Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column, Nov 9 - 15, 2018

Armistice Day 11/11/1918 (photo - public domain)
We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. 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, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv      

Friday, November 9 and Saturday, November 10 at 7:30 PM, RENT (School Edition), presented by Wilson HS Theatre. Set in the East Village of New York City, RENT is about falling in love, finding your voice, and living for today. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, it has become a pop culture phenomenon with a rock music score, and a mature story that resonates with all generations. (Some material may not be appropriate for younger children; please use your discretion.) Performances repeated next Friday and Saturday at 7:30 PM, plus a Saturday afternoon matinee on 11/17 at 2:30 PM. Tickets at the door: $5 student/child/Wilson staff (all performances); $15 adult ($10 for the matinee). In Wilson High School Auditorium, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW.   

Saturday, November 10, 10 AM - 3:00 PM, Family Day: I Can See My House From Here! Featuring Peter Waddell, "Eye of the Bird" artist and historian. Washington looks quite grand, even from above. Enjoy a day of family-friendly activities designed to help you see DC from a bird’s eye perspective. Contribute to our three-dimensional map by building the city’s hospitals, schools, national monuments, and more from recycled materials. Practice your drawing skills in special workshops with local artist and historian Peter Waddell—and don’t leave without seeing Waddell’s finished bird’s eye view paintings of Washington DC in Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of DC’s Past. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,     

Saturday, November 10 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Cleveland Park Wikipedia Edit-a-thon. Learn to edit Wikipedia pages and help improve the entries for historic sites, people, institutions, and more in and around Cleveland Park. No experience necessary! Experienced Wikipedians from the Wikimedia Foundation will teach us how to edit pages, and CPHS and Wikimedia will have reference materials ready for us to use. If you would like to suggest a Wikipedia article that we should work on editing at the Edit-a-thon, please email Carin Ruff at staff @ clevelandparkhistoricalsociety dot org. To register, visit N.B.: Participants must bring their own laptops. The Wikimedia Foundation will provide lunch. When you register, let us know in the registration form if you'd like a vegetarian lunch. Everyone is welcome to participate. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. 

Saturday, November 10 at 1 PM, Lost Farms and Estates in Washington, DC. Join author Kim Prothro Williams for a discussion of her book "Lost Farms and Estates in Washington, DC," presented by the Peabody Room. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,   

Saturday, November 10, 7:30 – 9 PM, Rejoice! English Choral Music. The first half of the 20th century saw the flourishing resurgence of English choral music. Join Casey Cook and the American University Chorus for an exploration of some of England’s most beloved composers, including works by Gerald Finzi, Herbert Howells, Benjamin Britten, and Ralph Vaughan Williams. Free and open to the public. At National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave NW,    

Sunday November 11 from 12 - 3 PM, Veterans Day at Tudor Place: Generations of Service Tours. In honor of Veterans Day, guided house tours of Tudor Place focus on stories and artifacts recalling six generations of an American family in wartime, abroad and at home. Military families and veterans tour free. Tickets: Adults $10 (age 18-61); senior 62+ $8; college student with ID $8; students age 5-17 $3; under 5 free. Guided tours offered hourly; ticket includes garden access. Book online up to 24 hours before tour time, or call 202.965.0400. Walk-ins are welcome as space permits. Tours last approximately 45 minutes. At Tudor Place Historic House and Gardens, 1644 31st Street NW,   

Sunday, November 11 at 5 PM, National Veterans Day Concert for the 100th Anniversary of World War I. Join Washington National Cathedral - online or in person - on November 11, 2018 as we celebrate the resilience of America's military families and commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The National Veterans Day Concert celebrates the indomitable spirit of our veterans, their triumph over adversity, their resilience and their love of country. Through words, music and images, “The President’s Own” U.S. Marine Chamber Orchestra, Chaise Lounge Band, singer Emy Cee, rapper Soldier Hard and other entertainers will perform a varied and compelling veterans-themed program. The concert is presented in collaboration with the WWI Centennial Commission and Veterans in Media and Entertainment. This is a free concert but reservations are required through the box office. Register and learn more at  The Washington National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues, NW.

Monday, November 12 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Creating Capitol Hill: Place, Proprietors, and People" presented by Don Alexander Hawkins, author and historical cartographer; Pamela Scott, author and architectural historian. Learn the story of how the founding fathers reached a compromise to situate the permanent seat of government along the Potomac River, how George Washington and Pierre L’Enfant chose the site for the city, how President Washington negotiated an agreement with the proprietors who owned the land on which the city was to sit, and how a neighborhood and capital city arose from these tenuous arrangements. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,    

Monday, November 12, at 12 noon, “T-Minus Ten” Day - Planning Meeting. The “T” stands for Thanksgiving, and there’s just 10 days to go! If you need help organizing and coordinating all the arrangements essential to pulling off a large family dinner, then the T-Minus Ten Day Planning Meeting is for you! At this grand strategy session, we will come up with meal plan solutions for this sample guest list: a vegan couple, 2 gluten-frees, 1 paleo diet, and 1-3 last minute additions with some surprise dietary requirements. In another scenario, we’ll talk about the great-aunt who insists on bringing her bacon & green bean casserole that violates every single dietary rule observed by the rest of the family. We’ll cover seating, too, including tricky calculations such as: “How many “Never Trumpers” can you accommodate before your brother-in-law MAGA Joe stomps off in a huff?” And: Should an 19 year old who’s still in high school be at the kids’ table? What about the 18 year old genius/dropout who’s running a tech start-up valued at $2.5 million? Bring your thorniest problems and we’ll brainstorm together! To help us allot time to deal with each planning problem, you can email problems in advance to      

Tuesday, November 13 at 6:30 PM, Author Talk: Paul Butler. Join us for a discussion of Paul Butler's latest book in which he explores the ways black men are feared, watched and policed and how the judicial system is complicit. His book examines, among other thought-provoking topics, social programs that fall short, black on black violence and alternatives to incarceration. “Chokehold:  Policing Black Men” was named one of the 50 best non-fiction books of 2017 by The Washington Post. The New York Times described Chokehold as the best book on criminal justice reform since The New Jim Crow.  It was a finalist for the 2018 NAACP Image Award for best non-fiction. Paul Butler is the Albert Brick Professor in Law at Georgetown University Law Center and a legal analyst on MSNBC. Free. At the Shepherd Park/ Juanita E. Thorton library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,    

Tuesday, November 13 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Joan of Arc: The Woman, The Saint, The Political Icon. Valerie Croquez, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of World Languages and Cultures at American University, will lead a wide ranging conversation about the life and influence of Joan of Arc. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,    

Wednesday, November 14 at 7 PM, Board Games / Trivia Night for Grown Ups. Join your neighbors and friends at the Chevy Chase Library the second Wednesday of each month at 7 PM for an adult board game and trivia 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. We will alternate between trivia night and playing the board games. For ages 18 and older. Free. Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,    

Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 PM, Two Faces of Comedy at Lincoln’s Cottage. Back by popular demand, President Lincoln's Cottage is teaming up with the DC Improv for the third year of our Two Faces Comedy series. Back by popular demand, and drawing inspiration from Abraham Lincoln's legendary humor and self-deprecation, President Lincoln's Cottage and The DC Improv are again partnering to present Two Faces Comedy, the first comedy series to transform Lincoln's living room into a comedy den. Tonight’s comedians are: Katherine Jessup; Chelsea Shorte; Naomi Karavani; Denise Taylor. For short bios of the comedians - and advance tickets $5 per person - go to: Cash bar: Beer and wine will be available for $5 a drink at each show. This comedy series is recommended for adult audiences. President Lincoln's Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. 

Thursday, November 15 at 7 PM, “American Autobiography: From Colonial to Contemporary Times,” led by resident scholar, Philip Burnham, associate professor in the English Department at George Mason University. This program is part of the Nathalie V. Black Book Discussion Series: American Autobiography, which looks 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 email  cplbookseries @ gmail dot com. This month’s program considers “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings,” by Maya Angelou. Published in 1969, Angelou’s first of many autobiographies charts her childhood and adolescence through the Great Depression and World War II. This moving account is an intimate memoir about survival in the segregated South and the changes wrought by the Great Migration for many African American families. For other titles in December and January, see Free. You need not have attended the previous session to enjoy this one. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW.   

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