What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (3/23-3/29)

Tenleytown is alive with the sound of music with three free concerts this week, as well as a special benefit Sing Out for Shelter concert to raise funds to help the homeless. A new theater production, environmental film festival, and the inaugural Tenley Tiger Run round out the week. All this and more is happening around town:

  • Join The Gallery at Iona on Monday evening at 7:00 p.m. for a special reading of the play Kitchen Sink by Paula Stone. After a lifetime of cooking, baking, and washing dishes, Francine has had enough. Join her at her yard sale where she is selling the contents of her kitchen. She simply has no use anymore for all these pots and pans, yet each pot and pan has some special quirky, comic, or poignant story. Together, these memories trace the course of Francine’s life: the tensions, misadventures, vulnerabilities, and joys that have shaped her as a wife, mother, friend, and woman. Tickets for the reading are $5; call Patricia Dubroof at 202-895-9407 to reserve a seat.
  • The American University will host a Discussion and Analysis of the Israeli Elections on Monday, March 23 at 7:30 p.m. Panelists, including Natan Sachs of the The Brookings Institution and The Forward’s Washington bureau chief Nathan Guttman, will analyze the March 17 Israeli elections in the Abramson Family Founders Room of the School of International Service. RSVP required to attend.
  • As part of the 2015 DC Environmental Film Festival, film producer Chris Palmer will discuss his memoir Confessions of a Wildlife Filmmaker: The Challenges of Staying Honest in an Industry Where Ratings are King on Wednesday, March 24 at 6:30 p.m. in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at the American University. Illustrating his remarks with compelling clips, Professor Palmer will provide a thought-provoking perspective on wildlife filmmaking. His book will be available for signing and purchase following his presentation. He also will screen the winners of this year’s Eco-Comedy Video Competition, co-sponsored by AU’s Center for Environmental Filmmaking and The Nature Conservancy.
  • On Wednesday, March 25 at 4:00p.m. Girls Rock! DC will offer a free instrument share at the Tenley-Friendship Library during which kids ages 11 to 19 years can try out GR!DC’s instruments. Participants can practice singing into a microphone, riffing on guitar, and finding the beat on the bass and drums.
  • Also on Wednesday, the Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet at 7:00 p.m. 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.

  • American University presents The Lower Depths at the Greenberg Theatre starting Thursday, March 26. Subtitled “Scenes from Russian Life,” this hallmark of socialist realism depicts the struggles and triumphs of the impoverished lower classes in Russia in the early 1900s. The theme of harsh truth versus comforting lie pervades the play, as characters deceive themselves about the crushing reality of their existence. Performances will be given on March 26, 27, and 28 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinée at 2:00 p.m. on the 28th. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.
  • Middle C Music presents a free Hesperus cross-over concert on Friday, March 27th at 6:00 p.m. A typical double crossover show may include some blues, a vaudeville number like ‘Under the Chicken Tree,’ a medieval cantiga, a sing-along gospel song, a renaissance dance, a version of ‘Little Rabbit’ on the mouth bow, a few fiddle tunes on the rebec and a big audience participation jug band finale. It’s fun, mildly educational, and occasionally desperately silly.
  • Also on Friday evening, enjoy a free concert by the Trillium Ensemble, Pittsburgh’s premiere flute/clarinet/piano trio. Starting at 8:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center, the trio will perform a selection of contemporary American music, including works by American University faculty composers.
  • The inaugural Tenley Tiger Run, organized by the Wilson Track Boosters, will take place Saturday, March 28 at 9:00 a.m. around Fort Reno Park in the heart of Tenleytown. Register online for the 5K, 3K, or Fun Run. Enjoy spring weather, celebrate fitness, and support the champion Wilson cross-country and track and field teams. Read more about the race here.
  • Safely dispose of financial or other confidential papers on Saturday, March 28 at the Third Annual Shred-a-palooza sponsored by Stuart & Maury, Inc. Realtors. Bring your documents to the corner of Albemarle and 45th streets between 10:00 a.m. and noon, and watch as they are securely shredded and prepared for recycling.
  • The Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church will host the 23rd annual Sing Out for Shelter concert at 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 28. 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.
  • The National Presbyterian Church Chancel Choir and Orchestra presents “Written on His Hands,” a free Palm Sunday Concert on March 29 at 5:00 p.m. No tickets are required for the concert. The National Presbyterian Church is located at 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW.

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.
  • 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 Tenley Gastropub where teams compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize in the CSN Trivia Challenge. Trivia begins at 7:00 p.m., but arrive early to reserve a seat.
  • 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.