Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Get Out! The Events Column December 7 - 13, 2018

We wanted to share some events and activities that we thought would be of interest to list members. Have a great weekend -- and week beyond, too. If you know of an event that the 18,000+ members of the Cleveland Park Listserv should know about, please email us at events @ fastmail dot net.

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv      

Friday, December 7 at 11 AM, Curator Tour: Washingtonians’ Plan for Washington, DC, presented by Amber “Jackie” Streker, assistant curator, Albert H. Small Washingtoniana Collection. In 1790, Peter L’Enfant laid out his vision for the nation’s new capital, intended to be the first planned capital city in the world. But did the city follow his plan? How did Washingtonians contribute to the city’s social landscape? Assistant Curator Jackie Streker leads a tour of the exhibition Eye of the Bird: Visions and Views of DC’s Past that explores D.C.’s dynamic planned—and unplanned—history. Free, but reservations are required. Register online at or call 202-994-7394. At the George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW 

Friday, December 7 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bites Lecture: Larz Anderson Before Isabel. Larz and Isabel Anderson met in 1895, were married in 1897, and began the construction of Anderson House in 1902. But what was Larz Anderson's life like before he met his wife? Join Kelsey Atwood, tour and public program manager, for a look at his early years through photographs, letters, and journals that reveal little-known details about his childhood, early travels, and education. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the photographs and documents. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:    

Friday, December 7 from 5 - 9 PM, Georgetown’s Glow All Night and Winter Art Walk. See the lights, play all night! Come to Georgetown for an extended evening of holiday shopping, specials and bites at over 50 stores and restaurants. More than 50 of Georgetown’s national retailers and small businesses alike will be open late, offering in-store promotions, pop-up events, collection launches, and more. Stop by the Sweetgreen parking lot (1044 Wisconsin Ave) and enjoy a bonfire and giveaways from many of the Grace Street shops and cafes—including hot chocolate and marshmallows, free coffee, local discounts and more. Take an evening stroll from 5–8 PM to see the Georgetown Galleries on Book Hill that are participating in the Winter Art Walk, with each gallery featuring a neon or light-art piece in their window. Free admission. Details on participating locations and other info at 

Saturday, December 8 from 8:30 - 10:30 AM, Breakfast with Santa. The Metropolitan Police Department (Second District) will be hosting "Breakfast With Santa" at Eaton Elementary School, 3301 Lowell Street NW. Enjoy a hot breakfast, arts & crafts, and story time. Don't forget your cameras for photos with Santa! Limited seating - MUST RSVP to Kyi Branch, Community Outreach Coordinator, 2nd District MPD at kyi.branch @ dc dot gov  

Saturday, December 8 from 11 AM - 4 PM, Book Hill’s Winter Wonderland. Book Hill, the section of Georgetown along Wisconsin Avenue from P Street to Reservoir Road, is full of holiday cheer in a winter wonderland for all ages and four-footed pets! Bring the family to TD Bank lot (1611 Wisconsin Ave) for photos with Santa for kids and pets with paws. Specials and treats at over 20 shops and cafes along Wisconsin Avenue from O Street to Reservoir Road. Plus, enjoy festive live music, food and drinks—including hot chocolate, cookies and mulled wine—kids’ activities, a s’mores station, an elf scavenger hunt, and ugly sweater competition. For the schedule and location of these events and more, visit   

Saturday, December 8 from 12 - 3 PM, Pictures with Santa/Open House at Keller Williams Capital Properties, hosted by Marjorie Dick Stuart at her new office. Bring the kids, the grandkids (sorry, no pets) for pictures with Santa! Plus snacks and hot cocoa, fun holiday music playing. Bring your family, neighbors and  friends, the more, the merrier! Free. At 4000 Chesapeake Street NW.

Saturday, December 8 at 1 PM, What Charles Dickens Really Thought of Washington After His 1842 Visit. Jamie Stiehm, a Creators Syndicate columnist, discusses Charles Dickens and his 1842 visit to the United States. The talk takes place in The Peabody Room (3rd floor) of the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, Free.

Sunday, December 8 from 1 - 5 PM, Studio 4903: Winter Art Show. Twelve artists will be exhibiting jewelry, photography, glass, ceramics, drawing, metalwork and painting. Come join us for great art, yummy food and interesting conversation...and maybe even do a little holiday shopping! Free admission. Studio 4903 is located at 4903 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 2nd Floor. More details on Facebook at 

Sunday, December 9 at 4 PM, Christmas Concert by the Chancel Choir of Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. Celebrate the Holiday season with fine music. The featured work will be a “Christmas Cantata” for choir, organ and brass by the American composer Daniel Pinkham.  Also on the program will be the Junior Choristers singing, works with the bells ringing, and carol singing with everyone invited to join in. The concert — part of the 48th season of Chevy Chase Concerts — is free and will include a post-performance reception. Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church is located at One Chevy Chase Circle NW. Neither tickets nor reservations are required. More information at 

Sunday, December 9 at 4 PM, Classical Holiday Concert at Anderson House. Amanda Dame, flautist, and Chelsea de Souza, pianist, perform classical favorites for the holiday season. This is the last performance of the fall American Music Series. Free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:   

Sunday, December 9 at 5 PM, Handbell Concert. The Colonial English Handbell Ringers invite you to "Bells in Toyland," featuring songs to delight audiences of all ages, including audience favorites, “Frosty the Snowman,” “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” and “Sleigh Ride” (complete with sound effects), plus a magical, original piece, “Carillon Christmas.” This holiday program is about an hour in length and it's great for ALL ages. Beautifully costumed in Colonial dress, the Colonial English Handbell Ringers are a unique visual and auditory experience. Free to the public, although donations are accepted toward equipment costs. At The Center, 4321 Wisconsin Ave. NW - entrance on Windom St. More info at 

Sunday, December 9 at 5 PM, Handel's "Messiah,” performed by the National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir, Soloists, and Orchestra. All in the community are invited and no tickets are required! A voluntary offering will be collected during the performance. There is ample free onsite parking for the concert and complimentary childcare for children under 4 with advance RSVP to childcare @ nationalpres dot org. National Presbyterian Church is located at 4101 Nebraska Ave. NW, about a 10-minute walk from the AU/Tenleytown metro stop on the red line. 

Monday, December 10 at 12 noon, Student Presentations: George Washington and His World.
Students of Denver Brunsman, GW Department of History, share their findings after a semester of in-depth research about George Washington at Mount Vernon. Free; no reservations required. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21st Street, NW,

Monday, December 10 at 7 PM, Improv for All! Free class with Washington Improv Theater.
WIT’s free introductory Improv For All! workshops are high-fun, low-stress classes designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Our enthusiastic and friendly instructors work to make sure everyone is able to participate in a playful and trusting atmosphere. This workshop is free and geared toward adult participants; registration is not required but recommended - register here: Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,  

Tuesday, December 11 from 6 - 8 PM, Food for Thought, Reimagining School Lunch with Dan Giusti. Whittle School & Studios is hosting chef Dan Giusti for a presentation on reimagining school lunches. Formerly an executive chef at Georgetown's 1789 and Noma, a two-Michelin-star restaurant in Copenhagen, Dan returns to D.C. to discuss why he left fine dining to found Brigaid, a company dedicated to transforming the standard of American school lunches. Dan will discuss the challenges that public schools face when it comes to lunch and how he hopes to transform processed meals into healthy, tasty ones made from scratch. Free. Whittle School & Studios Information Center, Mazza Gallerie, 2nd Level, 5300 Wisconsin Ave NW. More info: 

Tuesday, December 11 from 6 - 8 PM, Concert in the Garden: Samovar (Russian folk music). 
Samovar has performed an exciting mix of Russian, Ukrainian, and Gypsy (Romani) folk music in the Washington, DC area since 1996. Besides the US Botanic Garden, performance venues include the Hillwood Museum, the Russian and Ukrainian Embassies, the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, and many, many church bazaars.​ Please note: Limited seating available on a first come, first served basis. Seating will open around 5:30 PM. Free, no pre-registration required. In the Conservatory Garden Court at the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue SW.

Tuesday, December 11 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Charlemagne at the Burgundy Court of the 15th Century: Power and Decadence. Valerie Croquez, Adjunct Professorial Lecturer of World Languages and Cultures at American University, will discuss Charlemagne's influence on the 15th Century Court of Burgundy. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 202-727-0232, 

Wednesday, December 12 at 5:30 PM, Trevor Paglen: Sights Unseen, Gallery Talk with John Jacob. Join John Jacob, the McEvoy Family Curator for Photography, as he guides visitors through the exhibition, Trevor Paglen: Sights Unseen ( Jacob demonstrates how Paglen's work blurs the lines between art, science, and investigative journalism by examining themes of landscape and surveillance. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum at 8th and G Streets NW - meet at G Street Lobby. More info:     

Wednesday, December 12 at 7 PM,  Nathalie V. Black Book Discussion Series: American Autobiography - My Beloved World, by Sonia Sotomayor. The Fall series, “American Autobiography: From Colonial to Contemporary Times” is led by resident scholar, Philip Burnham, associate professor in the English Department at George Mason University. The topic for this session is Sonia Sotomayor. The daughter of Puerto Rican immigrants, Sonia Sotomayor was raised in a tough neighborhood in the south Bronx before going on to study at Princeton and Yale and being appointed to the federal bench. This is a frank account of her struggle with diabetes, her difficult but supportive family, and the continuing controversy over affirmative action, all of which illuminate the early years of one of our most important public figures. Free and open to the public - no need to have attended prior sessions. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Thursday, December 13 at 4:30 PM, Holiday Karaoke Party. Come join us in the Children's Room of the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library  for a fun-filled evening of holiday music. Belt out your favorite winter classic, sip some hot cocoa and spread the holiday cheer. Don't know the lyrics? We've got you covered with subtitles. Recommended for ages 6-12. Free. The Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library is at 1630 7th St. NW,  

Thursday, December 13 at 6 PM, Lecture and book signing: Frontier Rebels: The Fight for Independence in the American West, 1765-1776. Patrick Spero, director of the American Philosophical Society Library, discusses and signs copies of his book on the untold story of the “Black Boys,” a rebellion on the American frontier in 1765 that sparked the American Revolution. The talk will last about 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati, Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:   

Thursday, December 13 at 6:30 PM, The Office Holiday Party Excuse Workshop (OHPEW). It’s that time of year again -- your office will soon throw its annual Holiday Party and you so wish you could duck out and avoid the whole thing! Office parties encompass everything you have hate about office life: the forced camaraderie with people who treat you badly the rest of the year; the drunks; and being urged to eat lots of cake and candy and other things you are supposed to avoid, and being told to leave your spouse or partner at home! Why is this fun?! Still, you know you must go, because if you’re not there, people will talk behind your back. Now, with the OHPEW workshop, you will be able to show up for the minimum time and depart with what will seem like an unbeatable excuse. At this incredibly useful workshop you can sign up to receive notice of one of 3 three seasonally-appropriate emergencies: 1. Urgent call from your pet sitter (your pooch has wolfed down a Christmas ornament and is on the way to the Animal ER); 2. Your old college pal, an exchange student from Kalgoorlie, Australia, is at Dulles a day early (there’s some confusion about what day it is due to the International Dateline) and you must retrieve your pal who has 3 kids in tow; or 3. Your doorbell video system has just shown a gang of porch pirates taking a big stack of packages from your doorstep -- police are on the way and they will meet you there. Whichever scenario you choose, you will receive the appropriate video, text, and/or phone calls at the exact time you indicate that you are ready to leave the party. Free, but you must register here:  

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