Thursday, March 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, March 9 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM, American Universities: Some Questions and Answers - a lecture by Hunter Rawlings. Why are American universities by far the best in the world? What makes them, as a group, so strong that the world beats a path to them? How can they be so good when our K-12 system is so mediocre? To what extent do universities’ controversies — speaker bans, high tuition, athletic scandals — do irreparable damage? Why is the contribution research universities make to the American economy so little appreciated? Why study arts and humanities when students and their parents worry about students getting jobs and paying off college loans? Hunter R. Rawlings III has been president of the Association of American Universities, Associate Vice Chancellor for Instruction at the University of Colorado at Boulder, chair of the Ivy Council of Presidents, and chair of numerous boards. This talk is part of the OLLI spring lectures at American University, Spring Valley Building, Room, 601, 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Free. Registration required at:

Friday, March 9 from 7 - 9 PM, La nuit de poésie. Poets of the World, Unite! The Alliance Française and the Embassy of Canada are organizing this evening celebrating the poetry of le monde francophone as part of the DC Francophonie Festival. Come to the enjoy a glass of wine, hear select poems from around the French-speaking world read in the poem’s original language and discuss their meanings – have poetry of your own? Bring it along to share! Free admission, but registration is required at Donations are appreciated and support the Cultural Programs of the Alliance Française de Washington DC.Alliance Française de Washington DC. Location: 2142 Wyoming Avenue.

Saturday, March 10 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Historic Preservation 101: The Why and The How in Your Neighborhood. Want to learn how living in a historic district could affect your property? Find out what you can and can’t do. This workshop is for people who live in a historic district or are considering one for their neighborhood. Talk to an architect and neighbors who live in and work with historic districts. Enjoy coffee, snacks and a good exchange of ideas and information. Speakers: Architect Maria Casarella (Takoma Theatre Restoration), Loretta Neumann (Takoma Park DC Historic District), Greta Fuller (Anacostia Historic District), and Erik Hein (National Conference of State Historic Preservation Officers). Presented by Concerned Neighbors. Inc., Manor Park Citizens Association, and Shepherd Park Citizens Association. Free, but please register here: or RSVP to SaraGreenDC @ yahoo dot com. At Juanita E. Thornton/Shepherd Park Neighborhood Library, 7420 Georgia Avenue.

Saturday March 10 at 1 PM, Author Jane Donovan will discuss her book "Henry Foxall: Methodist, Industrialist, American," a tale of one man’s impact on both a church and state in a country that enshrines their separation. Free. In the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,   

Saturday, March 10 from 2 - 6 PM, Ireland on the Wharf. Celebrate the beauty and tradition of the Emerald Isle with bagpipers, a beer garden, Irish dancers, live music, and plenty of family-friendly activities. And, of course, sip a pint of Guinness in honor of St. Patrick’s Day at Kirwan’s Irish Pub. Free admission. At District Pier/7th Street Park. For music lineup and schedule of activities and performances, go to:  

Saturday, March 10 from 9 AM - 5 PM and Sunday March 11 from 9 AM - 4 PM, NBC4’s Health and Fitness Expo. More than 250 exhibitors will be at this year’s Health and Fitness Expo at the Washington Convention Center. Celebrity guests include Olympic Gold Medal winning hockey player Haley Karupa, actress and cancer survivor Fran Drescher, and reality TV star and author Teresa Giudice.Cooking demos, health screenings, fitness tips, yoga, dance, giveaways, and much more! All events are free. The Washington Convention Center is at 801 Mount Vernon Place. More info:    

Sunday, March 11 at 5 PM, Concert: Washington Conservatory Orchestra. Program: Brahms-Academic Festival Overture; Beethoven – Symphony #7. Free -- but donations welcome at the door. Reception follows. Children welcome! At Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Cir NW, Bethesda, MD.

Sunday March 11 at 6 PM, Fairouz Foty and The Romez Trio perform Through the Opera Glass, featuring Carlos Cesar Rodriguez, piano; Peter Joshua Burroughs, tenor; and Fairouz El-Bayoumi Foty, soprano.Free. Presented by Middle C Music at The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Avenue NW,     

Monday, March 12 at 12 noon, Lecture: Peaceful Protest in Benjamin Banneker’s "Almanack and Ephemeris" - a talk by Leah Richardson, GWu special collections librarian. Benjamin Banneker was born a free black man in Ellicott Mills, Maryland, in 1731 and owned a farm near Baltimore. Banneker was largely self-educated in astronomy and mathematics and was called upon by Andrew Ellicott to assist in surveying territory for the construction of the nation's new capital. Banneker also became an active writer of almanacs and exchanged letters with Thomas Jefferson, politely challenging him to do what he could to address racial equality. Drawing from original printings of Banneker's almanacs housed in GW’s Gelman Library, this talk with explore the history of the almanac as a format and Benjamin Banneker’s unique and subversive use of the genre. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Tuesday, March 13 at 7 PM, Film: Diamond Island by Davy Chou, presented as part of the Francophonie Festival, sponsored by Cultural Services of the French Embassy. In Khmer with English subtitles. Bora leaves his small village to work in the building sites of Diamond Island, an ultra-modern island under construction. He meets up with his charismatic and mysterious older brother, Sun, who has sent no news for three years. Sun introduces him to the exciting world of the country's wealthy youth. Free - but online registration is required for this screening - go to: At La Maison Française - Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW. Attendees must have a Government issued photo ID in order to enter the Embassy. Parking available on Reservoir Road and across the street at Georgetown University Hospital's pay lot. Due to strict security measures, please arrive on time - doors will be closed at 7 PM sharp. Please allow extra time for security screening.

Wednesday, March 14 from  4 - 6 PM, National Pi Day: Pie Social. In honor of National Pi Day, Georgetown Neighborhood Library is excited to offer a community social, featuring pie. While the Children's Room has crafts and activities for kids and families, the adult community can enjoy our Sight and Sound room by eating pie, meeting neighbors and generally rejoicing in the joys of math. Join us from 4-6 p.m. to find out the exciting ways we can divide pies by their diameters—and then eat them. All are welcome to come and enjoy. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, (Never heard of Pi Day before? You can learn to appreciate a holiday devoted to an irrational number here:

Thursday, March 15 at 12 noon, Rho Day Celebration. It’s the day after Pi Day, and so according to the sequence of the Greek alphabet, this day is Rho Day. It’s what comes after Pi, which in Greek is written as 𝜋, while Rho is a capital P. Confused? You might be, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating Rho Day by eating roe….as in caviar. To do the holiday right, you can eat roe while you row, row, row your boat. For this special Rho Day event, we will gather at the Potomac Boathouse at 12 noon, where all attendees will be assigned to a rowboat. When you reserve your seat in the boat, you can also reserve a 50 gram serving of caviar for $150. But act fast, or you will miss out on this chance to row with roe. Reserve here:

Thursday, March 15 at 6 PM, Cottage Conversation: Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary. Walter Stahr, along with Jared Peatman, founder and president of Four Score Consulting, LLC, will discuss Stahr's most recent book Stanton: Lincoln's War Secretary, which tells the story of Abraham Lincoln's indispensable Secretary of War, Edwin Stanton, the man the president entrusted with raising the army that preserved the Union. A reception in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at 6 PM will precede the lecture, which starts at 6:30 in Lincoln’s Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. To purchase tickets and RSVP click here:   

Thursday, March 15 at 7:30 PM, Wilson Theater presents Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic story of two young lovers trying to overcome the violence wrought by their feuding families. One of the greatest love stories of all time, Wilson’s production will be performed in Wilson’s Black Box Theater and will feature contemporary music and dance.Wilson's Black Box Theater. Enter on Chesapeake Street. Three more performances: Friday, March 16 at 7:30 PM, Saturday, March 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM. Tickets for evening performances are: $15 for adults, $5 for students and Wilson staff, $5 for all seats at the Saturday matinee.

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