The good folks at Dance Place have organized Art on 8th, a new, free series of “interactive music, dance and visual arts events for all ages and abilities”. I am pretty excited that we are starting to see the long-awaited Monroe Street Market area start to come alive with the artsy environment many of us have longed for. Here is the July line up from the Dance Place website:
July 18 at 6:30 pm: Duende Quartet: Smooth Latin Jazz (Monroe Street Market Stage)
July 19 at 6:30pm: POP (People Objects Play): Interactive Movement Fun with recycled objects (Arts Plaza)
July 20 at 12:30pm: Create flowers from recycled objects with Carla Perlo (Studio 21)
July 25 at 6:30pm: Afro-Cuban Jazz Improvisation with The Vibe Collective (Monroe Street Market Stage)
July 26 at 6:30pm: African Dance and Drumming with Coyaba Dance Theater (Monroe Street Market Stage)
July 27 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts from recycled materials with Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21)
The Monroe Street Market stage is located at the end of the Arts Walk near the Metro by the Drew (Michigan Ave) Bridge
The Arts Plaza is the plaza located in front of Dance Place – 3225 8th St. NE
Studio 21 is one of the studios located on the Arts Walk that runs the length between Brookland Works Buildings, situated between Monroe and Michigan Aves, NE at 8th Street NE.
Many thanks to reader Bridget for passing this announcement along!
We have been friends with Petworth-based musician Tom Goss for many years, he even sang at our wedding. So, of course we were thrilled when he decided to film large parts of his latest music video for the song “Bears” here in our neighborhood. There are scenes filmed in Brookland restaurant Little Ricky’s, along 12th Street NE and in a Brookland backyard on Irving Street, NE. The song is an homage to the “bear” community, a subset of gay men known for being big and burly. The video is meant as contrast to the stereotypical image of the sharply dressed gay man, with a perfect gym body. Tom wanted to convey that everybody, regardless of size, can feel beautiful and sexy in their own way. The video even caught the attention of the Huffington Post. Warning – this video is Not Safe For Work (NSFW) and features many half-naked, big, wet, hairy men.
The Brookland Union Baptist Church is one of Brookland’s celebrated locations with a rich history of being the center of the community for many neighbors. Get to know this neighborhood establishment and enjoy a free concert to boot this Saturday, June 1st. Many thanks to Elise McCain for reaching out and letting us know about it. The church is located at 3101 14th St NE (the corner of 14th and Irving).
Did you know that Brookland has a community choir? The Town and Gown Singers are CUA’s community chorus, which is open to Brookland residents, CUA students, faculty, staff, and alumni and basically anyone who wants to sing. The chorus presents two major concerts each year, in addition to performing at various city events. Their winter concert is today, Friday, January 18th at 7:30. The concert will take place at the St. Vincent Paul Chapel on Catholic U’s campus. The chorus will perform the cantata St. Nicholas by Benjamin Britten with a small orchestra and soloists from the CUA music school. The event is free and will last about 45 minutes.
For those interested in a experiencing choral music of many styles and getting free vocal instruction, joining the choir is a great opportunity. Rehearsals are held on Tuesdays from 6:35 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. during the school year at the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Building (Ward Hall) on CUA’s campus and no auditions are required. For more information about the group or to find out how to join , please contact the director, Kevin O’Brien at obrienk(at)cua(dot)edu or Brookland resident Hayden Wetzel at haydenwetzel(at)hotmail(dot)com or (202) 526-5986.
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