Wednesday, February 27, 2019

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

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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, March 1 at 10:30 AM, Read Across America Day at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library. Here’s the beginning of a Dr. Seuss-like poem inviting you to this event: Sending a very special whooty who / To all who’s and Cindy Lou’s / No matter how small / This is your call! / The time is now / To celebrate Read Across America / The Anacostia Library will show you how! For the rest of the poem, go to: Your passport to Seussville will include an afternoon of music, wacky crafts, and a reader’s theater of some silly Seuss tales. This free event is open to children of all ages. The Anacostia Neighborhood Library is at 1800 Good Hope Road SE. For more about Read Across America Day, visit: (This special day is actually on March 2, Dr. Seuss’s birthday.)

Saturday, March 2 from 2 - 4 PM, Music & Art Mini-Workshops at Sandy Spring Museum. Henna. Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba Dance. Traditional Chinese Theater. South Indian Classical Dance. Persian Music. Not sure if you want to commit? Give it a test run! On Saturday, Cultura Plenera, Beauty of Beijing Opera, Kalanidhi Dance, Amtul’s Henna Body Art, and Persian Arts and Culture Communities will let you sample the workshops for FREE. Stop by to join in bomba dance from Puerto Rico, learn a classical Indian dance stop, say a line from Chinese Opera, learn about Persian musical instruments, or try a henna design on your hand. You’ll have an opportunity to sign-up for their workshop on the spot. Try one, or try them all – you may find that you have a hidden talent! Reserve your spot: At Sandy Spring Museum, 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD, 301-774-0022.

Saturday,  March 2 at 2 PM, Read Across America Day at the Palisades Library. March 2 is Read Across America Day! We love Dr. Seuss! It's his birthday. Come hear some Seuss stories (Green Eggs and Ham, The Sneetches, and Yertle the Turtle) and make a silly craft. For school age children or those still young at heart. Free. Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street, NW, 

Saturday, March 2 at 2:30 PM, Petworth Library Tango! Celebrate the sultry, hypnotic Argentine dance with Tango Practica! Open to adults with all levels of experience. Free. No registration required. Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 

Sunday, March 3 from 9 AM – 7:30 PM, Mardi Gras Pancake Party, by the St. Matthew's Cathedral Young Adults. Join the Cathedral Young Adults beginning at 9 AM for breakfast, brunch, (or dinner) after each service. Meal will include pancakes, sausage patties, fruit, juice, and coffee! Tickets will be offered for a suggested donation of $5 per person or $20 per family, available at the door. Email stmattsyam @ gmail  dot com with any questions or for more information. At the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW,

Sunday, March 3 at 1 PM, Frankenstein - A Retelling by Pure Expressions Theater Company. A unique experience and retelling of Frankenstein exploring his world through a series of extraordinary objects. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Sunday, March 3 at 3 PM, Her Voice: A Concert In Honor of Women's History Month. Pershing’s Own Chamber Players present a program of works by contemporary American female composers, including Libby Larsen’s trio for flute, clarinet, and mallet percussion titled Downwind of Roses in Maine; Valerie Coleman’s woodwind quintet Tzigane; Joan Tower's Wings for solo clarinet, Katherine Hoover’s Summer Night scored for flute, horn, and piano; and Jennifer Higdon's Zaka for violin, cello, flute, clarinet, piano, and percussion. Also on the program is the world premiere of a new piece for trumpet quartet, Skybound, by SFC Brooke Stevens of The United States Army Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. Free admission. At Grace Chapel, National Cathedral School, 3612 Woodley Road NW. More info: 

Monday, March 4 at 12 noon, Lecture: Winston in Washington, by Lee Pollock, interim executive director, International Churchill Society. In early December 1900, a twenty-six-year-old British politician, newly elected to Parliament and in the midst of an extended tour of the United States, arrived by train in Washington, DC. The visitor, Winston Spencer Churchill, was half-American, and his relationship with the country he called “The Great Republic” and its capital were critical to his career as Britain’s greatest Prime Minister. In sixty years in public life, he met presidents from William McKinley to John Kennedy, and developed deep relationships with some of the United States' most famous leaders, including Franklin Roosevelt, Harry Truman, and Dwight Eisenhower. Churchill’s extended sojourns in the White House during the Second World War were legendary, and he was the first foreign leader to address Congress three times, most famously in December 1941, in the aftermath of Pearl Harbor. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Tuesday March 5 at 12 noon, Panel Discussion: No More “Mardi Gras” - It’s Time to Call This Holiday by a More Large-Size-Positive Name. Did you know that Mardi Gras literally means “Fat Tuesday”? Is it really acceptable in this day and age to label a holiday with a size-ist slur? Our panelists today will lay out the case to abandon the judginess implicit in this old holiday’s name and rebrand it in a way that shows acceptance of all sizes of days. Fat Tuesday can become Plus-Sized Tuesday, or Zaftig Tuesday (Mardi Dodu, if we are sticking with the French) or Voluptuous Tuesday. Before you go out to any Mardi Gras parties later today, spend an hour hearing out our distinguished panel of historians, linguists, and self-esteem gurus to learn why it’s time to stop using the demeaning term “Mardi Gras.” Very filling refreshments will be served! Location: IHOP. Please register in advance so we can be sure to have enough food for all: 

Tuesday, March 5 at 4 PM, Mardis Gras: Let the Good Times Roll. Laissez les bon temps rouler! On Fat Tuesday, come celebrate Mardi Gras. We will make masks, wear beads, enjoy music and eat King Cake. Best for ages 4-12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Tuesday, March 5 at 7:30 PM, Waddy B. Wood: Rediscovering Wood’s Legacy in Twentieth Century Washington, by Emily Eig, hosted by the Cleveland Park Historical Society. Waddy Butler Wood was one of the architects hired by the Cleveland Park Company to design distinctive houses for their new development in the 1890s. This talk will present an overview of Wood’s career, introducing numerous examples of his work within the context of Washington’s stylistic development and the architects who shared these times. Behind his many commissions is the story of the blossoming of Washington’s professional architectural community in the early years of the twentieth century. About the speaker: Emily Hotaling Eig is the founder and president of EHT Traceries, a Washington, DC-based research and consulting firm specializing in historic preservation. At the Cleveland Park Congregational Church, 3400 Lowell Street NW. The talk is free and open to the public but we are asking attendees to register so we can be sure we have enough seating. Reserve your space at

Wednesday, March 6 at 2 PM, Author Talk: Joe Strupp - Killing Journalism: How Greed, Laziness, (and Donald Trump) are Destroying News and How We Can Save It. Joe Strupp will discuss his latest book, which takes an in-depth look at the real problems with today's news media, and the impact of Donald Trump's constant war on the press and false claims of "fake news." PBS NewsHour legend Jim Lehrer calls it "a book for anyone who cares about the past, present and future of a free press in our democratic society." The event is free. Copies of the book will be available for purchase. At the West End Library in the Large Meeting Room, 2301 L St. NW, 

Wednesday, March 6 at 7 PM, Raising America’s Zoo: How Two Wild Gorillas Helped Transform the National Zoo, by Kara Arundel. In 1955, a young former Marine ventured to the Belgian Congo on a month-long safari to view Africa’s wildlife. When Arthur “Nick” Arundel boarded a commercial airliner for home, he carried a baby gorilla in each arm. Their destination was the National Zoo in Washington, DC, known as "America's Zoo." The wild apes arrived at an antiquated zoo, where staffers knew little about how to raise wild apes. It was the beginning of dramatic changes for the National Zoo, which would evolve from a menagerie-type animal park to an internationally respected center focused on conservation of both captive and wild species. Raising America's Zoo tells the story of these first-generation zoo gorillas and their caregivers who worked tirelessly to make the gorillas’ lives better. The book also chronicles the personal story of Nick Arundel (the author’s father-in-law). At first, he celebrated his capture of the two baby gorillas. He later grew to regret his gorilla hunting tale, and spent the rest of his life as an advocate for animal conservation efforts at the National Zoo and in the wild in Africa. As gorillas move closer to becoming extinct in the wild due to habitat destruction, disease, and poaching, the zoo community's mission to save gorillas may be more important now than ever before. Space is limited; come early to get a good seat. Book sale and author signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, March 7 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Julie Berry and "Lovely War." In partnership with Politics & Prose, DC Public Library welcomes author, Julie Berry, who will discuss her new book Lovely War. With a little bit of something for everyone, this book brings together Greek mythology, histories of World War I and II, the African American experience through the lens of an early ragtime musician and the enduring power of love. Copies of Lovely War and other Julie Berry titles will be available for purchase. Book signing will take place after the event. Free. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Seating is first come, first served. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,       

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