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Brookland Spring Celebration This Sunday – Music, Dance, Poetry And More

This Sunday April 26 there will be a spring celebration at  the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market (8th & Monroe St NE) from 3-6pm. The event promises an afternoon of music, dance, and poetry featuring:

  • Grammy-nominated singer Carolyn Malachi
  • International slam poetry champions DC Youth Slam Team
  • Rock/soul band The CooLots
  • Afro-Caribbean dance with Mesi Walton of Diaspora Dance

This event is free. For  more information, check out the flyer below.

brookland spring celebration dance place

Monroe Street Market Spring Events And Farmers Market Kick Off This Weekend

The “Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market” at Monroe Street Market launched last spring and steadily grew to become a weekend staple for many Brookland households by the time fall arrived. The market will kickoff again this Saturday April 18th. The operator of the market will again be Lydia’s Fields Farm, and don’t forget to checkout the opening  of the Filter/Bike Rack location. Here is a tweet and part of a press release that describes the events surrounding the opening of the farmers market:

Monroe Street Market will kick off its spring events schedule on Thursday, April 16 with the community’s  “Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk,” a monthly event featuring artist open houses and live performances.

In addition, highly-anticipated retailers The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, located in a joint retail space on the Arts Walk, will hold a grand opening celebration on Saturday, April 18 from 9am-1pm in conjunction with the first Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market of the 2015 season.

Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk

Thursday, April 16 6:00pm

Monroe Street Market kicks off its series of events on April 16 with Third Thursdays on the Arts Walk, where attendees can stroll along the Arts Walk, listen to music, watch live performances from Dance Place, visit artist studio spaces and support local artists. The Arts Walk features 27 studio spaces with artists who work in various mediums. The Third Thursday events will take place each month until December 17, 2015.

Live Performances on the Arts Walk

Every Thursday, from April 16 to September 24 6:30pm-7:45pm

Live music and performances will be held on the Arts Walk plaza each week, powered by Dance Place. Each evening will feature a new group – a mixture of neighborhood favorites, such as Sahel and new talent. Rain location is at Busboys and Poets. For more information, visit www.danceplace.org/performances

Interactive Dance Performances From Dance Place

Friday, April 17 6:30pm-8:45pm

As the Opening Celebration for the Free Art on 8th Event, the partners at Dance Place will present live interactive dance performances.  Friday night programming will continue on the Cornerstone Plaza in front of Busboys and Poets. Kicking off April 17 evening from 6:30 – 7pm, POP (People Objects Play) will have an interactive dance for all ages. From 7 – 7:30pm the Coyaba Dance Theater will showcase African dance and drum. Last, from 7:45 – 8:45pm the DC Casineros will feature Cuban Salsa.

Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Historic Brookland Farmer’s Market is back, featuring more than 16 vendors offering local produce, dairy, meat, artisan coffee, bread, baked goods and more. Listen to the live music and enjoy the family friendly entertainment and crafts.

 The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse Grand Opening

Saturday, April 18 9am-1pm

The Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will open a shared space on the Arts Walk, directly across from Brookland Pint. The Bike Rack’s second shop in the District will offer a wide variety of cycling needs including repairs, a diverse bicycle inventory, riding events, and active involvement in cycling advocacy. Filter Coffeehouse and Espresso Bar will create a unique atmosphere for bike enthusiasts and coffee lovers alike, providing a daily assortment of coffee, teas, and pastries.  From 9am – 1pm on April 18, The Bike Rack will offer free basic bike maintenance on the Arts Walk.

 While enjoying the grand opening of Bike Rack and Filter Coffeehouse, stop by Brookland Pint for brunch from 10am- 1pm and select a drink from 18 different beers that are infused with coffee. Enter for a chance to win a Fat Tire bike donated by New Belgium.

Please visit the Monroe Street Market website for more information on artists, events, and community offerings.

The Market runs on Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (rain or shine) on The Arts Walk at 716 Monroe St. NE. Keep up with the Farmer’s Market at their Facebook page and Twitter.

Dance Place Seeks Feedback In Development Of New Arts Park

Arts Park Design Image 1 by Rajan Sedelia
Drawing by Rajan Sedelia from Arts Park Community Meeting. Image courtesy of Dance Place.

Dance Place  is seeking to turn the  currently empty Kearny Street Alley between their building and the Brookland Artspace Lofts (3305 and 3225 8th Street, NE) into an artistic, playable green space. Some of the proposed ideas for the space on the Dance Place site thus far include:

interactive programming for all ages, including (but not limited to) games, music concerts, movie nights, community gardens, dance presentations, workshops and more.

To contribute your ideas for the Arts Park, take this survey. Also, Dance Place will be presenting their concept for the Arts Park at Wednesday’s ANC meeting and collecting feedback then. Sounds like a cool new asset for the community! The Grand Opening of the park is expected to be in September 2015.

Dance Place Grand Re-Opening Events

Dance Place has been an artistic anchor in our community for over 25 years. A couple of years ago, Dance Place President Carla Perlo told us about a major renovation plan for the Dance Place building and facilities.
Dance Place Rendering with Janney sculpture
Now, just a couple of  weeks shy of the Grand Re-Opening celebrations starting September 6, we connected with Carolyn Kamrath, Communications Director for Dance Place, to learn more about this big project, which is just one part of the Moving Forward Campaign. From the Dance Place website: “The Campaign has the following three aspects: expansion and renovation of the main facility, program enhancement and the establishment of a building and cash reserve to improve the financial underpinning of the organization that will sustain the spirit of creativity for the next thirty years.”
Why did Dance Place decide to undertake this project?
Dance Place moved to Brookland in 1986 and renovated a large warehouse into a theater and office spaces. Since then there have been no major renovations and the building has been well used and well loved for 28 years! After all that time, we were ready to elevate our building to the same high quality level as our programming and ensure that the building would be ready for another 30 years of audiences, artists, young people and neighbors.
Tell us about the re-model. Will the updated facilities allow you to do new/additional programs?
The entire building was re-done as part of the renovations! We made major upgrades to the theater in terms of technical capacity, an enclosed tech booth and new comfortable seating; the lobby was completely redesigned to be more open and includes a new Box Office and cafe/bar area; we doubled the size of our backstage dressing room and then added a new dance studio on the 2nd floor above the dressing room; and finally we expanded our office space on the 2nd floor. Already this summer we’ve been enjoying the added space for our summer camp, which includes 50 campers and 23 teenage Junior Staff members! We look forward to using the new studio this Fall for added classes, rehearsal space for artists, and as a green room for weekend performances so that dancers can warm up. And our tech team is thrilled to have more tools for showcasing weekend performances through enhanced lighting and sound equipment.
This project has been in the works for a number of years – how did it finally come together?
When Artspace Projects Inc. was looking for a site in DC to build their artist lofts, the DC Department of Housing and Community Development connected their team with Dance Place, suggesting Brookland as an ideal site. Originally the plan was to build one large campus across our two properties that would encompass Dance Place’s theater and studios, as well as having live/work units above for artists. Upon further research it was not possible to build across the alley way between our two buildings, so we split the projects into two distinct phases: Artspace developed their Lofts with support from Dance Place in rallying the community and connecting them to DC artists; and now Dance Place completed our own renovations, making a more unified campus between our two organizations. Dance Place is grateful to the many foundations, corporations, government entities and individual donors who have supported our Moving Forward Capital Campaign and made our renovations a reality! Thanks to our supporters, we have raised $3.7 of our $5 million goal. We are continuing to raise funds to complete construction costs, enhance programming and increase building/operational reserves. To make a contribution to the Moving Forward Campaign, visit danceplace.org/donate
How can neighbors support this community asset?
Join us! From our free Art on 8th programming on the Monroe St. Market Arts Walk to our classes and performances, you can be a part of the Dance Place family. As Brookland grows and new neighbors move in, we hope long time residents will be the first to recommend Dance Place to new residents. We appreciate our neighbors serving as connectors and advocates for us – if you have suggestions for partnerships, funding opportunities or programming ideas, please always feel free to discuss with a Dance Place staff member.
What are the best ways for the community to keep track of Dance Place events?
Keep track of Dance Place by:
  • Signing up for our email list at danceplace.org
  • Grabbing our monthly events postcard in the Dance Place lobby
  • Connecting to us on social media: Facebook.com/danceplacedc and Twitter.com/danceplace

 

Here is a line-up of the events that take place during the Grand Re-Opening Celebration Week:

September 6 – 13, 2014

Join us to celebrate the new and improved Dance Place!


Be In Brookland / Community Open House
Saturday, September 6 from 10am – 10pm

Free classes, performances and tours throughout the day at locations up and down 8th St NE in Brookland – Dance Place, Brookland Artspace Lofts, Edgewood Arts Center, Studio 21 and the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market! End the night with an energetic dance party at Dance Place led by DC Casineros. Visit danceplace.org for event schedule.

Tickets: Free classes and outdoor activities. $15 Cuban Dance Social.

 

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony

Wednesday, September 10 from 4pm – 6pm

Join us as we officially inaugurate our renovated space and celebrate 28 years as a cultural anchor in Brookland.

 

Gala Celebration & Performance

Saturday, September 13 from 6:30pm – 11pm

Celebrate our re-opening with a party and performance that highlights our diverse programming and beautifully renovated space. Featuring Baakari Wilder with live jazz by Herb Spice & the Cinnamonstix, Coyaba Women & Youth Drum Ensemble, PEARSONWIDRIG DANCETHEATER and a collaborative piece choreographed by Shannon Quinn and Sylvia Soumah for ReVision dance company and Coyaba Dance Theater. Plus a new commissioned work choreographed by Dance Place’s Co-Director Deborah Riley in honor of Howard and Geraldine Polinger.

Tickets $150 ($125 tax deductible donation)
Individual Sponsorships $400 ($300 tax deductible donation)

Dance Place’s Art On Eighth Continues With Free Events All Summer

Just a reminder that Dance Place’s Art on Eighth program has been bringing tons of free cultural events to the neighborhood, from dance, to live music and visual arts to kids activities. These events will take place on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 2014! Here is a rundown of July events from the Dance Place website:

  • July 3 – August 2 (Thurs and Fri: 6-8pm, Sat: 10am-3pm): Abstract Paintings from Recycled Materials by George Beard at Studio 21. Gallery Opening and reception on July 3 at 6pm.
  •  Thursday July 3 at 6:30pm: Taiko Drumming with Mark Rooney – traditional Japanese drumming (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday July 4 at 6:30pm: No Performance (Independence Day)
  • Saturday July 5 at 12:30pm: No Workshop (Independence Day Weekend)
  • Thursday July 10 at 6:30pm: Duende Quartet – Smooth Latin Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday July 11 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros – Cuban Salsa (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday July 12 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)
  •  Thursday July 17 at 6:30pm: Polvo & Scree – Jazz & Latin Stylings (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday July 18 at 6:30pm: Freddie Dunn Jr., Carla Perlo and Delante White – Live Jazz, POP and Hoop Jam (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday July 19 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)
  •  Thursday July 24 at 6:30pm: Vibe Collective – Afro-Cuban Jazz Improv (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday July 25 at 6:30pm: Coyaba Dance Theater – African Dance (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday July 26 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)

 Art on 8th events continue rain or shine. Rain location: Studio 21 unless otherwise noted.

Check out the Art on Eighth event page for more details and upcoming events. The organizers produced a fun video highlighting 2013 events. We think this is a very inspiring film and it gives us a great idea about what “Art on 8th” is all about.

Speakeasy DC This Weekend At Dance Place

Speakeasy DC Performers and Director at Dance Place 2013
Speakeasy DC Performers and Director at Dance Place 2013

If you haven’t attended a Speakeasy DC performance, you should try to get a ticket for this weekends performances at Dance Place. There will be one show this evening, and 2 shows tomorrow night.

We had the pleasure of seeing a performance about 2 years ago and it was so funny, personnel, touching and entertaining. Well worth it.

Here is a description on the Speakeasy DC website about what to expect from this years production:

 

SpeakeasyDC is fulfilling the dream many of us who grew up watching The Price is Right have had—being on Contestant’s Row in its fourth run of this totally original spoof on the classic CBS game show. There are three performances at Dance Place (in the Brookland neighborhood of NE, DC) that feature an interactive parody of the game show with a storytelling twist. Volunteers from the crowd are invited to “come on down” to the TPIR look-alike set. The evening includes six different games such as Cliffhanger, in which the contestant will be asked to guess the correct ending of a story just performed, and Pick a Number, where contestants must keep track of every number you mention in your story and guess the correct final total. The evening will be hosted by “Rob Parker” (Kevin Boggs, storyteller and actor) and announcer Rod Roddy, with help from Rob’s Randies. All in attendance are encouraged to drop their names in a hat to be chosen to participate and win an array of coveted prizes and shout out their guesses for every game.

 “Story Showdown is easily our most fun event,” says SEDC Director Amy Saidman. “The interactive nature of the event allows our audience to get involved and let loose. And Dance Place build us the most amazing set!”

 

Below is a video of a performance from 2012. Watch Mike Kane tell you the story of Darth Vader, his children, and his mission to be an awesome dad. The show is for mature audiences only. Tickets are $20 General Admission ($15 General Admission on Saturday at 9:30pm only), $18 Dance Place Members, Seniors, Artists, Teachers (Advance Sales only)* and $12 College Students. Buy your tickets hereDance Place is located at 3225 8th St NE.

Dance Place’s ‘Art On Eighth’ Returns With Free Events For All!

Last summer, Dance Place’s Art on Eighth’s program brought tons of free cultural events to the neighborhood, from dance, to live music and visual arts to kids activities. We are happy to let you know that Art on Eighth has returned with events on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through October 2014! Here is a rundown of April and May events:

  • April 26 at 12:30pm: Arts and Crafts with Andrea Petty-Brown and Carla Perlo at Studio 21
  • April 27 4:00-7:00pm: Spring Arts Festival: Dance, poetry and music from around the world
  • May 1 – 31 (Thurs and Fri: 6:00-8:00pm, Sat: 12:00-4:00pm): Photography by Bob Klein at Studio 21. Gallery Opening and reception on May 1 at 6pm.
  • Thursday May 1 at 6:30pm: The Cello Street Quartet – Classical-Pop Fusion with guest vocalist (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday May 2 at 6:30pm: DC Casineros – Cuban Salsa (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday May 3 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)
  • Thursday May 8 at 6:30pm: Duende Quartet – Smooth Latin Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday May 9 at 6:30pm: Dance With Us – Social Dance with Carla Perlo and Friends (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday May 10 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)
  • Thursday May 15 at 6:30pm: Polvo & Scree – Live Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday May 16 at 6:30pm: Freddie Dunn Jr., Carla Perlo and Delante White – Live Jazz, POP and Hoop Jam (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Saturday May 17 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)
  • Thursday May 22 at 6:30pm: Freddie Dunn Quartet – Live Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday May 23: No Performance – Memorial Day Weekend
  • Saturday May 24: No Workshop – Memorial Day Weekend
  • Thursday May 29 at 6:30pm: Vibe Collective – Afro-Cuban Improv Jazz (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)
  • Friday May 30 at 6:30pm: Coyaba Dance Theater – African Dance (Arts Plaza at Monroe St. Market)Saturday May 31 at 12:30pm: BE CREATIVE – Arts and Crafts with Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown (Studio 21 on the Arts Walk)

Check out the Art on Eighth event page for more details and upcoming events. The organizers produced a fun video highlighting 2013 events. We think this is a very inspiring film and it gives us a great idea about what “Art on 8th” is all about.

Brookland Beautification Small Grant Program Back On – Got Ideas? Apply!

Brookland Beautification Grand Program logo courtesy of Dance Place.
Brookland Beautification Grand Program logo courtesy of Dance Place.
In October we were excited to learn about a program to provide grants to pay for art and landscaping projects on 12th and Monroe Streets NE right here in Brookland. But then the program was put on hold. We are pleased to report that the program is back on track. From the Dance Place website:

The Brookland Beautification Small Grant Program will support the commissioning of imaginative and original beautification projects along the 12th Street NE commercial corridor and Monroe Street, NE.  The program is funded by the DC Office of Planning (OP) and managed by Dance Place.  Small grants ranging from $750 – $5,000 will be awarded to successful applicants. All projects must be created and installed between March 15, 2014 and August 31, 2014. Any individuals or organizations with a great idea can apply including artists, landscapers, gardeners, designers, property owners, businesses, and youth and civic organizations.

The purpose of the Brookland Beautification Small Grant Program is to make available opportunities for individuals and organizations, within the greater Brookland community, to provide visually creative beautification projects.  These projects will be focused along the 12th Street NE commercial corridor, Monroe Street NE, and other significant open/public spaces in the immediate vicinity as set forth in the Brookland/CUA Metro Station Small Area Plan. 

The small grant program will empower local residents and stakeholders to create and implement neighborhood beautification projects that are innovative and sustainable.  Project themes may include but are not limited to public art, branding, way finding, place-making, connectivity, and temporiums.  The project deliverables may be in the form of art installations, plantings, murals, window treatments, pop-up uses/activation or other creative and visual forms of expression. 

The deadline to submit an application is January 24th. For more information and to apply, check out the Dance Place Small Grant Program page here.

Iraqi Step Team Brings “Hip Hop Diplomancy” To Our Neighborhood – Free Event!

First Step Crew from Iraq. Photo courtey of Dance Place.
First Step Crew from Iraq. Photo courtey of Dance Place.

Well this is an exciting event! Here is your chance to mix, mingle and share info with Iraqi youth, all in our own backyard! From The Dance Place Website:

First Step Crew from Iraq

First Step Crew from Iraq and Urban Artistry from Washington, DC
Presented by American Voices and Dance Place
Saturday, October 19 6:30-10:00pm
At the Edgewood Arts Building (3415 8th Street NE)
FREE

Hip-Hop diplomacy comes to the United States this October as six members of the First Step Crew, comprised of dancers and rappers from Baghdad, Basra, Erbil and Suleimaniya. The First Step Crew, from Iraq, will be collaborating with local hip hop groups in New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and Detroit as part of their US tour.

Join these young dancers and rappers as they express their hopes and desires for a better world and a better Iraq through Hip Hop.

6:30-7:30pm: Artist Dialogue with First Step Crew and Urban Artistry – What is it like to be an artist in the US and in Iraq?

8:00-9:00pm: Informal performance featuring First Step Crew, Urban Artistry and DC-based rapper Lewis Ford

9:00-10:00pm: Open Cypher – get out on the floor with the dancers!

RSVP to rsvp(at)danceplace(dot)org or 202-269-1600