Wednesday, June 5, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, June 7 - 13, 2019

Photo by Ludovic Bertron (Creative Commons)
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, June 7 from 2 - 9 PM, Pride on the Pier celebrates the city’s LGBTQ community on the bustling Southwest waterfront with an exciting array of activities and entertainment, all free and open to the public. The District Pier will offer DJs, dancing and other entertainment. Musical line-up: 2-5 PM DJ Rosie; 5-7 PM Brothers Brau; 7-9 PM DJ Drew G. The Transit Pier will host The Family Zone with activities for children of all ages. Fireworks show starts at 9 PM, weather permitting. For info about additional ticketed VIP events visit: For more details of event schedules and visitor information (parking; directions, etc), go to:   

Friday June 7 at 5 PM, Workshop for Parade-Goers: Get the Goods! Do you attend a lot of DC parades? Then you know there’s always a lot of people handing out goodies and giveaways: strands of multicolored beads, paper fans, rubber bracelets, keychains, stress-balls, sunglasses, bookmarks, all kinds of candies, cookies and power-bars, as well as water bottles, and sometimes even tote-bags and hats. People toss them from floats and dancers hand them out on the street. But you need to be fast and use strategy to make sure you get the goods. Often, more aggressive or practiced parade-goers will cut in front of you and intercept that necklace meant for you! Or jump up to block you from getting that desired rainbow-colored stress-ball. At this practical and empowering workshop you will learn the best tips for getting your fair share, including: the Elbow-ahead; the Under-scoot; and the Bold-stroll into the parade route combined with a Direct Ask; and finally the Preemption (you seek out the parade contingents before they start marching and take stuff directly from their supply box). This workshop will equip you to get the most out of the June 8 Capital Pride Parade, and then you’ll be more than ready for the Fourth of July! Sign up for this free workshop here: 

Friday, June 7 from 6 - 9 PM, Opening Reception and Artist’s Talk: Helen Zughaib: Migrations (Artist’s Talk at 7pm). Artist Helen Zughaib will exhibit recent work throughout the historic Wilson House. Inspired by Jacob Lawrence’s 1941 seminal Migration Series, Zughaib’s Syrian Migration Series allows for an exploration of the contemporary consequences of the post WWI peace through the lens of the current Syrian conflict and the mass migration it has triggered. This exhibition is presented to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. Free - please RSVP:  At Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S Street NW.

Saturday, June 8 from 10 AM - 1 PM, World Oceans Day at Smithsonian National Zoo. The oceans provide food, jobs, recreation and even the oxygen we breathe! They are also home to some amazing animals. Join the Smithsonian's National Zoo for World Oceans Day. Celebrate marine species along American Trail, explore the world of coral conservation in Amazonia and discover new ways to help protect ocean habitats worldwide. Activity tables will be set up between the seal and sea lion exhibits on American Trail, with demonstrations occurring at both American Trail and Amazonia. Free. The Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, June 8 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Summer Challenge Kick Off Events at Martha's Table. Schedule of Events: National Symphony Orchestra String Quartet performs at 11 AM. Summer Challenge Story Time at 11:30 AM and 12:30 PM. Zumba with Twist & Turns Body Fitness at 12 PM. The CooLots perform at 1 PM. The DMV Hip Hop Orchestra at 1:30 PM. Washington Ballet: Meet a Ballet Dancer at 2 PM. Also: Instrument Petting Zoo with DC Strings Workshop and DMV Percussion Academy; #Read20 reading corner; Craft activities; Summer Challenge signup and program information; Summer-themed book titles available for checkout; Chat with other neighborhood organizations including DCPS Early Start, DC Strings Workshop, DMV Percussion Academy, Washington Ballet and the National Symphony Orchestra. Enjoy snacks and treats courtesy of the DC Public Library Federation of Friends. All free and open to the public. At Martha's Table, 2375 Elvans Rd SE. Details at

Saturday, June 8 from 4:30 - 10 PM, Capital Pride Parade and Block Party. Join the LGBTQ+ community in the historic Dupont and Logan Circle neighborhoods to experience the Capital Pride Parade in the Nation’s Capital, featuring more than 200 organizations, transversing the 1.5 mile route, expressing themselves with floats, vehicles, signs, banners, and entertainment to commemorate our history and support our community, making this one of DC’s favorite and most impactful parades. Please note that bags/backpacks will be subject to search, so consider leaving them at home for your convenience. Parade starts at 21st and P Streets NW (east of Dupont Circle) and ends at 14th and R Street NW. The parade route is in the Capital Pride 2019 Guidebook found at Free. Reviewing stand bleacher seats: $25 at The 3rd Annual Pride Block Party returns for Pride 2019. Enjoy entertainment, food, and your favorite beverage before, during, and after the Pride 2019 Parade. The Logan Beverage Garden will provide revelers (age 21+) the opportunity to cool down or heat up while watching and listening to great entertainment on the Block Party Stage. More info about all the Capital Pride Week 2019 events at:

Sunday, June 9 from 11:30 AM - 7 PM, Pride @ SAAM (Smithsonian American Art Museum). Celebrate Pride at SAAM’s pop-up exhibition that showcases artists using performance, music, media art, and traditional painting to explore LGBTQ+ histories and futures. Stop by the Feminist Pride Media Art Gallery to see films by women and femme identifying artists from SAAM’s collection and play “zinester” video games that imagine queer relations in outer space and other places. Participate in a Collection Highlights Gallery Talk, where every hour from noon – 3 PM visitors can take a close look at a specific artwork by an LGBTQ+ artist. Be sure to check out American University’s “DC Humanities” truck that will be parked in the F Street Plaza from 2 – 7 PM to collect and share stories from people who identify as LGBTQ+. From 3 – 6 PM, SAAM hosts a live performance by internationally recognized artist Brendan Fernandes, whose performance of Free Fall 49 takes over the massive Kogod Courtyard. This dance-based performance responds to the 2016 Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando through a choreographed call and response between a live DJ and dancers. Free. At SAAM, 8th and F Streets NW. More info:   

Sunday, June 9 from 12 - 10 PM, Capital Pride Festival, Concert, and Sunset Dance Party.
Enjoy a full day of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration on America’s Mainstreet, historic Pennsylvania Avenue (at 3rd St NW). The Capital Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent, and will host 300 exhibitors including local community groups and businesses, food vendors, and organizations. From 1 - 8 PM there will be concerts on 3 stages. Stay for the Sunset Dance Party on the Capitol Stage immediately following the Concert. Enjoy views of the sunset on the Capitol as you dance into the night. Free admission. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, it’s recommended that you leave pets at home. Bags/backpacks will be subject to search, so consider leaving them at home for your convenience. More info on the Festival at; more info on the concert/dance party at:

Sunday June 9 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: Abe Mamet plays Julius Watkins. Abe Mamet will lead a quintet in a tribute show honoring one of the first jazz french horn players, Julius Watkins. Abe Mamet, french horn; Julian Berkowitz, drums; Steve Arnold, bass; Herb Scott, tenor sax; Justin Taylor, piano. This event will take place at the Goethe-Institut Washington at 1990 K St. NW - enter on 20th St. Free | All Ages | Seating is first come, first served. More info on the Jazz in the Basement series here:

Monday, June 10 at 4:30 PM, Butterflies at the Library: Pollinator Plant Bombs. Children ages 5-12 are invited to create seed balls in fun shapes from recycled paper to grow plants that will attract pollinators, including butterflies. Take yours home to plant or give it as a gift. 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,

Monday, June 10 at 6:30 PM, Sweet/Dry: An Exploration of the Intersections of Taste and Identity. Domestique Wine and the DC Public Library are partnering to host a panel that explores the intersections of taste and identity. The conversation for this panel initially began around the idea of breaking down the concepts of "sweet" and "dry." These two descriptors are used regularly as ways for people to not only describe what they enjoy in terms of taste but also to project how they want to be seen (and, of course, influence how others see them). The goal is really to invite a transparent and honest conversation about the perceptions and connotations surrounding taste. Panelists: Millicent Souris, Lee Campbell, Genevieve Villamora and Ralph Eubanks. The session will run 6:30-8:00 PM, followed by Q&A. Free. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE,

Tuesday, June 11 at 6:30 PM, Playing with Fire: From American Revolutionaries to French Revolution. The upheaval and violence of the French Revolution threatened the lives of aristocratic officers of the Revolutionary War and colored their memories of the revolution in America. Julia Osman, associate professor of history and director of the Institute for the Humanities at Mississippi State University as well as our 2009 Tyree-Lamb Fellow, discusses her work exploring the impact of the American Revolution on the French officers who commanded it, the French soldiers who fought it, and the French civilians who supported it. The lecture will last approximately 45 minutes. Free. At Anderson House, The Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday, June 12 at 6:30 PM, Cottage Conversation: DC Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French. Join us as Harold Holzer discusses his new book, DC Monument Man: The Life and Art of Daniel Chester French, which chronicles the life of the sculptor of the Lincoln Memorial. The program begins with a cocktail reception in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at 6 PM and is followed by the conversation at 6:30 in President Lincoln’s Cottage, and concludes with a book signing. Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. Free for Cottage members at the $250 level or above. Tickets: President Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.
Thursday June 13 at 7 PM, Love You Hard: Author Talk with Abby Maslin. In 2012 Abby Maslin's husband, TC, was brutally assaulted on his walk home in Capitol Hill. He survived with a severe brain injury, an event that would transform both their lives and marriage. In the book that award-winning journalist Maria Shriver calls, "a testament to love, resilience, and choosing joy during the toughest times,” Maslin tells the raw, unflinchingly honest story of a young love left broken, and the resilience required to mend a life and remake a marriage. At the heart of this captivating story are the universal truths that bind us all. This is a tale of living and loving wholeheartedly, learning to heal after profound grief, and choosing joy in the wake of tragedy.
Copies of the book Love You Hard will be available for sale and signing after the author talk.
Free. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE,    

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