Thursday, August 15, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, August 16 - 22, 2019

Georgia Avenue Day 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 18,400+ 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, August 16 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: A Collection of Images Illustrating the Art of War in the 18th Century. Anderson House’s Library Fellow Bénédicte Miyamoto will present highlights from the Society’s manuscript map, fortification drawing, and artillery diagram collections. Military engineers, draftsmen, and topographers in the eighteenth-century received artistic training that was used to produce these documents. Artistic skills were not only needed for in-situ sketching, but were also required to produce a wealth of copies for the military corps. Many of the documents did not circulate in print given their military nature and the need for secrecy. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the maps and diagrams. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more info about this and other Anderson House events go to:

Saturday August 17 from 1 - 5 PM, Memory Lab Pop Up and Clinic – Learn how to preserve your personal archives. Come learn from DC Public Library’s Memory Lab staff about ways that you can digitize your personal archive using library technology. Highly trained archivists and librarians will be on hand to assist in scanning materials such as photos, posters, papers, negatives and slides. Please note they will not have portable equipment to digitize home movies. Staff can assess the condition of items and suggest next steps, provide one-on-one guidance in digital preservation, home movie preservation and creating oral histories. Bring in your photos, slides, personal papers and home movies to receive a consultation on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to serve everyone, please do not bring more than 5 items. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, First Floor Meeting Room #1, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Saturday, Aug. 17 at 3 PM, Teen Trivia! Join us for our August Teen Summer Challenge event: Teen Trivia! Categories will include Harry Potter, music, memes, YA books and other pop culture topics. There will be snacks and prizes for the winners. Don’t forget to log your reading this summer to receive your prizes and to become eligible for raffle prizes! Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Saturday August 17 from 11 AM - 6 PM, Georgia Avenue Day – an arts festival in the park at 3000 Georgia Avenue NW. The festival will have painters, jewelers, makers, and crafters. Food vendors will be on site to tempt you. And there will be a stage filled with live music. There will be open mic too, so if you want to rap or play, you are welcome to make a joyful noise! For more info visit 

Sunday, August 18 at 2 PM, Garden Concert Series: The Irish Breakfast Band. Enjoy an afternoon of music in the beautiful garden area beside Northeast Library. Bring a chair, sit back and enjoy the sounds of the Irish Breakfast Band, a diverse group of DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland residents who meet every Saturday morning for a potluck breakfast and rehearsal. Founded 36 years ago, the band regularly performs for events and concerts throughout the DC area, often accompanying traditional Irish dancers with their music. This concert is part of the Northeast Library's Garden Concert Series - find the complete list of Garden Concerts at Please note: In the event of inclement weather, concerts are held inside the library. Free. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE,  

Monday August 19 Jokes On Tap: Open Mic Comedy at Union Stage. Doors/Tap Room will open at 5 PM, sign-up for Open Mic starts at 7 PM, show starts at 8 PM. This is a FREE comedy open mic event. All ages. At Union Stage, 740 Water Street SW. $5 US drafts. Full dinner menu will also be available. Reserve at 

Tuesday, August 20, all day, National Lemonade Day…or is it Fake National Lemonade Day? We have no need to make up a Weekly Fake Event this week -- there’s already a claim that National Lemonade Day, which is shown as August 20 on all those online funny calendar and holiday websites, is not a real event. The August 20th myth of National Lemonade Day is boldly exposed as a fake event on this muckraking website:! And yet look at these four well-respected holiday-marking websites that have fallen for the hoax:  (I could list more, but I don’t have room!). So should we all now start observing National Lemonade Day on the first Sunday in May, as the historical record demands? NO! National Lemonade Day should officially be moved to August, when it’s so hot in most parts of the US that everyone wants lemonade! May is springtime - and we all know lemonade is a summer drink! So let’s all push to make August 20 into the real National Lemonade Day -- and then this will no longer qualify as the Weekly Fake Event [] of the Get Out! column.

Tuesday, August 20 from 10:30 - 11:30 am, Tour: Exploring Bartholdi Park, led by Thomas Crawley, USBG Gardener, and Ray Mims, USBG Conservation and Sustainability Horticulturist. This Bartholdi Park walking tour will highlight the park’s history, gardens, plantings, and recent renovation to upgrade accessibility, safety, and sustainability. Tour participants will also hear about the Sustainable SITES Initiative—a comprehensive rating system for sustainable, professional landscapes, meant to encourage the design and development of healthy, productive landscapes—and the Landscape for Life program that highlights these principles for home gardeners. Come join Thomas and Ray, rain or shine! Please note: This tour is held outdoors. We suggest bringing protective clothing and water. The tour is canceled in the event of extreme weather conditions. Meets by the Bartholdi Park fountain at the US Botanic Garden, 245 First Street, SW. Free - Pre-registration required: 

Tuesday, August 20 at 6:30 PM, DC Punk Archive Presents: Harry and the Potters. They'll be playing all your favorite wizard-themed songs, including tracks from their new album Lumos. Get your wands ready for this FREE, all ages event! The show will take place inside the Woodridge Library, in the Children's  Area. Music can be enjoyed from all levels of the library, as we have a very open floor plan. Harry and the Potters are the first wizard rock band. They play songs exclusively about the Harry Potter books. The band consists of brothers Joe and Paul DeGeorge. They grew up in a suburban Boston house that has a cupboard under the stairs. Their commitment to playing shows for all ages has meant extensive touring in unconventional spaces like libraries (where a large number of teens and pre-teens undoubtedly saw their first concert ever). The Woodridge Library is at 1801 Hamlin Street NE. More info:

Wednesday August 21 at 5:30 PM, Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion - Can't Stop Won't Stop: A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang. Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose. Each month, a Portrait Gallery educator will discuss a portrait from the collection. Following the portrait exploration, a DC Public Library librarian will lead a discussion of a book related to the image. (Please note that the book’s author is not present.) The book for this month’s meeting is Can't Stop, Won't Stop : A History of the Hip-Hop Generation by Jeff Chang. Forged in the fires of the Bronx and Kingston, Jamaica, hip hop has been a generation-defining movement. In a post-civil rights era transformed by deindustrialization and globalization, hip hop became a job-making engine and forever transformed politics and culture. Based on more than a decade of original interviews with DJs, b-boys, graffiti writers, gang members and rappers, and featuring unforgettable portraits of many of hip hop's forbears and mavericks, this book chronicles the rise of this movement through vivid cultural criticism and detailed narrative. We will gather at the 8th and G Street entrance to the Gallery. Free and open to the public - but please note that registration is required at You may check out the book from the DC Public library (see for information) or purchase it from the Portrait Gallery's museum shop. For questions about obtaining the book from the library, please contact David Quick at David.Quick2 @ dc dot gov

Thursday, August 22 from 5 - 7 PM, Concert: American Roots Music, with Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night (country). Come celebrate American roots music—Americana and folk, country, blues, jazz, and even rockabilly—with the return of our popular summer concert series in the Garden! Michelle Hannan & One Blue Night, based out of Frederick, MD, is one of Maryland’s top up-and-coming independent country bands. The band features the warm, soulful vocals and songwriting of Michelle Hannan, along with her husband: singer, songwriter, and bassist Jason Hannan. They are supported by the dynamic instrumental work of renowned veteran musicians Howard Parker (pedal steel), Brent Progecene (lead guitar), and Todd Campbell (drums). Please note: Limited seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis or bring your own blanket or chair. Free. No pre-registration needed. In the Amphitheater of the United States Botanic Garden 100 Maryland Ave, SW. (Rain Location: Conservatory Garden Court)

Thursday August 22  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 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 Cleveland Park Library 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,     

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