Thursday, July 26, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column July 27 - August 2, 2018

Khatanbold Urlagbaatar, DC Mongolian Dance Group,
and Washington Samul Nori at the Freer/Sackler
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 17,800+ 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, July 27 from 5 - 8 PM, Music in Motion, featuring Khatanbold Urlagbaatar, DC Mongolian Dance Group, and Washington Samul Nori. This event is part of the Fridays@Freer/Sackler series. Enjoy performances by featured artists, including Mongolian horsehead fiddle player Khatanbold Urlagbaatar and dancers from DC Mongolian Dance Group, who will showcase new interpretations of traditional Mongolian choreography. Then, experience the exciting rhythms and movements of traditional Korean music with Washington Samul Nori. Expanding the international experience, Tibetan cuisine by Chef Dorjee Tsering, Mongolian bites by Manhattan CafĂ©, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free 7 pm screening of Zombiology: Enjoy Yourself Tonight, a comedic riff on the zombie pop-culture craze from Hong Kong. Director Alan Lo and actress Venus Wong will join us as special guests. Free; no tickets required. Will move indoors in case of rain. The Freer/Sackler is at 1050 Independence Avenue SW.    

Friday, July 27 at 7 PM, Civil War Tour - Friday Night History at Sunset Program: Freedom's Forts: Fort Stevens, Camp Brightwood, and Slavery. This Civil War History Tour of Fort Stevens will focus on the Federal encampments in Washington DC. Enslaved African Americans fled to Union lines, including Camp Brightwood, and were employed as servants and laborers. The interaction between slavery and freedom will be the focus of the program. The free tour will run approximately 90 minutes. Fort Stevens is located at 6001 13th Street, NW, near the intersection of 13th and Quackenbos Street, NW. More information about the History at Sunset programs can be found at the Civil War Defenses of Washington website:   

Friday, July 27 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Family Full Moon Experience, hosted by The Friends of the National Arboretum. Please join us for the first Family Full Moon Experience! The plan is to gather at the US National Arboretum after hours, for a mini version of our full moon hike. We will be walking around the grounds, off pavement, so best to leave strollers at home. Learn more about the US National Arboretum and experience the collection at night. We will have flashlights but don't be surprised if we do not need them. The moon and fireflies will light the way. Children younger than 15 are welcome to attend this full moon experience. Adult tickets (16 and older) are $25; each adult can purchase up to 2 child tickets (15 and younger) for $10 each - go to No pets. Full Moon Experience will happen rain or shine. United States National Arboretum is at 2400 R St. NE.   

Friday, July 27 at 8 PM, Firefly or Lightning Bug?: A Colloquy. The term you use to identify a small flying insect that produces a glow of light from its rear end says a lot about you and where you come from (see for a map of linguistic usage). Our distinguished panel of experts will include a linguistic anthropologist, a noted entomologist, and an eight year old child, who will demonstrate the most advanced “catch and release” techniques. This event will take place outdoors, the location to be determined by our experts who will judge the conditions of the evening and pick a meadow likely to attract a suitably large gathering of our luminous subjects. The location will be posted at this link: If you would like to go to a real version of this (fake) event, you can travel to the Great Smoky Mountains next June -- but first, you may want to learn more about the annual gathering of fireflies here:  

Saturday, July 28 from 5 - 7 PM, Concert and Picnic in the Park at Forest Hills Playground. The performers at this free concert are a Maryland duo, Naked Blue, who have performed with Aimee Mann and Joe Cocker, among other notable artists. Learn more about them at Pizza sales begin at 5 PM, and the music will start at 5:30 PM. Pre-order your pizza here: This free, fun, all-ages concert is held at the Forest Hills Park amphitheater (3200 block of Brandywine Street, by the tennis courts). Go to for more info and any changes or cancellations for weather. 

Saturday, July 28 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, July Jazz & Lily Pads @ Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, hosted by the Friends of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens, National Capital Parks-East and EastRiver Jazz. Come enjoy the lotus flowers and sweet sounds of jazz, R&B, and go-go, featuring the amazing JoGo Project! Bring a chair, blanket, picnic, and all your family and friends. This event is free and open to the public. If you drive: Free parking at the Aquatic Gardens at 1550 Anacostia Ave NE. If the lot is full, street parking is available. If you metro: The Park is a 10-15 minute walk from the Deanwood Metro Station on the Orange Line. More info and registration at 

Sunday, July 29 from 1 - 3 PM, History Bites: Ice Cream! Escape the summer heat and enjoy a nice cold treat! Learn about ice cream, ice, cold dishes and how they kept things cold with a short talk! Then bring your sweet tooth and prepare for things to get chilly as you discover the true origins of ice cream while sampling some delicious flavors, and some downright unique ones! Enjoy viewing rarely displayed items from the Dumbarton House collection and learn the favorite flavors of some important figures in history and how they kept their favorite treats cool! Buy your tickets ($20 - $25) through this link: Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street NW. More info: 

Monday, July 30 at 6:30 PM, Mapping Segregation in Washington, DC: Restrictive Covenants, Racial Steering, and the Fight for Fair Housing. Join Mara Cherkasky and Sarah Shoenfeld of Prologue DC to explore the long history of displacement, race and real estate in DC. The legal segregation of housing, schools and public space led to disinvestment and white flight in the 1950s and 60s. Learn about the demands of black home seekers, civil rights attorneys and fair housing advocates, and the legacy of their efforts. For more information contact Washingtoniana librarian Michele Casto at michele.casto @ dc dot gov. This event is part of a series of seminars inspired by the teach-ins at Resurrection City, the Poor People’s Campaign civil rights encampment on the National Mall during the summer of 1968. The series is part of DC Public Library’s year of art, activism and education commemorating the 50th anniversary of the events of 1968. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW, 

Tuesday, July 31 at 3 PM, Pacific Rhythm. Enjoy traditional music and dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, New Zealand, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Samoa, presented with authentic costumes for each island. You’ll be up on your feet as this dance troupe teaches you some Polynesian dances. This is a family program for children of all ages. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Tuesday, July 31 at 6:30 PM, Harry Potter 20th Anniversary. It's been 20 years since the Chamber of Secrets has been opened. Come celebrate with trivia, crafts and surprises. Costumes are not required, but encouraged. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,     

Wednesday, August 1 at 6 PM, NoMa Fab Lab Pop-Up: DIY Mending Workshop. This Wednesday is our Do-It-Yourself Mending Workshop, where you can learn how to do basic garment repair. Please bring in your own (clean) garment and learn how to fix a hem, sew on a button, or create a patch! Space is limited, so please register at to reserve your spot. The Fab Lab at NoMa is a weather-dependent space, and may close at short notice due to adverse conditions. We will do our best to notify class members in advance. Please check DC Public Library’s Twitter account @dcpl for closing notices. The NoMa Fab Lab Pop-Up is at 1150 First St. NE,    

Wednesday, August 1 at 7 PM, DC Jazz: An Author Talk. Maurice Jackson and Blair Ruble, co-editors and contributors to the recently published collection of essays, DC Jazz: Stories of Jazz Music in Washington DC, will discuss the social, economic and historical conditions surrounding DC’s jazz music history. Jackson, a Georgetown University professor and historian, and author Ruble are two of ten area contributors to this collection. DC Jazz traces the earliest beginnings of the District's jazz scene, focusing on Duke Ellington, the history of Howard University’s music program, the significance of 7th and U Streets, segregation, long gone music venues and more. The event will be co-moderated by Reuben Jackson, archivist at the Felix E. Grant Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, and DCPL Special Collections Archivist, Ray Barker. Copies of DC Jazz will be available for purchase at this event. Free. For all ages. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW, 

Thursday, August 2 at 2 PM, Reptiles Alive. Enjoy an exciting live animal show. Professional wildlife presenters will entertain audiences with funny and fascinating facts while showcasing a colorful variety of exotic animals. A family program for children ages 5 and up. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Thursday, August 2 at 7 PM CR Gibbs Summer Lecture Series: "From Black Cargoes to Black Lives Matter: A Brief History of African-American Protest." Join award-winning historian CR Gibbs for his monthly summer lecture series at the Deanwood Neighborhood Library, 1350 49th St. NE. Free and open to all.  

Thursday, August 2 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Summer Evenings at the National Arboretum: The Hip-Hop Orchestra. Pack a picnic, bring a lawn chair or blanket, and relax below the Capitol Columns. "The HHO" is a collaborative music project featuring a new generation of DMV artists who color sound with spirit using a diverse palette of personality and strokes of Hip-Hop bringing you classic medleys and landmark originals. More about the The Hip-Hop Orchestra at: All concerts hosted by Friends of the National Arboretum are free, but reservations are required - go to: Sorry, dogs and alcohol are not permitted. Gates open at 6 PM; concerts go from 7 - 8:30 PM. pm. Enter through the R Street NE Gate (2400 R St. NE)   

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