Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column for April 12 - 18, 2019

Sakura Matsuri - Japanese Street Festival
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 18,100+ 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, April 12 from 1 - 3 PM, Lincoln Ideas Forum: Voting Rights - presented by President Lincoln's Cottage. In April of 1865, Lincoln proposed offering the vote to black soldiers who had served in the Union Army. It would turn out to be one of his final speeches: it's thought that this proposal is part of the reason Booth accelerated his plans to assassinate the president. This forum will explore the pressing issues around voting rights as our theme for the 5th annual Lincoln Ideas Forum, which will bring together experts, scholars, and the public in an exploration of the historic contexts of citizenship, voting rights, and the Constitution, alongside the contemporary repercussions of debates over who gets elective franchise. This program is free and open to the public. To see the list of speakers and more information about the program and to register to reserve your space, go to: This program is presented in partnership with the Constitutional Sources Project. President Lincoln's Cottage is at 140 Rock Creek Church Road NW.

Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM - 4 PM, Sustainability Fair. Looking to learn more about sustainability and how to help the planet? Join us for the first Sustainability Fair focused on making our community more environmentally sustainable and reducing our local climate impacts. Learn more about sustainable living, solar paneling, composting, recycling, "upcycling" and more! Events will include: 10 AM - 4 PM 10 a.m.- 4 p.m.: Informational fair with partners from DC government, local non-profit organizations and more; 12 - 4 PM Family friendly film festival featuring documentaries on environmental topics, as well as a sustainable craft project for children of all ages led by Cleveland Park library staff. The event is brought to you by the Cleveland Park Citizens Association, in partnership with the Cleveland Park Library, For all ages. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:; register: 

Saturday, April 13 from 10 AM - 12 PM, National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. One of DC’s largest spectator events, the energy-filled National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade runs for 10 blocks along Constitution Avenue. Giant colorful helium balloons, elaborate floats, marching bands from across the country, celebrity entertainers, and energetic performers burst down the parade route in a grand spectacle of music and showmanship seen only once a year during the National Cherry Blossom Festival. The Grand Marshal of the 2019 parade is Anthony Anderson of ABC's "black-ish". From the National Archives to the Washington Monument, spectators are wowed by the pageantry and excitement that is the nation’s premier springtime parade! Ticketed grandstand seats starting at $20 - available at - offer best views of the Parade; standing along the route is free and open to the public. More info:

Saturday, April 13 from 10:30 AM - 6 PM, Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival. The largest one-day Japanese cultural festival in the United States, the Sakura Matsuri – Japanese Street Festival - is an event for all ages, featuring more than 80 cultural groups, art vendors, food booths and more than 30 total hours of programming. The event is held on Pennsylvania Avenue from 3rd to 7th Streets NW. Tickets $10 (Free for age 12 and under), available here: Buy in advance to avoid the lines. $1.09 of each ticket purchase goes to the planting of cherry trees in DC. More info:

Saturday, April 13 at 11 AM, Celebrate DC Emancipation Day! Join us for this family fun learning experience and celebration of DC Emancipation Day (the legal holiday in DC is on Tuesday, April 16). This program will feature a storytelling performance by renowned Griot Baba-C. Free. At the Francis A. Gregory Library, 3660 Alabama Ave. SE. For more information about this program, go to: For more information about Griot Baba-C, visit: 

Saturday, April 13, 2 - 6 PM, Rhode Island Avenue Main Street PorchFest. An afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression. Through the years, Rhode Island Avenue NE has been home to a variety of live music venues, including what was once Mr. Y’s Jazz Club at 16th & Rhode Island Ave and the home of Bo Diddley at 26th and Rhode Island. Porch Fest continues that tradition as local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of FREE performance. This is a RAIN or SHINE event that includes performances on porches (business and residential) that are suitable for the entire family. Visit for the performance schedule and porch locations. And don’t forget to stop by the Woodridge Library at 1801 Hamlin St NE to hear live music on the roof! The schedule of performers at the library is here:

Sunday, April 14 from 1 - 5 PM, Anacostia River Festival. The 11th Street Bridge Park and the National Park Service present the 5th annual Anacostia River Festival, a premier event and the official closing of the 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival. For a taste of local DC come celebrate the Anacostia River and the 100th birthday of Anacostia Park. Take a canoe out to explore the River, ride in our bike parade, play lawn games with your family and experience Southeast DC’s local arts scene at this special FREE event. The 11th Street Bridge Park / Anacostia Park is at Good Hope Rd and Anacostia Drive SE. More info:

Sunday, April 14 from 11 AM - 8 PM, Sakura Sunday at National Harbor, MD celebrates the final day of the National Cherry Blossom Festival 2019, with a wide array of free activities including traditional Japanese picnicking with food available for sale, a sake, rosé and beer garden, a Japanese Market and Japanese-inspired music and entertainment. Restaurants and retailers in the Waterfront District will also participate in special offers and a cherry blossom store display window competition and The Capital Wheel will turn pink during the festival. Muse Paintbar will feature cherry blossom art classes and a live painting demonstration. Visit the Zen Garden presented by Complete Landscaping; enjoy performances by DC Kawaii Style (Cosplay and Dance); Capital Area Budokai/Kenkonkai (Martial Arts); Kuro Pop (All-Girl Cover Group from New York.); Nen Daiko (Dance, Performance and Music ); and more! Full details at Free admission. National Harbor is at 165 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD

Monday, April 15 at 12 noon, Lecture: National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism, by Doug Ichiugi, board member, National Japanese American Memorial Foundation. On January 6, 1941, Franklin D. Roosevelt outlined “freedom from fear” in his historic address to the nation. When the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, Roosevelt instigated the internment of over 100,000 citizens of Japanese ancestry. The National Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism allows us to reflect on the legacy of Japanese internment camps in the United States during World War II. Doug Ichiugi will provide insight into the memorial’s design and impact. This program relates to the current exhibition “Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt & the Four Freedoms” at The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum through April 29. Free; no reservations required. At 701 21st Street, NW. More info:

Monday, April 15 at 3 PM, Earth Day STEM Project. Celebrate our planet over Spring break! Learn how our everyday actions can harm our Potomac River water through an interactive story and try to clean up our mess with homemade water filters. We'll have seeds, dirt and pots for you to plant a gift to take home! Free. At the Deanwood Library, 1350 49th St. NE, 

Tuesday, April 16 from 6 - 9:30 AM and again from 4 - 6:30 PM, Play Chicken: A Driving Game on Contested Middle Lanes. April 16 is Emancipation Day, an official holiday for DC government employees….but what does that mean for DC’s reversible rush hour lanes on Connecticut Avenue and other thoroughfares? Today’s the day you can play a death-defying game of Chicken and find out! Are you allowed to drive in that treacherous middle lane? What if someone is coming at you head-on? Will you swerve first - or wait for the other guy to get out of the way? Don’t want to play? Then go to the DDOT website to find out where your car belongs on this day: Wait, that’s NOT the DDOT website -- it’s The Weekly Fake Event website! Well, we looked for a real webpage at DDOT to tell people where their cars could be on this holiday, and we couldn’t find the information….and that's not a silly, funny thing we made up, either.

Tuesday, April 16 from 12 - 1 PM, Chamber Music Concert at Dumbarton House. Join us for a free chamber music concert in the museum’s Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. For free tickets, go to Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q Street, NW.

Tuesday, April 16 at 2 PM, Emancipation Day Musical History and Dance Program. Please join us for an Emancipation Day Musical History and Dance Program featuring Market 5 Gallery Dance Theater Dancers, presented by Donnie Gooden/Dig Productions. Light refreshments will be served. All DC Public Library programs are free and open to the public. This program will be held in the Large Meeting Room located on the Lower Level of the Benning (Dorothy I. Height) Library, 3935 Benning Road NE,

Wednesday, April 17 at 7 PM, Discover and Connect with Rock Creek Park. Join Erik Taylor as he provides an overview of Rock Creek Park's history and location, its rich natural and cultural resources, and the abundance of opportunities that it offers the DC area community for recreation, relaxation, education and volunteerism. A Q&A session will follow the presentation. Erik Taylor is a volunteer with Rock Creek Park through the National Park Service's Volunteers-in-Parks (VIP) Program. Free. At the Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Thursday, April 18 from 5:30 - 9 PM, Dumbarton at Dusk. Come see Dumbarton House in a whole new light. Enjoy free admission, live music, cash bar, light refreshments, pop up exhibits, and the ambiance of Dumbarton at Dusk. Dumbarton House is at 2715 Q St NW. Register at

Thursday, April 18 at 5 PM, Take 5! With Cecily Bumbray. Join vocal artist Cecily Bumbray for a special performance rooted in a deep appreciation for mid-century soul, jazz, ’90s R&B, and reimagined folk music. Known for her sweet soprano, honest lyrics, and pure vocals, Bumbray brings her own vulnerability to each song. With a father who loves Miles Davis and a mother who adores Smokey Robinson, Cecily grew up surrounded by the music of their vast record collection and shares this rich love of music with her audience. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, Kogod Courtyard, 8th and F Streets NW. Add event to calendar: 

Thursday, April 18 from 6 - 8 PM, Brewing in the City: A Look at DC and Chicago 19th Century Brewing History. Over the course of the 19th century, waves of immigrants shaped America, and German immigrants in particular shaped its brewing industry. German immigrants, such as historic DC brewmaster Christian Heurich, were often considered outsiders, but were able to leverage their way into American society through their trade. Over time, they impacted the economy and became enmeshed in political and capitalist systems leaving an important mark on American life. A panel of historians including Heurich House Museum Executive Director, Kimberly Bender, Liz Garibay, Founder and Executive Director of the Chicago Brewseum, Brian Alberts, Beer Historian and member of the National Advisory Board of the Chicago Brewseum, and Kofi Meroe, Co-founder of DC Brewery Sankofa Beer, will discuss how breweries shape the cities they are in. The discussion will be moderated by Jamaal Lemon of The Wayfarer Study, a project that looks at brewery impact on gentrification and immigration, as well as how ethnic identity was shaped by and contributed to the brewing industry. There will be time after the discussion for guests to mingle with the speakers. Beer will be available for purchase. This event is free and open to the public – registration is recommended - go to At the Heurich House Museum, 1307 New Hampshire Avenue NW.   

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