CUA School Of Music Presents Rigoletto Thursday – Sunday

Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of
Hartke Theatre. Photo courtesy of

This coming weekend, why not enjoy a live musical performance right here in our backyard? From CUA’s  website:

Catholic University’s production of Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s tragic masterpiece Rigoletto March 19 through 22 at Hartke Theatre promises “an intimacy and immediacy” not found at larger venues in the Washington, D.C., area…Performances of Rigoletto will take place in Hartke, 3801 Harewood Road, Thursday, March 19; Friday, March, 20; and Saturday, March 21, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m…Tickets are $30 for general admission; $15 for CUA alumni; $15 for seniors, faculty, and staff; and $5 for CUA students with ID.

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 calender here.

Serenity Place DC Spring Open House Today

Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!
Dust off those yoga mats and support local business!

On Saturday, March 14 from 3-6 pm local yoga studio Serenity Place DC will  be having their Spring Open House. Since we last wrote about the studio, they have moved a couple blocks down from their original location above Zeke’s Coffee. At their new place they have lots more space and greater flexibility with their scheduling. The community is invited to come by and check out the studio, meet the teachers, and learn more about their classes. There will be several yoga demonstrations occurring throughout the day as well as raffles. Check them out and  and register for the open house  online here. Admission is free and Serenity Place DC is located at 2008 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up

Friday, March 13

The Corner Store – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photographer Thom Goertel exhibits his works in a solo show at Corner Store Arts. His works feature street photography from around the world. For more information, click here.  Corner Store Arts is located at 900 South Carolina Avenue SE.

Rise and Fall by Tilden Luna. Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.
Rise and Fall by Tilden Luna. Courtesy of Hill Center Galleries.

Hill Center Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. In Hill Center Galleries’ new multi-artist exhibition the works of six artists will be featured. Kay Fuller, Tilden Luna, Alan Braley, Saya Behnam, Anne Bouie, and Peggy Fox cover a variety of media for visitors to view. For more details, click here. Hill Center Galleries are located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE.

Saturday, March 14

Anacostia Smithsonian Community Museum – 10 a.m. Luis Peralta, Jay Coleman, and Anne Marie Boulet open their studios to visitors. Guests should meet at the museum lobby to start the tour. For details on registering, click here. Anacostia Smithsonian Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Join Art Enables and Off-Rhode Gallery for the opening of LOST & FOUND. This exhibition featured local artists who create works from found materials and objects. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Off-Rhode Gallery is located 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE.

Adah Rose Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The works of Randall Lear combine painting, sculpture, and installation to create whimsical architectural pieces of art. Visitors are encouraged to see the playful through the exhibition. For details, click here. Adah Rose Gallery is located at 3766 Howard Avenue, Kensington, MD.

Sunday, March 15

Studio 21 – 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lisa K. Rosenstein’s solo exhibition Silent Language features her multi-media work. Through her pieces Rosenstein seeks to challenge viewers to find messages and decipher their own language. For more information, click here. Studio 21 is located on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market 716 Monroe Street NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

901 Monroe Development Update- Well, Sort Of

Colonel Brooks' development Brookland NE Washington DC
901 Monroe Street Develpment Rendering Courtesy of Esocoff and Associates

The last time we had an update on the 901 Monroe Development  was September 2014, where we described the  back and forth between the Office of Zoning and the Court of Appeals in an ongoing legal battle with the “200 Footers” – a group of residents who filed a court case seeking to overturn the Office of Planning’s decision to allow the development.  Yesterday we learned via this posting on Urban Turf  that the the Zoning Commission yet again reaffirmed its decision in favor of the development. But, the development cannot move ahead until the Commission sends the decision to the court, and the court reviews the decision. And, there is there is no  set timeline for when that will happen. We will let you know when we hear anything new.

Three Part Harmony Farm Brings Eco-Friendly Farming To The Neighborhood

Three Part Harmony Farm Logo
Logo courtesy of Three Part Harmony Farm

We were excited to learn about nearby Three Part Harmony Farm,  which began in 2011, and hopes to become the first commercial farm in DC since 1939. The farm was established by Gail Taylor, who is dedicated to producing locally grown food without synthetic chemicals or genetically modified seeds. Check out this great write up on their blog that goes into detail about how Ms. Taylor got started and how she stays inspired.

There are several ways to get involved and support the farm, from purchasing  their chemical free seedlings, volunteering,  donating , or signing up for their 2015 CSA. (Community Supported Agriculture, which is a partnership between the farm and customers who pay ahead of time for an entire season’s worth of farm goods.) The two acre farm is located on the property of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, near 4th and Michigan Ave, NE. Very cool!

Longtime Brookland Business, M&S Barbershop Relocates- To Have Grand Opening Soon

Back in December, we posted this story about how the owner of M&S Barber Services, Duane Johnson, was struggling to find a new location to set up shop.  The property where the barber shop has been for 19 years, at the corner of 12th and Girard, has been sold to a developer and is likely to become condos. Fortunately, Mr. Johnson has re-opened nearby at 2221 Kearny Street, NE. Unfortunately, the property where the shop was located has been vandalized, as you can see in the photos  below.

We learned the following information from a newsletter from ANC 5B04 Commissioner Joe Barrios:

Mr. Johnson has told me that business is already brisk at his new location and is very appreciative of the outpouring of support from the community in response to his relocation. He will announce the formal Grand Opening date soon.

On a more sour note, the now-unoccupied building at 2900 12th St NE was vandalized with graffiti last night in protest of M&S Barber Service’s relocation. Mr. Johnson informed me of the fact this morning and told me he considers this kind of behavior unacceptable. I agree. Anger and grief over the loss of M&S at 12th and Girard is fully understandable, and many in the community have responded to that by doing everything in their power to facilitate M&S’s successful transition with a minimum of pain and dislocation for Mr. Johnson. Vandalizing a building is not the way to resolve the situation.

The graffiti has been reported to the Metropolitan Police Department for investigation. I have also reached out to the building’s owners to inform them and urge them to remove the graffiti as soon as possible.

We wish the best of luck to Mr.Johnson at his new location and will follow up with additional details about the grand re-opening.

Friends of Noyes Park Seeks New Board of Director Members

Kids enjoying Noyes Park
Kids enjoying Noyes Park

The Friends of Noyes Park (FoNP) is a community 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to the care and preservation of Noyes Park. FoNP launched shortly after the new park was opened in summer 2013. They work closely with the community and the Department of Parks and Recreation to keep the park clean and the the communal garden plots thriving. FoNP  is seeking new volunteers to serve (unpaid) on their Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for those interested in giving back to the community without a burdensome time commitment. Interested parties should contact friendsofnoyespark<at>gmail<dot>com.

You can keep up with and contact the FoNP by checking out their website,  Facebook page,  and Twitter feed. Noyes Park is located at 10th and Franklin Streets, NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Punk Not Dead Edition

We are pleased to bring you East City Art‘s Weekend Event Round Up. East City Art is a blog founded by editor Phil Hutinet in 2010, which documents the myriad of artistic activities happening in Northeast, Southeast, the Gateway Arts District, Northern Prince George’s County, and the “Mid-City” area of DC.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Punk not Dead Edition

Friday, March 6

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Red by Mary D. Ott. Photo courtesy of Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening of two new exhibitions Sprout by Touchstone member artists and COLOR: Paintings by Mary D. Ott. These two exhibitions explore color and pattern through a variety of media. For details about the openings, click here. Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Ave., NW.

Leica Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Suspect Device, Chris Suspect exhibits 20 black and white prints which, upon first glance, appear to be yet another DC Hardcore retrospective.  However, Suspect has captured scenes from the last four years— 2011-2015. For more information about the exhibition, click here. Leica Store Gallery DC is located at 977 F St., NW.

ReCreative Spaces – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

(Re)creation – An Artist’s Exploration is a group show built on the idea of recreation. Artists were invited to interpret the theme in any way they saw fit. Visitors are encouraged to explore this theme as they view the pieces. For details, click here. ReCreative Spaces is located at 1613 Rhode Island Ave., NE.

Saturday, March 7

CHAL – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join CHAL for the opening of Food for Thought juried by Bonny Wolf. Twenty-nine artists contributed work to this group exhibition with subjects ranging from vegetables to the artists’ concepts of the topic of food. For more information, click here. Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) is located at 545 Seventh St., SE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

Mess Hall Presents Pickled, Braised, And Brewed: The Art of Slow Food, This Sunday

Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.
Mess Hall logo courtesy of Mess Hall.

Nearby culinary incubator, Mess Hall, is a food community where DC-based food entrepreneurs come together to cook, share and collaborate. This Sunday, March 8,  from 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM, they will team up with New Belgium Brewing  for a pretty cool event called Pickled, Braised, and Brewed: The Art of Slow Food. From the event page:

Join New Belgium for an afternoon of slow food, slow ceramics, and craft beer.  We’re rolling out Slow Ride IPA (a session beer) and we’re sure to bring some other suds to the party.  We’re partnering with local chefs to give you a hands-on afternoon learning the art behind pickling, braised meats, ceramics, and our beer.

Come ready to taste delicious bites from the chefs of Gordy’s Pickle Jar and Mason Dixie Biscuit Co, while ogling the ceramics of Derek Thomas Hambly.

Ticket sales support our non-profit partner, CulturalDC, which serves to provide space and resources for emerging artists in the Washington, DC area.  Ready, Set, Go Slow-Mo…

Ticket Cost: $45 – Includes 2 beers (Slow Ride), one biscuit sandwich and slow meat tasting, and two chef demonstrations, including one hands-on session with a jar of pickles to take home.  (Ticket sales will be raising money for CulturalDC.)  Additional beers will be available for purchase.

with additional beer specials for ticket holders

For more information, and to purchase tickets, check out the event page here. Mess Hall is located at 703 Edgewood St. NE.