What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/20-10/26)

The week ahead in Tenleytown has plenty of wonderful performing arts to enjoy – from theater to symphonies, but there are also great opportunities to give back to the community with events to benefit area children and families, as well as help animals. Take a look at what should be on your calendar this week:

  • The Education Center at Iona Senior Services, in partnership with Playwrights Forum, will host a reading of the one-act musical Extricating Gussie on Monday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. Gussie (Augustus Mannerling-Phipps) has been dispatched to New York to find and marry a wealthy heiress to rescue his family’s fortunes. When Aunt Agatha learns that he has instead become engaged to a vaudeville starlet, she sends his cousin, Bertie Wooster, to New York to quash the engagement and put Gussie back on track. What could possibly go wrong? The reading is open to the public, and a $5 contribution is requested. Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • On Monday, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Nutrition 101 will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Ashley Gallagher will discuss the most important guidelines for feeding your pet a healthy diet. She will cover topics ranging from managing your pet’s weight to picking foods appropriate to your dog’s or cat’s specific needs.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series on Tuesday, October 21. Former Congressman Bruce A. Morrison, who has spent decades working on immigration policy and reform, will discuss public attitudes on immigration, the reasons for the repeated failure of comprehensive immigration reform efforts, and the prospects for the future. 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 22 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.

  • Paul’s Wine and Liquor will host its 14th annual Wines for Canines and Felines benefit on Wednesday, October 22 to raise funds for the Montgomery County Humane Society. Held at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Friendship Heights, the benefit will feature more than 15 wineries showcasing over 75 wines, as well as a silent auction. To learn more or to purchase tickets for the event, visit Paul’s event page online.
  • 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 crime trends in the district, police responses, and other public safety issues. The CAC will also be collecting bags of Halloween candy at the meeting for the 2nd District’s annual Halloween party for children in the community.
  • The 15th Annual Human Rights Film Series continues on Wednesday, October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at American University with a screening of The Hand That Feeds. The 90-minute documentary tells the story of undocumented workers at a popular New York deli who organized to fight back against unsafe working conditions, exploitative wages, and abusive treatment by their employers. 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.
  • Don a costume and join the Halloween Parade at Turtle Park on Friday, October 24 at 5:30 p.m. Hosted by the Friends of Friendship Park, this family friendly annual event will feature free pizza, fun dance tunes, and, of course, the ever-popular costume parade!
  • American University’s musical adaptation of Pedro Almodovar’s film Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown concludes its run at the Greenberg Theatre this weekend. The production brings to life the comedic, quirky, and complicated relations between women and the men they love. Performances will be given on October 24 and 25 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on the 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 continues on Friday, October 24 at 7:00 p.m. with a showing of Ghost Town. 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 25 Saint Ann’s Catholic Church will host a pancake breakfast served by Boy Scout Troop 100. The menu features pancakes, fruit, sausage, ham, juice and coffee. The breakfast will be held in the Saint Ann’s gymnasium. You may purchase ticket at the door – $6 per child, $10 per adult – or in advance by emailing Amy Dine.
  • Help area families in need on Saturday, October 25 by donating gently used maternity, infant, and children’s clothes and baby gear as part of the Baby Love Drive. BabyLove DC will hold a clothing and gear drive at Turtle Park from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. For more information and a full list of accepted and needed items visit the BabyLove website.
  • As part of the Kids Euro Festival, the Tenley-Friendship Library will host a special showing of Moomin and Midsummer Madness on Saturday, October 25 at 11:00 a.m. Based on Tove Jansson’s book, the movie tells the story of a long, hot summer in Moomin Valley. All of the creatures are becoming bored – until a volcanic eruption causes a huge flood. As the Moomin family seeks refuge, they discover an abandoned, floating house. However, it’s not really a house, and it’s certainly not abandoned.
  • The American University Symphony Orchestra will present its Season Opening Concert this weekend with performances on Saturday, October 25 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 26 at 3:00 p.m. Concerts will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $15, $10 for American University community and seniors, and $5 for AU students, and can be purchased online.

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.