Thursday, July 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 17,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, July 6 - Sunday, July 9, Smithsonian Folklife Festival. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Folklife Festival on the National Mall. There are three themes: “Circus Acts” - all about life under the Big Top; “On the Move,” exploring how American culture has been shaped by the movement of people to and within the United States; and “50 Years,” showcasing 50 objects from the past 50 years to highlight the treasures of the past 50 years of the festival. Go to the website for schedules and details of performances, demonstrations, exhibits, food, etc. Along the National Mall from 7th - 12th Streets NW. Free.

Friday, July 7 at 12 noon, Concert: Pianist Mark Damisch. An American concert pianist who began studying organ at the Evanston Conservatory of Music at the age of four, Mark Damisch performed his first piano concert at seven. As a teenager in 1974, he toured Europe both as a pianist and also in a vocal group alongside the Vienna Boys Choir. Mark Damisch’s piano concerts have taken him to more than 40 countries, including Japan, the Soviet Union, Ukraine, Israel, Egypt, the Netherlands, China, the Greek Islands, Iceland, Taiwan, Vietnam, Australia, New Zealand, India and more. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. General admission is free and open to the public. More info:

Friday, July 7 from 6 - 8 PM, Drink, Dine and Dance While You Shop at Community Forklift. Bring your friends, family, neighbors, and friendly leashed pets for a fun evening at the Community Forklift warehouse, where you will find a mystery salvage sale, revealed at the beginning of the event. The Ron Hicks Project will play jazz and blues on the loading dock, and you can buy a Puerto Rican dinner from Honey's Empanada Food Truck, sip craft beer and wine from Town Center Market, and browse the works of local artists. All ages can try an upcycling project and be amazed by strolling magician Matt Neufeld. Free admission. At 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 (just outside NE DC near the Hyattsville Arts District). More info: Info about the Community Forklift nonprofit at

Saturday, July 8 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Commemoration of the 153rd Anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens, hosted by the National Park Service with the support of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. Opening Ceremony at 10 AM. The keynote speaker will be noted Howard University historian Edna Green Medford. Afternoon programs include an array of interpretive and educational activities with military and civilian living history re-enactors, hourly musket firings, period music, Civil War-era programs for children, and more. This event concludes with a walk to Battleground Cemetery with a memorial service for the Union soldiers who were buried there after the battle. Free. At Fort Stevens Park, 13th and Quackenboos Streets NW. Details at

Saturday, July 8 at 1 PM, “Apple Picking, Tobacco Harvesting and General Lee: Arlington’s New Deal Murals and Muralist” with author Toby McIntosh. Learn about  Arlington’s New Deal Murals (located in Arlington, Virginia’s Clarendon Post Office) and their unusual muralist, Auriel Bessemer. In the  Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3160 R Street NW. Free. More info:

Saturday, July 8 from 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM, Summer Concert in Rose Park, featuring live music from The Market Band - presented by the Citizens Association of Georgetown. Join neighbors and friends on the softball field! Concerts in the Parks is Georgetown’s favorite summer Concerts series, free and open to the public in beautiful Volta and Rose Parks. Great music, fun family activities and edible treats – even food trucks! Or you can pre-order a picnic basket from Restaurant Via Umbria and pick it up at the store or at the park 30 before the show. Menu and ordering info, plus other info about the summer concert series is available at

Saturday, July 8 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Tour: “Who Was the "White House Iceberg?" - A Ranger-led Walk (about 1½ miles). What President was instrumental in setting up the NCAA? Which Chief Executive was fined for speeding with a horse and carriage? In this walk you will learn about these and other cool facts as well as how Presidents shaped US history. Starts at the base of the Washington Monument. Free, no RSVP needed. More info:

Sunday, July 9 from 3 - 4:30 PM, Joaquin Miller Series: Poetry Reading and Open Mic in Rock Creek Park. In the spirit of eccentric poet Joaquin Miller, whose 1880s cabin can be found in Rock Creek Park, relax and enjoy an afternoon of poetry. Keynote poets this Sunday are  Khadijah Queen and Maggie Rosen, but every poetry recital will include an open mic. The Joaquin Miller Poetry Series is a longstanding tradition in Rock Creek Park, and it is hosted by the Word Works. Recommended for mature audiences only. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. Free.

Sunday, July 9 at 6 PM, Reception and 7 PM Concert: Staff Singers and Choral Scholars of the Choir of All Souls Church. Free. All Souls is located at 2300 Cathedral Avenue, NW, a half-block east of Connecticut Avenue and two blocks north of the Woodley Park Metro station.

Monday, July 10 from 7 - 9:30 PM, Fort Reno Concert Series presents Signal 30, Apollo 66, and the Dupont Circles. Free. Bring: Friends, dogs, and babies. Do not bring: alcohol, drugs, glass bottles. Fort Reno Park is at 40th and Chesapeake Streets NW across the street from Wilson HS. Rain Info: From time to time shows get rained out; if you’re ever wondering if a show is happening or not, call 202-355-6356 for information. Concert series schedule at

Monday, July 10 from 9:30 - 10 PM, Better Band Names - A Brainstorming Session. While you may have attended a neighborhood outdoor concert featuring bands with some fairly lame names, do you think you can do any better? You think it's so easy to come up with a name that's edgy and memorable but not totally off-the-wall? Here's a list of some band name fails: Like to help your friendly neighborhood garage bands do better? Then come to this brainstorming session with your better ideas! Or use this Band Name Generator site to help you come up with some wacky, weird band names - This session will start immediately at the conclusion of the Fort Reno Concert Series -- unless you realize that this is just the Weekly Fake Event.

Tuesday, July 11 at 12:30 PM, Programs for Seniors. The DC Department of Parks and Recreation invites seniors to learn about free programs available at this public meeting at the Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Wednesday, July 12 at 5:30 PM, Panel Discussion: DC Arts and Mass Gentrification. Panelists
Regina Miele (DC-based painter), John Figura (painter and art professor at Catholic University), Terence Nicholson (associate creative director, Honfleur Gallery), Jordan Martin (program assistant, Washington Project for the Arts), and Tsedaye Makonnen (DC-based Ethiopian-American interdisciplinary artist) bring their different perspectives on the history of Washington’s arts scene as they discuss the city's changing artistic and architectural landscape and the ways in which corporate greed, gentrification, and a lack of arts advocacy have pushed artists and arts communities out of the city. This program is presented by Gallery 102. Free: no reservations required. At the The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW. More info:

Thursday, July 13 at 4 PM, “Reptiles Alive!” Enjoy an exciting live animal show! Friendly and professional wildlife presenters will entertain audiences of all ages with funny animal stories and facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,  

Thursday, July 13 at 6 PM, “Testing the American Way of War: Doughboys Bring Revolution to the Western Front, 1917-1918.” The American Expeditionary Forces were unprepared for combat in World War I. Rushed to the front untrained, under-equipped, and led by generals with little understanding of the realities of modern warfare, the Doughboys suffered tremendous casualties in their first encounters with German forces. They nevertheless remained certain that they were representatives of a uniquely American way of war honed in the days of the French and Indian War and the Revolutionary War. Edward Lengel, chief historian for the White House Historical Association, explains how many of those age-old lessons took effect as the Doughboys adapted to the Western Front and fought their way to victory in 1918. The presentation will last approximately 45 minutes with time for questions at the end. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Thursday, July 13 at 7 PM, Georgetown Trivia Night. Bring friends or we'll team you up with fellow trivia-lovers present for the chance to win prizes and...eternal GLORY. This program is recommended for adults and savvy teens. Brainy snacks and sparkling beverages will be provided. Parents, we will also be showing a movie for kids during trivia.  It will be in a different room on the same floor of the library as trivia and popcorn will be provided. All free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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