Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Get Out! - The Events Column, March 14 - 21, 2019

Lou Stovall - Roses XI
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   

Thursday, March 14 and Saturday, March 16, both performances at 7:30 PM, The Colour of Music Festival Petit. The Colour of Music is a world-renowned orchestra showcasing talented musicians of African ancestry from around the US, Canada, Russia, the Caribbean, South America, Africa, and Europe. The Colour of Music Festival will make its Washington, DC debut with two concerts in the newly-renovated Duke Ellington School of the Arts, 3500 R Street NW. On Thursday, March 14 the Colour of Music Virtuosi (all-female) Chamber Orchestra will perform, highlighting the contributions of black female composers and presented in honor of our Co-Founder, Peggy Cooper Cafritz. The grand performance on Saturday, March 16, 2019 will include Dvorak’s New World Symphony, performed by the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra and Mozart’s Requiem performed by the Colour of Music Chamber Orchestra, the Duke Ellington School of the Arts Orchestra, and the Ellington Chorale. Tickets: $30, with reduced prices for students and seniors - more info and ticket purchase at:

Friday, March 15 from 9 AM - 5:30 PM, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975. The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents its newest exhibition, Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965–1975, opening with a day of discussions and lectures on topics related to the exhibition. A group of distinguished scholars provide insight into how artists of the Vietnam War era sought to engage with their current moment, the public sphere, and politics. In the afternoon, six artists whose work is featured in the exhibition reflect on their experience of the Vietnam War as creators and, in many cases, as activists. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Streets NW. Tickets: Free; Walk in welcome, but registration is recommended at

Saturday, March 16 at 9:30 AM, Tregaron Conservancy Volunteer Day of Service. Calling all green thumbs - and aspiring green thumbs! We will be preparing for spring by clearing storm damage, improving our trails, and removing invasive vines. A team from Starbucks NW DC will be joining us and generously providing refreshments. Registration is required: 

Saturday, March 16 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Kids in the Castle - program at the Heurich House Museum. It's the kids turn to step back in time with free, kid-friendly, self-guided tours at the Heurich House Museum! Kids can explore the ornate details of the Heurich family home. Children and parents are invited to wander through the house at their own pace and complete a photo scavenger hunt to win prizes. Once visitors have finished their tour, they can relax and play games in the museum’s Castle Garden (weather permitting). This German influenced family home provides visitors a glimpse of the past, and exposes children to a different time in DC’s history. Children can let their imaginations wander as they take in three floors of this ornate mansion, while also learning about history in a fun and engaging environment. Guests may arrive at the museum anytime between 11am and 2pm. Touring through the house will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. There will be two levels of hunting to accommodate all ages! This event is free, but registration is suggested - The Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 16 at 1 PM, A Conversation with Lou Stovall. Lou Stovall is a world renowned printmaker and artist. He founded Workshop, Inc., an art studio known for its work in the community that is still in operation today. Stovall's work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Art, Phillips Collection and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Three of Stovall's works were recently donated to Cleveland Park Library. Stovall will be in conversation with Ray Barker, Archivist at the DC Public Library. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Saturday, March 16 at 2 PM, Plant Swap. Bring your plants, cuttings and seeds to share, and take some new ones home. Introduce your plant to its new parent by labeling them with information like its name, light, soil and water preferences. Click on for our plant information template.Need help keeping your plants happy? Swap tips with other plant parents and check out a plant care book. At 2 PM plant drop-off starts; at 2:30 PM swapping starts. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance is on Lamont Street. More info:

Saturday, March 16 at 2 PM, Going Green for St. Patrick's Day. Have you heard? According to NBC Washington (, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in downtown DC has been canceled for 2019 due to security and road closure costs. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by making a green craft (leprechauns and shamrocks) at the library. For school age children and those young at heart. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street NW,

Sunday March 17 at 2 PM, Virtual St. Patrick’s Day Parade -- and you are invited to be part of it! The IRL (in-real-life) St. Patrick’s Day Parade through the streets of downtown DC has been cancelled but we’re happy to report that there will be a Virtual Reality Parade (VRP) in cyberspace instead. And anyone who wishes to be in it can choose a role and play it to the hilt. Upload your photograph onto our Virtual Reality Irish-in-ator Program - available at the link - - where you can outfit yourself in your choice of virtual costume. Turn yourself into a leprechaun, a step dancer, a piper, or King Brian Boru, or Queen Maeve of Connaught! And with a few clicks of the mouse, you can make your Irish avatar twirl, leap, croon “Oh Danny Boy,” play the harp or the fiddle, and of course, speak with the brogue of a Lucky Charms cartoon! Free. Green face makeup, sprouting shamrocks, and other special effects available for a small fee. Or you can simply watch the parade online, without inserting your own image into the festivities. For full details go to:

Sunday, March 17 at 5 PM, Washington Conservatory Orchestra Free Concert, presented by The Washington Conservatory Community Orchestra, conducted by Jovan Zivkovic and featuring Village volunteer Susan Quainton on double bass. The program will include pieces by Beethoven, Schubert, and more. Donations in any amount are welcome at the door, and a reception will follow the concert. At Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ, 1 Westmoreland Circle NW, Bethesda, MD (Accessible Facility).

Monday, March 18 at 12 noon, Lecture: Spies in Washington. Vince Houghton, curator at the International Spy Museum, will discuss the presence and actions of spies in Washington, DC during World War II. This program relates to the exhibition Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW. More info: 

Tuesday, March 19 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Two Holidays on One Date: Annual Purim & Nowruz Lecture & Concert. Please join us at GWU on March 19th to celebrate the two distinct holidays that fall on the same day—Persian New Year and the Jewish festival of Purim—for a joint celebration of Persian and Iranic diversity and expression. Ariel Sabar, the award-winning author of 'My Father's Paradise: A Son's Search for his Jewish Past in Kurdish Iraq' to deliver this year's lecture. Other highlights to include live celebratory music from the Azeri, Kurdish, Turkish & Arabic traditions, photo exhibit 'Paradise at the Crossroads', and holiday sweets and drinks. Cost: $10 in advance; $15 at the door. Free for GWU affiliates who register online and SHIN DC members. Register here: At the GWU Elliott School of International Affairs, Lindner Commons - Suite 602, 1957 E Street NW.

Tuesday, March 19 at 7 PM, Tuesday Talks: A Conversation with Ann Mah and Amy Henderson. Ann Mah will discuss her latest novel, A Lost Vintage, set in burgundy, and describe her experience living and eating in France. She will be interviewed by Amy Henderson, historian emerita of The National Portrait Gallery. The evening is free and open to the public. This series is co-presented by the Cleveland & Woodley Park Village, the Cleveland Park Business Association, and the Cleveland Park Library. Please RSVP to 202-615-5853 or info @ or click on  to reserve your seat. The Cleveland Park Library is at the corner of Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St NW. More info: More info about the series here:

Tuesday, March 19  from 7 - 8:30 PM, “Golda Meir: A Life in Politics” - Amos Perlmutter Memorial Lecture with Francine Klagsbrun. Author Francine Klagsbrun will discuss Golda Meir and her legacy. Klagsbrun’s book, “Lioness: Golda Meir and the Nation of Israel,” a biography of the fourth prime minister of Israel, won the 2017 Jewish National Book Award. The annual lecture is in memory of SPA Professor Amos Perlmutter, who taught at the university for nearly thirty years, and was a world-renowned scholar of political leadership in the Middle East. A reception with book sale and signing will follow the discussion. Admission is free with RSVP: At American University East Campus, Constitution Hall, 3501 Nebraska Ave NW. 

Wednesday March 20 at 10:30 AM, Happy Birthday Dorothy Height! Women's History Month Celebration. Celebrate the birth and legacy of local civil rights hero Dorothy Height with a concert by DC Strings Workshop spotlighting the work of female composers, followed by birthday cake and juice. After the concert kids can make a special paper hat in celebration of Ms. Height's iconic look.  Dorothy I Height (March 24, 1912 – April 20, 2010) was an American administrator and educator who worked as a civil rights and women's rights activist, specifically focused on the issues of African American women, including unemployment, illiteracy and voter awareness. Free. At the Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE,

Wednesday, March 20 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Old & New: Sustainability in Historic Buildings. Tudor Place in partnership with Rock Creek Conservancy present Old & New: Sustainability in Historic Buildings. Structures of the past can contribute to the sustainability of the future. Hear from experts about how historic buildings can adopt stormwater management practices. Tudor Place Historic House & Garden and Rock Creek Conservancy provide insight into adapting older houses to environmentally-friendly and sustainable homes. Homeowners and institutions are invited to attend. Panelists include engineer Matt McComas, urban conservationist Kahlil Kettering, and Rock Creek Conservancy Director Jeanne Braha. Free. At Tudor Place, 1644 31st Street NW. Rgister:

Thursday, March 21 from  5 - 7 PM, Take 5! With Shannon Gun. Join the Washington City Paper’s “D.C.’s Best Trombonist (2015)” Shannon Gun for a special performance at Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). A dedicated local trombonist and composer, Gunn performs every Tuesday at Columbia Station with her band the Firebird Organ Trio. She also leads the all-women jazz orchestra Shannon Gunn and the Bullettes, which has performed at the Kennedy Center, the Goethe Institute, and Bohemian Caverns. Be sure to pick up a board game for added fun during the concert. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F Streets NW, more info: 

Thursday  March 21 from 5:30 - 7:30 PM, Immigration/Assimilation: Art on the ART Bus, by Gail Rebhan. Collecting stories and artifacts representing the immigration, forced migration, and assimilation of a broad spectrum of Arlington residents, artist Gail Rebhan has created powerful photo collages for the 23rd bus of Arlington Arts' Art on the ART Bus program. These digitally assembled collages highlight that – save for Native Americans – we are a country of immigrants and promotes tolerance and understanding within our community. The subjects for the project were identified with assistance from the Arlington County Department of Human Services. Their stories are varied and fascinating: from a Dominican who went from being a health club laundress to a Business Systems Analyst; to a family journey from indentured servitude in London, to plantation owners, to sharecropping, to real estate wealth. A free opening reception and artists’ talk will be held in the lobby of the Ellen M. Bozman Government Center at 2100 Clarendon Blvd in Arlington. While en route as the #41 bus, the Art on the ART bus will make a slightly prolonged stop just outside at 6:39pm. RSVP is not required, but strongly preferred. More info:

Thursday, March 21 at 5:30 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk. Come see Dumbarton House in a whole new light. Enjoy free admission, live music, cash bar, light refreshments, pop up exhibits, and the ambiance of Dumbarton at Dusk. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street, NW. For free tickets go to       

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