Thursday, August 2, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column, August 3 - August 9, 2018

Meridian Hill Park (Malcolm X Park).
Photo by Ben Schumin on July 6, 2005
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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 17,800+ 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 3 at 3 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 Cleveland Park Library,  3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Friday August 3, 5–8 PM, Hip-Hop and Kung Fu at Freer/Sackler Museum. The final event of this new summer series features Shaolin Jazz, the brainchild of local creatives Gerald Watson and DJ 2-Tone Jones. Inspired by the iconic hip-hop supergroup the Wu-Tang Clan, Shaolin Jazz will spotlight the parallels among hip-hop, jazz, and martial arts cultures as they spin tracks on the Freer plaza. Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork, flavorful Indian cuisine by Rasa, 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 Made in Hong Kong Film Festival screening of Legendary Weapons of Kung Fu at 7 pm. This cult classic martial arts flick gets a new soundtrack as DJ 2-Tone Jones mixes hip-hop, soul, funk, jazz, and more for a memorable moviegoing experience. Free; no tickets required. The Sackler/Freer is at 1050 Independence Avenue SW. More info:

Friday, August 3 from 6 - 8 PM, Heurich Museum’s Summer Cool Down. The Heurich House Museum will open its first floor during First Friday Dupont, the first-of-the-month art walk/tour of galleries in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Grab a beer from this month’s featured brewery, Denizens Brewing Co, while touring the museum’s first floor and cooling off in the Castle Garden with a kiddie pool and misting station. This month’s event will feature a first look at the “Art of Beer,” a new exhibit in the Carriage House Gallery, exhibiting works from prominent local artists and their craft beer designs. Free and open to the public - drinks and snacks available for purchase. Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. More info:  

Friday, August 3 from 6 - 9 PM, First Friday Concert series at Cathedral Commons presents Caiso Steel Band. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and join us on Newark and Wisconsin Ave for a free performance of Caribbean music from Caiso Steel Band. Enjoy  local food & drink -- fun for the whole family. Free. More info on the series:

Saturday, August 4 from 12 - 8 PM, Civic Fest! Get active. Get Inspired. Get Involved. CivicFest is an all-day event intended to inspire people to work together in their communities with joy, courage, wisdom, and kindness. Come for an hour or stay the whole day! Surrounded by the beautiful Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park (walking distance of both Columbia Heights and U Street Metro stations), we will bring together music, dance, yoga, art, workshops, conversation, community, and nature to reawaken our sense of hope in our ability to work together to make a better world. 20+ nonprofits from the DC area are at CivicFest 2018! Sign up to tutor or mentor a child in DC! Help create a movement in DC to build the civic culture we all need to elect better leaders, enact better policies, and weave a civic fabric of empathy, hope and wisdom through our actions, large and small! Free admission. At Meridian Hill/Malcolm X Park, 16th and W Streets NW. Learn more at

Sunday, August 5 at 2 PM, Lecture: Picturing Alexander Hamilton. Guest lecturer Heidi Applegate will guide visitors on a voyage through art that features Hamilton, his family and other essential persons from his life. Free. At the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium, Madison Drive at 4th St NW, 

Monday, August 6 at 3:30 PM, Japan-in-a-Suitcase. Join us in the Children's Programming Room as our partners at the Japanese-American Society present Japan-in-a-Suitcase. They will bring a suitcase of items from modern Japanese life, and we can: Learn basic Japanese greetings and words; Practice origami; Practice writing Japanese; Try on traditional clothing; and more! For children ages 6 and up with their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Monday,  August 6 from 6 - 8 PM, 12 Things You Should Know About 1968...and Why They Matter Today. Join Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter for an interactive discussion exploring why 1968 was such an incredible year in Washington, DC. She will share her Top 12 List of the most important events that took place throughout the entire year of 1968 and how they resonate with what's happening today. Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter is curator of the dc1968 project, a digital project featuring #OTD stories and photographs throughout 2018 about activism, art, architecture and everyday life in 1968 via and @dc1968project on Instagram and Twitter. At the Petworth Neighborhood Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW, Free, but please register:

Tuesday, August 7 from 5 - 7 PM, “Our Shared Street” Pop-Up 2018 by Arlington Transportation Partners. Our Shared Street Pop-Up is a block party where you can get to know your neighbors and local transportation options. There are also tons of great giveaways happening and fun activities. The event will be held on a closed street at the intersection of S Oakland Street and Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA. Free. More info:   

Tuesday, August 7 at 12 noon, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa: DIY Vintage Lace Bracelet. A little lace is a perfect accent for a summertime outfit! Learn how to DIY your own bracelet using vintage lace and a small clasp. 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. Please check the DC Public Library Twitter feed for notice of closings. Free. The Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa is at 1150 First St. NE, 
Wednesday, August 8 from 2 - 7 PM, 6th Annual Bellevue Back-to-School Bash - plus MPD’s “Beat the Streets” Event. This free celebration is fun for the whole family and aims to kick off a healthy, safe and successful school year with backpacks and school supply giveaways. The event will also include live music from the Junk Yard Band, free face painting, caricature art, Samsung Virtual Reality experiences, raffles and prizes. Special appearances from Miss Teen DC USA and Miss USA. Come out and have a great time with your neighbors! Free. Bellevue Library is at 115 Atlantic St. SW,

Wednesday, August 8, 6 - 7:30 PM, The History of Our Urban Forest. This program from Casey Trees offers an engaging and educational look at the trees that you see every day when you're walking the streets of Washington, DC. Maddy McPhee, community education coordinator for Casey Trees, will deliver great information on the history of the urban forest in our neighborhoods, as well as talk about some tree biology and give some tips for identifying the trees that you might see out and about. Free and open to the public. At Anacostia Library,1800 Good Hope Road SE,

Wednesday, August 8 from 9 PM - Midnight, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night. If you have a vegetable garden, just about now you should have an overabundance of zucchini. What do you do with it all? Give it away! But what if you’ve already offered it to your friends and family and they have taken all they can handle? That’s when you are glad it’s August 8, the day designated for anyone to sneak around at night dropping off bags of their excess green squash on neighbors’ porches. And you don’t even have to leave a note. Yes, this is a real holiday! I know you might think it’s the Weekly Fake Event, but it was created many years ago by Tom Roy of and it’s in the Farmer’s Almanac, and it’s on all the calendars of national days, like this one: For real ideas of what to do with your zucchini today, go to Twitter and enter the hashtag: #SneakSomeZucchiniOntoYourNeighborsPorch - and you will be amazed at how many things you can do with a zucchini!

Thursday, August 9 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Things Unseen: The Fluency of Abstraction - exhibition at American University’s Katzen Museum, 2nd Floor. Exploring themes suggested by internationally acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam, this exhibition features artists Adrienne Gaither, Alteronce Gumby, Allen Jackson, and David Smedley. These artists use abstraction as a conduit to express their keen observations. The broad implications of the exhibition signify the fluency of abstraction and its many interpretations. What is absent is present. The artists explore the unseen through abstract sculpture, painting, and photography. Curated by Janell Blackmon Pryor. Free. Katzen Arts Center is on Massachusetts Avenue just north of Ward Circle, on the east side of the street. More info:      

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