Category Archives: Art, Dance and Performance

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.)

 

Drink And Draw Events at LATELA – Figure Drawing Sessions

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

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

Dance Place Hosts Jack Ya Body Dance Makers Showcase This Weekend

Photo courtesy of Dance Place
Photo courtesy of Dance Place

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 HiARTS mission is to support hip-hop as a vibrant urban art and culture movement. HiARTS 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.

Art in the Park(ing lot) Events Begin This Weekend – Art, Dance, Music And More

Beginning this weekend, ReCreative Spaces, the team that brought the community the (Up)Rising Festival 2016, will host free, weekly events called Art in the Park(ing lot).  From their website:

To make the space feel more inviting, beautiful, and comfortable, we’ll be adding benches, shaded areas, artwork, and so much more – and we want YOU to be a part of it all!

Check out the website here and the flyer below.

ReCreative Space Art in the park(ing) Lot

The event will take place at 1301 Rhode Island Avenue NE in the parking lot of what is formerly known as Brentwood Village Shopping Center.

Art Enables – Call To Ward 5 Artists For Entry – ‘Ward 5 Wonders’ Art Show

Are you a Ward 5 artist or do you know one? If so, check out Art Enables Call To Ward 5 Artists for their upcoming Ward 5 Wonders show.

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 Gallery shows.

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.

(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).