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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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Weekend East City Event Round Up:  End of Days Edition

"Pat Autenrieth.  Untitled study (electric grid), 2005, machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted, 26" x 33" (65 x 84 cm). Courtesy of the Artist."

“Pat Autenrieth. Untitled study (electric grid), 2005, machine pieced, appliquéd and quilted, 26″ x 33″ (65 x 84 cm). Courtesy of the Artist.”

Saturday March 8

Harmony Hall Gallery– 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

In Thoughtless, Patricia Autenrieth creates work by stitching together mediums as disparate as photographs, fabric and rubber stamps. The end result resembles what most people recognize as a quilt.  An artistic pioneer, Autenrieth championed this medium long before it gained greater recognition in the art world through the advent of feminism and material studies.  Read more about Thoughtless here.

Harmony Hall is located at 10701 Livingston Rd, Fort Washington, MD

Catalyst Projects– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Catalyst Projects will be hosting a closing party to celebrate their six month run at Studio 13 on the Monroe Street Art Walk.  The gallery owners will be shifting their exhibition strategy to a pop-up model. DC-based band These Quiet Colors will perform to mark the occasion.  For the complete line-up, click here.

Catalyst Projects is located in Studio 13, Monroe Market Artwalk (700 block of Monroe Street NE)

Off Rhode Gallery– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

To commemorate the gallery’s Amazing Marvels group show which elevates freak-show and circus acts to fine-art status, Night of a 1,000 Hot Dogs celebrates the banal and the freakish through ordinary food and uncommon art.  The gallery has requested advanced registration and a nominal donation prior to attending.  Registration information here.

Off Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Avenue NE

 

NOTE: The Brentwood Arts Exchange GMU & JMU student exhibition will NOT open this Saturday and is rescheduled for next Saturday, April 5.

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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Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Spring will Come Edition

"Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist."

“Barabara Januszkiewicz at Under the Influence. Photo courtesy of the artist.”

Friday March 21

Salve Regina Gallery– 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Selman Gallery– 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Two seniors from Catholic University have assembled a group of well-known local artists for Under the Influence: Reverberations of the Washington Color School.   These eight DC artists selected works from their personal art files which represent pieces influenced by the Washington Color SchoolFor list of artists and directions click here.

Salve Regina gallery is located in Salve Regina Hall on the CUA Campus, 620 Michigan Avenue NE

The Victor L Selman Community Gallery is located at 3305 8th Street NE

 

Saturday March 22

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

In Natural World, artist Eric Rhein catalogs the world he has come to understand as a man living with HIV-AIDS.  Transcending his vulnerability, Rhein creates works in all mediums including photography, mixed-media and sculpture.  The exhibition includes a memorial to people the artist has lost to the disease.  Details here.

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

Washington Project for the Arts– 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Now in its 33rd year, the WPA gala and arts auctions is one of DC’s premiere art events and expos.  Friday March 21 is the last day to view Select 2014 before Saturday’s ticketed event.   Full description here.    

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

 

Saturday Workshops

CHAW– 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Sumi-e Ink (last week): Chrysanthemum– Details and registration here.

Black and White Photography- all equipment, materials included – Details and registration here.

Brookland Art Lofts – 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Street Art Experience with Brookland Artist Rajan Sedalia – Details and registration here.

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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Dolcezza Opens Factory to the Public

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As a Dolcezza fan, I’m passing along this release from Dolcezza Gelato, my personal favorite gelato (or ice cream) in the DC area.

Dolcezza Gelato is pleased to announce our state-of-the-art gelato factory + coffee lab factory at 550 Penn Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002, just steps from Union Market, will officially open to the public NEXT FRIDAY, March 21st.

Opening weekend hours:

Friday 3/21 – noon to 5 PM
Saturday 3/22 and Sunday 3/23 – noon to 7 PM

Since December 2013, the 4,000 square-foot warehouse space has been used to produce 300 seasonally driven flavors of gelato and sorbetto. Now, guests will have the opportunity to visit the factory to experience gelato and sorbetto as they are being churned daily, with five to six flavors in production at any given time.

Additionally, we will debut new creations including Thai Coconut Milk with chocolate chili crumble; Singing Dog Vanilla with rosemary brown sugar walnuts, as well as Valrhona Chocolate with homemade peanut butter topped with salted Hubs Virginia peanuts and whipped cream.

As part of the opening weekend festivities, Dolcezza will be offering free public tours on Friday, March 21st, Saturday, March 22nd, and Sunday, March 23rd at 2 PM and 4 PM. Guests will also receive half priced pre-packaged pints of gelato and sorbetto.

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