Thursday, September 7, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

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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 @

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Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv 

Friday, September 8 starting at 11 AM, Games, Lunch, and a Movie at Guy Mason Recreation Center. An assortment of board games will be brought out at 11 AM, lunch is at 12 noon, and the movie, “Body Heat” starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner, starts at 1 PM. Free. To reserve, please email guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call (202) 727-7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert Street NW.   

Friday, September 8 from 3 - 9 PM, Awesome SummerFest at the Goethe Institute. Learn about the work of the Goethe-Institut, and enjoy the offerings, including speed German lessons, art exhibits, films and more. Participate in totally cool interactive activities (scavenger hunt, German/English karaoke, photo shoot) and end the day with some of DC’s rad punk bands. Old Europe restaurant will be on site selling delicious German food and drinks! More information: Free - please register at The  Goethe-Institut Washington is at 1990 K St - entrance on 20th St between I and K Sts.

Saturday, September 9 from 9 AM to 9 PM, 202 Arts & Music Festival, presented by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (CAH). This vibrant, family-friendly festival celebrates DC through visual arts, performance art, and interactive cultural experiences, with over eleven hours of continuous activities taking place on multiple stages both indoors and outdoors. There will be film screening of the ongoing DCShorts Film Festival, dance and music performances and workshops, public art installations, and much more. Over 10,000 residents and visitors are expected to attend this multi-faceted event. At 4th and M Streets SW (Metro Waterfront). Free admission, tickets available online at Full schedule and location of events at:

Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Public Art for Van Ness - a community meeting to meet the artists and learn about an exciting public art and wayfinding project. Let artists know your thoughts on ways to create a more vibrant and walkable Van Ness. Free. At WAMU, 4401 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info:

Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Obscure Memorials on the Mall, a National Park Service Walking Tour. Just about everybody knows about the Lincoln Memorial and the Washington Monument but do you know the National Mall is home to many other memorials celebrating famous deeds and heroes? John Paul Jones, the Founding Fathers and John Ericsson, among others, share space here. Follow the path less taken. Free. Meet at the World War II Memorial, map: More info:

Saturday, September 9 from 11 AM - 1 PM, DCPS Block Party. Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and School Chancellor Antwan Wilson at an event with food, music, and fun. There will be special guests and you will learn more about the future of DC public schools. Lots of activities for students. All DCPS staff, students, families, friends, and community members are invited. Free. At Ron Brown College Preparatory High School, 4800 Meade Street NE, one block from the Deanwood Metro. More info:

Saturday, September 9 at 1 PM,  "Burning Sky Over Washington: September 11, 2001 & August 24, 1814." Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist and contributor to, discusses how on a late summer day, Washington burned. The president fled - Madison in 1814, Bush in 2001. How the September 11th attacks eerily echoed the past and darkened the future. Free. In the Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info:

Saturday, September 9 from 10 AM - 12 noon and Sunday, September 10 from 12 noon - 5 PM, The 45th Annual Mediterranean Food Festival and Bazaar at St. George’s Antiochan Orthodox Church. Great Middle Eastern Food, Delicious Pastries, Live Music and Dance, Cultural Activities, Church Tours, Community Exhibitors, Special Dance Performances, Children’s Activities and more. Great food and great fun for the whole family! Free admission. At 4335 16th St NW. More info: and

Sunday, September 10 starting at 1:30 PM, 12th Annual Unity Walk. Over a thousand people of all faiths will walk together in friendship and unity along Embassy Row on Massachusetts Avenue, NW. There will be an Opening Ceremony at Washington Hebrew Congregation at 1:30 PM. From 2 - 3:15 PM, Open House Block 1 will take place at Embassy Church Annunciation Catholic Church. Service Project 1 is bagging apples - the project is a part of an ongoing gleaning program at The Society of St. Andrew in Virginia. From 3:15-4:30 PM: Open House Block 2: Community of Christ Church, Soka Gakkai-USA, Buddhist Cultural Center, St. Nicholas Orthodox Cathedral and Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States Service. Project 2: Decorating reusable napkins to be donated to the Sikh Gurdwara DC. Indian Embassy, Consular Wing. The closing ceremony will take place at 4:30 PM at the Islamic Center of Washington, DC. The Unity Walk is open and free to everyone. There is a suggested donation of $25 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and those of limited income. Register for the walk at For more info including details of Open House Blocks and Projects, and lists of speakers at the ceremonies, see   

Sunday, September 10 from 10:30 AM - 6:30 PM, The 39th Annual Takoma Park Folk Festival. 50+ musical performances, 25+ artisan booths, 15+ food vendors, 50+ community organizations, 39 years of history. Free admission. At Takoma Park Middle School, 7611 Piney Branch Road. More info - including parking/shuttle bus info, at

Sunday, September 10 from 12 noon to 6 PM, Adams Morgan Day 2017! Now in its 39th year, Adams Morgan Day is Washington’s longest running neighborhood festival. Adams Morgan Day 2017 will be a family-friendly celebration with music, art and activities for all ages. Free admission, food and drink specials from participating businesses. At 18th and Columbia Roads NW,

Monday, September 11 at 12 noon, “Rock History, or How Pieces of the Capitol Landed in the Smithsonian” by Aaron DeNu, independent scholar. For years, portions of the historical east facade of the U.S. Capitol, dating to the dawn of the nation’s republic, sat decaying in Rock Creek Park. Hear how independent researcher Aaron DeNu took interest in the overlooked original stones, learned of their connection to enslaved African Americans, and helped get the stones into the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW. More info:

Tuesday, September 12 from 6 - 7:30 PM, “Black Lives from Campus to Congress: Intersections of Race, Politics, and Culture.” Celebrate the launch of AU's new major in African American & African Diaspora Studies, as professors James Peterson of Lehigh University and Ibram X. Kendi of American University explore how the drive to understand race and ethnicity in American society can help achieve social justice. In the Founders Room at the School of International Service at American University, Nebraska Avenue at New Mexico Avenue.This is a first-come, first-seated event. Ticket holders should arrive early to get a seat in SIS Founder's Room. There will be an overflow space outside in the atrium with a live broadcast of the event. Registration required:  

Tuesday, September 12 from 4:30 - 8 PM, “The Long Game: Why the 1957 Civil Rights Act Still Matters Today.” UDC David A. Clarke School of Law and The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights will proudly co-sponsor an afternoon panel discussion to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1957, which established the Civil Rights Division (CRD) of the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S Commission on Civil Rights. Session One: The Civil Rights Act of 1957: Discussing the circumstances which led to the passage of the first civil rights act since 1875, including the role of the burgeoning Civil Rights Movement and President Dwight D. Eisenhower. Panelists: Shelley Broderick,Wade Henderson, Mary Frances Berry. Session Two: The State of Federal Civil Rights Enforcement, with panelists Vanita Gupta, Catherine Lhamon, and Gustavo Velasquez, and moderator Karen Narasaki.The panel discussions will be followed by a modest evening reception in the lobby of the UDC auditorium. At the UDC David A. Clarke School of Law, Moot Court Room, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. This event is open to the public and free of charge.

Tuesday, September 12 at 6 PM, Kurdistan Reception with Bayan Sami Abdul Rahman, Representative of Kurdistan Regional Government in America. Learn about the Kurdish people and Kurdistan. Chiya Muksi, a Kurdish chef, will serve Middle Eastern food and drinks. Lukman Ahmad, a Kurdish artist, will provide music. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert St NW. Please RSVP by Friday, September 8 by email to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202-727-7527. For directions and parking visit:  

Wednesday, September 13 at 5 PM, “Finding the Most Interesting Dinosaur in the World” - a lecture by James M. Clark, GW Ronald Weintraub Professor of Biology. The Gobi Desert of China has produced some of the most important dinosaur discoveries in recent years, and one of the most successful series of expeditions to this area was led by Dr. James M. Clark, along with his colleague Dr. Xu Xing of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Hear Dr. Clark describe how their expeditions unearthed fascinating new dinosaurs, including the bizarre Limusaurus inextricabilis that was trapped in a “death pit.” Free, no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street NW. More info:

Wednesday, September 13 from 5-7 PM, Happy Hour with the Most Interesting Dinosaur in the World. Find out what the Most Interesting Dinosaur drinks. Did he drink Mexican beer? Was there such a thing as Mexican beer in pre-historic times? How would we know? These fascinating questions will be considered at this Most Interesting Event … or would be, if this were not the weekly fake event!

Wednesday, September 13 at 7 PM, JAZZForum presents “You Haven’t Done Nothin’” - film screening and discussion. The film is a multimedia performance that through vibrant vocal and instrumental music explores themes of social justice and oppression. A panel discussion will follow the screening featuring Musical Director Michael Bowie, Lead Videographer Adili Ailixier, Executive Director Sunny Sumter and moderated by Willard Jenkins, DC Jazz Festival Artistic Director. In the UDC Library Auditorium, Arts & Sciences Bldg. 41-A03, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. More info on this event and other JAZZAlive events at

Thursday, September 14 at 6 PM, Launching of the Mutual Inspirations Festival 2017, celebrating Gregor Mendel, the founder of modern day genetics. The evening will include insights into Mendel and his peas by Director of the Mendel Museum Ondřej Dostál and lecture by Villanova University Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics Edward Guinan on Beyond Peas and Genetics: Gregor Mendel’s “Other” Sciences: Bees, Sunspots, Meteorology and Tornados. The launch will also feature the opening of the exhibition "Gregor Johann Mendel – Science, Beliefs, Politics." Explore the multitude of pioneering scientific discoveries and political and civil contributions Mendel achieved as a teacher, monk, beekeeper, biologist, meteorologist, and ultimately Abbot, the ecclesiastical leader for sixteen years. In the end, was he a man of God or a man of science? Share in a toast to a new season of the festival in Washington, DC – MORE PEAS PLEASE! More info on the Mutual Inspirations Festival at Free. RSVP required by September 13 - go to Attire: Dress in your best “pea green.” Light refreshments inspired by Mendel. At the Embassy of the Czech Republic, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street. Embassy policy: No bags or suitcases allowed. Only small purses permitted but will be checked at the door. No coat check available. You must pass through security for entrance. RSVP confirmation and photo ID required. Doors close at 6:15 pm.      

Thursday, September 14 at 7 PM, Trivia Night at Georgetown Library. Come join us for Georgetown Neighborhood Library's monthly trivia night!  (Trivia night is held on the second Thursday of every month).  Bring friends or we'll team you up with fellow trivia-lovers present for the chance to win prizes and...eternal glory. This program is recommended for adults and savvy teens.  Brainy snacks and sparkling beverages will be provided. Parents, we will also be showing a movie for kids during trivia. It will be in a different room on the same floor of the library as trivia and popcorn will be provided. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW,

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