Thursday, January 9, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, January 9 - 16, 2020

Galette des Rois
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 10 from 7 - 9 PM, Soirée Galette des Rois. The Alliance Française of Washington DC's Galette des Rois super evening will let you test your knowledge of French songs, French films, and French literature in a mega blind test! Join us for an evening of fun, laughs and games and of course for King Cake and Wine! Free for AFDC members and Cultura Pass holders. General Admission: $10 - 1 free slice of Galette des Rois and 1 glass of wine included. The member discount is applicable for one ticket per member; guests must pay the non-member price. Advanced registration (online, by phone, or in person) highly recommended as events sell out quickly. If tickets are available, the AFDC can accept payment at the door by credit card, check, or cash (exact change only). Purchase tickets online at: Alliance Française is at 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW.

Friday, January from 7:30 - 9:30 PM, Broomball & Brews at the Ice Rink at The Wharf. Join us for a fun, free game of broomball! This hockey-like game originated in Canada and we’re paying tribute to our neighbors to the north with some friendly competition on our ice rink.Want to play? Sign-ups are on-site (no advance registration available). Beginners are welcome and encouraged. Come alone or bring friends to form your own team of eight people. A goalie is provided for each team. No ice skates needed, but please wear soft-soled tennis shoes. All equipment will be provided. Spectators are welcome, too! Cheer on the players and learn the game from the sidelines—with a winter brew in hand, of course. Please note: This is a 21+ event. The Wharf is at 760 Maine Ave SW. More information:

Saturday, January 11 from 10 - 11 AM, Kids Galette des Rois in the Library at Alliance Francaise. Who wants to become King or Queen for the day? Join us in the AFDC Library to learn more about this quintessential French pastry, grab a slice of the galette, and hopefully find la fêve inside! Galette slices will be available for AFDC Members, $3; Non-members, $5. Questions? Email children @ francedc dot org. Purchase tickets online at Alliance Française is at 2142 Wyoming Ave, NW

Saturday, January 11 from 11 AM - 3 PM, Mayor Muriel Bowser's Multicultural Resource Fair. The Multicultural Resource Fair is an opportunity for District residents to learn more about immigration legal services and health resources. Join us for this event to get free health screenings, sit in on Know Your Rights workshops, enroll in a health insurance plan and more! Spanish, French, Amharic, Vietnamese, Mandarin and Korean interpretation services will be provided. Free. At the Columbia Heights Educational Campus, 3101 16th Street NW. Free. Register:   

Saturday January 11 at 2 PM, Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington, DC 1975 - 1996. Washington, D.C. was home to many independent art spaces in the 1970s and 1980s. One of these venues was the Washington Women’s Arts Center, founded in 1975 and located at 1821 Q Street NW. Another art space was Botswana, located inside the Washington Project for the Arts building at 400 7th Street NW, for just two years: 1985-1987. Learn how these spaces - special then, but even more rare now - offered a unique, artistic and creative quality to the city’s landscape through the people who were involved in these two venues. Ray Barker, Archivist with DC Public Library, will lead a conversation with Judith Benderson and Lucy Blankstein of the Washington Women’s Arts Center, and Lynn McCary and Paula Schumann, of Botswana. Through presentations and conversations, attendees will leave learning how these spaces began and by whom, learn of the artists and artwork they featured and of the legacy left behind. Registration requested, but not required: This event is in partnership with the National Gallery of Art. At the Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW. More info:

Sunday, January 12 from 4 - 6 PM, Concert: The Apollo Orchestra, featuring renowned violist Roberto Diaz and distinguished organist Julie Vidrick Evans. Mr. Diaz is the president and an alumnus of the Curtis Institute of Music. He was the principal viola in the Philadelphia Orchestra and principal viola in the National Symphony. Ms. Vidrick-Evans has performed as a soloist and with distinguished ensembles across the U.S. and Europe. The program will consist of works by Malcolm Arnold, concerto for organ and orchestra, op 47, movement 3; Bizet, Suite #1 from L'arlesienne; Jennifer Higdon, concerto for violin and orchestra; and Felix Mendellsohn, symphony #3 in A minor, op 56 "Scottish." At Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church, One Chevy Chase Circle NW. This concert is free and open to the public - no RSVPs are necessary.

Monday January 13 at 1 PM, Documentary Monday: King in the Wilderness. This documentary follows Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the volatile last three years of his life. Free and open to all. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW,

Monday, January 13 2020 at 7 PM, The American Story: An Evening With David Rubenstein. Join Cathedral Dean Randy Hollerith in an evening of conversation with philanthropist David M. Rubenstein to discuss his new book, “The American Story: Conversations With Master Historians.” Rubenstein’s new book spans the breadth of American history to explore the lives of some of our most beloved leaders, from George Washington to Abraham Lincoln to Dwight Eisenhower and Ronald Reagan. The compilation of interviews with notable historians and journalists examines the lessons of history and the values that underpin public leadership. As co-founder and co-executive chairman of The Carlyle Group, Rubenstein is a proponent of “Patriotic Philanthropy,” and has made transformative gifts to Monticello, the National Archives, the National Zoo, the Library of Congress, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Smithsonian Institution and George Washington’s Mount Vernon. He was a singular force in repairing earthquake damage to the Washington Monument. The intimate discussion is presented by the Institute for Ethics and Public Engagement of the new Cathedral College of Faith & Culture at Washington National Cathedral, which fosters conversations and collaborations that inspire and challenge. Free, but your RSVP is appreciated: Please note that this does not guarantee entry. Doors open at 6:15 PM. At Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW

Monday, January 13 from 7 - 9 PM, Curling & Cocktails at the Wharf Ice Rink. Clean the ice and aim your stone to the house. Ready to try curling? This Olympic cult favorite marries shuffleboard and hockey for a fun, easy to play game on the ice. Sign-ups are on-site (no advance registration), beginners are welcome and encouraged. Come with a friend or we'll match you with a partner when you arrive. Please wear soft-soled tennis shoes, no skates allowed. All other equipment will be provided. You must be 8+ to play. Limit 300 people per evening and we do fill up fast. The DC Wharf is at 760 Maine Avenue SW. More info:

Tuesday, January 14 at 4 PM, Karaoke at Georgetown Library. Grace us with a solo, or a duet. We provide the karaoke machine and snacks, you provide the voices. This program is for ages 9 and up. Free. Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW. More info:

Tuesday, January 14 at 6 PM, Karaoke Blackmail. Immediately following the conclusion of Karaoke at Georgetown Library (see above item), stick around to view a playback of your performance captured on our digital recording equipment. If you are totally embarrassed by what you see, you can prevent dissemination of your voice and image by making a payment in bitcoin to the Karaoke Group for Blackmail (KGB). To find out how much it will cost you to save your dignity and protect your professional reputation if and when potential employers are reviewing your online profile, go to:

Wednesday, January 15 at 4 PM, Winter Party at Georgetown Library. Come celebrate the winter chilly weather with us. Snow crafts, stories and a movie to enjoy the snowy season. Free. Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW. More info:

Thursday, January 16 from 1:30 - 2:15 PM, Tour: Travel the Tropics - led by Angela Weber Hetrick, USBG Gardener. Join Angela for a talk and walk on the ‘wild side’ as you explore the Tropics in our Conservatory. Discover some of the many plants found on our diverse planet, from the Amazon Rainforest to the Yucatan Peninsula, as you trek through our canopy walk and view some spectacular bloomers. Come for a 45-minute tour and learn about a new plant or two! Tour will meet in the Conservatory Garden Court of the United States Botanic Garden, 100 Maryland Ave SW. Free, pre-registration required: 

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