Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, Feb 1 - 7, 2019

DC Public Library
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 18,000+ 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 February 1  from 6 - 8 PM, First Friday Dupont at Heurich House Museum. Pay homage to DC beyond the federal city by learning about hundreds of historic brewery objects in the exhibit “HOME/BREWED: How the Chr. Heurich Brewing Co. Witnessed DC History” and by viewing the paintings of Dupont Circle by local artists from Art Enables in the museum’s new installation “Scenes from the Dupont Festival” and by making a valentine for our beloved city inspired by historic Washingtonians. Drinks and snacks will be available for purchase during this free public event. For a list of other museums and galleries participating in the First Friday Dupont program of open houses, exhibitions and special programming, please visit For more about the Heurich House exhibitions, see The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Friday through Sunday, February 1-3, Chocolate Festival in Old Town Fairfax, VA. Enjoy a festival of everything chocolate! See the Chocolate Challenge, an arts contest featuring breathtaking art made completely of chocolate, and enjoy sample chocolates, historic re-enactments, children's activities, craft show, open houses at historic buildings, Kiwanis BBQ lunch, and more. Friday, February 1 is for Liquid Chocolate only from 6 - 8 PM; Saturday, February 2 has a full schedule of events from 10 AM to 7 PM; and on Sunday, February 3, there are events from 12 noon to 4 PM - see the link below for all the details. Many events are free to enter but there’s a charge for chocolate tastings or other food and drink. Schedule for all 3 days, with prices, directions, and more at   

Saturday February 2 at 8:30 AM, Groundhog Day at Dupont Circle. Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions. Free. 1 Dupont Circle NW. More info: 

Saturday, February 2 at 2 PM, Heroes of the Underground Railroad around Washington, DC. Join anthropologist and author Jenny Masur as she tells the stories of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad who lived and worked in Washington, DC. Men and women, black and white, operatives and freedom seekers--all demonstrated courage, resourcefulness and initiative. Leonard Grimes, a free African American, was arrested for transporting enslaved people to freedom. John Dean, a white lawyer, used the District courts to test the legality of the Fugitive Slave Act. Anna Maria Weems dressed as a boy in order to escape to Canada. Enslaved people engineered escapes, individually and in groups, with and without the assistance of an organized network. Some ended up back in slavery or in jail, but some escaped to freedom. Masur will share their stories and discuss the impact for the DC community. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW

Sunday, February 3 starting at 6:30 PM, Watch Super Bowl LIII, Patriots Vs Rams, at Cactus Cantina in Cleveland Park. Enjoy Tex Mex drinks and appetizers while you watch the game. At Wisconsin Ave and Macomb St NW, 202-686-7222,

Monday, February 4 at 12 PM, Book Talk: "A Literary Guide to Washington, DC" with author Kim Roberts. Washington, DC has been home to many of our nation’s most acclaimed writers. From the city’s founding to the beginnings of modernism, literary luminaries including Walt Whitman, Paul Laurence Dunbar, Alice Dunbar-Nelson, Henry Adams, Langston Hughes, and Zora Neale Hurston have lived and worked at their craft in our nation’s capital. Kim Roberts offers a guide to the city’s rich literary history with her new book A Literary Guide to Washington, DC: Walking in the Footsteps of American Writers from Francis Scott Key to Zora Neale Hurston. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, 

Monday, February 4 at 7 PM, The District's Black Doughboys of World War I - part of the C. R. Gibbs African American History and Culture Lecture Series. Hear the forgotten story of the all-Black First Separate Battalion of the DC National Guard. A century ago, these local men were sent from the Jim Crow capital of the United States to fight in the trenches of war torn France and were awarded the Croix de Guerre, one of France's highest military honors. Historian C. R. Gibbs brings his lively and engaging lecture style to the library in celebration of Black History Month. Passionate and knowledgeable, his talks are always informative and his scholarship accessible. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,   

Tuesday, February 5 at 6 PM, 30th Annual Black Film Festival: DC Public Library's Celebration of Black American Cinema. Movie: Sorry to Bother You. A Black telemarketer reaps professional success after adopting a "white" voice but soon begins to examine his conscience. Starring Lakeith Stanfield, Tessa Thompson and Danny Glover. Directed by Boots Riley. 111 minutes. 2018. Rated R. Free. In the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW - all films in the BlackFilm Festival are screened in the library's lower-level meeting room,

Tuesday, February 5, at 4 PM, Chinese New Year. February 5 is the start of the Chinese New Year! Join us as we kick off the Year of the Pig with lucky crafts and activities. Recommended for children ages 3 to 12 with their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Tuesday, February 7 at 6 PM, Year of the Pig Pride Day. Were you born in the year of the Pig? The years are: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, and 2019. Do you secretly wish you were born under the sign of another, more glamorous animal in the Chinese zodiac? In Western culture, the pig is thought to be greedy, dirty, and dumb. For all those inculcated with these anti-porcine stereotypes, now there’s a support group which will restore pride in your natal sign. At this meeting you will learn much more about the noble porker - an animal whose intelligence has tested equal to that of our canine friends. Did you know most pigs are actually quite neat and tidy? We will hear more about pigs of great talent, such as Wilbur, Miss Piggy, Olivia, and Babe. And we will learn how in the Chinese zodiac, those born in the year of the pig are believed to be lucky, happy, easygoing, honest, trusting, educated, sincere, and brave (see: Free. Location TBD - please register at to see the address.

Wednesday, February 6 at 6 PM, A Conversation with Author Marita Golden. 2019's Black History Month Theme, Black Migrations, emphasizes the movement of people of African descent to new destinations and subsequently to new social realities. In keeping with that theme, we invite you to a conversation with native Washingtonian and local author, Marita Golden, to discuss her first book Migrations of the Heart about her political activism during the 1960's and her time living in Nigeria. Golden will read from her book and take questions from the audience. Free and open to all ages. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 

Thursday, February 7 at 6 PM, Lunar New Year: Guangdong National Orchestra Ensemble presents Chinese folk music featuring members of the Guangdong National Orchestra playing instruments such as the pipa, erhu, daruan, guzheng gunagdong gaohu, and others. Free - presented as a part of the Kennedy Center’s Lunar New Year Celebration events. On the Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center, 2700 F St NW. More info: 

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