Thursday, March 2, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Nannie Helen Burroughs
Library of Congress
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 16,700+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Thursday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 PM, Humanitini: The Creative Economy and the DC Cultural Plan. John Howkins coined the term “creative economy” to identify the intersection of arts and humanities entrepreneurship, government policy, and private foundation support. The DC Council’s recent foray into shaping the local creative economy –the DC Cultural Plan– may shape the District’s identity for years to come. A panel discussion with: Uwe S. Brandes,, faculty director of the graduate program in Urban & Regional Planning at Georgetown U. and principal of Brandes Partners LLP; Sakina Khan, Deputy Director for Citywide Strategy and Analysis at the DC Office of Planning; George Koch, currently serving as Chair Emeritus for Artomatic, Inc.; Ronald Dixon, Founder/CEO + Creative of ideaPlexDC; moderated by Pamela S. Perkins, adjunct professor at the UDC Community College. Free, but please register at At Busboys &Poets, 2021 14th Street NW.

Friday, March 3 from 10 AM - 12 noon, "Explaining Our New Cold War with Russia: Can Trump End It?" - a talk by Michael McFaul, former US ambassador to the Russian Federation and now a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and professor of political science, director and senior fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies. The talk will be followed by a discussion moderated by David Ensor, veteran journalist and former director of Voice of America. Free; reservations required at At the Jack Morton Auditorium, School of Media and Public Affairs 805 21st St NW.

Saturday, March 4 at 9:30 AM, Nannie Helen Burroughs’ life as an educator, civil rights activist and businesswoman - a talk by Special Guest Speaker Col. (Ret.) Jim Wyatt, founder of the Nannie Helen Burroughs Project. Presented as part of the Civil War Roundtable series, in honor of Women’s History Month. Free. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW. More info:

Saturday, March 4 from 10:30 AM - 4:30 PM, Guy Mason Art Show. Free exhibit of works by local artists. For more information, please call the staff at Guy Mason Recreation Center at 202-727-7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Saturday, March 4 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Healthy Eating Family Fun Day, hosted by the Metropolitan Police Department Patrol Services Bureau and MedStar Family Choice, featuring: free screenings and health education: blood pressure and glucose screenings; nutritional info; interactive CPR and AED hand on heart demonstration. Fun activities including: Photo booth pictures with Officer MacGruff, children’s activities, food demonstrations. Live DJ, Giveaways, Face Painting, Raffles. Free. At 801 Shepherd St NW.

Saturday, March 4 at 8 PM, Sing Out for Shelter! (SOS) Benefit Concert - a wonderful night of a cappella music that benefits Friendship Place and other organizations serving the community of people experiencing homelessness. Presented by DC’s Augmented 8, who will be joined onstage by the renowned Princeton University Tigertones, the Washington Waldorf School Chamber Singers, and other special guests. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues NW. Tickets, $15 - $120, free for children 10 and under - reserve at: For more info visit:  

Sunday, March 5 at 4 PM, The Yale University Whiffenpoofs. Founded in 1909 the Whiffenpoofs are the world’s oldest and best known collegiate a cappella group and one of the most celebrated traditions of Yale University, meeting weekly at Mory’s Temple Bar. Their travels and reputation have assured that their anthem “To the Tables down at Mory’s” remains a classic. Free admission but donations gratefully accepted. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW. 202-363-2202. More info:

Sunday, March 5 at 8:30 PM, Pity Party for the Oscar Also-Rans. With all the excitement this year about the botched “Best Picture” announcement, there was a publicity bonanza for both the real winner, “Moonlight” and the first-named, wrong awardee, “La La Land.” In all the confusion, the seven other nominees were virtually shut out of discussion. Do you even remember their names? (If you don’t, here’s a quick refresher: Now fans of some truly superior movies can gather together and complain how their favorites were passed over. Sour grapes and a selection of whines will be served. At the American Film Institute in Silver Spring -- or that’s where it would be held if it were not the Weekly Fake Event.

Monday, March 6 at 6:30 PM, Movie and Panel Discussion on Climate Change in the Trump Era. The award-winning documentary, “Before the Flood,” features Leonardo DiCaprio, former President Obama, and many notables. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion on global climate change and what we can do about it, collectively and as individuals. The film begins at 6:35 PM sharp. Speakers include Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power and Light, and Emily Wirzba, Policy Associate, Friends Committee on National Legislation. There also will be information on personal energy efficiency. Snacks and beverages provided. Free - all are welcome. For more details, call Alex Bell (240-314-0378) or Peter Jenkins (301-500-4383). Location:  Meeting room of the Bethesda Library, 7400 Arlington Road.

Monday March 6 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush.” Speaker: Jodi Kanter, GW Associate professor of theater. How do the funding, setting, architecture, and exhibition of a presidential library shape our understanding of the president’s character? In her book "Presidential Libraries as Performance: Curating American Character from Herbert Hoover to George W. Bush," Jodi Kanter analyzes presidential libraries as performances that encourage visitors to think in particular ways about executive leadership and about their own roles in public life. Free. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st St. NW. More info:

Tuesday March 7 at 12 noon, Books That Shaped America: “And the Band Played On.” Tristan Cabello, Director, American Studies, will lead a discussion about “And the Band Played On” by Randy Shilts, the story of how the AIDS epidemic spread and how the government’s initial indifference to the disease allowed its spread and gave urgency to devoting government resources to fighting the virus. Attendees are encouraged—but not required—to have read the featured text. Admission is free for all sessions in the Books That Shaped America series and no RSVP is required to attend. At American University Library, Training and Events Room 115, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue. Register at:

Tuesday March 7 at 6 PM, “An Evening With Stanley Nelson” - part of the The “Media That Matter” series sponsored by American University’s School of Communication College of Arts and Sciences and Center for Diversity and Inclusion. Stanley Nelson, award-winning documentary filmmaker, shares his experiences of race and racial identity through the films he has made over the past two decades (The Murder of Emmett Till, Freedom Summer, Freedom Riders, Sweet Honey in the Rock, The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution). Film clips screening and discussion followed by Q&A. Reception begins at 6 PM, Program at 6:30. Free. In the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. More info:

Wednesday, March 8 at 7:30 PM, “Illegal Helpers.” Come witness an emotionally powerful documentary play by prize-winning playwright, Maxi Obexer, examining the plight of the Illegal Helpers who provide aid and shelter to migrants flooding Europe, even though assisting them is against the law. This play sheds a powerful light, and provides keen insight - on the contemporary tragedy that threatens to engulf Western Europe. Presented by Scena Theatre, Illegal Helpers takes a sharp, poignant look at those who help and those who callously sit by doing nothing. Free. At the Austrian Cultural Forum, 3524 International Court NW. Reservations required at

Thursday, March 9 at 6 PM, Children’s Program: “Women’s History Month Heroines.” Celebrate and Learn about Influential and Creative Women! Coloring Sheets for Younger Children, Books and Activities for Older Kids! For Ages 3+. Free. At the West End Interim Library, 2522 Virginia Ave. NW,

Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM, Jewish Literature Live presents Etgar Keret, reading from his new book of short stories, “The Bus Driver Who Wanted to Be God.” Born in Tel Aviv in 1967, Etgar Keret is the author of six short-story collections. His writing has been published in Harper’s Magazine, The New York Times, The Paris Review, and Zoetrope. Jellyfish, his first movie as a director along with his wife, Shira Geffen, won the Camera d’Or prize for best first feature at Cannes in 2007. In 2010 he was named a Chevalier of France’s Order of Arts and Letters. This event is free and open to the public. First come, first serve seating. In Room 108, Funger Hall, George Washington University, 2201 G St. NW. Please direct all inquiries to jewishlitlivegwu @ gmail dot com. More on the Jewish Lit Live series at:

Thursday, March 9 at 7 PM, Celebrate 75 Years of Golden Books. Join in conversation with authors Diane Muldrow and Leonard Marcus surrounded by the beautiful art of Golden Books artist Aurelius Battaglia. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. This program is for adults, but will take place in the Children's Room at Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Thursday, March 9 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Humanitini: DC Oral History Collaborative. The DC Oral History Collaborative is an ambitious city-wide initiative to document and preserve the history of Washington’s residents and communities through the collection of oral histories. The project will survey and publicize existing oral history collections, provide grants and training for scholars and amateur historians to launch new oral history projects, and establish an interactive, accessible platform where the city’s memories can benefit residents and scholars for generations to come. Join us to: Meet the Oral History Collaborative team and hear plans for its first year; Contribute your ideas for historical questions to consider and interesting people to interview; Learn how to apply for funding for a DC Oral History Collaborative project; Learn how to be a trained oral history interview volunteer; Meet neighbors who are also interested in oral history and community heritage. Free. Register at: At the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library, 3935 Benning Rd NE.   

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