Thursday, February 5, 2015

Get Out! - The Events Column

"Cello Closeup" photo through 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 14,800+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, February 5 at 4 PM, Manga Madness. Interested in manga, anime and everything Japanese? Join us at the Tenley Library for a celebration of all things otaku. Read manga, watch anime, and have fun! Light refreshments will be served. Free. For ages 11-19. The Tenley Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Thursday, February 5 at 8 PM, “Put the ‘R’ Back in February” - A Linguistic Exercise Class. Are you one of those people who pronounce the second month of the year as “Feb-YOO-ary”? Did you know that you are pronouncing it incorrectly? While most dictionaries list the R-less form as an acceptable variant, those of us who enunciate carefully will say, “Feb-ROO-ary.” You can learn to do so in this intensive, single-session workshop. Come prepared to limber up your tongue. We will work through a series of exercises guaranteed to banish that barbaric “YOO” and turn February into the melodious month it tROOly was meant to be. And we will serve BREW, too -- or we would, if we were really putting on this event. But let’s not have a BROO-ha-ha about this week’s fake event. For more (real, not fake) information about the proper way to say February, see

Friday, February 6 at 1:15 PM, Friday Music Series presents Cellist Tobias Werner and Pianist Lura Johnson. This program includes Gaspar Cassado’s “Suite for solo cello”; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Variations "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen" from Mozart's opera Die Zauberflöte for piano and cello; Robert Schumann’s “Fantasy pieces Op. 73 for cello and piano,” and Astor Piazzolla’s “Le Grand Tango” for cello and piano. Free. In McNeir Hall, New North Building at Georgetown University, 37th and O Streets NW. More info:

Saturday, February 7 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Celebrate “La Chandeleur” also known as “Crepe Day” at the Hillwood Estate Museum and Gardens. Hillwood and Alliance Française de Washington invite families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood's spectacular gardens, magnificent mansion, and exquisite French treasures. Snack on a tasty treat of sweet crêpes. Hear classic French tales inspired by scenes from La Fontaine fables that are pictured on tapestries covering chairs from France displayed in the mansion. Explore Hillwood's French treasures through interactive, docent-led family-friendly gallery talks and a printed activity guide. Decorate a plate with fanciful designs and flourishes inspired by Hillwood's French Sèvres porcelain. Tickets, $5 - $18 include 3 crêpes per person - available online at

Saturday, February 7 from 11 AM - 1:30 PM, African-American History Hike, led by Rock Creek Park Volunteer Lisa Struckmeyer. Dress for a 2.5 -3 mile, moderate hike and pack a lunch if you like! Lisa will cover African American history broadly, for perspective, and specifically with regard to Rock Creek Park's only African American land owners, prior to government acquisition. Meet at Peirce Mill, Tilden Street at Beach Drive. More info:

Saturday, February 7 at 1 PM, Friends of the Cleveland Park Library Annual Meeting. Guest speakers: Richard Reyes-Gavilan, DCPL Executive Director; A new vision for DCPL & a renovated MLK Library. Jeff Bonvechio, DCPL Director of Capital Projects & Facilities Management. Update on the Cleveland Park branch re-build: When and for how long? Community input? Interim branch? Ask questions, offer suggestions. Free and open to all. In the first floor meeting room of the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Sunday, February 8 from 3 - 7 PM, St. Patrick’s Day Parade Fundraiser and Sunday Fun Day at Kelly’s Irish Times Pub. Come celebrate Irish culture and help to support the 2015 parade by joining in on the food, fun, drinks, laughter, with drawings, prizes, live auctions, and live music by Pete Papageorge. More info at $5 donation suggested. Kelly’s Irish Times is at 14 F St NW.

Monday, February 9 at 4:30 PM, “Picturing America: The Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965.” This program aimed at children ages 6 and up will describe the struggles of African Americans to gain the vote in the South. We will analyze and interpret the photograph "Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights in 1965" by James Karales. We will read "This is the Dream" and "A Sweet Smell of Roses" and listen to recordings of "We Shall Overcome" and "Lift Every Voice and Sing."  Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Avenue NW. More info:

Tuesday, February 10 from 6 - 7:30 PM, “Know Your Sources: News Literacy and Media Framing,” a class led by Anastasia Kolobrodova as part of the DC Public Library and Knowledge Commons DC program. Where do you go to catch up on the world each morning? The Washington Post? Twitter? CNN? The media you consume is a choice, and these choices can sway your thoughts and attitudes toward current events. This class will cover recent research on media sources; explore the news landscape in America (traditional media vs. news startups vs. social media); and compare articles to see differences in coverage. Free, but reservations required at At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St NW.

Tuesday, February 10,at 7 PM, “Is DC Still Chocolate City?” discussion moderated by author Natalie Hopkinson, with panelists Dan Silverman of, and Latoya Peterson, owner and editor of How will the District’s recent years of urban development and gentrification alter the racial, cultural, and political map of the city? This panel discussion is part of the District of Change Discussion Series, produced by former Slate editor David Plotz and author Hanna Rosin with support from the DC Public Library Foundation. Free but reservations at At the Martin Luther King, Jr. Library at 901 G St NW.

Wednesday, February 11 at 7 PM, Local author Kenneth Daigler will speak about his book “Spies, Patriots, and Traitors” which delves into the intelligence operations of the Revolutionary War. You may know about the battles and politics of our Founding Fathers, but do you know how they obtained vital information that helped lead to independence? Mr. Daigler is a retired CIA officer so he speaks both as a researcher and through the lens of a modern counterpart of the persons discussed.  Further, in conjunction with Black History Month, his talk will elucidate the little known role that Black Americans played in the intelligence efforts of our nascent country. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Connecticut Avenue and Macomb St NW,

Wednesday, February 11 at 7:30 PM, “Screen Issues: Taming the Electronic Monsters in Your Home.” Many kids, given the opportunity, would spend hours in front of a screen—whether on the computer, their smartphone, playing games with or chatting with friends, battling video games or passively watching television. Because they won’t set their own limits, parents need to do the job. Learn how to bring the screens under control and slowly allow your child to develop self-control with technology. Presented by Wendy Lubic of the Parent Encouragement Program, part of the The Wilson High School Mental Health Speaker Series.Free. In the library/media center of Wilson High School, 2950 Chesapeake St NW. More info:

Thursday, February 12 at 7 PM, Literature of the English-Speaking World series continues with “Literature of the English Speaking World” Discussion Series continues with  “Runaway,” by Alice Munro (Canada). The facilitator is Professor Phil Burnham of George Mason University. About this session: The Nobel Prize winner for Literature in 2013, Alice Munro is the anchor to our series. In a collection set in Ontario about the lives of restless girls and women, our concluding text brings us back to North America with stories that, while set in a place closer to home, are exquisite and extraordinary in their own right. The Book Discussion Series is free and open to all -- you don't have to be a member of the Friends of the Library or have gone to any of the previous discussions to attend but you do need to register -- please call the library at 202 282-3072. More info:

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