Wednesday, June 8, 2016

Get Out! - The Events Column

Miranda, The Tempest
Painting by John William Waterhouse (public domain)
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 16,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv  

Thursday, June 9 at 6:30 PM, The 33rd Annual Larry Neal Writers’ Awards. The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities cordially invites you to the 33rd Annual Larry Neal Writers' Awards,commemorating the artistic legacy and vision of Larry Neal, the renowned author, academic and former Executive Director of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH). The evening features a literary exhibit of excerpts, poems and short stories, along with a reception and presentation of awards for artistic excellence of adult, teen and youth writers residing in the District of Columbia. Free admission, RSVPs encouraged: At the Eye Street Galleries, 200 Eye Street SE.

Thursday, June 9 at 8 PM, Shakespeare’s “The Tempest,” performed by the Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade on the lawn at Grace Episcopal Church - a project of the nonprofit arts group, Fractured Atlas. Free, no RSVP needed. Grace Episcopal Church is at 1041 Wisconsin Avenue NW. For more info about the play and the complete schedule of performances see .

Friday June 10 from 6 - 9 PM, “Friday Nights in the Heights” featuring live music by Memphis 59, shopping, and special food offerings from Grilled Oyster, Raku, Cafe Deluxe and more. Bring your lawn chair, dancing shoes and friends/family for your new neighborhood hot spot for Summer 2016. Free. At Cathedral Commons, Wisconsin Ave & Newark St NW. For all the Friday night events see at

Friday June 10 from 7 - 10 PM, “Play for Pride,” a benefit concert for the Teen Center's Arts and Media programs at the Latin American Youth Center (LAYC). The show will take place at St Stephen's Church, 1525 Newton St NE, and will feature artists: DJ Underdog, La Maracuyeah, Girl Rock! DC, Aflocentric and Nag Champa Art Ensemble. Play for Pride is open to all ages and will include live art, live music and offer free HIV testing. Tickets: $15 in advance at; $20 at the door. This concert is part of the Capital Pride series of events taking place this weekend -- see for complete schedule.

Saturday, June 11 from 10 AM - 2 PM, World Oceans Day at the National Zoo. It's not just marine animals who depend on oceans for survival—virtually all life on earth is affected by these massive bodies of water. This World Oceans Day event will feature a variety of activities, crafts, games, and demonstrations celebrating ocean health and conservation. Learn what you can do to help protect oceans in your everyday life, and find out what Zoo scientists are doing to support ocean conservation at this free, family-friendly event. Don't miss this opportunity to connect to the ocean, and be among the first Zoo visitors to experience the "Washed Ashore: Art to Save the Sea"exhibit! Free. At the National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday, June 11 DC from 10 AM - 3 PM, The 8th Annual Housing Expo and Home Show, presented by the DC Department of Housing and Community Development. This free event features: Over 150 exhibitors; over 20 workshops; prizes and giveaways; access to affordable rentals; free credit reports; home purchasing assistance; tenant and landlord resources; aging in place planning; remodeling and repair demos; design tips; youth financial literacy training; and much more. At the Walter E. Washington Convention Center,801 Mount Vernon Place NW. Free registration at

Saturday, June 11 from 11 AM - 1 PM, “A Day in the Park” with DC Department of Parks and Recreation. The festivities will be filled with fun for all youth, adults, seniors and dogs, including various types of great activities. Come and enjoy a day in the park! Free. At Takoma Community Center, 300 Van Buren Street, NW.

Saturday, June 11 at 1 PM, Peabody Room Historical Lecture Series: James Madison: Burning Down the (White) House. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how James Madison, author of the Constitution, was a brilliant political thinker but a bumbling president who let the British burn down the President's House and the US Capitol in 1814. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St NW,

Saturday, June 11 from 4 - 8 PM, The 150th Annual Strawberry Festival at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, a family-friendly event filled with activities for everyone, bringing together the community while enjoying food, games, laughter, music and much more. Paul's Episcopal Church is at Rock Creek Church Rd and Webster St NW. More info:

Saturday, June 11 at 4:30 PM, Capital Pride Parade. Join tens of thousands of people to watch this landmark event and one of Washington, DC’s, favorite parades!  The parade starts at 22nd & P Streets NW and travels 1.5 miles through Dupont Circle and 17th Street, passes by the Logan Circle neighborhood and ends along the revitalized 14th Street corridor at S Street. The Grand Marshal Leslie Jordan, best known for his Emmy-winning role on “Will & Grace.” The parade will include more than 180 contingents – floats, vehicles, walkers, entertainment – consisting of local businesses, Capital Pride Heroes and Engendered Spirit awardees, politicians, community groups, drag queens, dogs, and much more. Free. Details of this events and other events of Capital Pride weekend at:

Sunday, June 12 at 2 PM, Legends & Lore DC Book Discussion Series: “Mrs. Lincoln's Rival” by Jennifer Chiaverini. Do you enjoy reading about hometown Washington, DC? Cleveland Park Library has a local book discussion series! For June, we will be discussing Mrs. Lincoln's Rival by Jennifer Chiaverini. Copies are available to check out and download from the library. Free. In the second floor meeting room of the library at 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Sunday, June 12 at 4 PM, “How to Fake Having Read a Book for a Book Discussion Group.” This is the workshop for everyone who would enjoy meeting interesting new people at a book club but doesn’t have the time to actually read a book. It doesn’t matter what kind of book -- classics, contemporary literature, genre fiction, the current top of the bestseller list -- you will learn how to seem insightful with just a few witty turns of phrase that will apply to almost any book you can name (or can’t name, because, face it, you’re not a book person). Learn to argue convincingly about the characters and their motives just by twisting what someone else has said. At the Cleveland Park Library, right after the previous book discussion, whatever that book was. To register for the course, go to:

Monday, June 13 at 6:30 PM, National Book Award finalist Angela Flournoy will talk about her book, “The Turner House.” Flournoy will be in conversation with Kelly Navies, oral historian at the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Set in Detroit, “The Turner House” brings us a colorful, complicated brood full of love and pride, sacrifice and unlikely inheritances. It's a striking examination of the price we pay for our dreams and futures, and the ways in which our families bring us home. Flournoy worked at the Tenley-Friendship Library while writing this debut novel. Free. At Martin Luther King Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW,

Monday, June 13 at 6:15 PM, “Teach-In on DC Statehood,” with speakers: Jon Bouker, chair of DC Appleseed; Betsy Cavendish, General Counsel to Mayor Bowser; Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights; Joseph L. Rauh, Jr, chair of public interest law at UDC; and John Brittain, civil rights litigator and professor at UDC Law. Free. Please register at . At UDC Law School room 518, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Tuesday, June 14 at 10 AM, Linda Pastan: A Life In and Out of Poetry. Linda Pastan, former Poet Laureate of Maryland, will reflect on her life as a poet, illustrating each phase of it with poems, old and new, and describing her childhood, schooling, and family life.  She will talk about how she abandoned poetry for ten years before embracing it again.  She will read from her latest book, Insomnia. Linda Pastan's fourteenth book of poems, Insomnia, was published in October.  She is a former Poet Laureate of Maryland and has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award.  In 2003 she won the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize for Lifetime Achievement. Free. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Part of the June series of lectures of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute,

Tuesday, June 14 at 7 PM, A Reading of Ernie Joselovitz’s Play “Into the World of What-Ifs,” directed by Lynn Sharp Spears. Raffi and Leonard are still pals 42 years after they'd partnered to write and produce their one play. Its failure continues to be a subject of "what-ifs" in their unsatisfying lives. They are magically returned to 1973, given one week before its opening to rewrite the play into a success, demarking a new kind of life in a "re-played" future. Love reshapes the journey. $5 donaton requested - RSVP to Patricia Dubroof at (202) 895-9407 or go to: Iona Senior Services is at 4125 Albemarle St NW.

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 PM, Cartoonist Paul Merklein Draws Great Big Faces. Paul draws famous faces from children’s books and people right from the audience! You will learn some drawing techniques, too. For ages 5 and up. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Wednesday, June 15 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: “The Mind of the African Strongman.” Former Assistant Secretary of State Herman Cohen will be on hand to discuss the leaders, events and issues he experienced during his four decade diplomatic career. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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