What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (3/7-3/13)

Tenleytown boasts a range of dynamic cultural events for all ages this week, including art, theater, film, and music. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, March 7

  • Iona invites you to a reading of the play Where the River at 7:00 p.m. The campus of small, liberal Rivermont College, a private women’s institution, is scheduled to go coeducational in the fall – not without some controversy. The Class of 1969 has gathered for their 25th Reunion, and through five of the gathered alumnae the play explores the dynamics of the women’s relationships, laying bare the resonances of choices made long ago and subsequently. The play reading begins at 7:00 p.m. at 4125 Albemarle Street. A donation of $5 is requested at the door. Register online to reserve your seat.

Tuesday, March 8

  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at 12:15 p.m. for D.C., The Last Colony, and Other Matters as part of the Spring Lecture Series. With his trademark irreverent insight, political analyst Mark Plotkin will explore the current state of the presidential campaign, the battle for control of the U.S. Senate, and the dream for D.C. Statehood. 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.
  • The AU Museum at the Katzen Arts Center hosts a special production of the one-woman show Pushing Boundaries by nationally known Maryland storyteller Ellouise Schoettler. Schoettler takes audiences into the 1970s Second Wave Women’s Movement with her eyewitness to grassroots political history storytelling program. Pushing Boundaries is a funny and sometimes poignant peek into how a 1950s housewife with “I Love Lucy” enthusiasm morphed into a National ERA activist. The performance begins at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public.

Thursday, March 10

  • Put on your most comfortable PJs and take the whole family to the Tenley-Friendship Library for Pajama Movie Night. When 11-year-old Riley moves to a new city, her Emotions team up to help her. Joy, Fear, Anger, Disgust and Sadness work together, but when Joy and Sadness get lost, they must journey through unfamiliar places to get back home. The animated feature Inside Out (PG, 2015) begins at 6:00 p.m.
  • Advisory Neighborhood Commission (ANC) 3E will hold its monthly meeting at 7:30 p.m. The agenda includes discussion and possible resolutions on: the Janney 5K; the Tenley Tiger Run; traffic calming at 46th and Fessenden streets; Wagshal’s liquor license application; and a D.C. Council bill to permit university police officers to enforce university rules against students off campus. The Department of Transportation will also present the Vision Zero program to enhance pedestrian safety. 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 at the Washington College of Law in the Claudio Grossman Hall (01).

Friday, March 11

  • The Gallery at Iona welcomes you to Meet the Artists behind the exhibits currently on display. Artist in Residence Lila Oliver Asher and Special Guest Artist Maureen Moore 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.

Saturday, March 12

  • Missed the Meet the Artists reception? Here’s a second chance to view The Gallery at Iona’s current exhibition. The Gallery invites you to attend a gallery talk and tour featuring the work of printmaker Lila Oliver Asher and jeweler Maureen Moore. Register online for this free tour, which begins at 11:00 a.m. at 4125 Albemarle Street, NW.
  • Local band Cheaper Than Therapy plans to rock the house down at Bread & Salt starting at 9:00 p.m. Come early for dinner, and then stay for great local music from this popular neighborhood band. Bread & Salt is located at 4619 41st Street, NW.

Sunday, March 13

  • Middle C Music is celebrating 14 years in Tenleytown – and they want you to join the party! From noon until 5:00 p.m., D.C.’s only full service music store will have live music, refreshments, and, of course, cake. As a birthday present to its customers and friends, everything in the store will be 14% off. Stop by 4530 Wisconsin Avenue and congratulate Middle C Music on a fantastic 14 years.
  • As if a party weren’t enough, Middle C Music continues its Sunday movie series at 2:00 p.m. The hills are alive with The Sound of Music (1965, G) this week. Admission is free, and singing along is encouraged. Middle C Music is located at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.

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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