Category Archives: Neighborhood Topics

Mess Hall Presents Pickled, Braised, And Brewed: The Art of Slow Food, This Sunday

Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.
Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. This Sunday, March 8,  from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, they will team up with New Belgium Brewing  for a pretty cool event called Pickled, Braised, and Brewed: The Art of Slow Food. From the event page:

Join New Belgium for an afternoon of slow food, slow ceramics, and craft beer.  We’re rolling out Slow Ride IPA (a session beer) and we’re sure to bring some other suds to the party.  We’re partnering with local chefs to give you a hands-on afternoon learning the art behind pickling, braised meats, ceramics, and our beer.

Come ready to taste delicious bites from the chefs of Gordy’s Pickle Jar and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co, while ogling the ceramics of Derek Thomas Hambly.

Ticket sales support our non-profit partner, CulturalDC, which serves to provide space and resources for emerging artists in the Washington, DC area.  Ready, Set, Go Slow-Mo…

Ticket Cost: $45 – Includes 2 beers (Slow Ride), one biscuit sandwich and slow meat tasting, and two chef demonstrations, including one hands-on session with a jar of pickles to take home.  (Ticket sales will be raising money for CulturalDC.)  Additional beers will be available for purchase.

with additional beer specials for ticket holders

For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.

Ward 5 Happy Hour Visits Union Market’s Bidwell Thursday

union market dc opening 090912 1This Thursday, March 5th the Ward 5 Community Happy Hour will be at Bidwell Restaurant at Union Market. Here is the info from a recent email:

Meet your neighbors — Support local — Share some laughs, Why not? Join your fellow Ward 5 Residents for Happy Hour at Bidwell Restaurant!
Thursday, March 5, 2014 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Bidwell Restaurant
1309 5th ST NE
Washington, DC 20002
Please feel free to invite and share this information with your neighbors!
For more information contact us via email at,
find us on Facebook ‘Ward 5 Community Happy Hour’ or find us on Twitter @ward5happyhour.


Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) Hosts Women’s History Month Poetry Reading Wednesday

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

Brookland Area Writers And Artists (BAWA) is a neighborhood-based arts group, founded in 2003. The purpose of the group is to promote creativity and expression in the Brookland area. BAWA hosts a monthly themed poetry reading on the first Wednesday of every month. This Wednesday, March 4th BAWA will explore poetry written by women poets from around the world.

Check out their ongoing calendar of events here. Poetry readings are held at the Center for Poetic Thought,  at the Monroe Street Market Artswalk, Studio #25. (716 Monroe Street, NE).  Contact BAWA at or at their website.

Get Active With DC Volley’s Indoor Volleyball League At Trinity U – Sponsored by Steel Plate

Trinity Washington University Gym

We thought readers would like to know about an upcoming indoor volleyball league from the folks at DC Volley. From their website:

Games will be held at Trinity University’s beautiful gym on Tuesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm. Come check out a great league in the up and coming Brookland neighborhood!

Have you seen this gym? It IS GORGEOUS! Come out and join DC Volley at one of the BEST gyms in the city!
The league will run with Coed social rules with as many teams as possible making the Final Tournament.

Games begin April 7th.

Teams will play 6 vs 6 and are required to have at least 8 players on their rosters. We welcome free agents and small groups and will do our best to match players to teams!

Participants can be a team (8-11 people), or if you don’t have a team, smaller groups or individuals will paired up with other folks to make teams.

Registration is $70 and open until March 31st unless the divisions fill up first. Click here to register and for more information.  As an added bonus there will be an end of season party with free beer at Steel Plate, which is the league’s sponsor. There will also be after game gatherings at Steel Plate with drink specials. Nice!

Trinity Washington University is located at 125 Michigan Ave. NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Clash of Civilizations 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Clash of Civilizations Edition

Friday, February 27

Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Cultural DC presents the work of Ben Tolman in Civilized at Flashpoint Gallery. Through drawing and sculpture, Tolman attempts to reveal the relationship between the individual and the larger culture in which we reside. For details, click here. Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G Street NW.

Saturday, February 28

artdc Gallery – 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  The Big 10 x 5 exhibit features ten works of art by five artists. All of which are large-scale paintings over six feet. Artists featured in the exhibit are Grayson Heck, Alain Villardo, Sarah Elizabeth Martin, Gabriel Thy, and Christine Walters. For details about the exhibit, click here. artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.

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Greta Chapin-McGill Dream of 300. Image courtesy Gallery NK

Gallery NK – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.  To celebrate Black History Month, Gallery NK is presenting the works of Washington artist Greta Chapin-McGill. Chapin-McGill’s work focuses on the stories of people who have been moved and forced out of their indigenous lands. For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K Street NE.

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.

Happy Hour With A Cause Tonight At Brookland Pint, Benefiting Miriam’s Kitchen

Miriam’s Kitchen, an organization dedicated to ending chronic homelessness in D.C is kicking off a year long partnership with the Meridian Pint, Smoke & Barrel, and Brookland Pint Group. The rotating monthly happy hour will occur on the last Thursday of the month, and will kickoff tonight, Thursday, February 26th at 5:30pm at Brookland Pint. For more information, checkout the event page here and the flyer below. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE

Brookland Pint

Optimism To Reopen Soon With A Coffee-House/Jazz Feel

Brookland NE Washington DC Bars
Optimism Bar and Lounge

In September, we wrote about how Optimism, a local  bar/lounge quietly closed after trying to change their format. Recently, there has been an uptick in activity at the restaurant, so we decided to stop by and chat with  owner and long-time Brookland resident Jesse Brown. He shared with us that he is hoping to re-open the restaurant in March with a coffee-house and live jazz focus.  We were happy to see some of the new renovations, that include larger bathrooms and an overhauled look. Jesse said they are going for a “rustic” look, which included a wall with cool looking wood paneling, new modern ceiling fans and bamboo wood panels that wrap around the bar. We will let you know when we learn more. Optimism is located at 3301 12th Street NE (at the corner of Kearney St).

Weekend East City Event Round Up: #BlackLivesMatter 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: #BlackLivesMatter Edition


Detail from work on view at Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men at the Prince George's County African American Museum and Cultural Center
Detail from work on view at Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men at the Prince George’s County African American Museum and Cultural Center

Thursday, February 19

 WPA at Artisphere – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Washington Project for the Arts hosts Asantewa Boakyewa, Kristi-Anne Caisse, Sarah Hanley, and Phyllis Rosenzweig for a curators talk. Join them as they discuss the artists and works featured in SELECT 2015. For more information, click here. Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

 Friday, February 20

 DCCAH Eye Street Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. This collection of artwork exhibits the works of the artists awarded an FY15 Artist Fellowship Program grant from DCCAH. Come and see works of the twenty-four artists celebrated in the opening reception. For details about the exhibition, click here. DCCAH’s 200 Eye Street Gallery is located at 200 I (Eye) St. SE.

 District Clay – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Join District Clay as they host British potter and author, Penny Simpson. She will be signing copies of her groundbreaking book The Japanese Pottery Handbook on its 35th anniversary. For more information and to reserve your spot, click here. District Clay is located at 2414 Douglas Ave. NE.

 Saturday, February 21

 Gallery plan b – 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Celebrate the gallery’s ten year anniversary! A select group of artists, who have previously exhibited works, will be presenting new pieces in a 10”x10” size format for this anniversary exhibition. For details, click here.   Gallery plan b is located 1530 14th St. NW.

 DC GlassWorks – 5:30 p.m. Sculptors Robin and Julia Rogers return to DC GlassWorks for a live demonstration of their creative process. Viewers will see the visiting artists sculpt a cowboy riding a rabbit from 2,000 degree glass! For details about how to get your free ticket, click here. DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD. 

 PGCAAMCC – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Transforming Anew: Perspectives of Black Men features the work of Chanel Compton, Nehemiah Dixon, and David Ibata. Viewers will see a wide-range of artworks that mirror the experiences and stories of the men in the works. For more information, click here. PGAAMCC is located at 4519 Rhode Island Avenue, North Brentwood, MD.

Brookland’s Finest To Be Featured On Fox 5 DC’s “Will You Eat There?” – Taping Tomorrow Night!

Brookland's Finest LogoMany thanks to Craig Allen, the General Manager of Brookland’s Finest for reaching out to us about some exciting media exposure this restaurant will be getting. From an email:

Hello Astrid!

Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen will be featured on Fox 5 DC’s “Will You Eat There?” segment. We would like community support as we would not be here without the Brookland community. Will Thomas will be here at 5 PM to start filming. He will talk to guests, Chef Shannan, Tony and myself asking questions about the restaurant and the cuisine.
We would appreciate if you could let Brookland residents know that we would love to have them here and on TV with us tomorrow at 5 PM (he will be here from 5-6 PM or so). It will be during happy hour, so we will have drink specials for those guests that are interested.
 Sounds great! Brookland’s Finest Bar & Kitchen is located at 3126 12th St. NE.

Brookland Area LGBT Happy Hour At Steele Plate Thursday

Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour
Photo from a Brookland LGBT Happy Hour

The monthly Brookland and Ward 5 LGBT gathering will be a Happy Hour at local hot spot Steele Plate,in their upstairs bar area. Hopefully we will see a great turn out on Thursday February 12 from 6:00- 9:00 pm (or longer).  Many thanks to owner Diton Pashaj for offering up the upstairs room. Steele Plate is located at 3523 12th Street NE. See you there!