Hurricane Harvey and the Arts

As Hurricane Harvey weakens, many people are still seeking food, shelter and medical help. We’ve been astounded by the beautiful stories of camaraderie and community forming to support those in need.  If you haven’t already given to one of the many organizations with on-the-ground support, NPR compiled a reliable list: Read more.

Joe’s believes arts organizations will be integral in restoring a sense of place in communities impacted in natural disasters. This is hard to do when your facility has suffered massive water damages or artist’s income is disrupted.  With that in mind, we’ve compiled a list of articles and resources to encourage our community who keep us afloat to make a strategic donation for the creative community in Texas.  Your financial support ensures organizations like Joe’s and local artists continue to serve.  Please make a donation today.

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Houston-Hurricane-Harvey-flood-photos-The-Wortham_163519-1An article that looks at damage in the beloved Houston Theater District: “In the midst of tragedy and heartbreak, many people find solace in art, but even our most beloved visual and performing arts institutions aren’t immune to the power that is still Harvey. Read more.

Comprensive resource list for Texan artists:

http://www.arts.texas.gov/resources/hurricane-harvey-resources/

Recommended donation links:

f0ac9cb4cbfafb0bcd8e3783d39461c1This grassroots organization is providing support and series to those with disabilities. More information.

A beautiful Go Fund Me campaign that seeks to support the dance community affected by Hurricane Harvey. “As we all know, many in our dance family in Southeast Texas and the surrounding area have suffered from massive flooding after heavy rain from Hurricane Harvey….. Now, it is time to do our part.” More info

Provides emergency financial assistance and resources available to everyone who works in performing arts (actors, dancers, musicians, stagehands, playwrights, tech crew, and many more). http://actorsfund.org/

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Off the Quill brings “Completely Hollywood” to Joe’s this September

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With just 30 days between idea and execution, Off the Quill brings you Completely Hollywood, a tribute to all things Cinema. The frenetic comedy from the team that brought you the award winning Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] has the actors tackling 186 films, plus a screen mashup of their own, in just 90 minutes.

Off the Quill

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

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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:

Joe’s Movement Emporium receives over $43,000 for its Job Readiness and Arts Education Programs

Joe’s Movement Emporium of Mount Rainier, MD has received $43,400 in grants to support its job readiness and arts education programs.

CreativeWorks, Joe’s vocational training program received a combined $39,000 from the Prince George’s County Executive’s Community Partnership Grant and a first-time grant from the Baltimore-based Robert W. Deutsch FoundationDistrict 1 Council Member Mary Lehman and the City of Mount Rainier contributed a combined $4,400 to support Joe’s arts education programs, including Club Joe’s after school program and Camp Joe’s summer arts program.

Now in its ninth year, CreativeWorks (formerly the Theater Tech Program) provides critical support to under-resourced teens and young adults ages 17-21 in Prince George’s County by helping them secure employment and prepare for higher education with the goal of ending generational poverty. In fiscal 2017 (ending June 30th), CreativeWorks served 585 participants through its 10-month core training program, , two week-long intensives and classroom presentations throughout the county.

Camp Joe’s and Club Joe’s are out-of-school time programs that engage youth, ages 4-13, throughout the year benefiting their intellectual, personal, and social development through the arts. Offered in a creative, vibrant, and supportive arts-based learning environment, youth learn team building, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills while sharpening fine motor and cognitive abilities.  In fiscal 2017, both programs served 178 unique youth.

“As a single mother struggling through various financial hardships, Joe’s provided a safe and affordable haven for my two daughters to grow and be nurtured. They are now in middle and high school, pursuing courses in creative and performing arts,” said Ivana H. Miranda, a former Club Joe’s and Camp Joe’s parent.

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunities in education, production and work readiness.  Founded in 1995, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 artists and arts patrons each year through its diverse multicultural and multigenerational programming.  For more information about Joe’s and how you can support, visit www.joesmovement.org or call Barbara Goliday at 301-699-1819.

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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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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🎓 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.