What’s on Tap in Tenleytown (3/14-3/20)

Shakespeare, Mozart, and even Doris Day – they are all stopping by Tenleytown for another week of theater, music, film, and so much more. Take in a show, help create 3D masterpieces, or just find your zen with events around the neighborhood. Here’s what should be on your calendar:

Monday, March 14

  • 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 15

  • Tenleytown Main Street will hold its March board meeting at 12:15 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. The meeting, which is open to the public, will include discussion of the organization’s FY16 work plan.
  • Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at 12:15 p.m. for a discussion on The Origins of Islam with Manuel Silberstein, a retired Foreign Service officer and Smithsonian docent. Silberstein will explore the historical underpinnings of Islam, as well as its growth and evolution following the death of the prophet Mohammed. 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.
  • This month’s In the Zone is all about hats! Join the Tenley-Friendship Library for a reading of Hooray for Hat! by Brian Won, followed by a fun kids’ craft to create their own mini top hats. Bring your young hatters to the library at 4:00 p.m. In the Zone is held the third Tuesday of each month for kids ages 5 to 12 years to kick back and enjoy games, crafts, or other fun.
  • American University hosts Ben-Gurion University professor Benny Morris and Georgetown University professor Bruce Hoffman for a discussion on The Struggle for Israel: 1917-1947. These leading experts will explore the pre-1948 foundations of Israel, including the role violence may have played in the emergence of the Jewish state. Hoffman is the author of Anonymous Soldiers: The Struggle for Israel, 1917-1947, which investigates the right-wing Irgun and Lehi movements and their struggle for independence. Morris is the author of The Origins of the Palestinian Refugee Problem, 1947-1949 and 1948: A History of the First Israeli-Arab War, which are considered the authoritative writings on the birth of Israel and its ensuing conflicts. The discussion begins at 7:00 p.m. in Ward Circle Lecture Hall 2. The event is free and open to the public, but advance registration is required.

Wednesday, March 16

  • Join Markus Zusak, author of the critically acclaimed The Book Thief, at Alice Deal Middle School at 6:30 p.m. to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his international bestseller. Set in Germany in 1939 and narrated by the poetic voice of Death, readers meet Liesel Meminger, a foster girl who scratches out a meager existence by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. This remarkable story explores the power of words and their ability to incite, destroy, and also heal. A special anniversary edition will be available for sale at the event featuring a letter from the author to readers and 32 pages of bonus content. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • POSTPONED to March 23. Due to Metro shutdown, library will close at 5:30 p.m. Join Susan Lowell from Tenleytown T’ai Chi and learn about the flowing movements of this time-honored Chinese martial art which weaves together meditation and relaxation with the wisdom of Chinese medicine. The free T’ai Chi class will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Tenley-Friendship Library. All ages are welcome and should wear comfortable clothing. Participants will be required to sign a liability waiver before the class begins.

Thursday, March 17

  • Wilson Theater and the Wilson Shakespeare Society present William Shakespeare’s Hamlet for a three-night run with shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and a matinee performance on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. Hamlet returns home for his father’s funeral to find his mother married to his uncle, who is now the king, and his world turned upside down. The classic play explores the nature of the human condition through the tale of the enigmatic Prince of Denmark. Tickets can be purchased at the door (cash or check only) an hour prior to each performance and are $15 for adults; $5 for students. Seating is limited in the Black Box Theater, so arrive early.

Friday, March 18

  • Hexagon, the District’s original political satire musical comedy revue, is back for its 61st year! Join them for a riotous take on the election season with Red, White, & Voters’ BluesPerformances will be give at the Wilson High School auditorium on Friday and Saturday at 8:00 p.m., and on Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased online. All proceeds from the production will be donated to the Lisner Home in Friendship Heights to support its mission of providing extraordinary health and life care services to low and modest income seniors in the District.

Saturday, March 19

  • Internationally acclaimed concert pianist Yuliya Gorenman explores masterpieces of Russian composers in the latest installment of the Gorenman Russian Project at 8:00 p.m. at the Katzen Arts Center. This concert will feature works by Medtner, Scriabin, and Mussorgsky. Tickets are $25 for general admission, $10 for American University students, and can be purchased online. A reception, sponsored by Jordan Kitt’s Music, will follow the performace.

Sunday, March 20

  • Join the Friends of Tenley-Friendship Library and FreeSpace Collective, DCPL’s Makers-In-Residence, for a Digital Flaneur Workshop. Billy Friebele and Mike Iacovone will provide a hands-on demonstration of 3D scanning using mobile apps that allow users to create 3D models of objects. Participants will then capture 3D images in the neighborhood, and reconvene to share and edit them. Many of the images will be printed later by the Makers for use in interactive kinetic sculptures. The program begins at 1:00 p.m. at the library and is open to participants of all ages.
  • Middle C Music continues its Sunday movie series at 2:00 p.m. Sing along with Doris Day as she takes on love, labor relations, and business chicanery in the classic musical The Pajama Game (1957, unrated). Admission is free. Middle C Music is located at 4530 Wisconsin Avenue, NW.
  • The National Presbyterian Festival Choir and Orchestra invite you to a performance of Mozart’s Requiem at 5:00 p.m. The concert is free and open to the public, and no tickets are required. Complimentary childcare is available for children 4 years old and younger; email [email protected] to reserve. National Presbyterian is located at 4101 Nebraska 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.
  • 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 [email protected].

One comment

  • Thank you for all your work in putting out this email-newsletter. Great writing and super informative.