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Got Kids? Family Day at President Lincoln’s Cottage

pic courtesy of Popville

pic courtesy of Popville

Enjoy the Soldiers’ Home as the Lincoln family once did!  Activities are open to the public and free this Saturday, September 13th, from 10:00am til 3:00pm.  

Family members of all ages will enjoy the live entertainment and activities inspired by the Lincoln family and their life at the Soldiers Home. Activities include: DIY top hats, pony rides and a petting zoo featuring Tad Lincoln’s favorite animals (peacocks, goats, geese, and more), a Civil War encampment with military reenactors, Civil War-era games, live musical performances of Civil War-era tunes, and public picnicking grounds.

President Lincoln’s CottageUpshur St NW & Rock Creek Church Rd NW.  Advance registration requested.

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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.

Regular: $30.00
Student (w/ID): $20.00
Senior (60+): $20.00
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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Cineconcert Buster Keaton

college buster keaton

Students and alumni of all ages will enjoy this special film and concert event. Greene, Founder and Director of the Peacherine Ragtime Orchestra Society, will perform a live score for Buster Keaton’s 1927 classic, College (66 minutes). Keaton, the master of physical comedy, stars as a bookish college student who tries to win the heart of the girl of his dreams by becoming an athlete. After the film, enjoy a half-hour program of school-themed ragtime music.

The fun of a Buster Keaton movie is enjoying the “mildly amusing” and sometimes flat out hilarious physical gags Keaton manages to pull off, oftentimes in one take.  “In “College,” for example, Keaton is the coxswain of a rowing team who manages to overturn and sink his crew’s boat.”  Keaton is the father of physical comedy, so if you’ve enjoyed 22 Jump Street, you owe it to yourself to watch one of its very first forerunners.


Limited space; pick up free tickets beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Portrait Gallery’s G Street lobby. This program is jointly presented by the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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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,

pic courtesy of Celluloid Club,

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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STUPID F##KING BIRD: Sort of adapted from Chekhov’s The Seagull


It’s back! Woolly reunites the entire cast and creative team of Stupid F##king Bird, following its runaway success in the summer of 2013.

In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, award-winning playwright Aaron Posner wages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. An aspiring young director rampages against the art created by his mother’s generation. A nubile young actress wrestles with an aging Hollywood star for the affections of a renowned novelist. And everyone discovers just how disappointing love, art, and growing up can be.

Winner of two Helen Hayes awards including Outstanding Resident Play and Outstanding New Play or Musical Stupid F##king Bird will tickle, tantalize, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

Stupid F##king Bird will run July 28 to August 17.  Tickets start at $35 and up ($20 for 30 and under).

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