Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, September 12 - 19, 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 18,400+ 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       

Thursday, September 12 at 6:30 PM, The 51st Festivities: DC for Statehood, Presented by Mayor Muriel Bowser. Statehood is about the fundamental American values of equality and fairness. DC is made up of more than 702,000 people, yet because we don’t live in a state, we do not have a vote in Congress. On September 19, Mayor Muriel Bowser will give testimony to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform in favor of legislation recognizing Washington DC as the 51st state. Let’s continue to build momentum - join us for this free event championing DC statehood. The night will feature music, speakers and like-minded advocates – come share in the cause and celebrate DC’s path to statehood! Additional information to follow. To learn more about DC statehood, visit Register at At the State Room Event Space, 201 D Street NE.

Friday, September 13 from 12 - 1 PM, Nature Walk with Michael Sherrill, Golden Triangle BID, and Smithsonian Gardens. Take a stroll through the Renwick Gallery’s Golden Triangle neighborhood with artist Michael Sherrill, horticulturist James Gagliardi from Smithsonian Gardens, and David Suls, senior director of planning and policy at the Golden Triangle BID. The group leads a walking tour to explore the innovative rain garden landscaping in the neighborhood. Be sure to check out the exhibition Michael Sherrill Retrospective at the Renwick to see how Sherrill’s artwork reimagines the natural world in creative new ways. Meet in front of the Renwick Gallery, 1661 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Free, walk-in - no registration. More info:

Friday, September 13 at 1 PM, District Philharmonic: Wide Open Rehearsal. Join the musicians of the District Philharmonic's Wind Octet in a Wide Open Rehearsal! In preparation for their multi-concert festival on Sunday, September 15, members of the District Philharmonic's Wind Octet will rehearse works by Wolfgang Mozart, John Philip Sousa, and more. The audience is invited to be a part of rehearsal: to ask questions, to move around the room, to hear and see the music come to life. Free. At the West End Library 2301 L St. NW,

Friday, September 13 at 4 PM Mooncake Autumn Festival. Celebrate the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival with mooncakes, stories and crafts. This program is for ages 4-12. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Saturday, September 14 from 11 - 2 PM, DCPS Back to School Block Party / Fiesta En La Calle De Regreso A Clases. The DC Public Schools Back to School Block Party is a 3-hour celebration to welcome students, parents, teachers, school administration, and community members to a successful start to the new school year. The Block Party is designed to engage the DC Community in a fun and welcoming environment while providing information and multiple resources from local partner organizations and District Government Agencies such as health and wellness, food access, and college and career readiness to name a few. There will be free food and fun activities for all ages including a moon bounce, mini-golf course, parkour course, and student performances. Surprise VIP guests will also be a part of the afternoon celebrations! Questions? Please contact Jerry Ilar, Coordinator, Public Events and Engagement at jerry.ilar @ dc dot gov or 202.744.0423. The event will happen rain or shine. Tickets are not needed. Everyone is welcome to attend regardless of registration (available here: Food and free items will be given on first come, first serve basis. At Theodore Roosevelt High School, 4301 13th Street NW

Saturday, September 14 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Celebrate Petworth! - A neighborhood festival organized by and for the residents of Petworth and surrounding neighborhoods, celebrating the creativity, diversity, culture, people and quality of life of our wonderful neighborhood. Activities include: Petworth History Storytelling; “Stop the Violence” Youth Basketball Clinic, in partnership with DC Parks and Recreation and their Roving Leaders - this is a co-ed clinic for 8-14 year olds with Roosevelt High School students as junior coaches (it’s on prior to the festival, from 9 - 11 AM); Main stage featuring local musical performances, dog show/contest, and other events all day long; Taste of Petworth - try the menus of local Petworth restaurants - tickets just $2! Free admission. In the 800 block of Upshur Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, September 14 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Streetmarket: A Curated Market Experience. Streetsense is bringing a a one-day market to Blagden Alley so you can shop local, eat well, and drink up while supporting and championing locally owned businesses. If a pop-up market in a micro-neighborhood sounds right up your alley, we'll see you in Blagden Alley. Local vendors and activities include: Live mural installation with artist Marcella Kriebel; Thoughtfully crafted hummus bowls and pita sandwiches from Little Sesame; An indie selection of books for all ages from Loyalty Books; Botanical-based goods and floral arrangements by She Loves Me; A playful, modern take on Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork; Plants and curated floral arrangements from REWILD...and many others, too numerous to list. Free. At Blagden Alley, located near the Mt. Vernon Square/7th Street Convention Center Metro stop (green and yellow lines). More info:

Saturday, September 14 from 12 - 3 PM, Chevy Chase Day. Join the Chevy Chase Citizens Association for our annual Chevy Chase DC Day at Chevy Chase Community Center Commons
5601 Connecticut Ave NW. Come join your neighbors for a day of fun! Featuring: BBQ; Art Activity organized by Ch/Art; Moon Bounce; Face Painting; Balloon Artist; Ice Cream Truck; And Lots More. Free.

Saturday, September 14 at 1 PM, The Year 1919 in Washington: Tumultuous and Tragic. Washington suffered a crisis year, with a race riot, the president felled by a stroke and much more - with a dash of woman suffrage in the air. Creators Syndicate columnist Jamie Stiehm is joined by Jefferson Morley, journalist and author. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Saturday, September 14 from 7 PM - Midnight, Art All Night in Tenleytown 2019 will transform local businesses and public spaces into pop-up galleries and performance stages for an evening of art in all its forms. Last year, nearly 13,000 people attended in Tenleytown, and this year promises to be even bigger, better, and more diverse with 200+ artists and performers featured at 19 venues. Join us for art, music, dance, theater, and more! There’s something for art lovers of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy in Tenleytown. Go to and click on the “schedule” tab to see all events, times, and locations.

Saturday, September 14 - Sunday, September 22, various times: Free Walking Town DC Tours.  Over 9 days, Cultural Tourism DC is offering over 50 walking tours in all corners of DC, highlighting a diverse array of topics, including civil rights history, Irish history, Jewish history, two different LGBT history tours, many neighborhood and enclave history tours, and perhaps most intriguing, “Hidden in Plain Sight: Forgotten Memorials of DC.” Tours offered near Cleveland Park include: The Historic Springland Farm and Its Progeny; Tenleytown: The Village That Grew; and A Hill Above Washington: Fort Reno. The complete list is here:; the registration button is at the bottom of that page. All tours are free, but a $10 donation is requested from those who can afford it.

Sunday, September 15 from 6 - 9 PM, Barks and Brews Festival in Van Ness! Celebrate our canine friends at the 3rd annual Barks and Brews Festival. Tickets are $30 in advance, $35 the day of the event. Ticket holders receive unlimited craft beer! Free admission for non-beer drinkers. Live music by local favorite, After the Flood. Giveaways and prizes (for your pup!). Fat Pete's BBQ Food Truck. FUN meeting new friends, four-legged and otherwise! All proceeds benefit Van Ness Main Street. Buy tickets: At Calvert Woodley Fine Wines & Spirits, 4339 Connecticut Avenue NW

Sunday, September 15 from 12 noon - 5 PM, Future Fest - a family "maker" event hosted by KID Museum. If you have school aged kids who are maker/STEM-interested or just ready to explore, then bring them to Future Fest. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend: 1. Help build KID City—Be a part of a live, communal build of a city of the future! Get creative using electronics, woodworking, and coding in a unique interactive experience for the whole family. 2. Explore cultures that shape our community—In Cultural Crossroads, experience life in China, El Salvador, Ethiopia, India, and Korea through hands-on, creative activities, music, and dance. 3. Check out the future of technology—At the Innovation Expo, discover how advances in areas such as virtual reality, robotics, urban farming, and space exploration are transforming our world. 4. Hear exciting speakers—The opening ceremony features US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Montgomery Co. Council Exec. Marc Elrich, and other local notables. Inspire your kids—We want to empower the next generation to invent the future with creativity, curiosity, and compassion. Free. At Silver Spring Civic Building, Veterans Plaza, corner of Ellsworth and Fenton, Silver Spring, MD (parking next door and red line accessible). More info: 

Monday, September 16 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around DC." Many of the unsung heroes of the Underground Railroad lived and worked in Washington, DC. Enslaved people engineered escapes, individually and in groups, and with and without the assistance of an organized network. Some ended up back in slavery or in jail, but others escaped to freedom. Join us as anthropologist and author Jenny Masur tells their stories recorded in her book Heroes of the Underground Railroad Around DC. After the presentation, there will be time for discussion and debate. Free. At The Georgetown University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. No registration needed. More info:

Tuesday, September 17 from 5:30 PM-6:30 PM, Open House for FREE Youth Music Program. Please join us at Pilgrim Lutheran Church for this free event to learn more about the choral and instrumental ensembles of Pilgrim's Music Program. Children will enjoy singing, musical activities and snacks. Parents will learn more about this exciting program for their children. Visit "Music" at for more details. Pilgrim Lutheran Church is at 5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda, MD. RSVP:

Wednesday, September 18 at 9:30 PM, Washington Monument Pre-Opening Light Show and Product Placement. On the evening before the Washington Monument reopens to the public (see item below for details), there will be a light show/projection on the face of the Monument, which will “rebrand” the monument with the sponsors’ chosen images. If you attended the 50th anniversary of the moon landing in July, you saw a magnificent example of how projected images can create a spectacular vision of an object or event on the surface of the Monument. (If you missed it, you can read about it here: The National Park Service, under the direction of Trump administration’s Secretary of the Interior and former oil lobbyist David Bernhardt, has sold the projection rights in one-month increments for the next 12 months to put on a nightly show of images on the monument -- with the first month’s sponsorship going to the Trump International Hotel. The image projected every night on the Washington Monument for the next month will be of the clock tower atop the Trump International Hotel (See image here: By projecting the image of the clock tower onto the surface of the Washington Monument, the Trump International Hotel’s clock tower will appear to be the tallest structure in Washington DC. Public attendance at the unveiling of this projected image is expected to exceed by far the estimated 500,000 visitors who attended the Moonwalk anniversary projection. Former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer will do the introduction for the opening of the light show on Wednesday and brief the press afterward about the crowd size. To see the complete list of the monthly sponsors that will supply the images to be projected on the Washington Monument over the next 12 months, go to: 

Thursday, September 19 at 9 AM, Reopening of the Washington Monument. Following a 37-month closure to modernize the elevator control system and construct a new security screening facility, the Washington Monument will reopen to the public at 9 AM. Same-day tickets for Opening Day and all tours through October 18 will be available on a first-come, first-served basis starting at 8:30 AM at the Washington Monument Lodge, located on 15th St between Madison Dr NW and Jefferson Dr SW. Starting on October 10 at 10 AM, tickets may be ordered at for tour dates beginning on October 19. For additional information, visit The National Park Service press release is available here: -- and please note the last sentence in the press release. It was not meant sarcastically, and this is not a satire for our Weekly Fake Event.

Thursday September 19 from 5  - 7 PM, Take 5! The Shook and Russo Quartet. Join the Shook and Russo Quartet featuring Amy Shook (bass), Frank Russo (drums), Pat Shook (tenor sax), and Jonathan Epley (guitar) as they honor the tradition established by jazz masters and perform original material. This performance will feature music from their upcoming album. Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and F Streets NW. More info:

Thursday, September 19 at 5:30 PM, Curator Gallery Talk: American Myth and Memory: David Levinthal Photographs. There’s more to cowboys than rodeos, more to Barbie than pink, and more to baseball than peanuts and crackerjacks. Join Joanna Marsh, curator of American Myth and Memory: David Levinthal Photographs, as she takes a closer look at David Levinthal’s photographs, which explore the cultural prominence of such quintessential American ideals. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and G Street NW - meet in the G Street Lobby. More info:

Thursday, September 19 from 6 - 8 PM, DC Alleys: Past, Present and Future. Washington DC’s historic alley network has become one of the most desirable locations to live, offering close-knit communities, unique architecture, and a human-scale setting. As changes in the DC Zoning Code continue to offer more opportunity for alley development, the likelihood of architects designing within this context has grown. However, there are numerous challenges, including contradictions in the code, lack of infrastructure, and issues of access. Meanwhile there is a great deal of potential for responsible and sustainable development. Please join AIA|DC and the Capital Area Custom Residential Architects Network (CRAN) for a lively panel discussion among local experts and decision-makers about the past, present, and future of DC’s alley neighborhoods. Presented by: Christine Shiker, Partner - Holland & Knight; Thor Nelson - Washington, DC, Office of Planning; Elizabeth Emerson, Principal and Co-Founder - EL Studio; Mark Lawrence, Principal and Co-Founder - EL Studio. Refreshments by Kafe Leopold. Tickets: Free for Students, Assoc. AIA, AIA, and DAC Members; $25 for Non-Members. Registration required: At Boffi/B&B Italia Cady's Alley in Georgetown.

...And don’t forget the REACH Festival at the Kennedy Center, going on all week and next week, through Sunday, September 22. For the schedule of events, go to: For (free) timed entry passes, go to: For location and visitor information, go to:   

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