What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/3-11/9)

Tenleytown welcomes November with a host of exciting events – from architectural exploration to symphonic masterpieces there’s something for everyone. And don’t forget to check out the AU Farmers Market, which is open just three more weeks before closing up shop until spring. Here’s what you can find around town this week:

  • On Monday, November 3, Woodrow Wilson High School will host a launch party to celebrate its new Digital Archives Project. Under a grant from the Humanities Council of Washington, D.C. and with support from the PTSO and alumni, this new project seeks to preserve and share the school’s historic records dating to its opening in 1935. Be the first to view the Digital Archives Project website, created using museum-grade software, which highlights two pilot collections: “Wilson Girls Athletics” and “Wilson in Wartime.” At the launch party you will also be able to view historic documents and archives of the school newspaper, yearbooks, scrapbooks, and class photos. The celebration will take place in the Wilson Library Media Center from 5:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Contact Elizabeth Levenson, elizabeth.levenson@dc.gov, if you would like to attend.
  • On Wednesday, November 5 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.
  • Also on Wednesday, American University presents the latest in its McCabe Lecture Series with a lecture on slavery and race by Ta-Nehisi Coates, who is described asone of the most original and perceptive voices in black America.” His lecture, based on his June 2014 cover story for The Atlantic, explores the painful history of slavery, its legacy, and how we can repair the damage. The lecture will take place in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center beginning at 7:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public. Those interested in attending are requested to reserve their seat online.
  • Join The Gallery at Iona on Thursday, November 6 for lunch and discussion with Artist in Residence Penny Smith. Smith is an impressionist painter whose works are featured in the current exhibit at The Gallery, which runs through January 23. Enjoy a light lunch provided by The Georgetown Retirement Residence and listen to Smith discuss her 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.

  • On Thursday, November 6, the Tenleytown Historical Society and Friends of the Tenley Friendship Library invite you to attend a talk on Art Deco architecture by Richard Striner, author of Washington and Baltimore Art Deco: A Design History of Neighboring Cities and Washington Deco: Art Deco in the Nation’s Capital. Striner will discuss examples of the Art Deco style in our area, including the Sears/Best Buy building in Tenleytown. The talk will be given at the library beginning at 6:00 p.m., and is free and open to the public.
  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art, in cooperation with the Embassy of the Czech Republic, offer a series of Czech films this month as part of their international film partnership. The November series begins on Friday, November 7 with screenings of the films The Uninvited Guest and Every Young Man at 7:00 p.m., and continues on Sunday November 9 with The Mist and Report on Party and Guests at 4:30 p.m. 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.
  • The American University Symphonic Band will present its fall concert on Friday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. The performance will feature both new and standard repertoire for winds and percussion. The concert 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 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.