Empowering Victims of Street Harassment through the Arts

Ally Theatre Company in partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium presents Think Before You Holla, the second production of their inaugural season as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival

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MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 23, 17—Joe’s Movement Emporium’s resident artist company Ally Theater Company presents the second production of their inaugural season, Think Before You Holla, July 15-23 as part of the 2017 Capital Fringe Festival. Created and directed by Ally Associate Director Taylor Reynolds, Think Before You Holla uses true stories via interviews and social media to examine the patriarchal roots of gender-based street harassment and its overall influence on women’s psyches. Tickets are $17 per individual and 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 Think Before You Holla

“Although Think Before You Holla first came to life in June 2014, it’s really taken a fuller shape over the last nine months,” says Reynolds. “I’ve devised the piece with eight incredible women; it’s been difficult and taxing to dive into the wide variety of street harassment stories we’ve collected from friends, family, and a few strangers and intertwine them with the upsetting statistics of what street harassment can lead to, but the understanding that what we’re doing will have a strong foothold in the fight against street harassment helps us to push forward.”

“By examining the ‘why’ around a harasser’s behavior, we hope to to empower bystanders to become allies in this assault on women’s emotional well-being,” says Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, Ty Hallmark. “Sadly, as we’ve seen in the last month, street harassment can sometimes end violently, which is why this is a particularly important conversation to have right now.”

Via Broadway World.

About Ally Theater Company

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. 

WHAT:  Think Before You Holla – Ally Theater Performance as part of Capital Fringe Festival 

WHEN:  Showtimes are Saturday 7/15 at 8PM, Sunday 7/16 at 2PM and 5:30PM, Thursday 7/20 at 6:30PM and 9PM, Friday 7/21 at 6:30PM and 9PM, Saturday 7/22 at 2:30PM, 6:30PM, and 9PM and Sunday 7/23 at 2:30PM and 5PM. 

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

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Welcoming playwright James Ijames to the Joe’s!

Ally is thrilled to welcome playwright James Ijames to the show!

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We hope you will join us this Sunday, April 30th, for our 3PM matinee performance followed by a talk back with James and the cast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for an intimate look inside the playwright’s process. No added cost, tickets available now.

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The judges have spoken!

With a vision “to elevate, illuminate, and give rise to voices that have gone unheard, to peer inside and spend time in spaces unseen,” Ally Theatre is off to a stupendous start. Its inaugural staging of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington is theatrical discovery of the best kind—a terrific script not to be missed, a production with pizzazz, and a bold new troupe to watch out for.

– John Stoltenberg for DC Metro Theatre Arts

Photo of Nate Shelton as The Honorable William Dandridge by Teresa Castracane Photography

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
301-699-1819

Ally Theatre Company Kicks Off its First Season with the D.C. Premiere of James Ijames’ Fevered Look at American History

When the Mother of America stands trial, will anyone emerge innocent?

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Ally Theatre Company—D.C.’s newest theatre company dedicated to art that’s designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America—kicks off its inaugural season with the regional premiere of James Ijames’ The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Christmas Eve, 1800. The Mother of America, Martha Washington, lays on her deathbed at Mount Vernon, surrounded by the slaves who will be freed upon her passing. In a fever dream of terrifying theatricality, Martha and the rest of America, yesterday and today, are put on trial for their crimes.

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“I am thrilled to bring James Ijames’ brilliant play to DC after its 2014 world premiere in Philadelphia,” says Ty Hallmark, Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, who also will be directing the show. “There was never a question that Ally Theatre Company would mark its debut with Miz Washington, as it perfectly demonstrates our mission to highlight and elevate voices unheard and spaces unseen. Our first production is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long dialogue with the community, both in the Gateway Arts District and Washington, DC, at large.”

A bold, clever, and damning look at slavery, its perpetrators, and its legacy, Miz Washington holds a mirror up to America’s past and dares us to look away.

FEATURING

Ivana (Tai) Alexander*
Taunya Ferguson*
Tanya Chattman
Nate Shelton
Reginald Richard*
Jonathan Miot
With Jane Petkofsky* as Miz Martha Washington

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Audrey Bodek, Set Design; Alison Samantha Johnson, Costume Design; Lolita Clayton Horne, Dramaturgy; Katherine Offutt, Props Design; Hope Villaneuva, Sound Design; E-hui Woo, Lighting Design; Angelisa Gillyard, Assistant Director/Choreographer and Charles Lasky, Stage ManagerDirected by Ty Hallmark*

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier MD 20712
(301) 699-1819
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Orange Grove Dance needs YOUR stories

1 MILE RADIUS (No Logo)Orange Grove Dance returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with their newest project, 1 MILE RADIUS PROJECT-Experiencing Space Differently which will culminate with a performance piece on Friday, April 14th that will begin at 7 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium, in Mount Rainier, MD move through the neighborhood, and end at Brentwood Arts Exchange in the Gateway Arts Center in Brentwood, MD.

 ABOUT THE PROJECT

NextLOOK Artist, Orange Grove Dance will be exploring the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe’s Movement Emporium. We are interested in how dance, film, and projection can conduct memory mapping of the less noticed, possibly forgotten parts of our seemingly familiar spaces. We want to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and over stepped crevices of the area.

CULMINATING PERFORMANCE APRIL 14

Send videos, pictures, and stories of the spaces you love or notice. What makes home? How do you move through it?

Before and after photos of spaces and people are also great. What was it like then and how is it now?

EMAIL: orangegrovedance@gmail.com

tweet us @followtheorange #1mileradiusproject

JOIN THE PROJECT – RESOURCING COMMUNITY

Through sidewalk chats, interviews, movement, and film collaborations, we have set out to create art and dialogue which will memory map the collective and personal experiences of the neighborhood space. WE NEED YOU!

BE A PART OF THIS COMMUNITY CURATION! If you have a connection within the Joe’s/Mt. Ranier/Brentwood 1 mile radius, we want you involved. Contact Orange Grove Dance, Joe’s, or Brentwood Arts to schedule an interview, or share an idea of how you would like to be involved.

OUR QUESTIONS

What is your favorite place in the neighborhood?
How do you get there?
Why is that place special to you?

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This project is made possible by:
Maryland State Arts Council
Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission
The Clarice
Joe’s Movement Emporium

Aerial Yoga for the Average “Joe” at Joe’s

IMG_4206Find yourself sighing over perfectly instagrammed yoga goddesses folded into a flower wearing nothing by Lycra? SIGH NO MORE. You and your beautiful body can benefit from and experience the magic of aerial yoga right here in Mount Rainier, MD.

Join UpSpring Studio’s Kirsty Little Mondays at Joe’s Movement Emporium for an aerial yoga class that is accessible and enjoyable for bodies of all ages and abilities. Little describes her class as a”a combination of aerial fabrics, yoga poses, with a healthy does of humor.”

WHAT: Aerial Yoga

WHEN: Mondays at 12 noon (hour long class)

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

HOW MUCH: $35 to drop in. Register online at: upspringstudio.com/classes

Leave your fears on the ground and work with Kirsty and fellow classmates in comfort and safety on low-hung hammocks. The material and force of gravity provide gentle aids to increase your flexibility, strength and balance. Whether you’re a beginner in yoga/aerial or experienced in both, you’re welcome! Little reminds us, “you can never get too strong or too stretchy!”

Instructor Kirsty Little brings to the class her years of aerial training and a humor based approach that gently challenges the class while promoting relaxation. You’ll walk away feeling inspired, longer, taller and stronger.

Don’t trust us? Here’s what students are saying about Aerial Yoga:

“Aerial Yoga with Kirsty is the best way to start the week: relaxed and strengthened!” – Charlotte
“Kirsty is a fun inspiring teacher” – Andy

Questions? Concerns? Uncertain? Little offers mini sessions for potential students to try out the experience before committing to a class. Simply email her to set up a mini-session at kirstylittle@gmail.com, we’re positive once you’ve tried it, you’ll be coming back for the class.

We need art supplies!

Hey there, Joe’s Family, Friends & Community!

We need art supplies! Can you help us out? Bring your donations to the front desk of Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712 and keep the projects cranking!

Joe’s Supply Wish List

• Ball point pens
• Black Sharpies
• Colored Pencils (Crayola/Rose Art preferred)
• Jumbo Crayons (Crayola/Rose Art preferred)
• Tracing Paper
• Printer Paper
• Canvas Board
• Canvas Paper
• Easels
• Cloud Clay
• Paint (Acrylic) – Red, Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, White, Pink, Black, Brown
• Water Color Paints
• Fabric Paint -Neon Colors
• Paint Brushes
• Paper Plates – large white sturdy plates for painting
• Xacto Knives
• Fabric – African and Latin American inspired; to be used for costumes
• Colorful Plastic or Cloth Table covers – to use as part of stage design
• Yarn
• Elastic String
• Thick Elastic for costumes
• Large Fabric Scissors (for instructor use)
• Tie Dye
• Glitter – Red, Purple, Blue, Gold, Green, Silver and Blue
• Gluesticks
• Wiggle Eyes
• Push pins
• Sponges (for use in painting set pieces/props)
• Bamboo Sticks
• Wood to build set/props (coconut tree, animals, etc.)

‘It’s Our Time’ – Soul In Motion Players Inc. Take a Stand as a Cultural Organization of Excellence in Mount Rainier, MD

 

Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate 33 years this Black History Month with a power-house performance of African drum & dance

MOUNT RAINIER, MD February 2, 17—On Saturday, February 25th at 8 pm and Sunday, February 26th at 4 pm Joe’s Movement Emporium resident artist company Soul In Motion Players Inc. celebrate their 33rd anniversary with their annual Black History Month performance in Mount Rainier, MD. This year’s show, ‘It’s Our Time’ features the premiere of ‘Temple Memories’ choreographed by Rosangela Silvestre. Soul In Motion Inc.’s family-friendly show boasts high energy choreography and beloved heart pounding rhythms that salute the richness of the African Diaspora. Tickets can be purchased online at www.joesmovement.org. Ticket amounts are $25 for adults, $15 for students & seniors, and $10 for children 16 & under.

‘It’s Our Time’ will bring Soul In Motion Inc.’s unique mix of theater, African drumming and dance back to the Mount Rainier stage where they’ve performed for historically packed houses. The high-energy troupe creates an experience enjoyable for everyone. No one can remain immune to the incredible heart pounding beats of the Soul In Motion drums.

Soul In Motion’s Michael Friend has been a longtime advocate and partner of Joe’s Movement Emporium. On March 19, 2016 Joe’s honored Michael as a Mighty Joe with the Creative Visionary Award. Previously in 2014 he was the recipient of the Empower Magazine Player Award and in 2011, as director of Soul In Motion, Michael won the prestigious Montgomery County Executive’s Community Award for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities.

About Soul In Motion Players Inc. (SIMPINC)

Soul in Motion Inc. was founded and continues to grow under the direction of Artistic Director Michael Friend joined by Associate Director Pam Lassiter Rhone. SIMPINC dancers are Ronnie Bradley, Adjetey Klufio, Charla Lewis, Terryn Nelson, Jennifer Payen, Pam Rhone, Monique Walker, Megan Atkinson, Pam Lassiter, Nya Seaward, Trenise McCorkle, Mustapha Braimah, and Devon Wallace. SIMPINC drummers are saac Adjetey, Papa Aziz, Michael Friend, Michelle Hutton, Kimberly ‘Jahada’ Hinton, Malari Moore, Abdou Muhammad, and Mamadi Victory.

SIMPINC was founded in 1984 by Michael Friend and his sister Khandi who began to perform together as the Soul In Motion Players. Their debut performance was at Michael’s alma mater, Howard University during Black History Month. Original members included fellow Fine Arts Department graduates Cheryl Butler Poole, Greg Poole, Gisele Jackson, and Wanda Whiteside. Over the years SIMPINC has had the privilege of privilege of performing for acclaimed writings including the Last Poets, Maya Angelou, & James Baldwin.

More information about Soul In Motion Players Inc. can be found online at www.soulinmotionplayers.org.

 

Announcing the Arts Learning Resource Guide 

artslearningcoverResidents and visitors of the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District now have a new handy Arts Learning Resource Guide as a one-stop-shop to County and Gateway Arts District classes, venues, studios and artists. Sponsored by the Joe’s Movement Emporium, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, M-NCPPC Department of Parks & Recreation, Maryland State Arts Council, and the Prince George’s County Arts & Humanities Council, the guide is available online at MyGatewayArts.org (click here) and in print at the following locations: Maryland Milestones, Hyattsville Community Development Corporation, Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council, Prince George’s African American Museum and Cultural Center, Brentwood Arts Exchange at the Gateway Arts Center, 39th Street Gallery, Art Works Now, Pyramid Atlantic and Joe’s Movement Emporium.

The Arts Learning Resource Guide highlights lifelong educational opportunities in an arts district that is home to over 500 artists, 150 studios and dozens of artist collectives. With so many levels of creative engagement from introductory classes to master experiences for every age, and in every medium, the guide seeks to give residents and visitors access to the wealth of knowledge offered. Joe’s Movement Emporium Founder and Executive Director, Brooke Kidd, states, “learning via the arts reduces stress, self-affirms character, and is healing. This guide directs folks to local artist-teachers who are available to share their knowledge and experiences.” She invites individuals to “enhance your creativity, communication skills, conceptualization, problem-solving and critical thinking through the arts offerings in this guide.”

About the Arts Learning Resource Guide

This Guide is roughly organized by arts education services based on age group and type of arts interest. Please refer to our Table of Contents on page 3 to find incredible arts education experiences for yourself or your loved one. Whether you’re looking for your partner, your child, your friend or yourself, you’ll find the arts live here!

About the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District

The Prince George’s Gateway Arts District is a 2 mile stretch of creative industries encompassing four towns along two miles of Route 1. Each of the four towns – Mount Rainier, Brentwood, North Brentwood and Hyattsville – has a strong sense of place as an individual neighborhood with a unique cultural history. The arts and cultural community emerged from these tight-knit towns. Locally, they have an economic impact that supports small business and housing development in the Maryland-Washington, DC suburban area. Regionally, the arts community reinforces the brand of: funky, creative, green, and culturally-rooted.

A PDF of the guide is available by clicking here.

 

Inauguration Day in Mount Rainier, MD – What to Do, Where to Be.

After the election, a group of community members began to meet, searching for ways to strengthen the community to weather any impact by the new administration.

Joe’s Movement Emporium was asked by this group to host an event on Inauguration night that would celebrate hope. Thus the Resilience Ball – A celebration of community strength and hope, was born.

The volunteer-driven event grew fast. It has become apparent to us as we watch the ticket sales rocket past our expectations that this is a community that needs, loves and supports each other.

We hope all of you, whether you’re a Mount Rainier resident or visitor, spend tomorrow, Inauguration Day, in our city. Here are some things to do (also check out Route 1 Fun for more creative ideas of how to spend your Friday, Saturday & Sunday this weekend!):

Morning Time – The Waterhole Community at 4004 34th Street

Skip the coffee maker and strap on your boots bright and early and walk yourself over to The Waterhole. The brisk walk will do you good and the strong Zeke’s coffee and/or fresh pressed juice will get your day started off right. We recommend trying the Irie Thunder, a delicious pineapple/ginger explosion that will kick start your brain better than an espresso. Die-hard coffee fans need not worry, the coffee here is deliciously rich. Sip it at the beautiful wooden bar while enjoying owner Lisa Harris’ music selection.

Snack Time – Glut Food Co-op at 4005 34th Street

The best grab & go selection of tasty munchies is at Glut Co-op. Stop through the oldest community co-op in town and pick up a bag of candied ginger, choose your favorite from a selection of pre-made, vegan salads and browse their wide selection of bulk spices and teas. No membership is required to stop and shop here! Plus we’ve found they have the best, most affordable collection of incense AND their cheese selection is out of this world.

Lunch Time – ZZ Pizza & Kabob at 4000 34th Street

A Joe’s staff favorite, this local eatery offers some of the best take out in town. ZZ’s Pizza is a classic order for a Friday staff lunch, and vegans and vegetarians will always find something delicious on their varied menu. Our recommendation? The Healthy Choice Kabob: a meat of your choice marinated in a delicious spicy sauce served with plentiful rice and veggies. Enough to share – but we don’t think you’ll want to!

Afternoon Dessert – Sweet & Natural at 4009 34th Street

You may have seen Sweet & Natural cakes in the Whole Foods grab and go section. Maybe you’ve even tried one and experienced just how delicious vegan desserts can be. Isn’t is time you saw what else they had to offer? Step into Sweet & Natural’s cozy cafe setting and pick from a wide variety of cakes, cupcakes, and cookies. Enjoy your treat with a glass of spicy ginger lemonade while sitting in picture perfect window seats and watching the foot traffic. Sweet & Natural’s Friday menu also features their popular vegan quesadillas, not to be missed!

Cocktail Hour – Nisey’s Boutique at 4007 34th Street

If you’ve never been to Nisey’s, you’ve never been shopping. This fun and funky boutique offers a shopping experience like no other. Ladies & gentlemen alike will find beautiful handcrafted, international clothing and jewelry items throughout the store. This Friday from 12 noon – on, Nisey is hosting a FREE cocktail hour featuring chocolate wine, specialty cocktails and some light nibbles. No purchase necessary to enjoy this fabulous community event, though we encourage you to go ahead and indulge – you won’t find items like Nisey’s anywhere else in the area!

Community Cocktails with Nisey begins at 12 noon. All are welcome to come in and participate, there will be no pressure to purchase anything. This event is fully funded by Nisey’s Boutique to create a safe community space.

Dinner & Dancing – Joe’s Movement Emporium at 3309 Bunker Hill Road

Here’s what to bring:

  • Potluck items! We won’t judge if you purchase them from ZZ’s Pizza, Glut Food Co-op or Sweet & Natural. Remember the food and beverages are provided by you, the community, so be generous!
  • Dancing shoes! We’ve got some swinging great music planned for you and you’ll want to MOVE. Dress code is “come as you Art,” so wear whatever your heart desires. But seriously, we know you’ll want to dance so make sure those shoes are comfy!

Event Itinerary:

  • 6 pm
    • Doors Open! If you have a ticket, don’t worry about printing it. Your name is on the list! Save trees and just bring yourself. Check in at the front door with Neena and Barbara and get ready to party.
      • Coat Check area is provided but not necessarily staffed. Joe’s is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.
    • Kids Activities Begin! Activities will be facilitated by Little Friends for Peace and Club Joe’s staff. Water bottles, juice boxes and ZZ’s Pizza (cheese only) provided.
    • Studio 1: Sign Making Workshop Begins! Huge thanks to Red Dirt Studio whose artists will be on hand to facilitate with any sign creation for any future marches you may or may not wish to attend. Red Dirt & Joe’s will provide sign making materials BUT feel free to bring your own!
    • Studio 2: Potluck & Bar Open! Volunteers and Joe’s staff will help you display and label your dish. Remember potluck items include beverages as well! Joe’s has plates, cups, napkins and forks. All you need to do is bring your favorite dish to share! Coffee from The Waterhole will also be available in the lobby. Snacks purchased from Glut can be found throughout the lobby and in Studio 2.
  • 7 pm in Theater
    • Welcome Announcement by MC Gabi
    • Community Sing begins in Theater
  • 7:30 pm in Studio 3
  • 8 pm in Theater
    • Performance by Asheru and Ras D
  • 8:20 pm in Theater
    • Speakers: The Four Gateway Arts District Mayors
  • 8:45 pm in Theater
  • 9:45 pm in Theater
    • DJ & Open Dancing
  • 11 pm EVENT END

We look forward to having all of you in our facility tomorrow. If you have any questions or concerns, please email: Neena@joesmovement.org.

Please note we expect the online tickets sales to SELL OUT but we will be selling limited numbers of tickets at the door. It is Joe’s desire that everyone who wishes to attend is able. However our priority is to ensure the safety of everyone in our facility.