Archive for August, 2011

Call to Chapel

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on August 30, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Their mantra is simple, “grow deeper in faith and wider in community.” With that being said the historic Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel at Howard University has continued to open its doors for fellowship to the Washington community for years. Chapel service isn’t just for Howard students and alum, like the word of God it is for everyone. Under the leadership of Dr. Bernard Richardson, the Dean of Chapel, Sunday service has seen an increase in attendance. Because of the growth in attendees, services are now held in Cramton Auditorium.

August through May, some of the world’s most respected ministers enlighten with their sermons during the 11:00am service. The recently released schedule of speakers through May 2012 includes Bishop Rudolph W. McKissik, Jr., Rev. Dr. Floyd H. Flake, Rev. Dr. Jeremiah A. Wright, Jr., Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie and Rev. Dr. Renita J. Weems. View the complete calendar here.


Broadway Bound

Posted in Culture with tags on August 24, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

When the Broadway bound production of Stick Fly arrives at the Cort Theatre November 18 with an official opening night set for early December it will have with it a touch of Washington, DC. Award winning costume designer and longtime Washingtonian Reggie Ray has been selected to design costumes for the show directed by Kenny Leon and produced by Alicia Keys. A Helen Hayes award winner, his work has graced the stages of the Studio Theater, Arena Stage and the John F. Kennedy for the Performing Arts locally and numerous stages throughout the United States. Previously, he has lent his creative talents to shows directed by Debbie Allen, George Faison, Mike Malone and Joy Zinoman to name a few.  In 2009 he was honored by the National Black Theatre Festival.

According to press notes Stick Fly chronicles what happens during the summer weekend stay of a well to do African American family at their Martha’s Vineyard mansion when the two adult sons bring their respective ladies (one black and one white) to meet the parents. A hilarious look at race, class and identity politics ensues.

Art on the Wall | Art on the Street

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on August 22, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Revolutionary by Wadsworth Jarrell

From Wednesday, August 24 through Saturday, August 27, 2011, International Visions Gallery in Woodley Park will hold its annual inventory sale featuring discounted artwork by artists from around the world and the U.S. The inventory, which will be reduced between 10 and 70 percent, spans various mediums, subject matter and price points.

Items include brilliantly colored oil paintings of Lagos by Nigerian native Stanley Agbontaen and whimsical depictions of jazz legends by Wadsworth Jarrell, along with smaller works by DC artists Michael Platt and Stan Squirewell, to name a few.

The summer sale gets even hotter when the art hits the streets. On Friday, August 26, International Visions Gallery will partner with its neighbor, sustainable fashion boutique Carbon, to host a sidewalk fashion show. Models donning eco-friendly clothing and accessories will showcase original artwork by gallery artists as they walk the runway. Reception begins at 6pm at the gallery; both venues will remain open until 9pm. The outdoor runway show starts at 7pm on the sidewalk between Carbon and International Visions. The gallery and Carbon are located directly across from the Woodley Park Metro station on the red line.

Exercise Your Mynd

Posted in Culture with tags , on August 19, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

The Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum begins their Call & Response: Community and Creativity initiative exploring themes of creativity, identity and community with “Exercise Your Mynd—BK Adams I Am Art” August 22 through November 27.  According to press notes this is the first in the three part Call & Response series that focuses on traditional and non-traditional expressions of creativity found in everyday communities.

This exhibit features the largest assemblage of kaleidoscopic sculptures, paintings and photographs of the iconic Washington artist BK Adams.  Most of the paintings and sculpture in this exhibit were created in his former studio in historic Anacostia.

Et tu, Brute

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

As summer begins to wind down the Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) is kicking off their 25th anniversary season with their much acclaimed production of Julius Caesar. This production, sponsored by Target is the STC annual Free For All production and tickets are free for all performances August 18 through September 4.  Tickets for each performance of Julius Caesar will be made available to the public on the day of the show by visiting Sidney Harman Hall as well as through an online lottery system. Since 1991 the Free For All has presented classic Shakespeare to more than 560,000 area residents.

A Dream Come True

Posted in Culture with tags , on August 15, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

 Updated:Several days before the rest of the world has the opportunity to see the long awaited Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial unveiled on the National Mall, Washington, DC residents will see the dream realized by way of a viewing exclusively for District residents. The cover of the completed memorial will be lifted from 8:00am until 8:00pm on August 23 for what is being touted as “DC Residents’ Day at the Memorial” for all residents. View a listing of local activities surrounding the memorial opening here. For information on MLK Memorial Foundation sponsored events including the Dream Concert visit here.

Cool Down with a Cold One

Posted in DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags on August 11, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

After weeks of blistering hot summer weather you deserve a cold one – or two. August 12 through 21 grab yourself a few ice cold beers during DC Beer Week. Fifty venues across the District will feature be serving some of the best craft beers from the region and offering food & drinks specials for all to enjoy. Beer Week kicks off August 14 with a Beer Cruise along the Potomac. Learn more here. Drink up and cool down.

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