Thursday, August 9, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column August 10-16, 2018

Enid A. Haupt Garden
Photo credit: Another Believer (Wikimedia Creative Commons)
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, August 10 from 4 - 11 PM, Truckeroo! Truckeroo brings local food trucks to The Bullpen near Yards Park in the bustling Capitol Riverfront neighborhood to dole out everything from barbecue to crepes to premium, hand-scooped ice cream. About two dozen wheeled food sellers show up, and there are picnic tables and shade to keep things cool. There will also be games, cold beverages and live music to create the full-on summer experience. Free admission. The Bullpen is at 1299 Half Street SE,      

Friday August 10 from 8 - 11 PM, Garden Party: From Africa to Asia. There’s no better place to celebrate summer than the Enid A. Haupt Garden, flanked on either side by the National Museum of African Art and the Sackler Gallery. Spend a late-summer evening in the dramatically lit garden, and enjoy exclusive late-night access to galleries featuring art from the African and Asian continents. Add music by DJ As-One, specialty cocktails, and curators’ talks, and you’ve got a garden party you just can’t miss. More of the evening’s features include: a GIF photo booth courtesy of OM Digital; a cash bar and African and Asian-inspired food for purchase, from vendors including the People’s Bao, West Tribes, and Haenyo; both Museum stores open until 10 PM. Come dressed in your global garden best! The party goes on rain or shine, but in case of rain, will take place inside the S. Dillon Ripley Center - entrances at 1000 Independence Ave. and 1100 Jefferson Dr. SW. Must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend. Tickets: $25 for General Admission; $60 for VIP Admission - available here:  More info: 

Saturday, August 11 from 10 AM - 2:30 PM, 2018 English Learners' Back to School Fair by DCPS, MOLA, OSSE, UDC, My School DC. Join us at the English Learners' Back to School Fair! Come see all the AWESOME community resources located right here in DC and learn more about how to support your English Learner student. This event is for linguistically and culturally diverse DC students and their families, including DC students who are learning English as a second language. FREE entertainment, games, face painting, and moon bounce. FREE giveaways: hundreds of backpacks, school supplies, and more. FREE kid haircuts! FREE food! FREE health services! FREE legal consultations! Childcare available (ages 4-12). Giveaways are while supplies last and services are on a first-come, first-served basis. At Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th Street NW. Advance registration is not required but it is strongly encouraged. - go to Questions? Contact @ dc dot gov.  

Saturday, August 11 from 1 - 3 PM, “Investigating Where We Live” – Opening Reception. What was it like being a teenager in Washington, DC, in 1968? Going to school? Hanging out with friends? Hearing about Dr. King’s assassination and the many responses? Participating in Resurrection City and demonstrations? How does that relate to youth’s experiences in the city 50 years later? This summer, teens from the DC metro area spent five weeks looking back at this historic year through the lens of youth experience and culture, and have curated an exhibition that shares their points of view. Working in studio teams, they collaboratively and individually produced photographs, artwork, installations, and creative writing that express their reflections and connections. Meet the teen participants at the exhibition opening reception and view their work. Free. All ages. This event does not require an RSVP. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW,   

Saturday, August 11 at 2 PM,  Garden Concert Series: Jess Eliot Myhre & Chris Ousley. Join us for an afternoon of music in the beautiful garden area beside Northeast Library. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the sounds of Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley, co-founders of The Bumper Jacksons, a hot and sweet duo, who paint America's story from the streets of New Orleans to Appalachian hollers. They've been honored multiple times as the Mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" and "Best Traditional Band" at the Washington Area Music Awards. Bursting at the seams with some of the richest threads of old America, Bumper Jacksons bring you into the center of a party where everyone's invited and the dance floor never sleeps. This concert is the third in Northeast Library's new Garden Concert Series, generously sponsored by the Friends of the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE,    

Sunday, August 12 from 3 - 9 PM, AfroBeatsDC Day Party. HipHop, AfroBeats, Dancehall, Soca Party - Come for the Great Music, and Great Vibez. It’s an International Melting Pot! All genres! Amazing DJs! Age 21+ | DressCode: Fashionable. Free admission. 3rd floor - AfroBeats Exclusive - A dedicated floor to AfroBeats! Rooftop - International at Decades DC, 1219 Connecticut Avenue NW,       

Monday, August 13 at 7:30 PM, Board Games for Grown-ups. Join your neighbors and friends at the Chevy Chase DC Library for an adult board game night. Themed games, strategy games, cooperative games and every-player-for-themselves games—we’ll have a board game that makes you want to play. For ages 18 and older. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,  

Tuesday August 14 at 4 PM, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa: Eco Planters. Visit us at Fab Lab NoMa, where you can make and keep an eco friendly planter. We would like to film the process of creating living art in a maker space, however we will have an area zoned for no filming if you're uncomfortable with the concept. Visit for registration. Free. Registration is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class. Children ages 6-12 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Children under the age of 6 are prohibited from entering the space except during specially designed events. 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 for closing notices. NoMa Pop-Up is at 1150 First St. NE,     

Wednesday, August 15 at 8 PM, The Hamilton Lottery Losers Gathering and PityFest. Have you been entering the lottery for Hamilton tickets every day? And losing every time? Feel like you keep missing your shot? Join your fellow losers and toast your bad luck together. You can sing the songs from the show you haven't seen and you can one-up each other with your Hamilton trivia knowledge. Going to the Hamilton Losers Lottery may not be as good as getting to see the show, but it’s not nothing! OK, it really is nothing….because it’s the Weekly Fake Event!  

Thursday, August 16 at 6:30 PM, A Right to the City: Histories of Neighborhood Organizing in DC. Join Dr. Samir Meghelli, Chief Curator at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum for a discussion about how Washingtonians have shaped and reshaped their neighborhoods in extraordinary ways. After a half-century of population decline and disinvestment, Washington, DC, today is home to a rapidly growing population, rising rents and home prices, major new development projects, but also deepening inequality. Dr. Meghelli will explore more than five decades of neighborhood change in the nation’s capital as well as the rich history of organizing and civic engagement that accompanied it. This discussion is based on the Right to the City exhibit at the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum, highlighting six neighborhoods across the city—Adams Morgan, Anacostia, Brookland, Chinatown, Shaw, and Southwest. Register for seminar at For more information about People's University seminars, contact michele.casto @ dc dot gov. Free. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW,      

Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018, 7 p.m., Library Takeout: Go-Go Archive at the Big Ugly Truck Pop-Up. Join the Go-Go Archive team and Library Takeout at The Big Ugly Truck's outdoor dance party located at 14th and U St. NW. The truck will invite local DJs to spin the finest of DC's go-go sounds. Need a break from the dance floor? DC Public Library staff will have information about the Go-Go Archive and upcoming programs, and you can sign up for a library card or summer challenge. DC Public Library is continuing in an effort to collect tapes, records, CDs, ticket stubs, flyers, stories and anything else the community would like to donate for preservation within the DC Public Library. Have a story you would like to tell? We'll be on site with a recorder and can capture your go-go story. Visit for more information about the Go-Go Archive. Free. At 14th and U St. NW,    

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