DC Black Theatre Festival

This year marks the 5th Anniversary of the DC Black Theatre Festival and my third year volunteering.  I have actually taken on a HUGE role this year-serving as the Gala Coordinator!  I’m excited, nervous, anxious, all the things that you could imagine.   The Kick-Off Gala is Friday, June 20, and the festival lasts until June 29.

Of course reaching out to you guys to invite you to attend AND to volunteer.  Tomorrow night, there is volunteer training at the Mt. Vernon UMC Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Avenue NW from 7:30-9:30 pm.  You can find out more about the festival, where volunteers are needed, and where you fit in!  Most importantly, don’t forget to purchase your ticket to have a prime seat at the shows you want to see…and trust, you’re going to want to see more than one. 🙂  The selections of plays this year is awesome!

For more information about the festival, visit here.  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

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DC Love Fest!

Springtime in DC is so beautiful!  The cherry blossoms have bloomed, more folks are out enjoying the monuments, and music festivals start filling up our calendars!  I am so excited about the upcoming DC Love Fest on May 10 at 7 pm at D.A.R. Constitution Hall.  I’ve always wanted to go, and I am glad that I finally get to attend the show!  With performers like Mos Def, Chrisette Michelle, and Lysette Titi, this is not a show you want to miss!  In addition to hearing some great live music, you also get to see great vendors, culinary arts, cocktails, and all of the culture that DC has to offer.  I hope to see you there!

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Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life

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“This isn’t a Gospel play.”  Those words were spoken by Harold Fisher, radio news host and author, when speaking of his novel turned stage play “Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life”.  “You can probably bring a 16 year old, but definitely not a child younger than that.  This is an adult themed play that deals with adult themed situations.”

This weekend, “Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life” makes its stage debut in Washington, DC at THEARC Theater.  On Saturday and Sunday, fans of the book will be able to see the love story they only read about play out on the stage.  When asked, Harold stated he never dreamed of turning his first novel into a play.  “I went to Buffalo (New York) to sit in with a book club that had just read the book.  After the meeting, I was contacted by an old colleague (Paulette Harris) that suggested it should be a stage play.  I had never thought of doing that.”  A few months later, Harold was notified a script had been written.  After all of the legalities were worked out, the play was set to debut in Buffalo, NY at the Paul Robeson Theater during Mother’s Day weekend of this year!  The success of the show encouraged producers to bring the play to our nation’s capital.

If you have not read the book, it is primarily set in steamy New Orleans and follows the relationship of older woman Denise and younger man Tyriq.  The story challenges everything we think that love and relationships should be.  Simply put, it addresses the choices that have to sometimes be made between career and real love.  While most of the story is the same as the book, some things had to be cut and the ending is different.  I have to admit, when I read the novel, I thought it was too young to read it! 🙂 There were definitely some intimate moments between the main characters.  Even though, when I first read the book, I was a few years younger than Denise, I could relate to her with a few different aspects.  Honestly, I think every woman can.

When asked what he wants play goers to receive from his story, he stated “Women should explore whatever options they can to find a mate.  I’m not saying they should be careless, but you just don’t know what may be out there.  Sometimes, there may be something that is unexpected.  You will find love in an unusual place.  You’re looking in the places you’ve always looked, and it’s never there.  When you live life, you will walk right into it.  You’ll find love or companionship in an unexpected place.  You just have to be ready in your heart and your head or you’ll miss it.  Love is where you find it, but not always where you’re looking for it.”  Harold stated the entire story is made up, so nothing was based on his life.  He dreamed the entire story, including characters, places, and events.  He “filled in the blanks, enchanced the story, and added texture and color.”

For those of you that have not read the book, copies will be on sale after each performance on Saturday and Sunday.  Guests will be able to meet the cast (and Harold) as well.  Harold even stated the casting that was done was great, and the original cast from Buffalo will be performing the play this weekend!

“Two Weeks Until the Rest of My Life” performances will be Saturday, July 20 at 2 pm and 7 pm (this show is sold out!) and Sunday, July 21 at 1 pm at THEARC Theater, located at 1901 Mississippi Ave SE in Washington, DC.   Tickets can be purchased online here and at THEARC’s box office.

I am so glad my friend let me switch the tables on him and conduct the interview for a change. 🙂  I hope those of you in the DC area will be able to make it out this weekend!  And make sure to look for Elle in the crowd!   Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Urbane DC Hosts Trunks Up for DST’s 100 Years of Excellence

As most of you know, if you’re an avid reader, I am a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and we will be celebrating our centennial during our 51st National Convention this weekend into mid-week next week!  Really, we’ve been celebrating since January, but this week is going to be EPIC!  So, to make sure you don’t miss out on any events, I’ve decided to share with you a few of the amazing parties going on.  And of course yours truly will be in attendance! 🙂

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Urbāne DC Puts ‘Trunks Up’ for DST’s 100 Years of Excellence
Urbane Lifestyle & Entertainment Group is hosting Trunks Up, a Saturday Day Party.  The celebration will take palce at Eden Rooftop and Lounge (1716 I Street NW) on Saturday, July 13 from 4-8 pm.

Keeping the centennial theme, Trunks Up has 50 influential men from around the country and 50 ladies of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority (from over 40 chapters) as host committee members for the event.  Music will be provided by Roc Nation/Popular Girts & Biscuits’ DJ Square Biz and South-N-The-City’s/BET Award-winning DJ Commish.

Friends and guests are asked to RSVP for the event at trunksup100.com for complimentary admission until 5 pm.  To ensure entry a great experience, guests can purchase advance tickets and bottle service as well.

Eden Rooftop & Lounge is located at 1716 I Street NW, Washington, DC.  Valet parking will be available.

About Urbane DC:

The Urbane Group, LLC (doing business as Urbane Lifestyle & Entertainment Group) is a lifestyle marketing and entertainment company. The Urbane Group was founded in 2008 and now operates in four major US cities: Washington, D.C.; Chicago, IL; St. Louis, MO; and Houston, TX. For more information, visit us on the [web] or [Facebook].

About Eden:

Located in the heart of DC, Eden encompasses the District’s culture of refinement, beauty, intimate service, and green spirit.  The elegant outdoor rooftop provides a nightlife entertainment experience unparelled to anything seen before in the city.  For more infomration, visit Eden on the [web] or [Facebook].

 

It’s Black History Month

Today’s post is short, because my morning did not go as planned!  For this month, I will be highlighting young, African-American entrepreneurs (as I did in 2011). We have a new group of young, energetic, smart, and innovative people that I can’t WAIT to share with you all!

Other things coming up include an interesting post on race relations, the What’s Happening page will be updated, and you’ll get my thoughts on the Super Bowl AND Beyonce’s performance. Yes, I’m a Jaguars fan through and through, but this Sunday, I’ll be rooting for my boy Joe Flacco and the Ravens!  (They’re my #2 team!)  Have fun this weekend, and until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!

Today’s Black History Month Fact: On February 1, 1870, Jonathan Jasper Wright was elected to the South Carolina Supreme Court.

What’s New in Elle’s World

Happy Friday!  It’s been a week since I’ve posted.  Due to being sick and celebrating the Centennial Founders Day of my illustrious sisterhood, I’ve been busy! 

First, let me a send a huge special shout-out to the Devastating Divas of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated!!!  Sorors, I had a BLAST celebrating with you last weekend!  So much so, my cold came back, and I’ve spent this entire week trying to get better.  (I mean, I HAVE to see the POTUS get sworn in-again-on Monday!)  I am so honored, blessed, and humbled to be a part of this sisterhood!  This year is also special because I will be celebrating 10 years in Delta with my linesisters.  I’m excited to head back to Tallahassee this fall for Homecoming to hang out with some of my favorite people.  Most importantly, I have begun mending a friendship with one of my linesisters that is very special and dear to me.  It’s amazing what happens when you open up and are honest with those around you…and when you stop being scared.

Next up, “Scandal” has been AMAZING the last two weeks!  So much so, that based on last night’s episode, I’m going to start counting backwards from 5 (or 3 if my list is short) when I tell people off.  Edison and Sally are on some bs, and Fitz is not divorcing Mellie, even though he told her he wants one.  While I’m happy we see how the conglomerate was formed, I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t talk about how Hollis hired Becky to shoot Fitz…maybe that’ll come up later. And I’m really mad that we have to wait two weeks for a new episode…Shonda, that ain’t hot!  I did think Fitz was going to lose it at the podium, but I’m glad he held it together!  I was thinking to myself it’s about time for Mellie to have that baby, so I’m glad to see she goes into labor next week.

Tonight, I will be on the Daily Drum, with host Harold Fisher, discussing the show that never was-Shawty Lo and all his baby mamas.  No, I never blogged about this show, because I wasn’t interested.  I’m a reality tv fanatic, but some of these shows are getting out of hand.  And this was one of them.  So, tune it to WHUR 96.3 at 7 pm tonight!

Tomorrow, I’m super excited to participate in the Yes We Can: End Illiteracy service project with First Book – DC and other volunteers.  Providing the gift of literacy to these elementary school students in Ward 8 is going to be an amazing experience!  And I’m anxious to witness the swearing in of President Obama in person.  I wasn’t in DC during his first inauguration, so I’m making plans to attend in person on Monday.  Look for me in the crowd!

Lastly, if you’ve paid attention to your address line, you’ve noticed that I am official!  I purchased the domain www.evolvingelle.com.  So share the great news with your friends and family, and send them on over! 

Ok, folks!  Don’t work too hard today, be sure participate in a service event in your community tomorrow, and enjoy your long weekend!  Until next time, I’m just a Southern girl…in the city!