Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Art of Sound, Handwriting and Conversation Edition

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 24

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

This Thursday, WPA presents the sixth installment of the Lobby Project with the work of artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. The exhibition features 280 prints created solely on an iPad examining the role technology and social media play in the arts. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE.

Transformer and Artisphere – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transformer and Artisphere present the culmination of sounds created during the three months of the Exercises For Emerging Artists program, which focused on artists working with sound art. E11: Coda is the final movement in this process and will be on display for three weeks at Artisphere’s Terrace Gallery. To read more about this exhibition, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, July 26

Harmony Hall Regional Center – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Tom Kenyon will be at Harmony Hall Regional Center for the final day of the exhibit, Dreams of Speed. His artist talk delves into his inspiration for the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on this event, click here.

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

Pleasant Plains Workshop - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop to celebrate the art of handwriting with artist Danielle Scruggs. Make sure you bring along your favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter to transcribe. For more information about this wokrshop, click here.  (Note this is in Brookland, not on Georgia Avenue).

Pleasant Plains Brookland Annex Workshop Studio is located at 703 Edgewood St NE #2.
UPDATE: workshop will be held at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Bursting in Air! – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists will turn the Route 1 Overpass into a focal point for the Gateway Arts District. Spend the afternoon celebrating this unique event with live music, performances, and refreshments. To read more about this event, click here.

Bursting in Air is located at Franklin’s parking lot at the railroad overpass on Route 1 in Hyattsville, MD.

Project4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyware explores the work of three artists collaborating through social media to create pieces that are in constant change and dialogue. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson reflect on contemporary issues and reevaluate the mundane or overlooked in our cities. For more information, click here.

Project4 is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302

 

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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Local High: Handpainted Entrepreneur

pic courtesy of Local High

pic courtesy of Local High

Below is an excerpt written by Joe Koech, friend of the blog, recent grad, and DC entrepreneur.  You can check out his hand painted shirts online at localhigh.com or find him around town.  

You’ve just arrived home after being away for a long time. You get off the plane or start driving through your hometown and you begin to recognize the things around you.

The weather, the buildings, the people — they are all familiar in some way. You get excited about whom you are going to see and what you are going to do; you become nostalgic thinking about the memories you’ve already made in that place, and feel not just a geographical connection, but a visceral and emotional one as well.

That feeling is precious to me. It’s the reason why I decided to start a company dedicated to capturing that feeling, something I call a Local High.

Local High is the umbrella for what will be countless clothing lines specific to each city. We’re starting in Washington D.C. That’s where DChillin’ comes in. It is a simple combination of two things our company strongly believes in: D.C. and chillin’. We wanted to create a design that is clever, incorporates a local saying, forces people to look twice and most importantly allows wearers to make a statement about the city we live in.

In many ways the design is meant to be a unifying brand for D.C.

Walk a few blocks anywhere in the District and you’ll find countless stores and vendors that sell tacky souvenir clothing. It’s not cool; It’s not stylish. It’s sad that I have never been tempted to buy any type of Washington-specific clothing. We want to create clothing that marries the style of modern street fashion, with the local appeal that’s become so popular today. We want to create clothes that people who live or were born in the city would want to wear.

Interested?  Submit a custom order online.

 

Joe Koech is the founder and CEO of Local High.  See the original article here.  

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Interact and Create Edition

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes "Neurotic Octopus"; courtesy of the artist.

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes “Neurotic Octopus”; courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 17

Monroe Street Market – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the artists on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market for the monthly third Thursday Open Studio. Visitors can stop in and see the work of eight local studios along the walk. To see a full list of studios open, click here.

The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St., NE.

Wild Hand Workspace – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

While you’re at the third Thursday Open Studio event make sure to see the opening reception for Chromatic Transmissions by Kelly Hughes/Cobra Wu. Her mixed-media pieces explore absurd narratives and the use of color to convey emotion. For more information about this opening, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located at Studio 8 on the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St., NE.

Thursday, July 17 - Saturday, July 19

Transformer12p.m. to 6 p.m.

This weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Amy Hughes Braden, FlatFile artist, creates collages and drawings in Transformer and turns the space into a working studio. She invites visitors to interact and create with her throughout the weekend. For more information about FlatFile Summer Socials, click here.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street, NW.

Saturday, July 19

CHAW – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CHAW hosts a series of Sumi-e Workshops to teach the art of Chinese ink wash bamboo painting. Classes will be held this July and August, with each week focusing on a new theme. Click here for more information about registering.

CHAW is located at 545 7th St., SE.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 19. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

CHAL – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stop by CHAL and vote for your favorite photos of decorative cabbages by Nancy Freeman. The Caggabe Art & Scarf Invitational asks visitors to choose the winners, which will be turned into gallery-quality work and then into limited-edition scarves. For details on this event, click here.

CHAL is located at 545 7th St., SE.

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

The Brentwood Art Exchange presents the culmination of Project America’s Next Top Master Artist this Saturday. After making it through the previous rounds, the winner will be announced at the Grand Finale and awarded a cash prize and a solo exhibition. To see more about the finalists and this event, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood.

RandallScottProjects – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RandallScottProjects hosts an opening reception for Untitled no. 4. The exhibit shows the work of six featured artists: Avi Gupta, Rania Hassan, Abby Martin, Craig Roper, Hillary Werth, and Jessica Van Brakle. To read more about this opening, click 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 Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

 

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A Garden of Wonders at the Smithsonian Castle

pic courtesy of Smithsonian at 8

pic courtesy of Smithsonian at 8

Alice would feel right at home at the Smithsonian’s Garden of Wonders, a madcap party that transforms the Victorian-style Enid A. Haupt Garden into a landscape of delights. As sunset slips into night, this magical setting comes alive with music and dancing, outdoor games (moonlight croquet, anyone?), craft activities, and plenty of surprises.

Find your style inspiration in period garden-party attire or your favorite Alice in Wonderland character. You might not meet a white rabbit, but you can sip specialty cocktails designed by Arlington’s Tortoise & Hare as you wander through the lantern-decked grounds. And speaking of wonders, meet Todd McGrain, whose fantastic large-scale bird sculptures now anchor the corners of the Haupt Garden’s ornately planted lawn.

Make sure your pocket watch is wound: You don’t want to be late for this one-of-a-kind adventure.

Friday, July 18.  Tickets start at $15 ($20 at the door).  SPECIAL FEATURES FOR VIP TICKET-HOLDERS: Enjoy a private bar, two complimentary drinks, and dessert in the Queen of Hearts castle (known by day as the Smithsonian Castle).

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Local Art Rules Edition

"Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition.  Courtesy CONNERSMITH."

“Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition. Courtesy CONNERSMITH.”

Thursday, July 10 

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

The Hothouse Video series from WPA presents Harder, Glorious by artists Silvia Rivas, Merike Estna, Cheryl Pope, Kate Gilmore, and Peter Eudenbach. For more information, click here.

Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW. 

Friday, July 11 

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

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries host opening receptions for The Seventh Annual East of the River Exhibition and The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River. Honfleur’s exhibit features the work of nine artists who have a special connection to communities East of the River while at Vivid Solutions, Susana Raab’s photographs weave an East of the River community narrative. To read more about these events, click here.

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join CHAW for “Paint and Sip” this Friday. Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will provide step-by-step instructions while you enjoy snacks and wine. For information to register, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, July 12 

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

Off-Rhode Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating the creativity and art of Ward 5. For a list of  all participating artists, click here.

Off-Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE.

39th Street Gallery – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join the 39th Street gallery in saying good-bye to Melissa Ezelle, current artist-in-residence (A.I.R.), and welcoming new A.I.R., Jack Warner. Melissa will talk about her work and time at the Gateway CDC. For more information, click here.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Interested in comic art? Visit CHAW for the opening of DC Conspiracy: A Retrospective. This exhibit explores the collaborative side of comic book art by local illustrators. To read more about this exhibit, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

CONNERSMITH. – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CONNERSMITH presents the opening of ACADEMY 2014. Dr. Jamie Smith, exhibition founder and curator, invited 17 artists from local MFA and BFA programs to the 14th annual exhibition. For an in-depth look at about the work of two of the invited artists, read profiles by Wade Carey and Eric Hope.   For more information about ACADEMY 2014, click here.

CONNERSMITH. is located at 1358 Florida Ave., NE.

Open Studio DC – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location. See the works of Carolyn Hartmann, Pepa Leon, Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, and David Bellard. To read more about this event, click here.

This event will be held at 1348 Florida Ave., NE.

Sunday, July 13

DC GlassWorks - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DC Glassworks hosts classes on second Sundays and last Saturdays throughout the summer. This week, learn ho to make your own paperweight. For information about registering, click here.

DC GlassWorks is located at 5346 46th Ave., 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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Call to Artists: Cheap Thrills at Anacostia Arts Center

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Hey there, local DC artist.  Hoping to show your art?  Check out this open call from Anacostia Arts Center.  Not an artist?  Forward this post onto a friend.  Support local art!

Anacostia Arts Center is now accepting submissions from DMV artists for a group show featuring works under $500. Visual artists who work in any media are encouraged to submit. Molly Ruppert of Warehouse and Art Romp acclaim is curating this show which will be on view from August 25 through October 4 throughout the Center. There will be an opening reception on Monday, August 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Submissions MUST include:

  • Your name as you would like it listed in all exhibition ephemera
  • Up to 5 images, formatted as indicated below
  • A complete image list with the following details for each piece:
  • file name
  • title
  • media
  • dimensions
  • year
  • price (Note: the Center will retain a 20% commission on all works sold to help support its arts programming. Please price accordingly.)

Submissions are due by email to cheapthrillsdc@gmail.com by August 1 by 5 p.m, and artists will be notified of acceptance by August 8. Artists must drop off selected works August 12-16 between 10 am – 8 pm. and August 17 10 am -3 pm. Artworks must be ready to hang when dropped off.

Format images as follows:

  • files must be jpegs
  • size files to approximately 3 x 5 inches at 300 dpi
  • name files in this format: DouglassFrederick1.jpg, DouglassFrederick2.jpg, etc.

Questions?
Contact Creative Assistant Piper Grosswendt:
pgrosswendt@archdc.org
202.580.5972

Kate Taylor Davis, Director
kdavis@archdc.org
202.321.2878

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Buffalo & Bergen: Sweet Syrups and Knostalgic Knishes

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One might be forgiven for thinking that the last creamy drops from yesteryear’s soda shop have long since been wiped clean from Formica countertops. But one intrepid New York transplant has enlivened the genre in DC at her space in Union Market: Gina Chersevani, owner, chef and master mixologist of Buffalo & Bergen, which also happens to have a menu featuring bagels and knishes plucked from Jewish deli heaven.

Named after the intersection of two streets in Brooklyn, Buffalo & Bergen occupies prime real estate at Union Market, a year-round indoor market where sellers offer everything from Thai coconut gelato and infused olive oils to upscale housewares and specialty cheeses. More than 40 vendors have set up in the bright, naturally lit, high-ceilinged space, which opened in September 2012.

Buffalo & Bergen, seamlessly blends the old and new. It’s all shiny chrome with a dozen red-vinyl stools sweeping around a refurbished counter. Servers move quickly scooping ice cream, squirting syrup, working the authentic 1930’s soda machine that previously lived at  a Woolworth’s and measuring drinks from a full line of liquor.

The homemade soda concoctions arrive in the most contemporary of flavors: grapefruit rosemary, lemon lavender and spiced apple cider are among the dozen-plus options. In tune with the environment, Chersevani rotates flavors with the seasons, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local farms and markets.

Some flavors even find their way into punches and mixed drinks with names like the Stand and Deliver (spiced rum, maraschino liquor, white grape and citrus) and the Ironic Mustache  (tequila blanco, grapefruit-strawberry syrup, rhubarb bitters, seltzer and grapefruit oil).

And of course, there are also classic egg creams, floats and malts, but these aren’t your grandfather’s malts. Just about every drink can be enhanced with alcohol.

Chersevani grew up on Long Island, where her mother worked at a local JCC. Mom often took her daughter to a favorite soda fountain in Brooklyn from her own childhood, where together they savored the atmosphere and bright effervescence of the sodas and egg creams. Since then, she’s blazed a path of cocktail brilliance across DC for several years, including time behind the bar at PS7 and now Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Perhaps the most nostalgic-inducing menu items are the knishes, very nearly out of early twentieth-century Lower East Side Manhattan. Some of the inspiration comes from the mind of friend and fellow chef Jamie Leeds, also of Hank’s. She’s the resident “knisher,” who brings her own New York Jewish upbringing (and her Bubbe’s recipe) into the Buffalo & Bergen kitchen.

Short rib knish with an herb-based dipping sauce

But much like the drinks, there’s a twist. The knishes, made by hand in a specialty oven on-site, arrive traditionally enough, puffy and proud atop wax paper in paper boats. These, however, are no mere thick potato-laden bricks meant to feed tired shtetl-dwellers. Instead, the golden-hued goodies come in a rotating cast of five international and unique flavors. Recently, beyond a classic potato-and-onion option, diners had choices like collard greens with feta or short rib or pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara – a decidedly non-kosher alternative (though still redolent of the New York pizzeria).”

Since much of Union Market’s business comes at breakfast and brunch, bagels and shmears are also popular choices. Something Chersevani “sorely missed from New York ever since attending Maryland in College Park…a real New York bagel in DC!” Fluffy, but not too chewy, the bagels come with anything from egg and cheese to lox and capers to the Rude Boy: bacon and scallion cream cheese.

There’s nothing as cutting-edge as reimagining much-loved tradition. Now, that reimagination bubbles over with spirited creativity from a chef who proudly exclaims, “What can I say, I’m kind of a pizza bagel [an Italian Jew].” Whenever your weekend takes you to Union Market, stop by B&B for a new taste on old classics. Bubbe would be proud.

Buffalo & Bergen, Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-8:00 pm. 

Written by friend of the blogEvan Caplan.  See his original piece for Jewish Food Experience (JFE) post here.

 

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