Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Get Out! - The Events Column, October 4 - 10, 2019

Adams Morgan PorchFest 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     

Friday, October 4 from 8 AM - 6 PM, Halloween House Decorating Season Is Open with pick-up permits available at all local police stations. Candy, popcorn and free coffee will be given to the first 200 applicants in line. The first Friday in October is the official opening day of the Halloween decorating season, when, under the new DCRA regulations recently enacted by the Council, you are allowed to put Halloween decorations on your house, lawn, trees, bushes, fences and other structures. Objects requiring permits include: inflatable/blow-up monsters, ghosts, witches, et. al; jack-o-lanterns and other gourds (in excess of 30in. circumference); dummies and/or models of ghouls, mummies or zombies;  tombstones (with or without hand sticking up from ground); scarecrows/straw men/women; disembodied parts, e.g. talking heads or hands; spiders larger than 18in; spider webbing; and cauldrons (with or without fog). Anyone who has displayed such items prior to 10/4/19 was in violation of the new DCRA Halloween Season Permit rules (no fines issued this year - only warnings!) Starting at 8 AM on Friday, the police will begin issuing seasonal display permits. You can go in person to your nearest police station to pick up your permit. In celebration of opening day there will be free coffee, candy and popcorn for the first 200 in line. You can also “skip the trip” by filling out your Halloween seasonal display permit application online at:

Friday October 4 at 2 PM, Film and Discussion: Exiled, America's Deported Veterans. This timely 2018 documentary explores how two military veterans and green card immigrants find themselves deported, and who must now fight for the right to be heard. The film is a persuasive and intimate look at the human consequences of current US immigration policy. Join a post-screening Q & A with the film's director, producer and cinematographer, Mike Seely (via Skype). Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont Street,

Saturday, October 5 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Open Streets DC on Georgia Avenue. Three miles along Georgia Avenue NW (Barry Pl NW to Missouri Ave NW) will be closed to traffic and filled with fun activities for all ages and abilities, including various fitness classes, demonstrations, bike clinics, children's activities and more. Participants are encouraged to walk, bike, ride a scooter, bring your family and furry friends, enjoy the streets and explore the local businesses along the route. Free admission. The event is happening rain or shine! RSVP with the link below: More info at: 

Saturday, October 5, 11 AM - 5 PM, Taste of Bethesda. Bethesda's famous food and music festival brings 60 restaurants and five stages of entertainment to Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. Each year, more than 40,000 attendees sample the delicious restaurants, enjoy the live entertainment and visit the kid's corner for face painting and arts and crafts. Taste of Bethesda is held rain or shine. Admission is free. Taste tickets are sold on-site in bundles of four tickets for $5 - ticket sales end at 3:30 PM. Food servings cost 1-4 tickets. The event is held along Norfolk, St. Elmo, Cordell, Del Ray and Auburn Avenues in Bethesda's Woodmont Triangle. More info:

Saturday, October 5 from 12 - 4 PM, Murch Fall Fair. Featuring: Games and Prizes • The Famous Used Book Sale • Snacks • Potomac Pizza • Ice Cream • Arts & Crafts • 5 Bounce Houses • Photo Booth • College Hunks Dunk Tank • Pop-Up Shops • Neighborhood Artisans •  And More!  Proceeds go to the Murch HSA. Free admission. Rain Date: Saturday, October 19. On the Murch ES playground at 36th and Ellicott. More info: 

Saturday, October 5 at 2 PM, Performance and Sing Along: Songs of the Civil War. Join us for an afternoon of Civil War-era songs performed by the Washington Revels Heritage Voices, and a sing along of familiar melodies. The Civil War played an instrumental role in the development of an American national identity, inspiring songwriting on both sides of the conflict, as amateurs and professionals wrote new, timely lyrics to old English, Scottish, and Irish ballads, as well as original compositions. In addition to the performance and sing-along, enjoy a tour of the museum's exhibition Songs of the Civil War featuring original sheet music from the era, including three songs performed by the Heritage Voices. Tickets: $10/members, $15/public. Registration is required; space is limited. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW.

Saturday, October 5 from 2 - 6 PM, Adams Morgan PorchFest 2019. Adams Morgan PorchFest returns on Saturday with 58 local bands; 17 porches, patios and stoops will become stages for the day, drawing music-lovers from around the region. This is the highest concentration of local music in the city, with 58 separate sets of tunes in one afternoon! The Airport 77s (including the Washington Post’s John Kelly and other local  journalists) will kick off the afternoon at 2 pm at event headquarters - SunTrust Plaza at 18th Street and Columbia Road NW. Attendees can pick up a map and a FREE wristband, then stroll around the neighborhood for nonstop musical performances until 6 pm; the wristband guarantees great deals at more than 20 local businesses. The range of bands touches nearly every musical genre, including klezmer, classic rock, rap, reggae, folk, classical, and a cappella. Each PorchFest location will host at least three 45-minute sets between 2 pm and 6 pm. See the full lineup of performers and a map at Please note that Georgia Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Florida Avenue to Missouri Avenue for Open Streets, so plan your trip accordingly.

Saturday, October 5 from 11 AM - 10 PM and Sunday, October 6 from 12 - 9 PM, SerbFest DC. Delicious Serbian Food: Spit-roasted Pig & Lamb, Traditional Foods, Side Dishes & Desserts;  Serbian Beer & Wine; Live Serbian Music & Dancing! Live Serbian Folklore Dance performances! Children's Activities! Free admission and parking. At St. Luke Serbian Orthodox Church, 10660 River Road, Potomac MD. Complete information at 

Sunday, October 6 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Takoma Park Street Festival. Everyone's favorite Takoma Park Street Festival returns for another year of music, vendors, food and fun in Takoma Park along Carroll Avenue. Enjoy the day exploring over 200 vendors booths, live music from 18 local bands, children's activities and inflatables, food trucks and more. Takoma's unique shops, restaurants and cafes are all open and welcoming visitors. Catch 18 free performances on 3 stages all day throughout the festival. Acoustic Folk, Latin Folk, Gypsy Jazz, Funk, Rock and more from a mix of local favorites including Hannah Jaye and the Hideaways, La Marvela, Sweater Set, Positive Vibration, Djangolaya, Amadou Kouyate, King Soul, MSG Acoustic Blues Trio, The Nighthawks, Chopteeth, and more. Vendors include local artisans, non-profits, green companies and a variety of community groups, and 25 different food vendors offering lobster rolls, oysters, tacos, BBQ, empanadas, ice cream, and everything in between. For entire vendor, music and food line up, visit:

Sunday, October 6 at 11 AM, Library Takeout: World Architecture Day at the National Building Museum. Experience activities and pop-up exhibits themed around the Bauhaus and modernism at the National Building Museum’s annual celebration. For a special edition of story time, the museum’s youngest visitors are invited to explore architecture through DC Public Library read-alouds of books related to Mies van der Rohe, modernism and the Bauhaus. At the National Building Museum, 401 F. St. NW. More info:

Sunday, October 6 at 2 PM, The Blessing of the Animals in celebration of St. Francis of Assisi.
Washington National Cathedral honors the feast day of Saint Francis of Assisi (c. 1180–1226), patron saint of animals and the environment, with a yearly Blessing of the Animals service on the Cathedral’s west steps. All pets and their caretakers are invited to attend. Free and open to the public. More info:

Monday, October 7 at 12 noon, Lecture: Abraham Lincoln in Words and Music. Claire Jerry, lead curator of political history at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, reveals the nuances of Lincoln’s speeches and his use of language. She also explores how this relates to words and music of the 1864 campaign and Lincoln's death. Free; no reservations required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, October 7 at 7 PM, WAPAVA Presents: Reel Time - A Historical Look at DC Theatre over 25 years. Join us for an evening of DC theater history with the Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA - To celebrate their 25th anniversary, WAPAVA staff and local theater professionals will discuss the past two decades of theater in DC. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Tuesday October 8 at 4 PM, Origami in the Wild. Learn interesting facts about animals and learn how to fold paper to make origami versions of them. This month we'll be learning about and folding penguins. This program is for ages 6-12. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, October 8 at 7 PM, Camp Austen - Author Talk with Ted Scheinman. Join us for an author talk with Ted Scheinman, who will discuss his book, Camp Austen: My Life As An Accidental Jane Austen Superfan. The author and journalist will discuss his time reporting among Jane Austen superfans, and after a selection of readings from the book, Ted will field a conversation about costumes, teatimes, which Austen characters offer the most promising (and most wicked) role models, and anything else that tickles the audience's curiosity. Please RSVP to attend on Eventbrite, Books will be available for sale and signing. Refreshments will be served. Free. At the Southeast Library, 403 7th St SE,

Wednesday, October 9 at 4:30 PM, Hispanic Heritage Month Family Film Series: Funny Bones. Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at Mt. Pleasant Library by joining us to watch Funny Bones: Posada and His Day of the Dead Calaveras. Funny Bones is an animated presentation of award-winning author Duncan Tonatiuh's book, which tells the story of Mexican artist José Guadalupe Posada and the origin of calaveras (skeletons performing everyday or festive activities). Funny Bones is unrated and has a run-time of 24 minutes. Free. Screening is in the large meeting room on the 1st floor of the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW - entrance on Lamont St. More info:

Thursday, October 10 at 7 PM, Author Talk: David Taylor and "Cork Wars." Join author David Taylor as he shares the story and research behind his latest book Cork Wars, a thrilling true story about Americans during World War II. Through three families, the book tells how Americans, including DC-Maryland families, endured a pivotal moment in history amid rumors of Nazi sabotage and an FBI investigation. The book follows three families pulled into the intersection of enterprise and espionage. “Taylor gives a vivid slice of life from that time that speaks to ours,” writes Douglas Brinkley. This talk shares the research process and how you can access these resources yourself. Copies of Cork Wars will be available for purchase. Book signing will take place after the event. Free. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Seating is first come, first served. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Thursday, October 10 at 7 PM, Author Talk with Mario Bencastro, Odisea del Norte. Join us for an evening with author and painter, Mario Bencastro, to discuss his book, Odyssey to the North (Odisea del Norte). Odyssey to the North chronicles the story of Calixto, who comes to the US from El Salvador, "with his stomach empty but his soul full of hope." The story takes place in the Mt. Pleasant and Adams Morgan neighborhoods of Washington, DC, as well as parts of El Salvador and Mexico. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW - entrance on Lamont St.,

Thursday, October 10 at 7:30 PM, A Well-Read Woman: A Discussion with Kate Stewart. Join us for an evening with librarian and author Kate Stewart. Stewart will speak on her book A Well-Read Woman: The Life, Loves, and Legacy of Ruth Rappaport, which follows the life of a legendary Capitol Hill resident from Nazi Germany to Seattle, Israel and Vietnam. Stewart will discuss how Rappaport's love of reading and her experiences with censorship affected her life and career as a librarian. During American Archives Month, come hear the story of a champion of history and the written word. Copies of the book will be available for sale and signing. Prior to the discussion with Stewart, stop by for a brief introduction to the library's Memory Lab at 7 PM. Free. At Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE,   

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