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Valentine’s Day WeekendValentine's Day
Various locations.
Treat your sweetheart to The Arts Valentine’s Day Weekend 2016. This Valentine’s Day Guide is packed with suggestions from Metro DC’s theatre, dance and music presenters. You and yours can be serenaded with love songs, hear the music play, enjoy an evening of laugh-out-loud comedy, paint your own valentine, cook that special meal, and more.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPresident’s Day Weekend Events
Various locations.’s President’s Day Guide is stocked full of events and activities – theatre, dance and music performances – occurring throughout Metro DC all weekend. We’ve even included a special Valentine’s Day feature with added events full of romance and fun.

Black History MonthBlack History Month
Various locations.
Black History Month is celebrated throughout Metro DC in theatre, dance, music, visual arts and the spoken word. Check here for arts and culture events commemorating, honoring and focusing on the history and contributions that Black Americans have made to the United States.

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East City Art Presents: In the Artist’s Words

East City Art Presents: In the Artist’s Words, featuring Rik Freeman Tuesday, February 9 and Jay Coleman on Wednesday, February 10, 2016

East City Art - February 9 and 10 2016East City Art presents In the Artist’s Words, an artist talk series hosted in partnership with DC Public Libraries. In the February edition of the series, East of the River artists Rik Freeman and Jay Coleman will discuss recent work as follows:

Rik Freeman
Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Road SE) Ora Glover Community Room Tuesday, February 9 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Freeman’s talk will focus on two series of paintings on canvas including The Chittlin Circuit Review, based on the early history of Blues Music and the conditions that caused its birth and fruition with a presentation of about 15 – 20 images. The second part will discuss the next series BAHIA !, based on the Afro-Bahian contribution to Brazilian-Bahian culture and history. While currently in progress, Freeman will present 10 – 15 images of the early works and works in progress. Lastly, Freeman will discuss his mural work showing about 10 – 15 images. Throughout the visual presentation, Freeman will discuss his inspiration, career, and direction. A Q&A will follow the end of the talk.

Jay Coleman
Anacostia Library (1800 Good Hope Road SE) Ora Glover Community Room
Wednesday, February 10 from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Artist Jay Coleman will speak about his work and its many artistic facets including his recently completed Mayor 4 Life mural in Anacostia which pays homage to former Mayor Marion Barry, Jr. Coleman is an accomplished portrait artist, tattoo artist, sculptor and educator. He is currently working on a large bronze sculpture for the Barry Farms Recreation Center

The talks are free and open to the public. There is off-street parking located in the rear of the Anacostia Library. NOTE: The Ora Glover Community Room is only accessible via elevator.

For more information feel free to contact Phil Hutinet at


About East City Art
East City Art is a community-based visual arts publication whose mission is to connect artists, galleries and educational centers in DC and the surrounding region. While the visual arts provide a vibrant fo- rum for community discussion, debate and discovery, East City Art never loses sight of art’s most im- portant role—its ability to lift the human spirit through a common visual language that transcends class, race and gender.

East City Art publishes a free print quarterly with a seasonal circulation of 40K copies, daily online at and a weekly email newsletter.


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CultureCapital – Hot Hits & Hidden Jewels

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Bizet’s Carmen in HavanaBizet's Carmen
In Series.
The Washington Ballet’s Studio Company and the In Series bring you the iconic music of Bizet’s Carmen intertwined with the island rhythms and nostalgic pop tunes of Cuba. Septime Webre & David Palmer’s sensual choreography carries you between the opera house and the streets of La Havana, pulsating with the music of Buena Vista Social Club and Lecuona.

Chinese New YearChinese New Year at the Kennedy Center
Kennedy Center.
The “Year of the Monkey” celebration includes a family day, free millennium stage performances, and the Shenzhen Symphony Orchestra, featuring pianist Haochen Zhang and violinist Dan Zhu.

Leigh Merrill: This PlaceLeigh
Flashpoint Gallery. Cultural DC.
Merrill’s work examines the construction of fiction and beauty in the urban environment. Presented are several large-scale composite works of the urban landscape juxtaposed against still life photographs to explore an idea of desire and control.

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INVITATION: Consumption: Food as Paradox, Saturday, Jan. 30th




Consumption: Food as Paradox

Galerie Myrtis
2224 N Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218

Opening: January 30, 2016, 2 – 4 pm
Artist Talk: February 21, 2 -4 pm
* Panel Discussion: Sunday, March 20, 2016, (registration required)

Curatorial Statement

Consumption: Food as Paradox examines how food is inextricably linked to the social, political and economic aspects of life—class, culture, race, religion, gender and health. A baker’s dozen of contemporary artists, working in paint, collage, porcelain and printmaking, explore food and its connection to the world around them.

Food is enjoyable and accompanies a lifetime of celebrations. Sharing the tastes of our individual homes and homelands can be a way to cross divides between classifications of people—relating to others over a foodway can lead to greater cultural understanding and empathy. But that can also be displaced by tremendous anxiety. Passing down traditional recipes can morph from intergenerational connections to memories of slaves who worked in the kitchen and the continuation of the domestic sphere forced on women. Images of watermelon and berries evoke racial tropes. Adorable animals in TV dinners remind usof the flesh that we consume, but obscure with words like ‘meat,’ ‘beef’ and ‘pork.’ And piles of this meatreveal gluttonous men who treat women with a similar desire for consumption.

Food can be made holy, blasphemous or banal based on the religion, class and race that it is tied to. How can we know what arbiters of taste and health we can trust? Foods are alternately villainized and sainted—their status constantly in flux, depending upon a variety of mysterious government agencies and corporations. We are a nation obsessed with dieting but plagued by illnesses resulting from the ways food affects our bodies. The artists of Consumption investigate these concerns, propose questions to ask, actions to take and, occasionally, offer a view of a future that is healthier in body and cross-cultural relations.

Aden Weisel

Matthew Adelberg
S. Ross Browne
Anna U Davis
Dave Eassa
Roberto Guerra
Christi Harris
Sue Johnson
Jeffrey Kent
Delita Martin
Arvie Smith
Christina St. Clair
Eric Telfort

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St. NicholasSt. Nicholas
Washington Stage Guild.
A Jaded Dublin theatre critic obsessed with a young actress abandons everything to follow her to London. It doesn’t go well. But a chance meeting with a vampire leads to an unexpected new job that keeps him occupied most nights, anyway.

Washington Auto ShowThe 2016 Washington Auto Show
Washington Auto Show. Walter E. Washington Convention Center.
Come see 700 exotic, luxury, concept and showroom cars. More than 40 domestic and import manufacturers, Family Fun Zone with entertainment and mascots. Experience Camp Jeep, a rugged indoor track, automotive ride ‘n drives, Beer Garden, music, art and more. Also, peer into the future of driving with connected cars and automated technologies.

Night and the Desert Know MeNight and the Desert
Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery.
A lush and thoughtful display of artworks created by Iraqi and Western artists, National and regional artists participating in this exhibition include: Shakir Al-Alousi, Najwa Al Amin, Qais Al Sindy, Ahmed Alkarkhi, Mawada Allak, Joan Belmar, Wafaa Bilal, Spencer Dormitzer, Michael Platt, Phyllis Plattner, Vian Sora and Nasir Thamir.

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PRESS RELEASE: Celebrating Black History Month – Metro Mambo “Time Machine” Live & Unreleased Recordings From Tito Puente’s Archivist Joe Conzo

Metro Mambo LogoDance Place Logo



MEDIA: Jim Byers,
PRESS RELEASE: January 12, 2016


Washington DC – Dance and Learn as the Metro Mambo “Time Machine” celebrates African-American intersections with Latin music during Black History Month! Historian Joe Conzo, Sr., Tito Puente’s archivist and biographer returns with moderator Jim Byers to share and discuss unreleased live and studio recordings by Latin-jazz greats. Followed by dancing to live music by DC’s Orquesta La Leyenda, the FREE event takes place on Sunday, February 28, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Dance Place, 3225 Eighth St, NE, 20017.

The event is part of the Metro Mambo Series produced and hosted by Jim Byers of the “Latin Flavor Classic Edition” on WPFW 89.3 FM, which will broadcast the event Live.  The Series is made possible in part by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Imagine the legendary Machito orchestra before a screaming crowd at the Apollo Theater in 1950. Or visionary 1960’s jazz vocalist Oscar Brown, Jr. on-stage at the Palladium Ballroom ad-libbing lyrics to an otherwise wordless instrumental classic by Tito Puente. Conzo and Byers will briefly contextualize these and other rarities with the goal of highlighting the legacy of transculturation between African-American and Latino artists and communities.

“One example is an album’s worth of unreleased studio recordings by the legendary Tito Rodriguez,” says Byers. Dating from around 1956, the session includes mostly tunes written and arranged by African-American saxophonist Edgar Sampson. Ironically, Sampson composed both Stompin’ at the Savoy (the theme song of the Swing era’s fabled Harlem dance hall) and Mambo Inn – named for the Palladium Ballroom, New York’s iconic ‘Home of the Mambo’ in the 1950’s. It’s no coincidence, according to Byers. “In the mid-1930’s, Sampson was in the Chick Webb orchestra alongside trumpeters Mario Bauza and Dizzy Gillespie. In 1940, Bauza incorporated his newfound understanding of jazz into his role as musical director of the seminal Machito Orchestra – considered the pioneers of modern Afro-Cuban Jazz. Conversely, it was Bauza who introduced Gillespie to Afro-Cuban rhythms and, later, to Chano Pozo whose involvement in Gillespie’s bebop band is legend. These ‘lost recordings’ by Tito Rodriguez speak to the lasting and continuing impact of those 1930’s associations.”

Presented by the Smithsonian Institution from the time he created it in 2009 until 2014, Byers refused to let the disappearance of funding put an end to the popular series. In 2015, Byers independently produced a ‘pilot’ solo season, the three ‘standing-room-only events’ affirming the Series’ continued viability. He continues producing the series in association with new partners, including Anacostia Arts Center, Dance Place and GWU Lisner Auditorium.

This event at Dance Place marks a ‘return’ of sorts for both Jim Byers and Joe Conzo, whose September 2014 collaboration at the venue was standing room only. The ties go back further for Jim Byers, by day a veteran arts marketing professional in the DC area, who was Marketing Director for Dance Place from 1993 through 1996 when he began as Marketing Director for Arlington Cultural Affairs Division.

About Joe Conzo, Sr.
Tito Puente’s archivist and best friend of over 40 years, Conzo authored “Mambo Diablo: My Journey With Tito Puente” (Backbeat Books, 2011) – a comprehensive view of Puente and his world, and considered to be the definitive examination of his work to-date (limited autographed copies will be for sale at the event). A noted music historian and producer, Conzo maintains a large collection of live and unreleased studio recordings by Puente and many other legends of mid-century Latin music. His workshop series at Hostos Community College now entering its 6th season, Conzo contributes articles to numerous print and television outlets and is a consultant for a number of Tito Puente CD reissues, including the 5 CD set Cuatro: The Definitive Collection (Sony Music Latin).

About Orquesta La Leyenda
This traditional Latin big band presents a return to ‘old school’ Latin Dance music. Grounded in the repertoire of the New York City Latin bands of the 1950’s and 1960’s. The brainchild of D.C. born saxophonist and flutist Ted David, the band’s repertoire includes selections from Arsenio Rodriguez, Beny More, Sonora Matancera, Eddie Palmieri, Machito, Tito Rodriguez, and Orquesta Riverside. La Leyenda’s website is:

About Jim Byers
Among the programs specified when WPFW 89.3 FM won Washington City Paper’s 2014’s nod for “Best Weekend Radio,” Byers has hosted the “Latin Flavor Classic Edition” since 1996 using his private collection of 20,000 vintage recordings. Washington Post columnist and radio historian Marc Fischer called Byers “a creative gem on local airwaves.” For 25 years, Byers has lectured on Latin-jazz for the Kennedy Center, George Mason University and others. The Smithsonian Institution presented Byers’ ‘Metro Mambo’ Series from 2009-14. He is the recipient of two “Artists Fellowship Grant” Awards from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, recognizing his 19 years of creative, on-air educational music programming as a volunteer DJ on WPFW. Byers received an FY16 ‘City Arts Grant’ as he continues to self-produce the successful ‘Metro Mambo’ series. Prior to becoming Marketing Director for Arlington Cultural Affairs Division, Byers served in the same capacity for Dance Place. He began his career in the arts as a producer for Charlin Jazz Society, where he notably presented Tito Puente, Doc Cheatham, Ray Barretto, Vinx, Jon Faddis and others in the ‘Global Rhythm’ Series at GWU Lisner.

WHO: JOE CONZO, panelist; Orquesta LA LEYENDA, band
moderator, JIM BYERS (host, WPFW 89.3 FM’s “Latin Flavor Classic Edition”)

WHAT: “METRO MAMBO: TIME MACHINE” – lecture/concert

WHEN: SUNDAY (6:00 till 8:00 p.m.), FEBRUARY 28, 2016

WHERE: DANCE PLACE, 3225 8th Street, NE, Washington DC 20017

INFO: 202-269-1600

TICKETS: FREE TICKETS available through


The “Metro Mambo” Series is made possible in part by a generous “City Arts Grant” from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. “Metro Mambo” appreciates the cooperation of Dance Place, Anacostia Arts Center, and The George Washington University Lisner Auditorium.