Thursday, October 17, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column - October 18 - 24, 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.

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Friday October 18 from 12 - 2 PM, 3 D's - Dining, Documentary, Discussion, “Back to Basics:The Future of Water and Food.” DC Public Library in partnership with Guy Mason Recreation Center and the Interactivity Foundation present the program series 3Ds – Dining, Documentary, and Discussion. Attendees will view a documentary film, participate in a facilitated discussion and enjoy a free lunch! The documentary screened today is Back to Basics:The Future of Water and Food. Registration Required - please email guymasonevents @ gmail dot com. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW,

Friday, October 18 from 5 - 8 PM,  Meet the Artists Reception: Nancy Nesvet and Larry Ringgold - “enDANGERd”. Nancy Nesvet's photographs and paintings of endangered animals and disintegrating structures, both natural and manmade, inhabit her beautiful but threatened world. An ecofeminist, her concern with warming seas and human efforts to destroy the environment for present and future generations of people, animals, flora and fauna pervade her paintings and photographs. Larry Ringgold's sculptures of endangered species result from what he calls "an equal alliance of creativity and craftsmanship". These sculptures, made from driftwood washed up on the beaches after often devastating storms, stand witness to the effects of global warming, shrinking ice caps and glaciers that daily disappear from our world, stranding species and eventually, ourselves. Free. At Zenith Gallery, 1429 Iris Street NW. Show runs from October 18 - November 16. For more info: contact margery @ zenithgallery dot com

Saturday, October 19 at 10:30 AM, Firefighter Story Time and Truck Touch. Join us for a special Saturday Family Story Time on the 2nd-floor Children's Rug at the Northeast Library. We’ll visit with DC firefighters from Engine Co. No. 18 and their mascot, Sparky the Dalmatian! (Sparky is a DC firefighter in a dog costume.) After story time, we’ll go outside to look at the big red truck!  All ages welcome. Story time is at 10:30 AM, Truck Touch is at 11 AM. The Northeast Library is at 330 7th St. NE,

Saturday October 19 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Community Fun Fest at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson -Hurt Home. Enjoy a day filled with food, fun, laughter and games! Thiis community event is truly fun for all ages. Intergenerational Art Activities: Paint a miniature canvas or make a dazzling sand art piece to take home. Help paint a life size animal statue in the garden. Visit the Resident Art Gallery to view contemporary artwork created by the talented artists of the Home. Baby Farm Animals and Pony Rides. Meet cuddly ducks & chicks, squeaky pigs, fuzzy sheep & funny goats and take a ride on a pony! Moon Bounce, Juggler and Face Painting. No outdoor event would be complete without a chance to jump around in a bounce house, become your favorite superhero or princess, and be entertained by a super silly clown! Refreshments: Ice Cream * Popcorn * Hot Dogs * Pizza * Snacks * Drinks * Food Trucks. Bring your friends. Bring your grandchildren! No admission fee, small cost for rides, activities, & food. The Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home is at 5425 Western Avenue. Rain or shine - if it rains we'll be inside.

Saturday, October 19 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Ancestry Day: Genetic Ancestry Testing - Another glimpse of the Old World and lessons for the new. Have you ever wondered about our collective African ancestry—what that ancestry means today or what you can know about it? From newspaper advertisements to online databases, the quest to find family members and ancestors has never stopped. Join Bethel 21 at Metropolitan AME Church, as we explore tools that can potentially aid African Americans in our continued search for our ancestors. Guest speakers include genetics and genealogy experts Fatimah Jackson, Dorothy Roberts, Janina Jeff, and Shannon Christmas. This forum has been designed with an intergenerational audience in mind. Whether you're interested in genealogy, curious about DNA testing, or a medical professional interested in the role of ancestry information and race on health care, this forum is for you. The event is free, but we encourage registration here: At Metropolitan A.M.E. Church, 1518 M Street NW

Saturday, October 19 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Lafayette Fall Festival. This wonderful annual event for kids and adults benefits the Lafayette school community. For the kids: Expect carnival rides, bounce houses, rock-climbing walls, face painting, balloon twisting, glitter tattoos, arts and crafts, sports and games, a haunted house, and more. We also have an array of fall-filled fun for adults: Purchase beautiful fall décor: pumpkins, corn stalks and hay bales. Participate in the pie competition or purchase homemade treats from our bake sale. Peruse our used toy and book sale. Enjoy lunch from some of the city’s best food trucks, which will make a rare appearance in our neighborhood! Indulge in treats and snacks including ice cream, funnel cakes, pizza slices, cotton candy, and more. This is a beloved community event that is open to all. Lafayette School is at 5701 Broad Branch Road NW. For more information on the Fall Festival, visit: For information on what activities and sales are cash only or sold by tickets or by credit card, go to:

Saturday, October 19 from 11 AM - 7 PM, Down in the Reeds Music Festival. Join Library Takeout at Down in the Reeds, a day-long fall celebration and music festival happening at The Parks at Walter Reed. Festival organizers, Listen Local First, will create an outdoor fall gathering that brings together a mosaic of entertainment and activations reflective of DC’s cultural diversity and in celebration of the healing power of music. The ability of music to heal at the micro and macro level is one of music’s fundamental characteristics, bridging race, culture, and socio-economic status across all Wards. This one-day celebration seeks to highlight that common experience through performances from some of DC’s most vibrant musicians as well as workshops, arts activations, community and family engagement and more. Free. Location: The Parks at Walter Reed, 1010 Butternut St. NW. More info:

Saturday, October 19 at 12 noon, Research 101: LGBTQ+ Resources at Washingtoniana. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Washington Blade and LGBTQ+ History Month, learn about the LGBTQ+ history resources available from Special Collections. Archival collections will be available to view, and staff will lead a short presentation on how to find and use our LGBTQ+ materials. Free. Washingtoniana is at 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW,. More info:

Saturday, October 19 from 12 noon - 3 PM, OAKtoberfest Concert: The Shmoods, known as the DMV Hip-Hop Orchestra. Join Friends of the National Arboretum for a crisp fall afternoon of music, food, drinks, and fun! We'll be joined by crowd favorite, The DMV Hip-Hop Orchestra, now known as "The Shmoods," a collaborative music project featuring a new generation of DMV artists who color sound with spirit using a diverse palette of personality and strokes of Hip-Hop bringing you classic medleys and landmark originals. Our friends at The Greater Cater with be serving up St. Louis meals all afternoon! Free admission. At the US National Arboretum, 3501 New York Avenue NE. More info:

Saturday, October 19 at 1 PM, It’s a Small World After All: Art Wraps on Historic Georgia Avenue. This is the first event in a series that explores DC history, public art and storytelling. Learn about the lives of visual artists Lily and Earle Pilgrim and public art with community historian Peter Stebbins. Then take a tour of the traffic box art outside of the library, followed by a reception at NuVegan Café. Food and refreshments will be provided. This event is recommended for ages 18+. In partnership with the Lily and Earle M. Pilgrim Art Foundation and Georgia Avenue Thrive. Starts at the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Saturday, October 19 at 2 PM, A Right To The City Author Talk Series: Lawrence J. Vale. Join us for a discussion with Lawrence Vale about his book After the Projects: Public Housing Redevelopment and the Governance of the Poorest Americans. The book examines the deeply-rooted spatial politics of public housing development and redevelopment at a time when lower-income Americans face a desperate struggle to find affordable rental housing in many cities. Vale is Ford Professor of Urban Design and Planning at MIT, where he served as Head of the Department of Urban Studies and Planning from 2002 until January 2009. He has taught in the MIT School of Architecture and Planning since 1988, and he is currently the director of the Resilient Cities Housing Initiative (RCHI), a unit of the School’s Center for Advanced Urbanism. Free. Registration is required. Please note that registration does not guarantee a seat.At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW (entrance on Lamont St). More info: 
Sunday, October 20 at 7:30 PM, Chiarina Chamber Players Concert: A Poet's Love. Grammy nominated baritone Randall Scarlata and National Symphony Orchestra principal flutist Aaron Goldman join Chiarina for a colorful program featuring Schumann's beloved song cycle Dichterliebe and works by Ravel and Prokofiev. Tickets: $25 at; $30 at the door, $10 for age 30 and under. A 15% discount is available with discount code CP15. At St. Mark’s Church, 301 A Street SE

Sunday October 20 at 2 PM, Talk Story: Three Coins: A Young Girl's Story of Kidnappings, Slavery and Romance in 19th Century America. Join the 1882 Foundation's monthly Talk Story program for a discussion with Russell Low, who discovered a 1903 Hong Family photograph that sparked a decades long search for the stories behind the picture. Three Coins is one of the untold stories of women who endured and built the foundation of Chinese American families. Free and open to the public. Located at the I (Eye) St. Conference Center, 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW (Use the Public Parking entry way located on I (Eye) street, and take the elevator to Level C). More info:   

Monday, October 21 at 12 noon, Lecture: DC's Fort Reno Community after the Civil War, presented by Amy Rispin and Diane Tamayo, independent scholars. Delve into the history of D.C.'s Fort Reno community after the Civil War. Although the neighborhood was nominally integrated, the schools and residents' social lives were largely separate. Independent scholars Amy Rispin and Diane Tamayo reveal the social history of this popular Northwest neighborhood. Free; no reservations required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW. More info:

Monday, October 21 at 7 PM, Waste Not: Food Waste, Resource Conservation, and You. The American food industry discards 150 million pounds of food every day - the equivalent of 523 Titanics per year. This class will review the causes of food waste and ways to reduce it, debunking myths along the way. For example, is the food you are throwing out actually bad? In addition, you’ll learn about the environmental damage caused by food waste, and various efforts to co-opt the current agricultural system to help feed local communities. This class will be led by William Reid who, in an effort to prove a point, survived off of food waste for over two years. Free. At Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. More information: 

Tuesday, October 22 at 4:30 PM, Halloween Crafts and Mask Making. It’s that time of year again! Join us in celebrating Halloween by making Halloween-themed masks and decorations. All art supplies will be provided.All ages welcome. Free. At Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St, 

Tuesday October 22 from 6:30 PM to 8 PM, Free Landmark Lecture: Houses Divided: Arlington House, Tudor Place, and the American Civil War, presented by Mark Maloy, National Park Service. Explore the Custis connections between Tudor Place and Arlington House, and the difficult decisions made by family members at both homes as the nation hurtled towards the Civil War. Register to reserve seats: Tudor Place Historic House and Garden is at 1644 31st Street NW,  ·

Wednesday, October 23 at 6:30 PM, Clarice Smith Lecture Series: Naomi Beckwith, senior curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago takes a deep dive into her professional background and explores the interplay between her formal education and life experience in her curatorial approach. Beckwith explores questions of identity through multi-disciplinary practices showcasing contemporary art in a culturally conscious setting. Her recent work includes exhibitions focused on African American painter and mixed media artist Howardena Pindell, the artists’ collective AfriCOBRA (African Commune of Bad Relevant Artists), and the Association for the Advancement for Creative Musicians. Tickets: Free; Registration online recommended: In the Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Streets NW.

Thursday, October 24 from 6 - 9 PM, Halloween Tennis Monster Smash (Tennis Costume Party). Join DPR Citywide Tennis and our partners, Tennis at Shiloh for a night of haunted Halloween tennis! The Halloween Tennis Monster Smash is a fun family event in which children from ages 3+ and adults are encouraged to come dressed in their spookiest costume and play tennis. Instructors will be in costume as well and the DPR team will facilitate a Halloween themed evening filled with music, prizes for the best costume, and of course, some great tennis. Show up anytime between 6pm and 7:30pm for kids and family play. 7:30pm to 9pm will be reserved for adults only. RSVP today - - and don't forget your phone because this event is perfect for social media! Free. At Banneker Tennis Courts, 2500 Georgia Avenue NW.

Thursday, October 24 from 6 - 8 PM, What NOT to Wear for Halloween? Your four-year-old daughter wants to be Pocahontas for Halloween - is that an expression of admiration for a real historical girl hero? Or is it cultural appropriation? Your ten year-old boy wants to be the Dread Pirate Roberts - does that make light of piracy and its many real-life victims? What about your desire to put your little doggie in a lion costume? Is that fair to the pooch? Or to lions? And what about all those “sexy nurse” and “sexy French maid” outfits? Are they sexist? (You bet they are!) Halloween may be a silly kids’ holiday but these days it’s positively fraught with weighty issues. Too much for the average parent to navigate alone! Now you can join a group workshop to guide you through the do’s and don’ts - complete with costumed models of what is and is not considered appropriate This is just what you need before you send your kids out trick-or-treating! For a photo gallery preview of some of the costumes that will be critiqued and rated on an acceptable-to-don’t-even-think about it scale, go to    

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