What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (11/9-11/15)

Tenleytown’s hills are alive with the sound of music – from rock opera to smooth jazz, organists to chamber singers, and symphonic works to USO favorites. Plus a bevy of art shows, plays, and dance performances round out a week of high culture in the neighborhood. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, November 9

  • Enjoy a free concert by the American University Saxophone Quartet and the Florio Saxophone Quartet at 6:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The concert will feature quartets with influences of jazz, tango, and more.

Tuesday, November 10

  • The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) continues its fall lecture series this week with a discussion on Raising Wages: Creating Good Jobs and Good Workers to Fill Them. Harry J. Holzer, professor of public policy at Georgetown University and former chief economist at the U.S. Department of Labor, will focus on two different problems that limit opportunities for wage advancement among low-income workers: Too few students and workers obtain the skills which employers value and which the labor market rewards; and too few good-paying jobs are being created. He will examine the evidence of each of these problems, then discuss policy solutions. Holzer’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.
  • American University’s Books That Shaped America series returns with a discussion of the children’s classic Goodnight Moon by Margaret Wise Brown. Dr. Vivian Maria Vasquez, professor of education, will specifically look at ways that the book has circulated across the globe, as well as how we can read the text from a critical literacy perspective. The conversation begins at 3:00 p.m. in room 115 of the Bender Library. Attendees are encouraged, but not required, to have read the book.
  • Join artist Joe White at 5:30 p.m. for a discussion of his exhibit Post-It at the American University Museum. Post-It includes large-scale representational paintings, works on paper, and White’s latest paintings based on Post-It drawings.
  • The National Presbyterian Church invites you to attend a free concert by Simon Johnson, Organist of St. Paul’s Cathedral in London at 7:30 p.m. Johnson has had the honor of playing for the daily round of services at St. Paul’s, as well as historical national services and events, including the National Service of Thanksgiving to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The concert is free and open to the public. National Presbyterian is located at 4101 Nebraska Avenue, NW.

Wednesday, November 11

  • Join Seabury at Friendship Terrace and noted jazz chanteuse Christiana Drapkin for a special Jazz and Spirit Celebration for Veterans at 1:00 p.m. The celebration is free and open to the public. Seabury at Friendship Terrace is located at 4201 Butterworth Place, NW.
  • American University presents a free screening of the documentary Chaplains at 6:30 p.m. Chaplains takes the viewer into the dynamic world of chaplains – men and women who represent their own particular faith tradition but are trained to be of comfort and support to everyone, religious or not. Sponsored by the Kay Spiritual Life Center, Center for Media & Social Impact, and the School of Communication, the movie screening will take place in the Malsi Doyle & Michael Forman Theater and is free and open to the public.
  • Enjoy an evening of dance with Choreolab 2015: Facing Forward as American University’s student choreographers present the culmination of a two-month mentored creative process. Led by artistic director Melanie George, you will see an array of works in progress by AU’s emerging choreographers. The performances begin at 8:00 p.m. in the Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre. Tickets are $5 for general admission, and can be purchased online.

Thursday, November 12

  • Celebrate local artist Leni Berliner at the opening of her exhibit of Land and Seascapes at Hera Hub DC at 6:00 p.m. Berliners’s art is inspired by three National Parks: Parque National des Hautes Gorges de la Rivière Malbaie in Quebec; Great Falls National Park outside Washington, D.C.; and Ghost Ranch, in Abiqui, New Mexico. The Outer Banks of North Carolina also figure in her work. Register online for this free event, and enjoy wine and appetizers while you meet the artist and take in her work. Hera Hub is located at 5028 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes, among other items: a presentation by Valor Development regarding its plans for the former Superfresh site; an update from Georgetown Day School on its recent PUD filing and plans for a school expansion and mixed use development; a letter to GDS regarding the proposed mix of housing units, including size and number of affordable units; proposed bike lanes and proposed new Capital Bikeshare stations; and a grant request from Tenley WinterFest. 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.
  • American University presents Bachelorette at the Studio Theater in the Katzen Arts Center starting Thursday, November 12. On the eve of her wedding, Becky has arranged the perfect bachelorette celebration. However, two party crashers, one manipulative maid of honor, and a bathtub of booze cause things to go not quite as planned. This show contains mature content. Performances will be given on November 12, 13, and 14 at 8:00 p.m. with a Saturday matinée at 2:00 p.m. on the 14th. Tickets are $15 for regular admission, $10 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Friday, November 13

  • The Gallery at Iona welcomes you to Meet the Artists behind the exhibits currently on display. Artist in Residence Nancy Fève and Special Guest Artist Phil Brown will be featured in an evening of conversation, wine, music, and food to celebrate the presence of their work at Iona. Register online for this free reception, which begins at 5:00 p.m. The Gallery at Iona is located at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • Wilson High School Theater Arts presents the rock musical Hair  for a two weekend run starting Friday at 7:30 p.m. Hair depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the `60s that changed America forever. The story follows a group of hopeful and free-spirited young people who advocate a lifestyle of pacifism and free-love in a society riddled with intolerance and brutality during the Vietnam War as they explore sexual identity, challenge racism, and burn draft cards. Performances will be given at 7:30 p.m. on November 13, 14, 20, and 21, with a matinee performance on Saturday, November 21 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only) and are $15 for adults; $5 for students and Wilson faculty and staff. You may also email wilsondramatickets@gmail.com to reserve tickets in advance. Include your full name, the date and time of the performances you wish to attend and the number of tickets you’d like to reserve.

Saturday, November 14

  • Join American University in Celebrating Contemporary Chamber Music at 8:00 p.m. in the Katzen Arts Center. The last 20 years have seen the proliferation of many successful contemporary chamber ensembles. These groups have forged a new identity for this genre of music through commissioning and championing new works. Led by director Noah Getz, this concert will focus on these contributions by featuring chamber ensemble configurations within the American University Workshop to bring you exciting and dynamic pieces. Tickets are $10 for regular admission, $5 for members of the AU community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

Sunday, November 15

  • Join the American University Museum for a special family edition of their popular Kids@Katzen program. The November Kids@Katzen will take place from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m., and include an engaging art project for the whole family focusing on the work of Micheline Klagsbrun. Kids@Katzen is appropriate for children ages 5 to 12 years. Registration is $15 per family of four, and $5 for each additional member; advanced registration online is strongly recommended.
  • The American University Symphonic Band will present its fall concert at 3:00 p.m. The performance will feature classic gems and current favorites from the symphonic band repertoire. The concert will be given in the Abramson Family Recital Hall of the Katzen Arts Center. Tickets are $10, $5 for the American University community and seniors, and can be purchased online.

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.
  • Shop the Farmer’s Market at Janney Elementary School on Thursdays 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.
  • 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.