Journey to NO MAN’S LAND: Celebrate the opening of an exciting new contemporary art exhibition at the National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, D.C. is hosting an exhibition titled “No Man’s Land: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection” from September 30, 2016, through January 8, 2017.

Established in 1964 in New York City, the Rubell Family Collection (RFC) is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collection. The exhibition showcases the works of 37 contemporary artists from 16 nations who have used their aesthetically diverse ideas to address various political and intellectual themes. The presentation focuses on the process of art making as well as images of female body as an extension from the feminist art movement in the 1970s.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

Cecily Brown, Service de Luxe (detail), 1999, Oil on linen, 75 x 75 x 2, Courtesy of the Rubell Family Collection.

National Museum of Women in the Arts curators worked with RFC to choose a highly focused group of paintings and sculptures that center on the process of making as well as images of the female body, both topics that extend from the feminist art movement of the 1970s. Many artists in the exhibition use labor-intensive techniques to alter conventional notions of “women’s work” and handcraft. Some sculpt or paint semi-abstract shapes that reference the body obliquely, while others depict the female form directly, forcefully reclaiming its visualization and interpretation.

Painting and sculpture are among the oldest and traditionally most revered mediums of fine art, yet in the hands of many contemporary artists, they are avenues for experimentation, play, and subversion. Artists in NO MAN’S LAND paint with neon, weave with Carnival beads, and glue metal bread baskets into their assemblages.




DC Shorts Returns to Celebrate the Art of Short Film

The DC Shorts Film Festival is Washington, DC’s only film festival dedicated to showcasing and discussing short films from around the world. The lineup covers a variety of genres: dramas, comedies, animation, sci-fi, documentaries, and creative experimental films. All films are 20 minutes or less. The DC Shorts Film Festival includes 131 films and 6 screenplays from 33 countries. The 11-day event will include film screenings of shorts in every conceivable genre and style, Q&As, filmmaker workshops and parties.


Joe Bilancio, Director of Programming for the DC Shorts Film Festival and Associate Programmer Derek Horne viewed 1,368 submissions for this year’s festival, culling the final number down to 131. Bilancio bemoans that they could have added another few hundred to that final tally. “There’s literally at least another 200 films that were so good, you’re almost crying that you can’t screen them,” he says.  Special this year is the amount of films that have been critically acclaimed at other festivals around the world including Sundance, Tribeca, SXSW, Telluride, Toronto, Berlin, and Cannes and are making their DC premiere.

The DC Shorts Film Festival runs Sept. 8 to 18 at various locales throughout the city (though most of the Showcases are at the Landmark E Street Cinema). Tickets are $12 to $15 with all-access passes available for $125. Seventy-five of the shorts are available for online viewing for $30. http://festival.dcshorts.com



Visit CityCenterDC FRESHFARM Farmer’s Market

Located in the Park at CityCenter, this lunchtime market is nestled in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. and convenient for our residents. Shop for delicious prepared foods, pasture-raised meats, eggs, fresh fruits and vegetables, breads and baked goods, cut flowers, plants and more! Open rain or shine,Tuesday’s from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

The FRESHFARM CityCenterDC Market is a vibrant and bustling farmers market contributing to our neighborhood and community.  In addition to fresh, local produce from our region’s finest farms, the market offers many delicious lunch options, all featuring local and seasonal ingredients, from handmade Chinese dumplings to organic vegan salads.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recently visited the Foggy Bottom market.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary of Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services recently visited the Foggy Bottom market.

Undersecretary Concannon chatted with farmers, and discussed the need for greater food equity and access in DC with the FRESHFARM executive director Mike Koch (pictured here).

As DC students start back to school, 3,000 of them will have opportunities this academic year to garden, cook, and eat tasty nutritious recipes together, in school, as part of the FRESHFARM FoodPrints program. Now in its 10th year, FoodPrints continues to bring positive, hands-on gardening and cooking experiences to students in partner DC public elementary schools.

FoodPrints educates students and their families about ways to eat nutritious, local, in-season foods. Students in the program grow produce in their school gardens and prepare recipes using what they harvest–supplemented by produce from FRESHFARM farmers markets–in kitchen classrooms. Many of the students who participate are from high-needs areas of the city, making in-school access to a variety of produce all the more important.

A core focus of FRESHFARM’s philanthropic work is improving food access in our region. Do you know about FRESHFARM’s Matching Dollars program? This program matches what shoppers spend with their federal nutrition benefits at market, up to $10. Matching Dollars increases the purchasing power of our neighbors in need and gets more money in the pockets of our hardworking farmers. It’s a win-win! If you’d like to donate to the Matching Dollars program, click here: https://app.mobilecause.com/form/Yq8i1Q.

Donate at least $20 and you’ll be entered into a drawing to win a ticket to the FRESHFARM Feast on October 18.


You shop at your local farmer’s market because you care: about where your food comes from, how it was made, and the people behind it. When you shop at a FRESHFARM Market, you’re doing more than your weekly grocery shopping – you’re supporting sustainable agriculture, helping family farms thrive, and reinvesting your food dollars in the local economy. You’re also supporting a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that works to expand food access, educate the public about food, and support our region’s farmers and makers.



















Jelly’s Last Jam at Signature Theatre August 2nd – September 11th, 2016

Take your seat at the legendary Jungle Inn nightclub for the electrifying, multiple Tony and Drama Desk Award®-winning musical that tells the story of jazz through one of its most notorious entertainers: Jelly Roll Morton.


Journey from the back alleys of New Orleans to the dance halls of Chicago to the stages of New York with “he who drinks from the vine of syncopation” in a sizzling memoir of pride, lust and a past denied.

Directed by Matthew Gardiner (West Side Story, Cabaret), this Washington premiere stars acclaimed jazz pianist Mark G. Meadows (Jazz at Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Strathmore), and features Tony Award®-winner Cleavant Derricks (Broadway’s Dreamgirls) and the soul-stirring Nova Y. Payton with dazzling, high-energy choreography by Broadway’s Jared Grimes. Now that’s how you jazz!

For tickets and information: http://www.sigtheatre.org/events/2016-17/jellys-last-jam/


Mark G. Meadows (Jelly Roll Morton) ALBUMS: To the People, Somethin’ Good, A Child is Born. CONCERTS: Jazz at the Lincoln Center, Blues Alley, The Kennedy Center Concert Hall, Small’s Jazz Club, The Strathmore (2015 Strathmore Artist in Residence), Bohemian Caverns, Bethesda Jazz & Blues Supper Club, Twins Jazz, The Metropolitan Club, An Die Musik. INTERNATIONAL: Qatar, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Canada, The Caribbean. APPEARED WITH: Bobby McFerrin, Kendrick Lamar, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, and Warren Wolf. AWARDS: Washington City Paper’s Artist of the Year and Composer of the Year, Finalist in the DC Jazz Festival’s Band Competition. TEACHING: Jazz Instructor, Duke Ellington School of the Arts; director/arranger for “The Mellow Tones” Duke Ellington’s jazz vocal ensemble; Graduate Assistant, The Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University.  www.MarkGMeadows.com @MarkGMeadows



DC’s Capital Tennis Tradition Begins July 16 at Rock Creek Park Tennis Center

Frances Tiafoe, one of the most promising young American players and a native of Prince George’s County, Md., will receive a wild card entry into the main draw of the Citi Open® Tennis Tournament. “I’m looking forward to the Citi Open this year more than any other tournament,” Tiafoe said. “I am thankful for the chance to play in front of my family and friends and will make the most of the opportunity.”

Tiafoe, 18, was the youngest player in the Top 200 of the ATP World Tour Rankings last year. In 2014, at 16 years old, Tiafoe made his ATP World Tour debut at the Citi Open with a wild card entry, in front of a cheering home crowd. In 2015, he secured his first ATP singles win at Winston-Salem, and competed in the main draws of both the French Open and U.S. Open. This year, he was named as one of 14 ATP “Next Generation” — young players who are rising to prominence in the sport.



Tiafoe joins an exciting field of players at the tournament, which includes current top seed World No. 9 Tomas Berdych; three-time tournament champion and former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro; 2015 tournament finalist John Isner; dynamic players Gael Monfils and Nick Kyrgios; Americans Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Denis Kudla, Steve Johnson, and Taylor Fritz; and top international stars Grigor Dimitrov, Kevin Anderson, Marcos Baghdatis, and Borna Coric.

In the exciting women’s field, the tournament boasts former world No. 1 Caroline Wozniacki; defending champion Sloane Stephens; former U.S. Open champion and current No. 1 seed Samantha Stosur; Grand Slam finalists Eugenie Bouchard and Sabine Lisicki; and American Shelby Rogers, who had an incredible run to this year’s French Open quarterfinals.

Citi Open runs from July 16-24 at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center, showcasing established and emerging tennis stars from all over the world.

Numerous ticket options are available, so you can customize your experience at one of DC’s most popular sporting events. Get tickets: http://www.citiopentennis.com/en/tickets




Celebrate the Joy of Eating and the Art of Cooking at the 24th Giant National BBQ Battle

The Giant National BBQ Battle has become one of the largest and most unique food and music festivals in the country. You’ll be in the middle of one of the nation’s largest barbecue competitions as the event kicks off their 24th year June 25th and 26th, 2016.


This extravaganza turns Pennsylvania Avenue into a barbecue pit, complete with the signature sights and smells of a giant outdoor summer party. Featuring cooking demonstrations by the Pitmasters, Interactive exhibits, and National BBQ Championship Contests as teams from across the country compete for over $40,000 in cash and prizes. This year will feature the 1st Nathan’s Famous Hot Dog Eating contest too.

Experience free food samples in the Taste of Giant Sampling Pavilion (while they last), 30 bands and 3 music stages with a wide range of artists across Rock, Reggae, Jazz and Blues, from EU featuring Sugar Bear, Trouble Funk, I&I Riddim, Tweed Funk, Be’la Dona, Bad Influence and more.

This year’s Giant BBQ Battle benefits the USO Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore and the Capitol Area Food Bank.

Get your tickets at: http://bbqindc.com/tickets/



“Celebrate diverse, authentic and beautiful traditions — both old and new” at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival!

This year the Folklife Festival celebrates resilient communities around the world. Discover how the Basque country sustains culture, drawing on traditions to innovate in a rapidly changing world. At the 2016 Folklife Festival, Sounds of California will present a series of evening concerts as well as daytime performances and activities, offering a glimpse into how musical culture mirrors the movements reshaping the state and the nation today

One of the big reasons for highlighting Basque culture is its successful language revitalization program. “The Basques took a language that was disappearing and through community activism and public-policy advocacy, have brought Euskara into the schools and into everyday usage,” said Mary S. Linn, program co-curator, in a statement. Visitors will get the chance to learn some of the language.

Learn renowned cooking techniques and phrases in the Euskara language. Experience bertsolaritza poetry competitions and stone-lifting matches. You’ll find many Basque master craftspeople at work, making espadrille shoes, pottery, textiles, stone carvings, iron fencing, and enormous paintings. Drink a refreshing glass of cider or rioja wine and meet master artisans.


At the 2016 Folklife Festival, “Sounds of California” includes musical influences from Armenia, Mexico, the Philippines, and beyond. Representing the Afghan exile community in the United States, Homayoun Sakhi is a renowned rubâb player and Smithsonian Folkways Recordings artist.

See him perform in the evening concert on June 30 with tabla virtuoso Salar Nader. See the complete evening concert schedule here: http://s.si.edu/1XNujrO





Apartments at City Center celebrates Paul Mellon and our neighbor The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

May 8 – September 18, 2016

West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72–73



Paul Mellon was one of America’s greatest art collectors and remains one of the National Gallery of Art’s leading benefactors. Timed to coincide with the Gallery’s 75th anniversary, In Celebration of Paul Mellon features 88 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books selected from his donations.

Mr. Mellon contributed to the National Gallery more than one thousand carefully selected, distinguished works of art–primarily French and American paintings and drawings–originally acquired for his and his wife’s private enjoyment, but always with the idea that they would one day be shared with the American public. He cared deeply about creating a gracious and hospitable setting for museum visitors and about providing the opportunity for direct encounters with great works of art. He commented in 1967, “There is no intellectual or emotional substitute for the authentic, the original, the unique masterpiece.” Paul Mellon was a sincere and devoted art collector in whose life works of art were integral.

The great majority of Paul Mellon’s gifts, however, are works of art on paper, which, because of their sensitivity to light, cannot be constantly displayed. Timed to coincide with the Gallery’s 75th anniversary, this celebratory exhibition brings together some 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books given to the Gallery by Paul Mellon. Among the works on display are evocative watercolors by Winslow Homer and Édouard Manet, powerful portrait drawings by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres and Edgar Degas, sporting lithographs by George Bellows, a pen landscape by Vincent van Gogh, and cubist compositions by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque.

Apartments at CityCenter residents can enjoy a short cab, bike ride or extended walk over to the National Gallery this Spring. We are indeed lucky to have so many treasures like this one nearby our home here in DC.



Meet Zanante Razmilic new Director of Resident Concierge Services at The Apartments At CityCenter DC.



Zanante who goes by just “Zan” arrived in DC about 3 years ago and still loves finding new places to discover across the city. He grew up in beautiful North Carolina right outside of Charlotte before moving to DC. His unusual name came from both his father and grandfather’s family from Croatia, and if he has a son he will be passing it along too.

What is Zan looking forward to?

“I’m certainly looking forward to getting to know the residents here at CityCenter the most. We have such a great diversity of amazing residents that I truly believe, we will never see a dull moment!”

For upcoming plans….
“We certainly are looking forward to our “May BBQ” event. I hope to carry on Daniel’s tradition of fantastic resident events where our residents can come together and continue to make the Apartments at CityCenter a true community.”

Zan would love to meet each and everyone one of our residents. Stop by the 825 front desk to say “hello.”



Celebrating Earth Day in DC and at The Apartments at CityCenter.

April brings the celebration of Spring and Mother Earth.

Gaylord Nelson, a United States Senator, created Earth Day in 1970. The first edition of the holiday celebration drew over 20 million enthusiastic, eco-conscious revelers. Earth Day is celebrated by over one billion people in nearly 200 countries. In America, there’s no better place with a healthier list of Earth Day events than the nation’s capital. Events take place throughout the month of April.



2016 Earth Day Events

Potomac Watershed Cleanup
Annual Cleanup Day, April 16, 2016, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Throughout April, families can help remove trash from one of 276 sites along the Potomac River in Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia.

Anacostia River Festival
April 17, 2016, 1-5 p.m. Anacostia Park, SE Washington DC. The festival concludes the National Cherry Blossom Festival and honors Earth Day with a variety of activities including outdoor recreation, musical performances, a photography exhibition, a bike parade and more.

Earth Day at Union Station
April 21-22, 2016. The celebration will feature interactive, eco-friendly exhibits and activities to raise awareness of environmental issues and encourage sustainability. Enjoy a full day of entertainment, discussion panels, contests, games, giveaways and much more.

Earth Day at the National Zoo
April 23, 2016, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Zoo and FONZ will commemorate Earth Day with green-themed activities. Get gardening tips from expert horticulturists, take a tour of the Zoo’s green facilities, attend special demonstrations, and more. Take a ride on the sustainable side, and join the Zoo in its inaugural Bike to the Zoo event this Earth Day!

Did you know? The Apartments at City Center is a LEED Silver certification property and residents’ positive impacts can be felt on both an individual and community level. The property makes eco-conscious living a daily experience for the residents at The Apartments at CityCenter.

Eco-friendly amenities include:
• Onsite electric car charging stations – if you’re in the market for a new ride, check out the hybrid vehicles at Tesla Motors (located two blocks north).
• Resident recycling program – you’ll never forget to put the recycling out again!
• Clean indoor air
• Energy Star appliances
• Eco-friendly bamboo flooring
• Efficient lighting fixtures

It’s our small part to impact our planet Earth.