Category Archives: Art, Dance and Performance

(Up)Rising Festival 2016 Returns This Sunday

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.

 

Arts on 8th – Free Performances Thursdays And Fridays, Workshops On Saturdays

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.

For more information go here and for the schedules  go here.

Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Games and Dancing

brookland spring celebration 2016Last year’s Brookland Spring Celebration was a family friendly good time. The event is back this year on Sunday May 1st from 3:00 – 6:00 pm. From the event page:

It’s a party for the whole neighborhood!

Join your friends and neighbors in Brookland for a fun-filled afternoon of music, games and dancing featuring three stellar, local bands:

Plus! Clean out your closet and support a good cause. We’re collecting gently worn clothes for Central Union Mission. All donations are welcome!

The event will be held at Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (716 Monroe St NE).

Porch Fest This Saturday – Free Live Entertainment and Neighborly Good Times

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!

RIA Porch Fest 2016

Weekend East City Event Round Up: April Super Weekend Openers Edition

Here is your round up of artsy event this weekend courtesy of East City Arts.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: April Super Weekend Openers Edition

Has it already been a year since Otis Street Art Projects opened?  The "Critiqued" get their own show during the Mount Rainier Art Space's anniversary celebration!  Photo courtesy Otis Street Art Projects
Has it already been a year since Otis Street Art Projects opened? The “Critiqued” get their own show during the Mount Rainier Art Space’s anniversary celebration! Photo courtesy Otis Street Art Projects

Friday, April 1

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries–6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

French Doors by Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter opens at Honfleur Gallery and Primordial Planes by Alexandra Chiou opens at Vivid Solutions Gallery. For more information, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Rd. SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located next door at 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center–6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Local artist Antionette S. Hodges presents her works in the solo exhibition, Images by ASH. For more information, click here. Congress Heights Arts & Culture Center is located at 3200 MLK Jr. Ave. SE.

ReCreative Spaces–6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Christine Stoddard evokes the feminine mystique through a series of photo-collages and mixed media.  The opening includes an art-making workshop.  Suggested donation $5.  For more information, click here.  ReCreative Spaces is located at 3501 Perry Street Mount Rainier, MD.

Saturday, April 2

Gallery Neptune & Brown–5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

International artist Foon Sham showcases both his sculpture work and works on paper in the exhibition, Exuberant Journey. For more details, click here. Gallery Neptune & Brown is located at 1530 14th St. NW.

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

Brentwood Arts Exchange opens Boundless: Aging and Creativity Curated by University of Maryland College Park Students. For more information, click here. Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Foundry Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Visual Meditations marks the solo debut of Lindsay Mullen in the United States. The exhibition features paintings that respond to places in which she has lived. For more details, click here. Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St. NW.

Otis Street Arts Project–5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Otis Street Arts Project celebrates their first anniversary with the opening of The Critiqued. In this exhibition artists who have participated in The Critique will present their works. For more details, click here. Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis Street, Mount Rainier, MD.

Gallery NK–6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nadia Arditta’s exhibition Moonlight features sculptural works by the artist. Proceeds will benefit Anatolian Artisans “Soma Project” For more information, click here. Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

Hamiltonian–7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hamiltonian presents two concurrent exhibitions—Allison Spence’s Spread and Jim Leach’s Hot Water. For more information, click here. Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U St. NW.

The Fridge–7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

In There Is No Plan B, artist Gregg Deal decries the current political and social state of United States. For more information, click here. The Fridge is located at 516 ½ 8th St. SE (rear alley).

Jess Oros is the Editor 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.

(Up)Rising Festival 2016 Call For Artists, Performers, Vendors

Last spring the (Up)Rising Festival came to Woodridge, right around the corner from Brookland on Rhode Island Ave, NE. The festival is organized by ReCreative Spaces, a non-profit that transforms vacant commercial space into artist studio and exhibition space. The event, which included  curated visual and performing arts in a number venues is returning this June and is now seeking artists, performers and vendors. Check out this video about last years’ event and check out more details below.

From an email:

SEEKING ARTISTS + VENDORS for (Up)Rising Festival 2016!
June 26 | 12-6pm | FREE | More info HERE
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.

Artists + Performers Sign up HERE!
Vendors Sign up HERE!

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Monochromatic Edition

Here is your round up of artsy event this weekend courtesy of East City Arts.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Monochromatic Edition

Wayson R. Jones Run from Danger. Jones continues to explore monochromatism in a solo exhibition titled In Black and White which opens Saturday, March 25 at Harmony Hall.  (Image courtesy of the artist)
Wayson R. Jones Run from Danger. Jones continues to explore monochromatism in a solo exhibition titled In Black and White which opens Saturday, March 25 at Harmony Hall. (Image courtesy of the artist)

Thursday, March 24

David C. Driskell Center – 6 p.m.

Artist Jefferson Pinder challenges viewers to think critically about the polarization of society through a group discussion. For more details, click here. The Driskell Center is located at 1207 Cole Bldg. at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Friday, March 25

DCCAH Eye Street Gallery—3:30-5 p.m.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities presents art work of over 50 Duke Ellington High School students.  For more information, click here. The DCCAH Eye Street Gallery is located at 200 I St. SE.

.SPACE – 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Urban Patterns features the work of Anne-Sophie Coiffet, Carolina Mayorga, and Ian Warren. The group exhibition highlights the geometry of shapes in urban settings. For more information, click here. .SPACE is located at 127 E St. SE.

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Ryan McCoy presents a new series of paintings that address how we navigate relationships while seeking balance and harmony. For more information, click here. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth St. NW.

Saturday, March 26

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Wayson R. Jones continues to explore monochromaticism, material and size in his solo exhibition titled In Black and White. For more details, click here. Harmony Hall is located at 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, MD.

Glen Echo–3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Mei Mei Chang, Pat Goslee, and Kathryn McDonnell invite guests to discuss collaborative works presented in Fields of Inquiry. For more information, click here. Glen Echo Park is located at 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo, MD.

Jess Oros is the Editor 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.

Arts Park Groundbreaking At Dance Place

Arts Park Dance Place

We have been following Arts Park, a project by Dance Place to turn the currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. On Thursday March 31st from 4:00 – 5:30 pm. there will be a groundbreaking event for the park and the community is invited to attend. You can RSVP for the ground breaking by emailing artspark(at)danceplace(dot)org or call 202.269.1600.

Closely modeled off of Dance Place’s super popular Art on 8th Programs, the Park will host interactive programming for all ages, including games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more. The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in Fall of 2016.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Mayor 4 Life Edition

Here is your round up of artsy event this weekend courtesy of East City Arts.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Mayor 4 Life Edition

Thursday, March 10

East City Arts Colemena SXSWEast City Art – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
In the Artist’s Words—artist Jay Coleman will speak about his work and process including his recently completed Mayor 4 Life mural in Historic Anacostia. For more information, click here.The event is at the Anacostia Library located at 1800 Good Hope Rd. SE.

Friday, March 11

Pleasant Plains Workshop – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Pleasant Plains Workshop launches collaborative prints of Kristina Bilonick and Adam Griffiths. For more details, click here.Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE #2.

Saturday, March 12

39th Street Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The 39th Street Gallery opens three exhibitions inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement. For more information, click here. 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

RhizomeDC – 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Artist and illustrator Adam Griffiths shows a selection of original drawings and prints at RhizomeDC. For more details, click here. RhizomeDC is located at 6950 Maple St. NW.

Jess Oros is the Editor 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.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Super February Edition

Here is your weekend round up from East City Arts.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Super February Edition

Thursday, February 18

David C. Driskell Center Gallery – 5:30 p.m.

Willie Cole’s lecture is presented in collaboration with the University of Maryland’s Department of Art. Cole is known for his sculptures made of recycled materials. For more information, click here. David C Driskell Center Gallery is located at 1207 Cole Student Activities Building.  

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Long View Gallery presents Japanese artist Takefumi Hori currently based in New York City. In Treasures, Hori reflects on the city in which he lives. For more details, click here. Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th St. NW.

Friday, February 19

#thisiswhyimsingle three person exhibition tackles relationship angst in the age of social media and online dating.  Image courtesy of Cultural DC's Flashpoint Gallery.
#thisiswhyimsingle three person exhibition tackles relationship angst in the age of social media and online dating. Image courtesy of Cultural DC’s Flashpoint Gallery.

Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

#thisiswhyimsingle features the works of Dafna Steinberg, Jennifer Towner, and Jenny Walton. The exhibition looks at the artists’ experiences with social media, dating apps, and attempts at making meaningful connections. For more details, click here. Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G St. NW.

DCAC – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Mixed media fiber artist, Jung Min Park, exhibits new work in Memory-scapes. For more details, click here. DCAC is located at 2438 18th St. NW.

Saturday, February 20

Otis Street Arts Project – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Otis Street Arts Project presents Joseph Shetler and Jay Hendrick in Complex Simplicity. For more information, click here. Otis Street Arts Project is located at 3706 Otis St., Mount Rainier, MD.

Joe’s Movement Emporium – 6 p.m.

Join Joe’s Movement Emporium for a book reading and launch party for Almost Anywhere: Road Trip Ruminations on Love, Nature, National Parks and Nonsense by Krista Schlyer. For more information, click here. Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier, MD.

 

Hamiltonian – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hamiltonian presents the works of two artists: Nara Park in Between Millions of Years and Dane Winkler in Homesteading. For more information, click here. Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U St. NW.

Art Whino – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Destroy & Create celebrates the release of the new Boundless Halfpipe model kit and pays homage to the “Skate and Destroy” culture. For more details, click here. Art Whino is located at 700 Delaware Ave. SW.

Regional Exhibitions

Saturday, February 20

Olly Olly – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join Olly Olly for the closing reception of Embracing the Power of Artistic Practice. The reception will feature a performance by Eames Armstrong. For more information, click here. Olly Olly is located at 10417 Main St., Fairfax, VA.

Arlington Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Three winter exhibitions open at Arlington Arts Center as follows:  King of the Forest: Adventures in Bioperversity featuring the work of thirteen artists; solo show Daydreams in Anthropocene by Rachel Schmidt; and Instructor Select 2016 featuring AAC students. For more details, click here. AAC is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

Jess Oros is the Editor 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.