Luminarias At The Franciscan Monastery – Now Through Sunday

We attended the Pope Francis Arrival Watch Party at the Franciscan Monastery Tuesday, which was capped off by the blessing and lighting more than 700 luminaria candles. The candles, placed along the monastery’s arched portico, will remain lit throughout the the Pope’s trip to the  United States, which ends on Sunday, Sept. 27. We stopped by the Monastery again later that evening and took the pictures below. It is really worth a visit, for a moment of quiet reflection in the evening. The Franciscan Monastery is located at 1400 Quincy Street, NE.

Serendipity Brings Live Jazz To Brookland Wednesdays – Sundays

Back in March we wrote about Serendipity, a new jazz-focused coffeehouse that opened at the corner of 12th and Kearny Streets, NE. We decided to grab some friends and check it out. The music was really high quality, especially considering there is no cover charge. We enjoyed a number of the specialty cocktails, including one called the Brookland Heartbeet that features an earthy beet-infused vodka. The menu ranges from snacks and appetizers like chicken wings to sandwiches and burgers, as well as entrees like fried catfish. Everyone enjoyed their meal and it was reasonably priced. We will definitely be back. Check out our photos below, and their Facebook page for more info and to learn about upcoming special events. Serendipity is open seven days a week and the live jazz is Wednesday – Sundays from 7:30 – 11:00 pm.

Outdoor Movie Night At The Arts Walk Friday, Showing Rio

This Friday the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market invites neighbors to enjoy their “Dinner and a Movie” event. Participating restaurants Halsa, Brookland Pint and Potbelly will feature special promotions and a free outdoor movie, Rio, will be shown beginning at dusk. Moviegoers are encouraged to bring their own lawn chair. All guests will receive a free bag of popcorn provided by Monroe Street Market. Check out the Tweet below for more info.

Pope-Related Brookland Area Events And Info

You would pretty much have to be living under a rock to not know that Pope Francis will be passing through our neighborhood this Wednesday. For those interested, click here for a nice story in the Washington Post about Brookland’s deep Catholic roots. Here is some info we thought readers could use. For detailed official information about his visit go here.

Brookland Pint Beer Line Up

Brookland Pint Pope

From their website:

Being that Brookland Pint is just two blocks from the Basilica, where the Pope will hold mass on Sept. 23rd, we will be serving a host of religious themed beers in his honor.

The beer list will be available all week and includes religious themed beers (including Franklin’s Brew Pub – No Pope Til Brookland!) and beers brewed by Monks. Check out more information on the event page. Brookland Pint is located at 716 Monroe Street, NE.

 The Franciscan Monastery Pope Arrival Watch Party

Monastery PopeTuesday, Sept. 22, 3-7 p.m. Everyone is welcome.  Activities will include:

– Live-streaming Pope Francis’ 4 p.m. arrival on large screen TV and a giant projection wall
– Blessing and lighting more than 700 luminaria candles for Pope Francis. Placed along the monastery’s arched portico, they will be lit throughout the afternoon and blessed at 6 p.m. The 700 candles will remain lit throughout the Pope’s trip to the  United States.
– An exhibit and reflection on Blessed Junipero Serra, the Franciscan
friar whose canonization Mass Pope Francis will celebrate on Sept. 23
– Veneration of a Serra relic
– Prayer
– Food trucks
– Pope Francis cut-out for photos

Check out more information here. The Franciscan Monastery is located at1400 Quincy Street, NE

What Is Closed?

Check out the Mayor’s office for tips, links and details such as  road closures and service interruptions. Also, here is a video from WMATA that talks about getting around during the Pope’s visit, with a number of shots from the Brookland Metro.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Examining our Biases 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: Examining our Biases Edition

Friday, September 18

Carroll Square Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

HEMPHILL at Carroll Square Gallery presents this is light. Tommy Bobo, Lisa Dillin, Pamela Gwaltney, and Esther Ruiz create works using video, neon, and LEDs to challenge the perceptions of light. For details, click here. Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F St. NW.

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

Honfleur Gallery presents How We Lost DC, an exhibition by artist collective Delusions of Grandeur. Chromatic Canyon at Vivid Solutions Gallery features the installations of Elisa Berry. For more information, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

Loosie Law by Justyne Fischer. Courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery
Loosie Law by Justyne Fischer. Courtesy of Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery

THEARC – 6:30 p.m.

Ward 8 Arts & Cultural Council presents “Kill the Messenger”. The

film profiles the work of Gary Webb, a journalist who alleged CIA involvement in drug trafficking. For details, click here. THEARC is located at 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

IMPLICIT BIAS Seeing the Other: Seeing Our Self features the politically and socially focused works of the region’s most prominent artists. For more information, click here. The Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U St. NW.

Saturday, September 19

Hyattsville Arts Festival – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visit the Eighth Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival to see over 70 exhibiting artists. Participants can enjoy live entertainment, local food, and a variety of arts and crafts. For more information, click here. The closest street address is 5331 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Hamiltonian – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

new. now. debuts the works of the five new 2015 Hamiltonian Fellows. The artists will hold informal talks about their work throughout the evening. For details, click here. Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U St. NW.

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Rhode Island Ave NE Welcomes Two New Businesses Saturday

Here’s some news about new businesses via an email and Tweet from our good friends at Rhode Island Avenue NE Main Street:

Please join us on Saturday, September 19th at 9:30 a.m. as we welcome the newest businesses to the RIA Main Street community: Kids @ Play, and Manny & Olga’s Pizza

We’ve waited a long time for both – now the wait is over!Kids @ Play brings a great indoor community play area to the neighborhood. With activities like an indoor bounce room, climbing wall, tea party room, and educational activities, there’s a whole new reason to make RIA Main Street the destination for your entire family.

Kids @ Play Ribbon Cutting
2312 Rhode Island Ave NE
9:30 a.m.

Manny & Olga’s means delicious pizza, wings, subs, salads, and more! The RIA Main Street location of this popular local favorite will be one of the first in the District to have seating, both indoor and outdoor!

Manny & Olga’s Ribbon Cutting
2117 Rhode Island Ave NE
10:30 a.m.

Brookland’s Monastery Hosts Spaghetti Dinner Friday

Franciscan Monastery Brookland NE Washington DC
Brookland’s Franciscan Monastery. Photo courtesy of RANdom Walkway Tumblr.

The spaghetti dinners at the Franciscan Monastery are always a popular neighborhood event. The next one is coming upon Friday September 18 from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. From the event page:

Pasta dinner will be held on Friday, September 18 at St. Francis Hall. Doors will open at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m. Cost of dinner is $8 per person in advance and $10 at the door. Attendees have the opportunity to win a door prize and can enter in a raffle to win $100. Tickets can be purchased online, at the door, at any weekend Masses and in the Gift Shop.

The dinner will be at St. Francis Hall, located at 1340 Quincy Street Northeast.

Third Thursday At The Arts Walk – Open Studios, Live Music, Beer Garden

Third Thursday at the studios at the Monroe Street Market Arts Walk is a great time to get out into the neighborhood and enjoy the outdoors. This month’s event will take place on Thursday September 17th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will feature live music, open studios and a beer garden.