CUA Public Interest Law Mardi Gras Masquerade Friday

We thought readers would be interested in this annual event for a good cause. From an email:

Each year our Public Interest Law group holds an auction to raise money for students who take unpaid legal jobs in the community. Last year, we raised $100,000 and were able to provide 15 students with summer stipends. There are several ways you can be apart of this year’s auction,  which will be held on February 12th, and help more students get involved in the public interest career sector.


Free Speed Dating Event Friday

Valentines HeartHey there ​Brookland  Singles! With Valentines Day just around the corner, perhaps now is the time to try something new. If so, check out this speed dating event on Friday, February 12 . From an email:

That’s right, we are bringing you Speed Dating! And right in time for Valentines Day. Wendy Newman, author of 121 First Dates: How to Succeed at Online Dating, Fall in Love, and Live Happily Ever After (Really!) will emcee the night and help turn this night of first dates, into a last first date. Speed Dating will occur at the Cornerstone Club Room, of Monroe Street Market. Registration will begin at 7:30 p.m., and Dating will begin at 8:00 p.m.

And of course it wouldn’t be date night without vino, so Wardman Wines will be joining us!  Wine will be available at 2 glasses for $5.

Event is free, and only for those over 21 – but attendees must RSVP here. Attendance will be capped at 40 singles. The Cornerstone Club Room is located at 625 Monroe Street NE.

Provide Your Input – Crosstown Multimodal Interactive Map

road closure brookland monroe Street MarketA few weeks ago we wrote about DDOT’s  Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study Public Workshop. If you missed it and would like to provide your thoughts on short- and long-term transportation needs for the DC Crosstown Corridor (the east-west connections along Wards 1 and 5), check out this interactive map. On the map you can add suggested improvements, like biking, pedestrian and public spaces. The purpose of the Crosstown Multimodal Transportation Study is to identify improvements that will  optimize mobility and operations, and improve efficiency for all modes along the corridor.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Here is your weekend artsy round up thanks to the good folks at East City Art.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Winter Carnaval Edition

Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.
Are You Being Served by Stephen Towns. Courtesy of Montpelier Arts Center.


East City Art’s annual production EMULSION 2016 returns to Gallery O on H this spring. Submit your work for consideration by February 15.  Details about EMULSION found here.

Friday, February 5

Pepco Edison Place Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Carnaval: Celebrations of the African Diaspora is an exhibition that focuses on the diversity of culture within the African Diaspora. Curated by Carol R. Dyson and Carolyn Goodridge, the exhibition showcases the work of over eighty artists. For more information, click here. Pepco Edison Place Gallery is located at 702 Eighth St. NW.

HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

PLAKOOKEE is a collaboration between artists Rachel Debuque and Justin Plakas which explores the aesthetic history of science fiction films through an installation titled Cosmic Modules. For more details, click here. The gallery is located at 1700 L St. NW.

Touchstone – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Touchstone Gallery presents: At the Heart of the Matter in Gallery A and artwork by guest artist Dee Levinson and John Blee in Galleries B and C. For more information, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

CHACC – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center opens Deborah Browder’s exhibition Squaring the Circle: An Artful Meditation on the Alchemy of Love. For more information, click here. CHACC is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

Saturday, February 6

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 1 p.m.

The All-Screened Video Fest hosted by the Brentwood Arts Exchange invites visitors to an afternoon of independent shorts by local artists. For more information, click here. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Montpelier Arts Center – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Montpelier Arts Center features two new exhibitions this February: Re-Invention by Winston Harris and Narratives in Black Identity by Antonio McAfee, Stephen Towns, and Tiffany Jones. For more details, click here. Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

Gallery NK – 6 p.m.

Gallery NK exhibits the works of award winning photographers, Thomas Dodd and Steffen Faisst. For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

39th Street Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The University of Maryland Art Honors Program presents seven of their students at the 39th Street Gallery. For more details, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Sunday, February 7

Anacostia Community Museum – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Anacostia Community Museum hosts docent-led tours of the exhibition Twelve Years That Shook and Shaped Washington. For more information, click here. Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Jess Oros is the Editor of East City Art. You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook, by following them on Twitter, or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

PUD And Zoning 101 Presentation This Saturday

St. Josephs Seminary
St. Joseph’s Seminary

Ever been curious about regulatory processes around developments such as Planned Unit Development (PUD) and Zoning changes?  The Neighbors of St. Joseph’s Seminary is hosting a presentation  for community members – “PUD and Zoning 101”. The presentation will occur Saturday, February 6, 2016, starting at 3 PM, in the Ground Floor Lecture Hall of Providence Hospital.  The goal of the presentation is to educate residents about the PUD and zoning process in DC. Check out the flyer below and their website for more information. On a related note, this story in the Washingtonian is making the rounds in the neighborhood, it is about the multiple developments in the Brookland area taking place on properties affiliated with the Catholic Church.

Neighbors of St. Joseph's Seminary

Arts Walk To Welcome Collaborative Artist HiJAC

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

We recently learned that the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market will welcome HiJAC, a unique architecture, art, and technology collaboration to Studio 17. From a press release:

HiJAC is a trans-disciplinary collaborative working between architecture, art, and technology. The team creates artistic spaces, objects, and moments that are driven by an interest in experimenting with how humans interact with both physical and virtual environments.

HiJAC will use the studio at the Arts Walk as an incubation space to generate and test ideas for new artistic interventions, with a focus on how people interact with space and how this interaction can be more playful and more human.  In addition to open-studio activities, HiJAC will work in conjunction with the American Institute of Architects DC Technology Committee to offer community workshops in interactive digital technologies and computational modeling.

HiJAC was founded by Hiroshi Jacobs, AIA, an artist and architect living and working in Washington, DC. He is a member of the adjunct faculty at The Catholic University of America School of Architecture & Planning, and an architect with STUDIOS Architecture. His designs and artwork have appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions, including Surface Magazine, Bloomberg, BusinessWeek, DC Modern Luxury, DesCours New Orleans, La Biennale di Venezia, (e)Merge Art Festival, and the Harvard Arts First Festival.

Welcome to the neighborhood, HiJAC!

Excel Pilates Open House + Vote For A “Best Of” Repeat

For over 15 years, Excel Pilates DC has been helping Brookland area residents get and stay in shape. The studio underwent a complete renovation in 2013 and remains, as always, dedicated to a personalized classic Pilates practice.  They offer a variety of classes, including yoga. Check them out for yourself at their open house on Sunday February 7th from 12:00 -1:00 pm (flyer below).

Last year Excel was voted Best Pilates Studio in The Washington City Paper’s  readers poll . Let’s give them a hand and vote for them again in this years poll – and vote for other Brookland -area businesses too! Excel Pilates is located at 3407 8th St. NE.

Excel Pilates open house

Ward 5 Happy Hour Thursday – Wardman Wine Tasting And Brookland Pint

Brookland Pint Dining Room
Brookland Pint Dining Room

The February the Ward 5 Happy Hour will host two events, a pre-Happy Hour wine tasting at the newly opened Wardman Wines, and a happy hour across the street at Brookland Pint. From an email:

Wardman Wines is offering our group its own wine tasting. About the wine tasting: For just $5 you will have the opportunity to taste up to 10 wines, split between the public tasting bar and a private tasting table in the back classroom set up just for us. In addition, participants would get a 10% discount on their purchases that evening. Can’t get there right at 5p? That’s okay! The tasting is set up to accommodate you whenever you arrive. After the tasting come on over to Brookland Pint for more libations, delicious eats and of course, the company of good friends and neighbors.
 Event 1: Wine Tasting
Date:      Thursday, February 4
Time:      5-6:30 p.m.
Cost:      $5 for up to 10 wine tastings and 10% discount on purchases that night
Place:     Wardman Wines
               625 Monroe Street, NE
Event 2:  February Happy Hour
Date:      Thursday, February 4
Time:      6-8 p.m.
Cost:       Whatever you spend!
Place:     Brookland Pint
               716 Monroe Street, NE
Meet your neighbors, support local business, share a few laughs! Hope to see you at one or both of these great events!

Brookland’s Finest Pairs Up With Denizen’s Brewing Co

Brookland's Finest LogoWe thought our beer loving readers would like to know that  Brookland’s Finest will partner with Denizens Brewing Co. on a series of four beer dinners every Wednesday throughout the month of February, starting Wednesday, February 3rd, and continuing during regular dinner service on February 10th, 17th and 24th. From a press release:

Chef/co-owner Shannan Troncoso will prepare a $35 prix fixe, three-course menu with Denizens pairings, including new seasonal releases, which will change each week. A sample menu is below and includes hearty seasonal dishes such as mussels with house chorizo sausage and ale broth, and porter-braised beef short ribs.

Brookland’s Finest and Denizens Brewery Paired Beer Dinner Sample Menu

$35 for Three Courses


Mussels with House Chorizo Sausage, Ale Broth

Paired with Big Red Norm Red Ale 6.8% ABV


Ponch’s Braised Beef Ribs, Buttery Mashed Potatoes, Spicy Greens, Porter Demi Glace

Paired with Ponch’s Porter 7.2% ABV

THIRD COURSE            

Junk in the Dunk Float with Hickory Smoked Vanilla Ice Cream, Dunkel Dessert Sauce

Paired with Junk in the Dunk Munich-Style Dunkel 6.3% ABV $35

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th Street, NE.