Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, May 31 - June 6, 2019

Walt Whitman (Public Domain)
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 18,200+ 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, May 31 at 7 PM, Walt Whitman 200th Birthday Performance Showcase. Celebrate the 200th Birthday of Walt Whitman, who ignited the birth of Modern American Poetry. In alignment with Whitman’s Queer Identity, artists from the 9th Annual Capturing Fire Festival perform spoken word with special musical performance by ethno-musicologist, banjo and violinist Jake Blount. Featuring: Charlie Petch, Jerrica Escoto, C. Thomas, and J Mase III. Hosted by The Fairy Godmother of Spoken Word Poetry, Regie Cabico. Free admission. At Busboys & Poets Takoma, 235 Carroll St NW. More info:   

Friday, May 31 at 7 PM, Library Takeout: An Evening with Nafissa Thompson-Spires. THEARC DC hosts a special evening with PEN Open Book Award-winning author Nafissa Thompson-Spires, capping our month-long discussion of her short story collection, “Heads of the Colored People.” Thompson-Spires will read from the book, followed by a conversation with the audience led by Victoria Murray Baatin of DC's Mosaic Theater. Due to limited seating, registration is required for this free event: - and please plan arrive early. Books will be available for sale and signing. At THEARC: Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus, 1901 Mississippi Avenue SE. 

Saturday, June 1 from 9 AM - 2 PM, The Great Cleveland Park Yard Sale. More than 20 homes are participating. You'll find housewares, clothing, kids stuff, yard and garden items, sporting goods, books, furniture, and much more! The map of all the participating homes can be found here: All the details can be found on the Cleveland Park website: Organized by the Cleveland Park Business Association:

Saturday June 1 from 11:30 AM - 2 PM, Afternoon Tea with Special Musical Guests. Treat yourself to the refreshment of an afternoon tea, accompanied by the a cappella talents of In Process (, a women's a cappella ensemble that stands firmly in the African American oral tradition, and the Wesley Youth Choir. Hosted by The United Methodist Women of Wesley. Wesley Campus of National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Avenue NW (at Jenifer Street). Enter on Conn. Ave. through the glass doors (there is an accessible elevator). Tickets (cash and checks only): $15 general admission: $10 seniors; free for ages 12 and under.

Saturday, June 1 from 12 - 4 PM, Glover Park Day - 30th Anniversary! We hope this will be the best Glover Park Day ever! Shop the Wares of Local Crafters and Artists. Listen to Live Music. Enjoy Great Food. Learn About Community Service Groups. Enjoy Kids’ Activities: Face Painting! A Mechanical Bull! A Moon Bounce! Sno Cones! Cotton Candy! Have your pet try out the Dog Obstacle Course. Get the Annual Glover Park Day Commemorative T-Shirt. Buy Raffle Tickets for the Many Prize Drawings. Free admission. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St. NW. More info:

Saturday, June 1 from 12 -  5 PM, Takoma Trukgarten. This one-day beer festival features local breweries pouring over 20 different craft beers plus cider and new TPSS Co-op hosted wine tent. There will be local restaurants and food trucks plus live music all day! Multiple tasting packages with commemorative glass and non-drinker ticket option available until 5/30 at Under 21 enter free. Beer Fan: $25 for entry, 6 tasting tickets + souvenir glass; Beer Lover: $35 for entry, 12 tasting tickets + souvenir glass; Designated Driver: $10 entry (this ticket does not include beer or glass). Tickets prices at the gate are higher. Complete details at Event happens rain or shine - no refunds. Bring your ID. Kids, families and dogs welcome. At TPSS Co-op Parking Lot, 201 Ethan Allen Avenue, Takoma Park, MD 

Saturday June 1 at 12 noon, June Rhyming Day. June 1 inaugurates the month with the most rhymes of its name. Not just moon, noon, tune, soon, balloon, croon, spoon, dune, loon, baboon, buffoon, maroon, and lagoon, but more poetic and/or obscure words like jejune, pantaloon, poltroon, rune, and festoon. Can you name them all? You will find it a boon to attend on the first of June. Bring your favorite June rhyme and enter it in the contest in one of these categories: Most Creative June Rhyme, Best June Rhyming Couplet, Best Near-Rhyme (“-oom” and “-ooin'” words allowed), Best Original June Song, and Best Foreign Language June Rhyme. To submit a June rhyme in the contest, please enter it online at: Free. At Paper Moon in Georgetown. 

Saturday, June 1 at 1 PM, Family Restoration: Celebrating Fathers, Empowering Parents - A Community Conversation. Estranged from your father but would like to mend the bridge? Having trouble co-parenting? For more insight on how to strengthen family ties, join us for an important and dynamic discussion about fathers, family and strategies for healing relationships. Professional experts and seasoned activists will lead an important pre-Father’s Day conversation about strengthening and restoring families in the DC Metropolitan region. The most effective defense against childhood trauma, community violence, poor academic performance and poverty has always been and will always be family. Family as an inspirational, powerful and empowering institution can be restored, despite the social and economic odds. Free light refreshments will be served. Free books to the first 20 people to sign-in on the day of the event. At Francis Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE,

Saturday, June 1 at 2 PM, Lecture and Workshop: Walt Whitman, presented by David McAleavey, professor of English, GW's Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. In this introductory lecture about Walt Whitman, learn about his unique style, and his legacy, followed by a poetry workshop. Attendees can either bring existing work or create something during the workshop. Participants are invited to share their work with others and receive critiques. Free; no reservations required. This program is part of DC's Walt Whitman 200 Festival celebrating the 200th anniversary of the poet's birth. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, 

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, from 11 AM - 4 PM, 36th Annual Dupont/Kalorama Museum Walk. Stretch your legs and your mind this weekend while touring five diverse museums in one of Washington, DC’s most beautiful neighborhoods. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House, all free of charge. The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The Phillips Collection will open at 12 noon on Sunday. Special activities, programming, and crafts offered at each museum. For details about each museum in the Museum Consortium, go to and then click on the museum’s name to go to that website.

Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2, 12 - 7 PM, Washington Folk Festival. The Washington Folk Festival is back for its 39th year at Glen Echo Park. This FREE festival, presented by the Folklore Society of Greater Washington and the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, celebrates the many folk music, dance, and craft traditions of the greater Washington area. The Festival features over 400 of the best traditional musicians, storytellers, dancers, and craftspeople representing our diverse and multi-faceted region. Seven stages simultaneously present music and dance for a total of nearly 100 hours of live performances. The festival also includes a storytelling stage, dance workshops in the Spanish Ballroom, a fine crafts market in the Bumper Car Pavilion, and many spontaneous picking sessions in the Park’s picnic grove. At 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD. Schedule of events and other details at:

Sunday, June 2 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Taste of Wheaton, highlighting the deliciously diverse restaurants in downtown Wheaton with food samples from some of downtown Wheaton’s best restaurants at prices ranging from $1 to $5 per “taste"; live music and dance performances; kids' rides; face painting, balloon sculptures and caricature drawings; beer and wine garden. This fun-filled event will take place in Parking Lot 17, 2320 Price Avenue (Price Avenue and Fern Street), one block east of the Wheaton Metro station). Free admission and free garage parking is conveniently located across the street from the event at 11304 Amherst Avenue. The event will take place rain or shine. Details and performance schedule at:

Sunday, June 2 at 3 PM, Music of Friends Chamber Music Concert. Come join Friendship Place for its annual Music of Friends Chamber Music Concert and reception hosted at the French Embassy. Come enjoy music by Max Bruch, Darius Milhaud, and Joaquin Turina, performed by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra and the Levine School. After the concert, join us for a fun, open-bar cocktail party in a grand space overlooking the Embassy's beautiful gardens. Please purchase tickets here: - $10 for students, $35 for under 35 or over 65, $50 general admission, plus sponsorship levels from $100 up to $500. Proceeds benefit Friendship Place. Please note that the Embassy requires the names of all guests. No parking on Embassy grounds, although special needs drop-off available with advance notice to Chris Rutledge at crutledge @ frienshipplace dot org. At the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW

Sunday, June 2 from 3 - 4:30 PM, “Reptiles Alive" at Rosedale. Join wildlife educator Rachel Walker as she presents a variety of safe, friendly and awe-inspiring snakes, lizards, turtles and frogs. There will also be a special guest appearance from an immensely long, cold-blooded and fork-tongued friend. All are welcome to attend - parents and kids alike - free. On the Rosedale grounds at 35th and Newark St.

Sunday, June 2 at 4 PM, Concert: “Composers of Leipzig.” Max Reger, Felix Mendelssohn and Johann Sebastian Bach all lived and composed in the German city of Leipzig, though at very different periods in their lives. Works by all three of these musical giants will be on the program of the annual CCPC spring concert, under the direction of Julie Vidrick Evans, which will feature choir, soloists, orchestra and organ in a fast-moving, 60-minute presentation. A reception to meet the performers will follow the concert. Free and open to the public. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW,

Monday, June 3 at 12 noon, Library Takeout: Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion (Special Edition) - “Specimen Days” by Michael Cunningham. Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library as we celebrate the 200th anniversary of Walt Whitman's birth with a special Art AfterWords. In this free program we will discuss Specimen Days by Michael Cunningham, as well as the portrait of Whitman in the Gallery...all in the building where Whitman served as a nurse during the American Civil War. In each section of Michael Cunningham's bold new novel, his first since The Hours, we encounter the same group of characters: a young boy, an older man, and a young woman. Presiding over each episode of this interrelated whole is the prophetic figure of the poet Walt Whitman, who promised his future readers, "It avails not, neither time or place…. I am with you, and know how it is." Specimen Days is a genre-bending, haunting and transformative ode to life in our greatest city and a meditation on the direction and meaning of America's destiny. It is a work of surpassing power and beauty by one of the most original and daring writers at work today. Please RSVP at At the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and G Streets NW. More info: 

Monday, June 3 at 6 PM, Walking the Camino de Santiago. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk the Camino de Santiago? The Camino de Santiago is one of the most well traveled walking paths in the world. The famous European path, also known as "The Way of Saint James" welcomes over 200,000 travelers per year. Speaker Lelia Mooney will share her experience after walking 500 km along the Camino during 2018, including logistical and preparation tips. Q&A will follow the presentation. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Monday, June 3 at 6:30 PM, Terror, by Ferdinand von Schirach. The Goethe-Institut Washington, together with Scena Theatre, presents Spotlight: Berlin, a series of Berlin play workshops featuring selections of the latest and most sensational plays to appear on the Berlin stage. The first of these staged readings will take place on June 3 (next dates are July 1 and August 26). All play readings will be in English. The first play featured is Ferdinand von Schirach’s Terror (Terror – Ihr Urteil). Major Lars Koch, pilot of a German Army Eurofighter, faces your verdict. A Lufthansa-Airbus is hijacked by terrorists; Major Koch is ordered to divert the Airbus from its course - can he do the right thing? There are 164 people on board Flight LH 2047, Berlin to Munich. The Airbus has suddenly changed course for the Allianz-Arena where a capacity crowd of 70,000 have gathered for the Germany verses England international. Major Koch must react. What are his orders? If the terrorist do not change course, can he, should he, shoot down a passenger jet? The clock ticks, Lars Koch makes a decision. Can any human life be measured against others, regardless of the number? What circumstances could there ever be be, to avoid one catastrophe with possibly a smaller catastrophe? Who is responsible? Is it only Lars Koch alone here on trial? The Jury decides. Register for free tickets: At The Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW (Entrance on 20th St., lower level)

Tuesday, June 4 at 12 noon, Estate Planning for Your Pets. If something happens to you, will your dogs, cats, birds, hamsters, rabbits, or other beloved pets be protected and provided for? If you’re not sure, or if you’d like to learn more about how trust and estate law treats our furry friends, then you’ll want to attend Estate Planning for Pets, a panel discussion presented by the DC Bar’s Animal Law Committee. The panelists will discuss the legal rules governing your pets’ futures; how to make sure that your pets stay well cared for; and what happens if, without a proper estate plan, this responsibility falls onto agencies and rescue organizations. Register to attend in person ( or to watch the live webcast ( You may also register by phoning the DC Bar at (202) 626-3463. Free for members of the DC Bar Environment, Energy and Natural Resources Community; the DC Bar Estates, Trusts, and Probate Law Community; and the DC Bar Litigation Community; $10 for law students, $15 for government or nonprofit lawyers, $20 for members of the DC Bar, and $25 for nonmembers. At the DC Bar, 901 4th Street NW.

Tuesday, June 4 from 5 - 9 PM, Taste of Adams Morgan is an annual neighborhood event celebrating its 7th year with creative tastes from the neighborhood's best restaurants. Buy your “taste” tickets online at (ticket prices rise if purchased same-day). Each ticket is valid for 1 “taste” or bite-size menu portion at any of the participating restaurants. Tickets are sold in packages of 4 and 8. Additional taste tickets can be purchased the day of the event. All tickets must be picked up from Little Shop of Flowers (2421 18th St NW) or the BB&T Plaza (1801 Adams Mill Rd NW) the day of the event. Each participating restaurant offers at least two tasting options of choice, highlighting their signature dishes or cocktails. Taste Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes they are offering will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your culinary adventure. From there, explore and indulge at your own leisure! You decide where to go and what to taste, making this a great event for large groups, families, or even date night. All proceeds benefit the nearly 53,000 individuals who will be served this year through Mary's Center's comprehensive healthcare, education, and social service programs. For info on all participating restaurants go to: 

Wednesday, June 5 from 5:30 - 8 PM, Vintage Game Night at Woodrow Wilson House is the  perfect mid-week happy hour for history/museum/board game enthusiasts! The museum will be open after general admission hours, with game tables and snacks spread throughout the house. Play vintage games from the 1920s, 30s and 40s inside the authentically furnished home of our 28th President. Tickets are $15, best purchased online at A limited number of tickets may be available at the door. For Presidential Tour combined with Vintage Game Night ($35) go to: Woodrow Wilson House is at 2340 S Street NW.

Thursday, June 6 at 12 noon, Library Takeout Express: Chamber Music at Noon. Goethe-Institut of Washington and the DC Public Library present 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. Free. 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:      

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