Thursday, February 8, 2018

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 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv      

Friday, February 9 at 7 PM, “Men of Bronze” - A Documentary Directed by William Miles (1977 - 60 min). This event is presented in conjunction with Black History Month. Men of Bronze is the definitive story of black American soldiers of the 369th US combat regiment and the 15th Infantry from New York, known as the "Harlem Hellfighters," who served with the French army in World War I. The film uses photographs, interviews with veterans, and film from the French and American National Archives to recount the saga of the "Harlem Hellfighters," offering an inspiring tribute to these unsung heroes and an unforgettable look at World War I. Following the film will be a panel discussion including scholars, jazz artists, and historians. The event will conclude with a wine reception. Free - registration required at: - ID at the door must match registration information. At La Maison Fran├žaise, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. 

Saturday, February 10 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Mardi Gras Family Day at the Anacostia Museum. In celebration of the museum's 50th anniversary, we are pulling out all the stops. For the first time ever, the museum will hold its annual Mardi Gras event in our own 2,500 square foot main gallery! That means more space for exciting art workshops, clowns, magicians, living statues, fortune tellers, face painting, balloon art, Marie Laveau (storyteller), live music, a family-style "second-line" parade down Bourbon Street's red carpet, vendor’s marketplace, food vendor and more! This a free, public event. At the Anacostia Community Museum, 1901 Fort Place SW. A shuttle will run to and from the Anacostia Metro Station (green line) every half hour from 10:45 to 4:30 PM. Shuttle meets across the street from the Metro Station in the Shannon Place circle. Tickets and/or registration are not required for entry. This is a free, public event. More info:

Saturday, February 10 at 2 PM, The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith. Discover the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength. Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by brilliant actress, Ms. Cortenia Smith, The Legacy of Harriet Tubman tells a story of survival, endurance and faith. Cortenia Kay Smith has been studying and working on the life of Harriet Tubman since 2009. She continues to keep the dream and Harriet’s legacy alive with her one-woman performance. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW, 

Saturday, February 10 and Sunday, February 11, 10 AM - 4 PM (both days), Valentine’s Day Card Workshop at the National Postal Museum. The museum provides a bountiful spread of patterned papers, postage and rubber stamps, gems and other 3-D embellishments, special cut-out scissors, washi tape, stickers, markers of every color (with a surplus of red and pink!) and more! Following their own creative instincts, kids and adults can choose whichever supplies they would like to design one-of-a-kind Valentine greetings. Once finished, cards can then be placed in envelopes, addressed and adorned with a distinctive National Postal Museum postmark at the museum’s stamp store. The workshop takes place in the museum’s lower-level Atrium, 2 Massachusetts Ave, NE. Free, no advance registration needed. More info:   

Sunday, February 11 from 3:30 - 4:30 PM, Valentine's Day Craft. Get ready for Valentine's Day with a heart-y craft!  We provide the hearts, you provide the love and care. This is a drop-in event. Crafts will be open from 3:30 - 4:30 PM while supplies last. For toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers. Free. Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 

Sunday, February 11 at 4 PM, Contemporary Classical Concert: District5 is a daring wind quintet based in Washington DC that specializes in new music and new transcriptions. They are recipients of a 2016 CMA Classical Commissioning Grant with composer Evis Sammoutis. District5 has recently performed at the US Department of State, Chesapeake Chamber Music Festival, Library of Congress, Barns at Wolf Trap, and Washington Arts Club. Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 

Monday, February 12 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features 'Joe Louis: My Champion'. Calling all readers and actors! Please join us in the children's room for Reader's Theatre. Joe Louis, My Champion by William Miller is the featured piece. After listening to the radio broadcast of the heavyweight championship boxing fight of his hero, Joe Louis, a young African American boy realizes that he can emulate the boxer's persistence and strive to become whatever he wants to be. Let’s read! Let’s act!  Free. At the Petworth Library, 3160 16th Street NW, 

Tuesday, February 13 from 11 - 11:40 AM, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Races at the National Cathedral. Join in the fun for the last day of frivolity before Lent as the Cathedral celebrates “Mardi Gras” with races in the nave on Shrove Tuesday. Staff, school students, clergy, and area college mascots compete in races including the Gargoyle Gallop and the Satterlee Special, in attempts to win the grand prize of the Golden Skillet! All are welcome. The National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW, 

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 PM, Explorer's Club: Mardi Gras Floats. Join us to explore all things STEAM. (That's science, technology, engineering, arts and math—something for everyone.)
 It's Mardi Gras! Come celebrate with us by designing your own float for our Mardi Gras parade. The parade will take place in the Children's Programming Room at the end of the program.
 Recommended for children ages 5 and older and their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW, 

Tuesday, February 13 at 4 PM,  Valentine's Day Party. Come celebrate love. Enjoy refreshments, stories and make valentines for someone special. This program is recommended for all ages. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW, 

Tuesday, February 13 from 6 - 8 PM A Vintage Evening: Eighteenth-Century Chocolate Tasting. Indulge in the taste of chocolate while learning about its early American origins at this Vintage Evening. Watch Mount Vernon historical interpreter Samuel Murphy transform cacao beans into chocolate while he relates the history of chocolate in eighteenth-century America. After the demonstration, sample different types of delicious chocolates and craft historically inspired Valentine’s Day cards for friends or family. At the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, 
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Tickets: $15 general public; $10 Members of the Society of the Cincinnati, available here: 

Tuesday, February 13 from 6 - 8 PM, Mardi Gras Festivities at the Wharf. Celebrate Fat Tuesday at the DC Wharf ‘s extravaganza featuring a spirited parade along the waterfront, followed by a dance party on District Pier, and a fireworks finale. The parade will be set to the sounds of classic NOLA brass band music and feature custom-designed floats created by the Wharf’s restaurants and retailers, along with high-flying balloons and, of course, bead tossing. Parade starts at 6 PM at 7th Street and travels along Wharf Street to District Pier. Dance party at District Pier starts at 6:30 PM. The 10-minute fireworks finale starts at 7:50 PM. Free admission. 

Wednesday, February 14 at 4 PM, Canadian Authors: S.K. Ali, Amal El-Mohtar and Canisia Lubrin. The Canadian Embassy, the Ottawa Writer's Festival and DC Public Library are proud to present S.K. Ali, Amal El-Mohtar and Canisia Lubrin. These Canadian authors will read excerpts from their work and speak on their experiences as writers. The event will take place in the large conference room and is open to teens and adults. Free. At the  Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW. To learn more about the authors, go to: 

Thursday, February 15 at 8:30 - 10 AM, Post-Valentine’s Day Card Recycling and Candy Dump for Parents. Did your children bring home a shoebox full of construction-paper hearts, red-and silver glitter-spattered cards, and those little boxes of those chalky candy hearts pirnted with little love sayings? Now that Valentine’s day is done for another year, do you just want to get this stuff out of your house? Don’t throw it in the trash -- it adds more to the landfill and besides, your kids might find it there when they come home from school! Recycle it! We’ll send the cards to a paper plant to be repulped into more paper, and we’ll use those little candy hearts in science experiments on tooth enamel to find out just how destructive they are! To find the cards-and-candies drop-off nearest your house, go to:  

Thursday, February 15 at 6:30 PM, Black Women Directors Spotlight: Their Eyes Were Watching God. Darnell Martin's adaptation of Zora Neale Hurston's classic novel Their Eyes Were Watching God stars Halle Berry as Janie and Michael Ely as Tea Cake. Oprah Winfrey produced and sponsored this adaptation, which also featured a screenplay co-written by Suzan-Lori Parks, the first African-American Pulitzer Prize winning playwright. Unrated, but contains adult material. 113 minutes. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,     

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