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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.

We Want the Funk!

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , , on June 20, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

This year’s Smithsonian Folklife Festival kicks off with the free “Bring Back the Funk” concert presented by The National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall, Wednesday, June 27, from 6 pm to 9 pm in the Festival’s “Panorama Room” performance tent between 12th and 14th Streets. “Bring Back the Funk” will open the Folklife Festival’s evening concert series and will take place within view of the future site of the museum. Music legend George Clinton will be joined by Meshell Ndegeocello, Ivan Neville and Dumpstaphunk.  Tom Joyner who will serve as emcee for this summer spectacular. The concert is part of a year-long series of events celebrating the groundbreaking of The National Museum of African American History and Culture and Black Music Month.

Keepers of the Craft

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

Many can dance, but not everyone can dance like Bill T. Jones. Many can sing, but not everyone can sing like Audra McDonald. Many can rap, but not everyone can craft complex raps over beats and rhythms like the 54 rap artists that Ice-T has assembled for his highly anticipated documentary Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. Ice-T interviews icons KRS-One, Rakim, Chuck D, Ice Cube, Eminem, Big Daddy Kane and a plethora of younger artists. Rappers share from a more intimate place about themselves and their art. The limited Washington, DC engagement of Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap begins at E Street Cinema on June 15.

Cinco de Mayo on the Mall

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

The Maru Montero Dance Company will host its 20th Annual National Cinco de Mayo Festival on Saturday, May 5, 2012 at the Sylvan Stage on the National Mall to celebrate Latin American dance, music and crafts. Although a Mexican celebration in origin, the Cinco de Mayo Festival has become a larger “Latin American Family Reunion” according to organizers. The anticipated festival provides an opportunity to explore the rich history, culture and ethnic diversity that is the foundation of Latin Americans in the United States. The Festival is Free and open to all, the event will be held rain or shine and everyone is encouraged to attend. Activities begin at noon and run until 6:00pm.

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.

Do you like it RAW?

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , on February 28, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

It is about to get all the way RAW in the District again Thursday, March 8 beginning at 8:00pm inside Café Asia, 1720 I Street NW, with the latest installation of the RAW: natural born artists series. RAW creates a one night showcase event that features local creativity in all of its flavors. The March gathering is being promoted as STIMULUS and will showcase the photography, art, fashion and live performances from 27 artists from the Washington area. Every month RAW hand selects and showcases artists in film, fashion, music, art, performing art, hairstyling, makeup artistry and photography. RAW is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists.

done & undun

Posted in Culture with tags on December 2, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Think you are done with 2011? Wait, not so fast. You won’t officially be done with the year until after you have picked up a copy of the much anticipated new project from The Roots, undun and purchased tickets to one of their two shows on December 29 and 30 at the Fillmore Silver Spring. undun is built as an existential re-telling of the short life of one Redford Stephens (1974-1999). Through the use of emotives and Redford’s internal dialogues the album seeks to illustrate the intersection of free will and prescribed destiny as it plays out ‘on the corner’.


Angels Come to Sing

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on October 17, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

If you have ever wanted to know what angels sound like you don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to find out. The angelic voices of the world renowned Morgan State University Choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Conway will be visiting Washington, DC on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm for a concert benefitting the Vestah W. Byle Scholarship Fund that assists DC area students with financial assistance to attend Morgan State. The concert, held annually at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street NW, is sponsored by the Morgan State University Alumni Association – DC Metropolitan Area Chapter in collaboration with the Shiloh Baptist Church HBCU Council.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

Seoul in the City

Posted in Culture, DC: Dining & Cocktails, Politics with tags , , , , on October 12, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

The evening of October 13 the Obama administration will open the doors of the White House to host a state dinner honoring the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. This is the fifth state dinner hosted by the administration. If you didn’t get an invitation don’t be disappointed. Washingtonians have several other ways to learn more and to get a taste of the beautifully rich South Korean culture. For those with a literal appetite Mandu has been offering delicious traditional Korean food in DC since 2006. Both their original location on 18th Street NW and their newest addition on K Street NW continue to get rave reviews.

If something more appealing to the eye than the stomach is what you seek, stop by the Freer Gallery of Art for a visit to the Korean ceramics exhibition. The collection includes ceramics made from 200 to 1900. Throughout November the Freer will hold a series of events including movies and live performances in celebration of the reopening of their Korea gallery. It kicks off Friday, November 4 at 7pm with a free performance by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.

The Embassy of South Korea is always a wealth of information on activities and programs that bring better understanding of culture and commerce between the US and South Korea all year round. Seoul meets soul in the District.

Beats, Rhymes & Life

Posted in Culture with tags , , on July 14, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Friday, July 15 E Street Cinema will host a limited engagement run of the much talked about new documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest. Directed by Michael Rapaport, the film explores one of the most influential and groundbreaking musical groups in hip-hop history.  Filmed in 2008 when they reunited to perform sold-out concerts across the country, almost ten years after the release of their last album, the film captures the story of how their personal differences and unresolved conflicts continue to be a threat to their creative cohesion according to press notes.


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