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.
We thought this was an interesting little nugget…the first Catholic U football game was played on November 30, 1905. It was an informal game between students and a team from Brookland, which resulted in a tie. More tidbits of CUA history in this article from the CUA Tower.
When I talk to people about the Catholic University development, the topic of retail and restaurants always comes to the forefront of the conversation. But there is more than that in store for our neighborhood. One development that most people are unaware of is my favorite. It’s call the Arts Flex building and it will house approximately 3,000 square feet of open, flexible interior space for performances, community meeting space, and exhibits. There will also be a small catering kitchen and an exterior plaza. We were told at a meeting with a representative from one of the CUA developers, Abdo, that the Arts Flex building will be delivered by summer 2013. As someone who attends a lot of community meetings, I can attest that it is always difficult to find meeting space, so this is definitely welcome. Also, having a vibrant art-filled location will add value and quality of life to our neighborhood. I view it as yet another cornerstone of the arts district our neighborhood is turning into. Here is a rendering of where the Arts Flex will be located:
One of the great things about this location is that it is such a turn-around from what has been at this locations for years – nothing – but random garbage like discarded tires. Here are some renderings of the Arts Flex building. The rendering below is how the building will look when you are standing on Monroe and 8th St. NE looking east towards the bridge that goes over the Metro tracks.
The rendering below shows how the building will look with your back to the Metro tracks, looking west at the Arts Flex.
I checked in on the progress being made on this development the other day – here are some pics. Check back for updates on the Arts Flex as the months go by!
Catholic University is hosting a debate today featuring four candidates for the At-Large Council member position in the upcoming election. We think it is great that our neck of the woods was selected for such an important and well-sponsored event! Kudos to The Ward 5 Heartbeat, The DC League of Women Voters and CUA!
Those of you with little ghosts and goblins might be interested in the following Brookland area events for kids:
Catholic University’s Annual “Halloween on Campus” on Thursday, October 25th 6 – 8 pm at Curley Court, on Catholic University’s Campus. CUA invites Brookland community families to join them for a fun Halloween night! Kids can enjoy a wide variety of treats, crafts, and activities including trick or treating. The event is run by CUA student volunteers, who make the night a safe and enjoyable evening for community guests. The event is FREE! To register for the event please go to the CUA service website.
Brookland Kids Halloween Parade on Sunday October 28th at Turkey Thicket Recreation Center, 1100 Michigan Ave NE, beginning at 3:00 pm
Halloween “Astro Treats” If the weather is clear on Halloween, Wednesday October 31st, long-time Brooklander Guy Brandenburg will set up one of his home-made telescopes on the 1300 block of Randolph so all the little princesses, fairies, goblins, ghouls and ghosts (and their parents) can look at some spooky, out-of-this-world marvels.