Arron de la Cruz - by Brandon Shigeta

From a press release:

“POW! WOW!, the global art movement that celebrates culture, music, and art worldwide is taking over the District during the last ten days of May as POW! WOW! DC. Local, national, and international artists will convene to enrich and enliven area neighborhoods with their murals. POW! WOW! DC is lead by local artist Kelly Towles, along with many great partners and volunteers.

Of the 17 participating artists, at least four will represent DC, including No Kings CollectiveDecoy, and Matt Corrado. Other artists are flying in from as far as Hong Kong (Caratoes), Honolulu (Pro Gress), London (INSA), and Australia (The Yok). 
In partnership with the NoMA Business Improvement District (BID), the majority of the murals will appear on walls in the NoMa neighborhood. This includes walls on or near Ibiza night club, 411 New York Avenue, The Crucible building, and 1215 3rd Street
From Towles:

“I wanted to bring POW! WOW! to DC because of the impact that street art has on this community. Art transforms the urban landscape, and this allows the public to watch those transformations and celebrate the process. It will be rad.”

In addition to the rare opportunity to watch street art in progress, DC residents will be able to attend opening and closing celebrations. The opening event will take place on May 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. in the NoMa Junction lot at the intersection of 1st and L Street NE. The opening celebration will include live painting by participating artists, music from local DJs, and a local marketplace of food trucks, beer, and other goods.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user evegophotos

2016 Lineup – Choose Your Own Adventure:

June 1: Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark (PG)
June 8: Princess Bride (PG)
June 15: Guardians of the Galaxy (PG-13)
June 22: Jumanji (PG)
June 29: Fast Five (PG-13)
July 6: Pee Wee’s Big Adventure (PG)
July 13: Life of Pi (PG)
July 20: O Brother, Where Art Thou? (PG-13)
July 27: E.T. (PG)
August 3: Apollo 13 (PG)
August 10: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (PG-13)
August 17: Jurassic Park PG-13

Special Screening of Purple Rain – Tuesday, June 7

Q: What’s the best way to get to the new site? (more…)

carpe librum
1275 First St, NE

From a press release:

“Local education nonprofit Turning the Page has been raising funds through their own used bookstore, Carpe Librum, in downtown D.C. (1030 17th St, NW) since the store’s opening as a year-round shop in September 2013, but Carpe Librum originated as a “pop-up” and for twelve years was simply an annual event. Turning the Page has brought back the Carpe Librum pop-up in addition to the year-round store with great success in the NoMa and Mount Vernon Triangle neighborhoods. This spring, Carpe Librum has returned to NoMa for a pop-up bookstore at 1275 First St, NE.

All proceeds from the pop-up directly benefit Turning the Page and their family engagement programs in D.C. public schools. The pop-up sells high-quality, gently used books, CDs, and DVDs, all priced $1-$4. All items for sale have been donated by the public and donations of used books, CDs, and DVDs can be dropped off directly at the pop-up whenever it is open.

The Carpe Librum NoMa pop-up opened to the public on Monday, April 25th. Regular hours are Monday through Friday 11am – 7:30pm and Saturdays 11:30am – 6pm. The pop-up will remain open for only a limited time.

This Carpe Librum pop-up was made possible by StonebridgeCarras and the NoMa Business Improvement District.”

scam or not

“Dear PoPville,

Came home yesterday to a note left in the crack of my door. Upon getting this, I immediately messaged my upstairs roommate (who handles our cable) to find out what was up. The copy/paste Comcast label was an immediate red flag for me. After calling Comcast to confirm – we can officially say this is a total scam! The scammer left this in our mailbox on the front of our house, but to leave it at my door they had to get super creepy. They unlocked our back gate, came into our backyard, and walked down to my rear-entry basement apartment in a desperate attempt to see if someone was home – and most likely try to get inside. Luckily, we were all at work. Who knows what would have happened! We suspect if you call the number, they’ll try to extort you not to “turn off your cable.” Scary, and super creeps! This all sounds very much like the fake “Verizon techs” who were wandering around a few month ago. NoMa residents – beware!!”

no kings collective

From an email:

Shayna Blass & Lukas B. Smith’s Secret Monkey Social Club debuts at Lab 1270 in The Beasts of England on April 25th, 2016 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 and lead singer of Shay & The Boys, currently in The Mystery of Love & Sex @Signature Theatre) aims to pay homage to the cabarets of decades past with a lounge environment full of drinks and jazz.

When: Monday, April 25th, 2016

7:00 p.m – 1:00am.

Where: **NEW SPOT** LAB 1270, 1276 5th St NE, Washington DC, 20002 (next to Union Market)


3rd and L Street, NE

“Dear PoPville,

I’m having a problem with construction crews at 3rd and L St NE. This intersection is being illegally used as a staging area for dump trucks hauling away dirt from the new construction at 2nd and L (they’re finally putting in a building in the empty lot next to the Loree Grand building, where the old NoMa bootleg dog park used to be).

Literally dozens of trucks all start showing up around 6:45-7:15am for the first shift, and there’s simply too many of them for these small neighborhood roads to handle. The drivers are using the intersection at 3rd and L as their waiting zone by rolling up to the stop signs, and then not proceeding (pics attached). The dump truck drivers aren’t only illegally parking, but they’re also idling for extended periods (DC has a no-idling law and that’s supposed to be a $1000 infraction) but they’re also blocking the crosswalk. The worst is the the car traffic starts to back up behind them, not understanding the trucks consider themselves parked, so they all start honking at each other trying to get things moving. (more…)


Amanda shares some more details about yesterday afternoon’s big fight outside the NoMa Metro:

“I spoke with a McKinley student… That school and Dunbar High schedule a fight about 2x a year bc they are rivals. It was madness.

the student said, “nobody wants to make peace” and that a student from 1 school will text another to set the time to fight.

the picture you see has less people than originally. They started near 1st and NY Ave NE as far as I saw. Two ambulances came late.”

Photo by PoPville flickr user evegophotos

From the NoMa BID:

“NoMa Summer Screen is a free, 13-week outdoor film series in NoMa, Washington, D.C.’s most connected neighborhood. Every Wednesday from June 1 to August 24, bring your friends, family and neighbors for music, giveaways, food trucks, picnicking, and of course, great films under the stars.

The theme of this year’s NoMa Summer Screen is ‘Choose Your Own Adventure’! Please select your top 10 favorite adventure movies from the list below. (more…)


Thanks to a reader for passing on from Bikestation:

Bikestation DC members: the Bike and Roll mechanics report that some of their fleet bikes were stolen this week overnight when their cable lock(s) were cut.

The parking room will now only be open during staffed hours M-Sa (7AM – 7PM) and Su (8Am – 7PM) until further notice.

Please report if you saw any suspicious activities inside such as loitering to us or the onsite staff.

All member bikes parked must be:
– securely locked to the rack with a u-lock or better. AND

– must have a current Bikestation parking sticker on the frame.

Double check your records to make sure you have a photo of your bike and your bike data: make, model, year and frame number on your smart phone.

The Bike and Roll staff (BnR) have given us an update on what they found today when the Bikestation DC opened.

The BnR fleet bikes were taken again. And other bikes [not locked to racks?] were moved around and onto other bikes.

We need ALL members to visit the Bikestation during shop hours to check on their bike.

BnR staff will also be physically locking the doors at night until this is resolved.

Bikestation will not be able to over ride this lock down remotely. So you MUST remove any bike that you need to ride when the shop is closed.”