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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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PWYC: She Kills Monsters

pic courtesy of Rorschach Theater

pic courtesy of Rorschach Theater

She Kills Monsters runs from August 15 – September 14 and promises a break in your summer doldrums.  Catch the Pay What You Can previews early, then tell your friends!  Rorschach promises the unexpected and exciting, which is just what you need in the middle of August in DC.  Performances to be held at the Atlas Theater on the H Street corridor.

by Qui Nguyen
Directed by Randy Baker
Fight Choreography by Casey Kaleba
 

It’s the 1990s in suburban Ohio and Tilly lives among the most fearsome creatures known to man: American high school students. She copes with the stress by creating an elaborate Dungeons & Dragon’s module where she plays out her fears and fantasies in a world she controls. When Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister Agnes has no choice but to run the gauntlet of this mysterious world, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters her sister has created.

Tickets:
Regular: $30.00
Student (w/ID): $20.00
Senior (60+): $20.00
 
Performances:
Friday, August 15, 2014 at 8:00 PM – Pay-What-You-Can Preview*
Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 8:00 PM – Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Sunday, August 17, 2014 at 3:00 PM – Pay-What-You-Can Preview
Monday, August 18, 2014 at 8:00 PM – Opening Night

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The Red Hen: An Italian Gem with Jewish Roots

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Food, family and personality. Jewish-American and Italian-American culture have much in common. But most Italian eateries don’t have the deep Jewish roots of The Red Hen, a new neighborhood gem in Bloomingdale.

When Friedman decided to start his own restaurant, the nostalgic idea of soul-warming, homey Italian food with Jewish influences came to the forefront. The Red Hen’s interior is a den of cozy–exposed brick walls, picture windows, craft wooden furniture and an open kitchen where chefs are visible, busily preparing ingredients and plating finishing touches. High above them, tucked into cubbies just below the ceiling are stacks of firewood. Many of the restaurant’s dishes are cooked tenderly over an open, wood-fired flame.

This rustic-style vibe is warm and inviting, a perfect setting that makes sure the food takes center stage. The menu, a simple yet delightful one-pager, changes by the season and reflects available ingredients.

While creating the restaurant, Friedman drew on various Jewish elements from his past and then added his own twists. Many of these stand out on the menu including the chicken liver crostini with shavings of Parmigiano-Reggiano, a wonderful melding of Italian and Ashkenazi Jewish foods. Grilled short ribs with shaved horseradish are a play on Grandma’s brisket. And the wood-fired chicken? As Friedman pointed out, “a good Jewish place has to know how to make great chicken.”What’s just as exciting is the emphasis on local sourcing. The rockfish, for instance, made its home in the Chesapeake, the chickens originate from Michael’s home state of New Jersey and the vegetables arrive from co-ops in Pennsylvania.

The Red Hen is also committed to the surrounding community. Friedman has a connection to Brooklyn where, he says, “every restaurant has a local vibe to it.” This is exactly the spirit of The Red Hen. In fact, the restaurant has only limited reservations to ensure space is saved for neighbors who wander in.

We’d be remiss not to point out The Red Hen’s unique drinking vessels. Water arrives not in nondescript cups, but in glasses emblazoned with the title “Heroes of the Torah.” Beneath that, the face of one of four famous rabbis graces each glass, resulting in a splash of humor and history with your hydration.

There is one perfect exception: the Brooklyn egg cream, styled with Friedman’s touch, “modo mio” on the menu. Besides the requisite ingredients of soda, milk and chocolate syrup, a hefty scoop of homemade malted chocolate gelato sits proudly atop the heady mixture in its chilled glass. This addition truly completes The Red Hen’s sweet, effervescent Italian-Jewish combination.

The Red Hen, 1822 First Street NW, Washington, DC 20002. Phone: 202-525-3021. Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 5:30-10:00 pm, Friday 5:30-11:00 pm, Saturday 5:00-11:00 pm, Sunday 5:00-9:30 pm, Monday closed.

 

Written by friend of the blog, Evan Caplan.  Read his full article at Jewish Food Experience (JFE) here.  

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Last Chance ‘Till Fall Edition

Untitled by Donna Lomangino, one of 38 artists showing work at Touchstone's annual MiniSolos on Friday.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Untitled by Donna Lomangino, one of 38 artists showing work at Touchstone’s annual MiniSolos on Friday. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Editor’s Note— this is the last Round-Up until the Fall 2014 Preview which comes out Thursday, August 28.

Friday, August 1

DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This free exhibit shows the work of local DC artists competing for the DCCAH’s FY15 Artist Fellowship Program (AFP) grant. It provides artists with an opportunity to express their vision to the public. For more details, click here.

The Eye Street Gallery is located at 200 I Street, SE.

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

“MiniSolos” features the work of 38 artists and seeks to fill two needs of the community. The first being an avenue for local artists to exhibit work and the second to provide collectors with an opportunity to view works by emerging artists. For more information about this exhibit, click here.

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

Joe’s Movement Emporium – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Brett Busang’s exhibit Along Rhode Island: Paintings of Outer Washington shows three local neighborhoods in transition: Gaithersburg, MD; Brentwood/Mount Rainier, MD; and Brookland in Washington, DC. His collection of 26 paintings exemplify his specialty in realism. To read more, click  here.

Joe’s Movement Emporium – Lobby Gallery is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD.

ReCreate Spaces – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

ReCreate Spaces is taking over a vacant building in Brookland and transforming it into the ultimate pop-up.  See two concurrent art openings by artists Juan Pineda and Mason Hogue, food by Nurish and even floral arrangements.  To get the full line-up click here.

ReCreate’s pop-up is located at 2300 Bunker Hill Road NE

2B Studio – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

This innovative show features a range or printmakers and street artists, who call for reform in the prison industry. Incarcerated Masses: Artists Respond to America’s Prison Problem explores themes central to incarceration including dismantling the drug war and ending solitary confinement. For more information about this must see exhibit, click here.

2B Artist Studios is located at 411 New York Avenue NE, Room 2B

Saturday, August 2

artdc Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Seven artists come together in this exhibition titled The Death of Socrates. While the work displayed differs in style and content, viewers can see similarities in line and grid use and how each artist captures the “multitude of vantage points with which interpretations can be made.”  For more details, click here.

artdc Gallery is located at 5710 Baltimore Avenue, Hyattsville, MD.

Saturday and Sunday Festival

Gateway DC – 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The first Humanities, Arts & Technology Festival (HATFestDC) at Gateway DC – invites visitors to hear, see, create, learn, and interact with artists and the community. There will be a main performance area and five tents, which will focus on different interactive themes. For more information about this festival, click here.

Gateway DC is located at 2700 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave. SE.

Next Saturday, August 9

Leica Store Washington DC – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In Faith; Take the Leap the STRATA Collective explores the things and ideas people believe in in times of uncertainty. This photo exhibition focuses on this theme of faith, whether it is faith in religion, country, family, or community. For more details, click here.

Leica Store Washington DC is located at 977 F Street, NW.

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

Join the Brentwood Arts Exchange in celebrating two years of working with The Arc Prince George’s County. The exhibition will showcase works created by The Arc’s participants in classes and the Day Centers. To read more about The Arc and the Brentwood Arts Exchange, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, 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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Film Screening: Red-Headed Woman

pic courtesy of Celluloid Club, http://celluloidclub.blogspot.com

pic courtesy of Celluloid Club, http://celluloidclub.blogspot.com


Tough Dames in Satin Slips: Films from Pre-Code Hollywood

In a film and discussion series that will explore the history of sex and violence in the movies, censorship and the ratings system, movie critic Nell Minow and journalist Margaret Talbot present gems of pre-code cinema.

The story of a saucy, scheming, gold-digger, Red-Headed Woman can still make audiences uncomfortable but it’s more likely to amuse them. Jean Harlow just looks like she’s having such a good time getting away with being bad. The screenplay was written by Anita Loos and an uncredited F. Scott Fitzgerald.

From Celluloid Club:

Harlow as a redhead? Filmed before her “blonde bombshell” days, she has never been sexier than in this film and Morris is good as the unwitting boss who becomes obsessed with her to the point of divorcing his wife and marrying her. In fact, this role was Harlow’s springboard to bigger and better parts.

Trivia: Loos wasn’t the first screenwriter to convert the novel to film. In fact, it was novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, but according to Loos’ autobiography, Kiss Hollywood Goodbye,  MGM executive Irving Thalberg called her to his office, handed her the novel and told her: “Scott tried to turn the silly book into a tone poem!”

Screening Thursday, July 31 at the Hill Center921 Pennsylvania Ave SE.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

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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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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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