Thursday, November 16, 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 17,300+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday, November 17 from 1:30 - 2:30 PM, Elvis at 21- a presentation by Chris Murray. Photographer Alfred Wertheimer enjoyed almost unrestricted access to Elvis Presley when Elvis was 21, the year before Elvis exploded onto the international music scene. Wertheimer’s fine art photographs, many unpublished, illuminate not only Elvis, but the culture and history of the time. Chris Murray integrates art and music in his retrospective of 1956 that draws on his research and personal experiences used in preparing exhibitions across the country. Chris Murray is a writer and the founder of Govinda Gallery in Georgetown, which represents rock music-related fine art photographers. Murray has organized over 250 exhibitions of many of the leading artists of our time, from Andy Warhol in the 1970s to Annie Leibovitz’s first exhibition in 1984. He was co-curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition “Elvis at 21” and is the author of more than 15 books on visual culture, including Alfred Wertheimer: Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll and Rolling Stones 50x20. Free, but registration required at: Part of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute lecture series. in Room A-101 of the AU Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW

Friday, November 17 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 18 at 2:30 PM and 7:30 PM, “Legally Blonde - the Musical,” presented by Wilson High School. Follow the adventures of sorority girl Elle Woods from college to the courtroom as she tackles stereotypes, snobbery and scandal in pursuit of her dreams. Elle heads to Harvard to win back her love--only to discover herself. Based on the popular movie, Wilson’s production of this award-winning Broadway show boasts a cast and crew of more than a hundred students and is filled with nonstop singing, dancing and fabulous fun. Tickets: student/child/Wilson teachers and staff - $5 all performances; adult - $15 ($10 for the Saturday, Nov. 18  2:30 pm matinee). Meet and Greet with the actors following the matinee! Tickets may be purchased at the door. You can also email wilsondramatickets @ to reserve tickets in advance. Include your full name, the date and time of the performances you wish to attend and the number of tickets you’d like to reserve. Wilson High School is at 3950 Chesapeake St NW. More info:  

Saturday, November 18 at 10 AM, “Thanksgiving During the Civil War.” Take a brisk walk to Fort DeRussy with a park ranger. Come and see the earthworks hidden in the terrain, and hear stories about how soldiers celebrated Thanksgiving in and around Washington, DC. Free. For ages 8 and up. At Rock Creek Nature Center, 5200 Glover Road NW,  

Saturday, November 18 from 11 am - 3 pm, Harvest Bazaar, sponsored by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship program of Carlos Rosario International Charter School, featuring 30+ vendors, music, and more! Jewelry, Accessories, Clothing, Photo Booth, Aromatic Candles and Aromatic Soaps, and Small Gifts. Gourmet foods, International Baked Goods, and other food items. For more information contact Raul Medrano at (202) 797-4700, ext. 235. Carlos Rosario School is at 1100 Harvard Street NW

Saturday, November 18 from 12 noon – 4 PM, Thanksgiving with the Turkeys at Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary in Poolesville, Maryland. Come celebrate Thanksgiving WITH the turkeys – join our friendly turkeys and all their friends in celebrating a cruelty-free Thanksgiving potluck. Please bring a vegan (no meat, dairy, or eggs) dinner or dessert item to serve 8. Suggested donation: $10. Poplar Spring Animal Sanctuary is at 15200 Mount Nebo Rd, Poolesville, MD 20837 - map: For more info:

Sunday, November 19 from 2 - 3 PM, Local artists Sonia King discusses her mosaic techniques, using both a micro and macro approach to create organic forms. Free and open to the public. This talk, part of the James Renwick Alliance Distinguished Artist Lectures series, will be held in the American University Museum, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave.,   

Monday, November 20 at 4 PM, Reader's Theatre Features “Thanksgiving Day Thanks.” Join us in the children's room of the Mount Pleasant library for Reader's Theatre. "Thanksgiving Day Thanks" by Laura Malone Elliott is the featured piece. Sam has trouble deciding what he is grateful for during a Thanksgiving-themed classroom assignment. Let’s read! Free. The Mount Pleasant Library is at 3160 16th Street NW,

Tuesday, November 21at 4 PM, “In the Zone: Thanksgiving Plates.” Ready to fill your plate? Come create a Thanksgiving “meal” you can take home and enjoy for years. “In the Zone” is a craft making event held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Tenley Friendship Library. Best for kids ages 4-12. Free. The Tenley-Friendship Library is at 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, November 22 at 9 AM, The Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Presidential “Pardon” of a Turkey - with a Twist. This year President Trump has tweeted that he will NOT issue the traditional “pardon” of a turkey on Thanksgiving Day: “Unlike my weak predecessors I will not be letting this turkey off so easy. I am calling for a really great turkey hunt, better than any turkey hunt since those Pilgrim guys shot turkeys with Pocahantas and Chief Wahoo.” The president’s sons, Don Jr. and Eric have set up an enclosed turkey run on the Ellipse, where they will stalk and shoot the designated turkey with high-powered hunting rifles. After they pose with their kill for the requisite trophy photos, they will have the carcass auctioned off to the highest bidder for Thanksgiving dinner, with all proceeds to go to charity. Two weeks from Thanksgiving, Washington Post investigative reporter David Farenthold will attempt to discover whether any funds were actually paid to any charitable organization. If he also discovers that the carcass was never served at an actual dinner, he will look to see if it has been stuffed for display in a backroom bar at Mar-a-Lago. To reserve your place at the White House Thanksgiving Turkey Hunt, go to: To get on the email list to receive an email update from David Farenthold when he tracks down the whereabouts of the turkey and/or the fundraising check, go to

Thursday, November 23 at 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM (for volunteers); 12 noon for the dinner, Thanksgiving Community Dinner. Annunciation Catholic Church, Washington Hebrew Congregation and St Alban’s Episcopal Church host an annual Thanksgiving Community Dinner. You are welcome to come and eat (the Thanksgiving meal is served at 12 noon) or volunteer to set up/serve/clean up. Shifts begin as early as 9:30 AM and everything is finished by around 1:30 PM. Register at to volunteer. See for the event announcement. At Annunciation Catholic Church, 3810 Massachusetts Ave NW.

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