Thursday, January 4, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Gala Theatre's 3 Kings Day Celebration
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 17,400+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv        

Friday, January 5 at 6 PM, Joy of Motion Dance Center's Youth Dance Ensemble will be performing at the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage, presenting an evening of mixed repertory by faculty and guest artists including Sarah Beth Oppenheim, Candace Scarborough, Mat Elder, Abby Leithart, and Jenifer Dobbins. Free - no reservations needed, 

Friday, January 5 from 6 - 9 PM, Rock Creek Conservancy’s Happy Hour at Soundcheck Night Club. Come out and celebrate 2018 with Rock Creek Conservancy, where you can mix and mingle with new people who support Rock Creek Park. A $5-$10 suggested donation will be requested at the door. There will also be a raffle of items perfect for helping you stick with your New Year’s Resolution. Please note that 80% of the proceeds will go to support Rock Creek Conservancy’s advocacy, volunteer, education, and restoration programming; the rest go towards the cost of the event. Soundcheck Night Club is at 1420 K St. NW, and the closest Metro is McPherson Square. More info: 

Saturday, January 6 from 10 - 11 AM, Galette des Rois. Come to Alliance Francaise DC and partake in the famous and delicious Galette des Rois! Get a chance to find la fève and become the King or Queen for the day! Price per slice: $2 for members / $3 for non-members. Please order your slices in advance: At Alliance Française de Washington, DC, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.  

Saturday, January 6 from 11 AM - 4 PM, “1968: Shaping the District.” Connect with a variety of organizations to explore DC as it was in 1968: a predominantly African American city in a complex time of grassroots organizing, groundbreaking initiatives, creative expression, racism, protests, and activism. Hear historian Dr. Marya McQuirter and others talk about the people, places, and stories of the time. Listen to music evocative of the year, performed by musicians from the National Symphony Orchestra. Engage in conversations and share your own stories. Gain a broader picture of 1968 beyond the uprisings after Martin Luther King, Jr.’s assassination. The National Building Museum presents this event in partnership with others in The 1968–2018 Collaborative, a group of individuals, institutions, and organizations planning events to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the entire year of 1968 in Washington, DC. Chaired by Marya Annette McQuirter, the 1968-2018 Collaborative is an extension of the work initiated by Bernard Demczuk, historian of Ben's Chili Bowl. Free, drop in. All ages encouraged. At the National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW. See schedule of activities at:

Saturday, January 6 at 11:30 AM, NSO In Your Neighborhood: The String Thing. Attention kids, parents, grandparents, cousins and rubber chickens: Step right up to this daring double act of classical fun. Bassist Paul DeNola and violinist Heather LeDoux Green take breaks from the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) to introduce young audiences to some of the greatest music ever written. You’ll never hear a word out of them during the concert, but with instruments in hand and a trunk full of gags, this “silent” comedic tag-team presents a hilarious program of music and mayhem. This free family program is a part of the annual NSO In Your Neighborhood series. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE, 202-541-6226. Metro: Rhode Island Ave-Brentwood. More info: 

Sunday, January 7 from 3 - 5 PM, It’s the No Pants Metro Ride DC 2018! Our 10th year riding the DC Metro without pants! Act as if it's any other day: you're traveling to/from work, you're headed to meet some friends, you're en route to some appointment, you're carting off your old Christmas tree, you're a tourist not quite sure how to navigate Metro….you just happen to be without pants. Meet at 3 PM at Hancock Park (at L'Enfant Metro) and ride, then come to the After-Party at 5 PM at Front Page, at the Dupont Circle Metro. This free and family-friendly event has some rules -- go to to familiarize yourself with them -- and no, this is NOT the weekly fake event -- it’s even better because it’s absolutely real! We can’t make up stuff this good, so there’s no Fake Event this week. To see how good it gets, take a look at last year’s No Pants Subway Ride NYC 2017: The only thing about this year’s No Pants Ride is, will the Metro be running? Or will the bitter cold crack our tracks and shut down the No Pants Metro Ride of 2018?  

Sunday January 7 at 11:30 AM and 2 PM, “Fiesta de los Reyes Magos/Three Kings Day Celebration.” Don’t miss GALA’s traditional Three Kings celebration, featuring the Magi, live animals, local performers, a walk through the neighborhood, and gifts for every child. Admission is free, but a small gift for a boy or a girl ages 3 to 12 is suggested. at GALA Theatre, 3333 14th St NW. Tickets for the 11:30 AM presentation will be distributed at GALA’s Box Office at 10 am on a first-come, first serve basis;  tickets for the 2 PM presentation will be distributed at the Box Office at 12 PM. Maximum 6 tickets per person. More info: 

Sunday, January 7 from 3 - 5 PM. Art Exhibit: "Monumental Washington" - a new series of digital paintings by Judith L. Smith. Free. At River Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation, 6301 River Road, Bethesda. For more information, including viewing hours in addition to reception, call 301-229-0400 or email soleilart8 @ aol dot com

Monday, January 8 The Jewish King Lear, presented by the Shakespeare Theatre Company in partnership with Theater J’s Yiddish Theater Lab for the Reading ReDiscovery Series. Hailed as one of the foundational works of the “Golden Age” of American Yiddish theater, The Jewish King Lear is also the crowning work of Jacob Gordin, the Russian-born American regarded as a master of the form. Transposing Shakespeare’s timeless tale to the 19th-century Russian steppe, Gordin depicts the clash of culture and tradition, duty and education, wealth and family in Ruth Gay’s new translation. At the Lansburth Theatre, 450 7th Street NW. Reserve your free tickets:

Tuesday, January 9 at 7 PM, Film: The Rabbi’s Cat/Le Chat du Rabbin (100 min.) Based on the best-selling graphic novel by Joann Sfar, The Rabbi’s Cat tells the story of a rabbi and his talking cat – a sharp-tongued feline philosopher brimming with scathing humor and a less than pure love for the rabbi’s voluptuous teenage daughter. Algeria in the 1930s is an intersection of Jewish, Arab and French culture. A cat belonging to a widowed rabbi and his beautiful daughter, Zlabya, eats the family parrot and miraculously gains the ability to speak. Along with the power of speech comes unparalleled sardonic wit, and the cat – and filmmaker Sfar – spare no group or individual as they skewer faith, tradition and authority in a provocative exploration of (among other things) God, lust, death, phrenology, religious intolerance, interspecies love, and the search for truth. Joann Sfar is an award winning filmmaker (Gainsbourg) and one of France’s most celebrated comic artists. Free admission. Online registration is required for this screening - go to: The film is recommended for a mature audience. At the Embassy of France - La Maison Française, 4101 Reservoir Road, NW 

Wednesday, January 10 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Responding to Hatred and Extremism: Solutions from Faith Traditions, a panel discussion with Rabbi M. Bruce Lustig, the Rev. Dr. Beverly Janet Goines and Emre Celik, president of the Rumi Forum (the sponsoring organization for this event). The evening will start with a reception at 6:30 PM and the panel discussion will begin at 7 PM. Free. At the National City Christian Church, 5 Thomas Circle NW. Register at:

Thursday, January 11 at 6 PM, “Soirée Galette des Rois.” Spend a relaxing evening at the Alliance Française - with a piece of this traditional cake, some cider, and maybe you will the one to find the fève! This event will be in French & English. Ticket for Galette des rois (cake only): $7 + Processing Fees; Ticket for Galette des rois and French Cider: $12 + Processing Fees. Register here: At Alliance Française de Washington, 2142 Wyoming Ave. NW.

Thursday, January 11 at 6 PM, Information Session for First-Time Home Buyers. Tired of renting? Are you ready to buy your own home? We can help. At this session, sponsored by nonprofit housing counseling program University Legal Services, find out: How to qualify to buy a house; About the HPAP program for first-time home buyers; How to attend future information seminars; Answers to any questions you have about the home-buying process. University Legal Services is funded by the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. The free session will be presented in English and in Spanish. At Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, 

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