The outdoor movies series in Brookland sponsored by the Menkiti Group continues this Thursday, July 21st with a showing of Star Wars. The movie will be shown at the DCTV campus at Brooks Mansion (901 Newton St NE). The movie will begin at 8:30 pm and don’t forget your blankets or lawn chairs, any snacks or picnic items, some bug spray and flashlights. Check out the tweet below for more info.
Brookland Movie Night is Back! Come One, Come All! Enjoy Complimentary Popcorn, Glow Sticks & Light Sabers!! pic.twitter.com/8EOMSQlPOs
We thought crab-loving neighbors would be interested in this event at Brookland Pint coming up on Saturday, July 16th from 12:00 PM to 9:30 PM. From the event page:
We will be opening our patio all day for an amazing event filled with great local craft beer and locally sourced Maryland Blue Crab! $55 gets you all the crab that you can eat in a 2 1/2-hour window, and a 3 Stars tallboy can! The details:
Crab: The star of the show will all be medium and large Maryland Blue Crab. To guarantee that you have the freshest crab possible, we will be steaming them in front of you continuously throughout your session! All crab will be prepared with Old Bay (duh!) and served with corn, potato chips, and butter. We will start each session with a bushel of crab per table and continuously replenish throughout your stay.
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 Galleryshows.
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.
One of the worst kept secrets about the retail space at Monroe Street Market in recent months has been an anticipated Starbucks Cafe. Now it appears that plans are moving forward for the location with the application under the Trade Name Starbucks Coffee for a Class D (beer and wine) license. According to the ABRA notice, the application is for “A coffee shop that offers breakfast all day, along with savory small plates, and desserts paired with wine and beer selections. Sidewalk Cafe with a Total Occupancy Load of 30 seats”. Unless there are protests it looks like the license would be granted by late August. However, we popped over to the location yesterday and it looks like the store build out has not begun yet.
Frankly, with the coffee counter in Busboys and Poets, the Starbucks within Barnes and Noble (both across the street) and the Filter coffee shop less than two blocks away, we find the move a bit of a head-scratcher. But, I don’t doubt it will be a popular destination nonetheless. We will keep an eye out for any progress, like an opening date.
The location of the future Starbucks is 655 Michigan Avenue, N.E, which is the ground-level retail space at the rounded end of the Portland Flats building (across from Busboys and Poets.)
Many ourdoorsy Brooklanders are eagerly awaiting the opening of the NoMa REI store at First and L Streets NE. The store, which will occupy the location of the former Uline Arena, is hosting a series of events to get folks excited about the outdoors – like campfires, outdoor movies, and classes related to hiking, backpacking and kayaking. Check out the 100 Days Of Outdoor Recess REI website here for more details. Some activities are free and some have a fee. Check out the Uline development project here.
We were happy to see that we will be getting a new Vietnamese restaurant soon! The new restaurant, Pho 12, will be 3740 12th Street NE, in the location where the now closed B’Cafe used to be. We spoke with a worker at the location who said that the restaurant will be open in about a month or so. We will keep an eye out and let you know when we see any signs of an opening.
Permits on the windows also indicate that the 9 unit former hotel on the second and third floor above are being refurbished. It would be great to have hotel in the neighborhood. We will let you know when we know for sure whether it will re-open as hotel or as something else. Also, from a sign on the other storefront, a beauty shop/nail salon called Perfect Nails will open this month.
We hope you are all having a fantastic and safe 4th of July! Here are some photos of American flags from around the neighborhood. Way to show your patriotism, Brookland! (You need flash to see the photos, if you cannot see them, click here to open the folder on Flikr.)
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.
We thought readers would be interested in this fun event happening this Sunday, June 26 from 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM. If you haven’t had the chance to check out Bartered Threads thrift boutique, now is a great time! This event includes brunch, wine, and pillow painting for a cost of $30. Check out more information at the event page and the Tweet below.
All out of Date Night ideas? Sunday’s boring? If so, come to Pretty Paint-N-Pillow Talk. Register on Eventbrite now! pic.twitter.com/1Dn4Rm3T8k