What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (1/27-2/2)

The weather might be frigid, but there’s a lot happening in Tenleytown this week that is worth braving the cold. So come on out for these events:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) January lecture series wraps up this week with discussions on housing finance, the experiences of a Holocaust survivor and relations between the West and the Islamic world. Each week in January, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI is offering 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 28 (Katzen): Bruce Morrison will discuss Housing Finance for the Future: What Will Become of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? in a lecture that will explore the positive and negative lessons from the housing bubble and subsequent economic crisis.
    • Wednesday, January 29 (TBC): Filmmaker Nina Shapiro-Perl will screen her documentary “Through the Eye of the Needle” on the life of Holocaust survivor and artist Esther Nisenthal Krinitz, followed by a discussion of the film.
    • Thursday, January 30 (Katzen): Ambassador Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, will explore Samuel Huntington’s theory of a clash of civilians between the Western and Islamic worlds, looking at the historical relationship and the post-9/11 era. Copies of his book, The Thistle and the Drone: How America’s War on Terror Became a Global War on Tribal Islam will be available for purchase.

The lectures are 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.

  • On Wednesday, January 29 the Tenley-Friendship Book Discussion Group will hold its monthly meeting at 2:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. This month’s selection is State of Wonder by Ann Patchett. All are welcome to join the discussion and no prior registration is required. If you miss the January meeting, don’t worry – the discussion group meets on the last Wednesday of each month. Upcoming book selections include Frederick Douglass in Washington, D.C. by John Muller (February) and Brooklyn by Colm Toibin (March)

  • Also on Wednesday, the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host an author talk with Maurine Beasley on her book Women of the Washington Press: Politics, Prejudice, and Persistence. Beasley, a former staff writer for The Washington Post, chronicles the immense challenges women faced and overcame in the male-dominated world of journalism from the 1830s to the modern era. The discussion will take place at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library.

  • The Tenleytown Historical Society will host a lecture by architect Don Hawkins on Tenleytown in the District’s Early Road Network on Wednesday evening. The discussion of local development, roadways and Tenleytown’s evolution along the route into and out of Washington is already at capacity, but if you are interested in attending please contact [email protected] to reserve a spot on the waiting list. For those lucky enough to have secured a spot, the discussion will take place at Friendship Terrace, 4201 Butterworth Place, NW at 7:30 p.m.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold a special meeting on Thursday, January 30 at noon in suite 200 of 4725 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The agenda includes: a presentation and possible vote on testimony for the Zoning Rewrite Hearing, consideration of a resolution on the BZA application for 4445 Yuma Street, NW, and consideration of a public space application for 4650 Warren Street, NW.
  • On Thursday, January 30, 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 7:00 p.m. in the Training and Events Room on the first floor of the American University Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • Neighborhood schools are offering parents several opportunities to learn more about academic programs in the area. St. Ann’s Academy will host an open house on Wednesday, January 29 starting at 8:30 a.m., while Alice Deal Middle School will hold a Visiting Day on Friday, January 31 at 9:00 a.m. and an open house on Saturday, February 1 also at 9:00 a.m. Janney Elementary School will also hold an open house on Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m.