Thursday, March 1, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Suffrage Protest
New York Public Library (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, March 2 from 4:30 - 6:30 PM, Celebrate Read Across America Day at Friendship Recreation Center (a/k/a “Turtle Park”), 4500 Van Ness Street NW. Kids will enjoy: Story Time with Officers; Book Giveaway; Refreshments; Arts & Crafts. Come dressed as your favorite story book character (optional). This event is co-sponsored by the Metropolitan Police Department (Second District) and Friends of Turtle Park.  

Saturday, March 3 at 10 AM, DC Public Library Executive Director Rich Reyes-Gavilan is the guest speaker at the annual meeting of the Friends of the Cleveland Park Library. Rich will bring us up-to-date on the the new Cleveland Park Library construction project, give us an idea of when the new library will open, and respond to your questions. Come and learn more about the building that's been variously described as "iconic," "majestic," and "the gateway to Northwest." This meeting is free and open to all. You need not be a member of the Friends to attend. The meeting will take place at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 2nd floor large meeting room, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info:

Saturday, March 3 from 11:15 - 11:45 AM, Special Story Time with Amir! The Alliance Française de Washington DC is very pleased to introduce Amir FEHRI, a celebrated young author who will be in DC in March. Amir has already written 2 novels at just 14; both works have already received much acclaim in the Francophone world. Amir, a great lover of French literature, science, and education, will be in the AFDC library and will host a special presentation of his two works. Venez nombreux! Free, but please register: At Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 3 from 2 - 4 PM, Levine Music’s 23rd Annual Two Piano Concert, featuring: Elizabeth Lane and Barbara Wing, duo pianists. With guest artist, Rosa Lamareaux. Music by: Bach, Ravel, Brahms, Parrotta, Milhaud, and Bernstein. Free. Lang Recital Hall, 2801 Upton St. NW. RSVP:

Sunday, March 4 from 3 - 4 PM, AU Symphony Orchestra: In Nature's Realm. To celebrate spring, the AU Symphony Orchestra presents works inspired by nature. The program takes its title from Antonín Dvorák’s symphonic poem, In Nature’s Realm, which will be paired with Beethoven’s quirky Symphony No. 6 (Pastorale), which was inspired by the composer’s retreats to the countryside in search of solace. The program will be rounded out with the prelude to Saint-Saens’ rarely performed oratorio, Le déluge, a musical setting of the well-known biblical story of the flood. Tickets: $5–10 at In the Abramson Family Recital Hall at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Sunday, March 4 at 6 PM, Witches and Witch Hunts, presented by Profs and Pints. Last summer, Donald Trump tweeted that he was the victim of the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history! Critics of the #MeToo movement have warned of a Salem atmosphere in Hollywood and beyond. But what does it really mean when men in positions of power claim to be victims of a witch hunt? And what about the real history of the witch trials, which claimed the lives of tens of thousands of women in sixteenth and seventeenth-century Europe? Come explore the history of the witch hunts real and rhetorical with Mikki Brock, teacher of a class on witch-hunts at Washington and Lee and author of Satan and the Scots: The Devil in Post-Reformation Scotland, c.1560-1700. At the Bier Baron Tavern, 1523 22nd St NW. Tickets: $10 in advance, $12 at the door at

Monday, March 5 from 12:30 AM - 3 AM, Oscar’s Sour Grapes Party. Were you rooting for an Oscar nominated actor, director, production person, who did not win on Sunday night? Were you thinking you’d have something to celebrate, but after the telecast, were left feeling cheated and annoyed that someone else walked away with the coveted statuette? Now you can party with others in the same mood - this post-Oscar bash gives a place to go and share your misery with company! Free refreshments include: sour grapes, hard cheese, and grits. Cash bar - no credit for anyone. To find out the location and reserve your tickets, click on this link as soon as the Oscars show is over:     

Monday, March 5 at 12 noon, Lecture: The Archaeology of the West End, by Ruth Trocolli, city archaeologist, District of Columbia. You never know what history lies beneath your feet. Explore historic and prehistoric evidence in Washington, DC’s West End neighborhood and learn about the city’s upcoming archaeological projects in the area. Attendees will have the opportunity to handle a few artifacts. Free; no reservations required. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,  

Tuesday, March 6 at 4:30 PM, Make Origami Frogs. This Tuesday, we'll be creating origami frogs that hop! Recommended for ages 5 and up. No registration required. Supplies will be provided. Free. At Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW. Entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St. More info:

Wednesday, March 7 at 7 PM, Author Rebecca Boggs Roberts will discuss her book Suffragists in Washington, DC: The 1913 Parade and the Fight for the Vote. The 2017 Women’s March on Washington, the day after President Trump’s inauguration, wasn’t the first time women turned out to make demands of the government. In 1913, the day before the inaugural of Woodrow Wilson, more than 5,000 women marched down Pennsylvania Avenue, calling for a constitutional amendment guaranteeing women the right to vote. Not all of the spectators at the parade were kind. Some of the women marchers were jeered, grabbed at, spat upon, shouted at and tripped. Injuries occurred. Dozens of women marchers were taken to the hospital. However, the women did not give up; they finished the parade. Their mistreatment led to congressional hearings. Historians later credited the 1913 parade for reinvigorating the women’s suffrage movement. Join author Rebecca Boggs Roberts as she delves into the fascinating story of the parade and its audacious organizer, 28-year-old Alice Paul. Rebecca Boggs Roberts has been a journalist, producer, tour guide, forensic anthropologist, political consultant, jazz singer and substitute host for several NPR programs. Currently, she is a program coordinator for the Smithsonian Associates, where she has made it a personal mission to highlight the history of the nation’s capital. Book sale and signing to follow event. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave NW,

Thursday, March 8 at 10 AM, Women's History Month: Amelia Earhart with History Alive! Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life. Mary Ann will tell the tale of pioneering pilot Amelia Earhart to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the Rosedale Library, 1701 Gales St. NE,

Thursday, March 8 from 8 to 9:30 PM, Premiere Screening of "U Street Contested." Washington DC’s U-Street is currently one of the most popular, exciting, and creative neighborhoods in the nation’s capital. As new residents have moved in, longstanding residents, businesses, and communities have been forced out. In 2017, U-Street is as Dr. Derek Hyra explains “gentrification gone wild.” With this in mind, D.C. residents must ask, how can we honor the cultural, political, and artistic history of U-Street while simultaneously achieving economic growth? How can we support longstanding communities and preserve historical landmarks while opening new bars, restaurants, and music venues? How can we ensure longstanding residents can remain on U-Street while welcoming new residents? And overall, how can we create diverse, tolerant communities, which both embrace change, yet remember and respect the past and the voices of longstanding residents? Michael T. Barry Jr.’s new film “U-Street Contested” explores the ways in which U-Street has changed, its vibrant history, and how we can all work to create a better, more equitable community. Trailer: Free. Registration recommended: In the Doyle/Forman Theater at American University, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.  

Thursday, March 8 at 7 PM, "A National Jaunt: Footster's Guide to Washington, DC." Author Ken Wilcox presents his new book, “A National Jaunt: Footster's Guide to Washington, D.C.: From the National Mall to the National Nearby,” a full-color guide that describes more than 90 miles of the best walks in the greater Washington, DC, metro area. Free. At the Francis Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE,       

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