Thursday, November 21, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, November 22 - 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Postcard 1900 (public domain)
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 22 at 6 PM, Free Folger Friday: Mozart vs. Salieri. Classical WETA’s James Jacobs explores the history of the “Mozart vs. Salieri” myth, providing historical context for the action of Peter Shaffer’s play. How does mediocrity stack up to genius? Did Salieri really poison Mozart? While these composers did and wrote much to create this historical fantasy, they were helped along by two centuries of pop culture; their rivalry depicted in opera, film, and literary adaptations. Despite all of this, a recently-unearthed cantata believed to be co-written by Mozart and Salieri hints at a professional understanding that may have existed after all. After this Free Folger Friday, join us for the 8pm performance of Amadeus. Reserve your free tickets online or call the Box Office at 202.544.7077. The Folger Shakespeare Library is at 201 East Capitol Street SE.

Saturday, November 23 from 10 AM - 1 PM, Thanksgiving Gleaning at Firebird Farm - by UDC Causes. The end of the outdoor growing season is here! UDC’s College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Sciences (CAUSES), Center for Urban Agriculture and Gardening Education (CUAGE), will host a Thanksgiving Gleaning Day, free and open to the public. Join us as we harvest all of the plants in the fields. Participants will be instructed by a UDC staff member on harvesting techniques for gleaning fall produce such as kale, collard greens, cauliflower, cabbage, and sweet potatoes. The produce will be donated to organizations that provide hunger relief support to the underserved and homeless communities in the District. Volunteers who help with the harvest will be able to take home one FREE bag of produce. Participants can also tour the aquaponics and hydroponics systems. Register: Firebird Research Farm is at 12001 Old Baltimore Pike, Beltsville, MD 20705. Questions? Contact Matthew Gardine, matthew.gardine @ udc dot edu.

Saturday, November 23 at 1 PM, Film Screening and Discussion: The Invalid Corps. Join the Center for Accessibility in celebrating Veteran’s Day with a film screening of The Invalid Corps, followed by a discussion with Executive Producer, Day Al-Mohamed. Film synopsis: It is July 1864 and Confederate General Jubal Early is at the gates of Washington, DC. The city is in panic. Almost every able-bodied soldier from the Union has already been sent south with General Grant for the siege of Petersburg. The only defenders remaining are clerks, government officials, and the Invalid Corps. Created in 1863, the Invalid Corps was made up of men who had been “disabled by wounds or by disease contracted in the line of duty” – men missing limbs, and eyes, those with rheumatism, epilepsy, bullet injuries, those with what we would now call PTSD, and many others. These men, these invalids, were to serve as guards in cities, escort prisoners of war, provide security for railroads and supply depots freeing up able-bodied men to fight at the front. And now these “invalids” are all that stand between General Early’s 15,000 fighting men, and Washington City.... This is the story of men with disabilities, of men with honor, and of men whose place in history shouldn’t be forgotten. We are proud to tell you of the Invalid Corps and the men who served in it. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Sunday, November 24 from 2 - 5 PM, “Art Works Now” exhibit and free shelter building class from A Cat's Life Rescue, Come to help your outdoor kitties with a winter cat-shelter building class, complete with the supplies to build and decorate your own cat shelter to take home. We will bring the supplies and snacks—you bring the compassion for the outdoor cats in your community. Location: “Art Works Now,” 4800 Rhode Island Avenue, Suite 1, Hyattsville, MD, 20781 Questions? Email info @ acatsliferescue dot org.

Sunday, November 24 at 3 PM, Passing: Crossing the (so called) Racial Boundaries. Join the Bethel Dukes Branch of  the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) and the Woodridge Neighborhood Library for a presentation by Linda White on passing. With DNA tests, many of those who identify as white are discovering African ancestry. How could that be? Maybe it’s because some of their black ancestors "passed" as white. Linda Crichlow White discusses some of the literature about passing and illustrates some people in her family who crossed the color line, while discussing some of the implications for everyone -- those  who are discovering new ancestors; health matters; social histories and connecting with your DNA cousins. Free. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE,

Sunday November 24 from 3 - 5 PM, Sandy Spring Museum Jam. Bring your stringed instrument and join a bluegrass jam at the Museum. Whether you are a relative newbie to jamming or a seasoned musician, you will enjoy the camaraderie as we share favorite songs and learn from one another. All ages are welcome. Listeners welcome, too.  Hosted by Mary Burdette of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Bruce Evans of the Fire Hazards.This is a free event! Sandy Spring Museum is at 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD. Register:   

Monday, November 25 at 12 noon, Lecture: History of the U.S. Marine Corps Band. Join U.S. Marine Corps musician and librarian Charles Paul for a unique history of the President’s Own, America’s oldest continuously active professional musical organization. Free, no RSVP needed. At the George Washington University Museum and Textile Museum, 701 21st Street NW. More info:   

Monday, November 25 at 4 PM, Workshop: 1001 Ways to Make a Turkey for a Preschool Class. Do you have a preschooler or a toddler in daycare? Has this happened to you? Your small child comes home from daycare or preschool with a note that says, on the last day of class before Thanksgiving, please send a turkey in with your child. No, they don’t mean a real frozen bird - they mean you are supposed to send one of the following things: a “hand turkey” traced from your toddler’s hand and decorated with feathers and brown and red and orange glitter; or a tin foil turkey that you have shaped from aluminum foil, possibly embellished with crepe paper or construction paper, and/or buttons and yarn; or it could be a turkey sculpted from tuna salad and decorated with carrot slivers and celery sticks. Who knows what your instructions will be? You only know you have never done this before and you don’t want your kid to be the only one coming in that day without the required Thanksgiving Object. You need this workshop! We will cover every type of fake turkey your preschool teacher could possibly throw at you! Five hours. Cost: $225 plus $60 materials fee. It will be totally worth it! Sign up here:   

Tuesday, November 26 at 3:45 PM, Have Your Art Featured In The New Martin Luther King Jr. Library: Protest Button Art Workshop. Teens are invited to join an art workshop inspired by protest buttons from the DC Public Library’s collections and design a button about an issue that matters to you. Your button will become part of the Martin Luther King Jr. Library's new entryway designed by DC artist Nekisha Durrett. Free. At the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW,

Wednesday, November 27 from 12 - 12:30 PM, Express Lunchtime Talk: NMWA Director of Education and Interpretation Deborah Gaston discusses a sampling of works in Live Dangerously exhibition. About the exhibition: Live Dangerously features fierce, dreamy, and witty images of the female figure integrated into Earth’s terrain. Photographs by 12 artists depict women claiming their natural environments, illuminating the planet’s surface as a stage for human drama. Free, no reservations needed. Meet by the 2nd-floor elevators at the National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Ave NW. More info:

Thursday, November 28 at 10 AM, Opening of the Holiday Display Exhibit at the US Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW. More info:   

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