Thursday, February 15, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

George Washington by Gilbert Stuart
(Public Domain)
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, February 16 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: Patriot Printer Robert Aitken. Society of the Cincinnati’s Library Director Ellen McCallister Clark discusses the career of the Philadelphia printer, binder and bookseller Robert Aitken. Born in Scotland, Aitken immigrated to America in 1771 and soon became one of the key printers in Philadelphia whose work supported the cause of American independence. He is best remembered as the printer of the first English-language Bible published in America, which received the endorsement of Congress during the war in 1782. A number of works issued from Aitken’s shop are on view in the Society’s current exhibition, "Books in the Field: Studying the Art of War in Revolutionary America," and several other examples will be on display during the talk. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of these rare items. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Friday, February 16 at 1:15 PM, Lubana Al Quntar, Soprano: From Syria With Love. Lubana Al Quntar, soprano, Eylem Basaldi, violin, April Centrone, percussion and oud. Bridging centuries, this program highlights the creative brilliance of Syria through Syriac music sung in Aramaic (language of Christ); a variety of Muwashahat (strophic songs sung in classical Arabic) from Aleppo; and folk song cycles originally sung by women at gatherings in Damascus. Presented in partnership with the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies. Part of the Georgetown University Friday Music Series. Free. In McNeir Auditorium, 37th and O St NW. More info:  

Friday, February 16 at 2 PM, African Art on the Go: Unmasked - What Do Masks Really Reveal? Learn about the cultural significance of masks and discover the role they play in rituals, ceremonies, rites of passage, and entertainment in societies throughout Africa. Ages 6 and up, under 9 with adult. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW, More info:

Saturday, February 17 from 10 AM - 4:30 PM, Discover Engineering Family Day. Nearly 30 Family Day exhibitors present basic engineering principles through hands-on and mind-challenging activities. Special demonstrations are also sprinkled throughout the day. Past Past appearances have included astronauts, racecar designers, and a model of the Mars Rover. For children ages 4 - 12. Free. At the National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW,   

Saturday, February 17  at 2 PM, Living When There Was Slavery in the United States - presented by Civil War Defenses of Washington. A park ranger from the National Park Service’s Civil War Defenses of Washington will present an interactive, educational program that will teach its audience about the hardships enslaved people endured as well as how they overcame those hardships. Families with older children are encouraged to attend. Free. At the Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW,

Saturday February 17 from 4 - 5 PM, Gallery Talk by Artist Brian Dailey. Brian Dailey’s towering 13-screen video installation is a contemporary turn on the Tower of Babel story explaining the worldwide diversity of languages, a tale with parallels in ancient Sumerian and Assyrian myths. WORDS is the artist’s creative summation of his global experiences in over 90 countries on all seven continents, compelling viewers to come to terms with the fluid relationship between language and concept, between interpretation and meaning. The Gallery Talk is free and open to all. At the Katzen Arts Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW,

Sunday, February 18 at 2 PM,  Chinese New Year Parade. DC Chinatown celebrates the year of the dog! The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association (CCBA) is holding its biggest and most diverse parade ever to ring in the 4716 Chinese Lunar New Year. This dynamic community-based parade will include traditional lion and dragon dances, Kung Fu demonstrations, firecrackers, live music and marching bands, beauty pageant winners, VIPs, and other community talents! The fun starts at 2 PM; the parade starts at 6th and Eye Streets NW - see the route here: Take the metro to Gallery Place/Chinatown. More details at    

Sunday, February 18 at 3 PM, Year of the Dog Canine Parade. Why celebrate the year of the dog with lion dances and fireworks? Dogs hate fireworks! They’re probably not so great with lions, either. For this year of the dog, bring your pooch to the parade that’s got everything a canine could love: People tossing kibble from floats, baton twirlers who throw their sticks for dogs to fetch; marching bands that play Who Let the Dogs Out and Atomic Dog, and lots of beautiful bitches in heat. There will never be a dog parade as amazing as this one - and that’s because it's the Weekly Fake Event.

Sunday February 18 at 4 PM, Music at National Presbyterian Church. James Madison University presents their President’s Day Concert. This concert is free and open to the public. In the Sanctuary of National Presbyterian Church, 4101 Nebraska Avenue NW,  

Monday, February 19 at 6 PM, Profs & Pints: The Radicalization of George Washington. As we celebrate Presidents’ Day, it’s easy to forget that our nation’s first president, George Washington, once lived comfortably as a proud British subject. What led him to become the first member of America’s elite to pledge his life for independence? Hear Washington’s transformation explained by Denver Brunsman, an associate professor of history at George Washington University, who will trace the steps of our first president’s radicalization, describing how a mix of financial ambition, political ideology, and intuition turned Washington into an agitator, a risk-taker, and a revolutionary who rejected the crown. Tickets $10 in advance at - $12 at the door. At Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St. NW.

Tuesday, February 20 at 4 PM, Black History Month Celebrates Artists. Celebrate Black History Month by learning about famous black artists through stories and a craft. This program is recommended for ages 5 and up. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW,  

Wednesday, February 21 at 12:30 PM, “Advocating for the Invisibles: Defending Migrants’ Rights at the U.S.-Mexico Border and Beyond.” In recent years, a significant number of the hundreds of thousands of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border have been unaccompanied children and family units fleeing violence and persecution in Central America who seek protection in the US. Others attempt to cross the U.S. border’s harsh terrain undetected in the hope of a better life or to reunite with their family and live in a place they consider home. It is a dangerous journey for all. Maureen Meyer, Director of Washington Office on Latin America's Mexico program, will present information about efforts to seek justice for the widespread crimes and abuses against migrants in transit through Mexico and to denounce practices by US Border Patrol and other agencies that put migrants at risk at the border. This program is part of The Exploring Social Justice Series, cosponsored by the American University Library, the Center for Diversity & Inclusion, and the Kay Spiritual Life Center, which brings to campus exemplary leaders from diverse backgrounds who have advocated for various human rights and social justice issues. Free and open to the public. Please register at: In the Mary Graydon Center at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Wednesday, February 21 at 4:30 PM, Black History Month: Special Visit From a Navy Diver. Children ages 8-12 and their families are invited to meet Commander Carl Parks, a diver in the US Navy. He will speak on his experience in the military and participate in a Q&A session. Children under 9 years old must be accompanied by a caregiver. Free. At the Southwest Library, 900 Wesley Place SW,

Thursday, February 22 at 6 PM, Lecture and Book Signing: George Washington: A Life in Books. Marking the 286th anniversary of George Washington’s birth, Kevin J. Hayes, emeritus professor at the University of Central Oklahoma, discusses and signs copies of his book on the intellectual life of George Washington revealed through the study of his papers, journals, and personal collection of books. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments.Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Ave. NW.  

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