Thursday, November 20, 2014

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Jon Harder (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 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, November 20 at 6 PM, The 41st Annual Conference on DC Historical Studies presents the Letitia Woods Brown Lecture by Professor Richard Striner, architectural historian and preservationist, on the successful campaigns to save the Art Deco Greyhound Terminal in downtown DC and the Silver Theater in downtown Silver Spring. $25 donation suggested. At the Historical Society of Washington, Carnegie Library, 801 K Street NW. Complete schedule of all conference events (November 20 - 23) at:; tickets for all conference events at

Friday, November 21, showtimes at "Food Chains," is a feature length documentary co-produced by Eva Longoria and Eric Schlosser (producer of Food, Inc. and author of Fast Food Nation) and narrated by Forest Whitaker, focused on the struggle of farmworkers against exploitation, hunger, and abuse in the supermarket industry. RSVP on the Facebook to get live schedule updates: After seeing the film, join the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) and DC Fair Food for a Saturday evening vigil at Foggy Bottom Metro (Nov. 22 at 6 PM) to call on fast food giant Wendy's to join the Fair Food Program. The film is showing at the AMC West End (2301 M St NW), and will feature panels including members of CIW and DC Fair Food.

Friday, November 21 from 7 - 9 PM, Humanitini Happy Hour presents “Washington 101: An Introduction to the Nation’s Capital,” showcasing the first textbook devoted to DC history. The authors will discuss DC as national capital and local city, and the role of architecture, memory, race, and community in shaping its distinct identity. Humanitini: is the official after-party of the DC Historical Studies Conference. Free, but reservations required at In the Cullen Room at Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th Street NW. For more info:

Saturday, November 22 at 10:30 AM, Traveling Writers Workshop presented by the DC Poetry Project, followed by an open mic poetry reading. The Writers Workshop: The semi-structured writers workshop will meet from 10:30 - 11:45 AM and will be facilitated by DCPP organizers, members and other special guests. The workshop focuses on developing personal meaning in the writing process and strongly emphasizes process over final product. The Poetry Reading: The open mic for all begins at 12 noon. The doors and sign-up lists open promptly at 11:45 AM. Please come to share or just to listen and have fun! Poems may be on any subject, and you may read more than one, but we ask that you keep your time on the mic to three minutes. The open mic will go for as long as we have participants or until 1:30 PM.The program will regularly feature local, regional and national poets. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, November 22 at 1 PM, The Kennedys of Georgetown Walking Tour, presented by Dumbarton House. Join Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides, for this delightful meander through Georgetown. Discover the homes and neighborhood spots frequented by President Kennedy and Jackie during their years in Washington. See where the couple became engaged, their Georgetown home, and where Jackie stayed after JFK's assassination in 1963. 2 hour tour. Comfy walking shoes a must! Meet at the corner of Q and 27th Streets, NW (by the garden gates). Tour starts at 1 PM sharp, rain or shine. Tickets $15 - Cash or check or prepaid via Eventbrite at Reservations not required.

Saturday, November 22 at 4 PM, Panel Discussion: Sculpture in an Expanding Field - New Perspectives in Sculpture and Installation at Katzen AU Museum. Join the Washington Sculptors Group as they examine the ever-expanding definition of sculpture in a panel discussion moderated by Dr. Elizabeth Tebow. This event is free and open to the public. At the Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Sunday November 23 from 9 AM - 3 PM, Temple Sinai’s Holiday Fair. Homemade food, gifts, 30+ vendors, women’s clothing, jewelry, yarn. Children can do crafts while adults shop. Free. At Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road NW. More info:

Sunday, November 23 at 1 PM, “North by Northwest” Walking Tour. The neighborhoods around the present Russian Embassy on Upper Wisconsin Avenue have a rich history of espionage involving well-known and little known personalities. Who was the beautiful young analyst in the Department of Justice who captured the fancy of the American public and the press? Was her motivation love or was it treachery? What is the background of the "tunnel" under the present Russian Embassy? Where and why was it dug? This walking tour will explore these areas, and will discuss stories of espionage and intriguing personalities involving the embassies, the apartments, and the restaurants of the area, and even the Washington National Cathedral. Note: This tour involves considerable uphill walking. Tickets $15 per person. No reservations needed - just show up at the park on the southeast corner of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues, NW.

Sunday November 23 at 2 PM. “Thankful Turkey.” Celebrate Thanksgiving with Family Story Time and Crafts. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Sunday, November 23 at 4 PM, Local naturalist Melanie Choukas-Bradley speaks about her new book, A Year in Rock Creek Park: The Wild, Wooded Heart of Washington, DC. Her adventures during her year in the Park included canoeing under the Beltway to follow Rock Creek from the Potomac River to its source 33 miles upstream. Former U.S. Park ranger Scott Einberger will set the historical backdrop for Choukas-Bradley’s nature journey by recalling the establishment of Rock Creek Park in 1890, its purposely picturesque layout, and some of the notables who have enjoyed its trails and thickets. Einberger is the author of the recent book, A History of Rock Creek Park: Wilderness and Washington, DC” Both books will be available for sale (checks or cash only) and signing after the illustrated lecture, which is the Fall Lecture of the Chevy Chase Historical Society. Free and open to all. At the Jane E. Lawton Community Center, formerly the Leland Center, at 4301 Willow Lane in the Town of Chevy Chase. Refreshments will be served.

Monday, November 24 at 6 PM, Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier will speak about her experiences policing the nation’s capital. Presented by the American University Office of Community Relations and the Kennedy Political Union. Free, but reservations requested. In the Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Tuesday, November 25, starting at 4 PM, “Tuesday Is The New Black Friday: Holiday Door-Buster/Shop-a-palooza.” This year “Black Friday” --which used to start on the day after Thanksgiving but which, in recent years, has crept backwards to midnight at Thanksgiving’s end, and last year got going at 6 PM on Thanksgiving Day-- is now set for the opening bell a full 48 hours BEFORE Thanksgiving, thanks to a collection of local merchants whose ultimate goal is to ring in the holiday shopping season on Labor Day. To see a list of stores whose doors will open for the annual Holiday Buying Stampede at 4 PM on Tuesday, go to To see a list of merchants who are sticking to Thanksgiving Day, go to: To see a list of moldering fuddy-duddies who are clinging to the literal-minded concept of “Black Friday” actually being on the Friday after Thanksgiving, based on some sort of outmoded, sentimental principle that their employees should be able to enjoy a national holiday at home with their families, go to:

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