What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (10/19-10/25)

What do French film, kaleidoscope art, burlesque musicals, racing presidents, and craft beer have in common? They are all featured in and around Tenleytown this week! The neighborhood has yet another slate of fantastic events for all ages. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, October 19

  • 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 19 and 26. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.

Tuesday, October 20

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series this week with an exploration of How Corporate Governance Can Save the World — and Why It Must. The last four decades have featured increasingly rapid cycles of market spikes and market collapses. The savings and loan disaster, the dot.com meltdown, the Enron/WorldCom era financial frauds, and the sub-prime meltdown have coincided with the rise of enormous institutional investors and a growing gap between CEO pay and the median employee. Nell Minow, who has co-authored three books and written over 200 articles about corporate governance, will explain how all of this is connected, what simple steps are needed to correct it, and how these issues are likely to be presented in the 2016 campaign. Minnow’s talk begins at 12:15 p.m. at the Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, NW. A full schedule for the fall series can be found online; each lecture is open to the public and free to attend.
  • This month’s In the Zone at the library is all about fire breathing dragons! Kids will hear a reading of How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian, and then will make their own fire-breathing dragons with the help of some paper cups, streamers, and their imagination. Bring your kids and their creativity to the library at 4:00 p.m. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.

Wednesday, October 21

  • Join The Gallery at Iona at 12:30 for lunch and a discussion with Artist in Residence Nancy Fève. A life-long sewing enthusiast and former French teacher and translator, Fève found a new vocation exploring the artistic possibilities of quilt making and sharing these discoveries with others through workshops, trunk shows, and a quilt diaspora from France to California. Fève’s work is featured at The Gallery in an exhibit that runs through January 22. Enjoy a light lunch and listen to Fève discuss her kaleidoscope quilts at Iona Senior Services, 4125 Albemarle Street. Iona hosts three Artist in Residence exhibits annually, focused on exceptional artists who are 60 years of age or older.
  • Looking to relax and refocus? Then come to the Tenley-Friendship Library at 7:15 p.m. for a free 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.

Friday, October 23

  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art offer a retrospective of French filmmaker Agnès Varda in October and November as part of their international film partnership. Join them for a screening of Cleo from 5 to 7 at 7:00 p.m. The film will be shown in the Malsi Doyle and Michael Forman Theater at the School of Communication, and is free and open to the public with first-come, first-served seating.
  • American University presents The Threepenny Opera at the Greenberg Theatre for its final weekend on Friday and Saturday. 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 23 and 24 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinée at 2:00 p.m. on the 24th. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Saturday, October 24

  • The Coalition for Smarter Growth will conduct a walking tour of Wisconsin Avenue, from Cathedral Heights through Tenleytown. The tour will explore how smart, community-supported redevelopment and road design could make the corridor into a great, walkable neighborhood. Register online for the tour, which takes place from 10:00 a.m. until noon.
  • Cathedral Commons on Wisconsin Avenue will host the first annual Cathedral Heights Fall Festival & Craft Beer Showcase from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The free community event will feature live entertainment, including a class with specialty fitness center PureBarre, dance demos with The Washington Ballet, musical performances from local community groups, and a performance from rock cover band The Remainders. Children can get in on the fall fun with a pumpkin patch, petting zoo, inflatable slide, and fall crafts. Food will be provided by Barcelona Restaurant & Wine Bar, Raku, Grilled Oyster Company, and Giant Foods, and the event will also offer fall craft beer tastings.
  • Learn techniques for infant massage with lil omm starting at 2:30 p.m. Infant massage has been shown to provide relief from the discomfort of teething, gas and colic; to promote deeper and longer sleep; and to have a positive impact on babies’ developing nervous systems. In addition, it offers a profound way to deepen your bond with your baby. Learn how to read your baby’s cues; tailor massage to meet your baby’s unique needs; and lay the foundation for nurturing touch and healthy communication for years to come. Registration is $60 per infant ($80 for twins) and can be completed online.

Sunday, October 25

  • The Forest Hills Playground will host its annual Halloween party from 10:00 a.m. until noon. The festivities will feature crafts, guessing games, a bake sale with tasty treats, and Abracadabra Alex, who will make balloon animals for the kids and then perform his magic show at 11:00 a.m. And don’t forget your Halloween costumes – there will be a costume parade starting at 11:45 a.m. Forest Hills Playground is located at 32nd and Chesapeake Streets.
  • The City Church invites neighbors and friends to attend the 5th annual Tenleytown Block Party from 1:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. at 4100 River Road NW. The road will be closed between Brandywine and Murdock Mill for free food, rides, and entertainment for the whole family, including a bounce house, ferris wheel, obstacle course, climbing wall, NFL viewing tent, live DJ, magician, and even an appearance by the Racing Presidents of Washington Nationals fame.
  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library on Sunday for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of The Trouble with Harry (PG, 1955) at 2:00 p.m. Edmund Gwenn, John Forsythe, and Shirley MacLaine star in Alfred Hitchcock’s darkly comedic examination of what happens when a person finds a dead body in his back yard. The trouble with Harry is that he is dead. As the cast humorously recounts their day they put the pieces together to decide who actually caused the trouble with Harry. 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.