Thursday, April 19, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Plastic Litter - Photo by Provincie Limberg/Alf Mertens
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 20 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Earth Day Festival at the US Botanic Garden, featuring hands-on activities and representatives from environmental organizations who can demonstrate ways to make the planet a healthier place. Free; no pre-registration required. US Botanic Garden Conservatory National Garden, 100 Maryland Ave. SW, 202-225-8333. Rain location: Conservatory Garden Court. More info:

Friday, April 20 at 3:30 pm Pickup Games at the Rosedale Conservancy. We’ll play “Infection” - a variation of tag. Join other kids meet new neighbors after school to run around beautiful Rosedale. Recommended for ages 6+. Parents, you are encouraged to come and play or watch, and bring a beverage. There will be minimal supervision. Parents - read full details here at The Rosedale Conservancy is on Newark between 35th and 36th Streets NW. Free.

Friday April 20 from 7 - 8:30 PM,  "The New Paris: the People, Places & Ideas Fueling a Movement" - Meet the Author Lindsey Tramuta. Paris, long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries, and corner cafés has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused a once-static, traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta offers detailed insight into the rapidly evolving worlds of food, wine, pastry, coffee, beer, fashion, and design in the delightful city of Paris. She puts the spotlight on the new trends and people that are making France’s capital a more whimsical, creative, vibrant, and curious place to explore than its classical reputation might suggest. With hundreds of striking photographs that capture this fresh, animated spirit, The New Paris shows us the storied City of Light as never before. This event will be in English. At Alliance Française, 2142 Wyoming Ave NW, Tickets for AF members:  $10 + Processing Fees; General Admission: $15 + Processing Fees, available at 

Saturday, April 21 from 9 - 11 AM, Free community shredding event at Blessed Sacrament Church and School - in the parking lot. Enter from Western Avenue (east side) just past Chevy Chase Circle What you can shred: Paper, manila folder, files, stationary, old receipts, old check books, etc. No maximum quantity.

Saturday, April 21 from 10 AM - 2 PM, Earth Optimism Day at the National Zoo. Spend Earth Day celebrating conservation success stories at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. This year’s event features family-friendly activities and hands-on learning opportunities, as well as special animal demonstrations. Zoo experts will be on hand to talk with visitors about endangered species—including Asian elephants, coral and migratory birds—and how innovation is helping to solve some of the most pressing conservation issues in the world today. In addition, visitors will have an opportunity to learn how they can take action to help protect the planet. Free. The National Zoo is at 3001 Connecticut Avenue NW,

Saturday April 21 from 10 AM - 4:30 PM, DC Author Festival. The DC Author Festival, in partnership with the Library of Congress, is a gathering for local writers to participate in workshops, discussions, social activities and professional development. This year’s Signature Speaker is George Derek Musgrove, author of Chocolate City: A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation's Capital (in the Mumford Room, 1:30 PM), with an introduction by Colleen Shogan, Deputy Director of National and International Outreach at the Library of Congress, and Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director of DC Public Library. Other participating authors include: Elizabeth Flock, The Heart is a Shifting Sea: Love and Marriage in Mumbai, Karen Branan, The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia, A Legacy of Secrets, and My Search for the Truth; and Patricia Park, Re Jane: A Novel. At the Library of Congress James Madison Memorial Building, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Free. More info: 

Saturday, April 21st from 1 - 4 PM, Taste of Dupont. This progressive lunch lets you taste appetizers, entrees, desserts, and drinks from more than 10 restaurants and taverns around the neighborhood. Tickets are $30 in advance; $40 at the door. The event sold out in advance last year, so don’t delay - go to 

Saturday, April 21 from 2 - 5 PM, The 5th Annual Mount Pleasant Home and Garden Tour. It's a great way to meet neighbors, find some home inspiration, and enjoy a spring day.... all while supporting Mount Pleasant's neighborhood public school, Bancroft Elementary. Details here: Tour from 2-5, cocktail reception from 5-7.
Tickets available here: Tour all houses and gardens - $35; Tour plus Reception on Lamont Street from 5-7 PM - $45.

Sunday, April 22 from 2 - 4 PM, "Free, Fun, Sophisticated Classical Music." The DC Strings Concert is a free performance directed by NY-based guest conductor Alan Buxbaum. The program will include music by Vivaldi, Mozart, Beethoven and Elgar. DC Strings Workshop is a non-profit organization composed of young amateur, semi-professional, and professional musicians. DCSW brings classical music to a wide spectrum of audiences throughout the DC region. Free. In the nave of St. Columba's Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle St. NW,

Sunday, April 22 (start times depend on the project), Mitzvah Day. Lend your time, energy, and compassion and make a difference on Mitzvah Day! Volunteers, young and old working together, will help to improve the lives of people in need. Volunteer projects start as early as 9:30 AM and will be held at Washington Hebrew Congregation at 3935 Macomb St NW or at the Julia Bindeman Suburban Center, 11810 Falls Road, Potomac, MD, or at off-site locations in DC and Maryland. Sign up to volunteer your time and help the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the Washington, DC community. Open to all. Learn more: and sign up: 

Sunday, April 22 from 12 - 2 PM, Earth Day Clean-up of Hearst Park. Please join neighbors and friends of Hearst Park for Earth Day as we come together to care for and enjoy our beloved park! We’ll provide supplies, and all are welcome as we pick up trash, join in a catch, share a snack, and marvel at the glorious Heritage Trees. Activities for kids and prizes for most trash collected! Sponsored by Neighbors for Hearst Park, Hearst Park is at 37th, Quebec, and Rodman Streets NW.

Sunday, April 22 at 12:00 noon, Celebrate Shakespeare’s Birthday at the Folger Library. Happy Birthday, Will! Come to the Folger for this beloved annual tradition, as we celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities. Here’s a taste of what to expect: Sword fighting demonstrations with Tooth and Claw Combat Arts; Music from the US Army Baroque Ensemble and the WETA Players; Interactive demonstrations from Kill Shakespeare comics creator Anthony Del Col; Tour the Folger reading rooms and see their paintings and stained glass windows; A special appearances by Emily Jordan Folger and Queen Elizabeth I; Discussions from Folger curators and scholars; Readings from the winners of the 2018 Sonnet Contest; birthday cake! Food trucks will be stationed in Puck’s Circle. The Folger Shakespeare Library is at 201 East Capitol Street, SE, (202) 544-4600. Free admission. Full details at:

Sunday, April 22 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). This event is rescheduled from last Sunday’s rained-out event.

Sunday, April 22 at 5 PM, Plastics Anonymous. The theme of this year’s Earth Day is “End Plastic Pollution” ( This meeting is for anyone who sincerely wants to give up their addiction to the polluting stuff and may have tried many times to stay away from those plastic six-pack rings, or plastic water bottles, or disposable plastic bags...but it’s just too tempting to give in. When that check-out clerk offers you a plastic bag….you try to say no but find yourself thinking, it’s just one...or two. Oh, OK, I’ll take three, because I NEED them. Meet with others who are struggling, like you, and draw strength from those who have learned to live without the convenient, lightweight stuff. You CAN DO IT! To find out the location of the next meeting, go to: 

Monday, April 23 at 12 noon, Lecture: When Poor People Marched on Washington, presented by Gordon K. Mantler, director, GW Writing in the Disciplines. The Poor People’s Campaign - held in Washington, DC during the spring of 1968 - has long been overshadowed by the assassination of its architect, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and the political turmoil of that year. While the campaign did not achieve its lofty goals, including a rededication to the War on Poverty, it did prove to be an illustrative moment of a "long" civil rights movement that highlighted the essential, yet often forgotten, objective of economic justice. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, April 23 at 7 PM, Shakespeare's Birthday Lecture: "Shakespeare's Virtues" by Julia Reinhard Lupton. Courage, trust, hope, and patience. These are some of the many virtues cultivated by Shakespeare’s play Twelfth Night. In this free, public lecture, Professor Julia Reinhard Lupton will consider both theatrical making and literary education in terms of their surprising potential for building more virtuous humans, during Shakespeare’s time and ours. With Folger Theatre actor Eric Hissom.  Free - reservations requested at More info: The Folger Shakespeare Library is at 201 East Capitol Street, SE.

Monday, April 23 at 5 PM, Film screening:Through Chinatown's Eyes: April 1968. The film examines the impact of the civil disturbances and street violence on DC's Chinatown after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in April 1968. The story, from the perspective of people recalling events as school children and young adults in Chinatown, explores ideas about ethnic identity and race relationships. It tells how the street violence affected the growth of the neighborhood and its commercial development. The film was produced by Penny Lee with Lisa Mao, and is a product of the 1882 Foundations’ DC Chinatown Oral History Project. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW,

Tuesday, April 24 from 6 - 8 PM, Concert: Musical Bridge: Brno/Philadelphia. Cellist Štěpán Filípek and pianist Katelyn Bouska will perform the concert "Musical Bridge: Brno/Philadelphia", featuring the works of Czech and American masters, including Leoš Janáček’s Pohádka (Fairy Tale) and Po zarostlém chodníčku (On an Overgrown Path), Antonín Dvořák’s Klid lesa (Silent Woods), Miloslav Ištvan’s Cello Sonata, as well as Samuel Barber’sCello Sonata No. 2 and Jeremy Gill’s Dos sonetos de amor (Two Love Sonnets). At the Czech Embassy, 3900 Spring of Freedom Street NW. Free but RSVP required by April 23 - Business Attire. Embassy Security Policy: For entrance, all guests will be subject to security screening. Photo ID must match RSVP confirmation for each individual. Bags and suitcase are not allowed, small purses are permitted but must be opened for inspection. Coat check is not available. More info at:

Wednesday, April 25 at 6 PM, Library Takeout: Film Screening: "A Legacy of Mies and King." What do you do with a library designed in the '60s by architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, and named after the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.? This was the question architect Francine Houben, creative director of Mecanoo Architecten, had to answer when she was commissioned to give Washington, D.C.’s central library a new future. The documentary film A Legacy of Mies and King follows Houben as she investigates the past and present in order to design a world-class library of the future. Houben delves into the archives, meets contemporaries of Mies and King, speaks to current visitors of the library and participates in a Martin Luther King Jr. Day march. During her quest, both the building's namesake and the original architect look over her shoulder critically. Q&A with DC Public Library executive director Richard Reyes-Gavilan will follow the screening. Free. Location: The American Institute of Architects DC building at 421 7th St. NW. Registration is required at 

Wednesday, April 25 at 6 PM, Lecture and Book Signing: “A Sovereign People: The Crises of the 1790s and the Birth of American Nationalism.” Carol Berkin, professor of history at the CUNY Graduate Center, discusses and signs copies of her book on the fragile status of the United States during the 1790s, revealing how Federalist leadership—George Washington, Alexander Hamilton, and John Adams—successfully navigated national crises and inspired a spike of nationalism among ordinary citizens. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Books will be available for purchase at the event. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW, 

Thursday, April 26  at 5 PM, “Fake News? Hamilton Rumors and Truths,” presented by Emily Parsons, Denver Brunsman, Anne Dobberteen. Rumor has it, "Hamilton: An American Musical" is coming to Washington, DC. Museums in town are not throwing away their shot to talk about the impact of this founding father on this city's legacy. Join our panel of experts for short talks on Hamilton and his connection to the District, followed by a Q&A of all things Hamilton—news, rumors, even scandals. After the discussion, enjoy a curator-led tour of the exhibition Breaking News: Alexander Hamilton. Free, no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW      

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