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SUNDAY

My apartment building is only about a mile away from the heart of Mount Pleasant, but my east-of-the-park friends act as if I live in another world. In a way, it’s true: The earthly hipster paradise of Mount Pleasant is nothing like the cozy urban village of Cleveland Park. While Mark Russell is probably my neighborhood’s hippest musical export, for charm and convenience Cleveland Park can’t be beat: Frederick Law Olmsted’s firm laid out its streets, which are lined with buildings by architectural luminaries such as Paul Pelz, co-designer of the Library of Congress’ Jefferson Building, and Mihran Mesrobian, creator of D.C.’s most fanciful deco masterpieces. And a five-minute walk from my front door brings me to my choice of Metro stations, Rock Creek Park, or the best pizza in town. Today, cancel band practice, get out of the group house, and visit Cleveland Park Day from noon to 5 p.m. on Connecticut Avenue between Macomb and Porter Streets NW. Free. (202) 237-9803. (Leonard Roberge)