Shop Local Products at the Made in DC Open House This Weekend
Made in DC activities are brought about via a collaboration between the DC Department of Small and Local Business Development and Think Local First DC. Made in DC program is currently supporting 80 local businesses by acting as a liaison between the craftsmen themselves and the local government.
Just in time for the open house, on April 19, DC Council passed council member Charles Allen’s Made in DC bill, which directs the Department of Small and Local Business Development to develop a “Made in DC” logo, marketing campaign, and brand that local producers will be able to use in their own marketing.
Read full Washingtonian Magazine article here.
Best Performance Space for Smaller Groups
The black box theater at the Anacostia Arts Center on Good Hope Road SE is not remarkable compared to the District’s other black box theaters: Its walls are painted black, its performance space is a small area of the floor, and its generic chairs are on generic risers. But what makes it special is its location—away from the theater-jammed Northwest, in the Anacostia neighborhood—and its affordability to smaller groups. In the past few months, the black box theater has hosted Denim Theatre’s production ofLove in the Time of HIV, IAMAMAN Productions’ Matter of Black, and Contradiction Dance’s “CODE SWITCH,” shows that prominently featured black performers. And with a space rental rate that starts at $125 for a matinee performance by a nonprofit, to $325 for an evening performance during the weekend, it’s a space that’s open to nearly everyone at a price that allows groups to keep their ticket prices low.
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Growing Out of a Food Desert
|Amanda Stephenson and Shawn Lightfoot, co-owners of Art-drenaline and the Fresh Food Factory.
Photo: Christine Rushton
|An art piece by Luis Peralta Del Valle, Amanda Stephenson’s husband, hangs in Art-drenaline. Photo: Christine Rushton|
|Shawn Lightfoot preparing a fresh-made pizza at Art-drenaline Cafe in the Anacostia Arts Center in Ward 8. Photo: Shawn Lightfoot|
|Lillian Hoover. “Hoop House,” 2014. Oil on panel. (Lillian Hoover)|