What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (2/16-2/22)

After the Presidents Day long weekend, made even longer by frigid temperatures, and today’s snow day, we wouldn’t blame you if you were going a bit stir crazy. Never fear, Tenleytown has plenty of (indoor!) events to get you out and about, including international film screenings, museum tours, concerts, theater productions, and even a basketball game or two. Plus, Mayor Bowser brings her budget forums to the neighborhood this week. Here’s our weekly rundown:

  • On Wednesday, February 18 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.
  • As part of the American University’s Exploring Social Justice Lecture Series, award-winning documentary filmmaker Andrea Kalin will screen her most recent feature-length documentary Red Lines on Wednesday, February 18 at 11:00 a.m. The critically acclaimed film depicts the ongoing civil war in Syria and the efforts of activists to raise international support for the revolution and promote democracy in the Middle East. The film will be followed by an audience discussion with the filmmaker. A light lunch will be served. While admission is free, please reserve your seat by emailing LibEvents@american.edu.
  • Cheer on the American University Eagles as the men’s basketball team takes on Boston University on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:00 p.m. at the Bender Arena. AU neighbors can purchase $5 end zone seats for men’s basketball games. Purchase your tickets online and use the promo code “FEBFIVE” at checkout. And don’t forget to show your support for the women’s basketball team on Saturday, February 21 as they compete against the Army team at 1:00 p.m. Just for AU neighbors in Northwest D.C., AU Athletics is offering discounted tickets for $4 each by using the promo code “NEIGHBOR15” at checkout.
  • Come to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, February 18 at 7:30 p.m. for a free, introductory T’ai Chi class given by Susan Lowell of Tenleytown T’ai Chi.  All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing.  Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.
  • Friendship Place, which empowers men and women experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives with the involvement of the community, will host a community discussion on homelessness on Thursday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m. Open Doors at Friendship Place is an informal, free, 45 minute gathering for individuals and groups who want to learn how the community is creating lasting and permanent solutions to homelessness in innovative ways. The discussion will take place at Friendship Place’s Welcome Center, 4713 Wisconsin Avenue. If you plan to attend, please contact Benjamin Bradburn at (202) 503-2963 or bbradburn@friendshipplace.org to reserve your seat.

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser will hold the first of three citywide Budget Engagement Forums on Thursday, February 19 at 7:00 p.m. at Woodrow Wilson High School. The forums are interactive discussions during which District residents can provide input to help shape budget priorities. Register for the forum, or either of the subsequent discussions, through Eventbrite.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting on Thursday, February 19 starting at 7:30 p.m. Among agenda items are discussion on Burger Tap & Shake’s application for a liquor license, updates on renovation plans for Turtle Park and construction at AU’s Washington College of Law, and possible façade improvements at PEPCO’s Harrison Street substation. The Second District police will also provide an update on public safety issues in the Tenleytown area. The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room at the Embassy Suites in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.
  • American University presents a one-weekend only production of Rashomon at the Katzen Arts Center Studio Theater starting Thursday, February 19. Rashomon is a new adaptation of the classic play, which presents contradictory accounts of a single horrific crime from a bystander and three individuals directly involved in the event. The devised work will incorporate elements of the original short story by Ryunosuke Akutagawa and contemporary Japanese history. Performances will be given on February 19, 20, and 21 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinee at 2:00 p.m. on the 21st. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.
  • Through March 13, the American University Museum will offer docent led tours of current exhibitions each Friday at 12:30 p.m. Learn about the current exhibitions and discuss your favorite works of art. The tours are free and open to the public. Visit american.edu/museum for more information.
  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art offer a series of Brazilian films this month as part of their international film partnership. The series Cruzamentos includes recent and historic works representing the wave of documentary filming that occurred after the fall of Brazil’s military dictatorship. This week AU will screen Black Orpheus on Friday, February 20 at 7:00 p.m. and Isle of Flowers and ABC of a Strike on Sunday, February 22 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-served seating.
  • The American University Symphony Orchestra will present Finding Inspiration this weekend with performances on Friday, February 20 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, February 22 at 3:00 p.m. Concerts will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $15, $10 for American University community and seniors, and $5 for AU students, and can be purchased online.
  • lil omm yoga will host a special workshop on Planning a Mindful Return to Work After Maternity Leave on Saturday, February 21 at 7:00 p.m. Learn practical and effective strategies for planning your return to work after maternity leave so you can ease your concerns and fears about the transition, focus on your baby, and make calm, thoughtful choices. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online.
  • The Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church will host the 23rd annual Sing Out for Shelter concert at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 21. For over 20 years, the Augmented Eight, a local men’s a cappella group, has organized this popular benefit concert which raises funds for the Metropolitan House, Friendship Place, and other local organizations providing services to the homeless. In addition to the Augmented Eight, this year’s concert will feature performances by the Capital Hearings, the Maret School Grace Notes, and Euphonism. Tickets are available for purchase online or at the door, and are $25 for general admission, $15 for seniors, and $10 for students; children under 12 years of age are admitted free of charge.

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 continues even in the winter. 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.
  • 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.
  • Coffee Nature, our neighborhood coffee shop, has a weekly live music and stand-up comedy show on Saturdays. Stop by between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. and enjoy some entertainment with your weekend coffee, pastry, or lunch. Coffee Nature is located at 4224 Fessenden Street. You can read more about it in our review.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.