What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/2-11/8)

November begins with an impressive array of artistic offerings – from concerts to art exhibits, international film to author’s talks, and even a little opera added to the mix. Plus there are plenty of opportunities to shop for a cause and give back to the community. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, November 2

  • Join Iona Senior Services at 3:00 p.m. for the latest in its educational series Opera Gems. Washington Concert Opera co-founder Peter Russell will offer an engaging and insightful lecture on Rossini’s Semiramide and the beloved bel canto operatic tradition. Enjoy an afternoon of music and light refreshments. Registration is $10, and those interested in attending are asked to reserve their seats online. Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.

Tuesday, November 3

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series this week with a discussion on The New Golden Age of Washington. The current pace of change and development in the District is unprecedented. Learn about the projects that are transforming the city and helping to achieve its rightful place as a global capital. For years Washington has suffered from a lack of access to the waterfront and from gashes in the urban fabric that have separated neighborhoods. Mary Fitch, Executive Director of the D.C. Chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the Washington Architectural Foundation, will examine four of Washington’s largest new development projects and how they are addressing major flaws in the city. Fitch’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.
  • Join the American University Library for a Legal Themes in Literature Book Talk on Bleak House by Charles Dickens. Law and lawyers were often topics in the works of Dickens. Learn why law was an important subject for the author, and why the characters and themes in Bleak House are relevant to today’s legal system. The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. in the AU Library and will be led by Bill Causey, Assistant Attorney General for the District of Columbia and Adjunct Professor at Georgetown Law. Register online to attend the free discussion. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.

Wednesday, November 4

  • The American University School of Communication and the National Gallery of Art offer a retrospective of French filmmaker Agnès Varda in November as part of their international film partnership. Join them for a screening of La Pointe Courte (The Short Point) 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.
  • Writer, lecturer, and tour guide Garrett Peck will discuss his book Walt Whitman in Washington, D.C.: The Civil War and America’s Great Poet at 7:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Peck, in his sixth work of local history, revisits the years 1863 to 1873, the decade Walt Whitman spent in the capital. It was a pivotal time for Whitman, who came to Washington in search of his wounded brother, and left as one of the nation’s best-loved poets. Peck covers Whitman’s volunteer work in hospitals, his relationship with Peter Doyle, his work as a federal clerk, and, of course, his writing. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

Thursday, November 5

  • There are just three weeks left to enjoy the Farmer’s Market at Janney Elementary School. Neighbors can shop for fresh vegetables, many of which are harvested right from the school garden; eggs from the chickens who live in the garden coupe; and individual cuts of beef and lamb available from the Tenleytown Meat Company. The market takes place from 3:15 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. rain or shine. If the weather is inclement, head inside the main school entrance on Albemarle Street and turn right down the main hall to find the market indoors.
  • 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.

Friday, November 6

  • The Studio Art Program at American University hosts visiting artist Titus Kaphar for the 2015 Kinetic: Conversations in Contemporary Art, a dynamic lecture series sparking critical dialogue about contemporary art and creative professional practices. Kaphar’s artworks interact with the history of art by appropriating its styles and mediums. Kaphar cuts, bends, sculpts, and mixes the work of Classic and Renaissance painters, creating formal games and new tales between fiction and quotation. The conversation begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center.

Saturday, November 7

  • The United Methodist Women of Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church will hold their annual bazaar from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Gently-used items, including attic treasures, collectibles, Christmas items, jewelry, and accessories, will be available for purchase, as well as handmade crafts and baked goods. Attendees can also enjoy lunch while they shop. All proceeds benefit projects supporting the welfare of women and children locally, nationally, and globally. Metropolitan Memorial UMC is located at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW.
  • The William R. Singleton Hope-Lebanon Lodge No. 7 will host a Blood Drive and Bone Marrow Registry to benefit the Children’s National Medical Center. The drive will take place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the masonic lodge at 4441 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Sign up online to schedule an appointment to give blood and help save a life.
  • Hear the inspiring story of Gerald Anderson whose life changed for the better when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans. Anderson was an ex-con who found the courage to rescue people from the ravages of the storm. He will discuss his book Still Standing: How an Ex-con Found Salvation in the Floodwaters of Katrina at 1:00 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library, 4450 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Enjoy D.C.’s premier men’s a cappella ensemble The Singing Capital Chorus with a Harvest of Harmony at the Greenberg Theatre, featuring special guests Last Kids Picked, Half & Half, and Class Ring. With this year’s theme, “Celebration in Song!,” the Singing Capital Chorus brings you family-friendly, fast paced fun with selections from Broadway, the movies, Tin Pan Alley, and today’s music “scene.” The Chorus brings a fresh face to its repertoire that will have you humming along…and all the way home! Performances will be given at 3:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 to $25, and can be purchased online.
  • Join artist Susanne Kessler at 5:00 p.m. for a discussion of her exhibit at the American University Museum and the process behind her installation Jerusalem. A city where three monotheistic religions come together, Jerusalem is a geographic gateway between the East and the West, a place where conflicts have influence on the world. Kessler’s exhibition speaks to its architecture to bring forth the ideas of transparency, continuity, difference, and conflict in a passage-like environment.
  • Join artists Marc Pekala and Michael Graham at 6:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center for a discussion about the progression of their work from trained graphic designers to painting, drawing, and collage art. Graham and Pekala both trained in graphic design programs and went on to careers in teaching and commercial design. Their design educations provided a foundation and language for their visual exploration. Pekala grew up in Baltimore seeing the poster art of the pop music culture and developed a love for using typographic forms to solve visual problems while studying at AU. Graham studied in Rome and became enamored with Classical art and inscriptional letter forms.
  • Mix and mingle with artists, curators and museum patrons at the Late Fall Opening Reception at the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center. Take in the current exhibits while you are there, which include: “The World is a Narrow Bridge” Drawings by Beverly Ress; (ärt) n | (də’zīn) v Two Designers and Their Art; Susanne Kessler: Jerusalem القُدس יְרוּשָׁלַיִם; Titus Kaphar: The Vesper Project; Micheline Klagsbrun: Free Fall Flow; Francis Cape & Harmony Hammond: Angle of Repose; Joseph White: Paintings and Watercolors 1963-2008; and FotoWeekDC at the AU Museum: Special Exhibition in the Kreeger Lobby. The reception takes place from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and is free to attend.
  • The American University Chamber Singers present When Spirits Attend in the Balcony this weekend, with performances on Saturday, November 7 at 8:00 p.m. and Sunday, November 8 at 3:00 p.m. in the Kay Main Chapel. The singers will perform Maurice Duruflé’s stirring Requiem alongside Arvo Pärt’s Salve Regina, and works by J. S. Bach and John Tavener. The program features works based on some form of early chant that invoke the ancestors and recent friends to be drawn into a stunning choral-instrumental journey. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $5 for American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Sunday, November 8

  • Join the Tenley-Friendship Library for a Golden Sunday Movie showing of All the President’s Men (PG, 1976) at 2:00 p.m. Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman star in this gripping political film based on the events surrounding the investigation into the Watergate break-in and subsequent resignation of Richard Nixon. Redford and Hoffman drive the action as Washington Post reporters Woodward and Bernstein peel back the layers of intrigue and corruption in the Nixon White House. 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.


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