Thursday, January 22, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

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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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, January 23 at 4 PM, “Politics, Comedy, and the Dangers of Satire,” a panel discussion moderated by Professor Derek Goldman, Co-Director of The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, with: Shahid Nadeem, Executive Director, Ajoka Theatre and award-winning Pakistani journalist, playwright, screenwriter; Nikahang Kowsar, Iranian-Canadian cartoonist who fled Iran after he was imprisoned in 2000 in Tehran’s infamous Evin prison for a cartoon mocking a top religious authority; and Imam Yahya Hendi, Georgetown University Muslim Chaplain. Free. Location: Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre, 37th and O St. NW. More info:

Friday, January 23 at 7:30 PM. Winter Arts Night. Celebrate music, the arts and community at St. Stephen and the Incarnation Church. A variety of community groups will be on the program, including After the Flood (bluegrass), James Laws (baritone), Speakeasy DC (storytellers), Michael Salmon (organ), Lean and Hungry Theater (St. Stephen’s resident theater group), Positive Force (punk), and the St. Stephen’s 10:30am service choir. Refreshments during a short intermission and after the show. Local visual artists will have pieces to display that will be available for purchase. Free admission, with a free-will donation at the door. The church is located at 1525 Newton Street NW in Columbia Heights.

Saturday, January 24 at 3 PM, “Louisa May Alcott and Walt Whitman in Civil War Washington: How Helping Wounded Soldiers Changed Them Forever.” Jean Freedman of Montgomery College's Women's and Gender Studies Program and nationally syndicated op-ed columnist Jamie Stiehm will offer insights into Alcott and Whitman and their time in the nation's capital. This event is free. For more information call 202.727.0233 or email  jerry.mccoy @ Location: The Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Sunday, January 25 at 10:30 AM, Kids' Concert - A Playdate with Rocknoceros. The Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center invites you to join Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie for a morning of singing, dancing and fun! In addition to rocking out with Rocknoceros, there will be a raffle with some amazing prizes - for example, The Washington Nationals’ VIP Package, 4 suite tickets to "Disney on Ice: World's of Fantasy," and a one-week stay at a beach condo in Ocean City, MD, and many more. Proceeds benefit the Ohr Kodesh Early Childhood Center. Tickets for the show and raffle are available at Location: Ohr Kodesh Congregation, 8300 Meadowbrook Lane. Chevy Chase, MD.

Monday, January 26 at 7 PM, Australia Day Party. This holiday is also known as Foundation Day or First Landing, as it is celebrated on the anniversary of the day in 1788 that eleven convict ships arrived in Sydney harbour to establish the penal colony that would eventually become the nation of Australia. The Australian Embassy invites you to celebrate by dressing as they do in Australia,where it’s the height of summer. Come to the embassy in your skimpiest short-shorts, with a halter top -- or come topless. The best and least dressed person will win a prize. Too cold? Come dressed in a furry koala costume! Activities will include crocodile wrestling, beer swilling, and “Waltzing Matilda” singing, plus a combined event where you can do all three at once. There will also be a prize awarded for the worst imitation of an Ozzie accent -- plus a special gullibility prize for anyone who falls for this week’s fake event (although it really IS Australia Day -- see:

Tuesday, January 27 at 7:30 PM, Tenleytown History talk, “Rural Remnants of Washington County: an Architectural Survey of Washington’s Historic Farms and Estates.” The area outside the original city limits but within the boundaries of the District of Columbia was, during the 19th century, rural in character and dotted with small and large farmsteads, gentleman farms, and estates built as second homes by prominent city residents. The survey focuses on documenting the remnants of buildings associated with these properties. The presentation by architectural historian Kim Prothro Williams will explain the survey methodology and findings to date, including sites in old Tenleytown. Location: Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place NW. Free but reservations required - RSVP to tenleytownhistoricalsociety @ More info:

Wednesday, January 28 at 7 PM, “King’s Cake and Karaoke Night” at the Alliance Francaise de Washington. Tickets: $5 for non-members; free for members. The Alliance Francaise is at 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. More info and reservations at

Wednesday, January 28 at 8 PM, The Wonderland Circus. Performances include comedy by Yoki Danoff, Benjy Himmelfarb, and Waywood Turnipseed, Jr., and a burlesque dance by Bella La Blanc. Music by the band Spencer Joyce and the Record Machine. $5 suggested donation. At the Wonderland Ballroom, 1101 Kenyon Street NW. More info:

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