Wednesday, October 3, 2018

The Exorcist Steps - Photo by Alma Mater
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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 17,900+ 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, October 5 at 1 PM, Viking Ship Draken Arrives at Transit Pier. Welcome the Draken ship as it sails into port with a display of Viking valor and excitement. Captain Björn Ahlander and his crew will step ashore to greet the crowd and introduce the Draken. This event is free and open to the public. The ship’s arrival marks the start of the Draken Village pop-up at Transit Pier at The Wharf, continuing until October 15. Climb aboard the world’s largest operating Viking ship, Draken Harald Hårfagre and discover your #VikingSpirit with inspiring ship tours, engaging crew demonstrations, and insta-worthy moments. Hosted in partnership with Wharf DC and with a number of free cultural events hosted by the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Washington and the Norwegian-American Chamber of Commerce, Mid Atlantic Chapter. For more info on these events and to purchase tickets: go to The Draken Experience at

Friday, October 5 from 6 - 9 PM, Opening Night for “A (GOOD) AMERICAN: Artists on Immigration” New Art Exhibition at the Heurich Museum. Eight artists examine the immigrant experience in America in an era when the patriotism of American immigrants is under constant scrutiny. The artists use the interior and exterior spaces of the Heurich House Museum, historic home of 19th century German immigrant Christian Heurich, as backdrop and inspiration. The following artists will be featured: Sobia Ahmad, Antonius Bui, Irene Clouthier, Hoesy Corona, Andy Fernandez, Alden Leonard, Tsedaye Makonnen, and Carolina Mayorga. “A (GOOD) AMERICAN” draws some of its inspiration from the Heurich family’s own personal experiences of being targeted by anti-German sentiment during WWI. Heurich recalls that painful time in the autobiography he wrote towards the end of this life, saying: “Within my powers, and in so far as an old man was able, I was as good an American as were you.” The exhibition will be open on Friday with a public event from 6-9 PM featuring the artists. Free. At Christian Heurich House, 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, October 5 from 6 - 9 PM, The Friday Nights in the Heights concert series wraps up on October 5th!  Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and join us at the Cathedral Commons Giant on Newark Street at Wisconsin Ave. for a free performance from Nelly’s Echo, local food and drink, and fun for the whole family. More info: 

Saturday, October 6 from 1 - 4 PM, Chile Pepper Celebration at the National Herb Garden. Come taste all the delicious chile pepper infused food made by members of Mid-Atlantic District Units. There will be drinks, salsas, sweets and savories. Learn more about chile peppers and all the different varieties. Marvel at the beautiful chile pepper border in the National Herb Garden, which this year will also include other nightshade plants. Free admission. At the US National Arboretum, National Herb Garden, 3501 New York Avenue NE,

Saturday, October 6 from 1:30 - 6 PM,  Adams Morgan PorchFest. Join us for our annual Adams Morgan PorchFest as live music takes over the neighborhood on over a dozen different porches, patios, stoops, etc. featuring music from dozens of bands all over the neighborhood. The performances will overlap, enabling a nonstop musical stroll around the neighborhood. Each location will host three 45-minute sets between 2 pm and 6 pm. The range of bands touches nearly every musical genre, including classic rock, rap, reggae, folk, classical, a cappella, and more. For more details, pick up a map at PorchFest Headquarters in SunTrust Plaza (18th Street and Columbia Road NW) or visit and follow #AdMoPorchFest.

Sunday, October 7 at 1 PM, Beyond the Studio Workshop: Kokedama Making with Lily Cox. Join artist and founder of A Strange Flower DC, Lily Cox, for an afternoon of kokedama making! Hear about Lily's experience as a DC-based artist and receive instruction on how to create, display, and care for your very own kokedama. A kokedama is a ball of soil and moss that contains the roots of a living plant that can be fashioned to hang like an ornament or displayed to sit on its own. This event is presented in collaboration with Shop Made in DC. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd floor. Tickets: $12, available online at 

Monday, October 9 from 6 - 9 PM, “The Exorcist’s Power,” with David Wilt, professorial lecturer in film studies at George Washington University - a presentation in the “Profs and Pints” series. William Peter Blatty’s best-selling 1971 novel The Exorcist, based on actual events in the Washington DC area in the late 1940s, gave rise to a film that was, and remains, extremely popular and influential. Wilt will discuss the original case that inspired Blatty, the best-selling book itself, the film The Exorcist and its many cinematic offspring, and the DC area locales that factored into the film. His talk is a can’t-miss event for horror-film buffs and folks willing to sleep with the lights on for the rest of October. Your head just might spin, and you’re double-dared to stroll out of talk and make a pilgrimage to Georgetown’s Exorcist stairs. (Advance tickets $12. At the door: $15. $2 off with student ID. Advance tickets available at: At the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd Street NW. More info:

Monday, October 8 at 7 PM, Goodbye, Columbus Day? - A Panel Discussion and Planning Session. Every year more cities and towns join the movement to re-brand Columbus Day as Indigenous Peoples Day (see:, as they see no reason to honor the colonizer who enslaved native people, helped spread epidemics that eventually wiped out millions, and suppressed native religions and culture. Still, in many more cities, Columbus Day has been the occasion for Italian Americans to put on a parade celebrating Italy, birthplace of their ancestors as well as birthplace of Columbus. Is there a way to continue to honor Italian Americans and at the same time honor the culture and heritage of Indigenous Americans? We say yes! And we propose a NEW national holiday that will accomplish both purposes, to be called Indigenous Americans and Italian American Culture and Heritage Event, or IA-IA-CHE (pronounced Ya-Ya-Chee). We will meet on October 8 in our first planning session which we hope will be the start of a movement to turn Columbus Day into IA-IA-CHE Day for the whole nation! To find out the location of the meeting, please register here: If you can’t attend but want to help kickstart this movement, you can sign our online petition here:

Tuesday October 9 at 4 PM, Art Attack: Vincent Van Gogh. Learn all about Vincent Van Gogh and his fantastic impasto and make a painting inspired by his art. This program is for ages 6 and up. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Tuesday, October 9 at 6 PM, Triple Take: A Double Take Special Edition. In this special edition of Double Take, three Smithsonian experts come together to discuss the natural history of the buffalo, its significance to native peoples, and its place in American Art. SAAM’s curator of sculpture, Karen Lemmey is joined by Paul Marinari, senior curator for species survival at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), and Emil Her Many Horses, associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian, to discuss relevant works in SAAM’s collection. Free. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW -  meet at G Street Lobby. More info:

Wednesday, October 10 at 5:30 PM, Fab Lab Pop-Up at NoMa: Make 3-D Halloween Horns. Halloween is coming, and 3-D printed horns make a great last-minute accessory. During this workshop, pick your own pair of horns and decorate them with glitter, paint and LEDs. 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.NoMa Fab Lab Pop-Up is at 1150 First St. NE, 202-604-7820,

Thursday, October 11 at 4 PM, Day of the Dead Arts and Crafts | Dia de los Muertos Artesanias: Tissue Paper Flowers and Sugar Skulls. Join us in celebrating Day of the Dead by preparing an altar. We will be doing arts and crafts to decorate an altar at the Mt. Pleasant Library in the Children's Room. This activity is open to all ages: children, teens, and adults. There are three dates for this project: October 11 for Tissue Paper Flowers and Sugar Skulls; October 18 for Sugar Skulls; October 15 for Skull Paintings. Free. In the Children’s Room of the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St. More info:

Thursday, October 11 from 6 - 11:59 PM, East Building’s 40th Anniversary. I.M. Pei’s iconic East Building opened in 1978. The National Gallery of Art is celebrating 40 years of this landmark building and modern art collection with disco music from local favorite DJ Kelton Higgins, a film inspired by the East Building, and pop-up talks featuring works of art from the 1970s. Visitors can design birthday cards, construct the museum of the future using blocks and magnetic tiles, play beloved games from the disco era, and indulge in cake pops and a variety of empanadas. Free. At the National Gallery of Art, 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW,

Thursday, October 11 at 7 PM, Nathalie V. Black Book Discussion Series: American Autobiography: From Colonial to Contemporary Times - led by resident scholar, Philip Burnham, associate professor in the English Department at George Mason University. The series will look at how the style and themes of American narratives have evolved over the span of several centuries.  Readings include personal accounts by a Founding Father, an African American activist, a Native American medicine man and the first Hispanic member of the Supreme Court.  To register, please e-mail cplbookseries @ gmail dot com. The series is made possible by the generous support of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,     

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