What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/14-10/19)

Hope you are rested from the holiday weekend, because Tenleytown has more than enough to keep you busy this week. Film, musical theater, lectures, art discussions, yoga, concerts, literature – you name it, we’ve got it. Plus so much more:

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series on Tuesday, October 14. Judge Dean Pineles, who recently completed a two-year term as an International Criminal Judge for the European Union Rule of Law Mission in Kosovo, will discuss the history of Kosovo, his recent work on cases relating to war crimes, organized crime, organ trafficking, and corruption, and lessons that can be drawn from Kosovo’s post-war history in relation to current events in Crimea and Ukraine.  Each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. OLLI will offer an hour-long, thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science. Lectures will be given at the Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW and are free and open to the public. A full schedule for the series can be found online. 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, October 15, American University in collaboration with The Phillips Collection will host artist and art theorist Fré Ilgen for a discussion of his art theory book, “ARTIST? The Hypothesis of Bodiness.” This month’s gallery talk will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Abramson Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center, and will include a discussion with Washington, D.C. artists Carol Brown Goldberg and Anil Revri.
  • The 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series continues on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:00 p.m. at American University with a screening of The Supreme Price. The 75-minute documentary chronicles the movement for democracy and human rights in Nigeria – and the women who are the driving force behind it. Central to the film is Hafsat Abiola, a prominent activist whose father’s election to the Nigerian presidency was annulled during the turbulent 1993 election. Following the screening, there will be a discussion of the film and its issues. The film will be shown in the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater at the School of Communication, and is free and open to the public.
  • Take a break from your busy week and come to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, October 15 at 7:30 p.m. for a free, introductory T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.

  • American University’s musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown opens at the Greenberg Theatre for a limited two-week run on Thursday, October 16. The production brings to life the comedic, quirky, and complicated relations between women and the men they love. Performances will be given on October 16, 17, 18, 24, and 25 at 8:00 p.m. with Saturday matinee showings at 2:00 p.m. on the 18th and 25th. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.
  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art offer a series of documentary films on rural and urban life in mainland China this month as part of their international film partnership. The October series begins on Friday, October 17 at 6:30 p.m. with a pre-screening reception before a showing of Nostalgia—The Ballade of Village at 7:00 p.m. and When My Child is Born at 8:00 p.m. The series continues on Sunday, October 19 at 4:30 p.m. with Oxhide. All films are shown in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at the School of Communication, and are free and open to the public with first-come, first-serve seating.
  • On Saturday, October 18 the National Presbyterian Church will host “The Quest for Character” conference with New York Times columnist David Brooks. From 8:45 a.m. until noon, guest speakers Brooks and Andy Crouch, Executive Editor of Christianity Today, will help attendees explore what a deep life of character looks like, the cultural forces that oppose such a way of life, and how to cultivate lives of character. Register online before October 15 at nationalpres.org/conferences for discounted admission. Students can register for free ($5 at the door); admission for adults is $15 ($20 at the door). National Presbyterian Church is located at 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW.
  • Join the Rock Creek Conservancy at the Tenley-Friendship Library on Saturday, October 18 for a community conversation on the future of a healthy, vibrant Rock Creek Park. One of a series, the meeting is intended to create an informal space for neighbors to meet and provide input for planning the management of the park over the next decade. Join the discussion from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and/or share your ideas in the Rock Creek Conservancy’s online survey.
  • Also on Saturday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Washington Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow at 2:00 p.m. Professor Lewis Grossman will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • Bring your child, along with his or her favorite doll or stuffed animal, to lil omm yoga on Saturday for a special Downward Doll Yoga and Tea Party. This fun drop-off yoga class is tailored for children ages 3 to 6 years, and will be followed by tea and cookies. Sign up online; tuition is $25 per child, $10 for each additional sibling. lil omm is located at 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman continues exploring masterpieces of the great composers in the seventh concert of the Gorenman Piano Project on Saturday, October 18 at 8:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center. This concert will feature some of the great works of Franck, Ravel, and Debussy. Tickets are $25, $10 for American University students, and can be purchased online.

And don’t forget these great weekly events:

  • 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.


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