Category Archives: Entertainment

Theater! Chicken! Street Cars!

There are some new openings near Trinidad this Saturday. The street car will be open for service on Saturday plus all in one weekend you can eat chicken AND enjoy ATLAS INTERSECTIONS 2016 Festival KickOff.

A - Nandos_ExperienceImagine inviting all of your friends, supporters and audience members to an exciting H Street Restaurant Opening with proceeds supporting the Atlas! Nando’s at 411 H Street NE will celebrate their Grand Opening on Saturday, February 27th and Sunday the 28th. From 5 PM to 10 PM on Saturday, and 11AM to 10 PM on Sunday ‐ 100% of your bill will go to supporting community programs at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. Have your first taste of Nando’s legendary PERi‐PERi chicken before or after a great show at INTERSECTIONS. Nando’s will have a shuttle to make it easy to get back and forth! ‐ RSVP First come first served! /intersections/ ‐ Check out the shows!

Visual Music from My Soundless Mind

“Visual Music from My Soundless Mind”
A final art retrospective from retiring Gallaudet art professor, Dr. Paul Johnston

Dr. Paul Johnston, art professor
Gallaudet University students, faculty, and staff

On the eve of his spring retirement, Dr. Paul Johnston will debut 52 new pieces of art in a show, “Visual Music from My Soundless Mind.”

The abstract paintings in this exhibition symbolize Dr. Johnston’s visual interpretation of the power of music. And much as a composer weaves together melodies, rhythms and harmonies, these works come together in an orchestral performance that resonates with emotional intensity.

Linda K. Jordan Gallery
Washburn Arts Building

Washburn is located at C2 on the attached campus map. Parking is available in the garage on 6th Street, north of Florida Avenue (B1 on the map).

Opening reception
Thursday, February 18, 2016
4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

The show runs from Monday, February 15 to Friday, March 4, 2016.

For 32 years Dr. Johnston has taught at Gallaudet and has been a member of the art department since 1988. He also was a founding member of De’VIA (an acronym for Deaf View Image Art). This group of artists and scholars collaborated on how to discuss and generate art based on deaf experiences. In an experimental design class at Penn State, Dr. Johnston taught the same concept to hearing students empowering them to translate their hearing access into art.

Dr. Johnston is a frequent lecturer, exhibition juror, moderator, and guest artist at venues in the U.S. and Europe. In 2011 he was artist in residence at Siena Art Institute in Siena, Italy.

Expressive in many mediums, Dr. Johnston was the first person to receive a bachelor of fine arts in furniture design and woodworking from the School for American Craftsman at Rochester Institute of Technology. He holds a master’s and doctoral degree in art education with Phi Delta Kappa honors from Penn State University.

His visual artistry is not confined to canvas. As an actor, Dr. Johnston was a company member of the National Theatre of the Deaf, and faculty member of the Division of Performing Arts at the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology. He was an original designer of Signing Mime-a performing company-where he wrote and directed two experimental plays. He has taught and led workshops and lectures on ASL poetry, creative signing and visual gestural communication.

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African Drumming Classes/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.


Art in the Alley

aia logo_FotorArt 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

Video of the August ANC 5D Meeting

Miss the recent ANC meeting on August 11th?

A resident of Carver-Langston takes video of our ANC meetings, as they are public forums. The videos are available to watch on YouTube if you want to keep up with events in ANC 5D. The links below are to the Twitter notices of the videos and a link to the videos on YouTube. The videos are in sections to facilitate taping and uploading/downloading files.

Video Part 1 notice:

Part 1 YouTube:

Video Part 2 notice:

Part 2 YouTube:  

Video Part 3 notice:

Part 3 YouTube:

Video Part 4 notice:

Part 4 YouTube:

Spray Parks to Close for the Season on September 7

You have another month to enjoy the spray park at Joe Cole Recreation Center. The Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) announced closure schedule for  spray parks, outdoor pools, and children’s pools. The spray parks will close on Labor Day, September 7th. Outdoor pools will start closing on August 16th.

Secret Monkey Social Club on August 3rd

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

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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
8:00 p.m.

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.


Books, Books, Books!

Trinidad has started building Little Free Libraries (LFL) to bring books closer to the community. These were presented in the fall and spring at a TNA meeting and the first one up and running was built and installed by Trinidad resident Aaron Williams in the 1100 block of Staples Street. It is stocked with both children’s and adult books. Please stop by to drop off a book you have finished or pick up a new one to read!

This LFL is being registered and will soon be on the map at


A little farther from Trinidad near the NoMa metro there is a pop-up book store. Carpe Librum opened a temporary used book, CD and DVD store at 140 M Street NE. They are open from 11 am – 7:30 pm on weekdays and 11:30 am – 6 pm on Saturdays (the shop will be there at least through the end of August). Prices for books, CDs, and DVDs are between $1 and $4. The pop-up is working with Turning The Page, an educational non-profit. Proceeds support family engagement programs in DC public schools. There is a display on Turning The Page programs or you can find more information at their website (

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Be Part of Mobilizing Our Community – An Arts Project!

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.
atlas mobilize community

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:

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.

Eventbrite - Mobilizing Our Community Art Project - Maquette Workshop


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.
Eventbrite - Mobilizing Our Community Art Project - Assembly

Where’s the Closest Beach? Downtown DC!

You might have been hearing about DC’s new and temporary beach. The National Building Museum and a firm called Snarkitecture have teamed up to install a 10,000 sq ft artificial ocean with 750,000 translucent balls. The beach comes with chairs, paddleball, a snack bar, and a vast ball pit but sunscreen is not required.

While there is a fee for entry, the NBM is holding Ward Days at the Beach with free entry for residents. The Ward 5 Day at the Beach is on August 11th from 9 am to 11 am. Wards are determined by zip code so you need to take a valid form of identification to benefit from the free entry on August 11th. Check in at the admissions desk for a wristband to permit free entry.

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