Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, Friday, February 7 - Friday, February 14, 2020

SAAM 's African American Artists Collection
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 14,600+ 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 February 7 from 6 - 9 PM, Exhibition Opening and Talk: Learning from Sweden. Following a multi-year academic engagement with Gothenburg, Sweden, urban research and design proposals developed by master students and faculty of the Yale School of Architecture will be on display at House of Sweden from February 1-23. The material on display ranges from detailed analysis and description of Gothenburg’s distinctive urban form and architectural typologies, to proposals which address some of the most urgent issues reshaping contemporary cities: climate change, food production, mobility, public health, neo-industrial growth and social equity. The talk, “What can we learn from Gothenburg and Sweden?” by Professor Alan Plattus, Yale University, will be followed by a Q&A session moderated by Carl Mossfeldt, initiator of the project, and informal networking reception. Free. At the  House of Sweden, 2900 K Street NW. Register:   

Friday February 7 from 6 - 9 PM, First Friday Dupont Art Walk. As part of this First Friday Dupont Art Walk, Hillyer presents three new exhibitions featuring Amarist, Suzy Kopf, and "RISE 2020: The artists will be present to talk about their work with visitors at the reception hosted by IA&A at Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Ct NW. See for more information.

Saturday, February 8 at 10 AM, Children’s show by Rocknoceros. Dance and sing as Coach Cotton, Williebob and Boogie Woogie Bennie play their award-winning music for the whole family. Rocknoceros is an American children’s band formed in Fairfax, Virginia, in 2005. The band consists of three members, all childhood friends. Free. At the House of the Temple Atrium, 1733 16th St. NW. Free Parking in the back of the building. More information:

Saturday, February 8 at 6 PM, Panel Discussion – A Closer Look at African American Artists in SAAM’s Collection. The Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) is home to one of the largest collections of work made by African American artists in the world. Join artist and scholar Allan deSouza, art adviser Schwanda Rountree, and DC-based art collectors Mel and Juanita Hardy for a panel discussion highlighting important works by African American artists from our collection. Tickets: Free; Registration required at At the Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and F Street NW.

Sunday, February 9 at 2 PM, Author Talk: Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, DC 1960s-1970s. Join Dr. Lauren Pearlman, Assistant Professor of History at the University of Florida at Gainesville, for a discussion of her new book, Democracy’s Capital: Black Political Power in Washington, DC 1960s-1970s, which narrates the struggle for self-participation in the nation’s capital. Pearlman captures the transition from black protest to black political power under the Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon administrations and against the backdrop of local battles over the War on Poverty and the War on Crime. A book signing will follow. Reservations are requested, but not required: Free. At the Woodridge Library, 1801 Hamlin Street NE,

Monday, February 10, sessions at 5:30 PM, 7 PM and 8:30 PM, Seeing Deeper: Space Light & Sound: An Immersive Lighting Experience. You’ve seen the colorful Cathedral on Instagram, and now see it for yourself! Marvel at a vast, open space unlike anything in Washington. Sit on the floor or wander around, immersed in an organic and unique lighting experience. Gary Hardnett provides live music while Atmosphere Lighting’s moving lights illuminate the gothic architecture. Session 1: 5:30 – 6:15pm (doors open at 5:15pm); Session 2: 7 – 7:45pm (doors open at 6:45pm); Session 3: 8:30 – 9:15pm (doors open at 8:15pm). Tickets: $10 at In the Nave of Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Monday, February 10 at 6 PM, Walking the Camino de Santiago. The Camino de Santiago is one of the most well traveled walking paths in the world. The famous European path, also known as "The Way of Saint James" welcomes over 200,000 travelers per year. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk the Camino de Santiago? If so, please join us for this informational talk. Speaker Lelia Mooney will share her experience after walking 500 km along the Camino during 2018, including logistical and preparation tips. Q&A will follow the presentation. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, 3310 Connecticut Ave. NW,

Tuesday, February 11 at 4 PM, Valentines for the Hospital. Spread love in the community! Children 5-12 are invited to come help make valentines for kids who will be in the hospital during Valentine's Day. All supplies will be provided. Free. At the Shepherd Park (Juanita E. Thornton) Library, 7420 Georgia Ave. NW,

Tuesday, February 11 from 7 - 9 PM, Concert: Trio Artio, presented by Austrian Cultural Forum of Washington. An eclectic mix of chamber music performed by the Austrian classical music ensemble Trio Artio, a young and dynamic classical music ensemble founded in Vienna in 2017 by the Austrian violinist Judith Fliedl, the Austrian pianist Johanna Estermann and the German cellist Christine Roider. Program: Ludwig van Beethoven: Trio for piano, violin and violoncello in E flat major, op. 1/1; Kurt Estermann (*1960): Fragments for violin, violoncello and piano; Camille Saint-Saƫns: Trio for piano, violin and violoncello nr. 2 in e minor, op. 92. At the Embassy of Austria, 3524 International Drive. Parking on International Court is available after 6:30 pm (for the duration of the event) or on 36th Street; access to the Embassy through the park behind the building. Free - registration required at A registration is not a guarantee of a seat as these are assigned on a first-come first-served basis. Doors close at event start-time.

Wednesday, February 12 from 2 - 4 PM, Lecture/Discussion with Derek Musgrove: Black Power in DC. G. Derek Musgrove, co-author of Chocolate City: A history of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital, will join us to discuss his new project, the Washington DC Black Power Map. G. Derek Musgrove, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of History and Africana Studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He is the author of Rumor, Repression, and Racial Politics (U. of Georgia, 2012), co-author, with Chris Myers Asch, of Chocolate City, A History of Race and Democracy in the Nation’s Capital (UNC, 2017), and several scholarly articles on Washington, DC and contemporary African American political history.  His work has appeared in The Washington Post, National Public Radio and The Root. Free. At the Cleveland Park Library, Lower Level Meeting Room, 3310 Connecticut Avenue NW. Free - please register at

Thursday, February 13 at 4 PM, Kids’ Valentines Party. Celebrate the holiday of love at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library. Enjoy a story, craft a valentine for someone you care about, enjoy refreshments and at the end we’ll play a movie. Free. Georgetown Library is at 3260 R St. NW,

Thursday, February 13, 5:30 - 7 PM, Luce Unplugged Community Showcase: Des Demonas.
Enjoy music from DC’s best local artists while surrounded by beautiful artworks in SAAM’s one-of-a-kind programming space, the Luce Foundation Center. In this installment, join iconic DC punk band Des Demonas on a wild ride full of fuzzy guitars, insistent bass, euphonious drums, and a swirling electronic organ. Libations and snacks are available for purchase at the on-site bar. A staff-led discussion about an artwork chosen by the performers starts at 5:30 PM, with the music beginning at 6 PM, Free. At Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center (third floor), 8th and G Streets NW. More info: 

Thursday, February 13 at 7 PM, How to Talk So That Your Devices Will Listen. You have a GPS that gives you directions. You have Siri or Alexa and can get answers to questions or get them to turn on your TV or lower your thermostat. You have a doorbell security system that lets you talk to anyone at your front door, no matter where you are. But by now you may have discovered it’s not so easy to talk back to your devices when they disagree with you. And they may even do things behind your back. Your voice-controlled TV remote might change the channel on you in the middle of a show. Or your shopping app might order something you never meant to buy. Haven’t we all been talked into driving a route that made no sense, but the GPS made us do it? Now there’s a workshop to teach you how not to stand up to your talking devices, so they will not take advantage of you. In this one-hour session, we’ll teach you what to say and more importantly what NOT to say when arguing with any sort of electronic assistant. As Humpty-Dumpty said to Alice, “The question is, which is to be the master, that’s all.” Register here: - typing on our foolproof online form - no voicemail sign-up to go wrong! 

Friday, February 14 from 6 - 8 PM, Date Lab: Night at the Museum. Join us as The Washington Post Magazine’s popular Date Lab column comes to life this Valentine’s Day at the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM). Get a behind-the-scenes look at how Date Lab writers make matches and coordinate dates plus what makes a date go well or… horribly wrong. Plus, there will be a live Dating Game show – you’ll help pair up two upcoming Date Lab dates as they vet dates live on stage. The event is free with registration - go to now, before it’s sold out. Arrive at 6:00 PM. to participate in a fun and social scavenger hunt around the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Luce Foundation Center. At SAAM, 8th and G Street NW.     

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