What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (2/29-3/6)

Tenleytown offers artist and author talks, wine tastings, and a new lecture series to satisfy your intellectual side, while musical theater, yoga playdates, and a sing-along will make your inner kid happy. Here’s what should be on your calendar this week:

Monday, February 29

  • Start your week off with a free yoga class at the Tenley-Friendship Library. Robin Glantz is back with another series of gentle Viniyoga classes. The 75-minute class will be offered at 10:30 a.m. Space is limited, so email the library to register. Attendees are requested to bring their own yoga mat.

Tuesday, March 1

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) as it kicks off its Spring Lecture Series at 12:15 p.m. Increasingly police interaction has become the point of discussion regarding individual rights, race, economic status, and the role of government. Having represented over 4,000 criminal defendants in his career, Lonny Bramzon has a comprehensive perspective on police encounters with the public. In his talk, Where the Rubber Meets the Road: Police Encounters, Bramzon will break down how these situations are initiated all the way through how they are resolved, and explain what really goes down on our streets. Each week, through April 26, OLLI will offer a thought-provoking lecture on current affairs, world politics, history, arts, or science. The hour-long lectures take place at Temple Baptist Church, 3850 Nebraska Avenue, and are free and open to the public. A full schedule is available online.

Wednesday, March 2

  • The Friends of the Tenley-Friendship Library invite you to a discussion with Annie Mahon on her book Things I Did When I Was Hangry: Navigating a Peaceful Relationship with Food at 7:00 p.m. at the library. After years of struggling with eating disorders and anxiety around food and eating, Mahon figured that having a path, any path, is helpful. When she read The Miracle of Mindfulness by Thich Nhat Hanh, she changed her relationship with food and transformed nearly every aspect of her life. In Things I Did When I Was Hangry, Annie shares her path to mindful cooking and eating. A book sale and signing will follow the discussion.

  • Join the Katzen Arts Center for a special discussion with artist George Ferrandi, an American artist whose performance, installation, and participatory projects address issues of vulnerability, impermanence, fallibility, and spectacle, often through experimental approaches to narrative. Employing a unique humor and a deep sense of humanity, her work stimulates a rethinking of cultural assumptions. The talk begins at 6:30 p.m. and is free and open to the public.
  • The American University Eagles women’s basketball team takes on the U.S. Naval Academy at 7:00 p.m. in the Bender Arena. Purchase your tickets online to cheer for our local college team.

Thursday, March 3

  • 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.
  • Enjoy a complementary wine tasting in Le Chat Noir’s upstairs wine lounge from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Located at 4907 Wisconsin Avenue, the French restaurant hosts a wine tasting on the first Thursday of every month. And don’t forget to sample Le Chat Noir’s menu while you are there.

Friday, March 4

  • The Janney Players present Annie Jr. an elementary school adaptation of the story of a plucky little orphan girl and her search for parents, love, and happiness. Hope abounds in this fabulous version of the long-running Broadway play. Performances will be given at 7:00 p.m. on Friday and 2:00 p.m. on Saturday at Deal Middle School, 3815 Fort Drive NW. Tickets are $5 for students, Janney teachers, and staff, and $10 for adults, and can be purchased online or at the door before each performance.

Saturday, March 5

  • Shop voluminous volumes of books and great loads of fresh baked goodies at the Metropolitan Book & Bake Sale. This year’s sale, organized by the United Methodist Women, benefits the DC Diaper Bank, which provides diapers and baby supplies to families in poverty, and Bright Beginnings, a program for homeless children. The Book & Bake Sale runs from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW. Plenty of free parking so you can load up on books and baked goods to support reading, recycling, and two really great organizations helping kids in our city.

Sunday, March 6

  • Add a little spring to your step and a song in your heart  – come to Middle C Music on Sundays at 2:00 p.m. for heartwarming, family friendly movies. This week follow the yellow brick road to our local music store – and the city’s only full service music store – for The Wizard of Oz (1939, G). Admission is free, and singing along is encouraged. Middle C Music is located at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • Join lil omm yoga for a Mother-Daughter Playdate at 3:00 p.m. at CityDance, 4435 Wisconsin Avenue, NW. Leave the to-do list at home, and enjoy an afternoon of yoga, relaxation, crafts, and connection with your best girl. No prior yoga experience is necessary for this special class, suitable for children ages 6 to 11 years and their caregiver. Registration is available online and is $40 per mother/daughter (or related adult/child) pair; $20 for additional children. Sign up by March 4.

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.