Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Get Out! - The Events Column, April 26 - May 2, 2019

Concert for Notre Dame de Paris at the
Basilica of the Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
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 April 26 at 7 PM, Concert: “Together with Notre Dame de Paris.” The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception will host a special concert to benefit the Cathedral of Notre Dame in its Great Upper Church. The concert will feature the Choir of the Basilica and Johann Vexo, the Notre Dame organist who was playing at the time the devastating fire broke out at the Paris cathedral on April 15. The concert is free and open to the public, with a free will offering to benefit the rebuilding and restoration of this historic church that dates back more than 850 years. The concert will celebrate the spiritual and cultural significance of the Cathedral of Notre Dame in the world as well as the hope for its future. No tickets or reservations are required. The address of the Basilica is 400 Michigan Ave NE. This event is organized by the Embassy of France in the United States and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, in partnership with the Friends of Notre-Dame and the French-American Cultural Foundation. For more info:;;;

Friday, April 26 at 8 PM, La Traviata at St Paul’s Lutheran Church. La Traviata is right in our neighborhood! Tickets are $25 online or at the door, at St. Paul's Lutheran Church at 4900 Connecticut Ave. NW. These professionals have sung at the Kennedy Center, around the world, and they’ve been on the Jumbotron at Opera in the Outfield, and more importantly, perform locally to advance cross-cultural exchange and support artists of all ages. Tickets at: 

Friday, April 26 - Sunday April 28, French Market, Book Hill in Georgetown. Free. Dust off your berets for the 16th Annual Georgetown French Market. On Friday and Saturday from 10 AM - 5 PM and on Sunday from 12 - 5 PM, the charming Book Hill neighborhood of Georgetown will transform into a Parisian-inspired open-air market along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road! Free admission. For times of performances, info about giveaways and children’s activities, go to and click on “Schedule of Events” at the top of the page.

Saturday, April 27 from 9 AM – 1 PM, Site of Imagination: The Park ‘n’ Shop in Cleveland Park - A Humanities Truck Interactive Exhibit. A neighborhood landmark, the Park ‘n’ Shop is viewed as innovative by some and outdated by others. Join the Humanities Truck to learn about the history of the Park ‘n’ Shop and development in Cleveland Park. Reflect with invested Cleveland Park residents on the past, present, and future of this neighborhood. Free admission. Look for the Humanities Truck on the west side of Connecticut between Newark and the Uptown Theater.

Saturday, April 27 from 9 AM - 12 noon, Community Cleanup and Spring Beautification at Turtle Park. Spring is finally here and Friendship ("Turtle") Park needs some love! The Friends of Friendship Park will host a community cleanup and spring beautification day at the park, located on the corner of 45th and Van Ness Streets. Help pick up trash, collect broken toys, clean up the landscaping and replace mulch and sand where necessary. Please bring your own rake! Coffee and bagels will be provided to volunteers. Stick around after the clean up ends at noon to enjoy some ice cream, provided by Friends of Friendship Park (noon to 2 PM). More info:

Saturday, April 27 from 10 AM - 5 PM, DC Public Library Author Festival. Local writers and authors are invited to attend the DC Author Festival at the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building located at 101 Independence Ave. SE. Enjoy workshops, discussions, social activities and professional development. The DC Author Festival is presented in partnership with the Library of Congress. Featured Speaker (1:30 PM): Michael Twitty, James Beard award-winning author of The Cooking Gene: A Journey Through African-American Culinary History in the Old South (in the Mumford Room). More info: 

Saturday, April 27 at 1 PM, The Lincoln Conspiracy and the Trial that Made History. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist, discusses how the plot to assassinate President Lincoln - and others - was conceived in Mary Surratt’s boarding house - known as  “The Nest in Which the Egg was Hatched.” Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Saturday April 27 at 2 PM, Lecture: Shakespearean Music, presented by Carl Yaffe, Lecturer in Music Theory and History at the Levine School of Music in DC. You will learn about the music during Shakespeare’s time and the music inspired by his writings. Participants will also listen to several samples of such music. Followed by Q&A. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Sunday, April 28 from 12 - 4 PM, The 4th Annual Earth Day Plant Sale & Picnic at Tudor Place. Enjoy a picnic on the grounds of Tudor Place and celebrate Earth Day and Arbor Day at Tudor Place! Spend an afternoon experiencing our historic gardens. Bring your own picnic and blanket. The Plant Sale features heirloom and native sun to shade perennials, herbs and other edible plants for your garden, as well as tropicals and houseplants. New this year: help DC rise to the top of the City Nature Challenge by using the iNaturalist app to log pictures of the wildlife you see in the garden! No experience necessary, instructions provided at the event. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Rain or shine. Free admission. Tudor Place is at  1644 31st Street NW. More info: 

Sunday April 28 from 1:30 - 3:30 PM, Mimouna at the Smithsonian: SHIN DC’s 5th Annual Festival of Good Neighbors with the Embassy of Morocco. Please join Sephardic Heritage International DC (SHIN DC) at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art for Mimouna, which marks the end of Passover for Moroccan Jewish communities. Enjoy certified kosher treats from Medina Cuisine and celebrate Morocco's arts and culture with free live Gnawa music (kid friendly). Register (free) at At the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue SW.

Sunday April 28 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: Davey Yarborough Celebrates Duke Ellington's 120th Birthday. Celebrate local jazz hero Duke Ellington's 120th birthday with beloved performer and educator, Davey Yarborough, featuring: Jon Ozment-piano; Ephraim Woolfolk-bass; Greg Holloway- percussion; Isaac Daniel - Guitar; Davey Yarborough- Sax/flute. These concerts are intended to highlight young artists, new composers, or unique jazz sounds to broaden the listening landscape of our Washington, DC audiences. Free. First come, first served - limited seating. Located at Goethe-Institut Washington at 1990 K St. NW (enter on 20th St.). More info:

Sunday, April 28 at 1 PM, Smithsonian Gardens presents Orchids: Amazing Adaptations - Workshop. Hear expert botanists from Smithsonian Gardens explain the craft of caring for a plant, then follow along with a flower demonstration that sharpens your own creative skills during this hands-on activity.  Learn how orchids adapt to diverse habitats while you follow a demonstration led by staff from Smithsonian Gardens. Orchids: Amazing Adaptations is a Smithsonian Gardens, US Botanic Gardens, SAAM, and National Portrait Gallery partnership. Registration required at At Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor), 8th and F Streets NW.

Sunday, April 28 at 3 PM, Organ Concert at St. Ann’s Church. Award-winning organist Nathan Laube will play a free concert at Saint Ann Catholic Church in honor of the church’s 150th anniversary. To enhance viewing, attendees will be able to watch him closely on a large, projected screen in the front of the church. This will provide you with the unique opportunity to not only hear the performance, but to see the amazing technical skill of Mr. Laube as if you were observing from a few feet away. St. Ann’s LĂ©tourneau Organ, installed in 1999, was recently enhanced tonally and restored in 2018. A champagne reception will follow with a freewill offering, compliments of Ridgewells Catering. St. Ann Catholic Church is at 4001 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Monday, April 29 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "DC by Metro: A History & Guide" by Michelle Goldchain. This locally-driven presentation by author and journalist Michelle Goldchain will reveal the quirky, often unknown histories behind the DC area's most notable monuments, memorials, museums, statues, and murals—each within walking distance to a Metro station. At the end of the talk, there will be an interactive segment where audience members can learn more about the communities they live in. Guests will also be offered free goodie bags with treats as well as more information on Goldchain's book, DC by Metro: A History & Guide. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Monday,  April 29 at 4 PM, Superhero Day at Cleveland Park! Come on out to Cleveland Park Library dressed like a superhero-- real or imagined! We will read some super stories, have a super craft and a super good time! For children of all ages and their families; children under 8 should have an adult present. Free. The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Monday April 29 at 7 PM, Author Talk: "Washington DC Jazz." Washington DC Jazz focuses on the history of straight-ahead jazz, using oral histories, materials from the William P. Gottlieb Collection at the Library of Congress, the Felix E. Grant Jazz Archives at the University of the District of Columbia, and Smithsonian Jazz. Rev. Dr. Sandra Butler-Truesdale has been involved in music for more than 40 years as a DC Historian and Music Historian who worked for Ray Charles and James Brown. She is the Founder and President of the DC Legendary Musicians and Co-Host of Don't Forget the Blues Show on WPFW  FM radio. This event is free and open to the public. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Tuesday, April 30 at 7 PM, The Line Becomes A River: Immigration Book Discussion Series with Lupita Reads. This event is part of a series celebrating the contributions and experiences of Latinx immigrants in the United States. The conversations will be led by Lupita Aquino—better known as “Lupita Reads”, herself a Mexican immigrant and co-founder/moderator for LIT on H St Book Club, hosted at Solid State Books. Francisco CantĂș’s “The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches from the Border” was named a Top 10 Book of 2018 by NPR and The Washington Post, was shortlisted for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence, and was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle’s John Leonard Prize. In the book he recounts the complexity of being a child of a Mexican immigrant and serving with US Border Patrol. He witnesses the harsh conditions in which asylum-seekers navigate the border and is deeply affected by the role of the border in his own life and family origins. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 16th St NW, 

Tuesday April 30 at 7 PM, Mosaic on the Move - Les Deux Noirs - Notes on Notes of a Native Son. The Woodridge Library is excited to host Mosaic Theater for a staged reading of their recent production Les Deux Noirs. Following a reading of the play, playwright Psalmeyen 24 will lead a discussion of the play and its themes. Free. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE,

Tuesday April 30 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Love and Transgression in the Middle Ages: Yseult and Tristan. Valerie Guyen Croquez, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of World Languages and Cultures at American University, will lead a discussion on the legendary love triangle. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Wednesday May 1 at 1:30 PM, American Art History 1900 - 1950, presented by Lois Steinitz and Donna McKee from the Phillips Collection. Modernism and Realism both ran through the history of American art through the first half of the 20th Century, ending with the art world's explosive innovation around 1950 of Abstract Expressionism and the development of an international Modernist movement centered in New York City. Some of the movements and artists covered in this course will be the Eight and the Ashcan School, Alfred Steiglitz and Georgia O'Keeffe and the Steiglitz Circle; Edward Hopper and the realist artists, Stuart Davis and abstract art, the Social Realists and Abstract Expressionism. This course began in November 2018 but there’s no need to have attended any previous sessions to attend this one. There are five remaining sessions on Wednesdays in May from 1:30 - 3:30 PM. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Wednesday, May 1 from 6 AM – 6 PM, Morris Dancing on May Day - Dancing up the sun! On this May Day, Morris dancers all over the world come together! The DC Morris community gathers to dance up the sun! We celebrate the return of summer and a new year in harmony. Join us at sunrise and throughout the day for these events: Sunrise 6:10 AM: Takoma Park Gazebo 9:00 AM: Roscoe the Rooster Statue (Laurel Ave at Carroll Ave); 11:00 AM: Dupont Circle; 12 Noon: Duke's Grocery, 1513 17th St NW. More info at:

Wednesday, May 1 at the times and locations noted in the above entry, Anti-Morris Dancing Protest. Anywhere you find Morris Dancing you will find members of the Committee for the Prevention of Morris Dancing (Com-ProM-Da) rallying to press Congress and all of the states to enact a Constitutional Amendment #28: Complete Prohibition of Morris Dancing in the United States. Why should our free and independent United States be infested with this ridiculous English display that puts middle-aged dancers on our public streets, festooned in rags, shaking sticks at each other, and jingling loud bells? For this we fought a revolution!?? Do we really want our children to see this adults comporting themselves this way in public?! If you can’t make it to any of the anti-Morris Dancing events, you can still put your name on the petition for the Constitutional Amendment to Prohibit Morris Dancing - go to this link:

Thursday May 2 at 12 PM, Chamber Music at Noon. Goethe-Institut of Washington, in partnership with DC Library Express, presents a chamber music series (formerly titled the Brown Bag Chamber Recital), free and open to the public. Performers include internationally known, local musicians Ralitza Patcheva and Vasily Popov, as well as special-guest performers. At the Goethe Institut of Washington, next door to Library Express, at 1990 K St. NW (entrance on 20th St. between Eye and K Streets NW). More info about the series:

Thursday, May 2 at 6:30 PM, Library Takeout: The Necessary Changes Have been Made - A DC Reads Kick-Off Discussion. Join Howard University and DC Public Library to discuss the story "The Necessary Changes Have Been Made" from the 2019 DC Reads book “Heads of the Colored People” by Nafissa Thompson-Spires. Led by Dana Williams, Chair of Howard University's Department of African American Literature, participants will have a chance to read passages from the story and hear perspectives from Howard University faculty on the experience of life in the workplace as university faculty members. A limited number of free copies of the book will be available at the event. The discussion will be held at Howard University Bookstore at 2225 Georgia Avenue NW. Free. More info:    

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