What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/12-10/18)

Tenleytown has a week of powerful events featuring women entrepreneurs, corporate philanthropists, and even democratic candidates, capped off by a weekend of musical theater and the arts. You’ll find plenty of inspiration to get you motivated for whatever faces you this fall. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Tuesday, October 13

  • Tenley Bar & Grill is hosting a Democratic Primary Debate Watch Party starting at 8:30 p.m. Cheer or jeer on the candidates – depending on your political persuasion – while enjoying drink specials. The debate will air on big screens on both floors. And mark your calendars for October 28 when Tenley Bar & Grill will host another watch party for the third Republican debate. Tenley Bar & Grill is located at 4611 41st Street.

Wednesday, October 14

  • Dreaming of starting your own business or changing careers? Or perhaps you’ve already made the leap, and want to learn tips and tricks to help you along the way. Join Career 2.0 and Hera Hub, a local women’s co-working space, for Women Motivating Women: Power Panel of Female Founders, a panel of five DC-area female entrepreneurs who launched businesses. They will share the challenges they faced and offer tips and advice to aspiring business owners or those just starting out. A networking reception begins at Hera Hub DC, 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, at 7:00 p.m. followed by the panel at 7:30 p.m. Registration is $30 in advance, $35 at the door. Details and registration available online.

Thursday, October 15

  • AOL and American University’s School of Public Affairs will host a policy forum on Private Sector Solutions for Public Policy Problems at the Katzen Arts Center. The forum will focus on how leaders of some of America’s biggest companies are creating shared value with programs related to STEM education, access to healthcare, nutrition, and women in the workforce. Learn about the impactful work currently being done in the private sector through shared value initiatives. A networking reception begins at 6:00 p.m., following by the panel at 7:00 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, but those interested are encouraged to register online as seating is limited.
  • Wilson High School hosts the latest in the high school’s parent education series with a discussion on Motivation, Performance & the Teenage Brain: Why a Sense of Control is Important to Teens and their Parents. We all want to motivate teens, but how can we help them learn to motivate themselves? What leads to “self-propelled” motivation? What are the right and wrong ways to praise children? And what five success myths may by holding us back as parents, educators and students? Dr. William R. Stixrud, a clinical neuropsychologist and adjunct faculty member of the Children’s National Medical Center, and Ned Johnson, president and founder of PrepMatters, will share their answers to these questions and more at 7:00 p.m. in the Wilson Media Center, 3950 Chesapeake Street. The event is free and open to the public.
  • American University presents The Threepenny Opera at the Greenberg Theatre for a two-weekend run starting Thursday, October 15. The Threepenny Opera offers a biting critique of social and political life in the 20th century. This production features burlesque acts and comic interludes, as well as the play’s original gritty characters, haunting jazz score, and sinister lyrics that inspired Newsweek to christen it “the greatest musical of all time.” This production contains graphic language and adult themes. Performances will be given on October 15, 16, 17, 23, and 24 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinée at 2:00 p.m. on the 17th and 24th. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Friday, October 16

  • Join lil omm yoga for Rhythm of the Seasons: Fall Women’s Retreat starting at 7:30 p.m. In this evening of self-care, lil omm honors fall’s harvest and savors the season through yoga, meditation, and connection. Gather inspiration from readings and focus on your own intentions, hopes, and goals for the season. Registration is $40 per person and can be completed online.

Sunday, October 18

  • Join American University for the annual Fall for the Arts and enjoy an afternoon of free art classes and workshops. Register for up to three classes, which begin at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. There are plenty of options for both adults and children. For more information, and the full class schedule, visit Fall for the Arts online. Registration closes on Thursday, October 15.

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.