Thursday, February 22, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

White House Portrait of Lincoln
(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 23 from 1 - 2:30 PM, Black History Month Talk by Rear Admiral Stephen W. Rochon, USCG, Ret., a retired Coast Guard admiral and the former Director of the Executive Residence and Chief Usher at the White House - presented by Lincoln’s Cottage in partnership with the Armed Forces Retirement Home (AFRH). Please check-in and gather in the atrium of the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center at President Lincoln's Cottage at 1 PM. The program will be held in the Scott Building of the Armed Forces Retirement Home, and members of the public will walk over together from the President Lincoln's Cottage grounds. Tickets are free but limited, so please reserve soon at The Armed Forces Retirement Home is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. 

Saturday, February 24 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Family Day Chinese Lunar New Year Celebration at the the George Washington University Museum and the Textile Museum. Celebrate the Year of the Dog at the museum: enjoy music performances by GW's Chinese Music Club, create colorful zodiac animals from paper, and design your own jewelry inspired by the traditions of China's Guizhou Province. Visit the galleries to see the exhibition "Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures from Southwest China" during its opening weekend. Visitors can also explore our new hands-on learning center, Textiles 101, which introduces the basics of textile making through fiber, color, and structure. All ages welcome. Schedule of specific performances, activities and workshops here: Free. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW 

Saturday, February 24 at 1 PM, Georgetown's Oldest Fraternity: The Early History of Freemasonry in Georgetown. Chris B. Ruli, historian of the Masonic Potomac Lodge No. 5 of the District of Columbia, will discuss the early history of Freemasonry in Georgetown, notable members of the fraternity, and the uses of the George Washington gavel. The gavel is making a rare visit to Georgetown from its permanent home at the US Capitol. President George Washington used the gavel during the ceremonial laying of the Capitol's cornerstone in 1793. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Sunday, February 25 from 2 - 4 PM, Jazz in the Basement. The DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut Washington present Stephen Arnold and Sea-Change, an eclectic group of DC-based musicians who will present a dynamic and creative dialogue. Q&A with the artists to follow the concert. All ages. Free, no RSVP needed. At the Goethe-Institut Washington, 1990 K St. NW, Suite 03 (Entrance on 20th Street NW, lower level), more info:   

Sunday, February 25 at 8 PM, Closing Ceremonies of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics 2018, featuring the Weir/Lipinski Fashion Watch Program. If you’ve been following the NBC-televised figure skating events at the Olympics so far, you know that a large part of the entertainment is seeing what jazzy, snazzy outfits the two expert skating commentators, Johnny Weir and Tara Lipinski, will turn up in. And just where on the gush-to-gut-o-meter will their comments register? Now that the dazzling duo have been named the main announcers and play-by-play commentators for the closing ceremonies, airing on NBC this Sunday evening, you have your chance to watch the whole spectacle on Jumbo-trons in a stadium filled with rabid Lipinski/Weir fans. Come dressed in your sparkliest outfit and go for the “big hair” do -- in tribute to these two fashion icons, who traveled to Pyeong Chang with nine and thirteen suitcases, respectively. This event will take place at the Verizon Center Arena….or would, if it were not the Weekly Fake Event
Monday, February 26 at 6 PM, Cottage Conversation: “They Knew Lincoln.” Historian Kate Masur, along with co-presenter and President Lincoln's Cottage Executive Director, Erin Carlson Mast, will discuss Masur's most recent project, “They Knew Lincoln.” Reception at 6 PM, lecture at 6:30. At President Lincoln’s Cottage, in the Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center (Entrance at 140 Rock Creek Church Rd NW). Admission: $10 for the lecture and $10 for the reception. To purchase tickets and RSVP click here:   

Tuesday, February 27 at 6 PM, DIY Printmaking with Maker In Residence Tsedaye Makonnen. Learn monotype printmaking with interdisciplinary artist Tsedaye Makonnen, the DC Public Library Maker in Residence. This form of printmaking involves transferring an image created on different surfaces onto a sheet of paper by pressing the two together. We will use water-soluble printing ink, cardboard shapes, brushes, drawing materials and other materials provided by DC Public Library Foundation. All participants will take home their own creations. This program draws inspiration from the printmaking techniques of legendary American artist EJ Montgomery who has been based in D.C. since 1980. Space is limited due to the hands-on nature of the class, so please register to reserve your spot. If the class isn't showing up in the calendar at the link found here - -  registration is full, but please check back for cancellations and future classes. Free. At 3160 16th St. NW - entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St.

Wednesday, February 28 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - The End of Eddy: Sexuality, Literature and the New Left in Contemporary France. Tristan Cabello, director of the American Studies Program and professorial lecturer, Gender & Culture Studies Collaborative at American University will discuss the multiple confluences of sexual identity, literature and politics in France. Free. At Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Wednesday February 28 at 7:30 PM, Jason Moran and Elizabeth Alexander at Georgetown University. Acclaimed composer and artist Jason Moran joins with poet and professor Elizabeth Alexander onstage for a dialogue in music and poetry. A Q&A session with the audience will follow. Moran is an electrifying jazz performer, who was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship in 2010. He serves as the Artistic Director for Jazz at the Kennedy Center and as Distinguished Artist in Residence at Georgetown University. Poet, essayist, and playwright Elizabeth Alexander is a Chancellor of the American Academy of American Poets, the Wun Tsun Tam Mellon Professor in the Humanities at Columbia University, and the Director of Creativity and Free Expression at the Ford Foundation. She composed and delivered "Praise Song for the Day" at the first inauguration of President Barack Obama. Free and open to the general public. At the Davis Performing Arts Center, Gonda Theatre at Georgetown University, 37th and O St. NW,  

Wednesday, February 28 from 6:30 - 8 PM, The Vietnam War PBS Series Film Clips and Discussion - AU School of Public Affairs Professor Ron Elving with Lynn Novick, program series co-director, and Tricia Reidy, editor. Discussion of “The Vietnam War” series coincides with the 50th anniversary year of the TET Offensive, a military campaign that ultimately resulted in weakening U.S. public support for the war. Light Refreshments following program. Free and open to the public, first come, first seated. In the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater, McKinley Building, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW,   

Thursday, March 1 at 4 PM, Purim Party. The Shepherd Park Library Children's Department is throwing a festive Purim celebration. Create your own zany masks and noisemakers—anything goes. Fun for the whole family. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,       

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