Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Get Out! - The Events Column for February 7 - 14, 2019

Year of the Pig
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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 18,000+ 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       

Thursday, February 7 at 4 PM, A Performance by the Whiffenpoofs. Established at Yale University in 1909, the Whiffenpoofs are the nation’s oldest collegiate a cappella group, known for gracing such venues as the Lincoln Center, the White House, and Carnegie Hall. Politics and Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave NW) is honored to welcome this American singing institution for a stop on their early 2019 tour. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. If you are unable to attend this free concert, you can buy tickets to any of 4 other Whiffenpoof concerts on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday in locations around the Washington metro area. See for locations, dates, times, and ticket prices.

Friday, February 8 from 7-9 PM, "Song For Our People" -  Film Premiere and Panel Discussion hosted by Derek McGinty. Duke Ellington School for the Arts in Georgetown will be premiering the new documentary film Song for Our People from Emmy-award winning filmmaker Mustapha (Mus) Khan. The film explores the meaning of freedom and Black heritage through the creation of an inspiring "new anthem for Black America" by a group of socially active musicians. After the screening, longtime Washington on-air personality Derek McGinty will host a panel with the filmmaker and musicians from the film followed by a brief performance by students from the Ellington School. A trailer for the film is available at Free. Attendees must RSVP and donations to the Ellington Fund are encouraged - go to: . Duke Ellington School for the Arts is at 3500 R Street NW

Saturday, February 9 at 10 AM, KC Chinese New Year Family Day. The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Lunar New Year party in honor of the Year of the Pig. Activities include a calligraphy demonstration, face painting, a dress-up photo booth featuring outfits from Cantonese opera, marionette puppets, red lantern-making and more. Guests will also be able to enjoy traditional Cantonese music demonstrations and an opera costume exhibit.At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW,

Saturday, February 9 at 11 AM, Civil War Tour of Fort Totten. Join the Civil War Defenses of Washington for a free tour of Fort Totten, one of 68 major forts that encircled Washington DC during the Civil War. The fort saw action during the Battle of Fort Stevens in July 1864 and is one of 17 sites preserved and managed by the National Park Service. Ranger Steve T. Phan, a Civil War expert, will guide visitors in and around the historic earthen fort, including recently discovered remnants thought to be lost during the post-war era. The walk will be 1.5 miles and conducted over paved sidewalks, dirt paths, and grass. Meet Ranger Steve at the entrance to the Fort Totten Metro Station (550 Galloway St NE - parking lot available if you are driving there). Visitors will be guided back to the metro station at the conclusion of the tour. For more information on Fort Totten, please visit the CWDW website:

Saturday February 9 at 1 PM, In Later Years: Finding Meaning and Spirit in Aging. Join author and Unitarian Universalist minister Bruce T. Marshall on a journey through the stories and experiences of elders that offer insights into navigating this unique stage of life. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Saturday February 9 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Crêpe Day: Celebrate La Chandeleur! Hillwood House and Gardens invites families to celebrate the French holiday amidst Hillwood's magnificent setting and exquisite French treasures.Snack on a tasty treat of sweet or savory crêpes (2 per person). Hear classic French tales inspired by scenes from La Fontaine fables that are pictured on tapestries covering chairs from France displayed in the mansion. Explore Hillwood's French treasures through docent-led, family-friendly gallery talks and a printed treasure hunt. Decorate a plate with fanciful designs and flourishes inspired by Hillwood's French Sèvres porcelain. Please check the schedule of activities at for specific times of the various events. To reserve tickets ($5-$18) go to

Sunday February 10 from 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM, Talk Story: Year of the Pig. Before the Chinese New Year Parade (see next item for info), join the 1882 Foundation, Xfinity and DC Public Library staff for a children’s and families’ story hour with picture books, paper folding, popcorn and lucky candy. Free. At Xfinity Chinatown Store, 715 7th St. NW,

Sunday, February 10 from 12 - 4:30 PM, Chinese New Year Festival and Parade. Starting at 12 noon, celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year at the  Chinatown Community Cultural Center, 616 H Street, NW. Programs and activities will include: live music and dance performances, traditional Chinese calligraphy, children’s crafts, face painting, tai chi and kung fu demonstrations, lion dancing, poetry readings, film screenings, art and photo exhibits, raffle prizes, New Year souvenirs, free giveaways, and much more. The parade starts at 2 PM and features the traditional Chinese Dragon Dance, Kung Fu demonstrations and live musical entertainment. The firecracker will be lit at 3:45 PM. The parade starts at 6th and Eye St. NW and winds around the adjoining streets, ending at 6th and H St. More info at 

Sunday, February 10 from 2 - 4 PM, Forum Against Gun Violence. The National Cathedral will host a forum on ways to take action to reduce gun violence. Panelists will include experienced speakers from DC, MD and VA, talking about efforts underway in our DC area, our state legislatures and nationally to reduce gun violence. The aim is to give attendees a variety of actions they can take and information on how to volunteer. Come and learn what you can do to address the epidemic of gun violence at the federal, state or community level. Parking in the underground garage for the event is free, and someone at the Cathedral’s visitors entrance will direct you to Perry Auditorium. You must RSVP by emailing registrations @ cathedral dot org The Facebook invite is at:

Sunday, February 10 at 4 PM, Concert: A Cappella Pop. The Singing Capital Chorus presents a cappella music from the Great American Songbook, classic songs from film, and more in this first performance of the spring American Music Series at Anderson House. As the DC chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, the Singing Capital Chorus is a premier a cappella singing group in the national capital region that has been ringing chords and entrancing audiences since its founding in 1945.The concert will last approximately one hour. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. 2018 At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info: 

Monday February 11 at 12 noon, Lecture: Past, Present, and Future of DC’s Brewing - presentation by Jennifer Ezell, director of public engagement, Heurich House Museum; Mike Stein, beer historian, DC Brau Brewing Company. Join Jennifer Ezell of Heurich House Museum and DC Brau beer historian Mike Stein for a discussion of Washington, D.C.'s brewing past, present, future—including Heurich's Lager and products that were once made here in Foggy Bottom. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Tuesday, February 12 at 4 PM, Valentine Card Making Workshop. Make a card to show someone you care. We’ll have an array of sample cards and craft supplies for you to spread the love of the Valentine holiday. This program is for ages 3 and up. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, February 12 at 4:30 PM, Moving Onward and Upward! (Stories of the Great Migration 1917 - 1970). Celebrate Black History Month! Join us for a special story time and visual art literacy activity paying homage to The Great Migration period spawned by southern-dwelling African Americans relocating north and out west in search of fair and equal opportunities to pursue prosperity and freedom. The hopes and aspirations held by these resettled American families are timelessly reflected in the dreams and goals of many current immigrant families. Appropriate for ages 4 to 9 years old. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Tuesday, February 12 at 7 PM, Mosaic on the Move - The Agitators - A Birthday Celebration of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. The library is excited to host Mosaic Theater for a discussion of the play "The Agitators" and celebration of the lives of Frederick Douglass and Susan B. Anthony. To celebrate Douglass and Anthony's lives, the party will feature special treats and giveaways while supplies last. Free. At the Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE,

Tuesday, February 12 at 9:45 PM, Worst Date Ever: A Valentine’s Day Storytelling Contest by Story District at the Black Cat. True stories told live, featuring a mix of first-time storytellers and regulars who will take the stage to share their twist on the night's theme with a 7-minute true story. Host: DJ Sugarpants. General admission tickets are $20 + Ticketfly processing fees (waived when you buy at Black Cat box office during open hours - 1811 14th St NW). Online tickets: (The earlier show at 7:30 is sold out.) All ages venue. Full bar - cash only. Wheelchair accessible. (Bet you thought this was our Weekly Fake Event! It’s not but it might be better than the one that we made up!)

Tuesday, February 12 at 7:30 PM, “Afrofuturism” with Tananarive Due, N. K. Jemisin, and Airea D. Matthews. Cultural critic Mark Dery coined the term “Afrofuturism” in his essay “Black to the Future,” and its meaning has expanded to encompass alternative visions of the future influenced by astral jazz, African-American sci-fi, psychedelic hip-hop, rock, rhythm and blues, and more. This reading takes a multi-genre look at Afrofuturism and its literary interpretations, with: screenwriter, author and professor Tananarive Due; speculative fiction writer and Hugo award-winner, N.K. Jemisin; and Airea D. Matthews, author of the poetry collection Simulacra, winner of the 2016 Yale Series of Younger Poets. At the Folger Shakespeare Library, 201 East Capitol Street, SE. More info at; for ticket availability, please call the box office, 202.544.7077.

Wednesday February 13 at 1 PM, Author Talk with Dr. Joy Kinard, author of The Man, The Movement, The Museum: The Journey of John R. Kinard as the First African American Director of a Smithsonian Institution Museum. Dr. Joy Kinard will talk about her father, John, (both are native Washingtonians) and his journey to have the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum included within the Smithsonian Institute. From 1967-1989, John Kinard served as the Director of the Anacostia Neighborhood Museum which featured the works of African American artists, trained African Americans to become museum professionals, and preserved well-known African American collections and artifacts in one of the most elite organizations in the world, the Smithsonian Institution. Dr. Kinard will not only talk about her Mr. Kinard's professional successes, but she will also share personal stories about him as her father and her life growing up with such an inspirational and accomplished man. Dr. Kinard has served as a museum professional for over 20 years. She is the current Superintendent for the National Park Service of the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Wilberforce, OH. This is event is for all ages. Free. At the Anacostia Library 1800 Good Hope Road SE,

Wednesday, February 13, time TBD, Hoard Those Little Candy Message Hearts! Don’t miss your chance to stock up on Necco Sweethearts, stamped with little love messages, before they disappear forever. You must have heard by now that Necco, the maker of those heart-shaped candies that say BE MINE, CALL ME, XOXO, etc., has gone out of business. (If you haven’t, here’s the scoop: But that doesn’t mean you can’t buy a bagful in time for Valentine’s Day. You just have to know the secret of how to get hold of them And we do! If you will register at this link - - we will email you the time and place to line up and buy your own stash. Limit 6 bags per person. That ought to hold you for quite a few Valentine’s Days into the future!

Thursday February 14 from 6 - 8 PM, Celebrate Valentine's Day with other DC Singles at Heurich House Museum. Mix and mingle with other area singles while enjoying the traditions of Gilded Age flirting and romance. Try your hand at intricate fan flirting techniques. Decorate a Victorian era calling card, and then pass it to someone who catches your eye. The event is free and open to the public, but registration is recommended - Drinks (alcoholic and non) and snacks will be available for purchase. (You don't have to be single to attend!) The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW. 

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