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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Super Saturday June Edition

 "The Circus on O awaits you this weekend on H Street. Image courtesy Gallery O on H."

“The Circus on O awaits you this weekend on H Street. Image courtesy Gallery O on H.”

Friday, June 13

CHAW – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear are back for another Paint and Sip at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. Create your own masterpiece on Friday while enjoying snacks and wine. $30 includes all materials and refreshments. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, June 14

Route 1 – 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Route 1 Farmers Market and Bazaar will be operating through Saturday, September 27, 2014. Regional farmers, vendors and artists are participating in this weekly event. Visitors will be able to buy produce and participate in a variety of activities. To read more about this must attend event, click here.

The Market is located at 4100 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 12. 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.

RandallScottProjects – 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

After visiting the farmers market or taking class be sure to go to RandallScottProjects’ opening of Ruby Osorio’s Reverie. Osorio’s work evokes a sense of fragmented memories, experienced through the mind and senses of a female protagonist. She explores the notions of the poetic in the representation of femininity and myth. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street, NE.

Gallery O on H – 8 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Gallery O hosts another must see event, Circus at the O. After seeing the opening at RandallScottProjects, check out the gallery opening from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wait around and guests 21 and over will be treated to a variety show from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tickets for the show are $17 in advance and $20 the day of the show. To read more about this must see event, click here.

Gallery O is located at 1354 H Street, NE.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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Clunk Clunk Clunk Goes the Trolley

pic courtesy of DC Street Car

pic courtesy of DC Street Car

Despite strides to complete the work needed to begin operation, the H Street/Benning Road streetcar line has been delayed yet again. Projected to open as far back as three years ago, there’s always been something to trip it up. Late last year, Mayor Gray’s public promise that service would start by ‘no later than February’ was shortsighted.

Now the streetcar is indefinitely delayed with no projected starting date. The Council has slashed its future funding by nearly 50 percent, endangering the future citywide 37-mile expansion plan. The site of the streetcar storage facility — the southside grounds of shuttered Springarn High School — is still a pile of dirt, nearly a year after the construction plans were approved. There are even rumors floating around that the streetcars won’t be able to accept Smartrip cards, which will undoubtedly put a major dent in ridership.

Despite success with their Circulator routes, DDOT’s inability to complete a 2.4 mile track of streetcar rail in almost ten years is very disappointing. At this rate, we can expect any future expansion to be completed by the year 3000.

So, beloved readers, the unthinkable has happened – Tacos Impala somehow opened their restaurant before the streetcar, and Metro’s new Silver Line will have started service as well. A wag of the finger, DDOT!

In more cheerful related news, Impala Cantina is delicious and everyone should go.

 

Written by Joel Church.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Summer Openings

"Ellen Cornett Witches Have Red Eyes and Cannot See Far, 2014 pastel on paper. On view at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. Image courtesy of the artist."

“Ellen Cornett Witches Have Red Eyes and Cannot See Far, 2014 pastel on paper. On view at the Brentwood Arts Exchange. Image courtesy of the artist.”

Friday, June 6

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

Touchstone Gallery with the support of the Cultural Service of the Embassy of France presents Les Chemins de Memoire (The Paths of Memory) by Charles Goldstein. This exhibit has its roots in the holocaust and the disappearance of 84 close members of his family. For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

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

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

At the same time as Charles Goldstein’s opening visit Avian Attitudes. At this opening, guests will be able to see some of the bird models in real life. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

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

Saturday, June 7

CHAW – 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join CHAW for a day of art, dance, music, and more at the “CHAW Art and Performance Festival.” This is a great event for friends and family to spend the afternoon together. To read more about this event, click here.

The festival is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Harmony Hall – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

If you like cars, car magazines, car culture, or family history then Tom Kenyon’s Dreams of Speed 3 is for you. His work tells viewers of the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on the artist and the exhibit, click here.

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

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

After stopping by Dreams of Speed 3, make sure to check out round two of the Brentwood Arts Exchange’s Project America’s Next Top Master Artist. Meet the advancing artists and get a chance to walk one-on-one with them. To read more about this event, click here.

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

The Fridge – 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The Fridge presents Urban Decay, the fifth installment of the long-running exhibition created in 2010 by Deb Yarrington. Don’t miss this exhibit. It’s first time it will be held in DC. To read more about this must see event, click here.

The Fridge is located at 516 ½ 8th Street, SE.

Sunday, June 8

Capitol Hill- 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

If you find yourself in need of some new artwork, make sure to stop by for a studio-clearing event featuring original artworks by Geoff Ault, Sheppard Bear, and Ellen Cornett. Details here.

Sale is located at 218 9th Street, SE in the back alley.

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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May 14: Pay-What-You-Can Preview of Pallas Theatre Company’s She Stoops to Conquer

DC Style Is Real always recommends Pay What You Can (PWYC) performances.  It’s a way to go see something new for not a lot of money.  So go out and support some local theater!  Read on for the release from Pallas Theater Company’s new show at the Anacostia Arts Center.

pic courtesy of Pallas Theater Company

pic courtesy of Pallas Theater Company

A play that parodies extremes. At one end: a love of material elegance, sophistication, and excess. At the other: the appreciation of the simple country life. In the end, a balance between the two must be found for the characters to achieve happiness.The idea of battling extremes is particularly resonant in Washington D.C.’s political and social culture today.  In recent years, radicalism in political parties has brought government to a screeching halt.  Gentrification continues to push the middle class and poor further out of the city limits and rearrange the social and cultural geographies of the capital.

Director Ann Marie T. Saunders, renowned Washington D.C. theatre scholar, sets this production in the city of Washington in the early 1820s, a time of equally polarizing cultural influences. She Stoops to Conquer promises to be both hilarious and thought-provoking!
Performances run May 15 – June 1
Tickets $20.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  2014 Gateway Open Studio Tour Edition

Work by ceramicist Joe Hicks on display at the 2013 Gateway Open Studio Tour.  Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Work by ceramicist Joe Hicks on display at the 2013 Gateway Open Studio Tour. Photo by Phil Hutinet for East City Art.

Friday, May 9

Honfleur & Vivid Solutions Galleries  6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Anacostia galleries are showing their feminine side this Friday with two concurrent exhibitions by women artists.  In Parallels: Sculptures and Installations, Nara Park uses water as an artistic medium.  Be prepared to see cascades, aquariums and other water features.  Upstairs at Vivid Solutions, in If We Came From Nowhere Here, Why Can’t We Go Somewhere There? artist collective MAMBU BADU explores African identity and “Afro-futurism.”  Exhibition descriptions here.

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries are located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE

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

RSP will show Amy Myers’ Natural Curve.  In this science meets art exhibition, Myers, the daughter of physicists who grew up hearing the language of theoretical physics, creates work that explores the contractions between form, chaos and chance.  Details and images here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)

 

Saturday, May 10

Volunteer Capitol Hill 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Why not volunteer for an arts organization?  This a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, to make new friends and to have a say in what goes on in your community.  Event takes place at Hill Center located 921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE. Details here.

Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

17 venues, 70 studios and over 100 artists— it’s an East City Art reader’s dream!  Officially this is the 10th anniversary of the event.  Eric Hope has interviewed stakeholders here.  You can’t possibly see it all in one tour which is why we’re thankful it’s an annual event!  All the times, details and listings here.

The OST takes place along the Route One Corridor.  Download detailed map here.

Additional Artist Open Studios 12 p.m.

There are three other open houses you should know about.  First, the 52 O Street studios will be open to the public all weekend. Next, on Saturday, DC Glassworks will be open for the Gateway Open Studio Tour (above). Lastly, a new artist studio space called “Off the Beaten Track Warehouse” officially opens to the public. It is the home of District Clay which we have profiled on East City Art. Addresses, times and listings here.

Off Rhode Gallery– 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

In a wonderfully refreshing trend, Off Rhode Gallery surprises again with yet another unexpected exhibition this year.  In Wild Ocean: Sharks, Whales, Rays and Other Endangered Sea Creatures, the gallery will exhibit artwork by artist Matt Dembicki who created these works for a graphic novel about the world’s oceans.  Details and images here.  

Off Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

39th Street Gallery – 5:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The best part of the Gateway Open Studio Tour is that the art never stops.  Join the 39th Street Gallery for Mind + Body + Metaphor curated by Martha Jackson Jarvis.  The exhibition by artists Shaunte’ Gates and Nijena Surae Jarvis explores the human body as a metaphor.  Details and images here.

The 39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD (second floor)

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m.

After you’ve seen art all day, you may have formed an opinion or two about what you’ve seen!  In America’s Next Top Master Artist, you’ll have the opportunity to exercise your opinion and select which artists get to move ahead to the next round for awards and cash prizes.  Artist list and details here.

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

 

Spring Studio Tours (One more left! Save the date!)

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

What about Mid-City and 52 O Street NW?  Please read our open letter about East City Art’s expansion here

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief 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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Hill Center Concert Series Features Redline Graffiti

pic courtesy of Redline Graffiti

pic courtesy of Redline Graffiti

District Sounds, hosted by Washington Post pop music critic Chris Richards, features conversation and concert with Redline Graffiti.  Think garage rock mixed with electronica and R&B.

Named for a stretch of graffiti art that runs along Washington’s oldest public train line, the quartet’s sound has been described by reviewers as “somewhere between Passion Pit and Frank Ocean” (Blisspop), “electro-rock newcomers” (Dave Malitz, Washington Post), and “very cinematic sounding” (Alexis Hauk, Washingtonian).  Judge for yourself: listen to their new EP here.

Richards has been hosting these concert/conversation evenings for several months now.  To learn more about what Richards hopes to accomplish, watch a clip from WETA here.

Tickets are $10/advance, $15/day of. Conversation at 7 p.m. Performance at 7:30 p.m on Friday, May 9.
The Hill Center: 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

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Hill Center Concert Series features Dandy Wellington

Hill Center welcomes New York entertainer Dandy Wellington and his Band to the Hill Center Concert Series.

Inspired by the jazz of the big band era, the band has taken the sounds of the 1930’s and 40’s and created a world of well dressed music. With a passion for obscure songs steeped in the Jazz tradition, Dandy Wellington has assembled a program from the golden age of cinema to the bounce of New Orleans.

Born and raised in Harlem, Dandy Wellington grew up with one foot on the stage and jazz pumping through his veins. Dandy has dedicated his life to social awareness through the mediums he knows best: music and fashion. Through his own brand and lifestyle, Dandy serves the city of New York as a performer, social media guru, and conceptual stylist.

Burnett Thompson, Director. Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, as well as National Capital Bank.

Tickets: $15/advance, $20/day of
Show starts at 7:30pm on Wednesday, May 7 at the Hill Center, 921 Pennsylvania Ave SE

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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  Black & White Edition

Stephanie Bianco.  Artist selected for the Capitol Hill Art League's Black & White & in Between juried exhibition.  Photo courtesy of the artist.

Stephanie Bianco. Artist selected for the Capitol Hill Art League’s Black & White & in Between juried exhibition. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Friday, April 25

Mount Rainier Better Block– 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Mount Rainier’s Better Block Project kicks-off its third year of festivities featuring Lesole’s Dance Project, Urban Eats Arts and Music Café, Adinkra Cultural Arts Studio, Beloved Community Mosaics, artist Kenny George and Patrick McDonough’s Chard/Hops spot, a Hoop Jam by Noelle Powers to the body rollin’ tunes of BOOMscat, an open studio at Ani Kasten Ceramics, a pop-up exhibition by Krista Schlyer and family crafts with Community Forklift.  For a full description of this must go to event, click here.

The festivities will take place between Rhode Island Avenue and 34th Street in Mount Rainier, MD

Saturday, April 26

39th Street Gallery 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Artist Eric Rhein will hold an artist talk at the gallery to discuss his current exhibition Natural World.  The subject matter of Rhein’s mixed media work is heavily influenced by his HIV positive status.  To read more about natural world, click here.

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

Capitol Hill Art League–  5 p.m. to  7 p.m.

The Capitol Hill Art League’s Black & White & In Between exhibition will showcase league member’s work in all media.  Juror Richard Dana will speak at 5:30 p. m. to discuss his selection and process.  For a list of selected artists, click here.

The CHAL exhibition is located at 545 Seventh Street SE at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Saturday Workshops

CHAW–  10 a.m. to  12 p.m.

Take a classic black and white photography workshop with wet-lab; all materials included.  Details here.

SCRAP DC–  11 a.m. to  3 p.m.

SCRAP DC will help you turn invasive plants into paper and ink; create your own botanica art! Details here.

Sunday, April 27

Washington Project for the Arts– 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

You can’t take it with you when leave— so goes the saying.  However, as an artist, you can make plans to make sure your artwork is cared for when you pass.  The WPA presents a workshop about estate planning geared towards preserving and cataloging artwork for probate purposes.  Details here.

The workshop will be held in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Spring Studio Tours (Save the Dates!)

May 3— East DC Open Studios & Takoma Art Hop

May 10—  10th  Annual Gateway Arts District Open Studio Tour

May 17-18—  Mid-City Artists Open Studios

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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Fade 2 Grey: Exhibit and Artists Talk at Vivid Solutions Gallery

pic courtesy of Adrian Loving, Vivid Solutions

pic courtesy of Adrian Loving, Vivid Solutions

From the Gallery at Vivid Solutions:

Artist Talk: April 19, from 2-4pm         Exhibit Dates: March 7 – April 25

Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is a groundbreaking new solo art exhibition by artist Adrian Loving. His works explore androgyny, gender roles, fashion and the sensationalism of style in 80s pop music. Included in this show is an installation of rare album covers from the late 1970s through the mid 80s from Loving’s personal collection. Themes of New Wave, Punk, Electro Boogie, New Romantic, Sexy Robots, Hair Bands and Jheri Curl Funk all play out through the identity of the artists presented on each album. The primary focus of the exhibition will be a series of six video art installations that will explore the aesthetic tension of duality in the visual identity of select musicians including: Patti Smith, David Bowie, Grace Jones, Sylvester, Boy George and Prince all artists who have made an enduring statement in their musical careers through the use of androgyny. These short videos will be Loving’s aesthetic response to his impression of that duality and content of the musicians work. Each video contains a mix of sound, photography, video, text, pattern and rich color. Loving’s artistic goal is to tap into the unique essence, social power and flamboyance of how androgyny is played out in each musician. The viewer is challenged to make his or her own opinions about sexuality, gender and artistry as it relates to these legendary musical figures and confront Western society’s rigid constructs and viewpoints about gender.

*Please take note: Fade 2 Grey: Androgyny in Eighties Popular Music is the first exhibit at the new home of Vivid Solutions Gallery, located within the Anacostia Arts Center. The new address is 1231 Good Hope Rd. SE, just two doors down from its old location.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  H Street Voodoo Edition

"Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans."

“Voodoo queen Marie Laveau (1794–1881) by Frank Schneider (detail). Source: Louisiana State Museum, New Orleans.”

Thursday, April 3

Wild Hand Workspace– 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Illustrator Elizabeth Graeber’s work has been featured in numerous national publications.  Her whimsical, vibrantly colored work will be on display at the Wild Hand Workspace in Brookland .  To read more about Graeber’s work, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located in Studio 8, Monroe Market Artwalk (716 Monroe Street NE)

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Initiated in 2009, the WPA hosts a series of annual curator residencies known as InfoEX.  This week, international curator, critic and writer John Barrett-Lennard will discuss recent projects and developments in the art world.  For more information including the portfolio review sessions, click here.

The WPA Curator Talk is in the Capitol Skyline Hotel located at 10 I (eye) Street SW.

Saturday, April 5

Riversdale House Museum– 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange invites the public to draw inspiration from the Riversdale House Museum gardens and to create art.  The event is free and registration is not required.  For more information, click here.

The Riversdale House Museum is located at 4811 Rivtersdale Road, Riverdale, MD

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

Student shows are one of the best parts of the spring exhibition schedule.  This Saturday, students from George Mason and James Madison Universities will display recent work which “embraces process and explores new boundaries.” Details, click here.

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

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

At first glance, Baltimore-based artist Bobby Coleman’s work appears random and non-sequential. However, in The Things I Think I Can Make, Coleman’s work speaks a deliberate visual language that discusses the re-creation of urban objects derived from his memory.  This is the artist’s first solo show   For more information about Coleman’s work, click here.

RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor (above Atlas Vet)

Gallery O on H– 7 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

From 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.—  The gallery invites the public to view the art exhibition (non-ticketed).

From 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.— Prepare yourself for a night of  New Orleans style voodoo!  The ticketed event is produced by Cirque du Rouge, Gallery O and Palace Productions.  In Snake Oil, Holy Water & Sweet Tea the audience should prepare itself for a night of revelry and burlesque to include juxtapositions between “Shadowmen”- preachers, politicians and charlatans!  More information and required advanced ticket purchase here.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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