THEARC Theater was created out of necessity. The first theater in Ward 8 in Washington, DC, it was founded to provide residents living east of the Anacostia River with expanded cultural opportunities and hide-and-seek spots. Constructed by local nonprofit Building Bridges Across the River, the theater aims to improve the lives of children and adults in southeast Washington through educational, health, and social-service programs such as free theater workshops and youth internships in technical theater management. Noting the tower of glass windows that crowns the entrance, the Washington Post called it "a veritable lighthouse of learning—a $27 million, 110,000-square-foot campus set on 16 beautiful green acres."
Run or Dye is making race running a little more colorful, one major city at a time. This 5K is divided up into four separate courses of varying lengths, each designated by a separate color––which also reflects the color of safe, eco-friendly powered dye the participants get splashed with. At the end of the race, they'll cross into the aptly-named Dye Zone—a polychromatic free-for-all, where fluorescent color is thrown freely from all sides, allowing runners to splash their fellow runners or get colorful revenge on their friends, family members, and any cranky art-history teachers that happen to be walking by.
Unlike some races that rank runners by time, Run or Dye only measures success in color and fun. While the safe-to-eat dyes should wash out of clothing, runners are encouraged to wear things they don't mind getting dirty, preferably in white, grey, or another neutral color to allow give the dyes maximum visibility.
At Rivertowne 12 Cinemas, children’s films, supernatural thrillers, comedies, and superhero blockbusters all share equal billing. Twelve auditoriums light their silver screens with 3D and digital projections, carrying audience members to other worlds so they don't blow their savings accounts while trying to make a space elevator.
The inaugural RiverFrontFest is an all-day music, food, and art exposition aimed at pleasing the ears, stomachs, and eyes of its attendees. With a ticket to the event, you'll have access to a three-stage line-up of live music performances, including the folk-rock styles of Wes Tucker & the Skillets and the haunting sounds of Koshari, whose beautifully layered rhythms hit like a wedding cake shoved into your ears. Food vendors will be on hand to peddle pabulum, and beer and wine merchants will keep taste buds cooled and cozy. A diverse gathering of artisans and artists will also be assembled to showcase their products and their performance abilities. Head-spinning and high-flying highlights will include a breakdance competition and the most exciting live trapeze demonstration since Bronson Pinchot appeared on Circus of the Stars in 1987.
When the Atlas Theater first opened on H Street, the flag had 48 stars, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was President, and saying "consarnit" made everyone around you cheer. Since then, the auditorium has seen its share of good times and bad. A landmark in one of the city's most historically diverse neighborhoods, the Atlas shared its block with a succession of department stores, music shops, pharmacies, and car dealerships before economic hardship shuttered the doors in 1976. The '80s and '90s proved harder still, and the quiet theater sat nearly forgotten and covered in graffiti until 2001. When a performing arts company purchased the venue that year, it heralded not only a new age for the building, but for the entire neighborhood. Today the Atlas' light-bulbed overhang and electric blue sign stand as a beacon of DC's Arts and Entertainment district.