Upon moving to Brookland about 8 years ago, Shani jumped into civic life, having been treasurer for the Brookland Neighborhood Civic Association and lending her web development skills to the Greater Brookland Garden Club. Shani was also the unofficial coordinator of Brookland's LGBT monthly activities for 6 years. You can often find Shani and her wife Astrid watering the trees on 12th St. NE and walking their dog Frida around the neighborhood. Shani is an artist, owner of SCH Fine Arts, and an IT professional.
So, we are a little late in posting this, but we thought Brooklander’s who hadn’t seen it, would appreciate this article from the DCist that explores some of little and better known facts about our neighborhood. I like that the article looked beyond the obvious (oooh new restaurants!) and did some nice background work. From the article:
“…relatively far away from downtown corridors, giving it the feel of a small town enclaved in the big city—a feeling residents are trying strenuously to preserve. Not all (or maybe any) of its residents would call this a disadvantage, but Brookland is not an overly well-known neighborhood outside its function as the cradle of Catholic U. So let’s shine some light on these city blocks, with 10 things you may not know about Brookland.”
We are posting this a little early since we assume this will be a well attended event, so you may want to make your plans now. On Wednesday, September 20 the Sistine Chapel Choir will perform at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 6:00 p.m. From the event page:
For the first time in more than three decades, the Sistine Chapel Choir returns to the U.S. to perform.
This highly-accomplished group of 30 boys and 22 men sings for the Holy Father’s liturgies under the direction of Maestro Massimo Palomba. Officially called the Cappella Musicale Pontifica Sistina and affectionately known as the “Pope’s Choir,” this group is considered the most prominent and oldest choir in the world, dating back to the seventh century.
While this special event is free and open to the public, we encourage you to consider sponsorship opportunities. Become a part of the Papal Choir’s historic visit to the capital of the U.S.
There is more information about sponsorship levels on the event page. The Basilica is located at 400 Michigan Ave NE.
We used the Independence Day Holiday as a catch-up time to write up some blog posts about area news we didn’t have a chance to write about earlier. This was one bit of development news we thought Brooklanders would be interested in since Ivy City is just around the corner.
Love nightclub was the largest nightclub in the city before closing in 2013. It was a fun place to go back in the day, I used to go frequently when it was called Dream. One of my favorite memories is seeing LL Cool J perform there and dancing the night away in the early 2000’s. Ahhhhh, youth. Anyway, the Washington Business Journal reported back in May that the club is slated for another incarnation:
City Winery, as we reported, is expected to include a 300- to 350-seat concert venue, winemaking operation, restaurant, bar, private event spaces, and rooftop bar. It is scheduled to open in late 2017, bringing concerts, food and wine classes, private events and dining with it…City Winery tends to book singer-songwriters, jazz musicians and other acts looking for “a listening crowd,” Dorf said previously. Upcoming acts at the New York outpost include Bruce Hornsby, Shawn Mullins and 10,000 Maniacs.
Hmmmmm….doesn’t sound like LL will be back. City Winery will be located at 1350 Okie St. NE.
Join us Friday July 21st for a night @ the dock – Mess Hall’s reimagined loading dock. This summer boardwalk carnival party sets the tone to celebrate the launch of XII by Johanna’s Table; a once monthly pop up dinner series scattered throughout the District.
With the help of some amazing industry friends and local vendors, we are excited to treat you to unlimited flavors and fun ranging from Sommelier Michael Rovezzi’s kegged Cotton & Reed cocktails, frosé sno cones & DC Brau beer to an oyster raw bar “bathtub,” popcorn with a twist, an eight foot cheese & charcuterie presentation, an old fashioned pig roast and over a dozen eclectic passed bites inspired by global flavors.
This is another “catch up” story, but for those Brooklanders who are avid readers and didn’t know, this is big news. This spring websites like Urban Turf shared that super-popular independent DC-based bookstore Politics and Prose will be opening another location nearby. From the article:
The bookstore announced this morning that the new store will open near Union Market, but did not specify the store’s exact location…The release goes on to say that there will be event space attached to the store and that it will use the Dock 5 event space attached to Union Market for larger events and readings.
The new location is planned to open this coming fall.
The outdoor movies series in Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group continues Thursday. From the event page:
WHEN: Thursday, July 20th, 7:30pm
WHERE: Brooks Mansion, 901 Newton St. NE
Bring blankets and snacks. Movie starts at sundown!
Movie Summary: “In a town with no humans, just animals, a koala named Buster Moon realizes he will soon lose his theater if he cannot turn his luck around. He comes up with a plan to host a singing competition, where the winner will receive $100,000. Will this be enough to return his theater to glory?”
This fun family film is sure to get you tapping your feet and singing along. Catch it all under the stars with your friends, family and neighbors in Brookland!
SAVE THE DATE for the final movie night this season:
Thursday, August 17th
Sponsored by The Menkiti Group and MG Residential, in partnership with DCTV.
This month’s Third Thursday event looks to be a lot of fun. As a bonus neighbors will get to try out eats from Fox Loves Taco, the new taco spot opening up at the Arts Walk later this summer. From the event page:
Our Third Thursdays in Brookland event series continues on July 20th. Join us on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market every third Thursday through September from 5-8 PM for family-friendly activities.
July 20th is our Costume Party Theme featuring:
– Trick-or-treating in July – Kids are encouraged to wear costumes and trick-or-treat on the Arts Walk
– Live music from the Human Country Jukebox, courtesy of Dance Place
– Cardinal Kids Storytime from Barnes & Noble (5:40-6:00)
– Open artist studios and pop up in-studio events
– Grab a bite from Brookland Pint‘s outdoor grill and enjoy dining on our Arts Walk picnic tables
– Balloon twisting
– Pop up vendor, Kona Ice
– Food offerings from Fox Loves Taco, Monroe Street Market’s newest eatery, opening later this summer!
Back in May 2016, DDOT reveled its design for the overhaul of the Monroe Street Bridge which will extend the life of the bridge for another 75 years. The project will cost over $12 Million dollars and will begin late July/early August 2017 and go on through March 2019.
There will be a meeting to inform the community about the project’s plans and schedule on Thursday July 20th from 6:30 -8:30 pm at Luke C. Moore High School, 1001 Monroe Street NE. You can check out project updates and other info at this website.
Yesterday Brookland was treated to a pop-up street art piece from artist Theodore Carter. The electrical box at the corner of 9th and Monroe was adorned with his 5-foot tall tentacle sculptures. The pieces, made mostly from recycled materials, are a part of an ongoing street art project called Tentacle Tuesday that will pop up at different locations across the city during summer. Thanks for stopping through Brookland, Theodore! You can follow the project on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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