Thursday, March 19, 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

Thursday, March 19 and Friday, March 20 at 7:30, Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 and 7:30, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Shakespeare’s classic story of enchanted lovers, would-be actors and meddling fairies will be set in San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love. Tickets: $15 for adults, $5 for students. For the Saturday matinee there’s a special “bring a student” deal: up to 2 children or students free with each paying adult. At Woodrow Wilson High School in the Black Box Theater.3950 Chesapeake St., NW. More info: Tickets available at the door, but seating in the Black Box theater is limited -- email wilsondramatickets @ to reserve tickets in advance.

Friday, March 20 at 7 PM, “Laissez les bon temps rouler” - Spotlight on Louisiana, the US State named after none other than King Louis XIV, "Le Roi Soleil" himself! Do you know what "zydeco" and "gumbo"stand for? Or 'Les Bons Temps Rouler"? Music and Soul Food guaranteed! Michael Hart & Sharon Schiliro from Dancing By the Bayou will teach a dance lesson and talk about the unique history and traditions of Southwest Louisiana. At Alliance Francaise de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW. Tickets: $20 - $30 at

Friday March 20 at 7:30 PM,  “Extreme Realities,” exploring the links between extreme weather, global warming and our national security. Part of the Environmental Film Fest 2015, this screening features special guests: Environmental Visionary Lester Brown and Emmy-award winning filmmakers Marilyn and Hal Weiner, who will answer questions after the film. At St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW. $3 Donation requested. Contact Nicole: environmentleader @ More info:  For the complete schedule of films in the festival, see:

Saturday, March 21 at 1 PM, "Once Upon a Forest" with filmmaker Luc Jacquet. Part of the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, this film will be introduced by Ana Paula Tavares, Executive Vice President, Rainforest Alliance. Discussion with Oscar-winning filmmaker Luc Jacquet follows the screening. Join Luc Jacquet and renowned French botanist and ecologist Francis HallĂ© on a spectacular journey to the top of the tropical rainforest canopy, the world’s “green lung.” This extraordinarily beautiful film was shot in an untouched region of the Peruvian Amazon and in Gabon. Using spectacular animation and drawing on extensive research, the film leads viewers into the depths of the tropical jungle and into the heart of life on earth. Tickets: $8.50 / $7.50 for Avalon Members, available at the Avalon Theatre,  5612 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 21 from 12 Noon - 2 PM, Free rose pruning workshop offered by the Arlington Rose Foundation. Bring your pruning shears and gloves. RSVP required: gardentours @ allhallowsguild dot org. In the Bishop’s Garden at the Washington Cathedral, Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. Details at

Sunday March 22  at 3 PM, "Spring, Love, etc.! Songs from Broadway and Beyond." Celebrate the brand new season by enjoying singers from various military ensembles, out of uniform, performing songs by composers ranging from such Broadway legends as Rodgers and Hammerstein to modern muslcal-theater figures such as Jason Robert Brown. The free-will collection will benefit the House of Ruth DC and its work with abused women and children. The concert will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of photos by James D. and Kathryn K. Steele. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW; 202-363-4900. Plentiful parking.

Sunday March 22 at 4 PM, The Japan-America Society of Washington DC presents CineMatsuri, the first Japanese Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. CineMatsuri showcases five of Japan's most recent and best films, each in a different genre, reflecting the richness and diversity of today's Japanese cinema. All films in Japanese with English subtitles. Following the screening of the first film in the series, “Uzumasa Limelight,” there will be a discussion and reception with the director, Ken Ochiai. For a special combined price of $35 (film and reception) go to: The CineMatsuri film festival continues with showings every night at 7 pm from Monday, March 23 - Thursday, March 26. Location: E Street Cinema, 555 11th St NW. Full details on all films and programs in the series at

Sunday, March 22, at 4 PM, “Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation's Capital,” author talk by Steve Dryden. Continuing its celebration of the 125th anniversary of Rock Creek Park, the Chevy Chase Historical Society invites the community to hear author Steve Dryden talk about the lone survivor of eight water-powered mills that once thrived along Rock Creek. Using vintage photographs dating back to the Civil War when Peirce Mill supplied flour for Union soldiers, Dryden will tell the story of the mill's early days, its tea house and dance hall era and its three restorations. His book, *Peirce Mill: 200 Years in the Nation's Capital,* will be available for sale and signing following his talk. No reservations are necessary, and the historical society's signature refreshments will be served. At the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase, MD.

Monday, March 23, 5 - 7:11 PM, at 1317 19th St, NW, suite 2329. Prime Number Workshop. You may not have realized you needed a refresher course in prime number theory until you watched the Jeopardy episode that aired on March 18, which ended in a Final Jeopardy requiring contestants to name the lowest two-digit prime number made up of digits that are both prime. If you answered “11” (as the leading player did), you definitely need this education session! You will discover the mathematical truth behind the revelation that one is NOT a prime number. The correct answer is “23” -- which is why this workshop is held on the 23rd of the month. Or it would be, if this were not the weekly fake event.

Tuesday, March 24 at 7 PM, “An Evening with Chris Palmer: Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker.” Part of Environmental Film Festival 2015. Reception at 6:30 PM. Film producer Chris Palmer's provocative and newly published memoir, Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings Are King, challenges broadcasters to raise their game. Illustrating his remarks with compelling clips, Professor Palmer will provide a thought-provoking perspective on wildlife filmmaking. At American University’s Forman Theater, McKinely Building, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Wednesday, March 25 at 7:30 PM, Dr. Ruth Trocolli, City Archaeologist, and her staff are responsible for the many archaeological sites in the District, including prehistoric and Native American sites. These sites contain remains of historical significance that contribute to our knowledge of the city’s cultural past. Come hear Dr. Trocolli and her staff talk about archaeology in the District and what they have been unearthing recently, including some exciting finds from a burial site in Georgetown. They’ll be bringing some interesting finds for you to handle, too! Free. In the large meeting room on the main floor of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Wednesday, March 25, 7:30 PM, Exodus: The Modern Refugee Crisis. Each Passover Jews recall the escape from persecution and relive experiences as refugees fleeing Egypt. Join the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society’s Associate Vice President Rachel Levitan as she discusses current international efforts to increase protection for particularly vulnerable refugees, including survivors of torture and gender-based violence, children, and sexual minorities. Rachel will also speak about global programs that range from assisting internally displaced Ukrainians to helping Colombian refugees achieve economic stability in Ecuador. At Washington DCJCC, 1529 16th Street NW. For more information and tickets ($10 - $12) visit:

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