What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/20-1/26)

Politics and intellectual discussion seem to be the order of the week in Tenleytown – with a dash of rock and roll thrown in for good measure. Here’s what’s happening around the neighborhood:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) January lecture series continues with discussions on health care reform, television journalism and the fight against slavery. Each week in January, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI will offer a thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place at either the Temple Baptist Church or the Katzen Arts Center. This week’s schedule includes:
    • Tuesday, January 21: Linda Miller, a health policy advocate, and Bruce Wolff, a health care industry attorney, will discuss the current state of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act in their lecture on an Update on Health Care Reform: Now What?
    • Wednesday, January 22:  In My Journey Into and Through the Oz-like World of Television News, Renee Poussaint, an African American correspondent, anchor and documentarian, will share her experiences rising through the ranks of television news.
    • Thursday, January 23: Kat Chernush, an award-winning photographer and founder of ArtWorks for Freedom, will discuss At the Intersection of Art and Human Rights: A Photographer’s Fight Against Modern Day Slavery.

full schedule for the series can be found online; each lecture is open to the public and free to attend. OLLI, a non-profit organization associated with the American University, provides continuing education for members of the community through lecture series and peer-led study groups.

Important note for Tuesday, January 21: Snow is forecast for Tuesday. OLLI’s snow policy states that if D.C. or Montgomery County Schools are delayed or canceled, lectures will be canceled. *

  • CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER On Tuesday, January 21, American University will host a discussion of The Souls of Black Folk written by W.E.B. Dubois as part of its Books that Shaped America series.  American University Dean of the School of Professional and Extended Studies Carola Weil will lead the discussion, which begins at 7:30 p.m. in Room 3 on the first floor of the Mary Graydon Center. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER  On Wednesday, the Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet at 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Station at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW.  The 2nd District commander will meet with residents to discuss public safety issues.
  • If becoming more centered is among your New Year’s resolutions, come to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, January 22 at 7:30 p.m. for a free, introductory T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing.  Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
  • The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will meet on Thursday, January 23 at 7:15 p.m. at The Methodist Home at 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW.  The first portion of the meeting will include presentations from the executive director of the D.C. Board of Elections, introductions of Ward 3 Democratic Committee delegates running for Democratic Party offices in April, and a discussion of statehood efforts in the U.S. Senate by commentator Mark Plotkin. The majority of the meeting, however, will be devoted to a community dialogue with D.C. Council Chair Phil Mendelson, which begins at 8:15 p.m.
  • On Saturday, January 25, Café Philo DC will host a discussion on What is the Role of Fear in Our Life? at the Tenley-Friendship Library starting at 11:00 a.m. Café Philo DC is self-described as an “in-person philosophical ‘debate’ by and for the general public.” For more information on Café Philo DC, please check out Café Philo DC Dialogue – an online, open discussion group.
  • Finally, cap off your week by hearing Cheaper Than Therapy play at Public Tenley on Saturday from 8:00 p.m. until 11:30 p.m. Comprised wholly of Tenleytown residents who came together over a shared passion for music and some late nights working on a rock-themed show at Janney Elementary School, Cheaper Than Therapy is a true local band. But these guys are no amateurs – they bring a combined four decades of musical experience to the stage.