What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/10-11/16)

The arts are alive and well in Tenleytown this week with wonderful concerts, theater, and musical theater performances offered by talented local ensembles. Plus don’t miss out on fascinating lectures on revolutionary history and international human rights. Here’s what should be on your calendar this week:

  • On Tuesday, November 11, the  Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host its annual Town Meeting for members to share ideas, ask questions, and learn more about OLLI’s upcoming plans. The meeting will begin at 12:15 p.m. at the Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW. 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 Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, November 12 for a discussion with Martin R. Ganzglass on his historical novel, “Cannons for the Cause.” The book chronicles a remarkable feat of logistics that helped end the eight-year British occupation of Boston: the 300-mile transport of 59 cannons, some weighing more than a ton, on wagons and sleds from Fort Ticonderoga, New York to Dorchester Heights, Massachusetts. It also tells the story of Willem Stoner, a fifteen-year-old boy hired out by his father to drive a team of horses pulling one of those sleds. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. at the library. A book sale and signing will follow the event.
  • The American University School of Public Affairs will host U.S. Ambassador Luis CdeBaca, head of the State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, for a policy forum on human trafficking on Wednesday, November 12. The Ambassador will discuss the extent of the human trafficking problem, and how non-governmental organizations and the private sector are working with governments around the world to help solve one of the most serious human rights issues of our generation. The Ambassador will take questions from the audience following his remarks. Doors open at 7:30 p.m., and seating is limited. Those interested in attending should reserve their space online.
  • Put on your most comfortable P.J.s and bring the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday, November 13, for a special Pajama Movie Night. Join the lovable, but forgetful, Dory as she helps the over-protective clownfish Marlin search the seas for his son Nemo, who is taken on an unexpected adventure of his own. Finding Nemo (G, 2003) begins at 6:00 p.m.

  • On Thursday, November 13, Ann Eichenberger will host a 90-minute discussion on Time Saving Techniques for Alzheimer’s Caregivers, including less stressful dressing techniques, streamlined grocery shopping, faster meal preparation and increased medication safety. Alzheimer’s caregivers will come away with concrete strategies for reducing the time spent on these routine tasks, dressing a person with Alzheimer’s, grocery shopping and meal preparation for persons with this progressive disease. The discussion will begin at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, and is free and open to the public. For more information, email Ann Eichenberger.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, November 13 starting at 7:30 p.m. On the agenda are consideration of grant requests from the Janney 5K, Wilson 5K, Wilson Crew, and the Tenley WinterFest and liquor license renewals for World Market and Whole Foods. The Second District police will also provide an update on public safety issues in the Tenleytown area. The meeting will take place at Woodrow Wilson High School in the black box theater.
  • American University presents a production of The Rez Sisters, a play inspired by Michael Tremblay’s Les Belles-Souers and Anton Chekhov’s The Three Sisters. A group of seven women on the fictional Wasaychigan Hill Indian Reserve on Manitoulin Island, Ontario, dream of escaping the “rez,” and embark on a quest to attend and win “The Biggest Bingo in the World” in Toronto. The play employs gritty naturalism, magic realism, and humor to highlight life on an Indian reserve. Performances will be given in the Katzen Studio Theater on November 13, 14, and 15 at 8:00 p.m., with a matinee performance at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 15. Tickets are $15, $10 for the American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.
  • 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 continues on Friday, November 14 with a screening of the film Leaving at 7:00 p.m., and on Sunday, November 16 with The Beggar’s Opera Again and The Heart Above the Castle 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.
  • Into the Woods begins its two weekend run at Wilson High School with 7:30 p.m. performances on November 14, 15, 21 and 22. A special matinee performance will be given at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 22. Tickets are $15 for adults ($10 for matinee performance), $5 for students and children, and are available in advance by contacting wilsondramatickets@gmail.com or at the door.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Saturday, November 15 to celebrate International Games Day with libraries across the country. Saturday will feature a Mario Kart video game racing tournament. Preliminary races begin at noon, with the final grand prix starting at 1:10 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the top racers.
  • On Saturday, parents and superhero kids ages 3 to 6 years can spend some quality time together with Superhero Family Yoga at lil omm yoga, 4708 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Starting at 2:30 p.m. discover your own super powers, build strength and flexibility to bring peace to the bad guys, and of course, learn to fly! After you’re done saving the world, enjoy a healthy snack with lil omm. Costumes are encouraged, so come as your favorite superhero. Tickets are $30 per parent-child couple and $15 for each additional sibling. Register online.
  • The American University Chorus presents its From Age to Age fall concert on Friday, November 15 at 8:00 p.m., with an encore performance on Sunday, November 16 at 3:00 p.m. The performance will feature a mixed repertoire from the Renaissance to present day. Experience the grandeur of choral performance and a wonderful variety of music from early music to modern day spirituals. The concert will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $15, $10 for the 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.