What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (6/9-6/15)

Photography, theater, and lectures are on offer to stimulate the mind, while two local farmers markets will feed the body. Just some of what you can enjoy this week in the neighborhood:

  • On Monday, June 9 Allan J. Lictman, Distinguished Professor in History at American University, will discuss his latest book FDR and the Jews. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Lichtman will take audience questions following his lecture and will be available to sign copies of his book.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its June lecture series this week with discussions on reproductive rights and the judiciary and an exploration of Richard Rodgers musical collaborations with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein. 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 10: Nan Aron, founder of Alliance for Justice, will present a short documentary Roe at Risk: Fighting for Reproductive Justice followed by a discussion of reproductive rights and the court.
    • Wednesday, June 11 and Thursday, June 12:  In a two-part series, Dr. Barry Bortnick, a composer, lyricist, and book writer, will explore the creative process and musical collaborations of Richard Rodgers with Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein.

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.

  • The Garden Market returns to Janney Elementary School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. Purchase fresh produce grown in the Janney garden, as well as farm fresh eggs and beeswax candles made by students. You better hurry, though. The Garden Market only runs through June 19th.
  • Iona Senior Services in partnership with the National Center for Creative Aging will host a Memory Arts Café on Tuesday, June 10 at 6:00 p.m. This free event is for people living with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. A highlight of the evening will be the creation of a new performance by the guest artists and the audience. The event is free, but reservations are recommended. Please contact Sharon O’Connor at 202-895-9469 to reserve your spot.
  • On Wednesday, June 11 the Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library will host National Gallery of Art docent Bela Demeter for a photographic tour of “Dragons in Art” starting at 7:00 p.m. in the library. Demeter’s “Dragons in Art” walking tour has been wildly popular at the National Gallery of Art, and he is now taking his dragon tour on the road, narrating a PowerPoint presentation that includes all the artwork in his walking tour. The tour focuses not only on dragons, but on other (real) reptiles, such as snakes, frogs, and toads, and their connection to mythology, religion, science, and history.
  • Also on Wednesday, the Katzen Arts Center will host a performance of The Tin Ring. The one-woman show is a dramatization of Holocaust survival based on the autobiography by Zdenka Fantlova. Following the performance actor Jane Arnfield; Carol Martin, Professor of Drama at the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University; and Tony Harrington, Executive Director of The Forge will take audience questions. The play begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Studio Theater. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased online.
  • On Thursday, June 12 Ward3Vision will host a discussion with Benjamin Ross, author of Dead End: Suburban Sprawl and the Rebirth of American Urbanism at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Ross’ book explores the role of neighborhood opposition and government subsidies and regulations in creating automobile-dependent suburban sprawl. He also looks at the difficulty smart growth advocates have in overcoming those forces. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will meet at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday in the Wilson High School Black Box Theater. On the very full agenda are consideration of proposals for outdoor café awnings, special zoning exceptions for a new Massage Envy and a private rear screened porch, changes to Public Tenley’s liquor license, and an outdoor pool in Ward 3, among other items.
  • On Saturday, June 14 at 5:00 p.m. join the Katzen Arts Center and members of the Bader Fund Committee for a discussion on the Fund’s first thirteen years of grant giving and the extraordinary artist recipients. Conceived by legendary Washington art dealer Franz Bader and his wife, Virginia, The Bader Fund extends the benefits of their lifetime devotion to art onto others. Since the first exhibition of its kind ten years ago, the Bader Fund continues to be guided by simple and generous governing principles; providing grants to DC area artists, at least 40 years of age or better, and with a compelling story. This “second act” exhibition provides a second public look at the extraordinary range and quality of work by artists who have received grants from the Bader Fund in its first thirteen years of existence.
  • On June 14, following the discussion, the Katzen Arts Center will host an artists’ reception in celebration of the opening of its summer exhibitions. The reception is free and open to the public.

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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