Thursday, March 22, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

National Zoo: "Laws of the Lizard"
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 23 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites: David Humphreys’ “A Poem on Industry” (1794).
Library Assistant Benjamin Hurwitz discusses “A Poem on Industry,” written in 1794 by David Humphreys, an original member of the Society of the Cincinnati. In this poem, Humphreys praised the industrious spirit of the American people and called for the creation of domestic manufacturing. In particular, he promoted American wool manufacturing as an antidote to British economic domination. Like many of his peers, Humphreys believed wool raising to be a virtuous pursuit. It fit the pastoral vision of agrarian America while also aiding the American economy and its manufacturers. Humphreys first rose to prominence during the Revolutionary War, when he served as an aide-de-camp to General Washington. After the war, he gained fame as a poet and served as the foreign minister to Portugal and Spain. In his later life, Humphreys became a sheep farmer and one of the nation’s largest wool manufacturers. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the poem. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 

Friday, March 23 at 4 PM, “Creature Feature” at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center. Calling all kids! Come meet Pokey, Atwee, Tiki, Oscar, and Fire (the animals in the Nature Center) during this informal program. Learn about park wildlife and then assist in feeding the Nature Center's live critters. Geared for ages 4 to 10. Free. The Rock Creek Nature Center is at 5200 Glover Road NW.

Saturday, March 24 starting at 12 noon, March for Our Lives.  Cleveland Park neighbors are meeting at 10:45 AM at the Cleveland Park Metro. The “march” is no longer a march -- it’s a rally, taking place along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 12th Street NW. Pedestrian entrances will be located at Pennsylvania Avenue and 12th Street NW, Constitution Avenue and 7th Street NW and Indiana Avenue and 7th Street NW. Information on what to bring and not to bring and other practical details can be found here:

Saturday, March 24 at 3 PM, Film Screening: "Laws of the Lizard." The Smithsonian's National Zoo and Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History invite you to a film screening as part of the 2018 Environmental Film Festival in the nation's capital. The new Smithsonian Channel documentary, "Laws of the Lizard," follows award-winning filmmakers Nate Dappen and Neil Losin as they partner with scientists, including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History’s Kevin de Queiroz, to tell the surprising story of anole lizards—how they spread through Latin America and the Caribbean, conquered every possible habitat and diversified into hundreds of species—and what they tell us about other species and ecosystems around the world. RSVP here but please note that seating is first come first served: Free. Seating is first come first serve but please RSVP to receive announcements about the event: Free. In the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium, 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Saturday, March 24 from 6:30 - 8:30 PM, Jazz@Wesley presents 3G Band. For 17 years, Tiya! and Third Generation (3G) Band were the resident band and vocalist at the historic Channel Inn in Southwest DC until its closing. The 3G Band features: Harlen Jones, keyboards; Edmond "Bubba" Harley, bass; Kenneth Powell, drums; and Tiya! With special guests Tracy Cutler on saxophone and Herm Hopkins on trombone. The group will perform an eclectic mix of Rhythm & Blues, Jazz, pop, and more! Complimentary coffee and tea with additional food and beverages available for purchase. Tickets: $10 general admission, $7 seniors, $5 students, free for ages 12 and under - credits cards accepted. Tickets available online at At the Wesley Campus of National United Methodist Church, 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW at Jenifer St. Enter on Conn. Ave. through the glass doors.

Sunday, March 25 at 3 PM, Talk Story: "Southern Fried Asian." Writer, podcaster and editor Keith Chow conducts a live recording with literary critic and 1882 Foundation director Stan Lou in "Southern Fried Asian," an acclaimed podcast about Asian Americans who grew up in the South. Afterward, they will be joined by multimedia artist Shani Shih for a panel discussion on ways Asian Americans use the written, oral and visual arts to tell their stories. DC Library staff will provide library card registration and related materials for check out. There will also be information about the new DCPL Radio podcasts and how library card users can access the Studio Lab space during the MLK Library renovation.This free event will be held in the conferencing center space at 600 Massachusetts Ave. NW - enter from I Street entrance between 6th and 7th Streets. More info:   

Monday, March 26 at 12 noon, Book Talk: "Carving Out the Commons: Tenant Organizing and Housing Cooperatives in Washington, DC," with Amanda Huron, associate professor, Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of the District of Columbia. Since the 1970s, low-income tenants in DC have fought gentrification by creating affordable housing cooperatives. Learn more about their efforts, and how co-op members continue to form housing communities in the midst of the (capitalist) capital city. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW

Tuesday, March 27 at 11:15 AM, Eggstravaganza Story Time and Egg Hunt. Come celebrate spring with an egg story time followed by an egg hunt. Free. At the Takoma Park Library, 416 Cedar Street NW,

Wednesday, March 28, all day, First Day of Spring Do-Over. The real first day of spring, March 20, brought us sleet and wintry mix, and the following day brought us 4 to 6 inches of snow - not what anyone expects or wants on the first day of spring! And the next few days won’t be exactly spring-like, either, with overnight temperatures in the 20s and morning temperatures in the 30s, maybe getting up to the mid-40s. The next time we can expect a proper spring thermometer reading is on Wednesday March 28, when the high could reach a soul-warming 60 degrees Fahrenheit. So we are declaring this day the First Day of Spring Do-Over, or the 2018 Spring Mulligan Day. To see the day’s forecast, go to: To find events in your neighborhood to celebrate Spring Do-Over Day, go to:       

Wednesday, March 28 at 4 PM, Easter Eggs Around the World. Experience the celebration of Easter around the globe. Create a colorful confetti-filled Mexican cascarĂ³n, then learn how to decorate eggs in the Polish Nalepianki style. All ages and imaginations welcome. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,   

Wednesday, March 28 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks: Philosophy in the Middle Ages. Gregory Doolan, associate professor of philosophy, Catholic University of America, will discuss the history and components of medieval thought. Free. Peabody Room, Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, March 29 at 4 PM, Eggstravaganza. Come celebrate spring with egg-citing stories, crafts and snacks. Free. In the Peabody Room at the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW

Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 PM, DC Punk Archive Library Basement Show: A Women's History Month Program. Doors open at 6 PM. The DC Punk Archive celebrates women in music this March with a live show at the Dorothy I. Height/Benning Neighborhood Library. Free - All Ages. Accessible Venue. At Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, 3935 Benning Road NE,

Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM, Women's History Month: The Battle of Fort Stevens and Elizabeth Thomas. For Women's History Month, come learn from rangers from the National Park Service about the civil war defenses of Washington. Rangers will tell the story of Elizabeth Thomas and the Battle of Fort Stevens. Free. At the  Palisades Library, 4901 V St. NW,         

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