Hanukkah Lights Reading with NPR’s Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz

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Susan Stamberg and Murray Horwitz bring their immensely popular NPR holiday broadcast to life with readings of specially commissioned stories.

Nationally renowned and beloved, Susan Stamberg is an NPR “founding mother,” having been on the staff since the network was founded in 1971. She currently serves as a Special Correspondent. For many years, Murray Horwitz was NPR’s Vice President of Cultural Programming. Prior to that, he was NPR’s Director of Jazz, Classical Music and Entertainment Programming.

Visit the Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, from 7:00pm til 9:00pm, Thursday December 18.
The program is free.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Artists Have the Best Holiday Parties Edition

"Atmospheric Study by Tamora Ilasat. Image courtesy of the artist."

“Atmospheric Study by Tamora Ilasat. Image courtesy of the artist.”

Thursday, December 11

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The latest installment of the Lobby Project brings artist JD Deardourff’s B and E to DC. Deardourff’s collages and screen prints mimic the comic book influences of his work. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st Street NE

 

Friday, December 12

Carroll Square Gallery – 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Hemphill Fine Arts announces a showing of artwork by Tracy’s Kids Art Therapy Program. This program engages young cancer patients, their sibling, and parents in the creative process to reflect on and express their feelings about their treatment experiences. For more details about the exhibition, click here.

Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F Street NW

 

Studio 22 – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Celebrate the opening of the newest studio space on the Brookland Arts Walk, Studio 22. Artists Tamora Ilasat and Karen Van Allen will display their works for visitors to view while enjoying food and refreshments. For more information, click here.

Studio 22 is on the ARTS WALK at 716 Monroe Street NE

 

Gateway CDC  – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Gateway CDC for a meeting to discuss changes to the organization as former Executive Director Carole Benard has resigned. For details about the meeting and agenda, click here.

The meeting will be held at Washington Glass Studios located at 3700 Otis Street, Mt. Rainier

 

Saturday, December 13

HEMPHILL – 10 a.m.

HEMPHILL hosts a panel and talk exploring the significance of Alma Thomas contributions in the field of fine art. The panel includes contemporary artists and scholars who have been influenced by Thomas. For more information, click here.

HEMPHILL is located at 1515 14th Street NW

 

CHAW – 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

CHAW hosts the Annual Winter Performance & Arts Showcase. This event has something for everyone including performances, art to purchase, and a gingerbread house-making fundraiser. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE

 

Mount Rainier – 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Washington Glass School, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Red Dirt Studios, Ellyn Weiss, and Artbar open their doors to the public for the holidays. For details and locations, click here.

 

Transformer – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Oil, Then Acrylic by Jameson Magrogan examines the perceived hierarchy of mediums. Magrogan plays with the idea of the point when a painting becomes a sculpture in his first solo exhibition. For more information, click here.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street NW

 

artdc Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Density at artdc Gallery presents the works of twelve Washington-area photographers. The works in this exhibition span a variety of techniques from gelatin prints to large-scale digital prints. For details about the artists and exhibition, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville

 

Open Studio dc – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Join Open Studio dc to celebrate the opening of their new location in Ivy City. Visitors can enjoy food, drink, and live music as they view printing demonstrations and artwork for sale. For details, click here.

The new space is located at 1135 Okie Street NE in Ivy City

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Who Need Miami Edition

"David Molesky explores the future of humanity's evolution in RIOT. Image courtesy The Fridge."

“David Molesky explores the future of humanity’s evolution in RIOT. Image courtesy The Fridge.”

 

Thursday, December 4

Studio 21 – 6 p.m.

Domeworks 2014 displays the art of Ryan Martinez and Jeremiah Tittle. The exhibit portrays Martinez’s works as they shift between abstract and representational while discussing Tittle’s commentary on the effects of technology in our society. For details, click here.

Studio 21 is located on the Arts Walk at Monroe St. Market, 716 Monroe Street NE.

 

Long View Gallery – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artist Michelle Peterson-Albandoz uses the influences from her childhood growing up in the Connecticut forests and the Puerto Rican rainforests to create a narrative about the connection between humans and nature. For more information, click here.

Long View Gallery is located at 1234 Ninth Street NW

 

Friday, December 5

Touchstone Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join Touchstone Gallery for the opening of three new exhibitions as follows: Plane Watchers, a series of photographs depicting the demise of Soviet dacha culture in Tallinn by Estonian photographer Annika Haas; Observations by Paula Lantz; and an all-media holiday exhibit featuring the works of 45 Touchstone members. For more information, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue NW

 

CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Artist Clay Hollenkamp will teach participants how to stencil and paint on clay tiles using the frisket technique. All materials and refreshments will be provided. For more information about the workshop, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street SE

 

ReCreate Spaces – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ReCreate Spaces celebrates the opening of their second location. Guests will preview the gallery show and enjoy performances by DC Youth Slam Team. For details about how to get a ticket, click here.

The new space is located at 1613 Rhode Island Avenue, NE

 

Saturday, December 6

DC GlassWorks – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Visitors are invited to the DC GlassWorks Studio Artist Holiday Sale. View glassblowing demonstrations, buy locally crafted gifts, or make your own glass ornament. For more information about the Holiday Sale, click here.

DC Glassworks is located at 5366 46th Avenue, Hyattsville, MD

 

National Postal Museum – 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Make your own holiday cards this year at the National Postal Museum’s Holiday Card Workshop. Use holiday stamps from all over the world to inspire this season’s handmade cards. For more information, click here.

Smithsonian National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Avenue NE

 

Alley Cat Studios – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The exhibit Body Politic examines the theme of how people’s perceptions of themselves are rooted in the physical. Alley Cat Studio exhibits the works of Becca Kallem, David Mordini, Karen Joan Topping, Jenny Walton and Jack Warner as they explore their perspective of self. For details, click here.

The Alley Cat Studio is located at 29 Kings Court, SE

 

The Fridge – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Fridge presents the works of Brooklyn-based artist David Molesky in his solo exhibit RIOT. The exhibit featured six of Molesky’s newest paintings in his Riot series and several of his smaller wilderness and nature paintings. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, Rear alley

 

Sunday, December 7

Montpelier Arts Center – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join Montpelier Arts Center for their annual Holiday Open House. Visitors will be able to shop, visit studios, and participate in caroling sessions. From 2 p.m. on, the gallery will host an opening for resident artists and the Patuxtent Art league. More information here...

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

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Seasonal Disorder: Holiday-themed improv from Washington Improv Theater

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Washington Improv Theater’s annual cornucopia of holiday-themed improv, Seasonal Disorder, features a headlining performance of Improv Actually, an improvised homage to the movie Love Actually.

Seasonal Disorder is Washington Improv Theater’s gift to you: four weeks of madcap improv as unpredictable as the holiday season. WIT’s company ensembles deliver sharp, energetic improv alongside some of the best independent troupes in the city.

Be sure to catch our headlining show Improv Actually, a holiday-themed romantic comedy that draws inspiration from the film Love Actually. The show creates a new cast of characters that you can get to see fall in love, maybe fall out of love, and probably fall in love again.

Click for Tickets, Use the hashtag #WITactually, and Learn more.
Shows at The Source Theater, 1835 14th St. NW.

Bring a date, bring your mom, bring your office party (because Lord knows you don t want to have to make chit-chat and sip virgin eggnog in the conference room).

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Penn Quarter: Do Good…Shopping

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Penn Quarter offers two ways to swing into the holiday season:

Spy Museum Coat Drive: Help Spy Win the Cold War!

Donate a new or gently used coat and enjoy $7 OFF General Admission!

The Spy Museum and One Warm Coat invite you to join our first annual coat drive to “Help Win the Cold War!” Beginning December 1 – December 31, donate a new or gently used coat and you can enjoy $7 OFF GENERAL ADMISSION and 15% off at the Spy Store!

All collections will be sent to the Central Union Mission (Washington DC), whose legacy of serving the community dates back to their founding nearly 130 years ago. Nobody should be left out in the cold. Visit SPY today and join us in making a difference!

Penn Quarter Friends & Family Holiday Shopping Event

Celebrate the holidays with your favorite Penn Quarter retailers! For all offers & discounts just mention Penn Quarter Friends & Family.

Anthropologie
950 F Street, NW
Personal Shopping & Complimentary Refreshments

Coup de Foudre Lingerie
1001 Pennsylvania Ave, NW
30 minute expert fitting for ladies
Champagne for customers from 11am 6pm.
Free ground shipping in the contiguous US on purchases $125+

International Spy Museum Store
800 F Street, NW
15% In-Store Discount
Personal Shopping & Complimentary Gift Wrap with Purchase

Lou Lou
950 F Street, NW
Holiday gift items on sale (one day only!)
Chance to win a $50 gift card
Complimentary gift wrapping with purchase

National Building Museum Shop
401 F Street, NW
20% Discount on regular priced merchandise
Free UPS Ground Shipping on $100 Purchase (after discount)

Madame Tussauds
1001 F Street, NW
25% discount on Retail Store purchases

VIDA Fitness
601 F Street, NW #100
Free one-day pass to use by or before 12/31/14
Contact Membership Director for details

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Fantastic Voyage Edition

Tim Conlon Blank Canvas #57 – JELDWEN 2014; spray paint, paint marker, acrylic on canvas; 48”x36”. Courtesy Transformer.

Tim Conlon Blank Canvas #57 – JELDWEN 2014; spray paint, paint marker, acrylic on canvas; 48”x36”. Courtesy Transformer.

Thursday, November 20

 

Wild Hand Workshop – 7 p.m.

 

Join Wild Hand Workspace for a screening of Erica R. Harding’s film On Our Land: Being Garifuna in Honduras. The film explores the history, culture, and social issues in Honduras since the early 1800s. For details about the film and screening, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio #8. 

 

Washington Project for the Arts – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

First Event — Hothouse Video: Fantastic Voyage features the animated films of six artists. This exhibition is the first time Washington Project for the Arts has partnered with another organization for their Hothouse series. For more information, click here.

 

Second Event — DC-based artist Amber Robles-Gordon is the second artist to exhibit an installation in Washington Project for the Arts’ South Capitol Skyscape series. Robles-Gordon uses found objects to represent her personal altar and celebrate cultural traditions. For more information about the exhibition, click here.

The Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (Eye) Street SW.

 

Saturday, November 22

 

Wohlfarth Galleries – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

Wohlfarth Galleries presents the opening reception of Zoe Isaac’s fine handmade jewelry. Visitors are welcome to see Isaac’s creations in this exhibit through December 14. For more information about the exhibit, click here.

Wohlfarth Galleries is located at 3418 9th Street NE.

 

Transformer – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

 

Join Transformer at American University’s Katzen Arts Center for the Eleventh Annual Silent Auction and Benefit Party. The auction supports Transformer’s mission to connect and promote emerging artists, most of whom are local. For details about purchasing tickets, click here.

American University’s Katzen Arts Center located at 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager 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.

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Bacon & Bourbon Festival November 19

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Pardon the puns and come out to support a great cause, the fight against Alzheimer’s, to the tune of bluegrass, bacon and bourbon.

Join Washington City Paper for an evening of bacon, bourbon, beer and bluegrass. (Now that’s a mouthful. A delicious mouthful.)

Your ticket provides you the opportunity to taste over 30 top whiskies from around the world and sample bacon dishes from local restaurants, while playing all of the best games Penn Social has to offer (did we mention that they will be free!). Add in the sounds of live bluegrass music, well, we’ll call it what it is–hog heaven. Be a part of an event that’s sure to drive you hog wild!

Whiskies & restaurants to be announced soon!

A portion of proceeds with go towards Blondes vs Brunettes fight against Alzheimer’s.  Tickets start at $45.
801 E St, NW

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