Tuesday Talks: Monthly Speaker Series

The Cleveland Park Business Association and Cleveland & Woodley Park Village present Tuesday Talks, a new monthly speaker series featuring some of our neighborhoods’ most fascinating residents. 

Each Tuesday Talk will take place at 7 pm at the Cleveland Park Library at 3310 Connecticut Ave NW. These events are free and open to the public. Talks for January through June 2019 are scheduled and announced below. Please use the links below each event to RSVP and let us know you’re coming! Seating is on a first come first serve basis, so please come early to get your choice of seats. 

January 15, 2019

Julie Kent, Artistic Director, Washington Ballet

Join us on January 15 when Julie Kent will talk about her storied career, including 30 years at American Ballet Theatre, and her decision to move back to her hometown to guide the Washington Ballet artistic repertoire.

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Julie Kent became the artistic director of The Washington Ballet in July 2016. She is the longest serving ballerina in American Ballet Theatre’s 75-year history. She began her dance training at the Academy of the Maryland Youth Ballet in Bethesda and attended summer sessions at American Ballet Theatre II and the School of American Ballet before joining ABT as an apprentice in 1985. In that same year, Kent won first place in the regional finals of the National Society of Arts and Letters at the Kennedy Center. In 1986, she was the only American to win a medal at the Prix de Lausanne International Ballet Competition, and she became a member of ABT's corps de ballet.

February 19, 2019


Jake Sherman and Matt Wuerker, POLITICO

Swamp Tales: Covering the Trump Era in Words and Pictures - Politico’s Pulitzer-prize winning political cartoonist Matt Wuerker and senior writer Jake Sherman will share stories about what it’s like to cover Washington in the Trump era, how they do it, and why it matters.

Jake Sherman is a senior writer for POLITICO and co-author of POLITICO’s Playbook, "the most indispensable morning newsletter for the biggest influencers in politics." Jake has built a career on landing hard-to-get scoops. Since 2009, he has chronicled all of the major legislative battles on Capitol Hill, and has also traveled the country to cover the battle for control of Congress. Before landing at POLITICO, Jake worked in the Washington bureaus of The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Jake is a Connecticut native, and a graduate of The George Washington University — where he edited The GW Hatchet — and Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Jake lives in Washington with his wife Irene, and listens to an unhealthy amount of Grateful Dead and Phish.

Matt Wuerker is staff cartoonist for POLITICO. Part of the team that launched POLITICO in 2006, he provides editorial cartoons, illustrations, caricatures, and  animations for both the print and web platforms of the publication. Over the past 40 years, Matt’s cartoons have been used widely in publications that range from dailies like the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post and The Christian Science Monitor to magazines such as Newsweek, The Nation and The Smithsonian. In 2010 he was awarded the Herblock Prize at the Library of Congress and later that year won the National Press Foundation’s Berryman Award. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 2012. 

March 19, 2019

Ann Mah, Novelist and Cookbook Author with Moderator Amy Henderson

Ann Mah will discuss her latest novel, The Lost Vintage, set in Burgundy, and describe her experience living and eating in France. She will be interviewed by Amy Henderson, historian emerita of The National Portrait Gallery.

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Ann Mah is a food and travel writer and the author of the food memoir Mastering the Art of French Eating, and a novel, Kitchen Chinese. She regularly contributes to The New York Times’ Travel section and has written for Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue.com, BonAppetit.com, Washingtonian magazine, and other media outlets.

Prior to the event, head to nearby Weygandt Wines (3519 Conn Ave., NW), 5:30-6:30 p.m., for a special tasting of Burgundy wines.

April 9, 2019

Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve, Novelists and Neighbors

Novelists and neighbors, Kate Lehrer and Susan Shreve, will discuss the writing life – the importance of writing in their lives, how their writing routines differ, and how friendship has played into their work. They also will discuss their latest books and projects.

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Kate Lehrer writes about what she knows best—strong women. She grew up in McKinney, Texas, a small town 38 miles north of Dallas where strong women were a featured treasure. She graduated with honors from Texas Christian University in three years and then taught 7th grade English in Texas public schools. Her novel Out of Eden received the Western Heritage Award for Outstanding Novel of the Year. Other books include Best Intentions and When They Took Away the Man in the Moon. Kate’s fourth novel, Confessions of a Bigamist has been adapted to a screenplay. For several years she was a literary critic for Diane Rehm’s Book Club on NPR. Currently, Kate is working on a non-fiction book and is collaborating with her husband on a series of mysteries, whose working title is The Cleveland Park Murders.

Susan Shreve is the author of 15 novels, most recently More News Tomorrow which will be published in June 2019. She has also written 30 books for children, edited five anthologies and written essays for dozens of magazines. She founded the Master of Fine Arts Degree at George Mason University where she is a Professor of English and is co-chairman of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation. Susan has received a Guggenheim Award for Fiction and a National Endowment grant for Fiction, the Jenny Moore Chair in Creative Writing at George Washington University and has won both the Grub Street Prize for non-fiction and the Service award from Poets and Writers. She was awarded the Outstanding Alumni Award in 2007 by Sidwell Friends School. She taught at Columbia School of the Arts and Princeton University.

May 21, 2019

Harry Cooper and Mark Leithauser, National Gallery of Art

Enjoy an inside look at the process of renovating, expanding, and reinstalling the East Building galleries, which reopened to the public in October of 2016 after three years of behind-the-scenes work. Mark will focus on issues of gallery and exhibition design and Harry will talk about matters relating to the art itself, including the permanent collection, and the changes he implemented. Their complementary perspectives will combine to provide a rich picture of “what all the fuss was about.”

Mark Leithauser, senior curator and chief of design at the National Gallery of Art, has presented more than 500 exhibitions over the last 44 years. He received a bachelor's in classics along with master's degrees in fine arts from Wayne State University, where he also taught studio art. He has exhibited his work at institutions in New York, Washington, Norfolk and Detroit including the National Gallery of Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Chrysler Museum of Art and the Detroit Institute of Arts. He serves on several local advisory boards, has published drawings for The Washington Post, and has designed numerous book illustrations. Mr. Leithauser and his staff have been the recipients of many honors, including three Presidential Design Awards.

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Harry Cooper is senior curator of modern art at the National Gallery of Art. He worked at the Harvard Art Museums for a decade before joining the Gallery in 2008. His exhibition credits include Mondrian, Medardo Rosso, Frank Stella, and Stuart Davis, and he has taught at Harvard, Columbia, and Johns Hopkins. Recent publications include essays on Ed Ruscha, Martin Puryear, and Nicholas Krushenick as well as The Cubism Seminars (CASVA/National Gallery, 2017), which he introduced and edited.

June 18, 2019

Jeff Wincott, Actor/Director with Moderator Amy Henderson

Jeff Wincott will discuss his prolific acting career in the U.S. and Canada, describe his newest television and movie films, and explain why he has recently embraced directing. He will be interviewed by fellow Kennedy Warren resident Amy Henderson, historian emerita of the National Portrait Gallery. Emcee of the KW's popular Classic Movie Night series, Amy is a cultural critic who reviews theater, books, and exhibitions for a variety of newspapers and magazines.

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Jeff Wincott is an award-winning actor, director, and martial artist. He starred in the hit Canadian TV series NIGHT HEAT, made popular martial arts films (he's a Black Belt in Tai Kwon Do), and has recently appeared in the TV series Blue Bloods, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles and The Code. The Canadian-born actor is enjoying the busiest time of his career: he won the Best Short Film Award at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2018 for his film Behind Bars (his directorial debut), and will soon be seen in the feature films Bolden, Kringle Time and #Like. He most recently starred in and produced the short film Ping Pong Pigeons.

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