Thursday, March 23, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

African American Civil War Memorial
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

Friday, March 24 at 10:45 AM,  The DC Government’s 3rd Annual March Madness - a special preview of new and upcoming projects soon to be available to the District’s development community. Attendees will learn about upcoming solicitation opportunities and have the opportunity to network among potential team members across the community development sector. Sponsored by the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED), this event is of particular interest to: real estate development teams; design & engineering consultants; architectural firms; housing officials; general contractor and subcontractors; equity providers; lenders; capital sources; small businesses owners. Doors and networking open at 9:30 AM. Program begins at 10:45 AM. Free. At Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Register:

Friday, March 24 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie at Guy Mason Recreation Center. An assortment of games will be brought out at 11 AM. Lunch is at 12 noon (lunch reservations needed to be called in to 202-727-7527 by Wednesday, March 22) and the movie, “Waking Ned Devine” starts at 1 PM. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.

Friday, March 24 at 12 noon, The Morehouse College Glee Club, one of the nation's oldest all-male collegiate glee clubs, will perform a free concert at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. The Library will open its doors one last time for this special performance before the building undergoes a three-year modernization. The acclaimed Morehouse choir has sung with noted celebrities such as Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole and mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves. For info on plans to modernize the MLK Library, visit

Friday March 24 at 7 PM, “Historic Districts & Climate Change: Examining the Vulnerability of the District’s Historic Districts to Sea Level Rise” - a lecture by Kelsey Robertson, winner of the 2017 Dick Wolf Memorial Prize presented by The Capitol Hill Restoration Society. Kelsey’s prize-winning lecture is based on her Master’s thesis that explores the vulnerability of historic districts to climate change and sea level rise and identifies adaptation planning mechanisms to increase climatic resilience without significantly diminishing the integrity of the built and cultural environment of these historic districts. She currently works in government affairs at AVANGRID, a national renewable energy developer and operator of regulated utilities. Free. At Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE. To be preceded by a brief CHRS Membership Meeting at 6:45 PM. More info:

Saturday, March 25 at 12 noon, “African American Heroines of the Civil War,” a talk by historian C.R. Gibbs, presented by The Historical Society of Washington, DC. The talk is preceded by a guided tour of the African American Civil War Museum by director Frank Smith. The tour is from 11 AM - 12 noon; program from noon to 1:30 PM. Tour tickets: $10 - $15; the talk is free. Reservations for the tour required - go to: At the African American Civil War Museum, 1925 Vermont Avenue NW.

Saturday March 25 at 12:30 PM, DC Youth Orchestra Program SpringFest. Doors will open to the community at 11 am with prelude concert featuring DCYOP chamber groups and faculty. At 12:30 PM the Orchestra Idol competition concert will begin. Think Battle of the Bands meets DC youth! Over 200 students from 80 different schools will be assigned to one of three hybrid orchestras. Each orchestra will have one hour to prepare a piece which will then be performed in front of a panel of celebrity judges and community audience. The winner will be determined by the combined votes of the celebrity panel and audience texts score. Join us and enjoy the music and chip in with your vote! Free. At Eastern High School, 1700 East Capitol Street NE. Questions? Write Natalia at natalia @ dcyop dot org.

Saturday, March 25 at 1 PM, "Burleith: From Scotland to Shannon and Luchs." Co-author Ross Schipper of the newly published book, Burleith (Arcadia Images of America series), takes us on a pictorial history tour of the Burleith neighborhood from 18th century Scotland to the onset of the Shannon and Luchs Burleith development in 1923. Free. In the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Saturday, March 25 from 3 - 6 PM, Middle C Music celebrates its 15th anniversary at the store with cake and refreshments, live performances by teachers and students, and specials and prizes. Free admission. Middle C Music is at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Sunday, March 26, 2017, 2 PM, The History of Glover Park. Learn more about the history of Glover Park with local historian Carlton Fletcher. This event is an Age-Friendly DC activity, but anyone who is interested is welcome to attend. Learn more about Glover Park History by clicking this link: Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,  

Sunday, March 26 at 8 PM, "March Stop the Madness" Dance. Tired of "March Madness"? This Sunday escape will be an old-fashioned square dance....and your chance to get away from all the B-ball fanatics in your life with their endless chatter about "brackets" and "elite eights" and "final fours." At the "Stop the Madness" Dance, the only eights and fours will be made up of pairs lined up to promenade and do-si-do around the dance floor. You will have a ball, without watching a bunch of tall guys shoot one! The catch is that this ball is not on TV...and it's not in a ballroom, either. It's in the "alternative reality" of the Weekly Fake Event.

Monday, March 27 at 12 noon, Lecture: Hollywood Representations of the National Capital from Jefferson Smith to Selena Meyer - a talk by Michael Cornfield, associate professor at GW’s Graduate School of Political Management. The 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is a cultural landmark; it bathed D.C. in an idealistic light. Subsequent depictions have introduced a full spectrum of emotional perspectives, including such dark current television series as Homeland, House of Cards, and Veep. How can we as citizens perform reality checks while enjoying these escapes into the imagination? At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. Free; no reservations required. More info:

Monday, March 27 at 7 PM, “Keeping the Potomac: The Politics of Water” (2016, 26 minutes) plus Discussion. This documentary examines efforts of three local river keepers to hold polluters accountable along the Potomac River watershed. Panel discussion, hosted by Professor Chris Palmer, follows screenings. Panelists include student filmmakers and Professor Mike English, who taught the Center for Environmental Filmmaking class where Keeping the Potomac was produced for Maryland Public Television. Free and open to the public – no reservations required. At the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater - 2nd Floor, McKinley Building at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW. Directions: For more information, please contact: Chris Palmer (202) 885-3408 or email palmer @ american dot edu.

Tuesday March 30 at 7 PM, Soul Jazz and the Black Community, 1945-1975 - a JAZZforum program with Bob Porter, record producer, jazz writer and broadcaster. Bob Porter discusses his new book Soul Jazz: Jazz in the Black Community, 1945-1975, which complies a history of jazz in the back community in the period from the end of World War II until the end of the Vietnam War. Book signing follows presentation. Free. In the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Bldg. (46-West) at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info on this event and other JAZZforum events at

Wednesday, March 29 at 7 PM, Women's History Month with Marione Ingram. Activist, author of The Hands of Peace, and Holocaust survivor Marione Ingram will speak in conversation with Dr. Lauren B. Strauss, Scholar in Residence at American University and Executive Director of the Foundation for Jewish Studies. Ms. Ingram will discuss her role in the Civil Rights movement and how her early experiences shaped her later life. Book signing to follow program. Held in cooperation with the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Free and open to all. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,  

Thursday, March 30 from 10 AM - 6 PM, “Poverty's Cost: How Privatization, Profits and Public Policy Place Higher Burdens on the Poor and People of Color” - A University of the District of Columbia Law Review Symposium. n the Moot Court Room, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law, 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free; reservations required  - go to: .

Thursday, March 30 at 7 PM, Jewish Lit Live: Sam Lipsyte. George Washington University’s Department of English and Jewish Literature Live proudly present a reading by Sam Lipsyte, novelist and short story writer. He is the author of Venus Drive, The Subject Steve, Home Land, The Ask (the latter two New York Times Notable Books) and The Fun Parts. He won the first annual Believer Book Award and was a 2008 Guggenheim Fellow. He teaches writing at Columbia University’s School of the Arts. Free and open to the public. First come-first serve seating. In the Marvin Center Amphitheater, 800 21st Street NW. More info:

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