Thursday, November 9, 2017

Get Out! - The Events Column

Japanese Garden - Photo by snty-tact via Wikimedia Commons
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 10 from 7:30 - 9:30 PM, “Fall for Jazz.” The AU Jazz Orchestra brings the swing. The university's very own big band jazzes up the fall with an evening of classic swing, bebop, funk, and blues. Tickets: $5 to $10 at In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.     

Friday, November 10 and Saturday, November 11 at 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 @ gmail dot com 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 performances on Friday 11/17 and Saturday 11/18 - see for details.)

Saturday, November 11 at 3:30 PM, Try Out Instruments with Girls Rock! DC. Come learn about and try out instruments in a program presented by Girls Rock! DC. All genders are welcome! Best for ages 6 - 13. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue NW,

Saturday, November 11 from 5 - 7 PM, Art Exhibit for Joseph’s House. Cleveland Park Congregational UCC will host an exhibit of local artists to raise funds for Joseph's House, a big-hearted organization that provides hospice care for homeless members of our community. All are invited to this festive event, which includes a wine and cheese reception with live music. Free admission. At Cleveland Park Congregational UCC, 3400 Lowell St NW, Questions? Email Donaldhclarke @ gmail dot com.

Saturday, November 11 at 7 PM, Veterans Day Concert at the National Cathedral. This free concert honors the men, women and families who have served our country in the Armed Forces. Through words, music and images, join us as we celebrate the indomitable spirit of our veterans, their triumph over adversity, their resilience and their love of country. The Washington National Cathedral Choir will be joined by "The President’s Own" United States Marine Chamber Orchestra for an evening of patriotic and contemplative music. We will also hear the stories of our returning service members and their loved ones. More info: Washington National Cathedral is at Wisconsin and Massachusetts Avenues NW.

Sunday November 12 from 1:30 - 3 PM, “Quite a Life! From Defeat to Defeat … and Back,” by Carol Schwartz. The former at-large DC councilmember and five-time mayoral candidate will discuss her newly released autobiography and talk about her five decades of experience with DC politics. Free. At Spices Restaurant, 3333-A Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:

Sunday, November 12 from 4 - 5 PM, Mezzo Soprano Mary Burke and Pianist Allison Tsai will perform modern American opera and art song, ranging from the early 20th century to present-day compositions. Free. At Anderson House, The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Monday, November 13 at 5:30 PM, Social Impact Talks: Peggy Madden Davitt (Gold Star Parents). Davitt will discuss the death of her son, U.S. Army Specialist Russell Madden Davitt, during combat in Afghanistan and her work to assist the families of soldiers who have died at war. Davitt will also reflect on war and other troubling societal patterns illuminated by her son’s death. Free. This event will be in the Batelle Atrium at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW,

Monday, November 13 from 6:30 - 8 PM, “Capitol Crossing: Local Perspectives.” Get an in-depth history of urban planning and design behind one of the largest remaining undeveloped sites in downtown Washington, DC, through the perspectives of Neil Albert, president and executive director, DowntownDC Business Improvement District (BID), Braulio Agnese, freelance architecture and design journalist (moderator), Sean Cahill, senior vice president of development, Property Group Partners, and Wallace Mlyniec, Lupo-Ricci professor of Clinical Legal Studies, Georgetown University Law Center. New building technology, innovative design, and dynamic urban real estate markets are making it possible to develop over and under existing transportation infrastructure and other marginal spaces—healing old scars and creating vibrant infill development. This special series takes you inside local and national urban planning stories about cities reclaiming marginal space for new uses. Tickets $10 - $20 at At the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW

Tuesday, November 14 at 12:30 PM, JazzAlive at UDC presents: Allyn Johnson and Meet the Artist on the Bandstand—Howard "Kingphish" Franklin, Jr. Come to an exciting session of conversation and performance featuring DC's swingin' drummer, bandleader and UDC Jazz Studies Alumnus, Howard "Kingphish" Franklin, Jr.  Free. In the Recital Hall of the Performing Arts Bldg. 46-West at the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Tuesday, November 14 from 2 - 3 PM, “How Social Media Has Affected Our Democratic Elections.” Join Lydia Snider, educator and social media strategist for an understanding of this new phenomenon. For the last ten years Lydia Snider has been a business consultant on social media and digital strategy. She has worked with companies ranging from Fortune 500 tech companies, to local non-profits, to university scientific departments. Recently, she noticed social media had become a major contributor to the disinformation and gaslighting in the election. She began studying the problem of agents, both foreign and domestic weaponizing social media. She is now utilizing her expertise in social media and human learning to help Americans understand and counter active measures against America on social media. To rsvp, email guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202-727-7527. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW

Wednesday, November 15 from 6:30 - 9 PM, Lecture and Exhibition Opening: Art from the Garden. Landscape architect Marc Peter Keane will discuss his artwork and how it relates to his work as a designer of Japanese gardens. Keane's artwork draws from the traditional culture of Japan, such as the way his ceramics are fired unglazed in a wood-fired kiln (anagama), and yet they are also unlike any traditional Japanese forms. He incorporates garden materials such as leaves and fine gravel into the works, and in part by incorporating design ideas from the garden, like the carefully balancing of wildness and control. Free; reservations required - go to At the Japan Information and Culture Center, 1150 18th St. NW.

Thursday, November 16 from 12:30 - 2 PM, "Reflections on America and the World in the Trump Era” - a talk by Jeffrey Goldberg, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, moderated by Dean Vali Nasr. A reception will follow the event. Free. Kenney Herter Auditorium, Nitze Building, Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies, 1740 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Thursday, November 16 from 12:30 - 2 PM, “What If Hillary Had Won? An Alternative Recap” - a talk by Washington Post reporters Ben Terris, Dan Zak, Monica Hesse and Amy Argetsinger. This program is designed as an alternative for anyone who would find it too depressing to spend 90 minutes listening to Jeffrey Goldberg present his recap/analysis of the past year under President Trump (see above). Free. In the auditorium of the Washington Post. Reservations are definitely NOT required for this week’s Fake Event (though the article is real -- see

Thursday November 16 at 6:30 PM, "The Roadside Geology of Earth’s Moon" - a talk by Stephen Elardo, postdoctoral associate at The Geophysical Laboratory. If you enjoyed this summer’s spectacular total solar eclipse, you have the Moon to thank for it! But Earth’s only natural satellite and closest cosmic neighbor does a lot more than occasionally block out the sun in dramatic fashion. It controls ocean tides, gives us stable seasons and climates, and in 4 million years it will finally eliminate the need for February 29th! Eclipses may be the Moon’s most theatrical display, but to a scientist the real treasure is what the Moon can tell us about Solar System history. In this talk, Steve will take you on a tour of the geology of Earth’s Moon. We’ll take a stroll through what you can see, look at the fascinating features that you can’t see, dive into the Moon’s interior, jump into the past to find out how it came to be, and take a peek at what’s on the Moon’s horizon. Doors open at 6. Lecture Hall seating is first come, first serve. Eventbrite tickets are not required, so please arrive early to reserve your seat. Eventbrite registration is encouraged to skip the sign-in process at the door - go to Light refreshments will be served before the lecture at 6. Free. In the Greenewalt Lecture Hall, Carnegie Institution of Washington, 5241 Broad Branch Road NW.      

Thursday November 16 Panel Discussion: The Monument, Past, Present, and Future. In light of recent events and conversations around Confederate monuments in the United States, this panel aims to explore the past, present, and future of the monument as a cultural phenomenon. The evening will offer the American University and Washington, DC communities an opportunity to think through the possibilities and limitations of the monument across time and space in the modern world. Moderated by Nika Elder, assistant professor of art. Reception to follow. Free and open to the public. Panelists: Renée Ater, Associate Professor Emerita, Department of Art History and Archaeology, The University of Maryland; Sarah Beetham, Lecturer in American Art and Material Culture, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts; Tristan Dominique Cabello, Director, American Studies, Critical Race, Gender and Culture Studies Collaborative, American University; Andrew Demshuk, Assistant Professor, Department of History, American University; Alma H. Gates, Chair of the Public Art Committee, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Free. In the Abramson Family Recital Hall, Katzen Arts Center, American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Questions? Email sgordon @ american dot edu. Website:    

Thursday, November 16 from 6 - 7:30 PM, Caribbean Authors Reading. Stand with the Caribbean islands experiencing devastation from recent hurricanes. Hear readings from five DC-area Caribbean authors: Donna Hemans, author of River Woman; Merle Collins, author of Angel, The Colour of Forgetting, Rain Darling, Because the Dawn Breaks, and Rotten Pomerack; Katia Ulysse, author of Drifting; Lauren Francis-Sharma, author of Till the Well Runs Dry; Tiphanie Yanique, author of Land of Love and Drowning and How to Escape From a Leper Colony. At the event, donations will be taken for Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), a regional inter-governmental agency for disaster management in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Free admission. East City Bookshop 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE #100,  

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