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Taste Your Music Benefit Concert at the Hamilton

imageThursday, September 3, 2015
The Hamilton Live

Gourmet Symphony and Capital City Symphony co-host a celebratory evening of curated cocktails, cuisine, and music benefiting Taste Your Music, the community outreach project that feeds and inspires DC’s residents in need. A portion of the event’s proceeds benefit Bread for the City, Miriam’s Kitchen, and So Others Might Eat.

Following Gourmet Symphony’s celebrated approach to reimagining the symphonic music experience, the Benefit Concert will showcase a menu of curated cocktails, cuisine, and classical music that highlights the cultural and historical connections between food and music. The nontraditional atmosphere encourages guests to explore the venue, meet the musicians, and engage with the orchestra and each other through conversation and social media.

The evening’s program features a four-course dinner and paired beverage menu masterfully designed by Taste Your Music culinary partners, Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo of The Hamilton and Andrew Markert of Beuchert’s Saloon, in collaboration with Gourmet Symphony’s artistic and culinary curators. Each pairing draws inspiration from the composers’ cultural heritage, the lyrics sung, and Taste Your Music’s custom-designed meals, which were served to and enjoyed by hundreds of DC residents in need over the summer.

6:30 pm VIP reception (for sponsors only)/7:30 pm GA doors & cocktails/8 pm dinner & live orchestra

Tickets start at $99 and are currently on sale here. For more information, go to

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Hot 5 @ Hill Center: Jazz on a Summer Eve

pic courtesy of DC Music Download

pic courtesy of DC Music Download

In Corner Store, bassist and composer Kris Funn mingles blues and jazz with hip-hop and gospel, creating a rollicking sound that extends the lineage of American music into a funkier future.

Funn grew up in Baltimore before attending Howard University and settling in the D.C. area; since then he’s toured and recorded with jazz stars like Christian Scott, Tunde Adjuah and Kenny Garrett. His bluesy, big-boned bass playing is Corner Store’s foundation, and its lighter fluid. From there, the quartet’s sound twists upward like smoke, kindled by crackling drums and snaky electric guitar.

Read more and listen to Funn recent show at Twin’s Jazz here.

The free show runs from 5:00pm til 7:00pm, Sunday, May 17
Hill Center, 
921 Pennsylvania Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003

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The Arts & Humanities Festival at St. Elizabeth’s East is a free festival showcasing the history, culture and community of Ward 8 in Washington, DC. The events feature an exciting scope of activities, live performances, art exhibits, readings and workshops that will be fun for the entire family!

Starting at 11:00amAugust 17-18 at St. Elizabeth’s East, 1100 Alabama Ave SE.

Made possible through a grant awarded by the Deputy Mayor’s Office of Planning and Economic Development, the FREE festival series the festival will be held over two amazing days with a closing event on Sunday, August 18, 2013.  The heart of the festival is located in the center of one of the District’s most prized historic campuses, St. Elizabeth’s East, in the 1100 block of Alabama Avenue SE.  The East Campus will soon be the home of a new Gateway Pavilion currently under construction and slated to open in September 2013. The Pavilion will serve as a gateway to the St. Elizabeth’s East Innovation Hub  and will usher in a new chapter of visitors to the campus, including local residents and the 3,700 U.S. Coast Guard employees set to start arriving on the nearby West Campus in August 2013. The Arts & Humanities Festival is the perfect platform to embrace the changes to the historic campus, while celebrating the District’s and Ward 8 community’s rich heritage, culture and creativity.

The Summer Celebration Weekend will highlight a wide array of local musicians, great performances and speakers including Faycez U Know, Rashida Tulani Jolley and Double Nickles Theatre on Saturday, August 17th. An amazing Sunday Praise Break will showcase area gospel talents on the afternoon of Sunday, August 18th. DC favorites Christylez Bacon and Tabi Bonney will close out the day with ultra-cool hip-hop performances!

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Temporium Super Saturday Edition

DMV International Film Festival (all weekend)

The DMV International Festival at the Brentwood Arts Exchange will show a series of Arthouse films by international and local producers.  Tickets are $10.  Of note are the following films:

  • Friday, June 15th 5pm – 7:30pm
    Featured Film: Film Screening of ‘Tin Man” (Dublin, Ireland)
  • Saturday, June 16th 11am – 4:30pm
    Featured Event: “The Actors’ Intensive” Workshop with Winsome Sinclair
  • Sunday, June 17th 6:00pm – 7:30pm
    Featured Film: Film Screening of “Chocolate City” and “Charlie Casanova”

For addition information including instruction on how to purchase tickets, click hereBrentwood Arts Exchange @ Gateway Arts Center  is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood, MD.

Saturday June 16

LUMEN8Anacostia Festival Finale (6pm to 11pm)

The four month Anacostia temporium festival of light, music and art comes to a close the Saturday.  The event features a star-studded line up of local talent.  The schedule is as follows:

  • H Street Playhouse and The Theater Alliance
  • Southeast Trinity & Verbal Gymnastics at Honfleur Gallery
  • The DJ Eskimo Show at Vivid Solutions Gallery
  • A Chuck Brown Tribute at We Act Radio 1918 MLK Ave
  • Stephan Laplanche Open Studio
  • Temporiums, food trucks and live music

For more information including about this event including event locations and times, click here.

Art in the Alley (6pm to 10pm)

Building on the successes of last fall’s first Art in the Alley event, the residents of Trinidad, will host a display of artwork in the alley behind the 1200 block of Morse Street NE. Works will include visual and performance art as well as music and libations.  For more information click here.

Art in the Alley is located between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave and Morse St NE


Artland Temporium Brookland (6:30pm to 9:30pm)

One of four DC Office of Planning and Artplace America grants awarded to improve commercial areas with dormant commercial storefronts, Artland promises to continue in the tradition of LUMEN8Anacostia with its own local “Brooklandian” flavor.  Of note is the 12th Street Gallery, a pop space organized by Danceplace that will pay homage to Hispanic culture via a group show of mixed media visual art.  For more information click here.

The 12th Street Gallery is located at 3500 12th Street NE

Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief of East City Art.  You can get more information about East HaCity Art on Facebook  or follow them on Twitter

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Cherryblast from the Past: Weekend Wrapup

pic courtesy of National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherryblast, the annual closing party of the Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored lovingly by Philippa Hughes and her Pink Line Project, was, unsurprisingly, a blast this past weekend in Anacostia.  The art, the games, the shows, the people were all part of a new and exploratory DC.  There were the usual suspects: aerial trapeze artists, a Bluebrain collaborative feature (pretty cool: in a four story elevator shaft), and an all-girl drum corps.

The not-so-usual suspects dropped in: The Floating Lab Collective, a group of artists who work to “expand the space of art into public space and to expand the discourse about contemporary art.”  Cool right?  As I walked into their van (I know, I know), the artist told me that there were paper bags of Mobile Memorials.  Anyone could take one (become a ReDistributor), providing they put it somewhere public and “check in” its location on the website.  Hopefully I’ll start seeing some of these objects around town!

The old DC Police evidence warehouse has effectively become Lightbox, an open and roomy space especially suited to video installations.  Listening to acoustic guitar strummed by a hipster-chanteuse while standing next to the old Medication Room and looking out the broken glass windows at downtown DC was…surreal.  And a ton of fun.

I’m eager to see how Anacostia develops as a new art hot spot in DC, “activating abandoned spaces with the arts“.  For more info, search #lightboxdc on Twitter.

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To Do Saturday: Cherryblast!

Not to be missed, Cherryblast IV will take place this Saturday at the Lightbox in Anacostia.  Following close on the heels of the hugely successful Lumen8 Anacostia opening party last week, Cherryblast! will feature artists, musicians, audio-visual installations, and I can’t wait to find out what else.  For a full list, click here.

As an official part of the Cherry Blossom Festival AND a Pink Line Project…project, it’s sure to be a thought out, delightful, and fully funded good time.  The crowds have gotten bigger and the lines have gotten longer each year, so come early.

Get your $10 tickets while you still can!

Starts at 8pm Saturday, 2235 Shannon Place SE.  Buses will depart from H Street and Dupont.  The Anacostia Metro is two blocks away.  Plenty of street parking.

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After Work Special: Birdlips

After work tomorrow, make sure to scurry over the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage for a free 6:00 performance by Birdlips.  I can’t think of a better way to swing into a gorgeous, sunny weekend than with this duo’s soothing, beachy sound.  Take a listen.

The Millennium Stage has free shows every day at 6:00.  From gospel to folk to dance, it’s never a disappointment.  And it’s always free!

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