Black Girl Magic Comes to Joe’s Blackbox Theater

Joe’s Movement Emporium and The Clarice present the first in the 2017-18 NextLOOK series season featuring music, poetry and spoken word that pay homage to black female artists.

Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band come to Joe’s Movement Emporium October 16th – 20th for a 5-day residency where they will be creating a tribute to women in the performing arts using interactive music components from spoken word, game shows, and live performance. Through an acknowledgement of the female voice, both past and present, Brown seeks to express the creative struggle of black female performing artists, while highlighting their significant contributions to creative change and influence. Expect everything from Nina Simone to Lil Kim. Tickets are pay-what-you-wish with a suggested donation of $15 per person.  Tickets can be purchased by calling 301-699-1819 or visiting Joe’s online at www.joesmovement.org. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

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About Dior Ashely Brown and The dAb Band

We are Dior Ashley Brown and The dAb Band. Our work is Hip-Hop which includes the genres jazz, soul, R&B, blues, go-go, funk and more. Our performance not only includes these genres but freestyle Hip-Hop lyrics and live instrumentation. What makes us unique is that we not only write songs, but create full-length sets with free association and live instrumentation.  We use call and response audience participation committing fully to the moment. We are also a female lead.  For decades, in Hip-Hop genre, the female presence has struggled to maintain, and women are frequently under represented within the culture.

About the NextLOOK Series

 Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences. All NextLOOK performances are pay-what-you-wish.

WHAT:                      Dior Ashley Brown Presents…

WHEN:                      Friday, October 20, 2017 at 7 pm

 WHERE:                    The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

COST:                        Tickets are pay-what-you-wish. Suggested donation is $15 per person online or at the door.

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What can you get with a 10-class pass?

Joe’s 10-class pass is a beautiful thing. For $110, only $11 per class, you get access to 10 of Joe’s Movement Emporium’s movement classes. This means you can mix it up week by week depending on the type of movement your body needs.

Take a look at some of the ways you can move at Joe’s with a 10-class pass!

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MONDAY

6:30 – 7:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A great class for beginner to intermediate yoga students looking for the perfect way to unwind after the start of the week. Brooke Kidd is an experience and gentle instructor who gives lots of variations for all levels of experience.
6:30 – 7:30 pm Pilates with Tyecia Powell: Get pumped up for your week with upbeat instructor Ty Powell. Baltimore house tunes and endless encouragement get you through an hour of interval training and pilates moves. Your core will thank you.

TUESDAY

7:30 – 8:30 pm Hip Hop Dance with Kendra Johnson: Looking for a hip hop class for you or your teen – look no further. Kendra Johnson’s fun class moves and grooves to classic tunes and requires no previous dance knowledge or experience. Bring a friend and learn some new moves!
8:30 – 9:30 pm Dancehall with Erica Rae: Discover the world of dancehall to a driving Caribbean beat with Erica Rae’s Dancehall class. If you’re looking to move, sweat, and feel great in your body, this is the class for you.

WEDNESDAY

11:30 am – 12:30 pm Gentle Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A great class for those with limited mobility, recovering from an injury, or brand new to yoga. Transitions between movements are done carefully and positions are given with many variations so one is ever left out.
7 – 8 pm Salsa with Chivonnie Gius: Instructor Chivonnie Guis brings salsa back to Joe’s with this fun salsa class perfect for individuals or partners. No dance experience or partner is needed. Salsa with Chivonnie allows for beginners to learn new moves and more experienced dancers to develop further.
8 – 9 pm Off the Wall Dance with Rakeem & Chris: Friends Rakeem and Chris bring the moves of Michael Jackson to the studio with Off the Wall Dance. Beginners are welcome to get in and get grooving with the style and flair of the Kind of Pop.

THURSDAY

6 – 7 pm Pilates with Tyecia Powell: Mount Rainier residents will love the time of this class. With a 6 pm start time you’re done with your workout by 7 pm and home in time to walk the dog! We love that this upbeat class makes your muscles ache in the best way possible the next day.
7 – 8 pm Tai Chi with Normon Greene: Take it slow and enjoy the movement through the study of Tai Chi Chun long form.

SATURDAY

9:30 – 11:00 am Advanced Vinyasa Yoga with Brooke Kidd: A class for students more comfortable with vinyasa flow. Here you’ll find diversity in ages, sizes and body types. Anyone and everyone will feel at home in our studio filled with beautiful morning light.

SUNDAY

5 – 6:30 pm Vinyasa Yoga with Hermione Rhones: A wonderful class for a student looking for a little extra TLC from their instructor. Rhones is hands on with her adjustments and gives the most beautiful little massage to all her students during final shavasana.

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Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14

Joe’s welcomes Robot Studio Workshop for ages 10 – 14 starting October 21st!

Robot Studio Workshop

Robot Studio Workshops get kids coding in minutes, even kids who are terrified of math and kids who have no experience coding. The secret? Sphero a playful robot that introduces kids to the world of robotics and computer science in a unique and engaging way.

Sphero also lets kids discover and experience fundamental STEM principles and theories in practice. In Robot/Studio Workshop I, students explore Newton’s Laws of Motion through a series of challenging activities. They learn how to problem solve, think scientifically and create unique solutions, the same way that programmers, scientists and engineers do in the real world.

The workshop seeks to ease anxiety around math and science by letting kids learn by doing, guided by their natural sense of curiosity and playfulness.

In a future where coding and STEM will be as important as reading and writing, Sphero instills the desire to create and explore using the language and tools of tomorrow.

To Register:

  1. Click here
  2. Go to ONLINE STORE tab
  3. Select Series and Memberships
  4. Choose Robot Studio Workshop

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Instructor Wail Khalid

WKhalid_Headshot_SquareWail Khalid comes to Joe’s with over a decade of experience producing video for public television and non-profit organizations and a lifelong interest in technology. In 2013, Wail discovered a passion for working with young adults while producing a promotional video for a youth center. Using a workshop model, Wail developed and implemented a curriculum that gives young adults insight and tools to decoding, critically analyzing, and creating visual media. Wail also recognized the need to empower young minds by demystifying the technology that dominates many of today’s life experiences. He developed a hands-on workshop that not only teaches coding and robotics, but also brings fundamental scientific theories and engineering concepts to life. His hope is that this approach to learning will inspire the next generation of programmers, engineers, scientists and garage tinkerers. 

Wail Khalid has BA in Anthropology from the American University in Cairo, an MA in Media Studies from The New School in New York City and a Cambridge ESL Certification from Academia in Basel, Switzerland.

WHAT: Robot Studio Workshop Series for Kids

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712

WHEN: Saturdays, October 21st – December 16th (except November 25th) 10 am – 12:30 pm

AGES: 10 – 14

COST: $250 for all 8 weeks

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Application to participate in the 2017 Mount Rainier Community Craft Fair is OPEN

PLEASE NOTE: Craft Fair IS NOT accepting any additional applications for jewelry, fabric arts, knits/crochet crafts.

SAT. DEC. 2ND | 10 AM – 5 PM

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The Mt. Rainier Craft Fair has become an annual event in the city of Mount Rainier, Maryland. The Craft Fair has been at Joe’s for the last few years, marking the first Saturday in December as one when residents of Mount Rainier and neighboring communities come out to support a wide variety of vendors and their talents.

Crafters interested in applying to participate in the fair should click below!

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Aerial Yoga Swings into Joe’s

IMG_4206Shake up your yoga routine with Aerial Yoga with Kirsty Little, Mondays at 8 pm starting September 11th!

Aerial Yoga is modern interpretation of yoga that utilizes safe and soft low-hanging fabric hammocks to address alignment, release tension, even tackle chronic pain! BONUS: you hang upside down and it’s super fun!

This class is appropriate for anyone – even beginners with absolutely no yoga or aerial experience. Your size, age, and aerial abilities do not matter.

No matter if you’re an experienced yogi or new to the practice – aerial yoga has something for you. More experienced yogis will find a new dimension to complement their existing practice whereas newbies will find a gentle place to begin their yoga practice.

Every class will feature inversions, decompression, core strengthening, relaxation and a dose of humor from instructor Kirsty Little!

This class is great for:

  • Beginners to aerial or yoga
  • Experienced yogis or aerialists who want to complement their current practice
  • Anyone who wants to get stronger & stretchier!
  • Any adult of any age.

Cost: $25 per drop in per adult

There are no pre-requisites… beginners and all levels are welcome. There is a limit of 8 slots per class. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

“Out of Darkness” Returns to Joe’s

Joe’s hosts Patricia Eubanks again for her one woman show, Out of Darkness. Out of Darkness chronicles the story of Eubanks’ life to encourage others – Eubanks tells us, “you can make it through whatever seems to be the cards life dealt you.”

Raised between the two worlds of a Christian mother and an abusive father, Eubanks constant companions were anxiety, fear, and depression. Out of Darkness is a message to all, especially women, that: “no matter the situations life brings you can partner with God and his strategies for your life and be catapulted into your purpose.” Join Eubanks on the story of her journey that teaches us there is no force stronger than love, it is how she moved Out of Darkness.

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A note from Patricia Eubanks:

TO WIN AT ANY BATTLE YOU MUST HAVE A STRATEGY

WHAT’S YOUR PLAN AGAINST THOSE GIANTS IN YOUR LIFE?

All proceeds from this production will assist in the vision of M.O.T.H.E.R., My Opportunity To Help Everyone Resource. In the business of strengthening children by assisting their families.

Eubanks one night performance will be accompanied by her one woman art show in Joe’s Lobby. All paintings will be available for purchase. Gallery below:

FREE Self Defense and Active Bystander Training Workshops

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JULY 23 | 3:45 PM | FREE WITH PROOF OF PURCHASE

Ally Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a partnership with local anti-harassment organization Defend Yourself! Lauren Taylor and her teachers will be offering FREE Self Defense and Active Bystander Training Workshops to attendees of select Think Before You Holla performances.

The workshops will happen between shows for the following dates:
(NOTE: attendees from either show can participate in that day’s workshop, with proof of purchase.)

Sunday, July 23rd
2:30pm performance
3:45pm – 4:45pm workshop – focus: Active Bystander Training
5pm performance

To RSVP for the workshop or to get additional information, please email: info@allytheatrecompany.org.

What to bring: Proof of ticket purchase. It is recommended participants wear comfortable clothes they can move in.

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Chelsea Harrison, Victoria Mrythil and Christina Neubrand

Generated from true stories via interviews and social media, Think Before You Holla is a devised piece that examines the patriarchal roots of gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on women’s psyches. It runs July 15-23 at Joe’s Movement Emporium as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

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🎓 Celebrating Joe’s CreativeWorks Graduates 🎓

Join Joe’s in celebrating the graduation of 30 young people from CreativeWorks – a workforce development program with emphasis in arts-based training

Joe’s Movement Emporium honors graduating participants of CreativeWorks this Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm. The graduation ceremony will feature Joe’s CreativeWorks staff, Joe’s Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, and two special guests: Keynote Address Speaker Victor Kwansa and Guest Performer Patrick Washington. The graduation is free to attend and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served after the event. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. More information can be found online at www.joesmovement.org.

About CreativeWorks

CreativeWorks is a vocational training program in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. In addition to technical skills in the entertainment industry—such as theater tech, lighting, sound, digital media, photography and videography—CreativeWorks focuses on life and career development. 

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Victor A. Kwansa, Esq. is an attorney, education advocate, poet, and essayist from Prince George’s County. He received a B.A. in political science from Yale University in 2008, and he graduated from Harvard Law School in 2011. He has spoken and/or performed at universities, K-12 schools, community centers, and even once while visiting a former slave camp in Ghana, his parents’ home country. Victor’s website (www.victorkwansa.com) features his poetry and commentary.

patrick-washington-460x204About Patrick Washington

Patrick is one of the area’s premier performance poets. As part of the dynamic hip-hop poetry ensemble POEM-CEES, he’s been a regular performer on HBO and on the NFL Network. In 2009 he was asked by Tavis Smiley to serve as narrator for his national African American Museum exhibit, “America I Am.” His biggest honor by far was being commissioned to create a poem dedicated to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, which he performed at the unveiling of the memorial on the national mall on October 16th 2011.  Patrick recently launched his own arts education company, Dialect of Prince George’s, and with it created the position of Youth Poet Laureate for the county.

WHAT:  CreativeWorks Graduation

WHEN:  Wednesday, June 7th at 6:30 pm – FREE AND OPEN TO ALL

WHERE:  The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712

RSVP: Linda@joesmovement.org

Erica Rebollar and Friends: 40 and UP!

Joe’s Movement Emporium, presents a rare opportunity to experience original modern dance choreography by eight nationally and internationally acclaimed choreographers over the age of 40, organized by RebollarDance, on Saturday, June 17 at 8 pm and Sunday, June 18 at 4 pm, 2017.

In 40 and UP!, Erica Rebollar of RebollarDance partners with eight eclectic professional artists over 40 years of age to celebrate the works, wit and wisdom of age. Featuring the best choreographers from the DC/Baltimore area plus critically acclaimed out of town guest artists, 40 and UP! features work exploring everything from entangled lovers in Eurydice by Macolm Shute to empty promises in Giselle Ruzany’s Dry Cleaning. Featured choreographers joining Erica Rebollar include: Helanius Wilkins, Sharon Mansur, Carol Hess-Vait, Dan Kwong, Sandra Lacy, Jack Kirven, Giselle Rusany, and Malcolm Shute.

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Works Presented

  • Erica Rebollar, founder of RebollarDance, is the current full time Visiting Lecturer at UMBC’s Dance Department and adjunct faculty at GMU’s Dance Department. rebollardance.com. Rebollar’s “Rachmaninoff Prelude” is a condensation of quick-twitch, fast-fire movements performed at warp speed.
  • Helanius J. Wilkins, founder of EDGEWORKS Dance Theater, an all-male dance company of predominantly African-American men, is an Assistant Professor of Dance at the University of Colorado Boulder. helaniusj.com Wilkins will perform an excerpt from his crticially-acclaimed evening-length solo project, “/CLOSE/R”.
  • Sharon Mansur is an experimental multi-media dance and visual artist, currently based in Winona, Minnesota. mansurdance.com “In Between” is a site-specific improvisational duet, directed by Sharon Mansur in collaboration with Erica Rebollar, investigates the rich potential of gaps, thresholds and other transitional spaces.
  • Dan Kwong is an award-winning solo multimedia performance artist, videographer, writer, director, playwright and visual artist who recently received the prestigious Santa Monica Artist Fellowship for 2017. dankwong.com Kwong presents the premier of “The Healing Blade”, part of his long-term exploration of family and its impact on our relationships.
  • Sandra Lacy is full time dance instructor at UMBC, is as Associate of the Royal Academy of Dancing in London and a certified Gyrokinesis teacher. Lacy uses music by Ran Bango and voice directions of a GPS in “Lost”, which examines how we come to terms and navigate, both physically and emotionally, the dilemma of not being able to find our way.
  • Jack Kirven is a Wellness Coach with 18 years experience as a teacher, trainer, and writer. In “Best If Used By:” Kirven explores the complications of expiration dates when one’s entire identity, creativity, and career is based on the body, what it looks like, and what it can do.
  • Giselle Ruzany MA LPC is an adjunct faculty at the George Washington University and a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Woodly Park, Washington D.C. gestaltdance.com. Ruzany’s “Dry cleaning” explores what it means to be laundry: dirty, trapped, stained, ripped, wrong and broken, needing to by cleaned, while still holding on to hangers full of empty promises.
  • Malcolm Shute is an eclectic artist of movement. He has taught and performed around the world with his company Human Landscape Dance. org Shute’s duet “Eurydice” is based on the myth of two entangled lovers; retrieved from the afterlife by her husband, Eurydice is bound to Orpheus unless he looks her in the eyes.
  • Carol Hess-Vait Dubbed a “new wave tap dancer,” she became the first woman to perform Toccatafrom Morton Gould’s Tap Dance Concerto­. She is co-artistic director of Baltimore Dance Project, and chair of University of Maryland Baltimore County’s dance department, where she has taught since 1982. “Partial Recall II” is a new look on contemporary tap solo.
  • Maida Withers (dancer, choreographer, filmmaker, educator) – A powerful and commanding performer known for her daring in movement and edgy innovations as a choreographer.  Maida is a Professor at the George Washington University where she has been instrumental in creating BA, MA, and MFA degree programs. Visit: maidadance.com

 WHAT: RebollarDance

WHEN: Saturday, June 17th at 8 pm; Sunday, June 18th at 4 pm

WHERE: Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712; free parking lot to the right of the building, ample street parking in surrounding neighborhood, short walk from 82, 84, 86, or T-18 bus stop.

Tickets: $25 Admission; $15 Student/Senior/Military with ID

Advanced Tickets (Online Only): $20 | To purchase tickets, visit http://www.joesmovement.org or call 301-699-1819

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Memoir Writing – a NEW 5 week class!

WEDNESDAY | 6:30 PM | JULY 5 – AUGUST 2 | $60 FOR 5 WEEKS

THURSDAY | 10 AM | JULY 6 – AUGUST 3 | $60 FOR 5 WEEKS

Capture the memories you want to preserve for yourself and your family in this new memoir-writing class at Joe’s. Led by storyteller Cathy Smith, the class will be a safe space for you to share your writing, whether you do it for fun or to publish.
  • Cost:  $60 for five, two-hour sessions
  • Dates: Wednesday mornings starting July 5th – August 2nd or Thursday evenings starting July 6th  – August 3rd
  • Time:  Wednesdays 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Thursdays 10 am – 12 noon
  • Place: Joe’s Movement Emporium
  • Who: OPEN TO ALL AGES!
  • To register: http://bit.ly/joesclasses
Use the calendar to navigate to July 5th or 6th, click “sign up” for the first class and follow directions to purchase a Memoir Writing 5 class pass.
cathyCathy leads memoir-writing workshops through the Sage Program of Prince George’s Community College and storytelling workshops at Joe’s and at other venues. She performs at storytelling shows such as Story District, Better Said Than Done and Perfect Liar’s Club. She directs CreativeWorks, Joe’s workforce development program for young adults.