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.)
Ever been interested in attending an event where you express your artistic side and drink your favorite adult beverage at the same time? Here is an event for you then:
Grab your art supplies and join DC Drink & Draw and LATELA for three open life drawing sessions this Fall! Use your favorite media to work from the model during a mix of short and longer poses.
All events are BYOB. We’ll have cups and ice on hand for for sharing and keeping things cool.
The remaining sessions in the series are Thursday, November 17th 7:00 – 9:30 PM (coincides with Third Thursday on the Arts Walk) and Tuesday, December 6th 7:00-9:30 PM. Sessions are $17 with pre-registration, which you can do here. Latela Art Gallery is located on the Arts Walk (716 Monroe Street NE) at Studio #27
We thought readers might be interested in checking out the nearby Hyattsville art show coming up this Saturday, September 10th. There will be over 100 exhibiting artists and artisans, Maryland breweries, food trucks and vendors, and live entertainment. The event will take place in downtown Hyattsville from Noon – 6pm.
Here is great local event taking place this Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23 at 8pm. From the event page:
Going into its 16th year, Dance Place hosts five emerging hip-hop dance artists as part of Hi-ARTS’s annual DC Hip-Hop Theater Festival. Artists Charise Pinkston, Christopher Law, Briana Stuart, Makeda Abraham and AwE connect words with dance through this year’s theme: “Word is Bond.”
Founded as the Hip-Hop Theater Festival in 2000, the Hi–ARTS mission is to support hip-hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement. Hi–ARTS invigorates the arts and culture field by nurturing the creation of innovative work within the hip-hop aesthetic; presenting and touring artists whose work addresses the socio-political issues relevant to the hip-hop generation; and serving young, urban communities through outreach and education.
Get your tickets here. Dance Place is located at 3225 8th Street NE.
The submission deadline is Wednesday, July 20th by 6 pm for those who want to display their artwork at an Off Rhode Gallery show that runs from mid August through September. Check out this link for more details about submission requirements.
Those of us who follow the Ward 5 arts scene know that Art Enables has a fantastic mission. The non-profit organization represents over thirty artists with developmental disabilities and provides them with the resources they need to become visual artists, and 60% of revenue from sales. However, Art Enables also has interesting and engaging art shows as part of its Off Rhode Galleryshows.
Art Enables is located in nearby Woodridge at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue, NE 20018 and they are open from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Monday through Friday, and open on weekends for special events.
The (Up)Rising Festival 2016 returns to the neighborhood on June 26 from 12-6:00 pm. Here is some info on this free festival from the event page:
An arts-focused festival that weaves its way through Rhode Island Avenue businesses, open areas, and vacant properties. This year, we explore the theme of creative collaborations – innovative and artistic ways to solve complex problems. The day includes performing and visual arts elements, hands-on activities, local food, drink, and retail vendors, as well as a chance to hang out with your Rhode Island Avenue small business owners and employees!
Participating artists share a revolutionary vision and engage festival-goers through heart, mind and body.
Check out this video about last years’ event:
The festival is organized by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transforms vacant commercial space into artist studio and exhibition space.
Great news neighbors, Art on 8th returns with free music, dance, and arts events every Thursday, Friday and Saturday through the end of September, brought to you by Dance Place. Check out this video about Arts on 8th:
Every Thursday, from May 5 to September 29, 6:30 pm-8:00 pm: Arts on 8th live music performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week. Each performance will feature a new group. In the event of rain, music will be moved into the Artist Lounge on the Arts Walk. The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St NE.
Every Friday, from May 6 to September 30, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm: Arts on 8th interactive dance performances. These events will take place at O’Connell Plaza located on the corner of Michigan Avenue and Monroe Street or in front of Busboys and Poets. Rain location will be inside Busboys and Poets.
Every Saturday, through September 24th, 1:30 pm: Get Creative workshops in arts & crafts, movement & gardening
at Dance Place, located at 3225 8th St NE.
Porch Fest is an annual 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 16 from 2-6 pm. From the Rhode Island Main Street NE website:
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!
Check out the schedule of performances and locations below and on the event page where there is more information. See you at Porch Fest 2016!
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