Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, November 1 - 7, 2019

Dia de los Muertos - Mexican Ofrenda
Photo by Juan Scott (Wikimedia 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 14,500+ 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, November 1 from 6 - 7 PM, First Friday Dupont Art Walk: Art Gallery Tour by Dupont Circle Main Streets. First Friday is an art walk around the galleries of Dupont Circle. This walking tour will introduce you to 5-6 gallery spaces. Meet at the Dupont Circle Metro - north entrance on Q Street at 6 PM. Tickets are $20, available at: 

Saturday, November 2 from 10 AM - 12 noon, The annual Halloween Spooktacular/Fall Festival at Forest Hills Park. The biggest Halloween party in Forest Hills returns for another year! We’re giving the little ones another chance to wear their Halloween costumes. Grownups too, if you’re so inclined. The thrilling and funny Abracadabra Alex will perform. Forest Hills Park is east of Connecticut Avenue between Brandywine and Chesapeake Streets. Rain date is November 10. More info:   

Saturday, November 2 at 2 PM, Need Help Getting Your Book Published? This panel discussion will explore new and traditional services available to writers seeking to get published. With the growth of self-publishing, many new services have emerged to help writers become published authors, even via traditional publishing houses. These services include the good, the bad and the ugly - this panel will discuss how to navigate those services while protecting your interests. Hear from a literary agent and lawyer, learn from two successfully published authors who also provide publishing services and coaching. Panelists: John D. Mason of Copyright Counselors, LLC ; Michelle Brafman, author of the novel, Washing the Dead (2015) and a collection of linked short stories, Bertrand Court (2016), published by Prospect Park Books; ND Jones, founder of Kuumba Publishing, an art, audiobook, eBook and paperback company. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Saturday, November 2 at 1:30 PM, Archaeology, Can You Dig It? Middle school students and their families are invited to this special archaeology workshop. Dr. Alexandra Jones from Archaeology in the Community ( will guide kids through a hands-on activity that introduces the main ideas and concepts behind archaeology. Make sure to wear old clothes, and email megan.mcnitt @ dc dot gov to register. Free. At Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW, 

Saturday, November 2 and Sunday, November 3 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Dia de los Muertos Festival Weekend. Celebrate Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) at the National Museum of the American Indian. Artist Lilia Ramirez (Nahua) will create an interactive mural featuring La Catrina, one of the most iconic images drawn by Mexican illustrator and printmaker Jose Guadalupe Posada. Posada’s work has inspired artists for generations. His satirical calaveras (skulls) in particular have shaped the appearance of Día de los Muertos. The Day of the Dead is a festival celebrated by people in Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and many Latino communities across the United States as a way to honor family and friends who have passed away. The tradition originates from the Indigenous cultures of Mesoamerica, including the Mexica (Aztec) and Maya. Visitors can honor loved ones by making paper marigolds, the bright flowers that decorate family ofrendas (altars) set up for the Day of the Dead. The festival will feature a traditional ofrenda created by National Heritage Fellow Ofelia Esparza (Purépecha) and her daughter Rosanna Esparza Ahrens, who have collaborated in creating ofrendas since 1999. Free. At the National Museum of the American Indian at 4th and Independence Avenues SW. All events are free. More info:      

Sunday, November 3 at 4 PM, An Afternoon with National Symphony Musicians, a free concert presented by Music at Pilgrim. Do not miss this afternoon of chamber music featuring National Symphony Orchestra musicians Jamie Roberts, Robert Rearden, and Pilgrim Lutheran Director of Music and pianist, Jamila Tekalli. Young musicians and music lovers alike are invited as the performers will share the beauty and story of these legendary composers of Germany and Austria's Romantic era. The performance will take place in the stunning acoustics of Pilgrim Lutheran Church. It is a beautiful, intimate space, which allows the audience to be close to the performing musicians. This is a family friendly event. Admission: Free; Free Will Offering gratefully accepted. Reception follows the concert. Pilgrim Lutheran Church is at 5500 Massachusetts Avenue in Bethesda. More info: 

Monday, November 4 at 12 noon, Lecture: African Americans Serving in Contraband Hospitals, presented by Jill Newmark, exhibition specialist and curator, National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. The story of African American medical personnel who served during the Civil War is an often overlooked and neglected part of Civil War history. In this talk, Jill Newmark from the National Library of Medicine shares the story of one DC hospital that treated black soldiers and civilians, and the African American nurses and surgeons who served there. Free, no registration needed. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW, 

Monday, November 4 at 7 PM, Indie vs. Traditional Publishing. For National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), come learn from Teri Case, writer and author of DC Writers Project title Tiger Drive about the pros and cons of independent publishing. Case will discuss her own experiences with publishing and share tips for making a decision. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Monday, November 4 at 9 PM, Procrastinating Non-Authors' Non-Book Panel Discussion. During  National Novel Writing Month,we are proud to present a unique and useful panel for every writer out there who has ever told family and friends that they’re working on a novel and years later still has but a few scribbled pages lying in a desk drawer. You know you have that great novel in you, if you could just find the time or the right conditions, or the encouragement you need... or stop procrastinating and produce! In the meantime, people keep asking you, “How’s that novel coming along?” or worse, they may ask to see some part of it. Now you will have a chance to hear from some highly talented but thoroughly unproductive, unpublished authors about how they handle these unwanted inquiries. To find out who our special panelists are and get the location of the Non-Author Talk, please go to:   

Tuesday, November 5 at 4 PM, Origami in the Wild. Learn interesting facts about animals and learn how to fold them. This month, we'll be folding rabbits.This program is for ages 6 and up. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, November 5 at 7 PM, "Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy": A Yiddish Book Center Film. “Beyle: The Artist and Her Legacy” is a documentary short film about the life and legacy of poet, artist and activist Beyle Schaechter-Gottesman. Beyle's poems and songs are part of the fabric of postwar Yiddish culture. In 2005 she received a National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts for her vast and vibrant artistic contributions, which have had a lasting impact on many Jewish artists and scholars. After surviving the Holocaust in Europe, Beyle sought to build a secular Yiddish-speaking community that would continue for generations. She published her debut poetry book Steshkes tsvishn moyern (Footpaths amid Stone Walls) in 1972. She published several collections of poems and artwork as well as CDs of her songs performed by herself and other Yiddish performers. Yiddish scholar Miriam Isaacs will introduce the film and lead the discussion following. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Tuesday, November 5 at 7 PM, Strangers in a Stranger Land: How One Country's Jews Fought an Unwinnable War Alongside Nazi Troops...and Survived. Author of Strangers in a Stranger Land John B. Simon, an American Jew residing in Finland, grew up in Pleasantville, New York. After graduating from Hamilton College, Simon earned an M.A. from Cambridge University, then studied at the Sorbonne and the University of York. In the early 1970s, he founded The DOME Project, a community-based program on Manhattan’s Upper West Side dedicated to providing opportunities for marginalized youth in New York City. His 1982 book To Become Somebody: Growing up against the grain of society (Houghton Mifflin) tells the story of some of the program’s early participants. Nearly 50 years later, The DOME Project is still running. Simon moved to Finland in 1984 and began working for KONE Corporation as a communications officer. After publishing KONE’s Prince (Otava, 2009), a best-selling biography of one of the company’s legendary owner-directors, he was named Finland’s 2010 Communications Professional of the Year. Strangers in a Stranger Land was first published in Finnish in 2017 as Mahdoton sota. It was among the four books short-listed for 2017 History Book of the Year. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 PM, Friends of the Library Author Talk: John Deferrari, Capital Streetcars: Early Mass Transit in Washington, DC. Washington's first streetcars trundled down Pennsylvania Avenue during the Civil War. By the end of the century, streetcar lines crisscrossed the city, expanding it into the suburbs and defining where Washingtonians lived, worked and played. One of the most beloved routes was the scenic Cabin John line to the amusement park in Glen Echo, MD. From the quaint early days of small horse-drawn cars to the modern "streamliners" of the twentieth century, the stories are all here. Join author John DeFerrari on a joyride through the fascinating history of streetcars in the nation's capital. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Wednesday, November 6 at 7 PM,  Hidden Heroes; African Americans, NASA and the Quest for the Final Frontier. Join author and lecturer C.R. Gibbs for a presentation on the history of African Americans in space exploration. Free. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE, 

Thursday, November 7 from 5:30 - 7 PM, Luce Unplugged: The Anthony Pirog Quartet. Enjoy music from DC’s best local artists while surrounded by beautiful artworks in SAAM’s one-of-a-kind programming space, the Luce Foundation Center. Anthony Pirog’s music combines the intensity of punk with the inventiveness of jazz. Libations and snacks are available for purchase at the on-site bar. A staff-led discussion about an artwork chosen by the performers starts at 5:30 PM, with the music beginning at 6 PM. Free, walk-in.. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (3rd floor) . More info on the Luce Unplugged series:     

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