Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, Feb 15 - 21, 2019

Lincoln in stovepipe hat
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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 18,100+ 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 15 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: Edward Gibbon's The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire. Anderson House Library intern Kris Stinson presents an eighteenth-century set of Edward Gibbon’s "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" and discusses the influence of classical ideas and literature on Revolutionary War participants. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the books. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:     

Saturday, February 16 at 2 PM, The Legacy of Harriet Tubman: A One-Woman Performance by Cortenia Smith. This one-woman performance reveals the true spirit of Harriet Tubman, a legendary former slave, abolitionist and hero who defined courage and strength. Drawn from the pages of history and passionately retold by Smith, it tells a story of survival, endurance and faith. Smith has been studying and working on the life of Tubman since 2009 and continues to keep the dream and Tubman’s legacy alive with her one-woman performance. This is a great event for the entire family. Free. At the Bellevue (William O. Lockridge) Library, 115 Atlantic St. SW,     

Saturday, February 16 at 10 AM, Curator Tour: "Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms." Gather with fellow museum members for a special tour of “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” with Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stephanie Haboush Plunkett. Norman Rockwell’s masterpieces make their way to Washington as part of a major international traveling exhibition on the Four Freedoms famously outlined by Franklin D. Roosevelt: freedom of speech; freedom of worship; freedom from want; and freedom from fear. In Enduring Ideals, Rockwell’s iconic paintings and works by other artists capture expressions of freedom from World War II to today. Free, but reservations are required. Register online at or contact Danielle Tyson with questions at 202-994-5579 or email  tysond @ gwu . edu. For information on becoming a member of the museum, go to At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. More info: 

Saturday, February 16 at 2:30 PM, Black History Month Film: Let Freedom Sing, How Music Inspired the Civil Rights Movement. One of the most powerful movements in American history is told through the singers and songwriters who fought for change with their music. Highlights include the influence of WDIA radio in Memphis and the influence of Harry Belafonte, Phil Ochs and other performers. The film is 102 minutes in duration. Free. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar St. NW,    

Sunday, February 17 from 3 - 5 PM, Love Songs of US Presidents - A Cappella Presentation by the Dan Meyer Choir. The Dan Meyer Choir ( will present a series of a cappella (singing without instruments) songs from the writings of several presidents Washington, Jefferson, Madison, Jackson, J.Q. Adams, Tyler, Buchanan, Lincoln, Grant, Hayes, Harding, Hoover, L.B. Johnson, Nixon, Ford, and G.W. Bush, that provide amazing insights. Please join us for this free event at the Georgetown Public Library, 3260 R Street NW, 

Monday, February 18 from 10:15 AM - 3:15 PM, Make your own stovepipe hat - just like Abraham Lincoln! A Presidents Day Kids’ Activity at Lincoln Cottage. In honor of President’s Day, President Lincoln’s Cottage is offering an opportunity for children and their families to answer the question, “What do you do with a chance?” As President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln took many chances in the hopes of unifying the country. At times, Lincoln felt his ideas were just out of his reach and worried that he might fail. With some courage and support, he developed his brave ideas by taking notes and keeping them safe in his signature stovepipe hat. This interactive program (45 minutes) will be about taking chances and you will have a chance to create your own Lincoln hat to hold your brave ideas. Program includes a group reading of “What Do You Do with a Chance?” written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom. Hands-on activity creating Lincoln stove-pipe hats that you can take home! Admission Note: Any child* participating in the program needs a ticket. Adults or other children not participating in the program do not need to purchase tickets. *Program was developed for ages 4-9, but children of all ages are welcome to participate. One ticket ($5) covers the cost of supplies for one Lincoln hat - purchase at Check-in at the Museum Store located in the Robert H. Visitor Education Center on the grounds of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW. 

Monday, February 18 at 6 PM, President’s’ Day: That Darned Apostrophe! High time we stopped dancing around this sensitive and controversial question: Is there or isn’t there an apostrophe in this national holiday? And if so, where does it go? Is it the Day of THE President, therefore “President’s Day”? Or is it the day of ALL the Presidents, therefore “Presidents’ Day”? Or does “Presidents” refer to the subject matter of the day (like Flag Day) and thus the noun is not a possessive and needs NO apostrophe. A distinguished panel including a grammarian, a copy editor, and a presidential historian (names TBA) will discuss this important but sadly overlooked matter on this very appropriate day. At the Library of Congress (and that leads to another question: Why don’t we call it Congress’s Library? Or maybe “Congress’ Library”? Well, we will have to leave that one for another panel on another day…. And by the way, aren’t you glad it’s not taking place in Prince Georges County? Please reserve your free tickets at   

Tuesday, February 19 at 7 PM, Jake Sherman and Matt Wuerker of Politico - one of the Tuesday Talk series brought to you by the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. Politico’s Pulitzer-Prize winning political cartoonist Matt Wuerker and Senior Writer Jake Sherman will share stories about what it’s like to cover Washington in the Trump era, how they do it, and why it matters. The evening is free and open to the public. RSVP to 202-615-5853 or info @ At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave NW (Accessible Facility).

Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, "Reporter" – A Conversation with Seymour Hersh, followed by a reception and book signing. This event is first come, first seated. Priority admission will be given to ticket holders. Tickets do not guarantee a seat. Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist and best-selling author Seymour Hersh joins Investigative Reporting Workshop Executive Editor Charles Lewis to talk about his 50-year career uncovering some of the US government’s biggest secrets - from the Vietnam War My Lai massacre to Watergate abuses of power to the Abu Ghraib torture and prisoner abuse scandal. The free program includes a reception and book-signing by the author of "Reporter: A Memoir." Co-sponsored by the Investigative Reporting Workshop, AU's Entertainment and Media Alumni Alliance and the School of Communication. Reserve your seats at In the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, American University, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.   

Wednesday, February 20 at 6:30 PM, The Swords of George Washington. Whether in the role of militia officer, commander of the Continental Army, or president of the United States, a sword frequently hung by George Washington’s side. Nine of his swords are known to exist today, and each has a fascinating history not just as a functional weapon but as a symbol of the iconic American founder and the birth of the nation itself. Commemorate the 237th anniversary of Washington’s birth with an exploration of these swords and their significance, presented by Erik Goldstein, senior curator of mechanical arts and numismatics at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes. Free. At The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:   

Wednesday, February 20 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Fight the Fungus: Saving Hawaii’s Forests from Extinction. The future of the ʻōhiʻa (Metrosideros polymorpha), a culturally significant and ecologically valuable tree, is in doubt. The ʻōhiʻa is being threatened by microscopic fungi (Ceratocystis huliohia and Ceratocystis lukuohia) that recently invaded the islands of Kaua'i and Hawai'i. If unstopped, these invaders could irreversibly change Hawaii's ecosystems and culture by eliminating the beloved ʻōhi'a. Join specialists from Conservation X Labs, the Department of the Interior, and the US Botanic Garden, for the Washington D.C. premiere of a new short documentary about Hawaii's sacred tree, Saving 'Ōhi'a. Following the documentary screening, a panel of diverse experts will discuss the global impact of fungal pathogens like those causing ROD, and explore the solutions needed to combat the fungal pathogens. Please note: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Program will begin at 7 p.m. Prior to the screening, attendees are encouraged to visit the Hawaii room of the Conservatory to learn about the native Hawaiian plants in the U.S. Botanic Garden's collection. Small bites will be served. To learn more about The 'Ōhiʻa Challenge, visit Register for this free program at: At the United States Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue SW, (202) 225-8333  

Wednesday February 20 at 7 PM, Icons of Black Music and Politics. Come to listen and enjoy a lecture by Mr. Donnie Gooden as he gives an oral history and arts exhibit in color prints of the giants in Jazz and Politics. Light refreshments will be served. This program is free and open to the public in the Large Meeting Room on the lower level of the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, 3935 Benning Road NE. Rain/Snow date is Wednesday, Feb.27 at 7pm. More info:   

Thursday February 21 at 5 PM, Washingtoniana Transcribe-a-thon: Mary Church Terrell Letters. Learn about a hometown hero as you help make her legacy discoverable by generations to come! Gain skills in reading and transcribing historic materials as we work together to make the legacy of Mary Church Terrell, Civil Rights and Women’s Rights pioneer, discoverable for generations to come. By The People invites you to explore, transcribe and tag digitized Library collections. Library of Congress staff will lead a workshop on their new virtual volunteer program. DC Public Library staff will also share items related to Terrell’s life and impact on DC and the nation. Bring a laptop if you have one -- limited number of library devices available. No transcription experience required! This workshop will last two hours. Free. Location: Washingtoniana, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW, wash.dcpl @, 202-727-1213, 

Thursday, February 21 from 5:30 - 6:30 PM, Free Parking: Michael B. Platt and Carol A. Beane by Alper Initiative for Washington Art. Carol Beane will discuss her collaboration with Michael Platt (1948-2019), and their exploration of non-Western aesthetics, imagery, and verse. Carol will read from some of her poems and discuss Platt’s multi-layered digital images derived from explorations of aboriginal Australian culture. Free and open to all. Please RSVP: At the AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.     

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