Thursday, February 2, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Bobcat Ollie
Photo by Smithsonian National Zoo
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 @ 

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler 
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 2 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, “DC Culture and the Michelin Guide.” In 2016, the Michelin Guide awarded DC its first ever restaurant guide, with a scattering of stars awarded to local establishments. The Washington Post critiqued the Michelin Guide critics, asserting that they seemed unimpressed by DC’s cityscape, wary of certain neighborhoods, and inaccurate in characterizing the crowds in certain DC restaurants. How do outsiders perceive DC culture? Are these external portrayals trustworthy? Explore these topics at a Humanitini Happy Hour hosted by Busboys & Poets, 1025 K St NW (5th & K), in the Cullen Room. Free but reservations required:    

Thursday, February 2 at 7 PM, Film screening: “9 X 10 Novanta.” Celebrate the 90th anniversary of Italy’s Luce Institute of photographic and film by attending a free screening of the 2014 documentary, “9 X 10 Novanta.” The film footage speaks of the outbreak of war, implorations of peace; building collapses and reconstruction; recollections of (possibly) lost landscapes, and lost realities; miracles, superstitions and dreams. It's a weave of themes: women's rights, sexuality, the meaning of a song, the Moon, in the form of fairy tales or diaries, pseudo-history or poetry; the words of great writers alongside the voices of the man on the street; starring real people, historical figures, and characters made up out of thin air. A diverse picture, a combinatorial game of intersecting moves, contrasts and analogies, with one common thread: those images from the Archives. 94 minutes, in Italian with English subtitles. At the Embassy of Italy - Auditorium, 3000 Whitehaven Street NW. Free, but registration is required at Doors open at 6:30 and close at 6:55 PM.  

Friday, February 3 at 7 PM, Welcome Home Party for Ollie the Bobcat. Now that Ollie, the National Zoo’s most famous disappearing act, is back home, the Zoo is throwing a party for its latest celebrity animal. You are invited to join the Cat of Honor along with the lesser-known, stay-at-home bobcats, for festivities including: homecoming toasts; reminiscences by the searchers about their three days on the prowl; a nostalgic look back at past escape artists, including a photo-montage tribute to the late Rusty the Red Panda; plus a special guest appearance by Ollie’s favorite comedian and namesake, Bobcat Goldthwait. Tickets are going fast, so be sure to reserve your spot at  

Saturday, February 4 from 10 AM - 5 PM, “La Chandeleur” Celebration at Hillwood. La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden like the springtime sun. Come celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion, including: a tasty treat of sweet crêpes;  classic French tales inspired by scenes from La Fontaine fables that are pictured on tapestries covering chairs from France displayed in the mansion docent-led, family-friendly gallery talks and a printed activity guide; a chance to decorate a plate with fanciful designs and flourishes inspired by Hillwood's French Sèvres porcelain. Tickets ($5 - $18) include 3 crêpes per person, available at: Hillwood Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.    

Saturday, February 4 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Newspaper Fort Challenge.” The National Building Museum is hosting a newspaper fort challenge in the Great Hall. Bring your family and collaboratively construct an awe-inspiring fort made entirely of newspapers and tape. Learn about the triangle, the strongest shape out there, and create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one, or big enough for your clan. Free, drop in, no RSVP needed. All ages. The National Building Museum is at 401 F Street NW. More info:  

Saturday, February 4 at 2:30 PM, Civil War Reenactments featuring the Ladies of FREED. Celebrate Black History Month by joining the ladies of FREED (Female RE-Enactors of Distinction) as they perform stirring reenactments depicting the lives and contributions of black women of the Civil War era. FREED is an auxiliary organization of the African American Civil War Museum. Through reenactments and dramatic readings, the group aims to “educate the public and to promote the accomplishments of the African American Civil War soldiers and the women who supported their fight for freedom.” Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave NW,

Sunday, February 5 from 2 - 3:30 PM, “Gun Violence Prevention: Where Do We Go from Here?” A Panel Discussion and Conversation with three DC Metro leaders on the best ways to help impact positive changes in laws and policies. Panelists: Lori Haas, Virginia State Director, Coalition to Stop Gun Violence; Ladd Everitt, One Pulse for America; Jen Pauliukonis, President, Marylanders to Prevent Gun Violence. Free to all, including parking in the garage. In the Perry Auditorium of the National Cathedral, Wisconsin & Massachusetts Avenues NW. Note:  There will be a hard stop at 3:30 so that football fans can get home well before Super Bowl kickoff. More info:

Monday, February 6 from 3:30 - 5 PM, Village Seminar: Decluttering One’s Home and Right-sizing. Downsizing and de-cluttering your home can feel overwhelming and difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. At this workshop, presented by Village Board Member and local realtor Marjorie Dick Stuar, Marjorie will discuss de-cluttering, provide information on where you can donate unwanted items, and address various concerns people may have when considering selling their home. Light refreshments will be provided. This event is co-sponsored by the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village and Northwest Neighbors Village. Free and open to the public. RSVP to 202-615-5853 or info @ ClevelandWoodleyParkVillage dot org. At Forest Hills of DC, Assembly Room, 4901 Connecticut Avenue NW.    

Tuesday, February 7 at  7 PM, Poetry Reading with Megan Alpert. Her poems have appeared in Sixth Finch, Denver Quarterly, Harvard Review, Green Mountains Review and others. Ms. Alpert is an Orlando Poetry Prize winner, a former resident-fellow at Vermont Studio Center, and a graduate of The Bennington Writing Seminars. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Wednesday, February 8 at 4 PM, “Never the Same Day Twice: Art History and Curatorial Practice.” Virginia Treanor, associate curator for the National Museum of Women in the Arts, will talk about her adventures as a curator and how she has learned to balance exhibition planning with unexpected challenges and opportunities. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. At American University’s Katzen Arts Center, Abramson Family Recital Hall, northeast of Ward Circle,

Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 pm, Black History Month Program: Dr. Robert J. Patterson. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library is proud to have Dr. Robert J. Patterson give a special talk for Black History Month. Dr. Patterson is an Associate Professor of English and African American Studies, and Director of the African American Studies Program at Georgetown University. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,    

Wednesday, February 8 at 6:30 PM,” The Obama Years: An Assessment of Race Relations in the United States.” Have race relations in America improved or deteriorated since Barack Obama ascended to the White House? The rash of police shooting deaths of unarmed black men has brought attention to the enduring problem of racial violence in the United States. Washington Post reporter Wesley Lowery, author of  the forthcoming book, “They Can't Kill Us All: Ferguson, Baltimore, and a New Era in America's Racial Justice Movement,” will give a presentation on this topic - part of the Black History Month Speaker Series at Martin Luther King Jr Memorial Library, 901 G St NW,

Friday, February 10 at 7 PM, Art Deco in Shanghai (with PowerPoint). The speaker, Tess Johnston, first came to Shanghai in 1981 to work for the American Consulate General. In 1996, after 30 years in the diplomatic service, she retired and stayed on to research, write, and lecture. She and her co-author, Deke Erh, have published 25 books, including 15 volumes on Western architecture and the expatriate experience in old China. A reception will be held after the Q&A session. Please RSVP by Wed, Feb 8 by calling 202-727-7527. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. (Free parking on site.)

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