Weekend East City Event Round Up: July 22 – July 24 Edition

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Recent work by Pedro Boaventura. Image courtesy Gallery NK

Friday, July 22

 

Touchstone – 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Unscripted by Lina Alattar in Gallery B and Immersion by McCain McMurray in Gallery C open this Friday. For more details, click here.

Touchstone is located at 901 New York Ave. NW.

 

VisArts – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join VisArts for the openings of First Cut by Nicole Mueller, Trash by Eric Celarier, and the juried exhibition Gen-Y 3.0. For more details, click here.

VisArts is located at 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD.

 

Saturday, July 23

 

BlackRock Art Center – 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Lines/Edges features the work of Chee-Keong Kung as he straddles the line between planned composition and chance. For more information, click here.

BlackRock Art Center is located at 12901 Town Commons Dr., Germantown, MD.

 

Olly Olly – 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Cynthia Connolly, Margo Elsayd, Anne Smith, Diane Szczepaniak, and Elena Volkova participate in Making Space. For more details, click here.

Olly Olly is located at 10417 Main St., Fairfax, VA.

 

Gallery NK – 6 p.m.

Meet artist Pedro Boaventura during the opening reception of his solo exhibition, A Moment in Time. For more information, click here.

Gallery NK is located at 321 K St. NE.

 

Sunday, July 24

 

Torpedo Factory Art Center – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Commemorate the 47th anniversary of man’s landing on the moon with the exhibition Generations: Space Exploration from Inception to Cultural Memory. For more details, click here.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA.

 

Montpelier Arts Center – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Montpelier Arts Center invites experienced potters to create handmade bowls for the Capital Area Food Bank. For more details, click here.

Montpelier Arts Center is located at 9652 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, MD.

 

Mount Pleasant Artist Studios – 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Join Michael Crossett, Rose Jaffe, and Kate De Ciccio for a tour of the artists’ studios. For more information, click here.

The tour is located at 3112 Mt. Pleasant St. NW.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: July 14 – July 16 Edition

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Discuss immigration from the artist’s perspective this evening at American University’s Katzen Arts Center. Image courtesy Katzen Arts Center.

Thursday, July 14

 

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center – 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Hear artists of The Looking Glass group exhibition discuss their experiences immigrating to the US from Latin America. For more details, click here.

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

 

Torpedo Factory Art Center – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Kathleen Best Gillmann’s Vision at Water’s Edge features acrylic and oil paintings of shorelines and coastal regions throughout the US. For more details, click here.

Torpedo Factory Art Center is located at 105 North Union St., Studio 21, Alexandria, VA.

 

Friday, July 15

 

Flashpoint Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Cultivation/Harvest/Neglect is a series of wall-based sculptures by Katie Thibault. For more information, click here.

Flashpoint Gallery is located at 916 G St. NW.

 

DC Arts Center – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join DCAC for the annual edition of the 1460 Wallmountables exhibition. For more information, click here.

DCAC is located at 2438 18th St. NW.

 

Saturday, July 16

 

ReCreative Spaces – 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

ReCreative Spaces launches Art in the Park(ing lot) a summer-long community arts festival. For more details, click here.

The event is located at 1301 Rhode Island Ave. NE.

 

Washington Project for the Arts – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Broken Scissors, A Ghost, and Some More Old News features chapbooks, novels, and newspapers by artists from eight small publishers in North America and Europe. For more details, click here.

WPA is located at 2124 8th St. NW.

 

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Capitol Hill Art League’s Stu Searles opens In the Square. For more information, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th St. SE.

 

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: July 7 – July 10 Edition

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Art Books! Courtesy of the Mount Pleasant Library.

 

 Friday, July 8

 

The Verizon Gallery – 12 p.m. to 2 p.m.

Bill Hill invites visitors to a Brown Bag Lunch to discuss Color Chords: Vibrations of the Washington Color School. For more details, click here.

The Verizon Gallery is located at 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA.

 

MICA – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

MICA presents the 2016 Studio Art MFA Candidates’ group exhibition. For more information, click here.

The exhibition is located at Decker Gallery & Meyerhoff Gallery at 1303 W. Mount Royal Ave. and Riggs & Leidy Gallery at 131 W. North Ave.

 

1700 L Street – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join HEMPHILL for the opening of SYNTH SERIES 005: REVERB by the collaborative group TOKI. For more information, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1700 L St. NW.

 

Saturday, July 9

 

Addison/Ripley Fine Art – 11:30 a.m.

Isabel Manalo and Christopher Addison discuss the cultural inspirations of the works in the current exhibition, Unscripted, Naturally. For more details, click here.

Addison/Ripley Fine Art is located at 1670 Wisconsin Ave. NW.

 

Foundry Gallery – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Members of the Foundry Gallery present work in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. For more details, click here.

Foundry Gallery is located at 2118 8th St. NW.

 

Studio SoHy – 7 p.m.

A Ted Kliman Retrospective: From Darkness to Light presents a posthumous retrospective of the artist’s 30-year career. For more details, click here.

The exhibition is located at 5132 Baltimore Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

 

Sunday, July 10

 

DC Arts Center – 4 p.m.

Sarah West invites guests to discuss her exhibition, Vanishing Point, during the closing reception. For more information, click here.

DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th St. NW.

 

Saturday, July 9 and Sunday, July 10

 

The Clay CoOp – 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Proximity showcases the works of clay artists who live within a commutable distance to the Rockville studio. For more details, click here.

The Clay CoOp is located at 328 N. Stonestreet Ave., Rockville, MD.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: June 30 – July 2 Edition

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Night, Mount Gretna, 2014-2015, oil on linen, 36 x 48″ by Brian Kerdydatus. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Thursday, June 30

 

Washington Sculptors Group – 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join Washington Sculptors Group at the Sandy Spring Museum for the opening of Art in Nature. For details, click here.

Sandy Spring Museum is located at 17901 Bentley Rd., Sandy Spring, MD.

 

Greater Reston Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Mary B. Howard Artist Member Exhibition is the second biennial exhibition that highlights the talents of local artists. For more information, click here.

Greater Reston Arts Center is located at 12001 Market St., Suite 103, Reston, VA.

 

Friday, July 1

 

Washington Studio School – 6 p.m.

Brian Kerdydatus invites guests to discuss the works in his recent solo exhibition of paintings, prints, and drawings. For more details, click here.

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. ST. NW.

 

Saturday, July 2

 

Washington Sculptors Group – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Cartes Blanches is a group exhibition part of the 2016 Sculpture Now series. For more information, click here.

The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center is located at 40 South Carroll St., Frederick, MD.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: June 24 – June 26 Edition

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Sample work produced during the Third Annual Big Draw. Courtesy of Washington Studio School.

Friday, June 24

 

PGAAMCC – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

The Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center hosts #Solidaritrees with Omalara Williams McCallister, Black Lives Matter DC. This interactive community based art project is part of the Celebrating Black Arts and Culture series. For more details, click here.

The PGAAMCC is located at 4519 Rhode Island Ave., North Brentwood, MD.

 

Saturday, June 25

 

Joe’s Movement Emporium – 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Creative Edge Collaborative leads a discussion on how independent film disrupts Hollywood’s business model. For more details, click here.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Rd., Mount Rainier, MD.

 

Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Joins the National Postal Museum for Family Day filled with free children’s art activities. For more information, click here.

The National Postal Museum is located at 2 Massachusetts Ave. NE.

 

39th Street Gallery – 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Artist-in-Residence, Jodie Ferrier, discusses her last four months working at the Gateway Arts Center. For more information, click here.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

 

Brentwood Arts Exchange – 2 p.m.

Carol Barsha discusses her exhibition Between the Real and the Imagined. For more details, click here.

Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

 

Arlington Arts Center – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Arlington Arts Center opens Strange Landscapes, Austin Shull Reconciliation and Materialized Magic. For more details, click here.

Arlington Arts Center is located at 3550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA.

 

Hamiltonian – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Hamiltonian welcomes Christie Neptune in her Washington, DC solo debut She Fell From Normalcy. For more information, click here.

Hamiltonian is located at 1353 U St. NW.

 

Blind Whino – 8 .m. to 11 p.m.

In Querencia, Taylor White explores human nature and emotion through the human form. For more details, click here.

Blind Whino is located at 700 Delaware Ave. SW.

 

Sunday, June 26

 

Washington Studio School – 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Join the fourth annual Big Draw at Washington Studio School. For more information, click here.

Washington Studio School is located at 2129 S. St. NW.

 

(Up)Rising Festival – 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The second year of this choose-your-own-art-adventure festival includes over 45 artists and organizations celebrating local art. For more information, click here.

The festival is located along the 600-2300 Blocks of Rhode Island Ave. NE.

 

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The Park at Fourteenth: Downtown DC Red Carpet Dining

IMG_2555In lieu of the usual restaurant review, DC Style Is Real brings you a glimpse of a real-life back and forth about a recent dining experience at The Park at Fourteenth.  Two DC ladies reflect on a fun weeknight out in McPherson Square over GChat.

 

The Park at Fourteenth treated us to dinner, showing us that the place is a restaurant in its own right, as well as a consistently upbeat and fancy-schmancy nightclub.  We were…underdressed.

 

Anna: Haley, it was an honor to be your plus one. If we both weren’t married I could definitely see this as a place to go to meet someone.  And we should go again (and also make reservations because that place is mad busy during happy hour).
Haley: I know!  Everyone there (except us) was dressed to the nines.  I was wondering how this red carpet experience has been hiding in plain sight in downtown DC.
A: I don’t know if it’s been hiding–I think there was actually a red carpet outside?–but it’s not a place a quiet gal like me usually notices.  I do wonder how people in this city meet other people outside of places like work. I think lounges must play a big role. Would you call The Park a lounge?
H: I guess so, but it was so crowded with gussied up 30-somethings that it didn’t have that relaxed feel.  I would call it a “meet market” in a good way.  People were so friendly!  Even though it was totally crowded, everywhere I went, people smiled and interacted with me, which is way more than I’ve come to expect at most places.
So, we covered the friendly/fancy vibes.  What about the food?
A: Well, we started off with drinks– mine was house red, nothing here nor there to speak of, followed by a Caesar salad from the prix fixe menu. The croutons were banging.
H: Same here!  I was a big fan of the mixed green salad.  Thanks to the large chunks of blue cheese (fresh, not from a container), whole pecans, and cranberries, it wasn’t a boring salad at all.  As part of the 3-course special for $35, we also got entrees.  Mine was fabulous and just the right portion size: I had blackened salmon with asparagus.  The fish was done correctly, flaky and not dry at all.  A solid choice for anyone not wanting to overindulge.
A: I sort of wanted that (and also the jerk chicken wings, because nearly every table had them and they looked amazing) but I got the angus beef ribeye and switched out the loaded baked potato for mac and cheese. It was a lot of food!  But I ate it all, so I must have been ravenous. As for the quality and all, the steak was a good cut — not awesome, not bad, just did the trick — but was plenty juicy. The mac and cheese did not last long, so clearly it was yummy.
H: Don’t forget the shoestring fries on top!
A: Oh yeah! Good memory! Yeah that plate was fully of cheesy fried goodness and I cleaned. it. up.
H: On to dessert!  I had the lime parfait, and that really hit the spot on a warmish evening.  It comes chilled in a glass, so getting to enjoy it after dinner as we were sitting on the back patio was really enjoyable and relaxing.
A: It looked amazing! I sort of regret not trying it. I’m trying to curb a mean sugar addiction, which means basically abstaining from most sugars. I ordered the bread pudding anyway because it was part of the prix fixe meal and took it home to my husband.
Who forgot about it and it was never eaten!
H: Really?  That’s so sad!!!
So what was your overall impression of the place?
A: It was really fun! And perhaps a little over-stimulating! It didn’t just feel like dinner, it felt like an outing. I would take someone here to have a fun night out.
What about you? Did you have a good time despite beer bottles falling on the back of your chair?
H: That’s a good point, it did feel like more than just dinner.  It was an experience, all the way from the handsome bouncer at the door checking IDs to the stellar and personable service.
A: Oh yeah, our server Julie was fantastic. Super friendly, explaining the drinks and everything. Which is hard when you’re thronged by people.
H: AND she did not take notes when she took our order.  This really blew me away, because even though you made substitutions, she got everything right!
A: My final thought is this place is fun and clearly the epicenter of activity in McPherson Square. Go! And bring yo pumps in your purse!
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Weekend East City Event Round Up: June 16 – June 18 Edition

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Photo: Juan Downey, Detail from The Looking Glass, 1981. Video still. Courtesy of the Estate of Juan Downey.

Thursday, June 16

 

Washington Project for the Arts – 6:30 p.m.

Kemi Ilesanmi, Executive Director of The Laundromat Project, will discuss her organization’s work with community art. For more information, click here.

Washington Project for the Arts is located at 2124 8th St. NE.

 

Woolly Mammoth Theater – 6:30 p.m.

Sheldon Scott leads a discussion on recently curated exhibition Radical Re-Imaginings: Our Racialized Past, Present and Future. For more information, click here.

Woolly Mammoth Theater is located at 641 D Street, NW.

 

Friday, June 17

 

Carroll Square Gallery – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Sarah Irvin, Anne Smith, and Sarah Zuckerman Dolan present exhibit new work in Pathways. For more details, click here.

Carroll Square Gallery is located at 975 F St. NW.

 

Studio 1469 – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Nalinee Darmrong’s The Smiths: 1985-1986 unveils twenty never-seen-before photographs of The Smiths. For more information, click here.

Studio 1469 is located at 1469 Harvard St. NW.

 

VisArts Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Join VisArts for the opening of their June exhibitions Even the Stars by Pat Alexander, Future Unknown by Brad Blair, and An Infinite Distance Between Two Points by Blake Carrington. For more details, click here.

VisArts Gallery is located at 155 Gibbs St., Rockville, MD.

 

Saturday, June 18

 

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery – 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Sam Feldman and Fred Spero of the National Widowers Organization host a panel discussion concurrent with Gretchen Feldman’s The Healing Studio. For more details, click here.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery is located at 1632 U St. NW.

 

Alper Initiative for Washington Art – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art presents The Looking Glass featuring Ten DC-based Latin-American artists. For more information, click here.

The Alper Initiative for Washington Art is located at 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW.

 

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