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Cause Its Good

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , , , , , on April 26, 2013 by substanceandstyledc

175545_372083282869238_510260500_oIn a city where new becomes old very fast there is a U Street area bar and restaurant that opened several months ago that is only gaining in popularity. Why? Perhaps it is because it has a friendly staff, or because it has great food, maybe because it has cool cocktails and beer selections.  One might also think it is because all the profits from this philanthropub go to charitable organizations.  Located at 1926 9th Street NW, just two blocks from the U Street Metro station, Cause bills itself as a bar where having a good time helps a worthy cause.  Try it. Cause we know you’ll love it too.

A Beautiful Sound in the Neighborhood

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , on January 3, 2013 by substanceandstyledc
Jessye Norman

Jessye Norman

The National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) is making U Street, Howard University, Shaw, and Logan Circle the focus of its free community engagement activities in January 2013. Between January 8 and 14, members of the NSO are breaking into small ensembles to perform chamber music and educational activities as requested by community organizations. The NSO has worked with approximately 20 partners in these communities, and has agreed to fulfill more than 30 activities requested by the neighborhoods. Venues include the Lincoln Theater, Florida Avenue Baptist Church, Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, Whole Foods and Dahlak Eritrean Restaurant.

The culminating event in the will be a concert by the full NSO at Howard University’s Cramton Auditorium, January 14, at 7 p.m. which will be led by NSO Music Director Christoph Eschenbach and NSO Principal Pops Conductor Steven Reineke. The celebrated soprano Jessye Norman, a graduate of Howard University, will perform, and the program will include the Washington premiere of George Walker’s Sinfonia No. 4, co-commissioned by the NSO. Events are free but some do require registration in advance. View the full schedule here.

Community Forums on Arts Funding in the District

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on November 2, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Election Day isn’t the only time to weigh in on what is going on in your community. Help shape the landscape of art grants in Washington, DC.   On Thursday, November 8th and Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) will host open forums to receive feedback from the District’s arts community on upcoming plans for the increased arts budget for FY 2013. The top priority of the forums will be to discuss the agency’s new grant program, the Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG).

The Arts Stabilization Grant (ASG) is one-time funding to support cultural organizations that have demonstrated a long-term impact within the District of Columbia. The program provides general operating funds to arts and humanities organizations whose primary function is exhibition, presentation or training in the arts and humanities.

The forum on November 8th will take place at the University of the District of Columbia in Building 44, Room A05. Attendees are encouraged to take Metro due to parking restrictions. The nearest metro rail station is Van Ness (Red Line). The following week, the DCCAH will host its second forum on November 14th at the new DCCAH office at 200 I (Eye) Street, Southeast, in the conference room. The Navy Yard Metro station (Green Line) is two blocks from to the office. Public transportation is encouraged because of limited street parking. Photo identification is required to enter the DCCAH office building. Both forums will begin at 6:00 PM and will run until 8:00 PM.

In preparation for the forums, the DCCAH released a survey for members of the D.C. arts community to participate in. To take part in the survey, here. For more information, contact Ebony C. Blanks.

Back to School & Back to Beautiful

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on July 27, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

 

Registration is now open for the 7th annual DC Public Schools (DCPS) Beautification Day on Saturday, August 25, 2012 from 8:00am to 1:00pm. This annual DCPS event was established in 2005 as a citywide “spruce up” of all DC public school buildings in preparation for the first day of school. Volunteers are needed at over 100 schools. Efforts will include landscaping, trash pick-up, light painting, planting flowers, setting up classrooms, creating leveled book rooms and other beautification efforts. DCPS will provide the supplies, water and a t-shirt. You will provide a great service to your community!

Perfection on Penn

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags , , , , on July 13, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

The most exciting arrival on Pennsylvania Avenue NW since President Obama was welcomed to his new home in January 2009 took place last night July 12 with the opening party for Del Frisco’s Grille. Obama brought an excitement and fresh vibe to the 1600 block of Pennsylvania Avenue and following his lead Del Frisco’s is doing the same for the 1200 block. With a tasty menu of what owners are calling “a modern twist on the classic bar and grill” they have brought some excitement to the dining and bar options in an area that had been longing for something fresh. Del Frisco’s is certain to become a favorite for the lawyers, lobbyists and public servants that work in the surrounding blocks and now have a new place to play. It is a perfect addition to the neighborhood.

Art for All

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on June 13, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Art is for everyone and with that belief the DC Commission on Arts and Humanities has opened up their Art Bank Collection in a new way to make it even more accessible for more to enjoy.  The Art Bank Collection is a collection of artworks purchased from District artists and placed in District Government buildings throughout the city. This year DC Commission on Arts and Humanities has created wallpapers of more than 20 paintings and photographs that can be placed on your computer desktop and mobile phone or tablet. Step-by-step instructions are provided on the site.

Put a Poem in Your Pocket

Posted in Culture with tags , , on April 25, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Dolores Kendrick, a native Washingtonian, published author and respected voice has served as the Poet Laureate of the District Columbia since 1999. In her role as Poet Laureate she engages residents in programs and events to highlight poetry in the District. April 26, 2012 is a day that every Washingtonian can help do the same thing by participating in Poem in Your Pocket Day.

In 2002 Poem in Your Pocket Day began as part of National Poetry Month celebration in New York and has since spread across the United States. The idea is simple. Choose a poem that you love, carry it in your pocket and share it with friends, colleagues and strangers when you have the chance during the course of the day.

If you don’t have a favorite poem don’t worry. Poets.org provides an entire page dedicated to Washington poets, poems about the District and resources to connect you to writing centers and festivals throughout the year. You can also find venues to share your own poetry by visiting Poetry in DC.  The site is a popular blog that keeps a current list of opportunities in the Washington area to listen to and share your poetry at open mic nights and other special events. You can also follow Poetry in DC on Twitter. The handle is aptly: @poetryindc

For those more interested in digging deeper in the works of other Washington poets, the Washington DC Poetry Tour provides that opportunity. The Poetry Foundation allows guests to download free audio tours and maps that use poets and poetry to explore the National Mall and Northwest DC. On their site you can also download a walking tour beginning at the Library of Congress and ending in Dupont Circle. The online and audio tour features poems written in and about DC.

On April 26 if someone asks if that is a poem in your pocket or if you are just happy to see them – answer both.

iWish

Posted in Culture with tags , , on April 25, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

Wishes and dreams do come true. Now through June 1, if you are in the Washington area you can share your wish others. The whimsical Natural Wishing by Chrysanne Stathacos enables participants to connect with “wishing actions” from around the world. Join hundreds of others in tying your wish to a tree at the Textile Museum, Hill Center and Sasha Bruce, a non-profit that provides homes for homeless children. People will also be able to call (202) 715- 1737 a number advertised on dozens of buses touring DC to leave or hear wishes. You can also taking a wishing journey around the world here.


The Great Debate

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , on April 11, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

On April 14, Centric, in partnership with the Office of Cable Television, celebrates the freeing of slaves in Washington, DC with the DC Emancipation Day 150th Anniversary Great Debate.  Nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation, President Abraham Lincoln freed the enslaved workers and laborers of DC making them the first freed by the federal government.

In 1858 there was a seven debate series between Democratic Senate nominee Abraham Lincoln and Republican Senate nominee Stephen Douglas dealing with many issues Lincoln would face as President.  The main issue discussed throughout the series was slavery and brought forth Lincoln’s famous quote   “A house divided against itself cannot stand. I believe this government cannot endure permanently half-slave and half-free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved – I do not expect the house to fall – but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing or all the other.”

The DC Emancipation Day 150th Anniversary Great Debate will address key matters affecting African Americans today. The economy, unemployment, health care, education and the upcoming Presidential election may all be covered in the 90 minute program. There will be four panelists (confirmed to date are Georgetown University professor/author Michael Eric Dyson and minister/civil rights activist/radio & television host Reverend Al Sharpton). BET News’ TJ Holmes will moderate the session where each panelist will have ten minutes to state their position on a topic and five minutes will be allocated for rebuttals.

The DC Emancipation Day 150th Anniversary Great Debate will be held at the historic Lincoln Theatre located in the urban cultural U Street corridor from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.  The Office of Cable Television will live stream the event on their website and a feed will be available to BET.com/Centrictv.com to live stream as well. Centric will edit down the debate into an hour show to broadcast at a later date.

A Second Act for the Howard Theatre

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , on April 9, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

This week a treasured venue of Washington, DC cultural life will re-open its doors after a $29 million dollar renovation. The stage of the historic Howard Theatre  where the careers of Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Marvin Gaye and many others were launched has been restored her glory. It is only fitting that the new generation of performers who will be presented at the venue are direct descendants of such legacy. Acts booked in coming weeks include Wale, Chaka Khan, Yaasin Bey and The Roots.

As important as the music being performed in the venue is the fine detail in the resurrection of the external façade of the building and the newly unveiled statue of Duke Ellington that sits outside. The statue is a captures the spirit of the most remarkable cultural ambassador and favorite son of the District. Inside and out the Howard Theatre gives Washingtonians an opportunity to pay homage to the music of yesterday and the artists of today.

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