Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Get Out! - The Events Column, March 28 - April 4, 2019

Smithsonian Kite Festival 
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 28 at 6:30 PM, Dinos in DC - Craft. Did you know that Washington, DC has an official dinosaur? Yes, dinosaurs once roamed our area, and Peter Kranz, Ph.D. will be here to tell you all about them. Dr. Kranz is the Chief Paleontologist at the Dinosaur Park in Laurel, MD where visitors can help dig up dinosaur fossils, and is the President of the Dinosaur Fund. He will present his findings in this hour-long talk, and he promises to bring dinosaur fossils with him. This program is open to children and adults. This is a drop-in event. The craft will be available from 4 to 5 PM., while supplies last. Recommended for toddlers to age 12 with their caregivers. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Friday, March 29 from 1 - 2 PM, Conservation Gallery Talk: Craft Conversation. Join objects conservator Gregory Bailey as he examines the intersections of craft and museum practice through the work of Disrupting Craft artist Stephanie Syjuco. Syjuco’s large-scale installations address contemporary social and economic issues, including political dissent and the legacy of colonialism. Free. At the Location: Renwick Gallery,1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW - meet in lobby. More info:   

Friday, March 29 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM, 2071: A Space Odyssey. This summer Americans will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first landing on the Moon. Since then, Americans have produced a winged space shuttle, a large international space station, four robotic rovers traversing Mars, grand tours throughout the solar system, four major space observatories (including the Hubble Space Telescope) and the first private companies prepared to provide space transportation services. Professor Howard McCurdy (School of Public Affairs at American University) will examine the likely prospects for the next fifty-two years. Will humans return to the Moon? Will they land on Mars? What types of spacecraft will take humans into space? Will scientists discover life on other spheres and what wonders will new telescopes reveal? This program is a presentation of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at American University. Free, but registration required at In the American University Spring Valley Building , 4801 Massachusetts Ave. NW, in Room A, 1st Floor.

Saturday, March 30 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Blossom Kite Festival at the Washington Monument. Spring takes flight at this annual event, where thousands of kites take to the sky on the National Mall. Watch professionals demonstrate tricks and compete for kiting glory. Kites are available for purchase or you can BYOK. Free. Details/schedule of activities here: 

Saturday, March 30 at 1 PM, Art Conservation 101. Join Amy Hughes, Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Paper Conservation at the National Gallery of Art, to learn more about the basics of conservation. You will be introduced to best practices for caring for your personal art through the lens of the conservator by exploring the relationships between artists' materials and techniques, tangible and intangible qualities (value) and everyday use. Practical tips will be provided. This class will last one hour with time for questions. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,   

Saturday, March 30 at 2 PM, "Dog Parks and Coffee Shops: Diversity Seeking in Changing Neighborhoods" - a Q&A with Dr. Sonya Grier. This program is part of the exhibition film series for “A Right to the City,” a 2014 short film by Sonya Grier, co-directed by Vanessa Perry. The film examines gentrification, consumption and diversity among both old and new residents in Washington, DC neighborhoods including U Street and Shaw. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A with Dr. Grier, professor at American University Kogod School of Business, who conducts interdisciplinary research on topics related to target marketing, race in the marketplace, the social impact of commercial marketing and social marketing. Her current research investigates the relationship between marketing activities and consumer health, with a focus on obesity. Free. At Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St.) More info:   

Sunday, March 31 at 2 PM, The Jazz in the Basement Series hosts The Harold Trio for their album release show. After meeting as part of the Washington Women in Jazz and Women in Jazz Sweden exchange, Amy K. Bormet (piano, wurlitzer, voice), Biggi Vinkeloe (alto saxophone/flute), and Tina Raymond (drumset) came together in Los Angeles in May 2016 to record their first album of both live and studio performances. All three women are international performers, working in places as diverse as India, Brazil, Uganda and Sweden. Their music, which is truly spontaneous, defies categorization and draws from the trio's knowledge of western art music, avant-garde jazz and Indian classical music. What makes the Harold Trio compelling is the ease with which Amy, Biggi and Tina merge their deep individual experiences, exhilarating music and personas and sensitive improvised ensemble work. This event will take place at the Goethe-Institut Washington located at 1990 K St. NW (enter on 20th St.). Free | All Ages | First come, first served. Register:

Monday, April 1 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City" by
Derek Hyra, associate professor, American University. Author Derek Hyra will discuss the causes and consequences of the dramatic racial and economic changes that have taken place in DC’s historic Shaw and U Street neighborhood. For longtime residents, the neighborhood has grown almost unrecognizable in recent years. Where the city’s most infamous open-air drug market once stood, a farmers’ market now sells grass-fed beef and homemade duck egg ravioli. On the corner where AM.PM carryout used to dish out soul food, a new establishment markets its $28 foie gras burger. However, not everyone has benefited from the redevelopment in the neighborhood. Longtime residents and small businesses have moved out or have had to adjust to the arrival of young, relatively wealthy newcomers. In Race, Class, and Politics in the Cappuccino City, Hyra unpacks the complexities of gentrification and offers practical policy solutions to facilitate more equitable redevelopment outcomes. Free. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,   

Monday, April 1 from 4 - 5 PM, Trivia Night at Cleveland Park Library. Come and test your mettle against your friends and neighbors. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, in the First Floor Meeting Room.

Tuesday, April 2 at 6 PM, Bradford Pear Blossom Festival Organizing Meeting. The Friends of the Bradford Pear will come together to seek support and plan the celebration for this much unloved flowering tree, now scorned by most botanists and arborists as an “invasive species.” During the 2019 Cherry Blossom Festival - amid the annual outpouring of over-the-top promotion for the blossoms of these over-planted and over-hyped trees - the Friends of the Bradford Pear feel it's the time to show our appreciation of the neglected blossoms of the Bradford Pear. Once popular in the 1960s and 70s -- and promoted by Lady Bird Johnson as part of her “Beautify America” campaign - the now-forlorn tree has become an object of abuse and discrimination from many sides (see this example: and this one, actually urging people to chop them down: ). At this meeting, the Friends of the Bradford Pear (FOBP) will speak out against the blind nativism that seems to be spreading in many horticultural circles. We will also draft a plan to hold a Festival to the beauty of its blossoms to rival that tired, old Cherry Blossom thing! You must register for this event:; due to its highly controversial nature, it will be held at a location disclosed only to those who apply to attend and verify their credentials.

Wednesday, April 3 from 4 - 6 PM, MPC Annual Spring Lecture: Robert Sampson on "Urban Neighborhoods and American Life". Robert J. Sampson is the Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences at Harvard University, founding director of the Boston Area Research Initiative, and Affiliated Research Professor at the American Bar Foundation. His most recent book, published by the University of Chicago Press, is Great American City: Chicago and the Enduring Neighborhood Effect. Great American City is based on the culmination of over a decade of research from the Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods (PHDCN), for which Sampson served as Scientific Director. A reception will follow the lecture. To RSVP, click here Free. At the American University School of International Service, Founders Room, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Wednesday, April 3 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Stuart Eizenstat on President Carter: The White House Years. The definitive history of the Carter Administration from the man who participated in its surprising number of accomplishments - drawing on his extensive and never-before-seen notes. Stuart Eizenstat was at Jimmy Carter's side from his political rise in Georgia through four years in the White House, where he served as Chief Domestic Policy Adviser. He was directly involved in all domestic and economic decisions as well as in many foreign policy ones. Famous for the legal pads he took to every meeting, he draws on more than 7500 pages of notes and 350 interviews of all the major figures of the time, to write the comprehensive history of an underappreciated president--and to give an intimate view on how the presidency works. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Public Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Thursday, April 4 from 5 - 8 PM, Free Tax Assistance at the Petworth Library. Meet with a qualified AARP tax aide at your local library to help answer your tax questions and prepare your 2018 income tax filing. For more information and to find other sites offering tax assistance, please visit the DC Library’s tax help page at .The Petworth Library is at 4200 Kansas Ave. NW. More info:    

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