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December 5th, 2012 by Jen DeMayo · No Comments · Capitol Hill

John Hollenbeck photo courtesy of the Atlas Performing Arts Center

Hey everyone! So much Holiday is happening right now, but what else do we have to occupy our free time?

Tonight The John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble appears as part of the Atlas’ Jazz series. This concert is an example of the genre-bending and boundary pushing for which the series is becoming known. A rising star on the international jazz scene, as a percussionist, composer and bandleader, John Hollenbeck leads his two-time Grammy-nominated Large Ensemble performing selections from Hollenbeck’s CDs, such as “A Blessing”, “Joys & Desires” and “Eternal Interlude”. Watch the Large Ensemble perform Man of Constant Sorrow here. Tickets are $25 in advance, $30 at the door and $15 for students. They can be purchased on the Atlas’ site http://atlasarts.org/events/2011/07/john-hollenbeck-large-ensemble/

Friday night is the 6th Annual Livable, Walkable Community Awards. These are awards organized by Ward 6 Councilmember Tommy Wells’ office and their goal is to highlight those individuals and organizations that make life of the Hill so special. This year the event will be held at newly renovated Evening Star building at 200 I Street, SE – now home to the District’s Commission on Arts & Humanities. In addition to the presentation of the awards there will be food from local restaurants, live music from the DC Youth Orchestra and Washington Youth Choir at Eastern The event is free and begins at 6:30pm and is open to all.

Saturday celebrate the season with Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW.) They are calling it a Holiday Fête, a day of arts and merriment. From noon until 8pm artwork by CHAW’s teaching artist will be for sale, you might find something for that hard-to-buy-for person on your list. from 4pm – 8pm there will even be CHAW eleves on site to wrap your purchases up. And they are artists so you know they will be pretty! More information on the Holiday Fête can be found on CHAW’s website http://chaw.org/index.php/events/details/chaw_holiday_fete_an_arts_showcase_sale/

Saturday evening the H Street Community Development Corporation is hosting a show by artist Reiko Renee Tate. For sale will be original works of art as well as greeting cards. The opening show and reception will take place from 4pm -8pm and is free and open to the public. The proceeds will benefit the H Street Community Development Corporation’s Community Global Initiative, a program introducing urban teenagers to global experiences through international travel and the study of languages and cultures from other countries.

At the Corner Store on Saturday evening the “folk singer with the heart of of rock and roll band” Jonathan Byrd will take the stage. Described by Mark Tucker of the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange as potent canvas as searing as Neil Young’s stripped down masterpieces but with a touch of the laid back Eagles and the timbre one hears in the more haunting runs of a Chris Darrow or Ry Cooder.” Tickets are $15 and $20 at the door. http://cornerstorearts.org/

And don’t forget to stop by the North Hall of Eastern Market between 2pm and 4pm to have your picture taken with Santa Tommy Clause!  Councilmember Tommy Wells will be on hand to hear holiday wishes after a performance by the Kim Reynolds Quartet from 11:30-1:30.  Crafts will also be set up all day for the little ones.

Sunday afternoon from 12pm -5pm. Toki Underground will host a pop up shop featuring the wares of FORAGE, a Fredericksburg boutique owned by two of Toki chef Erik Bruner-Yang’s Mary Washington classmates . The collection features vintage and current label togs as well as jewelry. Local artist J.Coleman will be selling original prints made specifically for the pop-up. Sara Gossett will have handmade greeting cards on hand and Marie Snyder of Luna Rosa jewelry will have handmade fabric earrings and resin rings. The bar will be open but no food will be available during the pop up.

Have fun!

Jen DeMayo is the Director of Community for the Atlas Performing Arts Center

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