What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (2/18-2/23)

Tenleytown isn’t letting some leftover snow and the Presidents’ Day holiday slow it down. This week is jam-packed with the opening of a new musical, an orchestra concert, the continuation of a film series, local politics and, yes, some hoops. So come on out to the neighborhood:

  • On Tuesday, February 18, American University will host a discussion of The Fire Next Time written by James Baldwin as part of its Books that Shaped America series. Assistant Professor of Literature Kyle Dargan will lead the discussion, which begins at 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Room of the School of International Service. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • There are two more chances to cheer on the American University Eagles this week as the women’s basketball team takes on Boston University on Wednesday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bender Arena, followed by the men’s basketball team battling Army on Saturday, February 22 at 2:00 p.m.
  • On Thursday, the Tenley-Friendship Library continues its Northwest Side Story Film Series with a showing of Crossing Delancey (1988, PG). The film adaptation of the Susan Sandler play begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • Also at the library on Thursday evening, you can join meditation expert David Newcomb for his workshop on Deeper into Meditation. Newcomb will share meditation techniques starting at  7:00 p.m.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will meet on Thursday in the Wilson High School Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. The agenda for the monthly meeting includes a presentation by Safeway on redevelopment plans for the Davenport Street store and a presentation by WMATA on possible plans for 40th Street and Fort Drive between Albemarle and Brandywine Streets, NW.
  • Rent opens at the Katzen Studio Theater for a two-weekend run on Friday, February 21. The iconic musical is set in New York City in the midst of the AIDS epidemic and charts the emotional course of its bohemian characters. Performances will be given on February 21, 22, 27 and 28 and March 1 at 8:00 p.m. with matinee showings at 2:00 p.m. on February 22 and March 1. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors.
  • The American University Symphony Orchestra will perform on Saturday, February 22 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 23 at 3:00 p.m. The concert will include Rautavaara’s Cantus Arcticus: Concerto for Birds and Orchestra, Lutoslawsi’s Preludes and Fugue, and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors.
  • On Saturday, February 22, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a story break for families. Come enjoy a craft and a story!


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