Thursday, May 31, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

DC Library Photo: Glowing Selfies
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 17,700+ 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

Thursday, May 31 at 7 PM, Film Screening and Discussion: "All Souls Church, Ward 1 and Racial Justice." Jenice L. View, associate professor of George Mason University and member of the All Souls Church Unitarian congregation since 1959, will introduce the film she co-directed with Rahima Rice about the long history of All Souls Church as a force for social justice. Following the April 1968 assassination of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Columbia Heights community was one of the neighborhoods that experienced riots. The All Souls Church Housing Corporation came together to reclaim the housing and dignity of the community. It grew from a sense of “faith in action,” that befitted the church's history. In the intervening 50 years, the Columbia Heights community has witnessed dramatic demographic changes, driven by political and economic forces outside of the neighborhood, including white flight, the rise and fall of black political power, the rise in immigration from Central America and gentrification. The film explores the historical role of All Souls Church and the contemporary possibilities regarding faith in action. At the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St, 

Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, both days at 6 PM, "Willy Wonka, Jr." Murch Elementary students have been working extremely hard to put together this production of Willy Wonka Jr and it is a MUST-SEE! About Willy Wonka Jr: Roald Dahl's Willy Wonka is an enigmatic candy manufacturer who stages a contest by hiding golden tickets in five of his scrumptious candy bars. Whoever comes up with these tickets will win a free tour of the Wonka factory, as well as a lifetime supply of candy. Four of the five winning children are insufferable brats: the fifth is a likeable young lad named Charlie Bucket, who takes the tour in the company of his equally amiable grandfather. Willy Wonka will take audiences on a fantasy ride into the land of pure imagination! Tickets: $5 on the Murch website at or at the door the night of the performance. Location: in the Theatre of the Arts Building 46E, at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Thursday, May 31 and Friday, June 1, both days at 8 PM, Willy Wonka: A Freudian Interpretation. After you have seen the elementary school production of Willy Wonka, come to this adults-only (age 18+) discussion and explication of the underlying meanings and analyses of the symbols of Willy Wonka. Aside from the obvious Oedipal drama (e.g., Charlie Bucket sharing a bed every night with his grandparents) and the explicit phallic symbolism of a tall glass elevator shaft that spurts its passengers out at the top, we will examine the anxiety-fraught death wishes dealt out to each of the children on the tour (two examples: Augustus Gloop is sucked up into a drainage pipe after falling into the Chocolate River - is this his symbolic return to the womb? -- and Violet Beauregard is blown up like a giant blueberry….representing a phobia about  pregnancy?) And what of the sexually repressed Oompa-Loompas, who slave without pay or families in the very heart of this forbidden Kingdom of Candy? There’s enough here to keep a psychiatrist occupied for hours on end, but we will wrap this up in one 50-minute session -- or we would do so, if this were not the Weekly Fake Event.

Friday, June 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Friday Nights in the Heights: The Reflex. Bring your lawn chair and dancing shoes and join us on Newark Street at Wisconsin Ave. for a free performance from The Reflex, an 80s tribute band. Local food, drink specials, fun for the whole family. This event is part of a series of free concerts taking place on the first Friday of the month through October 2018. Full schedule at

Friday, June 1 from 6 - 8 PM, Dupont Circle Art Walk. Art galleries and historic houses will be open for two hours for a self-guided Art Walk around galleries and art spaces in greater Dupont Circle. This art walk is a fun way to explore fine art and decorative arts! Visit for a full list of participating locations. Some galleries offer special programs with wine or beer. ArtJamz is offering Party Like Banksy: visit for more info. Church of the Pilgrims’ Gallery is hosting Postcards from the Border, a compelling new exhibition about US-Mexico border issues by Nancy Arbuthnot. The Embassy of Peru presents one of the most representative Peruvian painters of the last decades, Enrique Polanco, who will exhibit his pictorial work for the first time in the United States capital. The Heurich House Museum will open its first floor from 6-8 pm. Grab a beer from this month's sponsor brewery while exploring decorative arts and shopping local makers Langdon Wood Syrup and Bicycle Trash. Other participating galleries and art sites include: The Korean Cultural Center; Hillyer Art Space (in the carriage house behind the Phillips Collection); Q Street Fine Art; Shop Made in DC; Studio Gallery; Take Five Meditation; and Washington Studio School. 

Saturday, June 2, from 11 AM - 2 PM, Chinatown Community Festival. Come out and experience the tastes, sounds and feel of Asia at the 2018 Chinatown Community Festival in Chinatown Park at 5th and I Streets NW. Featuring: street food provided by local Asian and Pacific Islander restaurants; lively performances including Wushu, a lion dance and a dog tricks show; tinikling, rice flour drawing, kimono dressing, and other cultural demonstrations; live screen printing; fitness demonstrations; free face painting, balloon twisting, henna and other Asian arts and crafts. Register (free): - or just show up!   

Saturday, June 2 from 11 AM - 2 PM, Kids in the Castle (Heurich Mansion). Bring your children to the Heurich House Museum to explore the wonder of an American castle - with suit of of armor, wood carvings of animals and magical beasts, and towering ceilings. Kds can wander through the house at their own pace, complete photo scavenger hunts to win prizes, and take a more detailed self-guided tour if they desire. A limited number of walk-ins will be accepted. Guests may arrive at the museum anytime between 11 AM and 2 PM. Touring through the house will take between 30 minutes and 1 hour. Reserve at .Heurich House Museum is at 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Saturday, June 2 from 11 AM - 5 PM, The 29th Annual Glover Park Day Festival, co-sponsored by the Glover Park Citizens Association and the DC Department of Parks and Recreation. Glover Park Day was started 29 years ago and it has grown over the years to offer the neighborhood a chance to enjoy the outdoors together, spend time with family and friends, listen to good music, shop the wares of local crafters and artists, and enjoy our local businesses and restaurants. You can also: Learn about community service groups. Enjoy kids’ activities: face painting, a mechanical bull, a moon bounce, sno cones. Have your pet try out the dog obstacle course by Dog Child. Get the annual Glover Park Day Commemorative T-Shirt. Buy raffle tickets for many prize drawings. Free admission. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert Street NW. More info:   

Saturday June 2 from 11 AM - 6 PM, The One Journey Festival is a day-long, large-scale celebration of refugee talents and contributions. The FREE event will take place on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral and is expected to draw 3,000+ participants. The OneJourney Festival aims to connect cultures through food, fashion, music and dance as we celebrate refugee talents and stories, begin to change the negative narrative about refugees, and empower participants to take actions to stand in solidarity with our global displaced brothers and sisters. Among the day’s highlights, Chef Jose Andres and a refugee chef will collaborate on a food show. Actor, model, and UN spokesperson Ger Duany will recount his story as one of the “lost boys” of Sudan. The celebrated Pihcintu Multicultural Children’s Chorus will debut a song written especially for the Festival. Refugee and immigrant music and dance groups will perform. Kid’s Corner features henna, make-a-kite, calligraphy lessons taught by refugee families and more. The “global marketplace” offers wares and creations from the original home countries of refugees. The festival also features virtual reality films and participants can live chat with refugees living in Iraq, Rwanda and Mexico via Shared Studios immersive video technology. Participants will meet refugees and their families from around the world and learn about global and local ways to get involved. Visit and RSVP your free tickets now through Eventbrite:    

Saturday, June 2 at 2 PM, DC Public Library’s Summer Challenge Kick-off/50th Birthday Party for Chevy Chase Library. Celebrate the start of the Summer Reading Challenge. Plus, the Chevy Chase Library celebrates its 50th birthday. Join us for cake, crafts and celebration. To register for prizes in the DC Library Summer Reading Challenge, go to The challenge: Read 20 minutes a day and/or attend an event at the library for at least 10 days out of each month, June-August. Log your reading online or pick up a game board at your neighborhood library to track your activity. Visit the library to get your prizes starting on the 20th of each month and throughout the month of August (while supplies last). Register for the Reading Challenge here: The Chevy Chase DC public library is at 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:  

Saturday, June 2 and Sunday, June 3, both days from 11 AM - 4 PM, The 35th Annual Dupont Kalorama Museum Walk. Five diverse museums open their doors free of charge for the weekend. Discover Anderson House, Dumbarton House, National Museum of American Jewish Military History, The Phillips Collection, and the President Woodrow Wilson House - all free of charge - and celebrate one of Washington, DC's most beautiful neighborhoods. In addition to a wide variety of exhibitions, all sites are offering special programming. Meet the artist Curtis Woody as you explore the new Sketch of Slavery exhibit at Dumbarton House. Send a message of support to military families at the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Get creative with Jazz n’ Family Fun Days at The Phillips Collection. Write a postcard to the past at Wilson House, and take your picture with Alexander Hamilton at Anderson House. The Museum Walk event is held rain or shine. The National Museum of American Jewish Military History is open Sunday only. The Phillips Collection will open at noon on Sunday. For more information visit  

Saturday, June 2 from 10 AM - 5 PM and Sunday, June 3 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Strawberry Festival and Craft Fair at the Sandy Spring Community Museum. The museum’s grounds are transformed into a fun-filled community fair with live music and entertainment, food trucks, a beer garden, and activities for children of all ages. Over 50 arts and crafts vendors will be participating in this year's Festival. Ceramics, woodworking, jewelry, gourmet vinegars and handmade clothing are just a few of the wonderful things available. Over the years the Strawberry Festival has featured a rock climbing wall, pony rides, a petting zoo, and much more! This year, the main stage lineup is eclectic and exciting! From classic rock to folk, bluegrass to Latin, there is something for everyone.  We even have the winners of MoCo's Got Talent! The Community Stage, generously sponsored by Studio of Ballet Arts, is home to great, local young talent. See vocalists, dancers, musicians, martial artists and even some amazing magic!  For the full schedule, visit: Buy your tickets in advance and save time at admissions. Tickets are $3 each and $10 for a family (up to 6 individuals) at The Sandy Spring Community Museum is at 17901 Bentley Road, Sandy Spring, MD 20860

Sunday, June 3 from 10 AM - 6 PM, The Taste of Peru is an annual gastronomical event in DC that celebrates the cultural influences and the creativity of Peruvian chefs in all of the United States. The event promotes the unique culinary perspectives of local and international chefs.offering the best of the award winning Peruvian cusiine. At the University of the District of Columbia, 4200 Connecticut Ave NW. Admission tickets: $15 online at; $20 at the door; children under 10 are free. Each vendor will charge for food or products separately. Prices could be between $3-$10. Full details at 

Sunday, June 3 at 4 PM, Rosedale Neighborhood Barbecue. Everyone is welcome for fun, food, and music.The Rosedale Conservancy will provide the burgers, hot dogs and watermelon. Special treat: a sampling of specialty beverages provided by Silver. Please bring a side dish to share with your neighbors (fruit salad, side salad, brownies, chips, etc.). Live music from The Cleveland Park Jazz Quartet. Fun for kids: face painting and balloon twisting. Don't forget your blankets, lawn chairs, and any additional beverages of your choice. Please leave furry friends at home. Free. Rosedale is on Newark Street between 35th and 36th Streets.

Tuesday, June 5 at 4 PM, DC Summer Reading Challenge Kick-off: Kazoos. Can you kazoo? Come create a comb kazoo at our cool Summer Challenge kick-off. This is a drop-in event. Crafts will be open from 4 5 PM, while supplies last. This program is for toddlers to age 12, with their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,    

Tuesday, June 5 from 5 - 9 PM, The 6th Annual Taste of Adams Morgan - a benefit for Mary’s Center. Stroll, sip, and sample your way through one of DC’s most vibrant neighborhood, while supporting nearly 50,000 children and families served by Mary's Center's life-saving programs every year! First, buy your "taste" tickets online. Ticket pricing varies by date - so hurry! Each ticket is valid for one “taste” or bite-size menu portion at any of the participating restaurants. Tickets are sold in packages of 4 and 8 and must be picked up from Little Shop of Flowers (2421 18th St NW) or the BB&T Plaza the day of the event. Each participating restaurant offers at least two tasting options of choice, highlighting their signature dishes or cocktails. Taste Guides with a map of all participating restaurants and the dishes they are offering will be handed out at check-in to guide you on your culinary adventure. From there, you decide where to go and what to taste, making this a great event for large groups, families, or even date night. VIP tickets also available, good for VIP beer glass, access to VIP pop-up lounges for beer samples, and chance to win an exclusive raffle item. All tickets at More info: 

Wednesday June 6 at 7 PM, Untold Normandy, 1944: Why the Fight After D-Day Won WWII in the West. David Silbey, professor of history at Cornell University and associate director of Cornell in Washington, will lead a discussion about Normandy in the days following the June 6 invasion. Free. In the Peabody Room of Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday, June 7 at 12 noon, Chamber Music at Noon. DC Public Library, in partnership with the Goethe-Institut of Washington, presents a chamber music series (formerly titled the Brown Bag Chamber Recital), free and open to the public. Standards from the classical repertoire are presented by internationally-known, local musicians Vasily Popov (cello) and Ralitza Patcheva (piano), a husband and wife duo, who co-chair the Chamber Music Department at Levine Music. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Register for free tickets here: At the Geothe-Institut of Washington, 1990 K St NW, entrance is located on 20th St midway between I & K Sts. More information: 

Thursday, June 7 at 4 PM,  Light Painting Lab: Glowing Selfies. Imagine making a painting using lights and movement. Learn how by making special brushes using LEDs, batteries and conductive materials. Come out to create selfies with glowing effects. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, Entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St.    

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