Thursday, August 31, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

This distinctive poster
was created for the
2017 National Book Festival
by illustrator Roz Chast.
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 17,200+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, September 1, Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3 at 7 PM, Labor Day Weekend Music Festival, presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH) Three nights of free music by local artists. Featuring jazz, blues, rock, pop and more. Friday’s performers are: Flo Anito, Margot MacDonald, and Laura Tsaggaris. On Saturday, it’s Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra, Rose Moraes, and Harold Little. On Sunday, Pablo Antonio y La Firma, Kush, and Aztec Sun. Please note that artists and schedule subject to change. A admission is first come, first served - doors open at 6:30. Tickets not required. RSVPs are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. To RSVP, go to: and click on the RSVP link for the desired day. At Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW.     

Saturday, September 2 from 8:30 AM - 7:30 PM, The 17th Annual Library of Congress National Book Festival. Authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and all other genres will read, lecture, join in panel discussions, give demonstrations, sign books and talk to fans. All free. Check the schedule at so you can plan for the events you want to attend - popular authors can easily fill a large room! At the Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Place NW. General info at

Saturday, September 2 from 11 AM - 6 PM, DC VegFest. The East Coast’s largest vegan celebration, with more than 130 vendors, beer garden, live music, cooking demonstrations, presentations from renowned authors and celebrities, kids’ activity area. Free admission, free food samples. The first 1,000 attendees receive a free tote bag full of samples and coupons.
Since this is an outdoor event, leashed dogs are welcome! There will be a Barking Lot so dogs can have shade and a drink. This event is held rain or shine. At  Schedule and all other details at At Yards Park, N St SE and 1st Street, SE. Metro: Navy Yard (green line)

Saturday, September 2 and Sunday, September 3 from 11 AM – 4 PM. A Celebration of Textiles Festival - two days of exhibits, activities, and demonstrations of textile arts and crafts. Try your hand at weaving with recycled materials and designing a paper dress; watch local fiber artists at work; enjoy live music and dance; and explore the ingenious designs in the exhibition “Scraps: Fashion, Textiles, and Creative Reuse.” Artist demonstrations include: weaving, embroidery, spinning, carpet repair, quilting, lacemaking, and more. Free; no reservations required. Live story telling on Sunday. Sheep provided by Leesburg Animal Park. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW. Full details, including performance schedules at

Sunday, September 3 from 11 AM - 7 PM, Syria Fest at Freedom Plaza. Food. Music. Art. Dance. Culture. History. The Syria Fest provides an unprecedented opportunity to bring the essence of Syria to Washington DC through delicious delicacies like sizzling shawerma and mouth-watering halawit al-jibn made by local Syrian businesses and newly-arrived refugees, mesmerizing folkloric dances and charming musical notes in an all-day stage program, artisans showcasing their intricate and traditional crafts and merchandise, and engaging activity tents that provide participants with a hands-on opportunity to interact with Syria’s culture. Learn more and register for this free event at Freedom Plaza is at Pennsylvania Ave NW & 14th St NW.

Monday, September 4 from 12 noon - 8 PM, Carifesta - music and arts festival celebrating the Caribbean-American heritage, of the English, Spanish, French, and Dutch speaking Caribbean! Live performances by Ras Slick & The Dutty Bus Crew, The Unknowns, Lady Flame, ShaMain & Greg Jamz, King Lock / International DJs Trigga HalfKrazy, Fyah Oats, Dj Bimshire, Dj Ablaze, Dj Maga, Dj Ghost, Ms. Fortune, playing the best in reggae, soca, zouk, kompa, salsa, and meringue / Food Court / Beer Garden / Craft Village Kids Zone. Free admission. At Woodrow Wilson Plaza at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Full details at

Tuesday, September 5 from 5 - 7 PM, Gathering at the Game of Thrones Free Zone (GaGoTFreeZ). Are you a Game of Thrones Avoider? Don’t have a clue who Cersei is? Don’t give a flying dragon’s asp for all the scheming and backstabbing that goes on in Westeros? Join the club! Now there’s a welcoming spot for everyone who wants to remain happily free of GoT terms, characters, plot-points, and season’s end recaps. Call for meeting location. (Just kidding. There aren’t enough people like that in DC to participate - so this is the Weekly Fake Event!)

Wednesday, September 6, “Greek and Roman Echoes in Early American Architecture.” From the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building to the architectural sculpture in Union Station, Washington, DC's public architecture adopts and adapts both Greek and Roman models. In this lecture, Elise A. Friedland, GW associate professor of classics and art history, will cover some of the city’s most famous buildings, noting their classical inspirations and analyzing how these architectural adaptations contributed to our founding fathers’ goal of making our nation’s capital a “New Rome.” This program relates to the exhibition Foundations for a Nation: Architectural Images from the Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. Free, but registration is required. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW.

Wednesday, September 6 at 7 PM, Author Program: “Alexander Robey Shepherd: The Man Who Built the Nation’s Capital” by John P. Richardson. The book is the first full-length biography of “Boss” Shepherd, who as Washington, D.C.’s, public works czar (1871–74) built the infrastructure of the nation’s capital in a few frenetic years after the Civil War. Shepherd used every lever of power to persuade Congress to realize Pierre L’Enfant’s vision for the capital. Shepherd’s tenure produced paved and graded streets, sewer systems, gaslights and the planting of thousands of trees. The fetid Washington Canal was transformed into one of the city’s most stately avenues. Shepherd was chased out of office and out of Washington in disgrace after Congress discovered that he had overspent the city's budget by more than $12 million and steered a disproportionate share of the goodies to neighborhoods where he had investments. However, Shepherd also was hailed as a hero because more public works projects were completed on his watch than at any time before in the city. But for many years, he has been treated more like a black sheep. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:

Thursday, September 7 at 12 noon and again at 12:50 PM, Gardening and Cooking Author Adrienne Cook and Nutritionist Danielle Cook discuss “Apples and Pears.” Harbingers of fall, apples and pears are what we reach for now that the crisp days of fall are here. The world of apples and pears gets more expansive every year and the Cook Sisters will bring you great new ways to use these delicious cool-weather fruits. Free. In the Conservatory Garden Court of the US Botanical Gardens, 100 Maryland Avenue SW. Pre-registration not required. More info:

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