OITO Promo
Photo courtesy Washington National Opera

From a press release:

“Washington National Opera (WNO) celebrates its seventh season of free opera simulcasts at Nationals Park with title sponsor Mars Chocolate North America for the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield performance of Rossini’s charming romantic comedy Cinderella on Saturday, May 16, 2015. This dazzling production has been acclaimed worldwide for its witty characterizations, rainbow-bright sets and costumes, and easy-to-follow English translation, making it a perfect opera for the entire family. Gates open at 5 p.m. for “pre-ball” activities, and the opera will be broadcast live from the Kennedy Center Opera House to the high-definition NatsHD scoreboard at the ballpark at 7 p.m. Free seating will be available in the stands, while access to the outfield grass will be limited on a first-come, first-served basis when gates open at 5 p.m. More information, including a chance to RSVP to win prizes, is available at OperaintheOutfield.org.

Attendees are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy the festive ballpark atmosphere. Beginning at 5 p.m., the special pre-show entertainment will include: (more…)

Help them take a trip to Virginia by supporting them here. Thanks to a reader for passing on:

“My name is James Perry and I am the director of Bands at Eastern Sr. High School in Washinton, DC. Let me be short and quick to the point, as a marching band we practice more than we could ever perform during a school year. In knowing, the accurate statement of “that practice makes perfect” describes us exactly. Our award-winning band is performance ready and the invites to events are pouring in for our group to display their showmanship. We are scheduled to travel to Virginia on May 16, 2015 for an upcoming performance and it will be our time to shine and represent DCPS as the good-will ambassadors of music education.

It takes time to craft our show-style but more importantly it requires finances of significant amounts to transport the band to various venues. We do an enormous amount of hosting and having fundraisers but our rising budget is too large and requires financial support from our fan base. It goes without saying that the allotted budget for an all-volunteer organization like ours is miniscule. Yet, that doesn’t stop the commitment of the many students, parents and band staff who report daily for instructions.

We ask so much from our students and they comply unconditionally by maintaining and in most instances far surpassing the required GPA of 2.0. It would give our students such an emotional boost and help us financially. If you could find it in your heart to donate $10.00-20.00 it would be greatly appreciated.

Ponder this thought, to march in the street is free but to make a marching band move it takes money.”


This is gonna be epic!


Day Fair Stages and Programming

JBG Lot at Atlantic Plumbing hosted by Union Kitchen and D.C. Music Download – 945 Florida Ave NW

Special Guest Emcee – Kokayi

DJ – Ayescold

12:00 – 12:40 –  Marlee in the Mixx

12:55 – 1:35 –  The New Retro

1:50 – 2:30Tosin

2:45 – 3:30Empresarios

3:50 – 4:40The Junkyard Band

Additional Performances:

Joy of Motion Youth Ensemble

Art Activations: Black Space by Holly Bass; “Women in Color,” by Ra Nubi

Black Space is public art installation created by Holly Bass. A tiny house in the shape of the “Diamond District”—three smooth sides and one jagged side, Black Space replicates the map view of DC. The District has been a center of black culture since the early 1900s and boasted a majority black population from 1960-2010. Black Space sits at the juncture of DC history and the future of DC. We believe that regardless of ethnicity or background, as DC residents and tourists we all occupy black space.

“Women in Color” began as a collaborative piece to be performed at the opening of Rose Jaffe‘s solo exhibition also entitled “Women in Color.” Using live instrumental accompaniment and an improvisation based score for movement, Ra Nubia explores the art of “Now” also known as the present moment by transforming the performance space into a responsive and interactive environment for not only the dancers and musicians, but the audience as well. Women in Color is a work in progress created by Ra Nubi.

Food and Beverage:  DC Food incubator Union Kitchen members including Dirty South Deli, B Lin Catering; Smokin’ Jarhead (barbeque),  Kofta (Mediterranean take on burgers), Larry’s (grilled Turkish food).  Beer provided by DC Brau, Atlas Brew Works and Premium Distributors.

Vendors: Rosies and Rockers Boutique, Sandi Galle Photography, Apinya Thai, Real Sauce Company, Bartered Threads, Flashband, Pixie Kitsune, Club Chè, Swift Apartments, Corinto Gallery, MTP Photo Booth, upcycled jewelry from Two Doxies, livescreened T-shirts from Studio One Printing,Treasury, Meeps, 7Drum Lessons, Odd Fellows

Event Page – https://www.facebook.com/events/1602179243362129/ (more…)


2015 Earth Day Concert
Time: 11:00AM – 7:00PM Saturday April 18, 2015
Venue: Washington Monument Grounds
A FREE EVENT, no tickets necessary”

From MPD:

“United States Park Police will be hosting the 2015 Earth Day Concert on Saturday, April 18, 2015.

The below street closures will be in effect on April 18, 2015 from 6:00 am to approximately 9:00 pm:
· Constitution Avenue – From 19th Street to 14th Street
· 17th Street – From State Place to Independence Avenue
· 15th Street – From Pennsylvania Avenue to Maine Avenue
· Madison – From – 14th Street to 15th Street
· Jefferson Drive – From 14th Street to 15th Street
· Raul Wallenberg – From Maine Avenue to Independence Ave

Entrances to the Concert will be as followed:

· 17th Street at Constitution Avenue (Opens at 1000 hours)
· 15th Street at Jefferson Drive (Opens at 1000 hours)
· 17th Street at Independence Avenue (Opens at 1300 hours)
· 14th Street at Madison Drive (Vehicles only)”

Photo by PoPville flickr user pablo.raw

From Listen Local First:

“The Bowser Administration has agreed to allow Funk Parade to take place on U Street NW on May 2, 2015, the D.C. Department of Funk announced today. The move reverses the city’s previous stance of prohibiting the closure of U Street NW for any public event, which had been in place for nearly a generation.

“We’re grateful to the city and Mayor Muriel Bowser for acknowledging U Street’s historic significance to the District as the soul of music, culture and celebration, a place that’s unlike anywhere else in the city,” said Justin Rood, co-founder of Funk Parade. The event, including a day fair and evening music festival, takes place from Noon to 10 PM.


“The Funk Parade embodies the best spirit of the District,” said Mayor Bowser. “It brings our communities together and honors the City’s musical heritage that we’ve all come to know and love.”

“We are also grateful for the endorsements from Councilmembers like Brianne Nadeau, our local Advisory Neighborhood Commissioners, community groups, local businesses, and the support of community members, that made this happen,” Rood said. “Thank you for making your voices heard. The city has a heart, and it beats beneath U Street.”

Up to the mid-1990s U Street NW frequently hosted community parades, including former Mayor Marion Barry’s 1979 inaugural parade, a parade to mark the opening of the Metro Green Line station in 1992, and even a parade for home rule in 1964 led by Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. However, for the past 17 years the city has allowed no significant closure of the thoroughfare for a public event. (more…)


From an email:

“Marvin [2007 14th St, NW], the Washington D.C. bistro and bar inspired by the transformative time D.C. native Marvin Gaye spent in Belgium, announces it’s 2015 Marvin Gaye Day celebration, marking what would have been the 76th birthday of the legendary singer.

The 8th annual Marvin Gaye Day celebration begins at 2pm on Thursday, April 2nd headlined with a performance by Gaye’s original band, The Marquees, a Marvin tradition since 2008. Joining them is soul singer Maimouna Youssef, who will perform a rousing tribute to Gaye and Tammi Terrell — Gaye’s duet partner on seven Top 40 singles including “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “You’re All I Need To Get By”. DJ Jaz Dux will spin Marvin Gaye and Motown’s greatest hits from 3pm-6pm and DJ Keenan Orr will take over after The Marquees play until closing.

Documentaries about Marvin Gaye will play continually throughout the day while neighboring vinyl shop, Som Records hosts a “Hitsville Pop-up Shop” at Marvin selling the best vinyl from the 1960s to the early 1980s from 2pm-close.

Marvin’s main dining room will also open at 2pm to accommodate guests for lunch and dinner, offering their full dinner menu. On the rooftop deck, happy hour specials will be available from 2pm-6pm including $4 Stella drafts, $5 rail cocktails, $6 wine by the glass and Absolut flavor cocktails, $9 house smoked baby back ribs, $6 mushroom croquettes and chicken fried oysters, and $4 frites.

In keeping with tradition, all proceeds from the day’s events will benefit The Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence, the beneficiary chosen by the Gaye family, and given in Marvin Gaye’s name.”