tropicalia
14th and U Street, NW

From a press release:

“On Thursday March 16th, Funk Parade is hosting the 4th Annual Kickoff Jam at Tropicalia starting at 7pm.

Reesa Renee, Joe Keys and The Late Bloomer Band and Alex Vaughn will perform along with dancers from KAZAXE by Azuka Bom and other special guests. The event will also feature a lip sync battle, giveaways and other surprises.

The event kicks off Funk Parade 2017 season, which will culminate with Funk Parade 2017 on Saturday, May 6.   In addition to the live performances organizers will:

  • Announce the music and art lineup for the May festival

  • Release the 2017 poster

  • Kick off the Funk Parade 2017 crowdfunding campaign

The theme for Funk Parade 2017 is Future Funk. From the futuristic prophecies of Sun Ra to the intergalactic funk of George Clinton and the far out sounds of local bands like Nag Champa and Joe Keyes, The Future and The Funk have gone hand in hand.    In an unsettling present, organizers want Funk Parade to be one day out of the year where Washingtonians can come together and project a future we all want to be a part of.

The Future Funk theme will be transmitting itself throughout the Kickoff Jam and we encourage friends, fans and community groups to embrace your inner motherships and time machines to create something awesome to bring to the festival.

Kickoff Jam Details:

(more…)

att
4th and Madison Drive NW, courtesy of AT&T.

Ed. Note: I confirmed the towers will remain in place for the Women’s March on the 21st as well.

From an email:

“Nearly 1 million are expected to crowd the National Mall on January 20, many documenting and sharing the experience in real time via Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. That’s a massive amount of people using their smartphones and data-heavy apps in the same place at the same time, and a massive demand placed on wireless networks in the vicinity. How do wireless carriers keep things running smoothly? A few highlights: (more…)

made-in-dc-pop-up

From a press release:

Van Ness Main Street will host their first MADE IN DC Pop Up Shop Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 4340 Connecticut Avenue NW.  This indoor marketplace will feature a rotating list of over 20 local makers featuring art, jewelry and accessories, fiber, home decor and packaged food.  

The pop up is a collaboration with the University of the District of Columbia and the Van Ness Main Street. 

Van Ness is home to many artist and local makers. This is a pilot activation  highlights local makers and drives traffic to the neighborhood. “Van Ness Main Street is working to increase retail options for our many residents and students by supporting our local creative class right here in Van Ness.” explains Theresa Cameron, Executive Director of Van Ness Main Street.

Pop-Up Vendors include:

(more…)

upshur-street
800 block of Upshur Street, NW

From a press release:

“The Petworth Business Association (PBA) will host the 11th Annual Upshur Street Art & Craft Fair on Saturday, December 10th, from 11:00am until 4:00pm. Come shop along the 800 block of Upshur Street NW in Petworth, where businesses and restaurants will be open and vendors will be lining the street selling one-of-a-kind handmade goods. If you get chilly, you can pop inside for more unique items at Willow DC or Fia’s Fabulous Finds. You can also pick up a new read at Upshur Street Books, find a vintage treasure at Bentley’s Vintage Furniture & Collectibles or have a bite to eat at Timber Pizza Company, Hank’s Cocktail Bar, Petworth Citizen or Slim’s Diner if you need a warm-up. Lighthouse Yoga Studio will be hosting their annual open house. And don’t forget to head to Annie’s Ace Hardware to pick up your Christmas Tree. Score a great gift for your pet this holiday season at Fido and Kitty’s World. This year the annual holiday market features 50+ local crafters, artists, and food vendors as well as live music performances from some of DC’s hottest locally-grown bands recruited by Listen Local First. (more…)

gtown
Photo by Sean Nohelty (David M Schwarz Arch)

From a press release:

“Build Out: Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 | 5:30PM – 9:30PM

Gingertown 2016 will take place at 900 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20006, courtesy of The JBG Companies. Judges will present awards in the following categories

Most Innovative Use of Materials
Best Expression of Theme
Best Overall Design Quality
Best Overall Craftsmanship
Judges’ Choice
Mayor’s Award
People’s Choice (determined via public voting!)

The completed Gingertown will remain on display in the lobby of 900 16th Street, NW through Monday, December 12th. The public is invited to come see the completed build during public viewing hours:

Wednesday (12/7) through Friday (12/9): 9:00am to 5:00pm
Saturday (12/10) through Sunday (12/11): 11:00am to 1:00pm
Monday (12/12): 9:00am to 5:00pm”

“A sugary imagination of the iconic city of London will come to life in Washington, DC on Tuesday, December 6th as Gingertown returns once again to celebrate the creativity, generosity, and civic spirit of the Washington-area design, building, and real estate community. This annual initiative, founded in 2006 by David M. Schwarz Architects (DMSAS), spreads holiday cheer to a host of local organizations that will receive the scrumptious structures along with donations raised through sponsor and participant contributions. (more…)

smithsonian

From a press release:

“The Smithsonian will host a free, two-day festival Saturday, Dec. 3, and Sunday, Dec. 4, from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the National Mall to kick off the holiday season. A wide selection of festive events, trunk shows, activities and seasonal décor will be available at participating museums and galleries, including musical performances by U.S. Air Force Band High Flight and free screenings of The Muppet Christmas Carol. (more…)

ncb

In other smoking news.

From a press release:

“The National Cannabis Festival production team today announced Talib Kweli, The Pharcyde and Backyard Band as the headliners for the second annual event  taking place on Saturday, April 22, 2017 at the RFK Stadium Festival Grounds.

“The National Cannabis Festival is a one-of-a-kind event that uses music and art to educate the community about their rights and the most pressing cannabis policy issues,” said Caroline Phillips, founder of National Cannabis Festival, “We are incredibly excited to have hip hop legends Talib Kweli and The Pharcyde performing at the festival. Their energy and vibe is the perfect fit and we feel lucky to have artists that can both entertain and educate our audience.”

(more…)

cherry_blossom_final

So we got that going for us too!!

From a press release:

“2017 NATIONAL CHERRY BLOSSOM FESTIVAL LOOKS AHEAD TO SPRING

Celebrating 90 years since the first Festival

The National Cherry Blossom Festival, Atsuyuki Oike, Deputy Chief of Mission of The Embassy of Japan, sponsors, and stakeholders joined at the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a preview of the 2017 National Cherry Blossom Festival (March 20-April 16). Speakers at the launch, presented by Guest Services, Inc., announced new and expanded events and kicked off the 90th anniversary of the first Festival.

The 2017 official artwork was unveiled (pictured above). The artwork was created by Naturel, a DC-based artist whose talents have also attracted the eyes and ears of celebrity clients such as Swizz Beatz, Rihanna, Spike Lee, Paul Rosenberg and LeBron James, among many others. (more…)