Thursday, January 30, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, January 31 - February 6, 2020

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We wanted to share some events and activities that list members might be interested in. 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, email us at events @ fastmail dot net.  

Peggy Robin and Bill Adler
Publishers, Cleveland Park Listserv

Friday January 31 from 6 - 8 PM, Pree & Carly Harvey, presented by the Luce Unplugged Community Showcase Series. Enjoy DC’s best local artists paired with local beers, while surrounded by beautiful artworks in the Luce Foundation Center. Free tastings (21+) provided by Anxo Cider. Additional libations and snacks are available for purchase from an on-site bar. 6 PM: Carly Harvey; 7 PM: Pree. Free. Concert suitable for all ages. On the 3rd Floor - Luce Foundation Center at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Street NW. More info:     

Saturday, February 1 from 10 AM - 5 PM, Hillwood Crêpe Day: Celebrate La Chandeleur! La Chandeleur, also known as Crêpe Day, marks the halfway point between winter and spring. In France, families celebrate by eating crêpes, which are round and golden like the springtime sun.  We invite families to celebrate this holiday in festive French fashion amidst Hillwood's magnificent setting and exquisite French treasures. Snack on a tasty treat of sweet crêpes. Hear classic French tales inspired by scenes from La Fontaine fables that are pictured on tapestries covering chairs from France displayed in the mansion. Explore Hillwood's French treasures through docent-led, family-friendly gallery talks and a printed treasure hunt. Decorate a plate with fanciful designs and flourishes inspired by Hillwood's French Sèvres porcelain.Tickets: $18; $15 Senior; $12 Member; $10 Student; $5 Child (ages 3-18); free for children under 3, available online at or at the door. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens is located at 4155 Linnean Avenue NW.    

Saturday, February 1 from 11:30 AM - 3 PM, Lunar New Year at SAAM. Celebrate the Lunar New Year with the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Chinese Embassy. Help ring in the Year of the Rat with a variety of performances and activities. Enjoy Chinese ribbon dancing, acrobatic yo-yo performances, a lion dance, and an interactive magic show. Artists from the city of Shenzhen demonstrate ink finger-printing, wood printing, and how to make hands-on shadow puppets and dough figurines. Check out calligraphy demonstrations by the Confucius Institute at George Washington University, and Chinese paper cuts and good luck envelopes with the Confucius Institute at George Mason University. Go on an art scavenger hunt, create your own New Year craft, and enjoy delicious treats available for purchase at the Courtyard Café. Let’s “awaken the lion” and celebrate the New Year! Free. In the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 8th and F Streets, NW. Event Link:      

Sunday, February 2, 8:30 AM, Groundhog Day in Dupont Circle. Dupont Festival is hosting its annual Groundhog Day celebration in Dupont Circle Park. Potomac Phil, the National Groundhog, will make an appearance and offer weather and political predictions. Phil will let us know whether to expect six more weeks of winter or an early spring. Live accordion music, polka dancers, puppet show, VIP celebrities and more. Potomac Phil will emerge at approximately 8:30 am (or whenever he damn well pleases). For more info visit the Facebook page:        

Sunday, February 2 at 10 AM, Groundhog vs. Woodchuck: A Debate. On this Groundhog Day - or should that be Woodchuck Day? - it’s the perfect time to consider the taxonomic merits and demerits of different terms for the same weather-prognosticating, hibernating rodent. In addition to Team Groundhog and Team Woodchuck, we will also have a third team of debaters made up of advocates of even lesser-known appellations, including “Whistle-Pig,” “Land Beaver” and “Giant Ground Squirrrel.”(Yes, these are all real and you can learn more about them here: At the end of the evening you can vote on which team of debaters won the day. Those who favor the term woodchuck will also be asked to calculate how much wood a woodchuck could chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood, while those who favor groundhog will figure how much ground a groundhog could hog if a groundhog could hog ground. If you can’t attend, you can still vote in our online poll at:        

Sunday, February 2 at 2 PM, "American Trauma: How the NRA Sparked a Medical Revolution" - film screening and discussion. Understand gun violence issues from an ER doctor's perspective: “I see more gunshot wounds as a trauma surgeon here in the United States per week than I did when I was serving in Afghanistan,” says Dr. Mallory Williams, chief of the Division of Trauma and Critical Care at Howard University Hospital. Q&A and discussion will follow, with speakers: Dr. David Reines (Inova Hospital), Dr. Joseph Sakran (Johns Hopkins Hospital) and Dr. Mallory Williams (Howard University Hospital). This film is part of the 2020 GVP film series sponsored by the DC Area Interfaith Gun Violence Prevention Network. Series dates and locations at: Free. At St. Columba’s Church, 4201 Albemarle St NW    

Monday, February 3 at 1 PM, Documentary Matinee: Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story. The Georgetown Neighborhood Library will have a screening of Long Time Coming: A 1955 Baseball Story. In 1955, when racial segregation defined the South, two groups of twelve-year-old boys stepped onto a baseball field in a non-violent act of cultural defiance that would change the course of history. Free. The Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW,       

Tuesday, February 4 from 9:30 - 11 AM, A Conversation with Janet Yellen and David Malpass. Global growth has slowed despite low interest rates and bond yields. Meanwhile, debt is reaching record levels in major markets. The domestic and international economic outlooks remain uncertain. On February 4, join the Bipartisan Policy Center and Marketplace host Kai Ryssdal for a wide-ranging conversation with former Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen and World Bank Group President David Malpass on the economic prospects for the United States and the world. Advance registration is required for this event. Register by Friday, January 31 at: Free. At the Jack Morton Auditorium, George Washington University Media and Public Affairs Building, 805 21st Street NW. More info:    

Wednesday, February 5 from 6:30 - 8 PM, Talk: Notre-Dame and National Cathedral at a Crossroads. Learn what preservation architects and engineers are doing to safeguard our cultural heritage following the devastating fire at Notre-Dame de Paris and severe earthquake damage at Washington National Cathedral. Hear what stewardship of these iconic buildings means in light of new fire suppression technologies, preservation best-practices, and contemporary design approaches. Panel: Tom Mayes, chief legal officer and general counsel, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Kevin Murphy, Andrew W. Mellon Chair in the Humanities, professor and chair of the History of Art, Vanderbilt University; William Richards (moderator), writer and architectural historian; Benjamin Roehrig, political counsellor, Embassy of France, Washington, DC; James Shepherd, AIA, principal and director, Historic Preservation at SmithGroup, Washington, DC. Tickets: Free, Member National Building Museum; $10 Student with ID; $20 Non-member - go to: This program takes place at the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW 

Thursday, February 6 at 12 PM, Chamber Music at Noon. DC Public Library presents a chamber music series (formerly titled the Brown Bag Chamber Recital), free and open to the public. Performers include internationally known, local musicians Ralitza Patcheva and Vasily Popov, as well as  featured guest performers throughout the year. This concert series will take place at the West End Neighborhood Library located at 2301 L St. NW. More info on this concert and the series:   

Thursday, February 6 at 6:30 PM, Harry Potter Book Night. Attention all muggles, wizards and witches. February 6 is Harry Potter Book Night at Chevy Chase Library. Be ready for a night of wizarding fun with trivia, games and more to celebrate the magical world of Harry Potter.  Wizarding dress is not required, but it is encouraged. Free. At Chevy Chase Library, 5625 Connecticut Ave. NW,      

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