Thursday, January 30, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Nickomargolies via Wikimedia Commons
We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 13,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Bill Adler and Peggy Robin
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, January 30 at 7 PM, American University’s Books That Shaped America Series presents a community discussion of W.E.B. DuBois’ The Souls of Black Folk. The discussion will be led by Dean Carola Weil of the School of Professional and Extended Studies. All AU and local community members are welcome. Attendees are encouraged -- but not required -- to have read the book. Free. Light refreshments will be served. More info at:

Thursday, January 30 at or about 8:40 PM, Talk by Elaine Johnson, Education Coordinator of Calvary Women’s Services (the talk follows the 7:30 PM Mass at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church. Calvary Women's Services is a nonprofit organization that does truly transformative work for women in challenging situations. In the basement of St. St Thomas Apostle Church, 2665 Woodley Rd NW.

Friday,January 31 at 7:30 PM, Three Mo’ Tenors: Love You Madly - performed by vocal and instrumental ensembles from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts. Tickets: $25 - $40 available at In the Ellington Theater, 3500 R Street NW.

Saturday, January 31 from 10:30 AM - 4 PM, La Chandeleur, also known as “Crepe Day” is celebrated at Hillwood with food and games. Alliance Française de Washington and Hillwood invite families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion by snacking on crepes, enjoying traditional Breton music performed by Moch Pryderi, listening to classic tales told in French and English, and experiencing the exciting culture of Brittany, where crepes originated. Embark on a quest to discover French treasures in Hillwood's mansion and create your own French hats to wear and to take home. Tickets $12 - $18 include 3 crepes per person: At the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens, 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.

Saturday, February 1 from 2 -4 PM, WAMU Open House. WAMU 88.5, the public radio news and information station, recently moved to 4401 Connecticut Avenue, NW in Van Ness. To celebrate the renovation and the station’s move, WAMU invites neighbors to attend a special at the station. Take a tour of the newsroom, studios, and community space, meet WAMU hosts, reporters, and staff, and enjoy light refreshments.For additional information, please call 202-885-1200. More info:

Saturday, February 1 at 4 PM,Gallery Talk and Exhibit: “Washington Art Matters II” presented by Benjamin Forgey, Andrea Pollan and Jack Rasmussen, covering the history of Washington art from the 1940s through 1980s. Free. At the American University Art Museum’s Katzen Art Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. For more information visit:

Sunday, February 2 at 7:30 AM, Groundhog Day Festival at Dupont Circle. Come out to see what “Potomac Phil” predicts for the rest of the winter. Political predictions, too! Festivities include music performances, polka dancers, a puppet show, and VIP celebrities. Free. See:

Monday, February 3, at 7:30 AM, Groundhog Day+1. Poor Potomac Phil. Once the groundhog returns to his burrow, he’s forgotten like yesterday’s news. This year will be different as we return to the site of the
groundhog’s emergence and replay the events of the day before, just like in the famous Bill Murray movie. If you came to Sunday’s event, show up again on Monday, same time and place, wearing the same outfit, and
experience a rerun of everything that happened the day before, only this time, because you’ve done it already, you will be slightly wiser. Repeat as often as needed to become a better person, find the love of your life, and master any skill you desire to possess. Or not … because this is not just the weekly fake event, it’s the fantasy opportunity of a lifetime.

Thursday, February 6 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Discussion of the novel Swamplandia by Karen Russell, part of the Winter Book Discussion Series of award-winning young fiction writers, led by Phil Burnham, George Mason University.The authors in this series are all Americans, and all under age 45, and they’ve each won at least one major book award. Each book will be discussed independently (you need not have attended any of the other discussions to attend this session.). About Swamplandia: We meet our narrator, 13-year-old Ava Bigtree, at her family’s gator-wrestling theme park on an island in the Florida Everglades. “Our mother performed in starlight. Whose invention this was I never discovered.” At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Friday, February 7 and Saturday, February 8 at 7:30 PM, Kennedy Center Dance Performances by DC based Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. Among the 4 works performed is "Leaving Pusan" - the story of Burgess' great-grandmother’s decision to leave Korea in 1903 to begin a new life
on the plantations of Hawaii and become one of the first Koreans to settle in America. At the Terrace Theater of the Kennedy Center. Tickets are $25-$31 at For more info about all four dances go to:

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