Thursday, June 5, 2014

Get Out! The Events Column

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 14,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at (events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, June 5 at 7 PM: Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia, a talk by author and Tenley resident Glenn Williamson, who will discuss his role in the Russian-American partnership which developed the first modern office building in St. Petersburg during the Russian financial crisis in the late 1990s, transforming a historic former monks’ residence into a granite-clad and glass-covered atrium. Williamson served as general director of the project and lived 10 years in Russia, Poland and Bulgaria with his family. More info at

Thursday, June 5 at 7 PM: Capital Beer: A Heady History of Brewing in Washington, DC, a book discussion with author Garrett Peck. Free. At the West End Library, 1101 24th St NW. After the talk, everyone is invited to head down the street to Burger Tap & Shake to enjoy a drink with Garrett at a special happy hour price. More info: 

Thursday, June 5 at 7:30 PM, The Civil War Defenses of Washington, a talk by historian Frank Cooling and preservationist Gary Thompson, presented as part of the annual meeting of Historic Chevy Chase DC’s annual meeting. Free. At Chevy Chase Community Center, 5601 Connecticut
Ave NW.

Saturday, June 7 from 9 AM - 2 PM, The DC Department of Public Works’ annual “Truck Touch.” A host of DC government agencies will present and demonstrate nearly 30 vehicles used to clean and repair streets, change traffic lights, collect refuse, clear snow, provide fire and emergency services, administer mobile health care, and more. Last year, more than 5,000 residents came out to climb on packer, sweeper and boom trucks; sit atop MPD’s Mounted Unit’s police horse and maneuver the levers of a police chopper; ride Segways, and test drive electric sedan vehicles. More info at Free. At RFK Stadium, Lot 7, 2400 East Capitol Street, NE.

Saturday, June 7 from 11 AM - 5 PM, the 25th Annual Glover Park Day! Enjoy food from local restaurants, kids’ activities, arts & crafts, flea market, performances, and more. Free. At Guy Mason Rec Center, Calvert St & Wisconsin Ave NW, For performance schedules and other details go to: 

Saturday, June 7 from 4:30 - 7:30 PM, The 39th Annual Capital Gay Pride Parade, featuring Grand Marshall Chris Kluwe, former NFL punter. The parade starts at 22nd & P Sts NW and ends at 14th & R Sts NW. More info and parade route at

Saturday, June 7 from 6 - 8 PM, Opening Reception, Hemphill Gallery, featuring the work of Michael Clark, formerly of Moca Gallery in Georgetown. The Hemphill Gallery is at 1515 14th Street, NW. More information at

Sunday, June 8 from 12 noon - 7 PM, Capital Pride Street Festival. Come for a day full of entertainment, music, food, drink, education, and celebration. The festival is open to everyone, and there is no fee for entry; however donations are very much encouraged and appreciated! The Festival is family friendly. Due to large crowds and very hot asphalt, we recommend that pets stay at home. The Capital Pride Festival includes three stages of national and local talent and will host 300 exhibitors including local and community groups, national sponsors, local businesses, food vendors, restaurants, and businesses looking to promote their services to our community. Along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets. More info:

Sunday, June 8 from 1 - 4 PM, Cleveland Park Community Celebrates Engine Co. #28 Reopening. Meet the firefighters and EMS personnel and tour the new firehouse. Hamburgers, hot dogs, balloon creations, & other treats provided; balloon creations from Clown Judy and Clown Gary. At 3522 Connecticut Avenue, NW. More info at

Sunday, June 8 at 4 PM, World Premiere of “Shark Girl.” In honor of World Oceans Day the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital, the Smithsonian Channel and the National Museum of Natural History will co-present the world premiere of the film, “Shark Girl” (USA, 2014, 46 min.) at the National Museum of Natural History. The free screening will be followed by Q & A with the film’s star, shark conservationist Madison Stewart, and the film’s director, Gisela Kaufmann. The film spotlights the passion of 20-year-old Madison Stewart, who has made it her life’s mission to protect the world’s endangered sharks and their underwater ecosystem. No reservations are required for the screening; further information is available at: 

Monday, June 9 at 7 PM, Dream City Revisited. On the 20th anniversary of the publication of their influential chronicle of D.C. politics and Marion Barry, veteran journalists Tom Sherwood and Harry Jaffe take a look back but also reflect on the state of the District 20 years later. Moderated by Clinton Yates of The Washington Post. At Hill Center in the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.Free, but registration required - go to: 

Tuesday, June 10 at 7:30 PM, Concert of music written by prisoners of the Terezin concentration camp, Gideon Klein, Robert dauber, James Simon and Viktor Ullmann, performed by pianist Phillip Silver and cellist Noreen Silver. A Q&A will follow the performance to allow the audience to learn more about the works in the program and the circumstances surrounding their creation. Free, but reservations required at At the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW.

Wednesday June 11 at 7 PM, David Ignatius, veteran Washington Post journalist, novelist and Cleveland Park resident, will discuss his new thriller “The Director” at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free.

Wednesday June 11 at 7 PM, Dragons in Art. National Gallery of Art docent Bela Demeter, who was a reptile keeper at the National Zoo for 35 years, will narrate his his photographic tour “Dragons in Art" at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington DC, 20016. Free.

Wednesday, June 11 at 8 PM, Spam Power! No, this isn't an event praising canned meat. Come meet the developer of the Spam Power app that uses the energy contained in email spam to power your iPhone or Android. All email requires energy to be sent and stored; this new, amazing app taps into the latent energy in spam to power your smartphone. The more spam you receive, the longer your phone’s battery charge will last between charges. Hawaiian app developer Malia Ōpūnui will talk about how she came up with the idea for Spam Power and how you can use it on your own phone. Location: Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut and Macomb. Bring your phone charger because this is the weekly fake event.

Thursday, June 12 at 7 PM Book Talk: Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism, a conversation with author Benjamin Ross, This book explains the role of neighborhood opposition and government subsidies and regulations in creating automobile-dependent suburban sprawl. He also explores the difficulty of smart growth advocates have in overcoming those forces. Ben was president of Maryland’s Action Committee for Transit, which under his leadership became the nation’s largest grass-roots transit advocacy group. Presented by Ward3Vison.Free. RSVP not required, but appreciated at

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