What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (3/16-3/22)

The luck of the Irish seems to be upon Tenleytown as spring is in the air. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day – perhaps at our neighborhood Irish pub Kitty O’Shea’s, mingle with local artists, take in a modern adaptation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, listen to great Russian composers, or just sit back with some popcorn and a good film. All this and so much more is happening around town this week:

  • Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at the Tenley-Friendship Library on Tuesday, March 17 at 4:00 p.m. with a special edition of In the Zone! The shadow puppet show Three Tales, Three Tricks: Three Irish Fairy Tales will take place in the story time room. Enjoy three stories inspired by Irish folk tales featuring tricky characters – including Ireland’s most famous trickster of all, the leprechaun! Recommended for ages 5 to 12 years. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.
  • On Tuesday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Eugene O’Neill’s Nobel Prize winning play The Iceman Cometh at 7:00 p.m. Karl Kippola, Assistant Professor in the Department of Performing Arts, will lead the conversation in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the play.
  • As part of the Wilson High School Mental Health Speaker Series, the Wilson Parent Teacher Student Organization will host a discussion on Sleep… Why Bother? A Guide to a Good Night’s Sleep. On Tuesday, March 17, Dr. Helene Emsellem, a nationally recognized sleep expert, will discuss sleep requirements and specific differences in the sleep of teens and young adults; the role of sleep in general health and weight control; and impediments to a good night’s sleep, such as electronics, and the best ways to deal with them. The discussion begins at 7:30 p.m. in the Wilson High School library.
  • On Wednesday, Friendship Hospital for Animals will host the latest in its Client Education Series. The free session on Managing Pets’ Urinary Health will be held in the hospital’s second floor reception area at 4105 Brandywine Street at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Kim Schultz will discuss urinary tract disease in dogs and cats. Learn the signs and symptoms, associated problems, and treatment options for this potentially life-threatening disease.
  • Looking to relax and refocus as spring approaches? Then come to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:15 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, March 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 Jayme Aronberg at [email protected] or 202-503-2963 to reserve your seat.
  • Wilson Theater Arts and The Wilson Shakespeare Society will present A Midsummer Night’s Dream for a special three-night run at the Wilson Black Box Theater. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. on March 19, 20, and 21, with a matinee performance on Saturday, March 21 at 2:30 p.m. Shakespeare’s classic story of enchanted lovers, would-be actors and meddling fairies will be set in San Francisco in 1967 during the Summer of Love. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $15 for adults; $5 for students. For the Saturday matinee, take advantage of a special “bring a student” deal: up to two children or students will be admitted free with each paying adult.
  • Learn more about academic and extracurricular programs at Phoebe Hearst Elementary School at an open house on Friday, March 20 at 9:15 a.m. Hearst is located at 3950 37th Street, NW.
  • On Friday, March 20 the Gallery at Iona will host its latest Meet the Artist Reception from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Artist in Residence Helga Thomson and Special Guest Artist Norma Schwartz will be featured in an evening of conversation, wine, music, and food to celebrate the presence of their work at Iona. The reception is free and open to the public, and will take place at Iona, 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • Give yourself the gift of self-care this season in a meditative yoga practice. Join lil omm yoga for a Rhythm of the Seasons: Mini-Retreat on Friday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. Seasonal mini retreats are designed for women of all ages and stages. Registration is $40 and can be completed online.
  • Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman continues exploring masterpieces of the great composers in the eighth and final concert of the Gorenman Piano Project on Saturday, March 21 at 8:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center. This concert will feature some of the great works by Tchaikovsky, Scriabin, and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $25, $10 for American University students, and can be purchased online.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of Fried Green Tomatoes (PG-13, 1991) on March 22 at 2:00 p.m. The film portrays Kathy Bates as a housewife who is unhappy with her life, befriends an older lady (Jessica Tandy) in a nursing home and learns the value of friendship as she hears the story of two women and how their friendship shaped their lives. Tea, cookies, and popcorn will be served!
  • During lil omm yoga’s Acupuncture for Spring Renewal take some time to quiet the mind with some simple stretches, breathing techniques, and the use of acupuncture needles. The workshop will take place on Sunday, March 22 at 6:30 p.m. Registration is $30 and can be completed 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 [email protected] to sign up. Classes will be held at the PCRM offices at 5100 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 400.
  • On Wednesdays, enjoy yoga in the galleries at the Katzen Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. Sessions will be led by a certified Kripalu Yoga teacher. Participants are asked to bring a mat. Free for museum members; $5 for non-members.
  • 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.)
  • 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.


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