Thursday, June 14, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column June 15-21, 2018

Cleveland Park Library
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

Friday, June 15 from 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM, Science and Religion Festival at the Mansion on O Street - a celebration of the ways that science and religion interact and harmonize to create more meaning, understanding, and purpose in our world. This day-long festival offers guests the opportunity to explore compelling new stories and thought provoking ideas presented by writers, thinkers, skeptics, and believers from various disciplines and denominations in a series of events that will challenge and inspire. Come for an hour, come for the day. The Festival–set in the magical Mansion on O St (2020 O Street NW) near Dupont Circle—will present new ways to understand and appreciate our complicated world. Free. See the line-up of speakers, workshops, classes, films, and performers at   

Friday, June 15 from 7 - 9 PM, District of Pride: DC's Premier LGBTQ Performance Artists. Please join the Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs for the DISTRICT OF PRIDE – a performance celebration that will showcase and celebrate LBGTQ talent curated by DC’s LGBTQ millennials for the entire community, highlighting performances from the best talent that the community has to offer, and put together by Pretty Boi Drag, Sleepy Lee (Makers Lab), Mayor’s Office of LGBTQ Affairs, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Capital Pride and the Office of Mayor Bowser. For more details on this free event, including complete line-up of LGBTQ artists and performers, and to RSVP (required), click here: on a first come, first served basis. This event will be ASL interpreted. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact lgbtq @ dc dot gov. At the Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW.

Saturday, June 16 at 10:30 AM, Cleveland Park Library Grand Opening! Join Mayor Bowser, Council Chairman Mendelson, Councilmember Cheh, Councilmember Grosso, DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan and members of the Library Board of Trustees for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 10:30 AM, followed by a day of family friendly festivities to celebrate the new Cleveland Park Library: Coyaba Dance Theater at 11 AM; Memory Lab Demo: Do you have memories you’d like to preserve? Bring photos, documents, negatives, slides, VHS and Hi-8 video to be assessed and digitized - from 11 AM - 2 PM; Building Tour at 12 noon; Maret High School Jazz Quintet at 12 noon; Story Time and Drop-in Craft Activity, throughout the day. At 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,    

Saturday, June 16 from 12 - 3 PM, MPD-2D (PSA 203) Community Meet & Greet. Come out and meet the officers who serve your community! Giveaways, Balloons, Food, Fingerprinting & ID Kits for Children. Free. At 4200 Connecticut Avenue NW. Questions? Email Kyi Branch, Community Outreach Officer at kyi.branch @ dc dot gov.  

Saturday June 16 at 2 PM, More Than a Drum Percussion Ensemble: A Celebration of Music, Dance and the Spoken Word. Performance features four artists: Writer/Poet Bernardine 'Dine' Watson, Percussionist Abasi Johnson, Instrumentalist/Vocalist Wallace Edwards and Actor/Vocalist Kathy English Holt. For more information, contact the Takoma Park Library at (202) 576-7252. This is a Summer Challenge 2018 event sponsored by the Takoma Park Friends of the Library. Free. The Takoma Park Library is at 416 Cedar St. NW,    

Saturday June 16 at 2:30 PM,  Elizabeth Keckley Speaks: “My Life in Washington.” Join us at Southwest Library as we celebrate Juneteenth and the life of an important Washington dressmaker. See influential African-American Elizabeth Keckley brought to life. A little-known leader, Keckley was seamstress and confidante to Mary Todd Lincoln. This multimedia event will include a “now and then” slideshow of downtown Washington. Performer, Ranger and Tour Guide Karima Hurt is an accomplished reenactor for the National Parks Service. She has played a variety of roles for the Parks Service, including Sally Hemings and a WWII-era canteen girl. Free. At the Southwest Library in the Meeting Room, located on the library's lower level, 900 Wesley Place SW,    

Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 8 PM, The Turtle Park Jazz Project, presented by the Friends of Friendship ("Turtle") Park. First of three FREE concerts at the park will feature Taal Academy of Dance (6 - 6:45 PM) and CC Rider (7 - 8:45 PM). Variety of food and ice cream trucks on hand! Bring a blanket and a picnic and enjoy a summer evening at the park for adults and kids of all ages! Next concerts at Turtle park will be on Saturday, July 21st and Saturday, August 18th. Turtle Park is at Van Ness and 45th Streets NW. More info:   

Saturday, June 16 from 6 - 9 PM, Opening Reception for Four Summer Exhibitions at Katzen AU Museum. Mix and mingle with fellow museum patrons and meet the artists and curators behind the four new Summer exhibitions at the Opening Reception. One of the four shows is Latitude: The Washington Women's Arts Center 1975-1987. The Washington Women's Arts Center (WWAC) was created in 1975 as a non-profit organization to provide professional support and opportunities for women in the arts. This exhibition features the art of former WWAC members and exhibitors. showcasing 90+ works produced between the years 1975-1987, some of which are iconic of that time. The show brings back the energy, passion, and talent of members when the WWAC was, for many, "the only show in town." Recent works by WWAC artists will be featured in a slideshow and select interviews with members will appear in an accompanying documentary. The reception and the exhibition, which runs through August 12, are free and open to the public. The American University Museum at the Katzen Arts is on Ward Circle, just northeast of the Massachusetts Avenue. Opening Event Website:; Latitude Exhibition website: 

Sunday June 17 at 2 PM, Talk Story: "The Third Degree" with Scott Seligman. Anyone who has ever seen an episode of "Law and Order" can recite a suspect's "Miranda rights" - the right to remain silent, the right to an attorney, etc. But most people don't know that these rights had their roots in the case of a Chinese man accused of murdering three of his countrymen in Washington, DC in 1919. There was nothing quite like it: three foreign diplomats were killed in the city's Kalorama neighborhood, and no obvious motive or leads. The Washington police were baffled. But once they zeroed in on a suspect, they held him incommunicado until they had browbeaten him into a confession, which led to a seven-year journey through the legal system that drew in Warren G. Harding, William Howard Taft, Oliver Wendell Holmes, John W. Davis, and even J. Edgar Hoover, and culminated in a Supreme Court ruling that set the stage for Miranda v. Arizona many years later. Come to the I Street Conferencing Center this Sunday for a discussion on this extraordinary story, presented by author Scott Seligman. Sponsored by The 1882 Foundation, a forum airing issues important to the AAPI community - civil rights, immigration, race relations, social change, heritage, and Chinatowns. Free and open to the public. At the I Street Conferencing Center, 600 Massachusetts Avenue NW - enter through I St entrance between 6th & 7th Sts via entry to parking elevator to Level C. More info:    

Monday June 18 from  6 - 8 PM, A Shared History: Wessyngton to Washington. Don't miss the unusual opportunity to see a rarely exhibited letter from George Washington to his wife, Martha, which reports a major event in U.S. history. Then learn about Washington Old Hall, the 17th-century English manor house which is the ancestral home of George Washington. At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street NW. Free - please RSVP:   

Tuesday June 19 at 4 PM, Summer Challenge: Library Scavenger Hunt at Palisades Library. Join the Summer Challenge. How well do you know your library? Get to know Dewey (it's like a secret code!): Melvil Dewey created the Dewey Decimal system over 135 years ago and it is still used in most public libraries. This program is for ages 6 - 12. The Palisades Library is at 4901 V Street, NW, 

Tuesday June 19 at 6:30 PM, The Future of Public Space: A Panel Discussion with SOM. Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP (SOM) will have a book panel discussion inspired by the book release of The Future of Public Space, which is part of the SOM Thinkers series and will focus on themes explored in the book. This panel discussion will help people better understand the histories, shifts and impacts of public space, as well as its future possibilities. SOM will provide a number of free copies for the first 20-30 guests. Note: This event is not to be confused with another upcoming library program called Public Space and the West End Library: A Deeper Conversation, which will be a facilitated dialogue and not a book panel discussion. Free: The West End Library is at 2301 L St. NW,   

Wednesday June 20 at 11 AM, Moving In/Moving Out: How Gentrification Affects Your Life - Part 2. Join us for coffee—and a deeper conversation about gentrification—and how it has affected your life. Enjoy this opportunity to gather with people who see and feel the effects of gentrification, and to share insights and ideas with the community. This is the second in a three-part series of dialogues; feel free to join us even if you missed the first part. The third part of the dialogue will take place on Thursday, June 28 at 11 AM. We will be meeting on the lower level conference room at the Mount Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW, entrance on Lamont St,   

Wednesday June 20 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Novel Narratives: Playing with Print in the Digital Age. Eleanor Shevlin, professor of English, graduate coordinator and director of the graduate certificate in publishing at West Chester University, will provide an analysis of recent trends in publishing. Free. In the Peabody Room of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,    

Thursday June 21 at 5:43 AM EDT, Summer Solstice Ceremony for Druids and Druid Wanna-bes. This event will start promptly at dawn -- so locate your nearest standing circle of stones and be sure to arrive in time to catch the sun’s rays beaming through the gap in the stones when the  ritual chanting and dancing will commence. Please bring your own flower garlands. No other clothing allowed. If you have been properly initiated, you will not need further instructions. If you have not been properly initiated, register here - - to receive your How-to-Druid manual and your FREE sacrificial totems. For more on the summer solstice, see: and

Thursday, June 21 at 6:30 PM, What Does it Mean to Be a Washingtonian? Throughout this city's history, the definition of what it means to be a Washingtonian has changed and continues to change. Join us for the second of a three-part structured community conversation and learn more about the power of dialogue as we discuss this question. We will exchange ideas together and hear from different voices in the community. Light refreshments will be provided. [The first part took place on June 14; the third part will take place on June 28 at 6:30 PM] All are welcome. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,      

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