Thursday, June 13, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, June 14 - 20, 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 18,300+ 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, June 14 from 5 - 8:30 PM, Jazz in the Garden at the National Gallery of Art - Adwela & the Uprising, Reggae band. In the sculpture garden at 7th St and Constitution Avenue NW. Free admission. The schedule for the summer series is available at:   

Saturday, June 15 from 8 AM - 1 PM, Truck Touch. Mayor Muriel Bowser's 2019 Truck Touch is fun for the whole family. Kids and teens eat free! Experience the equipment used to provide vital city services. Kids can climb aboard, work the gears and honk the horns! Get a tour of DC Public Library's new Library on the Go-Go Tech Truck and make a craft. What is Library on the Go-Go Tech Truck? It's the NEW food truck-style vehicle for community outreach and programming equipped with creative hardware, technology, laptops,and wifi. It will feature truck tours, equipment demos, craft projects, and library services. Free. At RFK Stadium Lot 8 located off Independence Ave SE. Event flyer: 

Saturday, June 15 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Chinatown Community Festival. Come out and experience the sights and sounds of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, including: Lively Performances: Wushu, Japanese Drumming show, Dog Tricks show, Indonesian Dance, Hawaiian Halau Hula, Turkmen Folk Dance, and other cultural demonstrations; Fitness Demonstrations; Food Samples; Face Painting, Henna Design, 3D Paper Cutting, K Make-up, and other Asian Arts and Crafts; Free Bike Repair and much more! Free and Open to the Public. In Chinatown Park, 5th and I Street NW.) RSVP: 

Saturday, June 15 and Sunday June 16 from 2 - 10 PM, both days, DC Jazzfest at the Wharf. Enjoy the last weekend of DC JazzFest at The Wharf, offering two days of world class jazz, music education, beer and wine gardens and a diverse marketplace experience. Enjoy FREE concerts daily on District and Transit Piers starting at 2 PM, or check out the full schedule of music events for JazzFest at - including ticketed shows and VIP packages. For location and transportation info, go to: 

Saturday June 15 - Saturday June 22, By the People Festival. Eight days of arts events, taking place at 28 different venues. To make the most of the Festival, start at and click on “Filters” to display the events, sorted by date, by venue, by artist or performance group, and by type (visual art, performance, discussion, etc.). Free. 

Sunday, June 16 from 1 - 2 PM, Bloomsday Ulysses Reading 2019. It’s Bloomsday again! [See:] Politics & Prose is hosting a  mini-marathon reading of James Joyce’s Ulysses, the famous novel that rambles around Dublin. Marathon readings of this modernist masterpiece can go on for days, but P&P’s little version will last just over an hour. Volunteers will read a short prepared portion of the novel as short or long as each reader wishes. This event is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Click on for more information. At Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW. 

Sunday, June 16 from 2 - 3 PM, Alternative Bloomsday. You’ve just read about the annual Bloomsday celebration, a day of readings from James Joyce’s Ulysses, which takes place in cities all around the world on the day that the fictional Leopold Bloom wandered around Dublin. Very high-brow stuff! This Bloomsday, why not enjoy the adventures of that OTHER Leo Bloom, the not-so-heroic protagonist of Mel Brooks’s film / Broadway musical / and again a film, “The Producers.” That is, THIS Leo Bloom - see On Alternative Bloomsday, come dressed up as the Gene Wilder incarnation of Bloom, or if you must, the Matthew Broderick version - see Bring a blue blankie, wear a green eyeshade, don’t forget your briefcase, and be prepared to shriek, “I’m wet, and I’m hysterical”. No Joycean lines, but you can sing and dance! Definitely NOT at Politics and Prose. To find out where Alternative Bloomsday will take place, click here:     

Sunday June 16 at 2 PM, Garden Concert Series: Vim & Vigor. Enjoy an afternoon of music in the beautiful garden area beside Northeast Library. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the sounds of Vim & Vigor, a six-piece pop-folk band from Washington, DC. With multi-instrumentalists and three vocalists, Vim & Vigor produces a sound that is unique and earnest, with rich harmonies and layers of instrumentation. Please note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held inside the library. Location: Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. More info on the Garden Concert series: 

Monday, June 17 at 4:30 PM, Butterflies at the Library: Science Art. Children ages 5-12 are invited to explore the connection between science and art. Using science in our techniques, we'll create butterfly-themed art. Participants will be able to take their work home. While you're here, check out the progress of our real caterpillars, as they form chrysalides and become butterflies before your very eyes through the month of June. Free. At the Petworth Library, 
4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 

Tuesday June 18 at 4 PM, Juneteenth: I, Too, Am America. In honor of the Coretta Scott King Awards' 50th anniversary, we are hosting a Juneteenth program using the books: “All Different Now” by Angela Johnson, “I, Too, am America” by Langston Hughes, and “Heart and Soul: the Story of America and African Americans” by Kadir Nelson. Weaving will be the craft activity. For children ages 4 - 12 and their families/caregivers. Free. At the Palisades Library, 4901 V Street, NW, 

Tuesday June 18 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Jeff Wincott, Actor/Director with Moderator Amy Henderson. Jeff Wincott will discuss his prolific acting career in the US and Canada, describe his newest television and movie films, and explain why he has recently embraced directing. He will be interviewed by fellow Kennedy Warren resident Amy Henderson, historian emerita of the National Portrait Gallery. Emcee of the KW's popular Classic Movie Night series, Amy is a cultural critic who reviews theater, books, and exhibitions for a variety of newspapers and magazines. This is the final talk in a six part monthly series presented in partnership with the Cleveland Park Business Association and the Cleveland and Woodley Park Village. At the Cleveland Park Library, 1st floor meeting room. This event is open to the public and admission is free, but please register at to reserve your seat -- and please come early to get your choice of seats. More info on this event: - and more info on the series at 

Wednesday, June 19 from 2:30 - 8:30 PM, MPD’s Beat the Streets 2019 Kick-off Event! This community outreach event serves as a traveling Community Festival and is a partnership between the Metropolitan Police Department, local social service agencies and community vendors. In a 3 to 5-hour block of time, community members (of all ages) enjoy musical performances from local bands and artists, as well as a street festival-like environment with local vendors and literature distributed by local social service agencies. This is an opportunity for members of the community to experience the lighter side of the police department while enjoying dancing, free food and fun. Free. At King Green Leaf Recreation Center, 201 N Street, SW. To see the schedule of all the “Beat the Streets” events, go to: 

Wednesday June 19 at 3:30 PM, Art Attack: Early Animation and Flipbooks. Learn fascinating facts about an artistic style and create art inspired by its masterpieces. This week, we'll be delving into the fascinating birth of Early Animation and Flipbooks. This program is for ages 7 and up. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. More info: 

Thursday, June 20 at 6 PM, Author Talk with Jacqueline Woodson. Join Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winner (NBA), at Dunbar High School as a part of Summer Challenge in an event co-sponsored by Politics and Prose. Woodson, the 2018-2019 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, is the author of numerous award-winning books, including Brown Girl Dreaming, a mesmerizing memoir in verse about growing up as an African American girl in the 1960s and 1970s. Her story is both accessible and emotionally charged, each line offering a glimpse into a child’s soul as she searches for her place in the world. Ages 10 and up. This event is free and open to the public; however, to attend, an entrance ticket is required. Please register here: Copies of Brown Girl Dreaming are available for pre-purchase with a ticket. This event will be held at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School, 101 N St., NW. More info:       

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