Thursday, April 12, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Harald Hoyer via Wikimedia Creative Commons
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 17,600+ 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, April 13 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Lincoln’s Cottage presents the 4th Annual Lincoln Ideas Forum: “We Can Not Escape History.” Towards the end of his 2nd Annual Message to Congress in 1862, Abraham Lincoln implored his countrymen to remember that future generations would be looking back at the Civil War era: “Fellow-citizens, we can not escape history,” he wrote. “We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves.” This year, those stirring words serve as our theme for the 4th annual Lincoln Ideas Forum. Join experts, scholars, and the public in an exploration of the historic contexts of emancipation, sexual assault, hate groups, and immigration alongside the modern consequences. Speakers include: Jonathan Blanks, Cato Institute; Catherine Clinton, University of Texas San Antonio; Daryl Davis, jazz musician, scholar, actor, author and lecturer; Jennifer Mendelsohn, Founder of #resistancegenealogy; David Young, Exec. Dir. of Cliveden Historic Site: Moderator. Free but seating is limited to 80 attendees - rsvp at At President Lincoln's Cottage, 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW. 

Friday, April 13 at 12 noon, Lecture: A Garden for the President: A History of the White House Grounds. Speaker: Jonathan Pliska, Author and Landscape Historian. Situated at President George Washington's direction in "a beautiful spot capable of every improvement," the White House, the official residence of the president of the United States, is also seen as the people's house; its grounds, the people's grounds. Jonathan explores not only the relationship between the White House and its landscape, but also the evolution of its design; the public and private uses of the grounds in peace and wartime; and the cultivation of the grounds with a focus on the trees, vegetable and flower gardens, and conservatories.Free. Pre-registration required at: - click on the link toward the bottom of the page. At the US Botanic Garden, Conservatory Classroom, 100 Maryland Avenue SW. 

Friday, April 13 from 5 - 7 PM, Friday the 13th Lucky Hour/Happy Hour Gathering. Are you happy to have gotten out of bed this morning without falling, and relieved to have made it through the work day without a mishap? Then celebrate your good luck on this traditional day of bad luck with a Happy Hour toast to superstition. Meet your fellow lucky drinkers at our gathering place -- under a ladder, of course! -- where you can stroke our black cat, check yourself out in multiple broken mirrors, and everywhere you step, you’ll find a crack to break your mother’s back. We’ll be handing out umbrellas to open indoors, and serving margaritas with salt to throw over your shoulders. To uncover the secret location of our lucky gathering spot, register here:   

Saturday, April 14 from 10:30 AM - 6 PM, Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival, the largest one-day celebration of Japanese culture in the United States, also the grand finale of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. Performances include: taiko drumming, Okinawan folk dance, anime-cosplay fashion show, KuraPop - an African American J-Pop cover group, and much more. Demonstrations include archery, jujitsu, culinary arts, and more. See the cherry blossom queens and princesses. Enjoy a wide variety of cuisines from food vendors. For details visit: Takes place rain or shine along Pennsylvania Avenue between 3rd and 7th Streets NW. Tickets: $10 (age 13+); free for 12 and under. Advance tickets available at:     

Saturday, April 14 at 11:30 AM, DC Youth Orchestra Program’s Spring Open House at Eastern High School. The DC Youth Orchestra Program will open its doors to the public with a day of free musical events for the entire family, culminating in concerts by its renowned Youth Orchestra and the innovative, DC-based String Queens. Throughout the day, DCYOP staff and NSO volunteers will facilitate musical instrument petting zoos so that prospective young musicians (ages 4-18) can try out orchestral instruments. At 12:30 PM the Youth Orchestra will give a pop-up concert, and at 3:30 PM, the String Queens, a classically trained trio including DCYOP alumna and conductor Elise Cuffy, will perform pop, gospel, jazz, and R&B arrangements. Between the concerts will be a performance of Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf with narration by DCYOP Music Director Mariano Vales, as well as a string instrument care workshop held by Potter Violins, chamber music performances, yoga classes with One Breath at a Time, and face painting. Food trucks and other vendors will be at the event. To learn more about DCYOP, go to or contact Lucy Hattemer at 202-698-0123 or lucy @ dcyop dot org. Free. Eastern High School is at 1700 East Capitol Street NE. 

Saturday, April 14 starting at 2 PM, Emancipation Day Parade and Concert. Join Mayor Muriel Bowser as DC commemorates Emancipation Day, the historic day when President Abraham Lincoln signed the Compensated Emancipation Act, the freeing of 3,185 enslaved persons in Washington, DC. Come walk with Mayor Bowser and members of the Bowser Administration at the 2018 Emancipation Day Parade and Concert. Register for this event at: The parade goes along Pennsylvania Avenue NW from 10th to 14 Street, followed by a concert at 3 PM featuring: Brandy; Angie Stone; Big Daddy Kane; Allure; Rare Essence; Ayre Rayde; and many more! Fireworks start at 8:30 PM. All events are free to the public. More info: 

Sunday, April 15 at 1 PM and at 3 PM, National Symphony Orchestra Concert at the Zoo, followed by an Instrument Petting Zoo. The Smithsonian’s National Zoo is thrilled to host members of the National Symphony Orchestra for a free, engaging musical performance for all ages. The concerts are free and will take place in the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium, with each concert followed by Musical Instrument “Petting Zoos” at 2 PM and again at 4 PM. Featured musicians include Jae-Yeon Kim (violin), Ko Sugiyama (violin), Tiffany Richardson (viola) and Sean Neidlinger (cello), Charles Nilles (bass) and Joel Ayau (piano). Visitors are encouraged to arrive early to collect free, same-day passes, which will be available on-site at the Zoo's Visitor Center Information Desk and at the Information Kiosk across from Kids' Farm beginning at 11 AM. Visitors must have a pass to attend the 1 PM or 3 PM concerts (limit 6 passes per person). Passes are not required for the Musical Instrument Petting Zoos at 2 or 4 PM. Please note: visitors attending the 1 PM or 3 PM concerts must arrive with their pass at the Zoo's Visitor Center auditorium at least 10 minutes prior to their show to guarantee seating. More info: 

Sunday, April 15 at 2 PM, RiverSmart info session on rainwater management for homeowners. The Cleveland Park Citizens Association, in partnership with RiverSmart Homes, invites you and your family  to spend some time with us learning about opportunities to improve your outdoor space while becoming a better steward of the Chesapeake Bay watershed! What do you know about bay scapes, rain gardens, shade trees, rain barrels and native plant gardening? Do you know that the Department of Energy and Environment  through RiverSmart Homes offers a free audit of your property and subsequent subsidized landscape elements and other rainwater management techniques if applicable? RiverSmart will be giving a 30 minute presentation and bringing materials to help Cleveland Park neighbors learn more about their offerings. Then: Seven Cleveland neighbors who have installed RiverSmart designed features have graciously opened up their gardens so you can come and see what is possible. Children welcome, and a scavenger hunt will be part of the garden tour fun! Cookies will be served - bring your own water in a reusable bottle, please. Free. At 3547 Quebec Street NW (across from Hearst Park). Rain Date: April 22nd 

Sunday, April 15th from 5 - 7 PM, Piano Recital: Sam Post. Pianist and composer (and Cleveland Park native and resident) Sam Post presents a recital tracing the influence of the keyboard music of J.S. Bach on music in the 20th and 21st centuries (including classic and modern ragtime piano, and compositions by Nicholas Kapustin and by Sam himself), as part of the "Music at the Redeemer" Series. Admission is free, although a goodwill donation is request. At Bethesda Church of the Redeemer, 6201 Dunrobbin Drive. More info is available here: and here: 

Monday, April 16 at 12 Noon, Lecture: Navigating Exclusion and Inclusion in Chocolate City. Speaker: Izetta Mobley, PhD candidate, University of Maryland. Izetta Autumn Mobley will explore race, mobility, and community along the 14th Street corridor in Washington, DC. Drawing on Metro Bus survey data and cultural theory, Mobley argues that social contact is not enough to stymie racial inequality, explores how DC residents discuss and conceptualize racial differences, and examines her findings in the broader context of how people take up space or connect with one another in the District. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,   

Monday April 16 at 12:30 PM, Jon Horne on Travel Photography, presented by the Ward Circle chapter of AARP. Jon Horne has traveled extensively and has taken the opportunity to document his trips in photographs. He will display some of his pictures and will discuss what interested him in the subjects and how he chose to photograph them. The meeting will be in the vestry of National United Methodist Church, Metropolitan Memorial Campus, at the corner of Nebraska and New Mexico Avenues. Parking is available, and refreshments will be served at 12:30 PM. Free. 

Monday, April 16 starting at 2 PM, Emancipation Day Events in Lincoln Park. On April 16, 1876 Emancipation Day was celebrated at Lincoln Park including a keynote address by Frederick Douglass before a crowd of 20,000 people, followed by the unveiling and dedication ceremony for the “Emancipation Statue” that stands in Lincoln Park today. On April 16, 2018, as a part of the Frederick Douglass Bicentennial celebration, the National Park Service invites you to a re-creation of this dedication ceremony. The afternoon program will include family-friendly activities, concerts, an open discussion about the “Emancipation Statue” and its meaning, and reenactments featuring actors portraying Frederick Douglass, John Mercer Langston, and Ulysses Grant. Special activities for kids including a puppet show, civil war infantry drills, make your own monument clay molding, a program on identifying the trees in Lincoln Park that have stood the test of time, and a “National Treasure” flashlight hunt led by a ranger, uncovering the hidden symbolism and meanings of the Emancipation statue. All free. At Lincoln Park, East Capitol St at 11th Street, 

Tuesday April 17 at 7 PM, “To Buy the Sun: The Challenge of Pauli Murray.” This play by Lynden Harris has just three performers who bring to life 60 characters, six decades, and two continents in this acting tour de force. By the close of To Buy the Sun, you will want to stand and cheer for this mixed-race, gender non-conforming attorney, poet, activist, professor, and Episcopal priest and the challenge she offers us all. Tickets $15 available at: In the Dunbarton Chapel, Howard University West Campus, 2600 Van Ness NW. For more about Pauli Murray visit:  

Wednesday April 18 at 7:30 PM, Chris Myers Asch, author of  “Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital,” will appear with Carl Lankowski, president of Historic Chevy Chase DC, to discuss the book and how Asch’s experience growing up in Chevy Chase shaped his perspective on the city’s racial history. Asch attended local public schools such as Lafayette Elementary, Deal Middle School and Wilson High School. He and Lankowski will explore a range of topics, from the origins of Chevy Chase to restrictive covenants to former Mayor Marion Barry. Free. At the Chevy Chase Community Center, Connecticut Avenue and McKinley Street NW

Thursday, April 19 from 5 - 8 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk Museum Tour. Take an after-hours tour of Dumbarton House and experience the grounds in a different light. Food, music, a cash bar, and pop-up history activities will enhance your tour of Dumbarton House’s collections. Suggested minimum donation: $5. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW. Register at   

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