Thursday, March 27, 2014

Sam Sweet, Executive Director of Atlas Performing Arts Center stepping down in May following three years of successful leadership

Atlas Performing Arts Center Executive Director leaves after three successful seasons

The Atlas Performing Arts Center (1333 H St), a thriving contemporary, community-based performing arts center, announced today that Sam Sweet will step down from his position as Executive Director to pursue new professional opportunities as his three-year commitment winds down. Mr. Sweet will continue in his current position until May 31, wrapping up the 2013-14 season.

"My time at the Atlas has been filled with growth and transformation - creating new programs, building relationships with artists and establishing the Atlas as a leading performing arts venue," states Sam Sweet. "I want to thank the Board, the staff and artists for their support as we worked together to put the Atlas on the map as a contemporary arts center."

"I am immensely proud of Sam’s accomplishments at the Atlas," states Atlas Founder and Board Chair Jane Lang. "Sam has brought the Atlas to a higher level of recognition, visibility and achievement. With new artistic partnerships and creative community engagement, the Atlas is now positioned to offer even more to artists and the entire Washington community."

During his tenure, Sweet developed a robust contemporary presenting series of jazz, new music, world music, dance, theatre and family programming, demonstrating the Atlas’ standing as a world-class venue. Over 200 world-class artists have been presented including Bettye LaVette, Bang-On-A-Can All-Stars, So Percussion, Marc Bamuthi Joseph, Luciana Souza, and StepAfrika. Sweet also promoted new artistic partnerships with Great Noise Ensemble, Rorschach Theatre, The Welders, Scena Theatre and emerging DC-based artists. In all this, the Atlas extended its reach into the DC community with meaningful activities and opportunities for patrons to engage directly with artists. "The Atlas will continue to build upon the groundwork of recent years, so that we can maintain our position as a leading performing arts venue committed to artists and the community," states Lang. "Growth in audiences and support in these years reflects widespread confidence in the Atlas, its contributions to the community, and its future," Lang adds.

Public recognition of the role of the Atlas in DC’s arts world has also grown during Sweet’s tenure, highlighted by the Mayor’s Arts Award for Excellence in Service to the Arts in 2012. Most recently, the Atlas was named the 2013 Best Performing Arts Center and its INTERSECTIONS Festival was the 2013 runner-up for Best Festival in The City Papers "Best of" Campaigns. The Atlas is also recognized as a leading arts venue that champions new artistic work and collaborations. Through these collaborations, the Atlas has extended its reach into community with meaningful activities and opportunities for patrons to engage directly with artists.
Prior to Sweet’s departure, the Atlas will appoint a Chief Operating Officer to begin the transition to new leadership.

Monday, March 24, 2014

Buy two months, get one free Flex Office Space (1411 H St)

The following special promotional deal comes via Flex Office Space (1411 H St NE).  Sign up now for the next two months and get a third month free. 

Friday, March 21, 2014

Snake Oil, Holy Water and Sweet Tea at Gallery O on H Saturday, April 5, 7-10:30 pm

Join us for a night of visual treats and a 
little hoodoo in the hood!

Snake Oil, Holy Water, and Sweet Tea is salvation in the Swamp! 
Inspired by two seemingly very different cities that rose from the mire 
to offer their own versions of powerful men and women, tied together 
by the promises, politics, politeness and prophecy. 

Come find your salvation!! April 5 - Gallery OonH 1354 H Street, NE

7pm - 8:30pm Open Art Reception at Gallery O on H - No Cover

8:30pm - 10:30pm - Variety Show (sideshow, burlesque & more) $20 adv/$25 dos

AND Live Music with Dixie Deluxe Trio

A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Washington Animal Rescue League -


Presented by:
Cirque Du Rouge (
Gallery O on H ( &
Palace Productions (

This event is 21+ Must have valid ID

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Public Meeting on Florida Ave NE Transporta​tion Improvemen​ts Wednesday, April 2, 7 pm at Two Rivers (4th & Florida)

Public Meeting for Florida Avenue NE Transportation Improvements
The District Department of Transportation (DDOT) is hosting the third and final public meeting to guide the Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study.  Members of the community are encouraged to attend this meeting to discuss the future of Florida Avenue NE.
Focusing on the Florida Avenue NE corridor from New York Avenue to H Street and Benning Road, the study is evaluating traffic safety, streetscape, and operational enhancements to improve this important corridor. At this meeting, participants will receive an update on project findings to date and will have an opportunity to provide input on several alternative concepts for improvements along the corridor.
What:                   Florida Avenue Multimodal Transportation Study - Public Workshop
When:                  Wednesday, April 2, 2014
                              7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Where:                Two Rivers Public Charter School
Middle School Building
                              1234 4th Street NE
Transit:               Metrorail (Red Line): NoMa-Gallaudet U (New York Avenue)
Metrobus: Visit
For more information or to provide input about this transportation study, please visit the project website at For questions about this meeting, please contact Gabe Onyeador at 202-671-0590 or

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Help find missing dog last seen at 17th & Mass SE

Please keep an eye out for this missing dog who may be injured and scared. 
Pete is missing! Last seen near Mass Ave SE & 17 Street SE at 10:30 am on 3/12/14. He was hit by a car and kept running. Pete was last seen going towards the Whitney Young Memorial Bridge/RFK Stadium towards ESE. He is friendly, but shy. He is wearing a collar with tags and microchipped.
Call 541-285-3621 if seen! Please email with any information or to help us search for Pete!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Atlas Brew Works seasonal "Home Rule" released tonight at Boundary Road (414 H St)

"Home Rule" a new seasonal lager from Atlas Brew Works is unveiled tonight at Boundary Road (414 H St).  Details below: 
Atlas Brew Works launches its newest seasonal brew - Home Rule - this week with a tasting at Boundary Road. The Home Rule will be available on tap all night starting at 5:30pm along with the brewery's La Saison Des FĂȘtes, Rowdy Rye, and District Common. Pints of Atlas Brew Works beers are $7 all night. No reservations necessary.