What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (12/8-12/14)

The arts are alive in Tenleytown this week! From an arts fair with heart to drama at the opera, symphonic performances to ukulele ditties, and a chat with a Greek director to drinks with local artists, the neighborhood has something for everyone to enjoy:

  • On Tuesday, December 9, Samantha Nolan, a citywide neighborhood watch trainer and at-large member of the MPD Citizens Advisory Council, will offer a crime prevention training. Attendees will learn steps they can take to reduce crime in their community, improve their safety at home, and avoid becoming a victim. The training, which begins at 7:30 p.m., will take place at St. Columba’s Episcopal Church, 4201 Albemarle Street, NW. Reserve your space for the free training by emailing Ms. Nolan at NolanTutor@yahoo.com.
  • On Wednesday, December 10 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.
  • You and your kids can provide input on the playground design for Friendship (Turtle) Park, which will undergo renovation in 2015. Join the Department of General Services, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Friends of Friendship Park for a community meeting on Wednesday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Pizza will be provided to help feed the brainstorming. The meeting will take place at American University in Room 200 of the Mary Graydon Center. For more information on the park renovation, read this update from last month’s community meeting.
  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday, December 11, for Pajama Movie Night. Find out what your kids’ toys really do when you’re not around and join Woody and Buzz Lightyear on an adventure to reunite with their beloved owner. Toy Story (G, 1995) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Woodrow Wilson High School Instrumental Music Program will host its Annual Winter Concert on Thursday, December 11 at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilson High School Auditorium. Enjoy performances by the Concert Band, String Orchestra, String Quartet, and Jazz Ensemble. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for students and faculty; $10 for adults.

  • The Wilson Players present Lend Me a Tenor in a special three-night run at the Wilson Black Box Theater. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. on December 11, 12, and 13. Watch as what could be the biggest night in the Cleveland Grand Opera’s history unravels. World famous Italian tenor Tito “Il Stupendo” Merelli is scheduled to star in Otello but begins to cause trouble even before he arrives. Matters are only complicated by the several women vying for Merelli’s attention, Opera executive director Henry Saunders’ short temper, and his assistant Max, who will go to any length to make sure the night is a success. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults; $5 for students.
  • Wilson High School will host HeArts for Humanity, a holiday arts fair with a human rights focus, on Friday, December 12 from 4:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Come shop local artisans, create your own crafts, sample food, and enjoy poetry, music, dance, and drama performances by Wilson students throughout the evening. As you wander through the fair, take some time to listen to and learn from participating human rights organizations as they present films, speakers, and informational displays. The event will take place a Wilson High School, 3950 Chesapeake Street, NW.
  • On Friday, December 12 the Gallery at Iona will host its latest Meet the Artist Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Artist in Residence Penny Smith and Special Guest Artists Dale and Diana Feuer will be featured in an evening of conversation, wine, music and food to celebrate the presence of their work at Iona. The reception will take place at Iona, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art offer a series of Greek films this month as part of their international film partnership. The December series concludes on Friday, December 12 with a screening of the film Wild Duck at 7:00 p.m. The film’s director will attend and participate in a discussion with the audience following the film. 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-served seating.
  • If you haven’t yet gotten around to buying a Christmas tree or holiday greens, don’t worry – Alice Deal Middle School has plenty of trees, wreaths, candle rings, and garland to meet your decorating needs. You can purchase your greens on Saturday, December 13 or Sunday, December 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in front of the school, located at 3815 Fort Drive, NW.
  • Join Middle C Music this weekend for two holiday music recitals. On Saturday, December 13 at 6:00 p.m. students of Alicia Kopfstein-Penk and Maureen Andary will give a guitar and ukulele recital. While on Sunday, Nelson Dougherty’s students will perform on guitar and ukulele at 5:00 p.m. All performances are free, kid-friendly, and open to the public – and judging by the Tenley Yeti’s ukulele performance at this year’s Winter Market, these concerts should not be missed! Middle C Music is located at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Round out your week by attending a very special art show at Studio 4903 on Sunday, December 14 from noon to 5:00 p.m. You’ll be able to view – and purchase – jewelry, textiles, paintings, ceramics, and photography by studio artists. There will also be sweet bites from Naughty Bits Brownies. If you’ve never been to Studio 4903, it’s a hidden treasure in Tenleytown tucked away on the second floor of 4903 Wisconsin Avenue, just above Pizza Boli’s. Don’t let the small, unassuming doorway fool you. Just up the stairs is a light, bright, and lovely artistic retreat that is home to extremely talented artists from the neighborhood and surrounding areas. It’s definitely worth a visit.

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.

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