What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (5/4-5/10)

Local and national luminaries visit the greater Tenleytown area for a series of thought-provoking discussions, while a musical production and classic film add a little levity to the week. Don’t miss out on what’s happening in the neighborhood:

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) for the final session of its Spring Lecture Series on Tuesday, May 5. Jamie Raskin, professor of constitutional law at American University, will discuss Thomas Jefferson’s metaphor of a “wall of separation” between church and state, and how it should inform attempts to address the problem of money in politics, specifically “dark money,” Super PACs, and the Citizens United decision. The hour-long lecture will take place at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, and is free and open to the public.
  • The National Presbyterian Church hosts An Evening with Author David Brooks on Thursday, May 7 at 7:00 p.m. Brooks, a New York Times columnist and author of the new book The Road to Character, will explore true fulfillment in a society that emphasizes professional achievement. Brooks will discuss topics from The Road to Character, which looks at the lives of some of the world’s greatest thinkers and inspiring leaders to illuminate how character is developed. There will also be a time for audience Q&A, and a book signing. This event is free and open to the public. The National Presbyterian Church is located at 4101 Nebraska Avenue.
  • The Ward 3 Democrats convene a Community Dialogue – Building from the Past to the Future on Thursday, May 7 at 7:30 p.m. The dialogue features guest panelists Anthony A. Williams, former Mayor of DC and current CEO of the Federal City Council, and Kathy Patterson, former Ward 3 Councilmember and current DC Auditor. Join the conversation in the assembly hall of The Forest Hills of DC, 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW.
  • Alice Deal Middle School presents a special production of Guys and Dolls, Jr. with performances at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 and Friday, May 8 and a matinee on Saturday, May 9 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for children and $10 for adults, and may be purchased at the door.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday, May 10, for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of Mildred Pierce (unrated, 1945) at 2:00 p.m. Starring Joan Crawford, Even Arden and Ann Blythe, the film tells the story of a woman who works to gain independence and success, even when it causes fractures in the relationship with the daughter she works so hard to please. Told during the murder investigation of her second husband, Mildred Pierce will show you the lengths to which a mother will go for her family. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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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