Weekend East City Event Round Up: 2014 H Street Festival Edition

Art Cars at the 2013 H Street Festival.  Photo credit: Phil Hutinet.

Art Cars at the 2013 H Street Festival. Photo credit: Phil Hutinet.

Thursday, September 18

Pleasant Plans Workshop – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Essentially Qualified by Paull Shortt exhibits the phenomenon many new graduates go through – having the qualifications for a position but not the required experience necessary to get the job. This exhibit will have both sculpture and performance pieces related to post-graduate life. For more details, click here.

Pleasant Plains Workshop is located at 2608 Georgia Avenue, NW.

Independent Pictures – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The photography exhibit by Michael O. Snyder explores the connection between human and non-human forms. Snyder uses a “double exposure technique to blend the human body with natural forms.” For more information and to RSVP, click here.

The event is at Josephine Butler Parks Center located at 2437 15th Street, NW.

Saturday, September 20

H Street Festival Noon to 7 p.m.

Gallery OonH hosts the annual art cars and artist tents on the 1300 block of H Street NE.  The gallery, located at 1354 H Street NE, presents a photography retrospective by the Washington Informer in celebration of their 50 year anniversary.  For a full list of art programming at the festival, click here.

The ten block Festival begins on 4th Street NE and ends at 14th street NE.

This Place has a Voice – 2 p.m. to midnight

Join local artists for This Place Has a Voice a free public art project. The day will be chalked full of photographs, videos, sculptures, installations, and performances from local artists. For a schedule of events, click here.

Arthur Capper Senior Center is located at 900 5th Street, SE.

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m.

Harmony Hall hosts an artist talk with Alan Binstock on his current exhibition, Retro/Spective. The exhibition features his sculptures of stone, glass, and steel. For more details, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

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

New York-based artist Saya Woolfalk is the newest Hothouse Video Artist, who will be showing a retrospective of her video works. The video projects are grounded in science fiction and fantasy from the last ten years. For more information, click here.

The exhibition will be held at Capitol Skyline Lobby located at 10 I Street, SW.

Transformer – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Transformer hosts a multimedia exhibit of artist Tamar Ettun’s works, which explores the connection between sculpture and performance. Influenced by turmoil in Israel, My Hands are the Shape of My Height, focuses on PTSD and features the use of human forms. For details on the exhibit, click here.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street, NW.

Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21

DC GlassWorks - 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Join DC GlassWorks for a welding and metal fabrication class. Learn fundamental working skills for making sculptures. The course does not require any previous experience. To sign up for classes, click here.

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


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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Banned Books Week Celebrates with Black Out Poetry

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This Thursday at 7pm, come re-purpose old magazines and newspapers to create poetry and art. Blackout poetry is a form of found poetry created by erasing or covering up pieces of text to make poems out of the remaining words.

The library is hosting a number of events discussing issues of censorship for Banned Books Week, so here’s a chance to wield your pens and markers for good and create something refreshing! Pieces will be used in a display on the second floor.  Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, 901 G St. NW

Learn more about making your own blackout poetry here.

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Marie Antoinette Opens at Woolly Mammoth

pic courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theater

pic courtesy of Woolly Mammoth Theater

Marie Antoinette opens Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s 35th season with a burst of high fashion and shaky morals.  In a world of empty celebrity and economic crisis, how’s a teen queen to keep her head?

Cake enthusiast and infamous one-percenter Marie Antoinette opens Woolly’s 35th season with a burst of high fashion and shaky morals. Through David Adjmi’s incisive contemporary lens, history’s most notorious teenager becomes a full-blooded, complex, and tragic heroine who realizes too late that there’s an unstoppable revolution brewing outside her window.
Kimberly Gilbert returns to the Woolly stage as Marie, reuniting with visionary director Yury Urnov (You For Me For You) for a play about a society – not unlike our own – that might just be consuming itself to death.

“Marvelous, disturbing, revisionist” – New York Magazine

Woolly Mammoth, 641 D Street, NW
Shows start at 8pm, with tickets from $35-$45.  Or if you’re 30 or under, you can get tickets for $20 at the box office.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Hyattsville Arts Festival Edition

"At the 2013 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival.  Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art."

“At the 2013 Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.”

Thursday, September 11

Gallery NK – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

New H Street Gallery opens! For more information about the opening, click hereGallery NK is located at 321 K Street NE in the alley between “H” and “K” Streets NE. 

cove – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artist Sarˈdär Aziz will be at cove for an artist talk and reception. For details, click hereThis event is located at 910 Pennsylvania Ave. SE.

Art17 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Art17 hosts Art Enables for a third time this Thursday. For details about the artists featured, click hereArt17 is located at 1606 17th St. NW.

5×5 PROJECT – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Celebrate Enkutatash ንቁጣጣሽእ during Ethiopian New Year at the Gateway Pavilion.  Part of the DCCAH’s 5×5 Project.  For details, click here. The Gateway Pavilion at Saint Elizabeth’s is located at 1100 Alabama Ave. SE.

Friday, September 12

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Selin Balci exhibits at Honfleur Gallery and Jared Soares exhibits at Vivid Solutions Gallery. For more information about both exhibits, click here. Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

Joan Hisaoka Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Shaunté Gates and Njena Surae Jarvis exhibit together at Joan Hisaoka Gallery. For details about the artists, click hereThe Joan Hisaoka Gallery is located at 1632 U Street NW.

Saturday, September 13

Hyattsville Art Festival – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

There will be over 70 exhibiting artists during the 7th Annual Downtown Hyattsville Arts Festival. Guests can visit the corridor’s retailers, suppliers and non-profits throughout the event. See what other artists told Christina Sturdivant about the festival here. For more information about the festival, click hereThe festival is located at Baltimore Ave. (Route 1) and Jefferson St.

artdc – 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Curators and artists work together in Tag You’re It: Curate the Curator at artdc across from the Hyattsville Art Festival. For details about the exhibit, click hereartdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD. 

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The hallowed neighborhood institution celebrates its 47th Anniversary with a community festival. For details on participating groups, click here. Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum is located at 1901 Fort Place, SE.

Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Steve Loya exhibits his “splotch monsters” and Cheryl Edwards leads a Second Saturday Workshop. For details, click hereArt Enables at Off-Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

Banished? ARTillery - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sign up for the Woodworking 102 class with Lex Davis. For more information, click hereBanished? ARTillery is located at 716 Monroe Street NE, Studio 27.

G Fine Art – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Vesna Pavlović exhibits images of the Museum of Yugoslav History. For more information about the exhibit, click hereG Fine Art Gallery is located at 4718 14th Street NW.

Project 4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Artist Matthew Mann presents Associative Fugue. For details about the exhibit, click hereProject 4 Gallery is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302.

Hamiltonian - 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The opening is the debut of the six new Hamiltonian Fellows for 2014. For more information about the fellows, click hereHamiltonian Gallery is located at 1353 U Street NW.

Art Whino – 8 p.m. to 12 a.m.

The G40 Art Summit hosted by Art Whino returns to DC with street and mulitdimensional art. For details, click hereThe G40 Summit will be held at 700 Delaware Ave SW.


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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Got Kids? Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage

pic courtesy of Popville

pic courtesy of Popville

Enjoy the Soldiers’ Home as the Lincoln family once did!  Activities are open to the public and free this Saturday, September 13th, from 10:00am til 3:00pm.  

Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers Home. Activities include: DIY top hats, pony rides and a petting zoo featuring Tad Lincoln’s favorite animals (peacocks, goats, geese, and more), a Civil War encampment with military reenactors, Civil War-era games, live musical performances of Civil War-era tunes, and public picnicking grounds.

President Lincoln’s CottageUpshur St NW & Rock Creek Church Rd NW.  Advance registration requested.

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Diner en Blanc: The Musser Perspective

Diner en Blanc swept through DC last week, boasting fabulous-ness from every pore.  The concept–Thousands of people, dressed all in white, and conducting themselves with the greatest decorum, elegance, and etiquette, all meet for a mass “chic picnic” in a public space.–seems like a great idea for a memorable evening.  The lucky invitees (or not so lucky?), are brought to a “secret location,” where they picnic in finery before dancing the night away.  Sound wonderful?  Let’s look at the real lead-up to DC’s first Diner en Blanc, from the perspective of a DC young professional and avowed “non-planner.”
What have you done so far to prepare?
I don’t like to spend money, and I already spent $100 just buying tickets for me and my girlfriend and a bottle of wine (and that doesn’t even include food!). I don’t want to also have to buy a table, chairs, pants, etc, so I’ve been trying to find people who can simply lend me the stuff for the night. I’ve put out numerous requests on Facebook and Freecycle for things, but with minimal success. I was finally able to get white pants from my housemate and white chairs from a friend’s friend. My girlfriend has a table and a table cover, fortunately.
What do you still have left to do?
I have to make dinner tonight for tomorrow, I have to pick up white cloth napkins from someone who is lending me a pair, and I have to try and find white battery-powered candles.
How are you feeling about the entire endeavor?
Ugh. I really don’t want to be a whining curmudgeon about this (I chose to do this after all), but this really has been a pain in the ass. It’s been more stressful and frustrating than exciting. I’m not a planner, and as I mentioned already, I don’t like to spend money. Considering all I have is a white shirt, and I have to provide all of this stupid stuff that’s white, it’s been quite frustrating. It’s rather annoying to have to pay all this money just for access to something that I then have to do a ton of work for. At one point, I even looked into dropping out and seeing if I could get my money back. I hope it’s worth it.

What happened last night?

Our group met up at 5:30 at the Eastern Market metro. I rushed there, because the directions made it clear that we needed to be there on time, or we may not be able to attend the dinner. We ended up hanging out there for a good half hour before we were finally told that the dinner was going to be at Yards Park. We boarded the metro with all of our equipment and food – during rush hour – and proceeded to Navy Yard. I found it pretty entertaining watching all of our groups from across the city swarming the Metro at the same time, dressed in white with tables and chairs in tow. Lots of strangers were highly confused and entertained, and some were annoyed. When we arrived at Yards Park, we set up our tables side by side and most people picked up the wine they ordered.

There was live jazz and being right by the river made for a lovely setting. My date and I enjoyed talking with the strangers on both sides of us and getting to know them. Some people at the dinner went all out!  It was quite entertaining seeing the people who stood out.

Once it got dark, the organizers passed out sparklers for us. I got really excited and spilled red wine all over my crotch (good thing I decided to find other pants at the thrift store instead of using my housemate’s!).  Later my date spilled her red wine all over the white table cloth. So we were a sloppy mess to say the least. Maybe red wine wasn’t the best idea, but we prefer that to white, so we gambled and lost.

After dinner the live jazz turned into DJed euro music and dancing commenced. I sported my wine crotch proudly, we got some pictures on white vespas, and chatted with some friends until the party died down. There was an after party at a hotel nearby, but these two 27 years-olds were spent and ready for bed, so we set out on a 25 minute walk home with our table and chairs.

What do you have left over?

Just a little bit of quinoa salad, and white pants, shirt, and tie stained with Pinot Noir.

Final verdict–worth it?

Worth the money? Eh, probably not – especially if you’re paying for your date, too! $100 for the opportunity to lug your own table and chairs and food to some place to picnic seems a little much. I realized that it would’ve been really easy to sneak in your own bottle of wine instead of buying one from them, which we were told we needed to do if we wanted wine. Was it worth the time and the hassle? Yeah, it was fun! I was stressing out before hand, but that’s because I hate planning and felt like as the boyfriend who came up with this idea, I had to do all the planning. However, she’s a natural planner, and I learned it’s better to let her complement my weaknesses instead of trying to take care of everything myself. Also, the rules are way more flexible than the directions make it seem, so next year’s planning won’t be as anxiety-ridden. Too bad I’ll still have to find a pair white pants again, though.

Read more about Ryan over at Spotted by Locals, here.  To read more about Diner en Blanc, see City Paper’s excellent wrap up, here.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Calm before the Festivals Edition

Chevrolet 3 by Pete McCutchen. Photo courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Chevrolet 3 by Pete McCutchen. Photo courtesy of Touchstone Gallery.

Thursday, September 4

Studio 21– 6 p.m.

The Brookland Art Walk gallery operated by Dance Place opens Starting Over, new paintings by Tina Silverman which examine how populations from regions around the globe affect the artist on an intimate level.  For more information, click here.

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

Friday, September 5

Touchstone– 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Three concurrent exhibitions will showcase figurative works by ceramicist Bill Mould,  photographs of decaying cars by Pete McCutchen and a group show by the gallery’s member artists with an avian theme. For more information on all three exhibitions, click here.

Touchstone Gallery is located at 901 New York Avenue, NW.

Montpelier Art Center– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. 

The art center will host opening receptions in its three gallery spaces for the watercolors of former botanist David Daniels (Main gallery), painter Stephen Boocks’ Play (Library Gallery) and recent work by resident artist Steven Williams (Resident Gallery).   For more information on all three gallery openings, click here.

The Montpelier Art Center’s galleries are located at 9652 Muirkirk Road Laurel, MD

Saturday, September 6

39th Street Gallery– 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The gallery opens The Charmers by sculptor Christopher Romer along with new paintings by Capitol Hill artist Kathryn McDonnell and Academy 2013 participant Jay Hendrick.  For more information on the three concurrent exhibitions, click here.

The 39th Street gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, second floor, Brentwood, MD

Brentwood Arts Exchange– 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thirteen fellows from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts will participate in a group exhibition titled Axis.  The group multi-media and inter-disciplinary exhibition seeks to overcome individual variance through collective interpretation of the term “axis.” For more information on this exhibition, click here.

The 39th Street gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.

gallery plan b– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Audiences attending Sheep Jones’ fourth solo exhibition at gallery plan b will revel in the artist’s ever-evolving style of whimsical fairy-tale like subjects.  For more information, click here.

gallery plan b is located at 153014th Street NW

Gallery OonH– 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The gallery’s popular Circus on the O returns this month with revelry and burlesque at their famous H street courtyard.  A general admission period for viewing the gallery’s exhibition precedes the ticketed circus event.  For more information and to purchase ticket, click here.

Gallery OonH is located at 1354 H Street, NE.

Monday, September 8

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Mayoral Forum on Arts Education– 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

Where do you stand on arts education?  How do you want to see it funded?  Find out where the mayoral candidates stand on this issue.  All candidates have been invited to attend and discuss their vision for educating young DC citizens in the arts.  Audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions following a moderated debate format.

CHAW is located at 545 Seventh Street SE

Coming Events (Save the Dates!)

Hyattsville Arts Festival– September 13

H Street Festival– September 20

Figment DC– September 27

Art All Night– September 27

Emerge Art Fair– October 2-5

Phil Hutinet is the Publisher 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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