Thursday, March 9, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Public Library
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 10 from 12 noon - 1 PM, “The American Songbook: The Singers, the Songwriters, and the Songs” - a talk by Donnie McKethan. The American Songbook genre preserves the work of great composers and the artists who sing or perform their works. Much of this iconic music comes from films and Broadway plays and many jazz artists have interpreted these tunes. For example, “Green Dolphin Street,” written by Bronislaw Kaper for the 1947 film of the same name, was performed many years later by Miles Davis, who inspired other artists to include the song in their repertoires. The speaker, Donnie McKethan is programmer on radio Station WPFW 89.3 FM and hosts the “American Songbook” program Sunday afternoons. Free, but registration is required - go to: In the Spring Valley Building of American University, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW. This lecture is part of the spring semester of the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning (OLLI).

Friday March 10 at 11 AM, Games, Lunch and a Movie. The movie is “Daughters of the Dust.” Free. An assortment of board games will be brought out at 11 AM. Lunch is at 12 noon. (Lunch reservations needed to be in by Wednesday, March 8.) The movie begins at 1 PM. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street, NW.

Saturday March 11 at 1 PM,  DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will be the guest speaker at the Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library. Rich will bring us up to date and answer your questions about the new Cleveland Park Library. Free. In the large meeting room, 2nd floor, of the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. All are welcome to attend, whether a member of the Friends of the CP Library or not.

Saturday, March 11 at 2:30 PM, Author and illustrator Kevin Sherry, whose books include "I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean" and "The Yeti Files" series, will be at the Chevy Chase Library. Books for author signing will be available for purchase. Free. The Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library is at 5625 Connecticut Ave NW,  

Sunday, March 12 from 12 Noon - 2:30 PM, The 46th Annual St Patrick’s Day Parade will proceed down Constitution Avenue from 7th to 17th Streets NW. The parade route is easily accessible from the Federal Triangle, Archives-Navy Memorial and Smithsonian metro stations. The grandstands (ticketed seating, $20) are located between 15th and 16th streets next to the judges' reviewing stand. More info and ticket purchase at:

Sunday, March 12 at 3 PM, Concert: Soprano Millicent Scarlett will perform songs by Mahler (two of the "Ruckert Lieder"), Strauss (the beautiful "Morgen" and others), and Barber ("Knoxville: Summer of 1915" and "The Hermit Songs"). The recital will be followed by a reception and the opening of a show of watercolors by Karen Norman. No admission charge, and ample parking. At Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, at New Mexico Avenue. More info:  

Sunday March 12 from 2 - 3:30 PM, “Kids and Climate” program featuring Lynne Cherry, author of “The Great Kapok Tree.” The Cleveland Park Citizens Association is hosting a program focused on what kids are doing to push back on climate change. Lynne Cherry will talk about how her early childhood experiences led her to write books like "The Great Kapok Tree" and how her belief in kids making a difference has led her to create the short film series, "Young Voices for the Planet." Lynne will show several of her videos from among those being televised on 60 PBS stations starting this spring. In the John Eaton Elementary School cafeteria, 3301 Lowell St NW.

Sunday, March 12 at 2 AM, Daylight Saving Resistance begins NOW! Join the movement to rebel against the loss of an hour. Learn the facts: Daylight Saving Time DOES NOT save energy. It confuses dogs and small children. It causes countless missed appointments and cancellation fees. It forces adults to wander throughout the house trying to reset the clocks, all with different reset methods. And it’s a burden we face not once but twice a year. Rally to protest this outmoded and unwanted government interference in our lives. Stand up for natural time! The rally will start in front of the US Capitol. To pick up your free placards and banners “SAVE NATURAL TIME, REPEAL DST NOW!” visit:

Monday, March 13 at 12 noon, Lecture: Pompeii on the Potomac, Brumidi's Senate Frescoes. GW associate professor Elise Friedland will reveal connections between 19th C. America and ancient Rome by examining the frescoes Constantino Brumidi painted in a Senate meeting room, originally designed to house the Naval Affairs Committee. An Italian artist turned US citizen, Brumidi is best-known for his majestic Apotheosis of Washington, painted in the Capitol Rotunda. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. More info:

Monday, March 13 at 7 PM, Balancing Self-Preservation and Other Moral Values – a Washington, DC Community iEngage Lecture. Yossi Klein Halevi of Israel’s Shalom Hartman Institute will discuss "Balancing Self-Preservation and Other Moral Values," transforming a conversation that is often about advocacy to one about values. Halevi is the author of “Like Dreamers: The Story of the Israeli Paratroopers Who Reunited Jerusalem and Divided a Nation,” which won the Jewish Book Council's Everett Family Foundation Jewish Book of the Year Award, and he is a regular voice in the op-ed pages of leading American newspapers. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW. More info at

Tuesday, March 14 at 4 PM, Amelia Earhart with History Alive! Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life! Mary Ann will tell the tale of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW,

Wednesday, March 15 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Understanding French Political History, Royals, Revolution, and Republic Through One Enduring Symbol: The Woman. This is the fifth lecture in the series, France Alive: A History Told Through Great Works of Art (17th to 19th Century), with guest speaker Vanessa Badré. The woman has long been a symbol of the French nation, but how have the representations of female figures throughout the centuries expressed the French ideas of nation, kingdom, and eventually liberty and republic? Before becoming a republic, France was a kingdom, already embodied in a feminine personification. But as the kingdom was lost to the violence of the Revolution, one image remained the same: the allegory of the young woman. The same young woman, vigorous and beautiful, reigns as the personification of the new revolutionary nation. In the Ancien régime, she was named France. During the Revolution and under the Republic, she was called Liberty and Marianne. Whether she appears with her uncovered breast, or her heroic helmet or Phrygian hat, this woman presents an enduring silhouette. How did one symbol become such an important piece of national and iconographic heritage? What is the meaning behind her enduring power? What is the message that each government or movement was trying to convey through this symbolism? Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R Street NW,

Thursday, March 16 at 7 PM, Ladies Night Out with  Kate Siegel and Kim Friedman - an evening of champagne and pampering, featuring Kate Siegel and her mother, Kim Friedman. Kate's new book, “Mother, Can You Not?,” is based on her very popular Instagram account - @crazyjewishmom - where she posts texts and emails from her mom nudging her about life, dating, and more. Over drinks and hors d'oeuvres, you’ll hear from Kate and Kim why every woman needs a "crazy" Jewish Mom in her life. The evening features: book signing, champagne bar, popcorn bar, appetizers, beauty counter, make-your-own nail polish, make-your-own sugar scrub, and a Real Life Style fashion consulting booth. Tickets are $35 with a signed book, $20 for the event only, and $25 at the door. For advance tickets go to: At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street NW.

Thursday, March 16 at 6 PM, “How to Manage Your Finances More Effectively,” with Mark Keen, a certified financial planner who writes the monthly financial column, “Managing Money” for the National Association of Retired Federal Employees Association’s magazine. Free. At Iona Senior Services Center, 4125 Albemarle St NW. For more info on this and other NARFE programs, visit  

Thursday, March 16 at 6:30 PM, Carnegie Neighborhood Lecture: “Jumping Genes: What They Mean for Evolution and Medicine” by Carnegie’s President, Dr. Matthew P. Scott. This event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served prior to the lecture. Please RSVP via The Carnegie Institution for Science is at   5241 Broad Branch Road NW.

Thursday, March 16 at 7 PM, “A Most Unlikely Friendship: Abraham Lincoln and Matias Romero.” President Lincoln's Cottage and the Mexican Cultural Institute present a timely conversation as Dr. Jason Silverman and Alberto Fierro-Garza take a close look at international relations and historic ties between the United States and Mexico. The conversation will be based around Dr. Silverman's article, “A Most Unlikely Friendship: Abraham Lincoln and Matías Romero.” Lincoln’s close relationship with Matías Romero, a Mexican politician and diplomat who served three times as Secretary of Finance and twice as ambassador of Mexico to the United States during the 19th century, was not only an unusual display of diplomacy, but also friendship. This program is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Register at Lincoln’s Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.  

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