Category Archives: Events
Interested in learning African drumming or purchasing artworks from Ghana? For now you can do that just a short walk, bike ride, or drive away from Trinidad.
Cultural DC, an organization that makes space for and supports visual and performing arts, is becoming more involved in art related events in and around Ivy City. They are joining forces with D. B. Lee Development and Construction and Brook Rose Development on an arts-focused hotel at 411 New York Avenue NE. While that project has not broken ground yet, they are already supporting some arts space in the area.
Hands on Drums is one of the groups being supported by Cultural DC. Hands on Drums represents artisan drums and craftworks from Ghana. They have started a pop-up store, community space, and arts empowerment initiative at 1518 Okie Street NE in Ivy City. Through the end of January they will be holding weekly drum classes on Sundays, drum and dance classes on Tuesday, and family drum circles on Saturdays. There are additional events planned, including an African bazaar and artisan market on December 19th. Check their website for more information on Hands on Drums, a full roster of events, and class fees.
This past summer was the first Capital Fringe Festival based in Trinidad since Fringe moved to their location on Florida Avenue. If you are ready to move from watching theater shows to producing or performing in one at next year’s festival, see the announcement below that was recently posted by Fringe on how to participate.
Message from Capital Fringe:
Applications to the 11th Annual Capital Fringe Festival, July 7 to 24, 2016 now open
The Fringe Festival is a self-producing performing arts festival where established and emerging artists can present their work free of a selection process. The Fringe Festival takes place in July with over 140 productions, roughly 800 individual performances, showcasing 5,000 artists for over 30,000 patrons each year. The Fringe Festival is DC’s largest and most anticipated performing arts festival. It is just the place for you to showcase your most daring, raw and authentic live performance work.
We’re excited to be continuing to hold performances here in Trinidad, at the Logan Fringe Arts Space on Florida Ave NE. For 2016, we’ll continue to use venues at Gallaudet, the Atlas and W.S. Jenks. We’ll be adding venues in the neighborhood and in Downtown DC.
Participation in the Festival is an opportunity for you to develop your work in a competitive, but encouraging, environment with an in-built audience. Fringe staff will guide you through the producing process, allowing you to develop your own skills. It is a chance for you to build up your press portfolio (all Fringe shows are reviewed by at least 2 publications), get feedback from audiences and other artists, and earn a majority share of ticket revenue (in 2015, participants earned an average of $1,275 in ticket revenue).
Full information on participating, including links to our online applications, can be found here https://www.capitalfringe.org/for-artists/fringe-festival Additionally, we will be hosting a How to Fringe session on Wednesday, October 14th at 6:30pm at the Logan Fringe Arts Space, 1358 Florida Ave NE, Washington, DC, 20002. Email email@example.com to RSVP.
Applications for Fringe Run Venue shows close at 5pm EST on Friday, January 8, 2016 and for Find Your Own Venue shows close at noon EST on Friday, March 4, 2016.
If you have any questions about taking part in the Capital Fringe Festival, please get in touch! You can call us at 202.737.7230, Monday to Friday, 11am – 7pm or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Art in the Alley is back in Trinidad on Saturday October 3rd after a year’s hiatus. The event features local artists, musicians and other performances in the alley between the 1200 blocks of Florida Ave NE and Morse St NE, starting at 6pm. There is still time for artists who want to participate to sign up. It would be great to see a lot of Trinidad residents participate so don’t be shy about showing your artwork.
Art in the Alley
Date: Saturday October 3rd
Time: 6:00 – 10:00 pm
Location: Alley between 1200 blocks of Florida Ave NE and Morse St NE
What: The 2015 Jimmy Valentine’s Lonely Hearts Club Fundraiser for Youth Programs
When: The evening of October 1, 2015
Where: 1103 Bladensburg Rd NE
Why: Our youth are important! in the past seven years funds raised have supported youth sports programs, educational programs, class materials, and after school programs here in Trinidad. The Trinidad Neighborhood Association (TNA), a 501(c)3 Non-Profit, is the event’s official sponsor and all donations are tax-deductible.
How to Help: Attend the event!! Donations that fund the youth programs are through ticket sales and attendance at the fundraiser. If you would like to join in efforts to plan or publicize the event, please contact us at email@example.com.
Look for more details in the coming weeks and mark your calendars so you don’t miss out.
The Department of Employment Services is pleased to offer two pre-screening/application events for the new Walmart at the American Jobs Center-NE (Bertie Backus) location on August 4th and August 12th.
The new Walmart facility is set to open at Riggs and South Dakota (close to Ft. Totten metro station) and will be hiring approximately 300 associates for a variety of jobs that include professional services, sales floor associates and supervisors, front end cashiers, customer service, cart pushers, greeters, stockers and others. The pre-screening/job application sessions will take place in Ward 5 at the American Job Center – Northeast.
The event flyer is attached and details are below.
1:30 p.m. (Participants are asked to arrive on time)
RSVP using this link: http://goo.gl/U6Enac
5171 South Dakota Ave. NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 576-3092 (phone)
1:30 p.m. (Participants are asked to arrive on time)
RSVP using this link: http://goo.gl/QuL2HI
5171 South Dakota Ave. NE, 2nd Floor
Washington, D.C. 20017
(202) 576-3092 (phone)
*Participants must RSVP for both of these events
Lukas B. Smith & Shayna Blass’ Secret Monkey Social Club returns to Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab on August 3rd, 2015 with guest bartenders and food
What: Secret Monkey Social Club, the brainchild of Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer) aims to pay homage to the cabarets of decades past with a lounge environment full of drinks and jazz.
When: Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Where: Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab, 550 Penn St. NE, Washington DC 20002
Details: Guests will enjoy five new punches prepared by Smith and guest bartenders at $9 per pour, and cabaret performances lead by Blass throughout the night. DC Based actress and jazz singer Nora Palka, as well as local five piece psychedelic funk hop band Picnibus, will be featured along with Blass. This event is 21+, and there is no door charge.
Food will be provided by Dirty South Deli (DC’s Southern influence food truck) and grills from Devin Gong of Copycat Co. Crunkcakes master baker Faith Alice Sleeper will be baking cakes inflused with booze.
The Drinks: Smith will be joined behind the bar by Carlie Steiner from Barmini and Stir Bartending Company, and Vance T. Henderson, Beverage Manager for Think Food Group and Portfolio Associate with William Grant & Sons, Sarah Rosner of Copycat Co, Andrea Tateosian of Urbana, and Rachel Kling of Quill Bar.
Where Can I Learn ASL? That is a question often here around our neighborhood. Trinidad is multi-lingual neighborhood with English and American Sign Language (ASL) as two dominant primary languages. Our proximity to Gallaudet University means deaf and hearing neighbors often have need to communicate in ASL, the predominant sign language used in North America and Canada.
For those of us that are new to ASL, there are many ways to learn and many sources for resource material. You can start by signing with neighbors to learn basic signs or check ASL instruction books out of the library. The DC Public Library has a list of available resources on their website. (add link http://dclibrary.org/node/5884). A few online programs, apps, and courses a noted below. If you know of other good sources for ASL instruction or practice, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org.
American Sign Language University (ASL University) is an online American Sign Language curriculum resource center that provides many free self-study materials, lessons, and information. They also have fee-based instructor-guided courses. Anyone wishing to do so may use the online course material at www.lifeprint.com for personal study. The site contains more than 30 courses plus practice quizzes and games.
Signing Savvy is a sign language dictionary containing several thousand high-resolution videos of American Sign Language (ASL) signs, fingerspelled words, and other common signs used within the United States and Canada. A guest may browse the site to find signs for words, organized by letter, but will have limited access to resources on the site unless joining and payment of a monthly or annual fee.
ASL Deafined is a website for both deaf and hearing. They have as part of their mission to provide a platform for teaching and encouraging the community-at-large to learn and utilize the basic skills of ASL. The subscription based website has ASL video instruction. Rates are from $10 per month to $200 per year.
ASL Pro has free reference and learning tools available to the public. These include a video dictionary, conversational phrases, and ASL for babies. There is also content that can be accessed through membership.
There are many other programs and more to come in the future. For example, Gallaudet University has received a grant from the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation to develop ASL Connect, an on-line learning resource. You can learn more about that on the GU website at https://www.gallaudet.edu/news/asl_connect_.html.
There are an abundance of YouTube videos available but be careful that any videos you use to learn ASL words or phrases were created by someone certified in ASL instruction.
There’s an App For That
There are many apps available for free or purchase that teach ASL. Two that have been used by TNA members are highlighted here.
- The ASL App was created by Deaf people to introduce and teach conversational ASL to anyone interested in learning without enrolling in a class. It’s called “ASL for the People” because this is for anybody including but not limited to family, friends, co-workers, or your average Joes who want to learn ASL. The app is free to download and includes a few basic lessons with additional in-app purchases.
- Marlee Signs is another app that teaches fundamentals (alphabet and basic vocabulary) with ability to practice at your own pace. The download is free and includes a few lessons with additional in-app purchases available.
Gallaudet University (GU): GU is the world’s only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students. GU offers degree and non-degree courses, professional studies, and continuing education credit courses. To enroll in ASL classes you should first register and be accepted as a student.
Visit the GU website at https://www.gallaudet.edu for general information or the Center for Continuing Studies ASL pages at http://www.gallaudet.edu/asl/asl_courses.html for specifics on ASL class options. You can also email email@example.com with questions. Information on fees can be found at http://www.gallaudet.edu/ccs/registration_and_fees/financial_information.html.
Graduate School USA: Formerly the USDA Graduate School, Graduate School USA is a private non-profit educational institution that has evening and weekend classes towards certificate programs or continuing education credits. They have beginning and intermediate ASL courses that run approximately $320 per semester. Visit the website at http://graduateschool.edu/index.html or call (888) 744-4723 for additional information.
Kendall Demonstration Elementary School (KDES): KDES is on Gallaudet University campus, just past the West Virginia Avenue entrance. The school offers a free ASL course geared towards hearing parents and family members of deaf students. When the class is not full, they extend places in the weekly class to the general community. Following the school calendar there are two semesters (roughly September to December and February to May with registration the week or two before sessions begin) and a long summer break. Typically the classes are on Wednesday evening (6 pm – 8 pm) or Saturday morning (10 am – noon). KDES classes are divided into beginner, intermediate, and advanced. The contact for recent classes has been Tara Miles who can be reached by e-mail at Tara.Miles@gallaudet.edu or by office phone at (202) 448-7318 (V) or (202) 250-2211 (VP).
DC Public Library – MLK Memorial Library Branch: DCPL typically holds a beginners’ level class, which covers 100+ ASL vocabulary words and rules of grammar, on Tuesdays at 5:30 pm. The class is on hiatus for the summer months and will restart in the fall (pending identification of an instructor). The class is free and open to the public and there is no need to register. Any level signer is welcome to join the class, review what you know, learn new signs, and practice conversation. To learn more or check into availability, you can contact the MLK library branch by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (202) 727-2142.
Tutors are also available in the community and from the student population. You can ask deaf members of the community to identify someone that may have time available to teach you at your own pace.
There are some local gatherings or regular events where you can learn or practice ASL.
- Vendetta at 1212 H St NE hosts ASL Trivia on the second and fourth Monday each month. They have a Facebook page with more information.
- During the Capital Fringe Festival, Dog and Pony DC has been holding four back-to-back 15-minute sessions to teach the Basics, the Theater, The Bar, and the Wild Card. These are free lessons so check the Capital Fringe website for show times and stop in the outdoor seating area where the lessons are held. We hope to see more of Dog and Pony DC working with us in the future.
- The Argonaut at 1433 H St NE has ASL poker night the first Saturday each month at 8 pm. Join them upstairs for poker games and conversation.
- Search the Meet Up website for current information on discussion groups or ASL-related events. Current listings include an ASL Bridge Meet Up for students, teachers, and fluent signers. The group is based in Silver Spring and meets every two weeks on Thursdays. See the website for information and membership. Sign and Dine in Crystal City Shops meeting the second and fourth Saturdays for lunch and other events are held in Wheaton, Rockville and Ballston.
- Busboys and Poets has an ASL Open Mic Night the last Friday of each month at the 1025 5th St NW location from 11 pm to 1 am. Tickets are $5.
The Trinidad Neighborhood Association is collaborating with the Atlas Performing Arts Center on Mobilizing Our Community, an arts project aiming to bring balance, beauty and connection to Trinidad and the Greater H Street Communities. You can be part of this hands-on project — help design, paint, and balance pieces for mobiles with kinetic artist and performer Kevin Reese of SchoolSculptures.
Mobilizing Our Community will culminate in an installation of 50+ mobiles at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, opening at the H Street Festival on Sept 19 and running through Art all Night on September 26th. The mobiles are being created now through early September in workshops involving diverse community members, both at the Atlas and off-site. Check out the video of a similar mobile project Kevin did with the community of Wausau Wisconsin. Sounds like fun, right??
We have three special opportunities for the Trinidad Community:
MAQUETTE MAKING Workshop
Saturday August 8th
12:30 – 2:00pm
At Trinidad Recreation Center, 1310 Childress St NE
Meet Kinetic artist Kevin Reese, who will introduce how mobiles are made and balanced through the making of small mobiles (or maquettes). The theme of our project is “balance and connection in an evolving city.” Participants respond to that theme in the design, shapes and sizes of their model-mobile. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.
COMMUNITY MOBILE MAKING WORKSHOP – Trinidad Neighborhood Day
Saturday August 15th
1:00pm and 2:30pm sessions
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
Register here via Atlas PAC.
During the workshop, participants are introduced to the project and to models of mobiles created by other community members. They each then envision their own pieces for the mobiles, working with the material brought by Kevin, and draw, cut out and sand the pieces. Kevin also brings completed pieces on wires and demonstrates, with the help of the participants, how a mobile is balanced and assembled. As people are working together to create their pieces, we facilitate conversation around the project’s theme. Workshop is best for ages 8 and up.
MOBILE ASSEMBLY – Trinidad Neighborhood Night
Wednesday September 16th
5:30 – 8:30pm
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center
In the week leading up to the unveiling, Kevin and community members will be assembling the full 50+ mobiles inside the Atlas. See how the earlier work comes together to create a final integrated piece of community art. There is limited space for this event, so please make sure you can attend before you RSVP.