What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (6/2-6/8)

Tenleytown is brimming with amazing cultural events – jazz, art, theater, film, dance, wine tastings, and the list goes on. If you aren’t spending time in the neighborhood this week, you are definitely missing out. Here’s what you can expect to enjoy:

  • On Monday, June 2 spend an evening with some of the area’s finest jazz musicians as the American Federation of Musicians hosts a Jazz Jam at Guapo’s restaurant. From 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. you can enjoy music by Steve Novosell, also known as “bass dean of the local jazz scene,” along with Wade Beach on piano and Percy Smith on drums.  A mere $10 gets you entry to this jam session. Guapo’s is located at 4515 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • If jazz isn’t your scene, then join Playwrights Forum and Iona on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a reading of the play Could Do by Joseph Talarico. Could Do is the story of two men who fall in love, get married, become parents and go through difficult disagreements about money and how to raise a child. To reserve your seat, contact Patricia Dubroof at 202-895-9448. A $5 contribution is requested. Iona Senior Services is located at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) kicks off its June lecture series this week with discussions on energy security, Byzantine theater, and the mission-driven business model of Honest Tea. Each week in June, Tuesday through Thursday, OLLI will offer a thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science, with topics ranging from the history of conflict in Sudan to American folk music to the global role of the United States. All events begin at 10:00 a.m. and take place in the Abramson Family Recital Hall in the Katzen Arts Center across from the American University. This week’s schedule includes:

    • Tuesday, June 3: Molly K. Williamson will discuss global energy security as she examines the world’s top three oil-producing countries and the ramifications of disruptions to global energy market stability.
    • Wednesday, June 4:  Seth Goldman, president and TeaEO of Honest Tea, will share insights and business lessons from his journey to build a mission-driven business in a profit-driven world. As a bonus, Honest Tea will be providing tea at the lecture.
    • Thursday, June 5: Andrew White, author of the forthcoming book The World of Theater and Ritual in Byzantium, will describe the legacy of traditional theater and dramatic literature in the Byzantine Empire, as well as their curious relationship with the rites of the Greek Orthodox Church.

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.

  • Help raise funds for the Wilson Track program and enjoy a burrito at Chipotle on Tuesday, June 3 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Let your server know that you support the DCAA champion boys and girls track teams and 50 percent of the proceeds from your purchase will go to the teams. Chipotle is located at 4301 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • On Tuesday, June 3 lil omm yoga is hosting a free demo class for kids, ages 5 to 10 years, at 5:00 p.m. The drop-off class will help kids explore movements that challenge their strength and flexibility, as well as enjoy fun partner poses which build trust, self-esteem, and communication skills! For more information and to sign-up, visit the lil omm website. lil omm yoga is located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • The quarterly meeting of the American University’s Community Liaison Committee (CLC) will take place on Tuesday, June 3 at 7:00 p.m. in the Founders Room of the School of International Service, preceded by refreshments and a meet-and-greet at 6:30 p.m. The CLC, which is comprised of university and community representatives, seeks to foster positive relations and to maintain regular communication between the university and its neighbors.  The meeting is open to the public.
  • On Wednesday, June 4 enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. The free session will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat.
  • The Katzen Arts Center will host a reception on Thursday, June 5 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in honor of the current exhibit The Objects from Nature/The Nature of Objects. The exhibit is a continuation of a shared series of paintings and mixed media work by Flora Kanter and Pam Frederick. It is the next installment of a narrative of work that explores the shared themes of the natural world and inanimate objects, uniquely created in the artists’ abstract language.
  • Enjoy a complementary wine tasting in Le Chat Noir’s upstairs wine lounge on Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Located at 4907 Wisconsin Avenue, the French restaurant hosts a wine tasting on the first Thursday of every month.
  • On Thursday, June 5 Iona Senior Services will host a reading of The Widows’ Handbook, a collection of poetry from 87 American women of all ages whose partners or spouses have died. This stirring collection celebrates the strategies widows learn and the resources they muster to deal with people, living space, possessions, social life, and especially themselves, once shock has turned to the realization that nothing will ever be the same. Join some of these authors from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW
  • Also on Thursday, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a discussion with author Glenn Williamson on his book Inside Out: Building a Glass House in Russia. In his memoir, Williamson shares his experiences working as a developer in Russia in the 1990s while balancing a home life with a new baby son. With unique and astute anecdotes, it offers insights into Russia, its people, and its culture. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • The monthly Orange Helmet Patrol community bike ride kicks off at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 at 2600 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Meet your neighborhood police officers, identify street lights that are out, and be part of a new high-visibility crime prevention strategy.
  • Wilson High School will hold its 2nd Annual Benefit Golf Tournament on Friday, June 6 at the University of Maryland Golf Course. Registration begins at 7:00 a.m. with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. Proceeds benefit the Wilson Parent-Teacher-Student Organization and the many initiatives the PTSO supports. It’s not too late to register – find out more and sign up for the event at the tournament website.
  • On Saturday, June 7 join pop artist Michael Albert as he shares his talent for collages at the Tenley-Friendship Library starting at 2:00 p.m. Albert’s art portfolio includes works in pen and ink, wax oil drawings, and his signature cubist cereal box mosaics. Attendees will learn more about his work, create a collage, and receive a signed poster.
  • The Jones-Haywood Dance School will present its annual dance recital on Sunday, June 8 at the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Founded in 1941, the Jones-Haywood Dance School provides high-quality dance training and arts education to students of all races and socio-economic backgrounds. Performances will be given at 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online for $25. The theater is located at 4200 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • The Katzen Arts Center will host a free screening of Defiant Requiem on Sunday, June 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall. Defiant Requiem tells the little-known story of the Nazi concentration camp, Terezin. Led by imprisoned conductor Rafael Schachter, the inmates of Terezin fought back with art and music. Ray Farr, former director of the Steven Spielberg Film & Video Archive at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, will offer introductory remarks for this award-winning documentary film. Ms. Farr and conductor Murry Sidlin will take audience questions following the film.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:

  • Play a few friendly hands of bridge at the Iona Senior Services Bridge Group on Mondays. New members are always welcome to join for a few rubbers from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. For more information, call 202-895-9448.
  • Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine in Friendship Heights is offering a weekly free yoga class on Mondays at 6:00 p.m. The classes are open to the public and all skill levels. Call 202-686-2210 or email fvalente@pcrm.org to sign up. Classes will be held at the PCRM offices at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400.
  • Visit the farmers’ market at American University each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus, Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery bring to the farmers’ market farm fresh vegetables, homemade breads and desserts.
  • Test your knowledge with Trivia Wednesday at Public Tenley where teams compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize in the CSN Trivia Challenge. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat.
  • Start your weekend off with Family Story Time at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Enjoy songs, rhymes and good books on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. All ages welcome.


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