What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/27-11/2)

Tenleytown has lots of Halloween fun to enjoy, including a frightful two-day movie festival. But it’s not all ghosts and goblins – the neighborhood continues to offer concerts, art exhibits, lectures, and opportunities to help the larger community. Here’s what you can find around town this week:

  • On Monday, October 27, the Tenley-Friendship Library, in partnership with the Museum of Science Fiction, will host science fiction screenwriter Morgan Gendel, winner of the Hugo Award for Star Trek: The Next Generation fan-favorite episode The Inner Light. The library will screen The Inner Light beginning at 6:30 p.m. After the screening, Gendel will discuss his inspiration for the episode and his experiences working on Star Trek. The program is presented free of charge, but seating is limited. Guests should obtain a ticket online to reserve their seat.
  • Join lil omm yoga on Tuesday, October 28 at noon for an Itsy Bitsy Halloween Party. Bring your children three years and younger for some seasonal fun and age-appropriate family yoga. Costumes are encouraged! Tickets are $10 per family and can be purchased online.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series on Tuesday, October 28. James H. Johnston will discuss his book From Slave Ship to Harvard, Yarrow Mamout and the History of an African American Family. This unique exploration of race in America recounts the story of Yarrow Mamout, a Fulani Muslim, who came to Maryland on a slave ship in 1752. After 44 years as a slave, he settled in Georgetown as a free man. Each Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. OLLI offers an hour-long, thought-provoking lecture on world politics, history, arts or science. Lectures are 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.
  • Join The Gallery at Iona on Tuesday, October 28 for lunch and discussion with special guest artists Diana and Dale Feuer. Diana is a glass artist, while Dale focuses on creating jewelry from beads, pearls, gemstones, and metal. Both artists’ works are featured at The Gallery in an exhibit that opens Tuesday and runs through January 23. Enjoy a light lunch provided by The Georgetown Retirement Residence and listen to the Feuers discuss their art at 12:30 p.m. at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street. Iona hosts three Artist in Residence exhibits annually, focused on exceptional artists who are 60 years of age or older. During their four-month tenure, these artists showcase their work at Iona, conduct workshops and seminars and take part in a Meet the Artist reception to engage the public around their exhibits.

  • Also on Tuesday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Alfred Kinsey’s Sexual Behavior in the Human Male at 7:00 p.m. Jonathan Tubman, Vice Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • On Wednesday, October 29 at noon, the American University will host a Reed Brody, Counsel and Spokesperson for Human Rights Watch, for a discussion on The Quest for Justice: An International Perspective. In his lengthy career, Brody has represented victims of torture and state abuse in Chad, Argentina, and Haiti; reported on U.S. treatment of detainees; led investigations into massacres in the Democratic Republic of Congo; monitored human rights in El Salvador; and investigated abuses by the contras in Nicaragua. A brief reception will follow the discussion, which is free and open to the public. The discussion will take place in the McDowell Hall Formal Lounge.
  • On Thursday, the Tenley-Friendship Library kicks off a two-day Halloween Movie Spooktacular. The line-up of movies includes:

Thursday, October 30: 1:15 p.m. Alien (1979, R); 3:30 p.m. Ghostbusters (1984, PG); 5:15 p.m. The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971, PG-13); 6:45 p.m. Poltergeist (1982, PG)

Friday, October 31: 9:30 a.m. El Orfanato/The Orphanage (2007, R); 11:15 a.m. The Descent (2006, R); 1:00 p.m. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, unrated); 2:15 p.m. Village of the Damned (1960, R); 3:30 p.m. Beetlejuice (1988, PG)

  • The Ward 3 Democratic Committee will host a pre-election rally and meeting with Democratic Party nominees appearing on the Ward 3 general election ballot. The meeting, which takes place on Thursday, October 30 at 7:30 p.m, will be held at the Forest Hills of DC (formerly the Methodist Home) located at 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW. At 7:00 pm, a “Meet and Greet” with refreshments will precede the program. Candidates confirmed to speak include Muriel Bowser, Anita Bonds, Mary Cheh, and Franklin Garcia.
  • The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church will hold their annual bazaar on Saturday, November 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Gently-used items, including attic treasures, collectibles, Christmas items, jewelry, and accessories, will be available for purchase, as well as boutique jackets, handmade crafts, and baked goods. Attendees can also enjoy lunch while they shop. All proceeds benefit projects supporting the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and globally. Metropolitan Memorial UMC is located at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW.
  • Get a head start on your holiday shopping and support Alice Deal Middle School at the Politics & Prose Book Fair this weekend. Twenty percent of the money received from your purchases, including books, magazines, CDs, gift wrap, cards, and stationary, will go to support the Deal Library. Make sure to let them know at checkout that you want your purchase to benefit Deal. The book fair runs from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 1 and 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 2.
  • Join Hearst Elementary at the Annual E-cycle and Swap Spot on Saturday, November 1 to recycle old electronics, shred documents, and donate baby care items to the DC Diaper Bank. For a full list of accepted items – and activities – visit the E-cycle website. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Hearst, 3950 37th Street, NW.
  • The Tenley-Friendship Library will host a Halloween Bash on Saturday, November 1 at 2:00 p.m. Come in your favorite costume and celebrate Halloween with games, crafts, music, a photo booth, and refreshments!
  • The American University Chamber Singers will present its concert Voices Heard from Abroad this weekend with performances on Saturday, November 1 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 2 at 3:00 p.m. The Chamber Singers will explore music from the Balkans, European Renaissance, Romantic, contemporary, and spiritual choral spheres. Concerts will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10, $5 for the American University community and seniors, 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 [email protected] 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.


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