Thursday, November 14, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, November 15 - 21, 2019

Pocahantas - Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian
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 14,500+ 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, November 15 at 12 noon, 3 D's: Dining, Documentary, Discussion. DC Public Library in partnership with Guy Mason Recreation Center and the Interactivity Foundation present the program series 3Ds – Dining, Documentary, and Discussion. The documentary and discussion are on how we use technology today.Attendees will Before the film screening attendees will enjoy a free lunch! Please register at guymasonevents @ gmail dot com. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert NW.

Friday, November 15 at 12:30 PM, Lecture: A Pensioner of the Revolution. Join Deputy Director and Curator Emily Schulz Parsons for a discussion of the oil portrait, “A Pensioner of the Revolution,” painted in 1830 by John Neagle (1796-1865), and its role in the struggle for federal pensions for Revolutionary War veterans. This somber and arresting view of a poor, elderly man hints at the financial struggles many soldiers of the Revolution faced after the war. According to the artist, the portrait depicts Joseph Winter, a German-born veteran who was living on the streets of Philadelphia when Neagle met him. Moved by the story of this “lone wanderer in a world evincing but little feeling or sympathy for him,” Neagle painted Winter’s portrait and arranged for it to be published as a mezzotint, in the hopes that it would bring attention to the need for comprehensive pension legislation for the men who fought for American freedom. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the painting, which is featured in the exhibition America’s First Veterans. Free. At the Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:

Friday, November 15 at 7 PM, An Evening of Music for the Cello. The Guy Mason Community Music Program presents a recital by cellist Vasily Popov and his cello studio. Music by classical and contemporary composers will be performed. A reception to meet the artists will follow. If you plan to attend, please reply to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202 727 7527. Free. At Guy Mason Recreation Center, 3600 Calvert NW.

Friday, November 15 at 7:30 PM and Saturday, November 16 at 2:30 and 7:30 PM, Wilson HS Theater Presents Matilda! Based on Roald Dahl’s classic children’s book of the same name, Matilda follows Matilda Wormwood, a bright little girl who immerses herself in books. Matilda is discarded and belittled by her dimwitted parents—her father insists on calling her a boy and harps on her “stupidity” for preferring reading to watching the telly—and her hostile headmistress, the outrageous and wicked Miss Trunchbull. Reclusive, but with an ever-growing imagination and sharp mind, and with a caring protector in her teacher Miss Honey, Matilda dreams of a better life, daring to take a stand against unjust forces and to grasp her destiny in her own, tiny hands. You don't want to miss the high energy dances and catchy songs of this entertaining musical performance! Tickets: Adults: $15 ($10 for the Saturday matinee); Child/Student: $5 all performances. Buy tickets online: Cash/checks only at the door. Wilson High School Theater is at 3950 Chesapeake Street NW. More info:

Saturday, November 16 at 2 PM, A Right To The City Author Talk Series: Join us for a discussion with Susan Schaller about her book Business Improvement Districts and the Contradictions of Placemaking: BID Urbanism in Washington, DC. The “livable city,” the “creative city,” and more recently the “pop-up city” have become pervasive monikers that identify a new type of urbanism that has sprung up globally, produced and managed by the business improvement district and known colloquially by its acronym, BID. With this case study, Schaller draws on more than fifteen years of research to present a direct, focused engagement with both the planning history that shaped Washington, DC’s landscape and the intricacies of everyday life, politics, and planning practice as they relate to BIDs. Schaller is an assistant professor in urban studies, administration, and planning at the Division of Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Worker Education at the City College of New York. Free. At the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library, 3160 Sixteenth Street, NW. Register: Registration does not guarantee a seat. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, November 16 at 4 PM, Musical Conversations with WETA and Levine: “Transfigured Night.” Join Classical WETA host James Jacobs and Levine faculty artists in a broad-ranging lecture and conversation on the upcoming Levine Presents Concert, Transfigured Night: Stories of Love and Longing. Excerpts from the January 25 concert will be performed, including works by Alexander Borodin, Samuel Barber, and Arnold Schoenberg. Free with RSVP: At Levine Music, 2801 Upton Street NW.

Sunday, November 17 from 12 - 4 PM, Key School’s Harvest Festival, featuring live music, face painters, a moon bounce, slide, popcorn, prizes, games, and the best haunted house you have been through, complete with Stranger Things. Key School is at 5001 Dana Place NW

Sunday, November 17 at 4 PM, “Votes for Women: How the Battle Was Waged and Won,” an illustrated talk. One hundred years after the 1919 passage of the Constitutional amendment giving women the right to vote, the Chevy Chase Historical Society invites local residents to an illustrated talk byDr. Elizabeth Griffith, an authority on women’s history and author of the definitive biography of suffrage leader Elizabeth Cady Stanton, will present the program. Griffith’s book was named “one of the best books of the century” by editors of The New York Times and inspired Ken Burns’ PBS documentary, Not for Ourselves Alone. Griffith will describe the 80-year fight by an array of courageous women to secure the right to vote.  A reception with light refreshments will follow the program. No reservations are necessary. Questions may be directed to Chevy Chase Historical Society at 301-656-6141 or info @chevychasehistory dot org. Free. At the Jane Lawton Community Center, 4301 Willow Lane in the Town of Chevy Chase, MD

Sunday, November 17 at 4 PM, Apollo Orchestra Concert at the Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church. The principal cellist since 1996 of the New York Philharmonic, Carter Brey, will perform the Haydn Cello Concerto. The Apollo Orchestra, under the direction of Stephen Czarkowski, will also perform works by Respighi (Ancient Aires and Dance) and Schumann (Symphony No. 4). The free concert is at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW.  A reception to meet the artists will follow the concert. RSVPs are not necessary.

Monday, November 18, at  12:00 PM, Masculinity in the Civil War - GWU Museum & Textile Museum Panel Discussion with Richard Stott, GW professor of History, and James Broomall, director, Shepherd University's George Tyler Moore Center for the Study of the Civil War. Join two acclaimed scholars and authors to explore which aspects of masculinity were celebrated and shamed during the mid-nineteenth century. Free; no reservations required. Bring your lunch and enjoy a cup of coffee on us. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW. More info:

Monday,  November 18 at 6:30 PM, Jazz in the Basement Lecture Series: The Life and Music of Duke Pearson. DC Public Library’s new Jazz in the Basement Lecture Series brings to you The Life and Music of Duke Pearson hosted by vocalist and scholar, Integriti Reeves, with local curator, Bertrand Uberall. The program will include audio and visual examples and an audience Q&A to follow.  Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Tuesday, November 19, 2 – 3 PM, Pocahontas: Her Place in the Emerging Atlantic World and Nascent United States. Pocahontas lived and died not only in the maelstrom of the English-Powhatan encounter in the early seventeenth century, but at a singular moment in world history. She participated in the newly emerging Atlantic world. Her legacy helped shape Europeans’ conception of that world and the United States’ conception of itself for centuries. Why and how so? Cécile R. Ganteaume explores what history records about Pocahontas and her impact on European and American thought. About the Speaker: Cécile R. Ganteaume is a curator at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC. Ganteaume writes on American Indian art, culture, and history. She is co-curator of the award-winning exhibition Americans, on view at the museum on the National Mall through 2022. For further information visit Free. At the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street & Independence Ave.SW

Tuesday, November 19 at 6:30 PM, Celebrate Dinovember!: Meet a Paleontologist. Yes, dinosaurs once roamed the DC area and Peter Kranz, Ph.D., will visit Tenley-Friendship Library to teach us more. Dr. Kranz is the chief paleontologist at the Dinosaur Park in Laurel, MD, where visitors can help dig up dinosaur fossils. He is also the president of the Dinosaur Fund. Dr. Kranz will share dinosaur fossils and educate participants on local dinosaurs and the work of a paleontologist. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Tuesday, November 19, from 6:30 – 8 PM, Tudor Place Landmark Lecture: Bound by Fortune and Fortitude - The Calverts of Riversdale and Peters of Tudor Place, presented by Kristi Gross, Education Assistant & Researcher at Riversdale House Museum.  In June 1803, Rosalie Stier Calvert of Riversdale wrote of her niece, Martha Custis Peter: “Mrs Peeter [Peter] was with me [at my husband’s plantation]… which was a diversion, and making exertions to amuse her lifted my spirits.” Rosalie, a Flemish aristocrat who married Martha’s maternal uncle, was a friend, rival, and keen observer of the mistress of Tudor Place. This lecture by Kristi Gross, Education Assistant & Researcher at Riversdale House Museum, will examine the connections between the Calverts of Riversdale and the Peters of Tudor Place. Archival letters and images will illuminate a relationship that linked the high society of Georgetown and Maryland and reveal a rich portrait of nineteenth-century feminine gentility, spiced with tongue-in-cheek commentary from witty Rosalie. Explore how two families navigated both international and intimate crises, including the War of 1812 and Rosalie’s death at age 42, with her devoted niece Martha at her bedside. FREE/Pay what you can. At Tudor Place Historic House and Garden, 1644 31st Street NW. More info:       

Wednesday, November 20 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Film Screening of “Suppressed: The Fight to Vote.” 2018 was a contentious year featuring a high stakes mid-term election with several marquee races making news globally. Filmmaker Robert Greenwald examines that year's voter suppression efforts through the eyes of the Georgia voters affected by changes in voter access policies. Free. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. More info:

Wednesday, November 20 from 7 - 8:30 PM, Andrew Evans and The Black Penguin. On assignment for National Geographic, Andrew Evans traveled 12,000 miles by bus from Washington, DC to South America’s southernmost tip before crossing by ship to Antarctica. Per his assignment, all of this was documented, in real time, on Twitter, but also in video, blog form and a printed feature - The Black Penguin. Evans became a viral hit as National Geographic's "Digital Nomad" writer - the author charts a parallel journey in his book, that of a Mormon man coming to terms with his religion and his identity as a gay man. Come hear Andrew discuss his adventure. Free. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th Street NE. More info: and

Wednesday, November 20 at 7 PM, Workshop: Build the Cleveland Park of Your Dreams. At this free public workshop you will be given the opportunity to create your fantasy Cleveland Park streetscape, working on a computer program that will be familiar to anyone who has built a fantasy sports team online. Each participant will have a workstation and will be instructed how to use the program that lets you assemble each element of your desired Cleveland Park streetscape, selecting from a lineup of both historical and fantasy components. Participants can fill in buildings lots from menus showing what once existed in Cleveland Park, including: the Piggly Wiggly, the Cleveland Park Bookshop, a plumbing showroom of vintage 1930s designs, a rock quarry (yes, that was right on the corner of Newark and Connecticut Avenue), a People’s Drugstore with a lunch counter serving food at 1962 prices! -- and more. Or you may prefer to go for fantasy picks like a multi-story all-underground parking garage, or a unique hardware store/luxury spa combination, and/or a gracious public square with a chocolate fountain that runs all day long. This meeting will be held at the Cleveland Park Library but not the one that’s there now; this meeting will take place at the old Cleveland Park Library that was torn down. To get the password that unlocks the hidden doorway to the fantasy Cleveland Park meeting, go to:

Thursday, November 21 from 4 - 5 PM, 100 Years of Women Voting. Library of Congress’ Assistant Deputy Librarian Colleen Shogan will lead a panel discussion featuring two leading scholars on women and voting, University of Southern California’s Jane Junn, and University of Notre Dame’s Christina Wolbrecht. The conversation will focus on the 100 years of women voting in the United States since the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The event will highlight the recently opened LOC exhibit, “Shall Not Be Denied: Women Fight for the Vote.” Free. At the Library Of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Coolidge Auditorium, 10 First Street SE. Register: 

Thursday, November 21, 5–7 PM, Take 5! with Wayne Wilentz. Join multi-talented pianist, keyboardist, vocalist, composer, and arranger Wayne Wilentz and his band as they fill the dazzling Kogod Courtyard with tunes from the “Brazil Recordings” of legendary jazz artist Duke Pearson. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW. Tickets: Free. More info: 

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