by Jennifer Currier September 24, 2015 at 3:55 pm 0

The Art All Night overnight party is back. Got a game plan?

The citywide festival kicks off for the fifth time this Saturday night and lasts from 7 p.m to 3 a.m. The event promises to merge local painters, performers and mixed-media masters in exhibits spanning five D.C. neighborhoods including Dupont Circle and Shaw.

This year’s festival will maintain its “mashup vibe” with exhibits that reflect the spirit of each neighborhood, said Art All Night founder and creative director Ariana Austin.

“This year, we’ve really hit our stride and worked to highlight some featured installations in each neighborhood,” Austin said. “I was very connected to all of them and am especially excited to see how they turn out.”

In keeping with the exuberant theme, Carnegie Library will be made into a giant screen and will serve as host to a two-hour aerial acrobatic show and other live performances.

How does one tackle viewing such a gargantuan art display? Austin had some guidance.

“My advice would be to saunter around and just make a go of it,” she said. “Don’t be destination-oriented. Choose some exhibits that excite you most, but also walk around to take everything in. Go into it hoping for an incredible night.”

Still don’t know where to start? Here’s everything you need to know about how to tackle the Dupont Circle and Shaw sides of Art All Night:


801 K St. NW, Mt. Vernon St. Entrance
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Carnegie Library will serve as the focal point for art exhibits across all five neighborhoods welcoming Art All Night. Interior and exterior art displays will utilize all parts of the building to engage visitors with the artwork.


HUB: 2015 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Embassy Row Hotel has taken on the role of the hub of Dupont’s exhibition. Expect a rooftop black light party, live art painting and motion picture screenings by DJ Ausar and Tim McLoraine.

2120 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Five major displays will light in locations across the city to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Art All Night. Dupont Circle’s is called “Sit Stand Lie, Bayonne” and is a large-scale projection piece by Tim McLoriane broken into three panels. First, the panels come together to share a color scheme or image before separating to each take on a scheme of their own.

Dupont Circle Fountain
7 – 8 p.m.
This multimedia performance from the mind of artist Monica Bose will use water, video projections alongside a 216-foot sari to make a statement about climate change.

2010 P St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Local pop artist Paulie B. will be in attendance at Fantom Comics for two meet-and-greet sessions, one at 7 p.m. and the other at midnight.

1520 20th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
A mix of traditional Colombian art and dance will be on display at the Ambassador’s Residence. Artist Beatriz Echeverri will be showing an exhibition called “Figurations.” Then, Colombian dance troupe El Tayrona will perform two shows to live music at 8 and 9 p.m.

1603 17th St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Artists Yasmine Iskander, Karen Currie, Paula Plaza and Nicholas Umpleby will have exhibitions up throughout the night to complement three musical performances.

9 Hillyer Court NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Deemed a “must-see” stop by Austin, the Hillyer Art Space will be have several new media installations, visual art displays and the chance for visitors to make their own jewelry.

2008 R St. NW
7:30 p.m. & 8:30 p.m.
The Rappaport Collection is focusing on live art with live painting demonstrations by Timeto Murphy and Anne Chandra. Another performance will follow from soul singer Edy Blu.

2106 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
The film “The 20th Century on Trial: Gunter Grass and Norman Mailer at the NY Public Library” will be shown starting at 8 p.m. Artist Gunter Grass work will be on display at the Alex Gallery alongside sculptures by Otto Scherer.

2106 R St. NW – Lower Level
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.

Gallery A will exhibit miniature sculptures from Peruvian-American artist Nancy Angulo and elaborate cartography from Michael Francis Reagan. Local group Musica Andina will play traditional music from Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru every half hour.

2108 R St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Live music, poetry and artist talks start every half hour from 8 p.m. until 10 p.m.

1717 Connecticut Ave. NW
8 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Mixed-media landscape artist and photographer Amelia Shachov will hold sessions to discuss her work starting every hour.

2129 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Freely usable drawing supplies, costumed models and music by DJ Brian Kelley fill the space here.

2424 Massachusetts Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 12 a.m.
Attendees will be able to taste, hear and see the Ivory Coast. The country’s embassy will open its doors for traditional music performances, food samples and wood carvings.


HUB: 1630 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Shaw Library will serve as the neighborhood’s hub for the festival with a sampling of activities and displays for guests. Face and body painting will be performed by artist Anike Robinson Nathan Scott and DJ Stylus will perform inside the venue starting at 9 p.m. A mixed media installation by Alicia Dolabaille and “Art Dances With Music” by Jessica Yirenkyi will also be displayed.

1940 9th St. NW
9 p.m. & 12 a.m.

Finnish country band Steve ‘n’ Seagulls will kick off the evening at DC9 at 9 p.m., Entry costs $14. A People’s Choir DC will host an interactive singalong at midnight.

1911 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Master re-upholsterer Sarah Carrier Stough will demonstrate some of her techniques.

625 T St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Howard Triangle will relive past Art All Night DC festivals with projected footage.

600 Florida Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Photographer Julie Guyot-Dianone will display portraits of former child soldiers from Sierra Leone.

1851 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Abstract acrylic on canvas painting exhibit, “Dances with Line” by artist John Parker and music from DJ NuffSaid will meld here.

1847 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Portraits of contemporary and historic African-American figures done with oil and pencil will be on display in “Heroes and Sheroes” by Labarron Person.

641 S St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Wonder Bread Factory will host a breakdance competition while celebrating the breakdance crew Lionz of Zion’s 19th anniversary. Later in the night, local brass band Brass Connection Band will be perform.

520 Florida Ave. NW
9 p.m. – 12 a.m.

DJ Gio will entertain crowds at Shaw’s Tavern.

1713 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Shaw’s installment of the fifth anniversary light display is called “Shaw Shadows.” Produced by Jim Webb, the interactive lighting project invites visitors to show off their best dance in front of spotlights. Their shadows will be projected onto a five-story building. Then, at 9:30 p.m., Step Afrika! will perform.

925 Rhode Island Ave. NW
7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Old City Farm and Guild will have a variety of entertainers, from D.C. comedians and musical theater to a fire baton twirler.

1604 7th St. NW
7:30 p.m. – 11:30 p.m.
The first 100 visitors at Taylor & York will receive canvasses, brushes and paint to let their inner artist out at this DIY art party.

1535 7th St. NW
7 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Starting off the night, twin New York jazz saxophonists Peter and Will Anderson will perform at Compass Coffee. The following act, the Howard “KingFish” Franklin Quartet, starts at 10 p.m.

1527 and 1529-31 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

The Shaw Salon at Swatchroom will show off the work of co-founder Maggie O’Neill alongside live painting demonstrations, live music and video installations.

1501 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Chaplin’s will have live painting and a DJ.

1400 Block of 8th St. NW
7 p.m. – 10:15 p.m.

City Market at O will take over the entire street and host dancers, clowns, jugglers, henna tattoos and a photo booth.

1410 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Artwork by Brian Mishoe and Sarah Britt will shine at Pekoe Acupuncture & Wellness, with a DJ providing music in the basement.

1334 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

Piassa EthioCuisine will serve crepes all night to the tune of music by DJ Jahsonic.

1316 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

An abstract mixed media piece by Matt Hlubny will be on display at Thally.

711 N St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
The Center City Public Charter School Shaw Campus Auditorium planned a full lineup of live dance and music performances, culminating in a dance party at 1:30 a.m.

1250 9th St. NW
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.

A window art display by Sandy Phillips called “Meet Our Rabbits!” and a found object installation by Reid and Taylor Studio will take the spotlight here.

1240 9th St., 2nd Floor
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Beyond Collective will put on a nighttime audio-visual display during “Nocturnal.”

Windows on 9th Street
7 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Look up, Shaw. Four different buildings along 9th Street will display window art installments throughout the night. Locations and artists are:

  • 1251 9th St. NW by Nooni Reatig
  • 1549 9th St. NW by Alexander M. Padro
  • 1239 9th St. NW by Rosina Teri Memolo
  • 1207 9th St. NW by Chris Kidboy

Photo via Art All Night/Citelum

by Jennifer Currier September 22, 2015 at 4:55 pm 0

Art All Night Dupont Circle

Dupont Circle Main Streets needs volunteers to help staff its Art All Night info hub during the annual event this Saturday.

Volunteers will meet at the Dupont Circle Metro entrance at 20th and Q streets NW. Volunteers are needed from 6:30-9 p.m. and from 8:30-11 p.m.

The Dupont info hub will act as a reception area for visitors, said Main Streets Executive Director Bill McLeod. Volunteers will hand out brochures and maps and help guests on their way to the area’s 12 exhibits. McLeod added that the info hub will also include a large light-up map at the station with a teaser about what kind of art can be found at each exhibit.

Those interested in volunteering should e-mail Dupont Circle Main Streets.

Photo via Facebook/Dupont Circle Main Streets

by October 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm 1,122 0


Borderstan Weekend. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT] 

Looking for something to do this weekend? Well, look no further. We have your list of the food, music and cultural events going on in (and around) Borderstan October 19, 20 and 21.

Local Events, Exhibits and Nightlife

  • The DC MEETMarket: The DC MEETMarket returns this weekend, Saturday, October 20, and the neighborhood party is bringing food, music and culture to the heart of Borderstan. The community-driven event will take place on the corner of 15th and P Streets NW from 11 am until 5 pm.
  • Artist Jane Johnson at Vastu: Local artist, Jane Johnson, is exhibiting her work now through November 18 at Vastu (1829 14th Street NW). Johnson’s work incorporates aspects of collage through use of layering and combining different textures. Vastu is open Monday through Saturday, 11 am – 7 pm, and Sunday from noon until 5 pm.
  • The Kids’ Corner Fall Fair at Mitchell Park: The Kids’ Corner FallFair is this Saturday, October 20, at Mitchell Park (23rd and S Streets NW). Expect pumpkin painting, moon bounce, toddler hay rides, face painting and live music and dancing. The Kids’ Corner Fall Fair is free to attend; tickets will be sold for individual activities and food, or attendees can purchase an all-inclusive bracelet for $20. Proceeds from the event benefit the Kids’ Corner Day Care Center’s music education program. For more information, visit the Kids’ Corner’s website.
  • DC United Home Game – A Fight for the Playoffs:  DC United takes on Columbus Crew this Saturday evening, October 20, at RFK Stadium (2400 East Capitol Street NE). The match kicks off at 7:30 pm and is the team’s last and most important home game of the season. Tickets for this Saturday’s game are available online.
  • Listen Local First at the Black Cat: Listen Local First is having a birthday party at the Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW) on Friday, October 19. The show starts at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and are available online. More information is available on the event’sFacebook page.
  • The Great Children’s Read: The Great Children’s Read: Bringing Books to Life (part of the annual Hyman S. & Freda Bernstein Jewish Literary Festival) will take place on Sunday, October 21, 10 am-12:30 pm.  Celebrate classic and new Jewish children’s books with crafts, folktales, a sing-along, story time and yoga. The event is free.
  • AIDS Walk Flash Mob: We’re letting you in on a little secret… AIDS Walk Washington is coming up, and to raise awareness for the 26th annual event, supporters from Whitman Walker Health will participate in a flash mob at noon on Sunday, October 21 at noon.
  • Opening Reception at Gallery plan b: Gallery plan b (1530 14th Street NW) is hosting an opening reception for its new artists, Gary Fisher and Anne Manley, this Saturday, October 20 from 6 until 8 pm.
  • Howard University Homecoming: This weekend is Howard University’s Homecoming, and the Homecoming parade is Saturday, October 20. The parade, which attracts roughly 30,000 participants, begins on the main campus of the University and proceeds south past the Howard University Hospital, extends through the historic LeDroit Park and Bloomingdale communities. For more information, visit the website.
  • Peach Pit’s Three Year Anniversary at DC9: D.J. Matt Bailer is celebrating three years of his 90’s dance party – PEACH PIT – at DC9 on Saturday, October 20. Doors open at 10:30 pm; admission is $5. For more information, visit the website 

Live Music

DC9 (1940 9th Street NW)

  • Sunday, October 21: Cheap Girls, The Front Bottoms, A Great Big Pile of Leaves, 7:30 pm

Velvet Lounge (915 U Street NW)

  • Friday, October 19: Stars and the Sea, EJoseph and the Phantom Heart, Poole, 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 20: Tigertronic, Jack & the Moon, Panda Sanchez, 9 pm

9:30 Club (815 V Street NW)

  • Friday, October 19: Ben Kweller, Lissy Rosemont, 7 pm
  • Saturday, October 20: The Pietasters, Spring Heeled Jack, Murphy’s Kids, 7 pm

Black Cat (1811 14th Street NW)

  • Friday, October 19: The 9: Songwriter Series, 9 pm
  • Saturday, October 20: Father John Misty, La Sera, 9 pm
Howard Theatre (620 T Street NW)
  • Sunday, October 21: Sunday Gospel Brunch, Featuring the Harlem Gospel Choir, 1:30 pm
Tropicalia (2001 14th Street NW)
  • Friday, October 19: JC Brooks and The Uptown Sound, 8 pm

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by July 3, 2009 at 6:30 am 1,936 1 Comment

Here are some suggestions of things to do during the weekend in Borderstan, really close by or in the city. (Also, check out Borderstan’s “July 4th: A Guide to the Guides, Street Closures.”)

El Paraiso Restaurant, 1916 14th Street, NW, Borderstan

El Paraiso Restaurant, 1916 14th St. NW in Borderstan south of U St. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

City Lights of China, 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW

City Lights of China, 1731 Connecticut Ave. NW, north of Dupont Circle. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)

El Paraiso Restaurant at 1916 14th Street NW is always a perfect choice for a lazy weekend. Good cheap food with flavor… not fancy with okay service. If you are into Latin American soccer, this is the place to watch your team play while enjoying a beer and the company of many amigos. Mexican-Salvadoran places in DC are often good substitutes for traditional Greek-owned diners–since we seem to lack as many as other large cities.

City Lights of China at 1731 Connecticut Ave NW. Just north of Dupont Circle, it is an old favorite in the area. If Chinese food is what you are looking for this is a good place to go and have a delicious meal. The menu is divided between specialties from the regional cuisines of Szechuan and Canton.

August Wilson's Radio Golf at The Studio Theatre, 1501  14th Street, NW

“August Wilson’s Radio Golf” at The Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW in Borderstan. (Photo: Luis Gomez.)


“The Color Purple” is at The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW. (Image: Kennedy Center Web site.)

August Wilson’s Radio Golf” at The Studio Theatre 1501 14th Street, NW. Showing here in Borderstan… gentrification is examined, according to the Studio Theatre: “The Studio Theatre’s production of ‘Radio Golf’ will strongly echo the current zeitgeist in Logan Circle, Washington and around the nation.” (more…)


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