Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, November 8 - 14, 2019

Wilson HS Theater Presents Matilda the Musical
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 8 at 4 PM, Dino Discovery. Learn about the science of excavation and participate in our very own dinosaur dig! This program is great for dinosaur lovers between the ages of 4 and 8. This event is part of our Di-November celebration here at the Cleveland Park Library. All month long come in to see our "roar-some" decorations and participate in dino activities. Free. The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 (various times), Smithsonian Food History Festival. The Food History Festival is two days of free, hands-on learning, live demonstrations, talks, and stories exploring how women are building, saving, and empowering communities through food. Talented chefs, local organizations, experts, community activists, museum curators, entrepreneurs, and more will be on hand to spark conversation, lead activities, and dig into food history with museum visitors of all ages. View the full schedule here: Register for free tickets here: - but don’t delay - many of the sessions are already sold out! At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, 1300 Constitution Ave NW.

Friday, November 8 and Saturday, November 9 at 7 PM, Wilson HS Theater Presents Matilda! Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands. You don't want to miss the high energy dances and catchy songs of this entertaining musical performance! Tickets: Adults: $15 ($10 for the matinee on Saturday, 11/16); Child/Student: $5 all performances. Online ticket purchase ended Nov 6. Cash/checks only at the door. Can’t go this Friday or Saturday? There are 3 more performances next week: Friday 11/15 and Saturday 11/16 at 7 PM and a Saturday matinee on the 16th at 2:30 PM. Wilson High School Theater is at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. More info:

Saturday, November 9 from 9:30 AM - 7 PM, Conference: 1989: Commemorating the Fall of the Berlin Wall and the End of the Cold War. The end of the Cold War, the resulting geopolitical tensions, and the narrative of "The End of History" have had direct consequences and present political challenges to the United States and Europe. What lessons can we learn from 1989, and how can we use these lessons to combat right-wing populism in Germany, Europe, and the United States? Among contemporary political actors, social movements and political organizations, can any of them have comparable power to the Peaceful Revolution of 1989? These questions are not only timely at the 30th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin Wall, but also of vital importance in our current crises of international order. The Friedrich Ebert Foundation and the BMW Center for German and European Studies at Georgetown University are pleased to host this free, day-long conference at the Copley Formal Lounge at Georgetown University, 3700 O Street NW. A light reception from 5:30 -7:00 PM will follow the conclusion of the conference. See the full agenda of the conference and register for programs at:

Saturday, November 9 at 1 PM, The Evening Star: The Rise and Fall of a Great Washington Newspaper - An Author Talk with Faye Haskins. The Washington Evening Star was among the top ten newspapers in the country, starting before the Civil War and ending its run during the Reagan presidency. Learn about what went on behind the scenes of this historic paper from Faye Haskins, former Archivist and Photo Librarian at DC Public Library Special Collections. Haskins' book, The Evening Star: the Rise and Fall of a Great American Newsaper, includes insight on the editorial decisions behind the coverage, including controversial decisions on race relations, D.C. politics and 129 years of national politics. This free talk will be held in the Peabody Room on the top floor of the Georgetown Library. You can read from the Washington Evening Star online with a DC Public Library card, or visit Washingtoniana to view books and our archival collection on the Washington Evening Star. Learn more on how to use these resources at Research 101 on Nov. 20. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Saturday, November 9 from 12 noon - 4 PM, Thank You, Veterans: A Celebration for the Veterans. Join us for a "Celebration for the Veterans," as we commemorate and honor Veterans in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. PLEASE NOTE:You must be a Veteran to participate and must provide proof of Veteran status at the door. Veterans can bring one (1) guest. The event will include remarks by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) officials, encouraging stories from Veterans, a buffet meal, information tables staffed by various VA services units, and other great activities to demonstrate to Veterans that VA CAREs! Registration is required: Participants must show ticket at the door to gain entry. Veterans must provide proof of Veterans status (e.g., VA Identification Card, DD214, etc.). At Washington DC VA Medical Center, 50 Irving Street NW. 

Saturday, November 9 at 1 PM, It’s a Small World After All: Art Wraps on Historic Georgia Avenue. This is the second event in a series that explores DC history, public art and storytelling. (No need to have attended previous session to go to this one.) Delve further into Petworth neighborhood history via the Pilgrim Foundation archives and DC Public Library resources. Community historian Peter Stebbins will talk about the Lebanese, African and Caribbean diaspora, plus community-based archiving. Share and record your stories with the Humanities Truck!  This event is recommended for ages 18+. In partnership with the Lily and Earle M. Pilgrim Art Foundation and Georgia Avenue Thrive. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Saturday, November 9 from 5 - 6 PM, Gallery Talk: Fair is Foul & Foul Is Fair. Explore themes of foulness and fairness in this gallery talk focused on works by collaborating Irish artists Aideen Barry and Alice Maher. Featuring a vocal performance by Ceara Conway of a poem by Doireann Ní Ghríofa, specially created for this exhibition. Free and open to all. You do not need to print your Eventbrite ticket - register here: The exhibition “Fair is foul and foul is fair,” curated by Dr. Tina Kinsellais, is on view November 9 - December 15, 2019. Free. At American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Sunday, November 10 from 3 - 5 PM, British & Commonwealth Remembrance Ceremony - a ceremony to commemorate to centenary of the conclusion of the Great War and the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts. Presented by by DC Expats. Free. Register At St. Monica & St. James Episcopal Church, 222 8th St NE

Sunday , November 10 at 4 PM, Concert: The Beau Soir Ensemble, a flute, viola, and harp trio dedicated to the performance of standard and contemporary repertoire, plays works by American composers, both classical and contemporary. The concert will last approximately one hour. This is the third date in the fall American Music Series, which celebrates the history and variety of American music genres. Free and open to the public. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. More info:

Sunday, November 10 at 5 PM, Concert: Czech folk group Spirituál Kvintet. The Embassy of the Czech Republic presents the Czech folk group Spirituál Kvintet. The group performed at demonstrations during the Velvet Revolution as well as for former Czech President Václav Havel and US Presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton. The group's repertoire includes original compositions as well as renaissance, folk, and spiritual music. Relish in an afternoon with these Czech founders of folk. The group is returning for the second time to the United States. Its first visit was in 1993 to New York, Chicago and Washington. During the thirty years under the totalitarian regime, songs from America inspired the band as songs of freedom. Next year in 2020, the Spirituál Kvintet will celebrate its 60th year and will disband. The event is part of the Embassy's Mutual Inspirations Festival as well as celebrations leading up to the 30th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. At the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW. Admission is free. RSVP required: Embassy Security Policy: For entrance, all guests will be subject to security screening. Photo ID is required. Bags and suitcases are not allowed. Only small purses are permitted but must be opened for inspection. Coat check is not available. Parking: Non-metered parking is available on Spring of Freedom Street and Tilden Street.

Monday, November 11 from 9 AM - 2 PM, Bye Bye Bei Bei! This Monday kicks off a ten-day series of public farewell events and special treat sessions for Bei Bei the panda, before he ships off to his ancestral homeland of China. Much of the schedule for Monday is repeated daily. From 9 AM to 2 PM: Postcard Station (next to Bei Bei’s outdoor habitat) Write a postcard with your well-wishes for Bei Bei! All postcards will be sent with Bei Bei to China. 9 AM: Daily Treats: Earth Optimism. Watch in person or tune in to Panda Cam1 to see the panda team give Bei Bei a special Smithsonian-themed enrichment, hand-painted by a panda keeper, that represents the Zoo’s global cooperation to save species. 11:00-11:20 AM: Panda Keeper Q&A. Meet one of Bei Bei’s keepers and ask all your giant panda questions. Check the board at the giant panda exhibit, or along Asia Trail, to find out the exact location of today's demonstration. 1:30 PM: Daily Treats: Gimme Some Sugar. Watch in person or tune in to Panda Cam1 to watch as Bei Bei receives one of his all time favorite treats - sugar cane! The full schedule of all events during the ten-day farewell period can be found at:: All events are free; some are limited to Friends of the National Zoo (FONZ). The Smithsonian National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Monday, November 11 at 6:30 PM, Veterans Day program at The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati. For Veterans Day the Institute presents an examination of the experiences of American veterans since the revolutionary generation, held in conjunction with the exhibition America’s First Veterans. The program opens with remarks from Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert L. Wilkie, Jr., followed by a panel discussion moderated by the Institute’s executive director, Jack Warren. Our panel of specialists includes Brian Matthew Jordan (assistant professor of history at Sam Houston State University), Stephen R. Ortiz (associate professor of history at Binghamton University) and Miranda Summers Lowe (curator in the Division of Political and Military History at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History). The panel discussion will last approximately one hour followed by light refreshments. The Institute’s headquarters are located at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20008. Visitors are welcome to tour the mansion and view our current special exhibition Revolutionary Reflections: French Memories of the War for America. Free. For more information and reservations (encouraged but not required), visit or call 202.785..2040.

Monday, November 11, all day. It’s Singles Day! This date is written: one-one-one-one - and if you have ever lived in China or any community with a significant Chinese population then you already know that it’s Singles Day - a tradition that Chinese retailers have cherished ever since they dreamed up this single’s shopping extravaganza in 1993. In much of Asia,11/11 is a counterpoint to Valentine’s Day, a holiday dedicated to love (of self), expressed by buying expensive gifts...for yourself. And it’s become the biggest shopping day of the year. Time to bring it to America! You can read about Singles Day here: And no, this is NOT the weekly fake event. But with an amazing holiday like Singles Day occurring this week, we don’t need to make anything up. This real one is just too good! Learn more about Singles Day here:

Tuesday, November 12 at 4 PM, Protest Button Art Workshop. Have your art featured in the new Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library! Join an art workshop inspired by protest buttons from the DC Public Library's collections and design a button about an issue that matters to you. Your button will become part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library's new entryway designed by DC artist Nekisha Durrett. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Tuesday, November 12 at 7 PM, Honest to God. In this installment of the “Honest to God” discussion series, Michael Gerson of the Washington Post leads a conversation with Dr. Francis Collins of the National Institutes of Health, and Dr. Jennifer Wiseman, Astronomer, and Program Director of the Dialogue on Science, Ethics, and Religion (DoSER) for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Tickets: general admission $15; students $10, available online at: The Washington National Cathedral is at 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Wednesday, November 13 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Battle for the Marble Palace, by Michael Bobelian. Join us for a discussion with Michael Bobelian who will discuss his book Battle for the Marble Palace. The book explores President Johnson's nomination of Abe Fortas to be Chief Justice of the Supreme Court and how it changed the identity of the court. Free. At the Southeast Library, 403 7th St SE, 

Wednesday November 13 at 7 PM, Thanksgiving Cooking Demo with Chef Jonathan Bardzik. Join local chef and author Jonathan Bardzik for a pre-Thanksgiving cooking demo. Jonathan will focus on seasonal side dishes that you can easily integrate into your Thanksgiving holiday meal celebration. Get inspired, and grow your culinary skillset. Free. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE, RSVP on Eventbrite:

Thursday, November 14 at 6 PM, National Novel Writing Month Write-In. Come work on your novel with us! We know you need to get those 1,667 words per day in, so come do them with us. The second floor conference room will be a quiet space for writing and stress-googling, so stop by and spend some of your NaNoWriMo with us at the library. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,     

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