Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column for August 31 - September 6, 2018

Library of Congress Great Hall 
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 17,900+ 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, August 31 at 7 PM, History at Sunset: Washington DC Under Fire: Fort Bayard and the Battle of Fort Stevens. The program will detail Ft. Bayard's connection to the Battle of Ft. Stevens. Built on a hill overlooking River Road in conjunction with Ft. Reno, Ft. Bayard was engaged with Confederate cavalry under General John McCausland on July 11, 1864. Ft. Bayard, now a community park managed by the National Park Service, played an important part in the Federal repulse of the Confederate army west of Rock Creek Park, just four miles from Ft. Stevens. Its critical role protecting Washington DC will be illuminated in this free program by the National Park Service. The tour will run approximately 60 minutes. Meet in Ft. Bayard Park, located at Western Ave and Fessenden Street, NW. More info: 

Saturday, September 1 from 9 AM - 7:30 PM, The 18th Library of Congress National Book Festival. Come Celebrate Books and Reading! Doors will open at 8:30 AM; programs begin at 9 AM. Follow the excitement via the hashtag, #NatBookFest. Find the schedule of author events and all other details at For map of the Washington Convention Center location, directions, and info on public transportation and parking go to: Free.

Saturday, September 1 and Sunday September 2 at 7 PM, Labor Day Weekend Music Festival by DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Now in its third year, The Labor Day Weekend Music Festival showcases the diversity of DC’s local music scene as a part of Mayor Muriel Bowser's 202Creates initiative. By featuring artists working in different musical styles and genres over the course of Labor Day Weekend, the festival is a demonstration of the depth and breadth of our local musical talent. Saturday night is Latin Night, hosted by Pedro Biaggi, featuring: Jason Cerda, Pablo Antonio y La Firma, Verny Varela, Elena & Los Fulanos with special guests DCBX Dancers and DJ Manny. Sunday night is GoGo Fusion Night, hosted by Joe Clair, featuring: DuPont Brass, The JoGo Project, Full Throttle Band, The Experience Band & Show, with special guest DJ Scientific. At Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U Street NW. Please note admission is first come, first served. Free - tickets not required. RSVPs - at - are for internal tracking purposes and do not guarantee admittance. Artists and schedule subject to change. To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact kali.wasenko @ dc dot gov or call 202-724-5613. Both concerts will be ASL interpreted. 

Sunday, September 2 from 11 AM - 7 PM, Syria Fest! The Syrian Cultural House invites you to join us again for the 2nd annual Syria Fest, a free family-friendly outdoors cultural festival showcasing the beauty of Syria and its people. From the markets of Damascus, the music of Aleppo, the sweets of Hama, and more, the Syria Fest will bring Syrian heritage, culture, and cuisine to the heart of our nation’s capital. The Syria Fest brings families of many different backgrounds together over delectable food, nostalgic musical and dance performances, enlightening cultural discussions, and engaging games and activities for kids. Come learn why Syrians are renowned in the Middle East for their expert art, craftwork, and culinary traditions passed down for generations. Explore each region of Syria, the home of many ethnic and religious groups, through authentic experiences organized and presented by Syrian-Americans, Syrian immigrants, and recently-arrived Syrian refugees. Free and open to all. Along Pennsylvania Ave NW and 14th St NW. Register here: 

Monday, September 3 at 12 noon, Rally for Truth in Holiday Names. It’s time to stop using the misleading term “Labor Day” for the first Monday in September. How can it be “Labor Day” when most people have the day off work? It makes more sense to call it NON-Labor Day. To those who would tell us that Labor Day is meant to honor those who labor, the response is this: In that case, let’s call it LaborERs’ Day. It’s the only holiday that is named for a verb instead of the noun used for the people who perform that verb. If you want to confer real, meaningful honor on those who labor, then join us in marching to the Department of Labor to demand the name change! Alternatively, we might march instead on calendar makers to demand that they start printing calendars with Laborers’ Day. There are still a few days left to decide where and when and what to protest about this issue -- so we will set up a meeting of the Curmudgeons Club of Cleveland Park to go over the possibilities. To put your name down to be notified of the time and place of that meeting, register here: 

Tuesday, September 4 at 6 PM: Summer in the City Game Night - Uno Card Game Tournament. Don't you just love summers in DC? The rooftops? The festivals? Well, if you do, we have another treat for you. Join DC Public Library's Outreach + Inclusion Services department for our "Summer in the City: First Tuesday Game Nights @ Smith  Public Trust." This is the last game night of the summer series, and the game on this Tuesday is UNO. This program is free and open to the public. For more information email diamond.newman @ dc dot gov. Location: at Smith Public Trust, 3514 12th St. NE, 

Wednesday, September 5 at 7 PM, Author Talk: Liza Mundy. Join author Liza Mundy for her author talk on Code Breakers: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II. Recruited by the U.S. Army and Navy from small towns and elite colleges, more than ten thousand women served as codebreakers during World War II. While their brothers and boyfriends took up arms, these women moved to Washington and learned the meticulous work of code-breaking. Their efforts shortened the war, saved countless lives, and gave them access to careers previously denied to them. A strict vow of secrecy nearly erased their efforts from history; now, through dazzling research and interviews with surviving code girls, bestselling author Liza Mundy brings to life this riveting and vital story of American courage, service and scientific accomplishment. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 

Thursday, September 6 at 12 noon, Chamber Music at Noon. The DC Public Library and the Goethe-Institut Washington present a lunchtime chamber music performance open to the public (formerly known as The Brown Bag Chamber Recital). 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. Free - register at Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the event. Tickets are not guaranteed, and if the event is full, we will begin distributing tickets to walk-ins at that time. The Goethe-Institut Washington is at 1990 K St NW, Suite 03 - entrance is located on 20th Street midway between I and K Streets.      

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