movie starts at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW.  

Friday, January 27 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: A Previously Unknown Portrait of Admiral de Grasse. Emily Schulz Parsons, deputy director and curator, presents a previously unknown portrait of Revolutionary War naval hero Admiral de Grasse wearing a Society of the Cincinnati Eagle insignia. The oil portrait was painted around 1820, possibly by a follower of Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the painting. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:     

Friday, January 27 at 4 PM, Chinese Folktales & Crafts. In honor of the Lunar New Year, we'll be reading some Chinese folktales and making dragon puppets and fans while enjoying a Chinese snack. This program is recommended for all ages. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Saturday January 28 at 11:45 AM, “Enter the Dragon” Film Showing. In celebration of Chinese New Year, watch one of the most popular Kung Fu films ever. In "Enter the Dragon", Bruce Lee is a martial-arts expert determined to help capture the narcotics dealer whose gang was responsible for his sister's death. Lee uses his skills to enter a Kung Fu competition and then tries to chop, kick, and otherwise fight his way into the dealer's headquarter. Essential viewing for martial arts fans. Free popcorn, as well as free admission. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, more info:
Saturday, January 28 at 1 PM, Introduction to Chinese New Year. Chinese New Year begins on January 28 and 2017 will be the year of the Rooster. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is excited to have Mindy Wang from the Washington School of Chinese Language and Culture come and give an introduction to Chinese New Year traditions. Free. Send any questions to kingta.tsui @ dc dot gov. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St NW,

Saturday, January 28, Historical Society of DC Tours. The Historical Society of Washington, DC is offering free tours of the Carnegie Library and its exhibit, Window to Washington. Prior registration recommended (use links below). 12 noon: Historic Carnegie Library Tour: Ever wonder about the history of the Carnegie Library on Mt. Vernon Square? Take a guided tour of the building and learn about the more than 115 years of history of the Carnegie Library. Entrusted by the US Congress to the Historical Society of Washington, DC in 1999, this 30 minute tour sheds light on a Washington landmark. Register at: 1 PM: A Fond Farewell to the Window to Washington Exhibit. Don't miss this last chance to take a guided tour of Window to Washington, which explores the development of our nation's capital, featuring the Kiplinger Washington Collection. Tour will be led by Library & Collections Director, Anne McDonough. Register at:  2 PM: History Carnegie Library Tour, repeat of the 12 noon tour. Register at: The Carnegie Library is at 801 K St NW.

Sunday, January 29, 7 - 9 PM,  Revels Pub Sing at McGinty’s. Join Washington Revels for its 11th annual Pub Sing at McGinty's and enjoy celebratory, glass-raising songs from England, Ireland, Scotland, Quebec, Denmark, and other cultures — it’s a great way to celebrate the many people and cultures that make up our beautifully diverse country. Purchase your tickets in advance online at; seating is limited. Adults: $20; Youth (ages 13 to 18): $15; Kids (12 and under): $10. Tickets at the door, space permitting: Adults: $23; Youth (ages 13 to 18): $18;  Kids (12 and under): $13. McGinty’s Public House is at 911 Ellsworth Dr, Silver Spring, MD. Free parking on weekends in nearby Wayne Ave and Fenton St garages.  

Sunday, January 29 at 3 PM, The Navy Band Brass Quartet will perform at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW. The free concert will be followed by a reception and a show of art from Kibera, an informal settlement in Nairobi, Kenya. That morning at 10 AM in the Great Hall there will be a talk by Margaret Halpin, curator of the show, who has worked a lot with the children of Kibera. No charge, plentiful parking (enter parking lot from New Mexico Ave.).  

Sunday, January 29 at 2 PM, DC’s Annual Chinese New Year Parade. It’s the Year of the Rooster! Celebrate the Lunar New Year by joining Mayor Muriel Bowser for the parade and festivities in DC’s Chinatown. This event will consist of traditional lion & dragon dances, marching bands, Kung Fu demonstrations, Chinese-American beauty pageant winners and an exciting firecracker finale! Free. The parade starts at 6th and I Streets NW. More info at:

Sunday, January 29 at 2 PM, Year of the Chicken Counter-March. Join with women and men who support a Year of Equality of Annual Animals in the Chinese Calendar and Horoscope (YEAACCH), and march in protest of the designation of “The Year of the Rooster” instead of the more inclusive and gender-neutral “Year of the Chicken.” This action is needed in all English-speaking countries around the world where the translation of the Chinese word “ji” is given in the male form -- it’s unfair to hens! In Chinese the word “ji” means chicken, and if you want to specify the sex of the chicken, you must say so explicitly. In 2017 it’s time to ditch the sexism of the English translation, but that will happen only if the people speak up! So come to DC’s annual Chinese New Year Parade at 6th and I Streets NW and join in the contingent marching under the banner of YEAACCH. You must register in advance at:

Sunday, January 29, 6:30 - 8:30 PM Square Dance for Beginners. Instructions begin promptly at 6:30 PM. A fun evening of instruction, square dancing, and light refreshments. Live caller. Invite your friends and form your own square (8 people) Singles and couples welcome. Friendship Heights Village Center, 4433 South Park Avenue (3 blocks northwest of Friendship Heights Metro stop). $5 per person (ages 7-12 free, when accompanied by a paying adult). Advance registration required. Room capacity: 50  people. Names will be accepted for a waiting list after room capacity is reached. Advance payment guarantees admission; full refund available before January 27. For information: Lee FHVsquaredance-owner @ yahoogroups dot com or 301-229-2346 from noon - 8 PM.   

Monday, January 30 from 10 - 11:30 AM, A Visitor’s Guide to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion - a presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion in 1727 to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday services in Leipzig’s St. Thomas’s Church. Nearly three centuries later, this masterpiece is regarded as a pillar of Western sacred music. Nancy Jo Snider, OLLI’s beloved music mentor who will perform the piece in March with the Washington Bach Consort, will guide her audience through the music that relates the journey of Jesus to the cross with poetic scope and a spiritual depth that transcends religion. Cellist Nancy Jo Snider is the Director of the Music Program at AU and Senior Professorial Lecturer. She is active as a performer, educator, and administrator in the Washington area and internationally. Free. Registration opens on Friday on Eventbrite: At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, just northeast of Ward Circle.

Tuesday, January 31 from 10 - 11:30 AM, “Who Gets What: Victim Compensation After Tragedy.” Speaker: Kenneth Feinberg, The September 11 attacks, the BP oil spill, the Boston Marathon bombings, and the Orlando night club shootings: each was a disaster in its own right requiring compensation for lives lost, bodies maimed, or ecosystems upended. How does society compensate innocent victims? How do policy makers tailor the law to respond to unique catastrophes? How do they address practical and philosophical issues of using money to atone for loss and reflect individual worth? Usually they call Compensation Czar Kenneth Feinberg. Kenneth Feinberg was the Special Master of the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund and the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster Fund and administered the victim assistance fund for the Boston Marathon Bombings. He practices law in Washington, DC, and currently is a special employee of departments of Treasury and Justice. Registration opens on Friday at Eventbrite: Free. At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, just northeast of Ward Circle.   

Thursday, February 2 from 10 - 11:30 AM, The Changing Face of American Sports. Speaker: George Solomon. From the “Golden Age” of the 1920s to the current state of mega contracts, billion-dollar television deals, and major athletes as national celebrities, George Solomon will discuss how big sports have become big business in America. For more than 40 years, Solomon has reported on the shifting professional sports landscape that today is defined by mergers, expansions, broadcast revenues, and market valuation. One of the leading sports journalists in the country, George Solomon was Assistant Managing Editor in charge of the sports section of The Washington Post from 1975 to 2003, where he built a formidable daily section that transcended sports. He is currently Director of the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at the University of Maryland. Registration at Eventbrite opens on Friday: Free. At AU’s Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

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