Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, August 30 - September 5, 2019

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   

Library of Congress 2019 National Book Festival

Friday, August 30 from 5 - 8 PM, DIY Denim Bar: Goodwill Pop-up at the Adams Morgan Community Center. Goodwill's DIY Denim Bar is a FREE event  in collaboration with Transportation Junkies where you can learn how to upcycle and transform old denim with help from experts on things like patch and button-making and no-sew design. DC Public Library’s Library Takeout will also be there with books for check-out on topics like fashion, DIY and sustainable living. You can also sign up for a library card and learn about the many free resources that DC Public Library provides. At the Adams Morgan Community Center at the Line Hotel, 1770 Euclid St NW. More info:   

Friday August 30 from 7 AM - 7 PM, Opening of the LegoLand Preview at National Harbor. The LEGOLAND® New York Resort will open in 2020 in Goshen, NY, but you don’t have to wait -- the fun is coming to you! At the Legoland Preview you will find LEGO® building activities, visits from LEGOLAND New York characters, models created by the Danish company’s master builders,” plus cars used at Legoland’s driving schools, and you can take selfies at our large sculptures made of plastic bricks. The exhibit continues through Monday, September 2. On Sunday, September 1, we will be showing “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part” on the massive movie screen along the Potomac River. Free. At 165 Waterfront St at National Harbor. More info:

Saturday, August 31 at 1 PM, DC Strings - Concert Finale. DC Strings is dedicated to bringing fun, high-level classical music concerts to communities throughout D.C. Under the leadership of Founding Artistic Director, Andrew Lee, DC Strings seeks to reach a wide spectrum of audiences with performances that engage the communities in which they occur. All ages are invited to attend this Summer Challenge, Concert Finale at Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE,   

Saturday, August 31 and Sunday, September 1, both days starting at 7 PM, Labor Day Weekend Music Festival 2019. Now in its 4th year, the Festival showcases the diversity of DC’s local music scene as a part of Mayor Bowser’s 202Creates initiative. By featuring artists working in different musical styles and genres over the course of Labor Day Weekend, the Festival is a demonstration of the depth and breadth of our local musical talent. Saturday line-up: GoGo Symphony; Zen Warship; Kokayi. Register for the Saturday show at Sunday line-up: Main Swing Jazz Ensemble; Akua Allrich & the Tribe; Sheldon Thwaites Music. Register for Sunday show at Artists and schedule subject to change. Both evenings will have ASL interpreters. Hosted by Tony Richards at the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW. Tickets are FREE with RSVP.

Saturday, August 31 from 9 AM - 8 PM, The LOC BookFest 2019. At the 19th Annual Library of Congress Book Festival there will be more than 100 acclaimed authors and poets, giving readings and talks, with every genre and interest well represented. All free! Plan your day well in advance to make sure you get into the more popular sessions. Start at and look up events by author, stage, type of event, and more. And don’t forget to pick up your free tote bag, poster, and many other goodies, such as bookmarks, notepads, pencils and pens, and more! At the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mt. Vernon Place NW.

Sunday, September 1 from 9 AM - 8 PM, The ELOCyberspace National E-BookFestival 2019. The Library of Cyberspace is holding the first ever festival of E-books! As befits a book festival dedicated to books that exist on the digital plane, this e-book fest does not need to be held in a physical location. You can log into our e-book virtual conference from your computer or mobile device anywhere in the world and choose which of a myriad of sessions to attend. And you will never need to line up in a hallway, or rush to nab a chair with a view of the stage, and then worry about someone sitting in front of you with a hat or big hair.  Because the authors do not have to be there in person, this e-book conference can have all the biggest names, including authors who are dead -- represented by their digital avatars. Hear Shakespeare read his sonnets! In our children’s lit and YA section, Louisa May Alcott will discuss how closely Jo March was modeled on her own life. And in the fantasy genre, we anticipate the most popular session will be on “Interview with the Vampire,” where the featured speaker will be the vampire himself! In digital media, everything is possible. Attendance is free but you must register and create a log-in to participate -- go to

Sunday, September 1 at 8 PM, National Symphony Orchestra: Labor Day Capitol Concert 2019. The National Symphony Orchestra led by Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke performs its annual free Labor Day weekend concert on the West Lawn of the US Capitol. The concert features vocalists Mykal Kilgore and Nova Payton in a program of popular songs by R&B hitmakers including Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, James Brown, Diana Ross, Stevie Wonder, and others. If you want to stake out a good seat, you can arrive when the gates open at 3 PM and catch the open rehearsal held at 3:30. Pack a picnic dinner and enjoy the free music in one of the farewell traditions of a DC summer night. This is a free event - no tickets or registration required. No alcohol permitted. In case of inclement weather, please call the National Symphony Orchestra's Summer Concert Hotline at (202) 416-8114 after 2:30 PM to find out whether the performance will take place at The Capitol, or whether it will move indoors to the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. If the concert moves indoors, there will be NO open rehearsal. More info: 

Monday, September 2 from 10 AM - 2 PM, The 50th Annual Kensington Labor Day Parade and Festival. The Parade begins in St. Paul Park at 10 am and ends at Town Hall, where the Festival is held. Musical entertainment begins after the Parade. The Parade travels down Connecticut Avenue from St. Paul Park toward Kensington Town Hall, and will feature local marching bands from area schools; equestrian show groups; dance groups; floats and ambassadors from local churches, schools, non-profits, and businesses; and local, state, and federally elected officials. But this is just the beginning! As the Parade moves towards Town Hall, Armory comes alive with the captivating and exquisite aroma of your favorite and newly discovered foods, along with diverse vendors, games and activities for children of all ages. The event is held in rain or shine (unless severe weather conditions). More info on the Town of Kensington’s website:   

Tuesday, September 3 from 8 - 10 PM, Poetry at Anacostia Open Mic! For two hours audiences can expect a diverse chorus of voices and a vast array of professional spoken word performers, open mic rookies, musicians who are all thought leaders and artists local to our scene, and beyond. Hosted by Brandon Douglas. A poet, rapper, teacher, and actor, Brandon has been a production team member with City at Peace DC for 4 years, using theatre arts to teach cross cultural dialogue and nonviolent conflict resolution. He facilitates writing, performance, and social justice workshops, and is a teaching artist organizing and coaching high school poetry clubs in DC with nonprofit org Split This Rock. Tickets are $5, available in advance at; if purchases in store, cash only. At Anacostia Busboys and Poets, 2004 Martin Luther King Jr. Ave. SE

Wednesday, September 4 at 7 PM, Journalist Patricia Miller will discuss her book Bringing Down the Colonel: A Sex Scandal of the Gilded Age, and the "Powerless" Woman Who Took On Washington. In 1884, they met on a train. She was 17; he was 47 and married. After a nine-year affair that resulted in the birth of two children, Kentucky congressman Col. William Breckenridge left Madeline Pollard "ruined." Bringing Down the Colonel chronicles how Pollard, a woman of low social standing, sued Breckenridge for "breach of promise." He had promised to marry her, but married someone else. With sex outside of marriage considered irredeemably ruinous for a woman, Pollard's lawsuit did the unthinkable. It challenged society's entrenched belief that sexual activity outside of marriage was acceptable for men, but not for women. Recent news makes clear that women's sexual behavior is still judged more harshly than men's. Bringing Down the Colonel is the story of one of the earliest women to publicly fight back. Miller vividly recreates the Pollard-Breckenridge case, arguing for its rightful place within the history of women's rights. Patricia Miller is an award-winning author and journalist who spent ten years researching the Breckenridge-Pollard saga. Space is limited; seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, September 5 at 3:30 PM, End of Summer Reading Party. Join us to celebrate the end of summer reading with a party. Sand art, ice cream and of course... the chance to water balloon the librarians from the children’s department if you've read more books than we did over the summer. (Don't forget to enter your book titles on Beanstack [], so we can tell what you've read! If you have questions about how to do this, see us in the Children's Department.) Either way, come and celebrate a well read summer with us. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW.    

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