What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (4/20-4/26)

Tenleytown has a host of events to celebrate Earth Day this week, along with dance, theater, and musical spectaculars to fill your cultural calendar. Don’t miss out on what’s happening in the neighborhood:

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for the latest in its Spring Lecture Series on Tuesday, April 21. Learn what life was like on Nebraska Avenue in the 1860s as Jim Johnston shares the recollections of Margaret Cabell Brown Loughborough, who lived on an estate that encompassed land where the NBC studios and parts of American University now exist. 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.
  • Celebrate Earth Day at the Tenley-Friendship Library at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday with a special edition of In the Zone! Kids can enjoy a cartoon version of Dr. Seuss’s classic The Lorax. 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.
  • Also on Tuesday, American University’s Books That Shaped America series continues with a discussion of Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass. Marianne Noble, Associate Professor of Literature, will lead the conversation at 7:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • To celebrate Earth Day on Tuesday, April 21, join garden writer Carole Ottesen for the 2015 Henry Mitchell Gardening Lecture at Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:00 p.m. Carole Ottesen is a longtime garden writer, who has published six books and countless articles on gardening, and photographer who gardens in Maryland and Nova Scotia.
  • The Citizens Advisory Council for the 2nd Police District (CAC 2D) will meet on Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the 2nd District Station at 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW. Police Chief Cathy Lanier will discuss the police department’s budget, and newly appointed 2nd District Commander Melvin Gresham will provide an update on crime trends in the district, police responses, and other public safety issues. A brief reception to congratulate Commander Gresham on his promotion will follow the meeting.

  • Looking to relax and refocus? Then come to the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:15 p.m. on Wednesday 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.
  • Into the Woods begins its two weekend run at Georgetown Day School with a 7:30 p.m. performance on Friday, April 24, followed by a 7:00 p.m. show on Saturday and a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Sunday. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at the door. The production will take place in the black box theater at 4200 Davenport Street, NW
  • American University’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus join forces to present musical reflections on war and peace in two concert performances on Friday, April 24, and Saturday, April 25, at 8:00 p.m. in the Abramson Family Recital Hall at the Katzen Arts Center. The orchestra will commemorate the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War by performing Aaron Copland’s Lincoln Portrait, with a narrator reading from Lincoln’s own words. The chorus will join the orchestra for a concert opener and Ralph Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem, an epic and somber work written as a call for peace in 1936 amid growing fears of a second world war. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased online.
  • Sahara Dance, DC’s Center for Middle Eastern Dance, is hosting a belly dance performance featuring over 100 local belly dancers. Under a Desert Moon: A Belly Dance Spectacular is available one night only on Saturday, April 25 for two shows – 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. – at the Greenberg Theatre, 4200 Wisconsin Avenue. Tickets are $15-$25 and can be purchased online.
  • Join lil omm yoga on Saturday, April 25 for a special Girl Power! Dance with Daughters at 5:30 p.m. This JourneyDance, geared toward mothers and daughters 7 years of age and older, will draw on dance, yoga, and ritual to give expression to what motivates action, ways to tap inner strength, and mutual support in pursuit of goals. Registration is available online and costs $30 for one adult and two children, or $40 for families of four or more.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday, April 26, for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of No Country for Old Men (R, 2007) at 2:00 p.m. Starring Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem and Josh Brolin, the film tells the story of an ordinary man to whom chance delivers a fortune that is not his and the ensuing cat-and-mouse drama as the paths of three men intertwine in the desert landscape of West Texas. Tea, cookies, and popcorn will be served.

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 this spring. 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.
  • Through May 22, the American University Museum will offer docent led tours 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.
  • 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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