Thursday, March 16, 2017

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 16,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM, Carnegie Neighborhood Lecture: “Jumping Genes: What They Mean for Evolution and Medicine” by Carnegie’s President, Dr. Matthew P. Scott. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture. Please RSVP via The Carnegie Institution for Science is at   5241 Broad Branch Road NW.

Thursday, March 16 at 7 PM, Ladies Night Out with  Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman - an evening of champagne and pampering, featuring Kate Siegel and her mother, Kim Friedman. Kate's new book, “Mother, Can You Not?,” is based on her very popular Instagram account - @crazyjewishmom - where she posts texts and emails from her mom nudging her about life, dating, and more. Over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, you’ll hear from Kate and Kim why every woman needs a "crazy" Jewish Mom in her life. The evening features: book signing, champagne bar, popcorn bar, appetizers, beauty counter, make-your-own nail polish, make-your-own sugar scrub, and a Real Life Style fashion consulting booth. Tickets are $35 with a signed book, $20 for the event only, and $25 at the door. For advance tickets go to: At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Thursday, March 16 at 7 PM, “A Most Unlikely Friendship: Abraham Lincoln and Matias Romero.” President Lincoln's Cottage and the Mexican Cultural Institute present a timely conversation as Dr. Jason Silverman and Alberto Fierro-Garza take a close look at international relations and historic ties between the United States and Mexico. The conversation will be based around Dr. Silverman's article, “A Most Unlikely Friendship: Abraham Lincoln and Matías Romero.” Lincoln’s close relationship with Matías Romero, a Mexican politician and diplomat who served three times as Secretary of Finance and twice as ambassador of Mexico to the United States during the 19th century, was not only an unusual display of diplomacy, but also friendship. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register at Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

Thursday, March 16, Friday, March 17, and Saturday, March 18: Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night, presented by Wilson HS Theatre. Separated from her twin brother Sebastian after a shipwreck, Viola disguises herself as a boy to serve Orsino, the Duke of Illyria. Wooing Olivia, the countess that Orsino adores, on his behalf, she is stunned to find herself the object of Olivia's affections. Wilson Theater’s production Twelfth Night recreates Illyria as present day New York and explores Shakespeare’s classic tale of the journey to find true love, the confusion it can cause, and the joy it finally brings. In Wilsonl’s Black Box Theater - entrance on Chesapeake St. Performances at 7:30 PM, all three nights, plus a Saturday matinee at 2:30 PM. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for students and Wilson staff and for everyone at the Saturday matinee. No advance ticket sales. Seating is limited so arrive early.

Friday, March 17 from 5 - 8 PM, St. Patrick’s Day Party at Guy Mason Recreation Center. Celebrate the coming of spring with family and friends at Guy Mason’s St. Patrick’s Day dinner party. Enjoy a serving of corned beef and cabbage. Please bring a dessert and contact the Guy Mason staff at 202-727-7527 to let them know what you’re bringing, so that there will be no duplicates. The dessert is your price of admission! The Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, March 17 at 7 PM, Ecology Lecture: A Proposal to Return the Snakes to Ireland. Join us on this St. Patrick’s Day as noted herpetologist Dr. Ophidia Nathair advances her proposal to undo the ecological damage committed in the mid-Fifth Century by St. Patrick, who has been credited (or rather, should be blamed) for driving the snakes out of Ireland. Snakes perform beneficial tasks in the food chain - most notably holding down the population of rats, mice and other vermin that eat crops and spread disease. It may be 1500 years late to reintroduce snakes to the island habitat, but better late than never! Another question to consider: How many centuries will it take for Dr. Nathair to receive recognition for the miracle of restoring Ireland’s snakes? In addition to coming to the lecture, please consider signing the online petition to beatify Dr. Nathair as Saint Ophidia - go to Free. At the Snake House of the Smithsonian National Zoo.

Saturday, March 18 at 10 AM, “Clara Barton, Angel of the Battlefield” - a talk by special guest, NPS Ranger Kevin Patti of the Clara Barton National Historic Site. Ranger Patti will discuss the life and legacy of the shy girl born on a New England farm in 1821, who grew up to break through barriers that often confined women to domestic service, and who went on to a 60-year career of public service as the founder of the American Red Cross. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. For information on this and other March 2017 programs in Rock Creek Park, go to

Saturday, March 18 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Women’s History Month Family Day. Celebrate Women's History Month at the National Postal Museum. Learn about all the amazing roles women have played throughout the history of the Postal Service, right up through today. Watch historic printing press demonstrations, play the “Dead Letter Office” game, and participate in a topical scavenger hunt.  Visitors can meet a real Postal Inspector and learn about her exciting job “Behind the Badge.” Special guest “Amelia Earhart” will make several appearances, engaging visitors with tales of her airborne adventures, as well as her love of stamps. Free; no registration required. At the National Postal Museum Atrium, 2 Massachusetts Avenue NW, For more information contact Motoko Hioki, 202-633-5533, HiokiM @ or visit:

Sunday, March 19 at 10:30 AM, Maya Benton looks at the work of Roman Vishniac, one of the great documentary photographers of the 20th century. Maya Benton, a curator at the International Center of Photography in New York City, presents an illustrated lecture, providing insight into Vishniac’s iconic images of Jewish life in Eastern Europe before the Holocaust as well as his vivid documentation of postwar ruins, displaced persons’ camps, and Jewish life in America in the 1940s and 50s. This program is part of the.Amram Scholar Series presented in partnership with the Edlavitch DCJCC and the Jewish Book Council. More info: and At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.  

Sunday, March 19 at 2 PM, Create a Memory Book with Janet Minichiello. Learn how to transform an old book into a "memory book" that tells your own story. Use writing, drawing, painting, and/or collage to make a new artistic creation that will help you to both preserve and share special memories. All materials, including old books, will be provided; in addition, you are welcome to bring any of your own photographs, letters, or other mementos you may wish to use. Janet Minichiello works as a Licensed Graduate Professional Art Therapist in Maryland. At the Georgtown Library, 3260 R St NW. Free. To register, please email Jay at georgetownlibrary @ dc dot gov. Info on this session and on additional dates, visit:

Tuesday, March 21 at 7 PM, “Fly by Light,” a film directed by Ellie Walton and produced by Hawah Kasat - part of the DC Environmental Film Festival. A group of teenagers board a bus for West Virginia, leaving the streets of Washington, DC to participate in an ambitious peace education program. For the first time in their lives Mark, Asha, Martha, and Corey play in mountain streams, sing under the stars, and confront the entrenched abuse, violence and neglect cycles of their past. But as they return to DC, each young person faces an unforgiving series of hurdles and roadblocks that challenge their efforts to build a better life. Through breathtaking visuals from street corners to mountaintops, Fly By Light is an intimate exploration of the chaotic, confusing, and emotional journey to rewrite a young person’s future. A Discussion with Ellie Walton, Hawah Kasat, and students from the program will follow the screening. Free, but please register at At THEARC, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.

Tuesday, March 21 at 7:30 PM, The Rise in Hate Crimes - A Panel Discussion with Doron Ezickson, Jonathan Smith, and David Stacy, Moderated by Karen Finney, MSNBC. Join leaders from the Human Rights Campaign, Muslim Advocates, and the Anti-Defamation League to discuss the challenges faced by the LGBT, Muslim, and Jewish communities, the trends we are seeing, and the initiatives in place to combat hate crimes. This event is free and open to the public. An RSVP is required - please go to: At Adas Israel Congregation, 2850 Quebec Street NW.

Wednesday, March 22 at 6 PM, Big Read Book Talk: “Long Road to Hard Truth: The 100-Year Mission to Create the National Museum of African American History and Culture" by Judge Robert L. Wilkins of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. Free - reservations required at At the UDC Theater of the Arts/Auditorium, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. To attend a 5 PM private reception in honor of the speaker, a donation of $50 is requested - RSVP at The reception will take place in the second floor lobby of the UDC Theater.

Wednesday, March 22 from 7 - 9 PM, Student Shorts, presented by Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital. A special showcase of environmental shorts by young and emerging local filmmakers. Top picks, from the Environmental Film Festival’s 60-second #Envirofilm Competition and Youth Award will be followed by films directed and produced by American University students. Professor Chris Palmer will lead an entertaining and interactive session with the audience and the filmmakers on why and how these films are made. Free and open to anyone with an interest in seeing enviro filmmaking in action - register at event builds on DCEFF’s latest initiative in becoming an educational resource for students of all backgrounds and ages. For further information please contact Arjumand Hamid, Director of Educational Outreach, Arjumand @ dceff dot org. In the Doyle and Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Thursday, March 23 at 4 PM, Women's History Month Program: Clara Barton with History Alive! Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life! Mary Ann will tell the tale of nurse Clara Barton to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW,

Thursday, March 23 at 6 PM, “After the Spill” - film screening and discussion with the director. On Earth Day 2010, the oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, flooding the Gulf of Mexico with crude oil and devastating the coastline. Filmmaker Jon Bowermaster returns to the shores of Louisiana five years after the disaster, interviewing a rich cross-section of local denizens – fishermen, scientists, politicians, environmentalists, and oil-rig workers – to uncover the enduring impact of the catastrophe in a dogged investigation narrated by actress Melissa Leo. Has the Louisiana coastline been tainted forever? Will its economy and its ecosystem ever recover? Discussion with director Jon Bowermaster follows screening. Free - no reservations required. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. This program is part of the Environmental Film Festival series. More info:

Thursday, March 23 at 7 PM, Movie night: Good Work: Masters of the Building Arts. Join us for a free screening of Good Work,followed by a short discussion with the Academy award-winning filmmakers Marjorie Hunt and Paul Wagner and the Cathedral artisans whose work is featured in the film: stone mason Joe Alonso, metalsmith Patrick Cardine and stained glass artisan Andrew Goldkuhle. The documentary illustrates the diversity of beautiful and functional works of art, from stained glass to masonry to ironwork and hand-carved lettering. Good Work celebrates the importance of American craftsmanship, occupational traditions, the beauty of our built environment and calls for new generations to do “good work.” At the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Free, but please register at:

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