Thursday, January 16, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, January 17 - 23, 2020

MLK image from DC Public Library
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, January 17 at 12:30 PM, Lunch Bite Lecture: British Military Wall Gun. Join Society of the Cincinnati’s Executive Director Jack Warren for a discussion of a Revolutionary War-period British military wall gun and its unique role in eighteenth-century warfare. With an overall length of more than six feet, a weight exceeding thirty-five pounds and a .98-caliber bore that fired a lead ball up to a mile, the wall gun was intended as a fixed weapon in the defense of fortifications during siege warfare. In America, where they were imported beginning before the French and Indian War, British and colonial troops also used wall guns as mobile artillery and along the decks of ships. The example recently acquired for the Institute’s collections was privately made in London by William Brander, ca. 1755, following the British military pattern established in 1738. The presentation will last approximately 30 minutes with time afterwards for up-close viewing of the gun. Free. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. More info:  

Friday, January 17 from 6:30 - 8 PM, History Happy Hour at the Sandy Spring Museum: Wire Guys and Shooters: The Best of Sports Journalism. Writer Steve Ginsburg (a wire guy) and photographer Mark Goldman (a shooter) will regale us with anecdotes about covering the world of sports, from the pressures of being a “wire guy” – the journalists who write the stories that get fed to thousands of newspapers and broadcasters throughout the world – to the challenge of “shooters” – those who take the jaw-dropping images during the most crucial moments of a big game. This program, which is being held in conjunction with Actions and Reactions: Sports Photography by Mark Goldman, examines the intense pressure of writing a compelling account of the biggest events in sports – the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the World Series – and capturing the images that provide the visual documentation. Steven Ginsburg was the North American Sports Editor for Reuters for thirty years. Mark Goldman has been a sports photographer for over thirty-five years. His photos have appeared in every major sports publication including covers of the venerable magazine Sports Illustrated. Ticket prices -$15 for Museum members, $20 for non-members - include happy hour drinks and snacks. Reserve your spot: Sandy Spring Museum is at 17901 Bentley Rd, Sandy Spring, MD 

Saturday, January 18 at 9:30 AM, Meet-up to March to the Women’s March. Come join with others for the 3rd Women's March, which will take place starting at Freedom Plaza this Saturday (gathering from 10-11 AM, march starts at 11 AM). Foundation Fit co-owner Dega Schembri invites you to join with her and others for a pre-march gathering at Foundation Fitness, 3525 Connecticut Avenue NW, for coffee, tea and snacks at 9:30 AM, and then starting at 10 AM, the group will walk the 3.2 miles to Freedom Plaza (or you may choose to take Metro). For more info on the Women’s March and to register, go to: Please RSVP at (202) 537-0539 if you plan on joining with us and Marching to the March! It’s on, whatever the weather.

Saturday, January 18 from 12 - 5 PM, Fire and Ice Festival at DC Wharf. Some like it hot, some like it cold. Join The Wharf for the second annual Fire & Ice Festival, featuring the WAFF Ice House (benefit for Washington Area Fuel Fund). Enter to win exciting prizes, see local celebrities “chill” in the house, try out the "Bring the Heat" thermal photo booth, and enjoy face-painting, fire twirlers, an ice sculptor, music with DJ, whiskey sampling stations, and more!. At 2 PM you will have a chance to meet  former Redskin Brian Mitchell and Washington Bullet Phil Chenier. There is no admission charge to visit the Ice House. All are welcome. At District Pier, 101 District Square SW. More info:   

Saturday, January 18 9 AM - 5 PM & Sunday, January 19, 9 AM - 4 PM, NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo - two days of free fun, fitness and information to inspire and motivate you to make 2020 your best year yet. When you arrive, be sure to grab a program for the complete weekend schedule and a map so you can make the most of your experience. Many faves from previous years will be returning, including health cooking demos, rock climbing, free group workouts, yoga and meditation, World of Dance and the Zumba Zone. At the Sustainability Learning Lab in the Changing Climate/Alerta Verde area, discover how to travel without compromising your ethics or health, how to detox your home, how to grow food in small spaces and more. At our Hazte Contar/Be Counted space, get information on the 2020 US Census and learn how you can register to vote. You can see what it's like to be a meteorologist in front of a green screen at the NBC4/T44 booth; undergo health screenings, including for vision, hearing, blood pressure and breast health, and get information on health insurance, addiction/recovery and more. You can also get a flu shot. If you're in search of a job, you can speak with recruiters at a job fair at the expo. All free. At the  Walter E. Washington Convention Center --take the Metro (Green or Yellow line) to Mount Vernon Square/7th Street-Convention Center. The Gallery Place-Chinatown station (Red, Green and Yellow lines) is also just a short walk away. 

Sunday January 20 from 3 - 9:30 PM,The 5th Annual Jazz and Freedom Festival, an MLK weekend celebration of live music, learning and activism, presented by CapitalBop, Shannon Gunn and Eaton DC, featuring Todd Marcus, Cristian Perez, Angel Bethea, the Jazz and Freedom Octet, and poet/community advocate Claudia Rojas .This music festival gathers members of DC’s overlapping communities of artists, activists and audiences for a day of music and conversation around a different social justice issue. It also operates as a benefit for a community organization doing activist work in the DMV: Empower DC in 2015, Black Lives Matter DMV in 2016, WPFW 89.3 FM in 2017, and the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation in 2019. This year, our partner organization is actually a coalition: ICE Out of DC, a group of organizations committed to fighting the abusive behavior of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents within DC communities. Give what you can (suggested donation $20) - all proceeds benefit ICE Out of DC. At Eaton DC, 1201 K St. NW, Full schedule of activities available here:   

Monday, January 20 from 11 AM - 5 PM, MLK Day Peace Walk, Parade and Health Fair. Please join Mayor Muriel Bowser and members of the Bowser Administration for the 2020 Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Peace Walk and Parade! Join us in honoring a great American hero in the nation's capital of a country that will be forever changed by his legacy. All are welcome! We will assemble at 11 AM am at the intersection of MLK Jr. Ave SE and Good Hope Road SE. There will also be a Health and Community Fair at the R.I.S.E. Gateway Pavilion (2730 MLK Ave SE) from 12 noon - 3 PM. Free. Register (not required) at  

Monday January 20 at 1 PM, For Toni: A Tribute to Toni Morrison.You are invited to Tenley Friendship Library to see Liberated Muse, the all-female arts collective, bring Toni Morrison's life and work to life in an hour-long musical and spoken word performance. More info: Free. At the Tenley Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW 

Monday January 20 at 3 PM, The Essential Theater Presents: 1001 Black Inventions. Written and directed by Ersky Freeman, 1001 Black Inventions is an eye-opening play that introduces audiences to brilliant black men and women inventors. Audiences will be taken into the twilight zone utilizing a typical American family attempting to survive in a world without inventions created by Africans and African Americans. Be prepared to laugh yourself into the realization that black ingenuity is an integral part of your everyday life. Free. One Performance Only: Seating is first-come first-served. At Anacostia Library, 1800 Good Hope Road SE More info: 

Tuesday, January 21 at 6 PM, Author talk and book signing by retired Washington Post columnist Bob Levey - presented by Northwest Neighbors Village. Join us as Bob Levey discusses the “The Golden Era at The Washington Post." Bob will also be available to sign copies of his recently published first novel, “Larry Felder, Candidate,” which will be available for sale. It’s the story of a famous Washington columnist who abandons journalism to run for Congress in the Maryland suburbs. Larry’s path is anything but smooth. He confronts love, corruption, those pesky newspaper reporters and the unforeseen. But the good guys win in the end, and loyalty wins most of all. Free admission. At Forest Hills of DC (4901 Connecticut Ave., NW - in the Assembly Hall). RSVP here: 

Tuesday, January 21 at 7 PM, Tuesday Talk: "Science, Innovation, and Job Creation for a New Era" with Simon Johnson, MIT Sloan School of Management. Simon Johnson discusses his new book, “Jump-Starting America,” which proposes increased support for science to spread opportunities around the country, and to create an Innovation Dividend that puts cash in the pockets of all Americans. Simon Johnson is the Ronald A. Kurtz (1954) Professor of Entrepreneurship at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he is also head of the Global Economics and Management group and chair of the Sloan Fellows MBA Program Committee. He cofounded and currently leads the Global Entrepreneurship Lab (GLAB) course, which has jump-started start-up companies around the world. At the Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Ave NW. Free and open to the public. Seating is on a first come first serve basis, so please come early to get your choice of seats. RSVPs are strongly encouraged: This event is brought to you by the Cleveland Park Business Association, Cleveland and Woodley Park Village, and DC Public Library.

Wednesday, January 22 at 6 PM, Movie Night at West End Library: Martin Luther King Jr: We Shall Overcome. Visit West End library for a screening of “Martin Luther King Jr: We Shall Overcome.” This historical compilation features highlights of major speeches given by the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. The film is not rated, and should end around 6:50 PM. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW, 

Wednesday, January 22 at 6 PM, Book Talk: John White Alexander on the Verge of Being Modern. Join Mary Anne Goley, former director of the Fine Arts Program of the Federal Reserve Board, as she discusses her recent book, John White Alexander: An American Artist in the Gilded Age. Goley shares insights into the portraits that made John White Alexander famous and the visual culture of the late nineteenth century. Stay for a book signing after the talk. Free. At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, MacMillan Education Center, 8th and F Streets NW. More info: 

Thursday, January 23 at 7 PM, Stargazing with Telescopes at the Cleveland Park Library. Join us at the Cleveland Park Library for a very special late-night event! Come to the garden outside the Children's Room to hear local astronomy experts talk about the night sky, the International Space Station and the winter hexagon. We will look at the stars through telescopes. Please dress warmly! Rain or snow date: Thursday, Jan. 30. Free. The Cleveland Park Library is at 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW, 

Thursday, January 23 at 10 PM, Bait an Astronomer: Any Idiot Can Play! Have you ever had a sneaking desire to drive someone crazy over something absolutely bats? Come to our fun little game called "Bait an Astronomer" and immediately following the "Stargazing with Telescopes" event shown above, try it out on the unsuspecting, legitimate scientists who study the stars. All you have to do is confuse the word "astronomer" with "astrologer" -- and after you've been corrected and perhaps been told (patiently, logically, but perhaps with an exasperated sigh) that astrology is superstition and astronomy is what real scientists do), you, and any others who have come to make mischief, can keep conflating the two, and follow-up by asking seemingly serious questions about how the stars in the zodiac influence our lives from birth. Keep doing it until you get a rise out of someone - then you've won (the prize of being an Idiot). Free and open to all. To register for this event and receive a few sample questions and comments to throw at astronomers, go to:

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