Thursday, March 15, 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 17,500+ 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 16 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, March 17 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Wilson Theater presents Romeo and Juliet, William Shakespeare’s classic story of two young lovers trying to overcome the violence wrought by their feuding families. One of the greatest love stories of all time, Wilson’s production will be performed in Wilson’s Black Box Theater and will feature contemporary music and dance.Wilson's Black Box Theater. Enter on Chesapeake Street. Tickets for evening performances are: $15 for adults, $5 for students and Wilson staff, $5 for all seats at the Saturday matinee.     

Saturday, March 17 at 1 PM, Saving Family Treasures: Personal Archiving Workshop with the DC1968 Project. Are you interested in preserving family treasures? Special Collections staff, in collaboration with Dr. Marya Annette McQuirter of the DC1968 Project, will lead a two-hour workshop on preserving digital and physical personal archives, including photos, letters, newspapers and other material objects. Participants will receive information and supplies to help them maintain their family records.Free. At Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th Street NW,  entrance on Lamont Street,   

Saturday, March 17 from 10 AM - 12 noon, Irish children’s cartoons and coloring for all ages. This free event is part of a larger ticketed event for The Ireland Today Art Festival. Tickets: $15 available here: Scheduled ticketed events include: Irish Short Films (running on loop through the day, starting at 12 PM; Irish Poetry reading and open mic from  2-4 PM; SeisĂșn and Trad with with Michael Winch and family and friends (Session of traditional Irish music) from 6:15-7:15 PM: Hannah Mcphillimy - Live Music from 8-9:30 PM. At Dupont Underground, 1500 19th Street NW.

Saturday, March 17 at 6 PM, First launch of a new social movement: “Don’t Kiss Me - I’m Irish But You Still Need to Ask for My Permission First!” Before you go out to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, come and pick up your free button and sticker to spread the word: St. Patrick’s Day is no excuse for uninvited kissing! This campaign to assert control over your own body is a much-needed antidote to years of the “Kiss Me, I’m Irish” slogan suggesting that all Irishwomen will gladly accept kisses from strangers at bars. Even worse is the “Pinch Someone If They’re Not Wearing Green” thing that school children do. This has got to stop! (Thankfully, St Patrick’s Day is not on a school day this year). We’ll be handing out “No Pinching - I’m Not Wearing Green But That Doesn’t Mean You Can Make Me Black-and-Blue” cards for children to proactively give to their peers who might be inclined toward this heinous behavior. To support this campaign and find out the location to pick up your free buttons, stickers, and cards, register here:    

Sunday, March 18 from 9 AM - 1 PM, Passover Expo. Sample new menu items and great kosher-for-Passover wines, pick up interesting readings for adults and projects for children, find new Judaica for your seder table, and take home some Passover swag. Free admission. At Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb St NW,     

Sunday, March 18 at 10:30 AM, “For This We Left Egypt?” - a comedic talk (including recipes!)  by Alan Zweibel, one of the original Saturday Night Live writers. Comedy-writing legend Alan Zweibel discusses his new book, "For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them," an irreverent parody of the traditional Haggadah. As humorous in person as he is in writing, Mr. Zweibel is a frequent guest on late-night talk shows. Theatrically, his contributions include a collaboration with Billy Crystal for the Tony Award-winning play 700 Sundays, Martin Short’s Broadway hit, Fame Becomes Me, and the off-Broadway play, Bunny Bunny – Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy, which he adapted from his best-selling book. He is currently working on a musical adaptation of the movie Field of Dreams. Free. At Washington Hebrew Congregation (part of the Amram Scholar Series), 3935 Macomb St NW,   

Sunday March 18 from 2 - 7 PM, 41st Annual Bach Organ Marathon. Chevy Chase Concerts presents the music of J.S. Bach in half-hour programs on the wonderful 3-manual, 50-rank, 2,500-pipe Rieger tracker organ. This year’s theme is “Desert Island Bach”, each performer choosing a Bach work of special meaning to them. “Come when you can; leave when you must." Free - Donations Accepted. At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW,, office @ chevychasepc dot org, 202-363-2202

Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM, “Mind of a Giant” - Film Screening, Q&A, and Discussion. Presented as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the Nation's Capital, "Mind of a Giant" explores what it is like to be a modern elephant surviving in a world of poachers, new human settlements and other dangers. The film screening will be followed by a Q&A discussion with Senior Curator at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and board of directors of the Elephant Managers Association, Bryan Amaral; Collections Mammalogist at the National Museum of Natural History, Nicole Edmison; Behavioral Ecologist with Save the Elephants, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, and Colorado State University, Shifra Goldenberg; and featured expert in the film and founder of Think Elephants International, Josh Plotnik. In the Visitor Center Auditorium at Smithsonian’s National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW. Free but please register at:       

Sunday, March 18 at 3 PM, Concert, Art Exhibit and Reception. Enjoy a refreshing afternoon of music and art starting at 3 PM with Trio Strata, an unusual combination of piano, violin, and clarinet, playing trios by Mozart, Menotti, Bruch, and others. Next: a reception and a watercolor show, "Painted Places" by Michael Shibley - such wish-you-were-there places as the Cote d'Azur in France and the beautiful old seaside villages along the Italian Riviera. At National United Methodist Church (also called Metropolitan Memorial Church), 3401 Nebraska Ave. NW. Free; ample parking (enter lot around the corner on New Mexico Ave.) 

Sunday March 18 at 4 PM, Montgomery Modern: The Spirit of Post-War Architecture, an illustrated lecture with author and architectural historian Clare Lise Kelly. This event is free and open to the public, and as always, refreshments will be served. At the Chevy Chase Village Hall, 5906 Connecticut Avenue, Chevy Chase Village, MD,

Monday, March 19 at 12 noon, Lecture: An Elite 19th-Century Black Enclave Hidden in DC History, presented by Vakil Smallen, National Education Association project archivist. Adjacent to a number of DC neighborhoods, the four blocks at the intersection of 16th and M Streets NW appear to have no distinct identity. Archivist Vakil Smallen will present evidence, in the form of institutions and people, that in the late nineteenth century, these four blocks were home to elite members of Washington’s black community. Free and open to the public - no reservations needed. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW,

Tuesday, March 20 from 7 - 9 PM, Film Screening: Paris, a Wild Story. Paris is known throughout the world for the beauty of its architecture and the wealth of its heritage. But what of the 500,000 trees and the 2,900 wild species of fauna and flora that inhabit the City of Light? Having adapted to the urban environment, this nature overflows with the fascinating and moving stories of wild species that dwell amongst the famous places of our habitat, and live the unusual adventures of their animal lives. Paris: A Wild Story relates the astonishing destinies of those living creatures that stroll through town in search of food, love and adventures while men sleep, travel and work in the city. This screening is organized in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States. Free admission - online registration require here: At La Maison Française, Embassy of France, 4101 Reservoir Rd, NW. Valid ID required. No parking inside the embassy. No large bags.

Wednesday, March 21 at 4 PM, Women's History Month Story and Craft-making. Celebrate Women's History Month with stories about amazing women -- and then make a craft to take home. This program is recommended for ages 6 and up. Free. At the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Wednesday, March 21 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: UDC Community Listening Project. Faith Mullen, associate professor of Law and Co-Director, General Practice Clinic, University of the District of Columbia, will discuss the University's Community Listening Project focus on the high cost of being poor in the District. Free. Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, March 22 at 10 AM, Women's History Month: Sally Ride with History Alive. Watch award-winning actress Mary Ann Jung bring history to life. Mary Ann will tell the tale of groundbreaking astronaut Sally Ride to help us celebrate Women's History Month. Suitable for all ages. Free. At the Shepherd Park Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,    

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