Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Get Out! The Events Column, December 13 - 19, 2019

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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, December 13 at 12:15 PM, Art Bites Gallery Talk: Blue Balls. Take a lunch break and join SAAM’s research fellows and curators as they share their new discoveries about artworks from the collection. In this installment, Postdoctoral Fellow Elizabeth Buhe speaks about Sam Francis’s abstract painting Blue Balls. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) - meet in the G Street Lobby (8th & F Streets NW). More info:

Friday, December 13 at 1300 hours, The Last Friday the 13th of the Decade: I’m Not ‘Fraid of That Date! Here’s your last chance before we ring in the decade of the '20s to reject superstition and take a stand for rational thought and scientific reasoning. No better way to do that than at this public affirmation of the Scientific Method, set for Friday the Thirteenth - the last one of the Twenty-Teens. After we all take the pledge to be rational in all things, we will walk under ladders, open umbrellas indoors, step on cracks as a black cat crosses our path, light three things with the same match, and for the grand finale, we will smash a giant mirror (safety goggles will be provided). Disclaimer: We would do all these things if this were a real event instead of The Weekly Fake Event

Saturday, December 14 at 10 AM, Holly Follies - Holiday Puppet Show. Come with us to the North Pole where Holly the Elf is hosting a talent show. Frosty the Snowman, singing sled dogs, an ice-skating teddy bear and others stand by ready to get you into the holiday spirit. And don't miss the sing along with Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Join us in this holiday extravaganza that is guaranteed to enchant audiences of all ages. FREE. At 1733 16th St. NW. Free Parking in the back of the building. More info:

Saturday, December 14 from 11 AM - 3 PM, EdFest - the District’s annual public school fair by My School DC. Come and explore the city’s many public school options (PK3 - grade 12) for your child, and meet with representatives from each of your DCPS and public charter schools. With the launch of the public school lottery application on December 16, 2019 for the 2020-21 school year, EdFEST is a timely event to help you make informed choices. You can also count on the following free services at EdFEST: Kids eat free! Free boxed lunches for children and youth up to age 18 provided by DC Central Kitchen (while supplies last) from 11am-1pm. Get your flu shot at EdFEST! Key educational information, including a section dedicated to “Special Education in the District” where families can speak with representatives from agencies that support students with disabilities. Meet WordGirl and learn about all the creative and educational programming WETA TV offers! And much more! Interpretation in American Sign Language, Spanish, Amharic, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and French available throughout the day. Admission and parking are free. Learn more at Register at At DC Armory, 2001 East Capitol Street SE.

Saturday, December 14 at 1 PM, Film Screening: Why We Cycle. The Netherlands is regarded as the best country on earth for cycling. But the Dutch rarely think about their country as a cycling paradise; they just get on their bikes and go about their daily business. The film "Why We Cycle" explores some of the obvious and not-so-obvious effects of cycling on people, communities and cities. Join us as we screen this insightful and thought-provoking film that brings together cutting edge scholarly research with ordinary lived experiences of cycling and mobility, followed by a discussion about the state of cycling in the District, what we can learn from the Dutch, and much more! RSVP on Eventbrite: Free. Space is limited. At the Northeast Library, 330 7th St. NE. More info:   

Saturday, December 14 from 4 to 7 PM, Winter's Eve at Glen Echo Park. Winter's Eve is is the Glen Echo Park Partnership's annual holiday-themed event. It's open to the public, and visitors of all ages are invited to the Park to explore the arts through hands-on crafts, holiday music and sing-alongs, a hot chocolate bar, holiday shopping, and more! Most activities are FREE. The event schedule may be picked up in the Arcade Building lobby. (That’s the building that has a giant neon “Popcorn” sign on it!) More info: Glen Echo Park is at 7300 Macarthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD

Sunday, December 15 at 1 PM, It’s a Small World After All: Art Wraps on Historic Georgia Avenue. This is the final event in a series that explores DC history, public art and storytelling. Ready to work on your own project? Community historian Peter Stebbins and Matt McFarland of Georgia Avenue Thrive will provide a how-to-guide on organizing, installing, and preserving public art in DC. Also, a visit from DC Public Library's Memory Lab. This event is recommended for ages 18+. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW.  More info:

Monday, December 16 at 7 PM, WAPAVA Presents The Ghosts of Christmas Past: A History of Ford’s Theatre's A Christmas Carol. Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive (WAPAVA) presents "The Ghosts of Christmas Past: A History of Ford’s Theatre's A Christmas Carol." Join WAPAVA's Executive Director Bridget Grace Sheaff and Artistic Programming Manager Erika Scott to discuss and explore Ford's Theatre holiday favorite A Christmas Carol. With clips from the 2015 and 2018 productions, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Come get into the holiday spirit and learn about this family favorite. Free. At the  Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW. More info:

Tuesday, December 17 at 4 PM, Lantern Making Workshop. Keep the winter chill away with a lantern. We’ll be making different types of lanterns and nibbling wintry snacks during this workshop. At 5:15pm., we’ll go behind the library to light our lanterns and enjoy some hot chocolate. This free program is for all ages. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Tuesday, December 17 from 6 - 8 PM, 40 Thieves, Irish folk rock. Evenings at the Garden are magical! Come hear festive seasonal music while exploring Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens. 40 Thieves have established themselves as one of the best loved Irish bands in the Metro DC area. From the cozy confines of the DC area's best Irish pubs to the wide-open stages of the festival circuit, this rocking ensemble has wowed the crowds by wedding old fashioned and newfangled Irish music with straight ahead rock and roll. Please note: Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Conservatory Garden Court of the United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW. Free, no pre-registration required. More info:

Wednesday, December 18 from 6 - 7 PM, Light Up Southwest. The Southwest Business Improvement District (SWBID) has partnered with the Southwest Neighborhood Assembly (SWNA) for a little friendly competition + a neighborhood holiday celebration! SW neighborhood residents have been invited to decorate their windows this holiday season and bring a little more light and joy to the SW neighborhood. Photos may be displayed via social media using the hashtag #LightUpSouthwest. The competition will feature 3 residential categories: best window, balcony, and house - as well as a new category for best retail. Winners will be announced at the neighborhood gathering where you can enjoy hot cocoa, holiday crafts, and music. All are welcome. At the Southwest Duck Pond - map here:

Thursday, December 19 from 6 - 7:30 PM, Vision Board Party. Ready for the New Year? Join us as we dare to envision a 2020 full of glitz, glue and intention at Petworth's Vision Board Party!  Vision board making is the collection and expression of your goals and dreams in visual form. It can serve as a great art piece, or motivational reminder throughout the year. Art supplies will be provided, however feel free to bring your own images, inspirational quotes and other materials. This event is recommended for ages 13+. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Thursday, December 19 from 6 - 8 PM, Lox & Vodka - Seasonal Music at the Garden. Evenings at the Garden are magical! Come hear festive seasonal music while exploring Season’s Greenings: America’s Gardens. Lox & Vodka performs rousing klezmer, Jewish, and spiritually enriching music that spans the ages. Join them as they sing in different languages, dance, and enjoy the warmth of the holiday together. Please note: Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. At the Conservatory Garden Court of the United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Avenue, SW. Free, no pre-registration required. More info:    

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