Thursday, May 14, 2015

Get Out! The Events Column

Dragon Boats by Aronexis (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 15,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at (events @ 
Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv
Thursday, May 14 at 6:30 PM, “Alien Worlds and the Origins of Science” lecture by Astronomer R. Paul Butler, on the history of the search for worlds beyond our own planet. At the Carnegie Institution for Science, 5241 Broad Branch Road NW. Free - but please register at Doors open to the public at 6 PM for light refreshments.
Thursday, May 14 at 7 PM, Asian Restaurants of Washington. Take a tasty tour of Chinese and other Asian restaurants in Washington, DC with local author John DeFerrari. He will be speaking about popular Chinese restaurants featured in his 2013 book Historic Restaurants of Washington, DC. The program is in the first floor auditorium at the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. This event coincides with Asian-Pacific Islander Month. For more about John DeFerrari, see his website:
Friday, May 15 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, May 16 at 2 PM and 6:30 PM, Peter Pan Jr, the John Eaton School Musical. All ages are welcome. Tickets - $5 child and $8 adult - can be purchased online at or at the door.
Saturday, May 16 from 9:30 AM - 3 PM, International Migratory Bird Day Festival at the Nature Center in Rock Creek Park. Spend today learning about and celebrating these melodious travelers. Guided bird walks and children’s activities throughout the day, including: DC Junior Ranger Duck Stamp Award Ceremony at 12:30 PM and “Avian Mysteries” talk by Prof. Twitcher on what makes a bird a bird - at 3 PM. Free. The Nature Center is at 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:
Saturday, May 16 from 10 AM - 7 PM Fiesta Asia Street Fair. The 10th annual National Asian Heritage Festival Signature Event - Fiesta Asia Street Fair - features more than 1000 performers on five stages representing more than 20 cultures for 9 consecutive hours. Live performances by musicians, vocalists, dancers, martial artists; Pan-Asian cuisine; a shopping bazaar; kid-friendly interactive activities; talent competition, cultural parade, Bollywood street dancing, and exhibits of traditional and contemporary Asian crafts, a talent show, flash mob dancing, and much more. Held on Pennsylvania Avenue NW between Third and Sixth Streets. More details at
Satuday, May 16 from 5:30 - 7 PM, Armed Forces Day Free Spaghetti Dinner for US military personnel, veterans and their families, with live music by Scott Slay. At Whole Foods Market - Tenleytown, 4530 40th St NW. More info:
Saturday, May 16 from 8:30 AM - 4 PM and Sunday, May 17 from 8 AM - 4 PM, Dragon Boat Festival.Watch teams from all over, including our neighborhood, compete in the ancient sport of dragon boat racing. Besides the exciting boat races, the Festival includes a Lion Dance, Eye Dotting Ceremony, arts and crafts and hands-on activities, awards ceremonies and more. Complete details at Click on “Festival Information” and then “Events Schedule” for times of races and other activities. Rain Date: June 20 - 21. Location: Thompsons Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave NW, 202-333-9543.
Sunday, May 17 at 3 PM, Free Concert At MMUMC. The last concert of the season will take place in the beautiful sanctuary of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church. Two talented local musicians, pianist Ralitza Patcheva and cellist Vasily Popov, will perform: Ravel, two parts of Gaspard de la Nuit for solo piano; and two works for cello and piano, Schumann's Fantasiest┼▒cke and Brahms's second Cello Sonata. A reception will follow the concert, with fine drawings by retired medical illustrator John Parker on view. All are welcome. No charge; free-will offering at the concert. The church is at 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW (at New Mexico). More information at
Sunday, May 17 at 1 PM, Philip Glass will discuss his new memoir “Words Without Music” with Bob Boilen, host of NPR’s “All Songs Considered.” At Sidwell Friends School Meeting House, 3815 Wisconsin Avenue NW. Free. Doors open at noon, entrance granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 
Sunday, May 17 from 2 - 4 PM, The Music of Friends. Join Friendship Place for an evening of beautiful music, French wines, and pastries – while helping our homeless neighbors obtain housing, jobs, and dignity. This year, six superb musicians – the Potomac Trio (Cecilia Cho, from the Levine School and Carole and Mark Evans, from the National Symphony Orchestra) plus soprano Beth Rubens, NSO Clarinetist Paul Cigan, and clarinetist Theresa Cigan  – will perform works by Haydn, Mozart, Schubert, Faur├ę and Debussy. Purchase tickets by 3 PM on Friday, May 15 online: - general admission $45; students $10; seniors $20; children under 12 are free. Questions? Email Jayme Aronberg at jaronberg @ At the Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Road NW.  
Monday, May 18 at 12 noon, Rally to Protest the Injustice Done to Patriot Tom Brady. What kind of society do we live in, where a man can be deprived of his livelihood for a quarter of his work year, not because he has been found guilty of anything but merely because it has been called "more probable than not" that he knew about someone else who let a bit of air out of a ball before a game? If you are as outraged as you should be at this un-American rush to judgment, march in solidarity with your fellow protesters. We will converge on the Department of Justice and demand an independent federal investigation of the biased, shameful, bogus "Wells Report" authorized by the NFL. For a list of speakers at the rally and other details of this event, see  
Wednesday, May 20, 6:30 to 10 PM, Code RED: A Book Talk and Panel on Computerized Election Theft. If computerized election theft WAS occurring, would you want to know? Boston-based attorney Jonathan D. Simon, co-founder and director of the Election Defense Alliance, has written a new book entitled CODE RED: Computerized Election Theft and the New American Century. Come out to hear him and other experts share what they know. Simon will be joined by University of Pennsylvania professor and researcher Steve Freeman, author of Was the 2004 Presidential Election Stolen?: Exit Polls, Election Fraud, and the Official Count, and Virginia Martin, Co-Election Commissioner of Columbia County, NY, who has been conducting 100% hand-count audits of voted ballots since optical-scan voting machines were introduced in her county. Free. In the Moot Court Room, 5th Floor, at UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info and registration at

Thursday, May 21 from 6:30 - 10 PM, “Bringing It Home: A Celebration of DC” at the Lisner-Louise-Dickson-Hurt Home, featuring the music of The Chuck Brown Band, DC-centric food and beverages, artwork by LLDH Home residents, silent auction, and presentation of the Laura Lisner Award to Virginia Ali, co-founder of Ben’s Chili Bowl. More info: Tickets online: $75 each ($25 of each ticket is tax-deductible) at Parking available at Chevy Chase Center Colonial Parking across the street from the Home. The LLDH Home is at 5425 Western Avenue NW.

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