San Antonio Bar And Grill Seeks Outdoor Seating Permit

San Antonio PatioBack in February, we spoke to the management at San Antonio Bar and Grill about their plans to request outdoor seating in front of the restaurant. Now they are moving forward with their application for a 644 square foot, 10 table, unenclosed seating area in front of the restaurant with 4 umbrellas. They are asking to have the seating option from 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, every day.

Neighbors have until August 27th,  when there will be a hearing, to weigh in on application. To provide comments to the Public Space Permit Office, you can do the following:

  • Call (202) 535-2699 between 8:30 am – 4:30 pm Mon-Fri
  • Email Matthew(dot)Marcou(at) DC(dot)Gov
  • Write to Public Space Management Administration, DDOT, 1100 4th Street SW, Washington DC 20024
  • Fax (202) 535-2221, attn: Public Space Committee Coordinator

San Antonio Bar & Grill is located at 3908 12th St NE.

Brookland Outdoor Movie Night Saturday, Showing Shrek

Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group
Photo courtesy of the Menkiti Group

One of Brookland’s  favorite summer events, movie nights under the stars, returns Saturday with a showing of Shrek. Show up around sun-down to claim your spot, and the movie will begin around 8 PM. Bringing blankets or lawn chairs, snacks, bug spray and flashlights is always a good idea.

Many thanks to the Menkiti Group for bringing this event to the community for a third summer. The film will be shown at the field at John Burroughs Educational Campus is located at 1820 Monroe Street, NE.

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 summer. This month’s event will take place on Thursday August 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm and will feature live music, open studios and a beer garden. Sounds like fun!

The Arts Walk is located at 716 Monroe Street NE.

DCTV Community Day Festival – Kids Games, Live Music, Food And More

One of Brookland’s neighborhood gems is the Public Access Corporation of DC (DCTV). DCTV is a membership-based, non-profit, public access television network which gives DC residents the opportunity to produce and broadcast their own cable tv shows. DCTV is hosting its annual Community Day Festival on August 22nd from 1:00pm – 6:00pm , and will be a free and open to the public event. From an email:

DCTV’s Community Day Festival is back! Our FREE outdoor celebration of everything D.C. with live music, local eats, and family fun is coming to you on Saturday, August 22 from 1 to 6pm! Join us for performances by Black Alley, violinist Chelsey Green, reggae band Stryker’s Posse, DJ Marc Nfinit and loads more. We’ll have games for kids, giveaways for adults and some fun surprises for everyone. Hosted by WPGC’s Guy Lambert, this year’s Community Day Festival is sure to get you in the groove. Grab your lawn chairs, bring your blankets and come together to #celebrateDC as one big neighborhood! Our historic Brooks Mansion campus is located right off of the Brookland/CUA red line metro. Just follow the music!

Check out the flyer below and the Eventbrite page for more info. DCTV is located at 901 Newton Street, NE.

DCTV 2015

Monroe Street Market’s Arts Walk Welcomes Three New Artists

Arts Walk Event At Night
Arts Walk Event At Night

We recently learned from a press release that three new artists, Rachel Pfeffer, Brian Dailey, and the Byzantine Center for Material Arts will be moving into the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market. Welcome to the neighborhood! From the press release:

Rachel Pfeffer (Studio 13)

Rachel Pfeffer is a Massachusetts native and current DC resident who has been making jewelry since 2009. After graduating from Brandeis University, she worked at the Boston Museum of Science, during which she started making and selling jewelry in her living room. She now designs and creates unique hand-made jewelry for her own line, Rachel Pfeffer Designs. People may recognize her work from when it was sold at Urban Outfitters, or when Beyoncé wore her necklace last summer. Rachel’s jewelry appeals to all tastes, whether you are in the market for a chunky amethyst geode ring, or a tiny bicycle tie tack. She also creates custom design pieces by appointment.

Brian Dailey (Studio 10)

Brian Dailey is a visual artist with work spread across a variety of mediums including photography, film, installations, and painting. Throughout his life, Dailey has had pivotal experiences with art and, contrastingly, arms control, space policy, intelligence systems, and international security. These unique experiences have served as his artistic inspiration. While much of his work is photo based, he does not call himself a photographer in the conventional sense. He utilizes the medium as a tool to realize his creative vision and produce inventive compositions that engage with the social, political, and cultural issues of our times.

Byzantine Center for Material Arts (Studio 7)

The Center for Byzantine Material Arts is a non-profit organization devoted to teaching the techniques and history of the material ecclesiastical arts that have been cultivated in the Byzantine world and its religious and cultural commonwealth (e.g., Greece, Russia, the Balkans, the south of Italy, Georgia). The program offers intensive and private courses throughout the year on icon painting, special week-long classes from highly qualified visiting artisans, lectures from scholars, seminars relating to worship, icons, and architecture, and a Gallery of icons for sale in various mediums from local iconographers. You can visit the shop to purchase or order icons, painting supplies, and more.

The Arts Walk is made up of 27 artist studio spaces and hosts weekly events in the spring, summer, and fall including the Historic Brookland Farmers Market, Arts on 8th, and Third Thursdays.

ArtJamz Offers Up Brookland Kids Class: Summer Fun

Brookland Street Art NE Washington DCArtjamz, located on the Arts Walk, is a really cool concept- it’s an open art studio complete with all supplies, where anyone can drop in and create art and classes are offered. We thought Brookland parents would be interested in this class for kids, coming up on Sunday, August 16, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM. From the event page:

Let your kids reminisce this summer by painting their favorite activities. Whether it’s playing with their friends, going to camp, swimming at the pool, visiting new cities, or eating ice cream, our art-trained instructors will be sure to help them draw up the perfect picture to represent this vacation.


  • 2 hours of guided instruction

  • One 8 x10 mini or 12 x 16 small stretched canvas

  • Easel and smock rental

  • Access to non-toxic water-based acrylic paints, paint brushes, palettes, sponges, markers, pens, pencils, pastels and other cool “weapons of mass creativity”

  • Great music and a jamming good time

There are also classes for adults, check out the full class schedule here. ArtJamz Brookland Studio, is located at 716 Monroe St NE.

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Summer Swimming 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. Editor’s Note: This is the last Round Up until September 3.  

Weekend East City Event Round Up: Summer Swimming Edition

Thursday, August 13

Anacostia Community Museum – 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

ACM’s award winning photographer, Susana Raab, discusses her research documenting east of the river communities and how those communities have changed over time. For more details, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place SE.

Friday, August 14

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities will exhibit works by recipients of the Fiscal Year 2016 Artist Fellowship Grant.  200 I Street gallery photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art
The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities will exhibit works by recipients of the Fiscal Year 2016 Artist Fellowship Grant. 200 I Street gallery photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art

I Street Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities’ Fiscal Year 2016 Artist Fellowship Program exhibition will presents a broad scope of dynamic works from the grantees. Many of the works are available to purchase. For more information, click here. I Street Galleries is located at 200 I St. SE.

Saturday, August 15

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

The Figure as Metaphor is an exhibition featuring sculptors Adam Bradley and Sarah Wegner. The work presented highlights both individual and collaborative pieces from the artists. For details, click here. Arts/Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Rd., Fort Washington, MD.

Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool – 5 p.m.

Join WPA for SynchroSwim 2015, a synchronized swimming performance art competition. Participants are not the typical synchronized swimmers, however, they bring creativity and enthusiasm! For more information, click here. Capitol Skyline Hotel Pool, 10 I (eye) Street SW.

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.