Thursday, September 11, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Thomas S. Mann
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

Friday, September 12 from 9 - 11 PM, City View Party on a rooftop deck under the stars, to celebrate the opening of the DC Shorts Film Festival. At Carroll Square, 975 F Street NW. Tickets $20 + service charge, online at or at the box office - Use Promo Code CP2DCS for $2 off ticket. 21+ only. Light refreshments and special selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included. More info:

Saturday, September 13 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Fall Book Sale hosted by the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library. Fiction, nonfiction, kids’ books, cookbooks, specialty books -- 50 cents to two dollars (more for collectibles). At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon - 5 PM, The annual Taste of Georgetown celebrates its 21st year, offering creative tastes from more than 35 of the neighborhood’s best restaurants, as well as an expansive Craft Beer and Wine Pavilion and live entertainment. For the second year, teams led by some of Georgetown’s hottest chefs will face off in the Georgetown Chef Showdown, testing their culinary skills during the Iron Chef-style Competition judged by DC’s top food experts and media. Family-friendly entertainment includes bocce ball courts, hula-hooping, face-painting and balloon-animal-making. Advance tickets, $5 - $50 at or available on-site at K Street along the scenic Georgetown Waterfront. This event is hosted by the Georgetown BID and benefits the Georgetown Ministry Center’s services supporting the homeless.

Saturday, September 13 from 12 noon to 6 PM, The 17th Street Festival hosted by Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets, with kids’ activities, pet zone, art zone with over 50 artists, vendors, high-tech displays, musical acts, dance performances, drag shows, and more. Free. On 17th Street between Riggs Place and P Street NW. Visit for info.

Saturday, September 13 from 1 - 4 PM, Chevy Chase DC Day, featuring free ice cream, a scavenger hunt, moon bounce, story time, face painting, magic and balloon animals by Clown Judy, and more! Free. At the Chevy Chase Commons outside the Community Center, 5601 Connecticut Avenue, NW. For complete details visit

Saturday, September 13 from 8 - 11 PM, Grand Bash for the DC Shorts Film Festival. Spend an evening with filmmakers and film lovers at the U.S. Navy Memorial, complete with night views of the Archives and Capitol. At 701 Pennsylvania Ave NW. Tickets $20 + service charge, online at or at the box office - use Promo Code CP2DCS for $2 off ticket. 21+ only. Light refreshments and special selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages included. More info:

Sunday, September 14 from 12 – 7 PM, Adams Morgan Day Festival, featuring three stages with more than 25 performances of reggae, soul, salsa, dance and much more, including legendary Chuck Brown Band, Feedel Band, dance company Batala, Marcus Johnson Trio and many others. Arts on Belmont will feature local paintings, graphics, photography, sculpture, crafts, and jewelry. The Kids Carnival will include a moon bounce, face painting, and a show with Radio Disney. Hundreds of local nonprofits, “green” exhibitors, vendors, and businesses at the oldest running neighborhood festival in Washington DC. Free. On 18th Street between Columbia Road and Florida Avenue. More info:

Sunday, September 14 from 12 noon - 7 PM, Ethiopian New Year/Wildlife Festival with food, arts and crafts, music, activities for kids, a beer garden and more. The focus of the event is on wildlife conservation in Ethiopia which is home to a huge number of unique and critically endangered animals - learn more at and Festival flyer at Free. At Freedom Plaza, 14th St. and Pennsylvania Ave. NW.

Sunday, September 14 at 2 PM, “The Legends and Lore of DC” book discussion series will focus on Reveille in Washington, DC by Margaret Leech. This classic book on Washington, DC during the Civil War era was published in 1941 and was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History the following year. Preeminent Civil War historian Dr. James McPherson wrote the introduction for the book when it was reissued in 2011. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. See for more info.

Monday, September 15 at 12:30 PM, “The Problem of La: A Discussion of Musical Homonyms.” A panel of musicologists consider the problem embodied in the lyrics to “Do Re Mi,” from the Sound of Music. In that composition, every note in the scale is represented by a homonym, beginning with DO (a deer, a female deer), and continuing in sequence to RE (ray), MI (me), FA (far); SO (sew), until we come to LA, which alone among the notes is presented sans homonymic pairing. LA appears to be a pure musical note without parallel in the “real” world. TI, by contrast, is readily transformed into “a drink with jam and bread.” We complete the scale by returning to DO (doe). Distinguished professors of music theory tackle this question that has perplexed scholars and singers alike since November 15, 1959 when the song was first performed on the New York stage. At Smithsonian Associates S. Dillon Ripley Center - tickets $89 ($79 for Smithsonian members) - reserve at 

Tuesday, September 16 from 6:30 - 8 PM, an introductory class on spoken Welsh, presented by Knowledge Commons DC. Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychweryndrobwllllanteisiliogogogoch — with words like that, who wouldn’t want to learn Welsh? (Most Welsh people, sadly.) As a Celtic language, Welsh is vastly different from any Germanic or Romance tongue. Speaking it will make you a linguistic badass. This class will cover the basics of spoken, colloquial Southern Welsh. Free. Reservations required - visit In the reading room of the Petworth Citizen, 829 Upshur Street NW.

Wednesday, September 17 from 12 Noon to 2 PM, “Orange Is the New Black” receives an award from the Constitution Project. Piper Kerman, author of the memoir, Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women’s Prison, will be present to accept the award and will participate in a Constitution Day panel discussion focusing on women in prison. The Constitution Day Project is hosted by the law firm of Arent Fox LLP. Free, but reservations required. Location: 1717 K St NW.

Wednesday, September 17 from 6:45 - 8:15 PM, “Dressing DC for the Small Screen.” In this conversation about fashion, Washington, and how the two intersect on a hit series, hear from costume designers Jenny Gering (The Americans) and Tom Broecker (season one of House of Cards). While Gering designs costumes for KGB spies working undercover as suburbanites during the Reagan years, Broecker had a very different task in designing for a series set in the present-day, centering on the ruthless, cunning Congressman Francis Underwood and his ambitious and his equally conniving wife, Claire.Despite working on different series separated by more than three decades, hear how both designers take inspiration—and some liberties—from real Washington fashion past and present. Kate Bennett, fashion editor of Washingtonian magazine, moderates the discussion. Location: S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW. Tickets $25 - $30 at .

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