Moonlight Dance – Poetic Blend of Persian with Flamenco, Tango, and Bossa Nova!

moonlightdanceROYA Multicultural World Ensemble In Concert!

Moonlight Dance – A Poetic Blend of Persian Music with Flamenco, Tango, and Bossa Nova!

Thursday July 31, 2014       7PM    $15  (Dress Rehearsal/Community Outreach)

Friday August 1, 2014         8PM    $25

Saturday August 2, 2014     8PM    $25

Sunday August 3, 2014       2PM    $25

GALA Hispanic Theatre (14th & Park Rd)  3333 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20010 – Columbia Heights Metro – Giant garage parking validation at Box Office located on Park Rd.

More Info & Online Ticket Sales: WWW.ROYAB.COM

Online Ticket sales end a day before each show.  Theatre box office tickets available on the day of each show, opening two hours before showtime.  Doors to the lobby which includes cash bar open to the public one hour prior to showtime.

General Admission for all performances.

Join us in this magical journey in music and dance realizing the incredible closeness of beings!

  • Roya Bahrami: Composer, Arranger, Lyrics, Vocals, Santur (Iranian Hammer Dulcimer)
  • Denis Malloy: Bass Clarinet
  • Ricardo Marlow: Flamenco Guitar
  • Anna Menendez: Flamenco Dancer, Choreographer
  • Jon Seligman: Percussion
  • Emmanuel Trifilio: Bandoneon

Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

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Call for Papers – Latrobe Chapter Symposium, Washington DC – Deadline Sept. 5

LatrobeArt in Architecture, Architecture in Art 

Latrobe Chapter of The Society of Architectural Historians

11th Biennial Symposium of the Historic Development of

Metropolitan Washington, DC, March 21-22, 2015

Exploring Art in Architecture, Architecture in Art 
The Latrobe Chapter welcomes proposals for papers that investigate the relationship between architecture and art in the built environment of greater Washington, DC. Numerous buildings in Washington feature murals, sculpture, and video projections, as well as other types of art. How do these artworks respond to and affect the built spaces around them? Many building, structures, and landscapes themselves are conceived as artworks, sometimes to the detriment of their functional capacity and economic profitability. Does the doughnut-shaped Hirshhorn Museum designed during the 1960s classify as a sculptural object? Why did Beaux-Arts architects aspire to have their designs recognized for their artistic quality? Conversely, why have numerous artists turned to designing functional structures? Do these diverse endeavors erase the distinctions between art and architecture?

Additionally, architects and artists, along with preservationists, public officials, and developers have used various artistic media to represent the built environment. Architectural photographs and renderings are often created with a practical purpose in mind, but they also convey other meanings through specific visual and artistic choices that influence the perception of the client or the public. What kinds of viewpoints do images selected for historical markers convey? How do they differ from the depictions used in promotional material for such projects as the McMillan Plan or from a scenic watercolor in which Montgomery Meigs captured back-yard slave quarters? In what ways did the 1939 film The City frame the town of Greenbelt and shape its public reception? How and why do presentation renderings at times mask the reality of the surrounding environment?

The Symposium 
The purpose of the symposium is to feature recent research and encourage discussion. We seek papers that attend to close observation and analysis of images, objects, structures, buildings, and neighborhoods in their political, social, economic, technological, and cultural contexts as the bases for understanding the complex interactions between art and architecture.

Accepted papers will be grouped in thematic sessions to facilitate substantive comparative discussion among presenters, moderators, and the audience. All paper sessions will take place on Saturday, March 21, 2015, at the Catholic University of America. A bus tour of related sites in the area will take place the following day.

How to Apply 
Please send a one-page, 350-word abstract for a 20-minute paper and an abbreviated curriculum vitae by Friday, September 5, 2014, to Susanneh Bieber,, and Susan West Montgomery,

All applicants will be notified of the selection by Friday, October 3, 2014. Speakers will be required to send their final text to session moderators by Friday, January 23, 2015, who will provide comments and work with speakers to develop themes for discussion.

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5th Annual DC Africa Festival | August 3rd, 2014 | 12pm – 6pm | Ronald Reagan Building

Festival Flyer


On the cusp of President Obama’s historic U.S. – Africa Leaders Summit

Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s on Office African Affairs (OAA)


5th Annual DC Africa Festival

From Africa to DC: Showcasing Diasporan Diversity, Building One City

Sunday | August 3, 2014| 12:00 PM – 06:00 PM

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center – Woodrow Wilson Plaza

|1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW | Washington DC | 20004

RSVP Required | Register Here

EMCEE: Ndimyake Mwakalyelye | Broadcast Journalist at Voice of America


Festival Activities

African Culture Hut |   Children’s Village | Wellness Pavilion |

Exhibitions| Community Fashion Show |

Government and Community Based Resources

Major Partners

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center |

Commission on Arts and Humanities |  Office of Community Affairs |

Commission on African Affairs |

Office of the Secretary |   Office of Human Rights  |  Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs  | Smithsonian National Museum of African Art

Corporate Donors

Safeway, Inc.  | Capitol Petroleum Group|  Ethiopian Airlines

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Stressed to Impress – City at Peace SYEP Performance


Stressed to Impress

Thursday, July 31, 2014
11am and 7pm

Friday, August 1, 2014
11am and 7pm

This performance is FREE and rate PG

For tickets call 202-399-7993

Atlas Performing Arts Center
1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002

The youth in the City at Peace Summer Youth Employment Program ask the question:

How do you feel about that ‘they’ say about you?

Stressed to Impress drops us smack into the lives of area teens trying not to be who the world says they are. With rappers, pop stars, media, family and friends forcing negative stereotypes on our youth, can we blame them for taking on those roles by adopting behaviors we loathe? How do they fight against internalizing stereotypes that are so influential? If the messages they receive about themselves are negative, where do they go to find the positive?

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Promised Land Opening Weekend Programs, July 31- August 3

Transformer GalleryPromised Land 

Opening Weekend Programs

July 31- August 3


See an interview with Promised Land curator and Transformer’s Executive & Artistic Director, Victoria Reis 

 Read about Promised Land in the Asbury Park Press!

*All events will take place within the 5th Avenue Pavillion of the Asbury Park Boardwalk, 501 – 503 at 1200 Ocean Avenue, unless otherwise noted. 

Thursday, July 31:

6-8PM: Promised Land Opening Reception. RSVP here!

Please join Transformer for the opening of Promised Land, an exhibition of contemporary artworks by twelve east coast based emerging visual artists exploring a broad range of current national issues as inspired by the past & present of Asbury Park, NJ.

Full exhibition details can be found at

Friday, August 1:

12:30PM: Promised Land artist Dahlia Elsayed launches the first of her Porch Talks on the Ocean Avenue facing porch of the 5th Avenue Pavilion. Join her and David Shoemaker, boat-builder and fisherman, to talk about boats, boat-making, fishing and more! Visit the Professional Porch Sitters Union blog for further details:

1-3PMPromised Land artist Alison Kuo offers Cone Spa treatments to Promised Landaudiences.

5-7PMPromised Land artist Alison Kuo offers Cone Spa treatments to Promised Landaudiences.

Saturday, August 2:

1-3PMPromised Land artist Alison Kuo offers Cone Spa treatments to Promised Landaudiences.

3PM: Promised Land featured painters Kevin Darmanie & Lisa Marie Thalhammer present an informal talk of their work moderated by Tim Doud, painter and Associate Professor of Art and Visiting Artist Program Coordinator, Studio Art Program in the Department of Art, American University (Washington, DC).

5PM: Jane Carver will perform the full composition of her sound piece Whirl Up, Sea.

Sunday, August 3:

2:30PM: Promised Land artist Mike Richison, along with Ed Johnston, lead a tour of Augmented Asbury. The tour will begin with a talk inside the Promised Land exhibition space and continue throughout the Asbury Park boardwalk.


Wednesday & Thursday, 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-8pm; Sunday 12-5pm.

Visit for Promised Land artist statements & bios, and updates on weekly creative & educational programming throughout the run of the exhibition.

SPECIAL THANKS to Madison Marquette, Asbury Park Waterfront, The Berkeley Oceanfront Hotel, Liquitex, The Collective Art Tank, Vigg Designs, M Studio, Central Avenue House, Langosta Lounge, Pop’s Garage, Flying Fish Brewing Company, EddieConfetti’s Ice Cream, Ralph’s Italian Ices, and the Crepe Shop for making Promised Land possible

Image credit: Promised Land by Vigg Designs


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Opening August 9th – STRATA Collective


We are pushed to questions as we step into the world through the complex eyes of STRATA Collective. As observers of the street they cleverly draw us close to bubbles of constructed reality and we begin to glimpse the slight or might of the varied personal trusts we live amongst.

As both photographers and engaged citizens, the members of STRATA Collective explore the notions of faith and the things people hold onto in times of uncertainty, whether it be God, country, communities, resources, family, or ideas. We’ve seen these struggles play out in towns and cities across the country – human dramas that unfold in the street. It’s on the street that faith is proclaimed, tested, reinforced and abandoned, against the backdrop of a rapidly changing American landscape.

This collection represents both new and previously exhibited photographs by the Strata Collective, specially curated for this exhibition under the theme of “Faith”.

Opening August 9th


Strata is a photography collective borne out of a shared passion for the still image. Its members seek to document the beauty, humor, mystery and absurdity in the quotidian. We are not interested in stock photography nor in images that are simply illustrative. STRATA strives to create images that are hard to make and even harder to categorize. Pictures that raise more questions than answers and reflect an eclectic, diverse worldview.


The Leica Store Washington DC is a place where we seek to ignite the spark of creative inspiration in photographers at all skill levels and from all walks of life. Our gallery showcases a rotating exhibit of images, enabling customers to get an up-close look at how Leica has become a witness to history and a tool in creating the finest photographic art. Past exhibits included Peter Turnley, Jacob Aue Sobol, Craig Semetko, Terri Weifenbach and Mary Ellen Mark. We also host an annual juried exhibit to highlight established and up-and- coming Leica shooters.

In addition to our Gallery, the Leica Store Washington DC carries the full line of current Leica products, from the legendary M-System and the revolutionary Leica S line, to the full range of stunning sport optics.

Professionals, enthusiasts, and newcomers alike are welcome to experience our products first-hand, and our warm, knowledgeable and professional staff is here to provide expert information and friendly service and to ensure the ultimate in customer satisfaction.


Eric Oberg

Leica Store Washington DC / General Manager 977 F street, NW / Washington, DC 20004 / USA

Telephone (+1) 202-787-5900 / Direct (+1) 202-787-5901 |

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and Amber Robles-Gordon need your help to create a public art project

Amber Robles Gordon Flyer FinalHELP CREATE PUBLIC ART

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA), Sasha Bruce Youthwork, and Amber Robles-Gordon need your help to create a public art project as part of WPA’s South Capitol Skylinescape.

What We Need:
Brightly colored and patterned shirts, belts, purses, jeans, pants, dresses, plastic bottles, jewelry, ties, scarves, gloves and ribbons.

Where & When:
Drop off donations at: Sasha Bruce Youthwork @ Randall Community Center, South Capitol and I Street SW, Washington
DC 20024, M-F 9am – 8pm
Before August 12, 2014

Your partipation will help in the success of a public art project with DC artist Amber Robles-Gordon. The finished work will be featured on a 50 foot banner on the side of the Capitol Skyline Hotel at 10 I St. SW, Washington DC 20024

Questions? Call or email Samantha May at 202.234.7103 x1 or

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DC Loves Dilla 2014 Recap

Annual Tribute Concert & Fundraiser celebrating music producer James Yancey aka JD aka J Dilla

The benefit raises much needed funds for the J Dilla and Lupus Foundations. Join us.

Since J Dilla’s untimely passing in 2006, his musical legacy and community of loyal fans have continued to grow, giving birth to an expanding J Dilla community. DC Loves Dilla is a growing segment of J Dilla’s diverse fanbase.

Since 2006 Jon Laine & The Players have been reproducing hits and rare gems from Dilla’s musical arsenal while the areas best (too many to name) rip the mic and weave their lyrical offerings between the boom bap of this 12 piece live and electronic soundscape. This celebration has hosted the likes of Slum Village, Talib Kweli, Dwele, Pete Rock, Phife Dawg of A Tribe Called Quest, Illa J and of course Ma Dukes while entertaining thousands. No show is without a plethora of “Damn, I didnt know he did that”. Leaving many amazed at the diversity of Dilla’s production. Common, Badu, Mos Def, De La Soul even production for Blue Note Records…the list goes on.

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PostClassicalEnsemble – We’re getting RAVE REVIEWS!


We hate to brag, but…

“unfailingly excellent…”

CD of the week on
Minnesota Public Radio

“truly fresh and interesting”

featured on NYC’s WQXR

The centerpiece of this programme is the first ever recording of the Hiawatha Melodrama, a concert work for narrator and orchestra designed to show the kinship between Dvorak’s New World Symphony and Longfellow’s poem The Song of Hiawatha, which Dvorak said had inspired him in the symphony. It takes music from the symphony, as well as passages from the American Suite and Violin Sonatina, and fuses them with the poem, which is recited by bass-baritone Kevin Deas.

Watch an excerpt from the Hiawatha Melodrama here!

Buy your copy here!

Details of our exciting 2014-15 Season are up on our website!

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DC’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels; Friday, July 25 – Sunday, July 27

Check out this weekend’s Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels from CultureCapital, your link to the Arts in Metro DC.

CarrieCarrie: The Musical
Studio Theatre.
Carrie is lonely. Carrie is angry. Carrie will fit in. Whatever it costs. New blood courses through this contemporary rock musical, based on Stephen King’s haunting story of teen angst, religious fervor, and the complicated relationship between a mother and daughter.

AdamsMorganAdams Morgan Tasting Tour
Smithsonian Associates Tours. Sat.
No neighborhood entices diners like Adams Morgan, where restaurants cover a stunning span of global cuisines. Specially prepared samples and appetizing anecdotes highlight the menu for this tasty tour, covering four different spots, with owners or chefs playing host.

CapitalFringeCapital Fringe Festival
Various venues in Metro DC.
Come enjoy a variety of performances in venues all over the downtown DC area, including one act plays, comedies, musicals, dramas, dance, puppetry, improvisation, poetry, and more.

CultureCapital. Your Metro DC Arts Alliance for over 30 years.

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