One Eight Distilling Opens In Nearby Ivy City, Get Local Vodka, Gin and Whisky

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Image courtesy of One Eight Distilling

Although this is outside Brookland, we thought readers would like to know about One Eight Distilling, which opened January 10th in nearby Ivy City.  From their website:

We distill sophisticated, handcrafted spirits in small batches from grain to glass all in our distillery located in the nation’s capital.  Our custom designed stills from Holland and Germany use cutting edge technology that gives us an unparalleled degree of precision and control over the distilling process. If we’re not busy distilling Rock Creek Whiskey, Ivy City Gin, or District Made Vodka, we’re experimenting with new mash bills and spirits, so please check back with us and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for limited releases sold only from our tasting room.

Visitors are encouraged to drop in on Saturdays from 1:00 -4:00 pm for tours, samples, and sales, and there will be food trucks on hand. One Eight Distilling is located at 1135 Okie Street NE.

Polar Bear Plunge, Benefitting The Special Olympics, Returns To CUA

Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.
Photo courtesy of DC Special Olympics.

The Polar Plunge is  a charity event in support of  Special Olympics D.C. The event will take place at Catholic University’s  DuFour Athletic Center and at Cardinal Stadium from Thursday, Feb. 6 to Saturday, Feb. 8 2015. Sounds like a fun event for a great cause! From the Catholic University Department of Athletics website:

In order to participate in the plunge, individuals must raise a minimum of $50.00 to plunge with contributions going directly to Special Olympics D.C….The three-day event begins on Thursday, Feb. 6 with the corporate plunge, followed by the high school and university plunges on Friday, Feb. 7 and Saturday, Feb. 8.

On Friday, the CUA Student-Athlete Advisory Committee will host the university plunge from 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Several Cardinals athletics teams have signed up to participate and raise money for Special Olympics D.C. and for their specific team.

Along with the chilly plunge, there will be music, food, beverages, and indoor game of unified bocce with Special Olympic athletes.  All plungers will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a digital photo of their momentous jump into the pool.

To find out more information and to sign up, click here.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: January Super Saturday Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Saturday, January 24

artdc Gallery6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join artdc for #WeTweetArt V3.0 the third version of their social media connected show. Viewers are welcome to visit the gallery or go online to connect with artists. The DC area artists involved in this show are working to connect with the whole world via social media so spread the word. For more information, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Transformer at the Katzen Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Locally Sourced highlights over 200 works in a variety of media from six regionally focused Community Supported Art programs. The programs featured in this exhibit are Artist Curated Projects (Los Angeles, CA), Brooklyn Community Supported Art + Design (Brooklyn, NY), Cannonball (Miami, FL), Pelican Bomb (New Orleans), Threewalls (Chicago), and Transformer (DC). For details, click here.

The Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

American University at the Katzen Arts Center 

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Plattner: Chronicles of War/Saints and Martyrs (the one with the Goya Third of May) 2007. Oil and Gold Leaf on Linen on Panel 40”x50” Courtesy of American University.

Join the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center for the openings of Identidad, Locally Sourced, Gods of War!, Photoworks: Presence of Place, and Building Without Shadows. The winter exhibits run through March 15. 

The Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

Jess Oros is East City Art’s Events Editor. 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.

Congressman John Lewis At Busboys And Poets

The Busboys and Poets restaurant at the Monroe Street Market just opened a few weeks ago, but already  a great event has been announced: Representative John Lewis is going to introduce the second book of his Civil Rights Trilogy on February 4 at 7pm.

Mr. Lewis was one of the participants at the March on Selma, which celebrates it’s 50th anniversary this March.

Here the details of the event as listed on the restaurant’s website:

John Lewis MarchIn March: Book Two, the eagerly-awaited second volume of his civil rights trilogy, Congressman John Lewis again collaborates with writer Andrew Aydin and artist Nate Powell to put historic events into the immediate context of a graphic memoir. Recounting his personal and political coming-of-age in the segregated South, Lewis picks up the story after the heady days of the Nashville sit-ins, recounting the more dangerous challenges he faced with the Freedom Riders as the group’s nonviolent actions were met with beatings and imprisonment. Courage triumphed over brutality, and the book ends as the twenty-three-year-old Lewis is elected to lead the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and prepares for the 1963 March on Washington.

For a seat at this event, please register to attend at If we have reached capacity, others will be seated in the restaurant and will be able to watch via a video stream. All attendees will be able to be part of the book signing.

Reserve your seat soon. I have the feeling that this event will fill up very quickly.

ANC 5B04 Meeting Thursday – A Fresh Start!

For many readers following the ins and outs of Single Member Distric 5B04, the recent election was a welcome break from the past. Now it’s time to look ahead to the future of this important section of the neighborhood that includes 12th Street NE commercial corridor from Monroe Street to Rhode Island Ave. Come out and meet your new ANC Commissioner Joe Barrios.ANC 5B04 Barrios

Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association Meeting Tonight, Looking Forward To 2015

FoRIA BNCA Cleanup 007The next meeting of the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association (BNCA) will be this Tuesday, January 20th at 7pm at the Brooks Mansion (10th and Monroe NE).
This month’s meeting will feature:

  • Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie
  • ANC 5B Commissioners,
  • discussion of the Dance Place Arts Park
  • A look ahead at BNCA in 2015

Also, right now is membership renewal time for the BNCA, consider renewing or joining this great organization at the next meeting!

Good Food Markets Opens – Offers A New Local Grocery Option

Yesterday Good Food Markets in Woodridge opened for business. We stopped by to check it out and posted the photos below. The store is compact but offers a lot in the way of grocery staples, and offers a selection of prepared foods for those on the run. We liked that they had a balance of higher end products (organic, etc.) and main stream brands and products. The prices seemed on par with larger grocery chains and the owners are open to stocking items at the request of neighborhood patrons. Notably, we didn’t see any beer or wine, but we understand that will be coming soon. The store will have a grand opening on Saturday, January 24th. Good Food Market is located at 2006 Rhode Island Avenue NE and will be open from 9 am- 9 pm everyday.

Coffee House And Bike Shop Combo From Filter/Bike Rack Coming Soon!

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Storefront that will soon house Filter and Bike Rack

The prospect of a combination coffeehouse  by  Filter  and bike shop by the Bike Rack coming to the South East corner of Monroe Street Markets’s Artswalk has been in the works for quite some time.  We first learned about the combo concept in April 2013. According to this story from PR Web the wait is over and the two will:

open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.

According to the story, the location will  open in February.We will let you know when we hear more.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2015 Keeps Getting Better Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Friday, January 16

Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery.  Image courtesy of the artist.
Detail of a piece by Wayson Jones on view at the Glen Echo Park Stone Tower Gallery. Image courtesy of the artist.

Washington Project for the Arts – on view 24 hours

 Hothouse Video: Marina Zurkow featured six video animations, which form a narrative commenting on man’s interactions in the environment. The 144-hour video cycles continuously so viewers never see the same hand-drawn images twice. For details, click here.

 The show will be at Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

 Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Lulled Land is the second solo exhibition of Tai Hwa Goh at Flashpoint Gallery. Her art mixes hand-waxing and traditional printmaking techniques to create layered pieces that represent the layers of memories we all have. For more information, click here.

 Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW.

 Upshur Street Books – 7 p.m.

 Pleasant Plains Workshop starts off the New Year with an exhibition focused on prints at Upshur Street Books. Resident artists will display their hand-pulled prints with multiples available for sale. For more information about the sale and exhibition, click here.

 Upshur Street Books is located at 827 Upshur Street NW. 


Saturday, January 17

 DC GlassWorks – 10 a.m.

 Sally Resnik Rockriver visits DC GlassWorks to demonstrate her unique style of glassblowing. Rockriver’s conceptual approach stems from her self-taught techniques. For more information about the demonstration, click here.

 DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

 Glen Echo Park Partnership – 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Wayson Jones explores the properties of acrylic paints and gel media in his solo exhibition Jewels at the Stone Tower Gallery. Jones plays with perspective in his collages to encourage viewers to question the world around them. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

 The Stone Tower Gallery is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.

 doris-mae Studio Gallery – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

 Portraits of Self as Others features the works of Luke Alexander Atkinson, Kanchan Balse, Laura Elkins, Amanda Kates, Joren A. Lindholm and Paul Pietsc. Thomas Drymon’s goal in curating this exhibit was to find artists who showed “individual viewpoints within the context of the work.” For details, click here.

 Studio Gallery is located at 2108 R Street NW.

 CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

 Personally Speaking…is a small-works exhibit featuring the works of thirteen CHAL artists being displayed at CHAW. Juror Ellen Cornett will give a brief talk about the exhibit during the opening reception. For more information, click here.

 CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 Ellyn Weiss, Pat Goslee, and Sally Resnick Rockriver display their works in Unmapped. The collective works examine the spaces between the common and known aspects of the world. For more details, click here.

 Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

 HEMPHILL – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 The new exhibition at HEMPHILL celebrates the works of artist William de Looper and showcases his works from 1964-1970. Visitors can see how de Looper infused his canvases with color to create each piece. For more information, click here.

 HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14th Street NW.

 Adah Rose Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

 Jim Condron and Kristen Liu display their works at Adah Rose Gallery – for the first time – in Your Memories, Your Sentiments, Your Wishes, Your Secrets. Both artists explore the strange and unusual through their own styles. For more information about the artists, click here.

 Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Ave., Kensington, MD.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.