What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/17-11/23)

Don’t let a dreary, rain-soaked Monday get you down. Tenleytown has plenty of fun events that will put a smile on your face, and some that might even make you want to sing and dance. From musical theater to jazz, yoga to literature, and community development meetings to boot, here’s what should be on your calendar this week:

  • American University will provide an update on its East Campus construction project on Monday at 7:00 p.m. Members of the project team will present current milestones, plans for the next six months of construction, and an update on trucking routes. The meeting will take place in Room 2 of the Mary Graydon Center on the university campus.
  • On Monday, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Managing Feline Kidney Disease will be held at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Mike Dugan will discuss common symptoms of kidney diseases, as well as how to manage your cat’s care after problems have been detected.
  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series on Tuesday, November 18. Nina Shapiro-Peri, an award-winning producer and director and Filmmaker-in-Residence at American University, will screen her film Through the Eye of the Needle. The screening of the 30-minute film that tells the story of Holocaust survivor and artist Ester Nisenthal Krinitz will be followed by a discussion of the film’s themes of trauma and healing, transmission of memory, and the perils of treating people as “The Other.” 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 psychologist Dr. Neil Bernstein on Tuesday evening at Wilson High School for a discussion of Stress, Drugs, School and Other Teen Challenges. Dr. Bernstein is the author of How to Keep Your Teenager Out of Trouble and What to Do If You Can’t and There When He Needs You: How to Be an Available, Involved, and Emotionally Connected Father to Your Son. He is a frequent media resource and serves on the advisory board of the Partnership for a Drug Free America. The discussion is open to the public and begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson library.
  • 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.

  • Don’t miss the final week of the fall AU Farmers Market. From 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 you can select fresh vegetables, homemade breads, and desserts from Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery. The market is located in front of the Mary Graydon building on the university campus.
  • Also on Wednesday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Dashiell Hammett’s Red Harvest at 7:00 p.m. Erik Dussere, Associate Professor of Literature, will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • The Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 19 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.
  • Georgetown Day School invites members of the community to participate in a conversation about the GDS school planning process on Wednesday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. Head of School Russell Shaw will provide an update on the school’s plans for the Safeway and Martens Volvo dealership that GDS purchased this summer, and answer questions from community members. The meeting will take place at the GDS High School at 4200 Davenport Street, NW.
  • Into the Woods concludes its two weekend run at Wilson High School with 7:30 p.m. performances on November 21 and 22. A special matinee performance will also 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.
  • The American University Jazz Orchestra presents Jazz in the Fall on Friday, November 21 at 8:00 p.m. Enjoy an evening of big band jazz, funk, and swing that is sure to get your toes tapping. 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.
  • 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.