Category Archives: Art, Dance and Performance

Wine, Cheese, Art & Feng Shui Event This Coming Tuesday

Ever thought about how changes in decor can effect the energy of your home?  Then check out the event page for this upcoming workshop:

Join Award Winning Washington, DC area Designer, Author and Feng Shui expert, Sherry Burton Ways of SBW Aligned Expressions, as she shares useful info for getting your sacred space together! Priceless info on the ancient Chinese Art of Feng Shui and how to use it to place art effectively to create good energy and personal transformations in your apartment, condo or home.

Also, check out the tweet below.

The event will take place at Latela Art Gallery on the Arts Walk, 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio #27 for a cost of $25.

Check Out Art Classes At Nearby Artist and Craftsman Supply

If you have an interest in arts and crafts and haven’t checked out nearby Artist and Craftsman Supply, you probably should. Located at 1201-1203 Brentwood Road NE (in the shopping center behind the Giant and Home Depot) it has a wide variety of products – there is something for pretty much anyone, from paint, canvas, and brushes, to decorative paper, stamps, stickers and games to knitting supplies and glitter. They also conduct classes, a few upcoming ones are listed below. You can keep track of upcoming events via their Facebook page. Call (202) 526-4446, email
(  or stop in to sign up.

  • Saturday 5/13 2:00-4:00pm- Beginning Paint Class
    Learn to paint a seascape in this instructor-led, two hour class! Class is $25 and all supplies are included. Acrylic painting technique will be taught. Students take home their own piece. Open to all levels! (Teacher: Joelle Hanton)
  • Sunday 5/14 3:00-5:00pm- Beginning Watercolor Class
    Spring is here and to most that means flowers! We can’t forget however that it also means moms! Join D.C. area painter and illustrator Martin Swift on Mother’s Day for a two hour watercolor class and learn how to paint roses. We will cover the basics of watercolor technique through a step by step process detailing how to reproduce one of nature’s most iconic gifts. Materials and light refreshments are provided! Price for 2 hour class is $40.
  • Saturday 5/20 1:00-3:00pm- Kids Paint Class
    Paint class just for kids! Using acrylic paint, instructor will lead students to paint an outdoor, panda bear scene! Great for kids ages 5 and up. Students get to take home their very own piece! Parent or guardian must remain on premises. Class is $10 and all supplies are included. (Teacher: Joelle Hanton)
  • Sunday 5/21 3:00-5:00pm- Stencil Class
    Learn how to make your own stencil using X-acto knives and stencil paper. You’ll be able to make the stencil and use it to make your own stenciled piece. Class is $10 and all supplies are included. (Teacher: Darren Soto)
  • Sunday 5/28 3:00-4:30pm- Kids Art Time
    Craft time for kids! Bring your kids for a fun time of crafts! Check in ahead of time to see what the craft is for the day. Craft time is $10/child to cover the cost of supplies. Parent or guardian must remain on premises. (Teacher: Tony Johnson)

Off The Beaten Track Open House This Weekend – Visit 18 Studios And More

Photo courtesy of Off The Beaten Track

One of Brookland’s nearby artistic gems is a renovated warehouse called Off the Beaten Track.  This weekend you can checkout 18 artist studios as part of their open house event. From the Facebook event page:

Visit the artists and makers at Off the Beaten Track Warehouse during the first weekend of May for Spring Open Studios!

Artists in our building make and do just about everything, including: painting, drawing, sculpture, photography, encaustic arts, mosaic, fine woodworking, blacksmithing, papermaking, jewelry, candle making, letterpress, flower arranging and more.

Throughout the weekend check out artist talks + demonstrations, plus shop Made in DC goods just in time for Mother’s Day.

Our neighbor Good Food Markets will be popping up with coffee and snacks, and sharing their mission to bring fresh, local produce to food desert communities.

Visit Us:
Saturday, May 6 from 12-6
Sunday, May 7 from 12-6pm

Check out more here. Off The Beaten Track is located at 2414 Douglas Ave. NE, a couple of blocks from nearby Langdon Park.

Afrovelvet And Catalyst Present A Photo Show Celebrating Black Women Entrepreneurs

We thought readers would be interested in this upcoming art show exploring the roles and identities Black women entrepreneurs play in society.  From the event page:

C A T A L Y S T was created in an effort to shatter the glass around the roles women have been assigned in contemporary society; who they can be, what they can wear and how they choose to carry themselves.

The  opening reception will be April 16th  from 4:00 -8:00 PM. Go here to RSVP.  A Creative DC: Brookland is located  on the Arts Walk, Studio 8 (716 Monroe Street NE).

Porchfest This Saturday – Free Music, Dance And Poetry

Porch Fest is an annual free event organized by the good folks at Rhode Island Ave NE Main Street. This year’s Porch Fest will be taking place this Saturday April 15  2:00 -6:00 pm. From the event page:

Local porches and stoops are transformed into stages for an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry that brings together neighbors, business owners, and artists in a casual and fun display of creative expression!

Maps will be available in person at each Porch location during Porch Fest or you can download the map HERE…Check out Facebook for performer details and other insider scoops HERE

Free Comedy Show At Right Proper Brewing Tonight

We thought neighbors would be interested in a free stand up comedy show tonight from the Power of Positive Drinking, an  interactive open-mic comedy concept which combines stand-up and drinking games. From the event page:

No more games. It’s time to get real with you guys. There’s a lot of f*ckbois and f*ckgirls out there who still haven’t recognized that their shenanigans do have consequences. Luckily, we at the Power of Positive Drinking appreciate the patience and talent it takes to discretely but unequivocally tell these clowns to go eat the appropriate amount of horse feces. So we’d like to gather our favorite comedians together to honor everything from side eye to slight, awkward laughter. Come join us for a night craft beer and laughter at those who are beneath us. And remember: never let anyone get away unscathed.

Doors Open: 5pm
Comedy Show: 7:30pm

Right Proper Brewing Company Production House and Tasting Room is located at 920 Girard Street NE.

Art Enables Hosts Wine And Paint Friday. $25 For Materials And 2 Glasses Of Wine

Art Enables Interior

Here is a great deal for those looking to check out a ‘paint and sip’ event. From the event page:

 On March 3rd, join us for Art Enables’ first ever paint-and-wine night in the Studio Gallery! Local artist Alice Park will be leading a cherry-blossom themed acrylic painting workshop. Your $25/$30 ticket includes paint, a canvas, and two drink tickets (additional wine is available for purchase.) Aprons/smocks/casual clothes are highly encouraged. Doors open at 6, with the workshop running 6:30 – 8:30pm.

Get your tickets here. Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at  2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE.

CUA School Of Music Presents Little Women Starting Friday

Here is a great way to enjoy an affordable live musical performance right here in our backyard. Catholic U’s spring musical is Little Women, running from Friday February 17th – Sunday, February 26. From the CUA School Of Music Facebook page:

Based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic 1869 semi-autobiographical novel, the musical focuses on the four March sisters — brassy, Jo, romantic Meg, pretentious Amy, and kind-hearted Beth — and their beloved Marmee, at home in Concord, Massachusetts while the family patriarch is away serving as a Union Army chaplain during the Civil War. Intercut with the vignettes in which their lives unfold are several recreations of the melodramatic short stories Jo writes in her attic studio. At its core it is a musical about family and the love that binds them together against all odds.

Performances will take place at CUA’s Hartke Theater, 3801 Harewood Road. You can get your tickets here. For more information on shows put on by the CUA School of Music, many of them free, check out their calendar here.

Hispanic Film Festival At CUA Begins Wednesday – Free And Open To The Public

We thought neighbors would be interested in an upcoming Hispanic Film Festival on Catholic U’s campus. The festival will run from Wednesday, February 15 to Monday, February 27. The festival is free and open to the public and all films have English subtitles. For more information, check out the event page and the tweet below.

Robot Little Free Library – Restored And Ready To Serve

Back in August 2014, we wrote about the the free little library that was a magazine dispenser turned robot. Over time, the Robot Little Library took a beating from vandalism and the elements. Once Scrap DC, where it was located, closed up shop, the robot had no place to call home. So we decided to take it in, spruce it up and give it a new lease on life.

Unfortunately, life got in the way of good intentions, and Astrid (the better half of the Brookland Bridge) didn’t really take action until about three months ago when she finally started to work on the robot. She removed rust, broken metal, screws and glass pieces and added a fresh coat of paint, and what we think some cool new features. Next we needed a new home for the robot library. We approached the management team at Brookland’s Finest restaurant and they were immediately enthusiastic about the project. About a month ago, we put on the finishing touches and rolled him into place.

So now readers, young and old, have another option to exchange books through the little library. So far we are excited to see that it has been pretty popular, we have done two big fill ups, and  have been adding books periodically. Still, it has been a challenge to keep the robot library stocked at all times, so if you have any extra books around the house, please consider stopping by, donating, and helping us keep the library stocked. If you enjoy reading, likewise, “check out” the books and please return them when you are done. Here are some pictures we took of the completed robot little library – just waiting for Brookland neighbors to stop by. The robot is located in front of Brookland’s Finest, 3126 12th Street NE. (You need flash to see the photos, if you can’t see them, click here.)