What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (4/6-4/12)

Art lovers of all ages will find plenty of opportunities to stretch their creative muscles this week, with gallery tours, art lectures, and hands-on art classes. Let your inspiration flow as you check out these great events around town:

  • Celebrate spring with a special Storytime Family Yoga on Monday afternoon. Julia Colton brings her experience working at Politics & Prose in the children’s department to this family workshop for budding bookworms. She’ll begin with the children’s classic The Runaway Bunny and then guide kids through a bunny craft, with time for a human mandala and coloring mandalas at the end. Perfect for children ages two to five years, Storytime Family Yoga runs from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Register online for the session, which costs $30 per family.
  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) on Tuesday, April 7 for the latest in its Spring Lecture Series. Anita Maynard-Losh, Director of Community Engagement at Arena Stage, will discuss Arena Stage’s work with communities in India and how theater can create community across barriers of language, religion, culture, and gender. Each week, through May 5, OLLI will offer a thought-provoking lecture on current affairs, world politics, history, arts or science. The hour-long lectures take place at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, and are free and open to the public. A full schedule is available online.
  • Join artist V. Ramesh and curator Tunty Chauhan on Tuesday, April 7 Thursday, April 9 at 5:30 p.m. for an intimate talk on the paintings in his solo-exhibition Remembrances of the Voices Past at the American University Museum in the Katzen Arts Center. [This event has been rescheduled for April 9.]
  • On Wednesday, April 8, Jerry Saltz, the Senior Art Critic at New York Magazine, will pull back the curtain on the art world. Join him at 6:00 p.m. at the American University Museum as he discusses making art and shares tales from school and his experiences offering advice to artists.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting on Wednesday, April 8 starting at 7:00 p.m. The commission has a hefty agenda this month, taking up among other issues: Georgetown Day School’s preliminary plans for an expanded Tenleytown campus, renovation of Turtle Park, new retail development at the current Crate & Barrel parking lot in Spring Valley, and budget cuts at Wilson High School. The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room at the Embassy Suites in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

  • As part of the American University’s Exploring Social Justice Lecture Series, Father Leonel Narvaez Gómez, Director of the Foundation for Reconciliation in Colombia, will speak on Thursday, April 9 at 11:00 a.m. on The Political Culture of Forgiveness and Reconciliation. Father Leonel, based upon his experiences working in Africa and conducting peace work with the Revolutionary Armed Forces Columbia (FARC), developed the concept of the Schools of Forgiveness and Reconciliation in which those who have been victims of violence learn how to forgive and use pro-social behavior to resolve inter-personal conflicts. The talk is free and open to the public, and will take place Abramson Family Founders Room of the American University’s School of International Service.
  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library on Thursday, April 9, for Pajama Movie Night. Enjoy an incredible adventure about a family of undercover superheroes who, while trying to live the quiet suburban life, are forced into action to save the world. The animated film The Incredibles (PG, 2004) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • Docent-led tours of the American University Museum are back! Each Friday, from April 6 through May 22, visitors can participate in a guided tour at 12:30 p.m. to learn about current exhibitions and discuss their favorite works of art. The tours are free and open to the public.
  • On Saturday, April 11, at 12:30 p.m. Earn & Learn Enterprises will host a financial literacy workshop for children ages 5 to 12 years at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The workshop will include a fun and interactive presentation, along with age-appropriate practical exercises to teach children money management.
  • Join the AU Museum on Sunday, April 12 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. for the ever popular Kids@Katzen. Expand your children’s imagination by engaging them in a fun, creative art class inspired by the current exhibition Yes! Glue, featuring works by Bruce and Jean Conner. Children will create their own collages in the style of Bruce and Jean Conner with the inspiration of The Washington Post‘s Peeps Diorama challenge. Tickets are $10 per child, and advanced registration is suggested.

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.