Thursday, January 18, 2018

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 17,400+ 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 19 from 7 - 9 PM, What Feminism Looks Like * Nasty Women DC Art Reception & Auction - a benefit for Planned Parenthood. Intersectional feminism is the current terminology that expresses the empowerment of women to effect change across a diverse range of issues: women’s health, racial and gendered violence, equality under the law, poverty, immigration and refugee rights, environmental protections, rights of indigenous communities, etc. It recognizes that true and effective change in the global sphere results from women’s organizing, joining all minority groups and inclusive of men in these efforts. An all woman exhibition, the artists included in What Feminism Looks Like have contributed works that address the range of these issues in various media. Hosted by Art Watch DC at DC Arts Center, 2438 18th St NW. More info:;; 

Saturday, January 20 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Palisades Library Grand Opening. Join Mayor Bowser, DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and other elected officials as we cut the ribbon on the modernized Palisades Library. Immediately following the ribbon cutting, join us for story time, building tours and other special programs. Special Know-Your-Neighborhood Document Scanning -- Do you have memories of the Palisades neighborhood you would like to preserve? Bring photos and documents to be digitized. Up to 8 1/2 x 11. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street NW,  

Saturday, January 20 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Library Amnesty International Day. This is the day you can return any overdue library book to any library in the entire world and not have to pay the fine. Unload your guilt and at the same time unload those battered, plastic-covered books you've hidden away all these years out of fear and shame and anxiety about high fines. It doesn’t matter if you checked out the book in Palau and are returning it to the reopened Palisades Library in DC...or Denmark...or Denver. Library Amnesty Days are a real thing (like this one: but today’s event just happens to be our Weekly Fake Event.

Saturday, January 20 starting at 11 AM, Women’s March on Washington 2018. One year later, women and allies will once again take to the streets of the nation’s capitol to make a powerful statement to the current administration and the rest of the world. In a follow-up to the largest demonstration in US history, people from across the country will meet at the Reflecting Pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial at 11 AM for a rally showcasing several speakers followed by a march on the White House. More info: 

Saturday January 20 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Pop-Up Forts - A Family Activity at the National Building Museum. Construct an awe-inspiring fort from newspapers. Find out how a triangle’s strong shape can brace your structure and keep your fort standing longer. Create tetrahedral caverns small enough for one or big enough for your entire clan. Little ones can explore how to build forts all year round, even in the cold winter months, during a story time with Megan Wagner Lloyd, author of children's book, Fort Building Time. Free, drop in. All ages. The National Building Museum is at 401 F Street NW. More info: 

Saturday, January 20 at 2 PM, Kids Club: Paper Airplanes. Explore the science of flight in a fun way. Learn how to construct several kinds of paper airplanes, including the sonic dart, hammerhead, super plane, silent huntress and helicopter. Add decorations to make them unique. Then we'll try flying them. Which ones fly the farthest? Which ones fly for the longest duration of time? Recommended for children ages 3-12 (ages 8 and under must be accompanied by an adult). Free. At the Chevy Chase Public Library, 5625 Connecticut Avenue NW, 

Sunday, January 21 at 2 PM, Staged Reading for International Women's Voices Festival. The Guillotine Theatre in partnership with the Georgetown Branch of the DC Public library presents a staged reading of Lysistrata in Jerusalem. Many of the Washington, DC region’s professional theaters will join together to present the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Theaters and theater-makers around the globe are invited to present public or private readings of unproduced works by women playwrights in celebration of the first anniversary of the worldwide Women’s Marches. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R Street NW. More info: 

Monday, January 22 at 12 noon, Lecture: Stevens School and School Segregation in our Nation’s Capital, by Ralph Buglass, independent scholar. The history of Thaddeus Stevens School, built for African American students 150 years ago, provides insight into the segregated past of DC public schools up until the landmark 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW, 

Tuesday, January 23 at 6:30 PM, Out There: The Self-Created Artist in DC. A musical performance from multi-instrumentalist Andrew White, who will introduce a panel discussion on the experimental and self-created artist in the District. Panelists will talk about the unique spaces they occupy and perspectives they share—from being a musician, a visual artist, a photographer, operating a venue to publishing a zine on defunct artist-run spaces. Panelists include: Andrew White; Bill Warrell; Cynthia Connolly; Blair Murphy; Marc Minsker, moderator. Free. At  the Goethe-Institut Washington at 1990 K St. NW (enter via 20th St. between Eye & K St. NW)  Presented by Library Express Take-Out. Free, for all ages, at an accessible venue. 

Wednesday, January 24  from 6 - 9 PM, Arts and Drafts. Cleaning out your closet for the new year? Go green in 2018! Bring your worn clothing to the George Washington Museum and Textile Museum,and we’ll help you repurpose it into an artful collage. Enjoy solar-powered beer from Atlas Brew Works and snacks as you craft, then head to the galleries for pop-up talks featuring: Creative ways to turn the food in your fridge into vibrant dyes; An inside look at the challenges of installing The Box Project: Uncommon Threads exhibition; An introduction to the work of Box Project artist Ai Kijima, who turns flea market finds into fine art collages. Bring as many clothes as you would like. All unused items in good condition will be donated to Martha’s Table. Fee: $10 - museum members and GW students, faculty, and staff; $15 - general public (includes snacks, two drinks, and craft supplies). Must be 21 or older to attend and present a valid ID. The GW Museum and Textile Museum is at 701 21st Street, NW. Register here: 

Thursday, January 25 from 10 - 11:30 AM, 65 Million and Counting - a lecture by Melanie Nezer, presented by the Osher Institute for Lifelong Learning (OLLI). There are more refugees and displaced people in the world in 2018 than at any time in recorded history — including after World War II. Refugees have only three “durable solutions” — returning home, integrating into the country to which they have fled, or resettling in a safe third country. The US, traditionally the recipient country of the most refugees, has retreated from its leadership in helping refugees. Few refugees can return home or fully integrate where they are. Solutions seem remote. Melanie Nezer outlines the facts and the demanding road ahead. Melanie Nezer is senior vice president for HIAS, a venerable organization that serves refugees of all faiths and backgrounds. She previously served as HIAS' migration policy counsel and director of the employment visa program representing at-risk Jewish professionals and religious workers seeking to work in the US during crises in their home countries. Earlier, she was immigration policy director for the US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants and practiced criminal defense and immigration law in Miami. Free. In Room 601 of the AU Spring Valley Building, 4801 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Register on Eventbrite:

Thursday, January 25 from 12 - 12:45 PM, Cooking Demonstration: Winter Pick-Me-Ups, with Adrienne Cook, Gardening and Cooking Writer, and Danielle Cook, MS, Nutritionist and Cooking Instructor. From teas, to broths, to soups and stews, there are so many ways to inject feel-good and do-good ingredients that help chase away the winter blahs. The Cook Sisters bring you ideas to liven up and power up ordinary foods and beverages in a one-of-a-kind program. Program repeats at 12:50. Free, no pre-registration required. In the Garden Court of the US Botanic Garden Conservatory, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW. More info:   

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