Thursday, April 6, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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, April 6 from 7:30 - 10 PM, Concert: Austrian pianist Dorothy Khadem-Missagh has won the chamber music prize and the “Beethoven-Haus Preis” awarded by the renowned members of the jury at the International Beethoven Competition Bonn 2015. She performs on international stages and renowned festivals such as the “Wiener Konzerthaus,” the “Styriarte Graz,” the “Festival Allegro Vivo,” the “Mosel Musik Festivals in Trier,” the Norwegian Youth Chamber Music Festival and the Kyoto International Festival. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. Free and open to the public - reservations required at

Friday, April 7 from 9:30 - 11:30 AM, Age-Friendly DC Initiative Small Group Consultation. The DC Government wants to hear from you! What needs to be addressed and prioritized to make DC a more livable city for all ages? Join friends and neighbors at a series of Community Consultations that will be held across the city to talk in small groups about policies and priorities for the next Age-Friendly DC Strategic Plan. Volunteer facilitators will lead the discussion covering important issues such as housing, transportation, health services, social inclusion, elder abuse and fraud, and other topics. The next event in Ward 3 will take place at the Chevy Chase Library, 5625
Connecticut Ave. NW. Free. Please register at

Saturday, April 8 starting at 9 AM - 2:30 PM, The Dumbarton Oaks Park Conservancy’s 76th Anniversary Celebration kicks off at 9 AM with park stewardship volunteer work: Gardeners of all ages are welcome to help remove invasive plants. Snacks and training provided. Please RSVP to amandashull @ dopark dot org or call 202-333-3547. At 11:30 AM join Rock Creek Park Superintendent Julia Washburn and Conservancy leadership for the ceremonial reopening of the gates. From 12 - 2:30 PM there will be a Partnership Exhibit and Activity Fair featuring Secret Garden Strolling tours, guided birding, drawing lessons, children’s games, and face painting. Free. Enter at the top of Lover’s Lane, approximately 3060 R St. NW. Visit for more info or view the flyer at Rain date is Saturday April 28.

Saturday April 8 from 10 AM - 12 noon, It’s the National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade! Never mind those falling petals! You'll see giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and performers marching along the Constitution Avenue parade route from the National Archives to the Washington Monument, in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship! Standing room is free; $20 for grandstand seating (individual sales only - group sales have sold out) - click on the tickets link at:

Saturday, April 8 from 10:30 AM - 6 PM, The 57th annual Sakuri Matsuri Japanese Street Festival. Enjoy the tastes, sounds and feel of Japan at the the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the US, featuring 4 stages of performances and demonstrations, cultural exhibitors, food vendors, cooking demonstrations, a Childrens' Corner - and more! Free for children 12 and under, $10 for adults - buy tickets in advance at At Capitol Riverfront/Yards Park, M St & New Jersey Ave SE - Metro: Navy Yard/Ballpark.

Saturday, April 8 from 11 AM - 2 PM, “Run of the Mill” at Peirce Mill in Rock Creek Park. 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 intersection of Tilden Street and Beach Drive NW,

Saturday, April 8 from 1 PM - 9:30 PM, Emancipation Day Festivities. Emancipation Day commemorates that historic day when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, freeing 3,185 enslaved persons in Washington, DC. Come walk with Mayor Bowser and celebrate DC values at our own Emancipation Day Parade. The parade kicks off at 1 PM, followed by a concert by local bands at 3 PM, and the festivities end with a bang with fireworks at 9 PM. The parade goes along Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 10th Street to Freedom Plaza. Free. Flyer at:

Saturday, April 8 from 1 - 4 PM,  The 26th annual "Blessing of the Fleets" ceremony at the Navy Memorial - a tribute to our nation's rich maritime heritage and the men and women who have contributed to its growth and success through traditions passed down through generations of sailors and navies around the world. The centuries-old ceremony is intended to safeguard crews and ships from the danger of the seas through a traditional blessing given by a clergyman at the water's edge. The ceremony's highlight occurs when sailors from the US Navy Ceremonial Guard proceed across the Memorial Plaza's "Granite Sea" to pour water from the Seven Seas and the Great Lakes into the surrounding fountains "charging" them to life and ushering in the spring season. The famed US Navy Band will provide the music for the ceremony. The Navy Culinary Specialists of the White House Mess will prepare Navy Bean Soup for our visitors to sample and our newest exhibits on the US Navy will be on view for the public. This event is free and open to the public. At the US Navy Memorial, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. More info:

Saturday, April 8 at 1 PM, “Alexander Robey Shepherd: the Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital.” Author John P. Richardson discusses the first full-length biography of Shepherd, who as Washington DC’s public works czar (1871–74), built the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a few frenetic years after the Civil War. Free. In the Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Saturday April 8 at 2 PM, FutureMakers: How Animals Work. The Zoo meets the Makerspace! Build a simple machine based on a real, living snake - that you can see and touch. Free. Ages 9 and up. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, April 8 from 2 - 3 PM, Gallery Talk: Elzbieta Sikorska. AU Katzen Museum curator Aneta Georgievska-Shrine discusses the art exhibition, "Time Stands Still: Elzbieta Sikorska." Free and open to the public. At the American University Museum’s Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW  The exhibition runs from April 1 – May 28. For more information, go to

Sunday, April 9 at 3 PM, A Capella Concert: The AU Chamber Singers present a mixed program spanning delightful Renaissance European and Polish works; intriguing and intense contemporary American, Polish, and central European choral literature; and an array of uplifting American spirituals, traditional, and gospel arrangements. This program is a preview of their international concert tour to Poland in May. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW. Tickets: $5 - $10 at

Sunday, April 9 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Family Afternoon: Design with Nature. Explore the intersection of design, building, and the natural environment. In celebration of the National Cherry Blossom Festival, attendees of all ages can discover ways in which environment inspires design. Learn how nature can be intentionally integrated into and around built spaces. Activities include: folding origami flowers; constructing nature-inspired Japanese Japanese bӯobu screens; picnicking inside the Museum while listening to a springtime story; learning about landscape architect Lawrence Halprin, who created artistic and ecologically sensitive compositions to enliven American cities, including Washington DC (exhibition ticket required). Free. This event does not require an RSVP. More info and registration available at: At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW.  

Sunday April 9 from 1 - 5-PM, The 3rd Annual Anacostia River Festival, presented by the 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service. Come celebrate the Anacostia River and take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family, and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene at this special free event. This year we are celebrating biking in the District with trail rides, safety classes, quick bike tune ups and special bike activities for all ages. More info: At Anacostia Park, Good Hope Road and Anacostia Drive SE.

Monday, April 10 from 11 AM - 12:30 PM, Debating the Merits of the Trump Administration's New Travel, Immigration and Refugee Ban. Panelists: Danielle Pletka, Senior Vice President for Foreign and Defense Policy Studies at the American Enterprise Institute; George Biddle, former executive vice president at World Connect; Alex Aleinikoff, director of The Zolberg Institute of Migration and Mobility at The New School; James Jay Carafano, vice president of the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Institute for National Security and Foreign Policy at The Heritage Foundation. The event will be moderated by Margaret Warner, chief foreign affairs correspondent for PBS. Free and open to the public. In the Kenney Herter Auditorium, SAIS Washington, 1740 Massachusetts Ave. NW. RSVP in advance is required at

Tuesday, April 11 at 7 PM, Book Discussion: “The Code Economy: A Forty-Thousand Year History,” with the author, economist and George Mason University Professor Philip Auerswald. What do Stone Age axes, Toll House cookies, and Burning Man have in common? They are all examples of “code” in action. What is "code"? Code is a set of symbols for representing something. The alphabet is a code. Code makes it possible to create computer software. Your browser, the apps on your phone, this website and Facebook are all made with code. The great driver of human civilization, Auerswald proposes, has been and continues to be code. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM, A special screening of “Wings” (Les Ailes), 1927 silent film by William Wellman. As part of the celebrations of the Centennial of American involvement into World War I, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy present a screening of the 1927 silent film Wings by William Wellman, with live music by Prima Vista Quartet. Wings won the first Academy Award for Best Picture. Set against the backdrop of the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in the Meuse, William Wellman’s epic masterpiece is the story of two men who enlist to join allied troops in France and the girl they’ve left behind. Featuring thrilling aerial battle scenes and breathtaking camera work, this tale of friendship and love, rivalry and heroism stars screen siren Clara Bow alongside Richard Arlen, Charles “Buddy” Rogers, and the legendary Gary Cooper in a cameo appearance. The beautifully restored film will be accompanied by a live performance by France's acclaimed Prima Vista Quartet and guest musicians. They will perform a score composed by the group's violist Baudime Jam. The quartet, who first performed at la Maison Française in 2005, is renowned for their live accompaniment to silent films. Free; reservations required: At the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.

Tuesday, April 11 at 7:30 PM, The All-Matzoh Cooking Class. If you are celebrating Passover all week long, you will be giving up bread for matzoh, and even if you are not celebrating Passover, you may just be curious to learn about the varied and versatile dishes you can make out of this amazing flat cracker. In that case you will just love this creative matzoh cooking class! You will learn to make matzoh pizza; matzoh cupcakes; matzoh sandwiches; matzoh huevos rancheros; matzoh lasagna, and much more! And once you’ve cooked everything taught in the class, you will discover that if you just keep piling on fresh, tasty ingredients and lots of zesty spices, you can almost forget that the matzoh itself tastes like cardboard….but you’ll have to take our word for it, because this is the Weekly Fake Event.

Wednesday April 12 at 6 PM, “Who Is Dayani Cristal?” Filmmaker Gael Garcia Bernal and Marc Silver explores the journey of a Central American migrant worker who died trying to cross into the United States. It raises the questions "Who was Dayani Cristal? What brought him here? How did he die?" A reception starting at 6 PM precedes the film, which starts at 7. Free. In the Doyle and Forman Theater of American University, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. This film is part of the “Media That Matter” Series. More info:

Thursday, April 13 at 4 PM, Spring Eggstravaganza at Georgetown Library. Come celebrate spring with egg-citing crafts, games, stories and refreshments. This program is recommended for all ages. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R Street NW,

Thursday, April 13 at 6 PM, “Of Arms and Artists: The American Revolution through Painters' Eyes.” As author Paul Staiti reveals in Of Arms and Artists, the lives of the five great American artists of the Revolutionary period—Charles Willson Peale, John Singleton Copley, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart—were every bit as eventful as those of the Founders with whom they continually interacted, and their works contributed mightily to America’s founding spirit. Living in a time of breathtaking change, each in his own way came to grips with the history being made by turning to brushes and canvases, the results often eliciting awe and praise, and sometimes scorn. Ever since the passing of the last eyewitnesses to the Revolution, their imagery has connected Americans to 1776, allowing us to interpret and reinterpret the nation’s beginning generation after generation. The collective stories of these five artists open a fresh window on the Revolutionary era, making more human the figures we have long honored as our Founders, and deepening our understanding of the whirlwind out of which the United States emerged. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and light refreshments. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Thursday, April 13 at 6:30 PM, Film and Talk: A Legacy of Mies and King: Modernizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. See how Francine Houben, creative director of Netherlands-based Mecanoo Architecten, had to consider the significance of a library designed in the sixties by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after Martin Luther King, Jr., when she was commissioned to give Washington, DC’s central library a new future. In this documentary film, follow Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library. Francine delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library, and participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. A Q&A with DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. This program is free - pre-registration is required - go to: Limit of two tickets per registrant. Walk-in registration based on availability. More info:

Thursday, April 13 at 7 PM, Jewish Lit Live presents Geraldine Brooks, author of four novels, the Pulitzer Prize-winning March and the international bestsellers Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, and Year of Wonders. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works, Nine Parts of Desire, Foreign Correspondence, and The Idea of Home: Boyer Lectures 2011. Free and open to the public. At the Marvin Center, George Washington University, 800 21st Street NW. More info:

Thursday, April 13 at 7 PM, The Ballou Story Project. Young Playwrights' Theater and Shout Mouse Press present The Ballou Story Project. In a one-night-only, live performance, the stories of Ballou High School student writers will be brought to life in dramatic scenes and monologues centering on the students' struggles, achievements and aspirations. Free. Register at: At the Ballou High School Auditorium, 3401 4th St SE.

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