Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, January 24 - 30, 2020

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. 24 at 12 PM, "Letter from Birmingham Jail" Discussion. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Week, please join us for a discussion on "Letter from Birmingham Jail". Copies are available at the Reference Desk of the West End Library. The discussion will take place in the Conference Room and may last approximately one and a half hours. For more information, please contact my.nguyen @ dc dot gov. Free. The West End Library is at  2301 L St. NW. More info:

Friday, January 24 at 2 PM, Cello and Piano Concert. You are invited to Guy Mason Recreation Center for an afternoon of cello and piano! See cellist Igor Zubkovsky and pianist Anna Ouspenskaya perform live in concert - free. Please RSVP by email to guymasonevents @ gmail dot com or call 202-727-7527. Guy Mason Recreation Center is at 3600 Calvert St, NW.

Saturday, January 25 from 3 - 4:30 PM, Author Talk with Karine Jean-Pierre. Join us as we host former Obama White House staffer, and's current Chief Public Affairs Officer for an author talk featuring political memoir, Moving Forward. Registration is encouraged, please click on to RSVP. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Free. At the Petworth Library, 4200 Kansas Ave. NW,

Saturday, January 25 1:30 - 4:30 PM Kennedy Center Chinese Family Day. The Kennedy Center welcomes you and your entire family to this free Lunar New Year party in honor of the Year of the Rat. Activities include a calligraphy demonstration, face painting, a dress-up photo booth featuring outfits from Cantonese opera, marionette puppets and red lantern-making. Guests will also be able to enjoy traditional Cantonese music demonstrations and an opera costume exhibit. At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F Street NW. More info:

Saturday, January 25, from 4:30 - 6 PM, A Warmer, Fuzzier Rodent? Rebranding the Year of the Rat: A Panel Discussion. Today marks the start of the Year of the Rat, the first of the 12 animals in the Chinese zodiac - and arguably the most problematic. Other animals that may seem less than noble when viewed through a western lens are the pig (whose year is often translated as Year of the Boar) and the chicken (given a stronger image with when translated as the term for the male of the species: Year of the Cock or Year of the Rooster), while the Year of the Cow is beefed up to become the Year of the Ox. Why does the rat (an even lowlier animal than a pig or a cow in standard Western iconography) not qualify for a similar linguistic upgrade? It’s entirely plausible to translate it as Year of the Mouse (it’s the same word in Chinese). Better still, picture another, more cuddly rodent - a hamster, say, or a chinchilla - in the lead-off role of the 12-year cycle. After the Kennedy Center Chinese Day festivities are done (see above for details), we will consider this matter under the guidance of a 3-person panel of experts, composed of a scholar of Chinese language, a translator of literary and historical works, and a public relations expert. Feel free to bring your own suggestions for a lovable rodent to take the place of the pestilent rat. If you can’t attend but wish to register your suggested rodent replacement name in advance, you may do so here: Free. At the Kennedy Center. 

Sunday, January 26 from 11 AM - 5 PM, Lunar New Year Celebration at the Freer|Sackler. The Smithsonian's Freer|Sackler, known for an extensive collection of vibrant and colorful Asian art, will ring in the Year of the Rat with its annual Lunar New Year celebration. Expect live musical performances, acrobatics, puppetry, a chance to sample spicy dishes and the opportunity to view Chinese art exhibitions. Free admission. The Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, 1050 Independence Avenue SW. 

Saturday, January 25 from 6 - 9 PM, Katzen Arts Center Winter Opening Reception. Mix and mingle with artists, curators, and fellow patrons and view six new exhibitions at our Winter opening reception. Free and open to all, no RSVP required. The AU Katzen Museum is on Massachusetts Avenue at the northeast corner of Nebraska Ave at Ward Circle. For information on the artists and exhibitions, see  and

Sunday January 26 at 2 PM, DC’s Chinese New Year Parade. This annual parade is one of DC’s signature Chinese New Year celebrations. With dozens of entries, this year’s parade promises to be the largest and most diverse yet. Expect Chinese folk dancers, beauty queens, firecrackers, kung fu demonstrations, floats (including lions and dragons) and plenty of pageantry as the procession winds through Chinatown. Free. Parade route starts at  6th and I (Eye) Street NW and ends at the stage set up at 6th and H Street NW. To view the route go to and click on “parade route PDF). For more details about the event, go to: 

Sunday, January 26 at  3 PM, Concert: Pianist James Litzelman will present a multi-media/lecture-recital of Hungarian pianist Franz Liszt, focusing on Liszt's lesser-known religiously inspired compositions, using video and slides as well as piano music. The concert will be followed by a reception and the opening of a photography show. Free. At National United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue NW.

Sunday, January 26 at 6 PM, Dolphins of the Potomac. Profs and Pints presents: Dolphins of the Potomac, with Janet Mann, professor of biology and psychology at Georgetown University and author of Deep Thinkers: Inside the Minds of Whales, Dolphins and Porpoises. Having spent 30 years studying wild bottlenose dolphins 13,000 miles away, in Western Australia, Janet Mann was overjoyed to encounter them in the Potomac River, literally in her backyard. She responded by launching the Potomac-Chesapeake Dolphin Project, a research project that has documented more than 1200 individuals, including one they watched being born in the Potomac River. Come hear her give a fascinating talk on Potomac dolphins and what the local research project has found. You'll walk out eager for a chance to look out over local waters with a heightened sense of wonder, eager to spot our smart aquatic friends. Advance tickets: $12, available at Doors: $15. Save $2 with student ID. Listed time is for doors. Talk starts 30 minutes later. Please arrive in plenty of time to place any order and be seated and settled before the talk begins. At Bier Baron Tavern and Comedy Loft, 1523 22nd St NW

Monday, January 27 at 12 noon, Lecture: DC Slave Escapes Through Bladensburg, presented by Douglas P. McElrath, director of special collections, University of Maryland. During the 18th and 19th centuries, DC was steeped in pro-slavery sentiment. In this talk, Douglas McElrath tells the stories of enslaved people who escaped captivity through Bladensburg and northwest Washington between 1790 and 1850. When the Federal City was established in 1790, slavery was very much a part of the local economy. Enslaved individuals took many opportunities to escape their bondage in the Capital, using routes and paths through the northwestern region of the District. Often, slave owners would attempt to recapture theses runaway enslaved people, as George Washington did in 1796 with his enslaved servant Ona Judge. Attempts to recapture individuals was not always successfuly, and many people achieved their freedom from slavery in the District. Free, no rsvp needed. At The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW,

Tuesday, January 28 from 5:15 - 6:45 PM, Open House with information about free music classes for children. The Junior Choir at Pilgrim Lutheran Church is now accepting new members for its community music program including opportunities to sing on Sunday services and for the upcoming Spring Musical Revue. The Spring Musical Revue includes selections from Annie, Lion King, The Sound of Music and The Boy From New York City. In the open house, children will enjoy singing, musical activities and snacks. Parents will learn more about this exciting FREE community program that gives children the opportunity to learn, perform and share the love for music in a fun, kind, and collaborative setting. All levels welcome from grades 3 to 8. Pilgrim Lutheran Church is at 5500 Massachusetts Avenue, Bethesda MD. Please RSVP:

Tuesday, January 28 at 7 PM, Homelessness: A Panel Discussion. Join the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library and the DC Public Library for a panel discussion on homelessness. Panelists will discuss causes and solutions to homelessness, the critical role outreach workers play in supporting people experiencing homelessness and ending homelessness for individuals, and how community members can be involved in advocacy efforts to end homelessness in the District. Panelists include: Jean Badalamenti, MSW, Health and Human Services Manager, DC Public Library; Alan Banks, Community Engagement Associate, Friendship Place; Antwan Gillis, Project Coordinator, Street Outreach Services, Friendship Place; Lara Pukatch, MA, Director of Advocacy, Miriam's Kitchen. Free. At Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

Tuesday, January 28 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Karl Popper in a Nutshell. Philosopher Mark Amadeus Notturno, a scholar specializing in epistemology, philosophy of science and the philosophy of logic, will be on hand to discuss the work of science philosopher Karl Popper. Free and open to all. At the Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW. More info:

Wednesday January 29 at 6:30 PM, Author’s Talk – The Insurgent Delegate: Selected Letters and Other Writings of George Thatcher. William C. diGiacomantonio, chief historian of the U.S. Capitol Historical Society, discusses and signed copies of his edited volume of selected letters of George Thatcher, a US representative from Maine throughout the Federalist Era—the most critical and formative period of American constitutional history. The more than two hundred letters Thatcher wrote during his forty-year career as a country lawyer, national legislator, and state supreme court justice document his experiences as a New England Federalist, abolitionist, religious dissenter and pedagogical innovator. The talk will last approximately 45 minutes, followed by a book signing and refreshments. At Anderson House, Society of the Cincinnati, 2118 Massachusetts Avenue NW. Registration is required for this free event. More info:   

Thursday, January 30 from 8 - 10 PM, Dunedin Consort. Hear “Bach at his most ravishing” (The Independent) in what promises to be an extraordinary concert by Scotland’s Dunedin Consort. Led by harpsichordist and organist John Butt, a pre-eminent Bach scholar, the ensemble makes its first Washington appearance with an intimate, elegant band of eleven players, revealing the virtuosic instrumental writing of the composer’s cantatas and concerti, often heard in much larger configurations. This is an exceptional group, with performances marked by what The Times calls “the sheer sense of joy.” Pre-Concert Conversation with the Artists in Whittall Pavilion starts at 6:30 PM. Program includes: Orchestral Suite in B minor, BWV 1067; Cantata “Widerstehe doch der Sünde,” BWV 54; Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV 1049; Cantata “Wergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust,” BWV 170; Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV 1050. In the Library of Congress Thomas Jefferson Building - Coolidge Auditorium (LJG45A), 10 1st Street SE. The event is free, but tickets are required, and there may be special restrictions. Click the link below for more information and to secure your ticket: More information:      

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