Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Get Out! The Events Column, March 13 - 19, 2020

Shamrocks - National Library of Ireland
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 14,700+ 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

NOTE! Due to the coronavirus emergency, any of the following events could be cancelled between now and the announced date. Be sure to check the website or use the contact information to find out whether the event is still on before you go!  

Friday, March 13 from  9:30 AM - 5:30 PM, Explore a Future Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library Exhibit. The DC Public Library is modernizing the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. The modernization includes a new exhibit space highlighting DC stories. An interactive mini exhibit will be on display inside the West End Neighborhood Library. You are invited to come and explore the exhibit. Exhibit designers will love to hear what you think. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW, 

Friday, March 13, all day, This Friday the 13th everyone has reason to fear bad luck! So today, just for one day, give in to your worst fears and stay in bed all day! Pull the covers up over your head. Maybe if you sleep for 24 hours straight, when you wake up on the morning of the 14th, the past 3 weeks will all have been a bad dream. Or maybe it’s just the Weekly Fake Event (‘fraid so, folks!)

Saturday March 14 at 2 PM, Pi Day Pendant Decoration Drop-In at Fab Test Lab. Pi Day is 3.14. Stop by the Fab Test Lab between 2 and 3 PM to decorate a laser-cut Pi Day pendant or keychain. This craft is for kids, teens, and adults, but please note that children younger than 6 are not permitted in the Fab Test Lab. Space is limited, so please register at to reserve your spot.(If the class isn't showing up in the calendar at the link, registration is full - but please check back for cancellations and future classes. Please note that late arrivals may lose their spot in the class. No safety orientation is required for this class, but you're encouraged to sign up for one so that you can explore the other classes and technology the Labs offer. Fab Lab is at 2000 14th St NW. More info: 

Saturday, March 14 at 2:30 PM, Author Talk: I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, by Alyscia Cunningham. From the time we are young, girls are pressured into a set belief of beauty standards. Hair is certainly high on the list and is often labeled as our "crown and glory." Where does this notion fit for a girl with alopecia (baldness; the partial or complete absence of hair from areas of the body where it normally grows)? This new coffee table book should bring light to the issue. I Am More Than My Hair: My Outward Appearance Does Not Define Me, is a two-part project: documentary film and coffee table book. The book features 138 portraits of 46 women and the stories of their experience with hair loss, as well as women who cut their hair in solidarity with a loved one. 10% of sale proceeds will be donated to Children's Alopecia Project (CAP). CAP changes the emphasis from growing hair to growing confidence. Free. At the West End Library, 2301 L St. NW, 

Sunday, March 15 - The annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Constitution Avenue (the 50th anniversary parade!) has been POSTPONED. The website will have the information later in the spring, when the new date has been determined.

Sunday, March 15 at 2 PM, Jazz in the Basement: Steve Arnold and Friends. Bassist Steve Arnold, saxophonist Sarah Hughes, and drummer Kelton Norris will perform an afternoon of jazz at the library as part of the Jazz in the Basement series. Jazz in the Basement is a concert series featuring local artists, coordinated with the assistance of volunteers Bertrand Uberall and John Cook. The concerts are intended to highlight young artists, new composers, or unique jazz sounds to broaden the listening landscape of our Washington, DC audiences. Free. At Shaw (Watha T. Daniel) Library, 1630 7th St. NW. More info on the musicians and the series: 

Monday, March 16 at 12 noon, Lecture: Hidden History in Foggy Bottom’s Alleys, presented by Carolyn Crouch, founder, Washington Walks. Expert Washington tour guide Carolyn Crouch shares the unique history of the museum's own neighborhood, Foggy Bottom, and its many secrets and untold histories. Free, no registration needed. The George Washington University Museum and The Textile Museum, 701 21 Street, NW. More info: 

Tuesday, March 17 at 10:15 and 11:30 AM, St. Paddy’s Day with Pete Moss and the Bog Band. Join Pete (aka Mitch Fanning) and his troupe of talented young musicians of Fábulas Fairy Tales as they pick up their fiddles and bodhran drums to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day. Spirited music, lively step dancing, and a dash of Irish musical history guarantee “a rattlin’ good time!” At Discovery Theater, Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive SW on the National Mall. For ages 5 to 12 (K to Grade 6). Individual Tickets: (School Year/ Summer Season) Child: $6/ $7; Child under 2: $3; Adult: $8/ $9; Smithsonian Associate Members: $5/ $6. For advance tickets and more pricing options, visit: DiscoveryTheaterStPaddys   

Tuesday, March 17 at 6 PM, Profs and Pints presents: “Ireland and the American Revolution,” with Sam Fisher, assistant professor of history at the Catholic University of America. What impact did the American Revolution have on Ireland? And what role did Ireland and Irish people play in the American Revolution? Come celebrate St. Patrick's Day by hearing a discussion of the many connections between Ireland and America in the Revolutionary War era. Professor Fisher, an expert on eighteenth-century Ireland, Scotland, and America will discuss the influence earlier Irish patriots had on the constitutional thought of the American patriots, and talk about the shared commitment of the American revolutionaries and Irish patriots to resisting British control. You’ll learn why those Irish patriots were Protestant colonists and not—as you might suspect—Irish Catholics, who were more likely to support the monarchy. Purchasing advance tickets is encouraged as these events often sell out - go to: Advance: $12 ($13.59 with service fee); $12. More info: or call (202) 293-1887.     

Tuesday, March 17  from 6:30 - 7:30 PM, Twilight Tuesdays: Irish Step Dancing at Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with Irish Step Dancing by the Shannon Dunne Dance Company. This program is part of the museum’s new Twilight Tuesdays series of drop-in programs. The museum is open until 8 PM every Tuesday. The free performance will be outside on the museum's garden plaza. There will be holiday themed refreshments. Smithsonian's Anacostia Community Museum is at 1901 Fort Place SE. More info: Twilight Tuesdays: Irish Step Dancing Tickets      

Wednesday, March 18 at 7 PM, Book Hill Talks - Mesoamerican Landscapes: Ideologies and Practice. Rebecca Friedel, Plants Humanities Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks and PhD candidate, University of Texas at San Antonio, will discuss her research on the history of ancient Mayan uses of plant communities in what is now Belize. Free. At Georgetown Library, 3260 R St. NW, 

Thursday March 19 at 6 PM, Movie Night at West End: Chisholm '72: Unbought & Unbossed.  Recalling a watershed event in US politics, this Peabody Award-winning documentary takes an in-depth look at the 1972 presidential campaign of Shirley Chisholm, the first black woman elected to Congress and the first to seek nomination for the highest office in the land. Shunned by the political establishment and the media, this longtime champion of marginalized Americans asked for support from people of color, women, gays and young people newly empowered to vote at the age of 18. Chisholm's bid for an equal place on the presidential dais generated strong, even racist opposition. Yet her challenge to the status quo and her message about exercising the right to vote struck many as progressive and positive. Free. At the West End Library,

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