What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (9/23-9/28)

Tenleytown ushers in autumn with a concert, a film series, a centennial celebration of art, and a neighborhood block party. Make sure you don’t miss these great events around town:

  • This evening, September 23, the Tenley-Friendship Library presents the second night of its three-day banned books film series. Starting at 6:30 p.m. the library will screen Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Sapphire (R, 2009). The Oscar-nominated film is a gritty, yet inspiring, portrayal of inner-city life and a young woman’s struggle to overcome extreme adversity.
  • On Wednesday, September 24 enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. The session will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat. Free for museum members; $5 for non-members.
  • As the leaves fall Peggy Alee heats things up with a tribute to sultry singer Peggy Lee in the “Welcome Autumn Concert” at Seabury at Friendship Terrace on Wednesday, September 24. Starting at 2:00 p.m. you can enjoy the essence of Peggy Lee, the heritage of the Golden Era, and a touch of the “Rat Pack.” Admission is free and open to all. Friendship Terrace is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • Also 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.
  • Calling all librarians, teachers, home-school educators, and school librarians! Make the most of the upcoming academic year by joining the Tenley-Friendship Library for an educator open house on Thursday, September 25 at 4:00 pm to learn more about: educational databases, educator cards, class visits, and more. There will be door prizes and light refreshments served. RSVP to borysiewicz@dc.gov or (202) 727-1449.

  • The banned book film series concludes on Thursday, September 25 at 6:30 p.m. with One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (R, 1975). Jack Nicholson in an Oscar-winning performance plays a patient in a state-run mental institution as this iconic film explores insanity, conformity, and the relationship between the individual and society.
  • On Saturday, September 27, join D.C. filmmakers Natalie Avery and Kyle Centers for a screening of their documentary short, Out of the Basement, followed by a discussion of the issues the film raises. The film follows Greg Newby as he embarks on a pro boxing career after a fall from grace. The story delves into D.C.’s boxing subculture and traces its role in the life of one remarkable family struggling to build lives and find meaning in a changing city. The screening will begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library.
  • Join the American University Museum and curator Mark Cameron Boyd on Saturday, September 27 for a discussion of the current Readymade@100 exhibit. The exhibit, which runs through October 19, celebrates the 100th anniversary of Marcel Duchamp’s readymade concept. This juried exhibition includes contemporary artist’s submissions of “new” readymades that significantly expand upon Duchamp’s original idea. The discussion will begin at 4:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW.
  • The City Church invites neighbors and friends to attend the 4th annual Tenleytown Block Party on Sunday, September 28th from 1:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. at 4100 River Road NW. The road will be closed between Brandywine and Murdock Mill for free food, rides, and entertainment for the whole family.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:

  • Play a few friendly hands of bridge at the Iona Senior Services Bridge Group on Mondays from 11:30 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. New members are welcome, but as many of the foursomes have been playing together for years, you may want to recruit your own foursome to play a few rubbers. 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.
  • The AU Farmers Market has returned! Each Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery bring to the farmers market fresh vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts. The market is located in front of the Mary Graydon Building on the university campus and runs through November 19.
  • Bring your little LEGO architects and builders to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesdays to join the LEGO Construction Crew. Each Wednesday at 4:00 p.m., the library will provide all the bricks a child’s imagination can handle. Ages 6 to 12 years welcome.
  • 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 8:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat. (Read about Tenleytown, D.C.’s experience with Trivia Wednesday here.)
  • Join Paul’s Wine and Spirits on Friday evening for the weekly Friday Night Wine Tasting from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. The complimentary tastings are set up to allow guests to arrive at any point during the event and are meant to be a fun, social, educational, and tasty experience. Paul’s is located at 5205 Wisconsin Avenue.
  • 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.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.


  • Hi. This bulletin was sent out at 2:26 am on Sep 24. It had an announcement about a movie at Tenley Library that was held the day before, at 6:30 pm on Sep 23. Therefore, anyone interested who just found out today through this bulletin missed it. Even worse, the bulletin announced a yoga event for Sep 10 (!!!!) Is there a way you can send this bulletin out BEFORE the dates of events in the announcement? It’s really of no use to announce PAST events, unless we are historians, or the intent is to make us regret that we missed something that would’ve been fun to do. Many thanks!

    • Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry you received the events post via email on the morning of September 24. It was published at 1:27 p.m. on the 23rd on the website. The yoga event, however, is our error. The correct date is September 24; the 10th was a typo. Our apologies for this error, which has now been corrected thanks to you calling our attention to it.