Thursday, July 12, 2018

Get Out! - The Events Column

Photo by Lorie Shaull vis 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 17,800+ 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, July 13 from 5 - 8 PM, Fridays at the Freer/Sackler: Mystic Folk and Asian Flavors, Featuring Folks of Bengal - plus Hong Kong Film Festival Screening. Meet us on the Freer plaza for a fusion of flavors and experiences, featuring music from West Bengal, India, by the Folks of Bengal. Singing scroll painters and mystic music makers known as Bauls will incorporate poetry, traditional strings and drums, and colorful paintings into their performance. Hong Kong street food by Tiger Fork, modern Chinese and Korean cuisine by CHIKO, Asian-inspired cold treats by Ruby Scoops, and specialty cocktails by Please Bring Chips will be available for purchase. Cool off inside by viewing the Freer’s exhibitions and a free 7 pm screening of Shock Wave, a pitch-perfect action flick that was one of 2017’s biggest hits in Hong Kong. Free. In case of rain, activities will move indoors. The Freer/Sackler is at 1050 Independence Avenue SW, 

Friday July 13 from 7 - 9 PM, Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Refuse/REFUSE. While investigating the plastic pollution in our oceans, Kirsty Little kept coming up against huge numbers that she really could not comprehend. Americans use 35,000,000,000 (35 billion) plastic bottles each year. We have barely reduced our plastic footprint since plastic production began 50 years ago. Much has ended up in our seas and landfills. Trillions of micro plastics virtually invisible to the human eye are being eaten by plankton and working their way up the seafood chain to our plates. Kirsty Little’s installation in the 355 Pod Space located on Route 355 near Rockville Town Square is one of the ways that she is working to raise consciousness about plastic pollution. She wants people to think about how many plastic items they use once and then discard. She wants to sensitize people to the costs of careless consumption and disposal of plastic.More about the art and artist at: The Exhibition runs June 29 - September 23, 2018. Free.

Friday, July 13, all day, Paraskevidekatriaphobia Day. Are you afraid of Friday the Thirteenth? No? Good for you! Because if you were, this would be an especially scary one, as it’s the second one of 2018, occurring exactly 13 weeks after the first one on April 13th. If you are superstitious about this confluence of the day and date, then your event for this date is a non-event: don’t go anywhere - stay under the covers in bed and avoid bad luck! Whether you are or are not afraid of this date, it’s not really the Weekly Fake Event, because it really is Friday, and it really is the 13th, and there really are people who are freaked out about it. See to learn more about this Friday the 13th and others in coming and past years.

Saturday, July 14 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Commemoration of the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens. Please join us anytime from 10 AM - 4 PM for the commemoration of the 154th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Stevens - the only Civil War battle in the Nation’s Capital and the only time in the history of the United States that a sitting President (Lincoln) has come under direct enemy fire. Ft Stevens is located at 13th and Quackenbos Streets NW (also known as Elizabeth Thomas Way). The commemoration is sponsored by the National Park Service with the support of the Alliance to Preserve the Civil War Defenses of Washington. It will feature a special opening program at 10 AM that includes Frank Smith, founder and director of the African American Civil War Memorial and Museum. This will be followed by military and civilian reenactors, hourly musket firings, talks by Civil War historians, living history demonstrations, live period music and Civil War dancing, and special programs for children and teens. It will end with a memorial service at Battleground National Cemetery where many of the Union soldiers who fought at the battle are buried. For more information and a copy of the program, see and visit: Free.

Saturday July 14 at 12 noon, Dorothy I. Height Day. Learn about the woman Barack Obama called "Godmother of the Civil Rights Movement." Hear stories about her activism and accomplishments in DC and around the world. Attendees will also learn about the original and revived Poor Peoples Campaign. This program is free and open to the public.At the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, 3935 Benning Road NE, 

Saturday July 14 at 1 PM, Hunger Wall Poster Making Workshop. Join an artists-in-residence event to create original posters in this hands-on workshop, incorporating imagery from the Poor People’s Campaign Collection in DC Public Library's Special Collections. In 1968, residents and visitors in Resurrection City drew and painted on a temporary plywood wall to express messages of solidarity among different races, cultures and regions of the country in the human rights struggle. Inspired by the Resurrection City mural, which bore the message “Hunger’s Wall: Tell it Like it Is,” our artists,  Nando Álvarez, Adrienne Gaither, Monolith DC and Justin Poppe,  have created poster-making kits allowing visitors to combine activist imagery from 1968 with their own messages for 2018. This workshop will feature artist Justin Poppe. Free. At the Petworth Library 4200 Kansas Ave. NW, 

Saturday, July 14 from 2 - 4 PM, Bastille Day Celebration. The Friends of Fessenden Park are celebrating Bastille Day and you are invited! Join them and our favorite local French restaurants Matisse and Le Chat Noir for an afternoon of French-inspired fun. Sample crepes and other sweet treats from Matisse and Le Chat Noir. Sip French wine (or juice). Learn to play the French lawn game Petanque. Plant a sunflower to take home with you, and add a bit of the French countryside to your windowsill. Participate in family-friendly craft projects. Enjoy music. Register online: Tickets are just $10; one child ticket included free with a paid adult. Tickets include all food, beverage, and activities. Proceeds support programming and maintenance of the park by the Friends of Fessenden Park (at Wisconsin Avenue, Fessenden Street and 42nd Street NW)

Saturday, July 14 at 7 PM, Out of the Shadows: A Creative Response to the Removal of TPS. A Performance That Speaks to Today's Headlines. Stories of courage and resistance by immigrant youth, adults, day laborers, and migrant workers. Presented by GALA Theatre. Free. At Columbia Heights Plaza, 14th Street and Park Road NW,

Sunday, July 15 at 2 PM, Crafty Ice Cream. We dream of ice cream! Enjoy two of our favorite summer activities: being outside and finger-painting. We'll be creating "ice cream cones" with paint and other supplies, so come dressed to get messy and make a finger-painted "ice cream" craft. This is an outdoor activity, which will occur weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, the program will be rescheduled. Recommended for ages 4 and up with their caregivers. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Sunday, July 15 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement - with Allyn Johnson. The DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut Washington present local pianist, Allyn Johnson, a multi-talented musician, composer, arranger and producer whose trademark sound gives brilliance and fortitude to the art of jazz improvisation. This free event is located at the Goethe-Institut Washington at 1990 K St. NW (enter on 20th St.) More info: 

Sunday, July 15 from 2 - 9 PM, World Music Festival. If you've ever been curious about all different cultures that make Montgomery County great, head over to Downtown Silver Spring on July 15th. You'll enjoy food and live performances. Free admission. At the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Place, Silver Spring, MD. Register at

Monday, July 16 at 1 PM, Passport to Wakanda: Killmonger Mask Museum. Children will explore Igbo tribal culture and create their own ritual masks. For children ages 5-11. Each participant in the Passport to Wakanda program will receive a Wakandan passport, and a "customs" stamp for every program they attend. Lunch is also provided. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Monday, July 16 at 6 PM, Baseball Talk Before All-Star Game with MLB All-Star Week Panel.
Moderator: Leslie Heaphy. Speakers: Fred Frommer; Aviva Kempner; David Rapp. On the eve of baseball’s first All-Star Game in DC in half a century, a stellar line-up of baseball experts and seers, led by Society for American Baseball Research member David Rapp (author of Tinker to Evers to Chance) will discuss the intersecting destinies of baseball and American society. Bring your ideas, questions, and opinions! This event is co-sponsored by the Washington DC and Baltimore chapters of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR), the University of Chicago's DC Alumni club, and East City Bookshop. Register here: Free, but please RSVP to rsvp @ eastcitybookshop dot com. At East City Bookshop, 645 Pennsylvania Ave SE

Tuesday, July 17 at 4 PM, In the Zone: Bubbles and Chalk Art. Have fun with bubbles and chalk art. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of the month. Best for ages 4-12. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Neighborhood Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, July 18 from 6 - 8 PM, Disaster Preparedness Forum. In Celebration of the 28th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act the DC Office of Disablity Rights is kicking off a Disaster Preparedness Forum, where you can: Learn about what to do in an emergency or disaster situation; Learn how to build a disaster preparedness kit; Learn how to make a plan that is tailored just for you! The location is wheelchair accessible. There will be onsite ASL-English Interpreters. To request other reasonable accommodations or if you have questions please contact Julia.Wolhandler @ dc dot gov or call 202-727-2890. Please RSVP: Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW, Lower Level, Meeting Room 4.

Wednesday, July 18 at 7 PM, DC Youth Orchestra In Concert at Lincoln Memorial. The DC Youth Orchestra (DCYO) is the premiere ensemble of the DC Youth Orchestra Program and this concert at the Lincoln Memorial is the kick-off concert for DCYO’s 2018 trip to Italy. Concert includes music by Aaron Copland, Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov, Charles Ives, Arturo Márquez, and more. Admission is free; no tickets are required. More info on DCYO Program at 

Thursday July 19 at 6 PM, Information Session for First-Time Home Buyers. Tired of renting? Are you ready to buy your own home? We can help. At this session, sponsored by nonprofit housing counseling program University Legal Services, find out: How to qualify to buy a house;
About the HPAP program for first-time home buyers; How to attend future information seminars;
Answers to any questions you have about the home-buying process. University Legal Services is funded by the District of Columbia Department of Housing and Community Development. The session will be presented in English and in Spanish. Free. At the Mt. Pleasant Library, 3160 16th St. NW - entrance to Mt. Pleasant Library is on Lamont St,      

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