What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/5-10/11)

The rain clouds have parted and it’s a great week to get out and explore the neighborhood – and with concerts, art exhibits, film screenings, and a community fair, there is plenty to enjoy. Tenleytown, however, is not just all fun and games. A series of public meetings and special art events this week take a look at the important and serious issues of homelessness, equality, parenting, social justice, and public safety. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, October 5

  • Take a mid-day break with free yoga classes at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Robin Glantz returns with a series of classes that will focus on asana (poses) and pranayama (breath). Each free class is 75 minutes, and will be offered at 11:00 a.m. on October 5, 19, and 26. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.

  • Looking for a reason, other than their delicious pizza, to eat at Pete’s Apizza? How about supporting the Wilson Crew Team? All day, from 11:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Pete’s will give 25% of the proceeds from your purchase to the team. Just be sure to tell your server that you support Wilson Crew.
  • Georgetown Day School kicks off its October Parent Education series with a discussion by Julie Lythcott-Haims on How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare your Kid for Success. Hoping to avoid helicopter parenting and raise students with resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination? Lythcott-Haims draws on research, conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, and her own insights as a mother and dean of freshman at Stanford to highlight the ways in which overparenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and society at large. Join GDS at 7:00 p.m. to learn of an alternate philosophy for raising self-sufficient children and ensuring that the next generation can take charge of their own lives with competence and confidence. The discussion, which will take place at the GDS High School at 4200 Davenport Street, is free and open to the public

Tuesday, October 6

  • The Second District police will conduct an Outdoor Roll Call for Police Service Area 202 (AU Park, Tenleytown, Friendship Heights) at 6:00 p.m. at 5300 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. The Second District police encourage community members to stop by, meet with the patrol officers, and learn more about preventing theft from autos, burglaries, identify theft and much more. Please note that in the event of inclement weather the outdoor roll call will be rescheduled to a later date.
  • The Ward 3 Democrats will host a Community Dialogue on Affordable Housing and Homelessness at 7:00 p.m. at the Forest Hills Home, 4901 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Organized by the Ward 3 Task Force on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, the agenda will feature presentations by Ward 3 Councilmember Mary Cheh; Polly Donaldson, Director, Department of Housing and Community Development; Kristy Greenwalt, Interagency Council on Homelessness; and Laura Zeilinger, Director, Department of Human Services. There will be an opportunity for questions from the audience. The meeting is open to any resident of Ward 3.
  • Join artist Jordan Eagles and collaborators Leo Herrera and Jonny Cota at 7:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center for an evening reception and discussion of his work Blood Mirror, which seeks to raise awareness of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s discriminatory ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood. There will be a special performance by Rock Creek Singers of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington, D.C. and a one-night installation by Jordan Eagles.

Wednesday, October 7

  • Author Colman McCarthy will discuss his book Teaching Peace: Students Exchange Letters with Their Teacher at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. In 1982 McCarthy, the longtime Washington Post syndicated columnist, decided not just to preach nonviolence, but to teach it. For more than three decades, McCarthy taught peace studies courses for thousands of college and high school students, including students at Wilson High School. In Teaching Peace, McCarthy presents some of the letters exchanged over the years with his former students, sharing their thoughts on a wide range of social justice issues. The exchanges rise to a rare kind of literature that blends personal warmth, intellectual honesty, and shared idealism. A book sale and signing will follow the event.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes, among other items, discussion of and possible votes on: a letter to Georgetown Day School regarding traffic management issues related to its planned expansion and mixed-use project; a resolution regarding DDOT’s decision to designate Tenleytown as a “Premium Zone” and a D.C. Council bill requiring metered parking until midnight in such zones; and a resolution regarding the homeless encampment in front of the Tenleytown library. In addition, the Second District Police will provide an update on crime trends and public safety issues in AU Park, Friendship Heights, and Tenleytown. The meeting will take place in the Tenleytown Room of the Embassy Suites in the Chevy Chase Pavilion.

Thursday, October 8

  • Interested in manga, anime and everything Japanese? Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on the first Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. for Manga Madness. Read manga, watch anime, and have fun! Appropriate for ages 11 to 19 years.
  • The American University at the Katzen Arts Center will host the first in its new concert series Connected: Music in the Museum at 7:30 p.m. The premier concert Elements – Five Transfigurations for Cello and Computer features composer Steve Antosca, music technology by William Brent, and Tobias Werner on cello. Concerts are free and open to the public.

Saturday, October 10

  • Join local favorite Steak ‘n Egg for its First Annual Steak-N-Egg Neighborhood Fair from 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Several local Tenleytown merchants will be on hand to offer special promotions, as well as coupons and giveaways, to everyone who attends. American University’s radio station will provide entertainment on site. Don’t miss this new neighborhood event! (This event was rescheduled from October 3.)
  • Looking for a job is often frustrating. Career coach Blair Goins will guide you through the process to Design a Career You’ll Love and help you manage the stress with better decision making. His workshop, which runs from 2:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, will helps job seekers identify their strengths and interests before jumping into the job market.
  • Join the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library and FreeSpace Collective, DCPL’s Makers-In-Residence, for their first interactive program of the 2015-2016 season. Participants will help create a three dimensional printed map of the area around the library. The map, entitled Walking As Drawing, will function as a collective time-based map of the city. The program begins at 3:30 p.m. at the library and is open to participants 10 years of age and older.
  • Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman explores masterpieces of the great Russian composers in the first instalment of the Gorenman Russian Project at 8:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center. This concert will feature some of the great works by Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev, and Rachmaninoff. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $10 for American University students, and can be purchased online.

Sunday, October 11

  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of King Creole (PG, 1958) at 2:00 p.m. Elvis Presley and Walter Matthau team up to examine the seedy underworld of New Orleans. When Danny Fisher finds himself a high school drop-out, he takes whatever work he can get to help his family. Unfortunately that work, and his two-timing ways, put him in the crosshairs of gangsters. Check out this gritty film that stands out from Elvis’ later films with its stark worldview and tense action. Come enjoy lemonade, cookies, popcorn and a free film!

And don’t forget these great weekly events:  

  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library and some adorable pups each Tuesday for Happy Tails Story Time at 6:30 p.m. Story time begins with a book, some songs and then it is your turn. Bring your own book, make up a story, or grab a book in the library to read to a lovable doggie! Dogs are provided by volunteers with People Animals Love.
  • 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; $10 for non-members.
  • Stop by the AU Farmers Market every Wednesday from 11:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. Agora Farms and Upper Crust Bakery offer 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.
  • On Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m., Tenley Bar & Grill hosts a weekly trivia competition run by Stump! Trivia Quiz. Gift cards, prizes, and other swag will be award to the top teams. Plus all trivia participants (21 years of age or older) can enjoy half price wine bottles – which may or may not help your trivia game.
  • Each Friday, the American University Museum offers docent-led tours 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.
  • Every Friday, Paul’s Wine and Spirits hosts a free wine tasting, opening 10 to 15 wines from around the world to let customers sample new and exciting vintages. Wines are announced during the week via Paul’s Facebook page. Sip and learn from 5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Paul’s Friendship Heights location, 5205 Wisconsin Avenue.
  • Warm up those vocal chords, Tenleytown – karaoke is in town. Tenley Bar & Grill will let you be the star every Friday night starting at 9:00 p.m. Plenty of drink specials will be on offer for those needing a little liquid courage to take the mic. DC Sing King Ra.Free hosts this fun event strictly for those 21 years of age and older.
  • 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 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.
  • Adorable cats and kittens are available for adoption each Saturday at PetMAC DC from noon to 2:00 p.m. during Homeward Trails’ pet adoption events. Who knows, you might just meet the newest member of your family. PetMAC is located at 4914 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.


Know of an event in the neighborhood? Want to let others know, too? Send us an email at tenleytowndc@gmail.com.