The Corner Forum
Sunday, Jan. 12, 2003
Issue #14

Calendar of Events

If you attend any of these events, please send in anything from a few lines to a long article about what happened. And if you know of any upcoming events that other readers might be interested in, send them in! Events are free, unless otherwise noted, and open to all.

Sunday, Jan. 12

noon-3 p.m. Scienterrific Sunday: Crystal Patterns. Ages 2 and up. "Snowflakes, diamonds, salt, and sugar are all crystals- each with their own characteristic shape. Use a magnifying glass to examine crystals and then create a painting that sparkles with paint containing crystals." Capital Children's Museum, 800 3rd St. NE, 675-4120. http://www.ccm.org/calendar1030/calendar.htm.

noon-3 p.m. Family Day: Learning Through Song. For families with children ages 9-12. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. "Learn about the Holocaust through story telling and other family programming." Includes performances by a Klezmer singer. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Metro: Smithsonian, 488-0400, http://www.ushmm.org/museum/publicprograms/programs/familyday02/songs.htm.

3 p.m. Nonviolence at Home and Abroad. Lecture by National City Christian Church pastor Alvin Jackson, with closing remarks by Devadatta Gandhi (great-grandson of Mahatma Gandhi). 14th Street and Massachusetts Avenue NW. 234-6300. http://www.nationalcitycc.org/Assets/2002Newsletter /News.pdf.

5 p.m. Stuart Eizenstat. The White House and State Department policy maker from two Democratic administrations reads from his book "Imperfect Justice," an account of the part he played during the Clinton Administration in recovering the hidden Swiss bank accounts of Jewish victims of the Holocaust and negotiating a settlement for slave laborers. At Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 364-1919.

Monday, Jan. 13

11:30 a.m. Civil Rights Film Festival. Today through Saturday. "The film festival will feature the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights era as well as to celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." At Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Call to confirm, 426-5961.

noon and 6 p.m. King: A Filmed Record — Montgomery to Memphis. Room A-5. "A superior documentary covering the life of Dr. King from 1955 to his death in 1968." Young adults to adults. At Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 727.0321.

3 p.m. Board of Education Committee of the Whole meeting. Fifth floor board room, 825 North Capitol St. NE. 442-4289. http://www.k12.dc.us/dcps/boe/boecalendar.html.

5:30 p.m. Biography — Martin Luther King Jr.: The Man and the Dream. Film/video. All ages. Northeast Branch Library, 330 7th St. NE, 698-3320, http://dclibrary.org/branches/noe.

6:30-9 p.m. Neighborhood Vision Development Workshop. "Help craft a vision of the H Street Corridor." Light refreshments provided. Douglas Memorial Methodist Church, 11th and H streets NE. By H Street Main Street. For information, call Anwar Saleem, 396-1983. http://www.hstreetdc.com/newsevents.html.

7 p.m. The Growing Gap Between Rich and Poor in the United States. Panel discussion with William Gates Sr., Sojourners editor Jim Wallis and Responsible Wealth co-founder Chuck Collins. "What happens to a democratic society when too much wealth and power is concentrated in too few hands? We will discuss the problem of growing economic disparity, and actions we can take NOW to make a difference." At Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave. NW. $10 suggested donation. 628-2100. By United for a Fair Economy, 617-423-2148. http://www.faireconomy.org/commonwealth.

Tuesday, Jan. 14

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Dr. Stephen Straus, Director of the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, will speak about his field. Library of Congress, James Madison Building, West Dining Room, Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Room 302, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. http://www.loc.gov/rr/scitech/events/events.html.

3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Basketball. Spingarn High School boys Junior Varsity, boys Varsity, and girls Varsity vs. M.M. Washington, at M.M. Washington, 27 O St. NW, 673-7224.

7 p.m. Girls Town (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1959). Dir Charles Haas. With Elinor Donahue, Mel Torme. (92 min, 35mm). "In an era that favored buxom towheads, Mamie Van Doren was arguably the brassiest, slangiest, and hip-swingingest of the Hollywood blondes. ... The cult favorite Girls Town finds Mamie cracking wise and dodging nuns while doing time in an all-female reformatory." At Library of Congress, James Madison Building, Room 302, Mary Pickford Theater, 101 Independence Ave. SE. Reservations suggested, 707-5677. http://www.loc.gov/rr/mopic/pickford/fall2002.html.

Wednesday, Jan. 15

10 a.m. Elementary School and 1 p.m. High School — Reading King: A celebration of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. "Students celebrate the legacy of Dr. King with stories of his life, poems, reflections; Newsmania, a trivia contest organized by the Newseum; and a rousing rendition of We Shall Overcome, led by the library's staff choir." Main Lobby, Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW. 727.0321.

2 p.m. Tribal Descendents Remember Their Ancestors. Native scholars Leonard Bruguier (Yankton and Sioux), Calvin Grinnell (Hidatsa), Curly Bear Wagner (Blackfeet), Allen Pinkham (Nez Perce), and Rose High Bear (Alaskan Athabascan) tell stories and discuss their ancestors.
At Smithsonian American Art Museum, Renwick Gallery, Grand Salon, Pennsylvania Avenue at 17th Street NW, 275-1500. http://www.si.edu/events/all.asp.

4 p.m. Ages 8-14. Learn the Basics of Crocheting. Northeast Branch Library, 330 7th St. NE, 698-3320, http://dclibrary.org/branches/noe.

5 p.m. MLK Mural Project. Ages 3 and up. "Children will make a mural of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr." Northeast Branch Library, 330 7th St. NE, 698-3320, http://dclibrary.org/branches/noe.

6:30 p.m. Police Service Area (PSA) 511 monthly community meeting. Teacher's Credit Union, 9th and D streets NE.

6:30 p.m. Stated Board of Education meeting. Fifth floor board room, 825 North Capitol St. NE. 442-4289. http://www.k12.dc.us/dcps/boe/boecalendar.html.

6:45-8:45 p.m. An Amazing Grace. "Using newsreel and television footage, the film traces the development of Dr. [Martin Luther King Jr.]'s career and his growth toward political and ideological maturity. Following the film, there will be a discussion led by peace activists Damu Smith, founder of Black Voices for Peace, and Medea Benjamin, founding director of Global Exchange, around the aspects of King's life that relate to current events but are generally overlooked or misrepresented in contemporary portrayals." $5 suggested donation. At the Social Action and Leadership School for Activists, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 1020, 234-9382 x229. http://www.ips-dc.org/salsa/results.asp?ClassID=1060.

7 p.m. Invisible Punishment: The Collateral Consequences of Mass Imprisonment. Marc Mauer, Jeremy Travis of the Urban Institute and Angela J. Davis of American University Law School examine the social and political ramifications of the dramatic growth in the U.S. prison population in the past three decades. At Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, 364-1919. http://www.politics-prose.com/calendar.htm.

Thursday, Jan. 16

10 a.m. The Status of Prescription Drug Benefits for the District's Elderly. Public City Council Roundtable. By Committee on Human Services, 724-8045. At Council Chamber, 1350 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.

1-2 p.m. Nazi Persecution of Homosexuals, 1933-1945. "Join an exhibit highlight tour for an in-depth look at the history of thousands of homosexuals—primarily gay men—who were murdered in concentration camps by the Nazis along with millions of Jews and other victims including, Roma (Gypsies), Poles, Soviet prisoners of war, Jehovah's Witnesses, and the handicapped during World War II and the Holocaust." At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. 488-6162.

6:45-8:45 p.m. Two Towns of Jasper. "In 1998 in Jasper, Texas, James Byrd, Jr., a black man, was chained to a pick-up truck and dragged to his death by three white men. The town was forever altered, and the nation woke up to the horror of a modern-day lynching. Two film crews, one black and one white, set out to document the aftermath of the murder by following the subsequent trials of the local men charged with the crime." Produced by Whitney Dow and Marco Williams. $5 suggested donation. At the Social Action and Leadership School for Activists, 733 15th St. NW, Suite 1020, 234-9382 x229. http://www.ips-dc.org/salsa/dateresults.asp.

7 p.m. Contemporary Anti-Semitism. Discussion by Steven J. Zipperstein, Jewish culture and history professor at Stanford University. A reception follows. At U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Pl. SW. Reservations requested, 488-6162.

7-9:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Lovejoy Park. See Lovejoy story for details. At 1021 E St. NE. To RSVP, call ANC 6A05. More details, page 1. Commissioner Michael Musante, 548-2542.

Friday, Jan. 17

3:30, 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Basketball. Spingarn High School boys Junior Varsity, girls Varsity, and boys Varsity vs. H.D. Woodson, at Spingarn, 2500 Benning Rd. NE, 724-4525, http://spingarn.k12.dc.us.

dusk. Women's Anti-War Day of Action. Candlelight vigil and ritual. "In conjunction with a week of resistance to the U.S. war against Iraq, we weave a multicolored web of peace, to bind and transform the war makers." By CodePink: Women's Preemptive Strike for Peace and Women's Peace Vigil, 393-5016. http://www.codepink4peace.org/rising.html

6-8 p.m. Freedom in the Family: A Mother-Daughter Memoir of the Fight for Civil Rights. "Tananarive Due and Patricia Stephens Due will discuss and sign their new book, a homage, seen through the eyes of a mother and daughter on parallel journeys." At Sisterspace and Books, 1515 U St. NW, 332-3433. http://www.sisterspace.com/january.htm

Saturday, Jan. 18

11 a.m. National March on Washington: No War on Iraq. "At the eve of the pending obliteration of Iraq, this is the time to show our collective resolve, unity of action, and rejection of war." Rally at west side of the Capitol and march to Navy Yard. By International Answer, 544-3389. http://www.internationalanswer.org.

noon-3 p.m. today and tomorrow. Fukuwarai. "Come play fukuwarai, the Japanese version of Pin the Tail on the Donkey, then make your own game to take home." Capital Children's Museum, 800 3rd St. NE, 675-4120. http://www.ccm.org/calendar1030/calendar.htm.

1-4 p.m. Of Songs, Peace, and Struggle — Commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. "The museum's annual presentation in commemoration of the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. features eyewitness accounts of civil rights activists, songs of struggle and freedom, and tours of objects related to the history of social change in America. 1 p.m.: lecture and discussion with the Rev. Jim Lawson. 2-3 p.m.: Songs of Struggle and Freedom presented by the Program in African American Culture Community Choir; 3-4 p.m.: Museum docents lead a tour. At National Museum of American History, Carmichael Auditorium, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, 357-2700. http://www.si.edu/events/all.asp.

4-7 p.m. Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea: Poems and Not Quite Poems. Nikki Giovanni will discuss and sign her new book, a "meditation on humanity and soul." $10 per person. At the University of the District of Columbia's Main Auditorium, Building 46E, 4200 Connecticut Ave. NW. For more information, call Sisterspace and Books, 332-3433. http://www.sisterspace.com/january.htm

6 p.m. Sweet Honey in the Rock Annual Children's Concert. "A children's concert filled with interactive song, dance, and games. ... a celebration of life and family." $12. At Peoples Congregational Church, 4704 13th St. NW. http://www.wpas.org/evlist.asp?p=289.

7-9 p.m. Full Moon Hike. "A very popular, magical hike through moonlit gardens and collections. Enjoy scents and sounds as you experience the arboretum by the light of the moon. At special stops, your guide shares selected arboretum and horticultural facts. Wear good walking shoes and dress for the weather as this is a 5-mile, mildly strenuous hike. Not recommended for children." $10. Maximum participants: 30. Registration required. Info, Nancy Luria, 245-4546. At National Arboretum. Enter through the R Street gate. http://www.usna.usda.gov/Education/events.html

Sunday, Jan. 19

11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. Annual Civil Rights Film Festival. Today through Jan. 25. "The film festival will feature the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights era as well as celebrate the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr." Reservations required for groups of five or more. At Frederick Douglass National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE, 426-5961.

noon. "War Is Not the Answer." Rally and nonviolent civil disobedience action. "A short rally will be followed by a march to the White House and the offering of nonviolent civil disobedience to resist this drive to war." Washington Peace Center, 234-2000, http://www.peacepledge.org/resist/mlkaction.htm.

Ongoing

Ice Skating at National Gallery of Art. Sculpture Garden Ice Rink, 4th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Thursdays and Mondays-Wednesdays, 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fridays & Saturdays, 10 a.m.-midnight; Sundays, 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; to March 15. $6. 737-4215.

Ice Skating at Pershing Park Ice Rink. Throughout the winter, weather permitting. 14th and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. Seven days a week. $6 adults; $5 children 12 and under; $2.50 skate rentals. Hours of operation: 3-11 p.m. For information, call 737-6938. http://www.nps.gov/ncro/PublicAffairs/YearlyCalendar.html.

Sinking Up. By Project Y Theatre Company. "An evening dedicated to the theatricality of male relationships. Moving beyond conventional stereotypes, this non-traditional production combines edgy writing with original modern dance and live music to more honestly examine the bonds that form between men." At H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE. Thurdays and Fridays at 8 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 and 8 p.m.; to Feb. 1. $15-$18. 703-325-4355. http://www.projectydc.org.§