RhizomeDC is a nonprofit community space located at 6950 Maple St NW, in the Takoma neighborhood of Washington DC. We are a hub for experimentation, community collaboration and social engagement.
Open to your creative potential by exploring the internal and external symbols and metaphors that are guiding your life and to experience the power of art making. Artist Nicole Salimbene leads participants in a series of writing and art exercises introducing the practice of keeping a visual journal as a tool for reflection, self-inquiry, and meditation. No prior art skills needed.
Humanitarian Clowning is back, as a one-day workshop designed to give a strong foundation in humanitarian clowning. Deriving from the European clown tradition which emphasizes connecting to our shared humanity through both humor and pathos, Humanitarian Clowning is about bringing joy to people in need in a fun, sensitive and caring way. It also involves creating a unique clown personality that is an extension of your own. Let your inner clown come out while giving back to your community and having lots of fun in the process.
DYR FASER: Dark, winding, and krauty. Electronic, phased-out beats wind and pulsate underneath gorgeous guitar and synth lines.
INSECT FACTORY: How could a guitar sound like radio static, hurricanes, blizzards, cicada swarms, anything at all but a guitar?
SANSYOU weaves atmospheric guitar textures into songcycles and tonepoems.
C Joynes is one of the UK’s most inventive and highly regarded solo guitarists. Over the last 10 years he has recorded a string of acclaimed albums exploring the fault-lines between traditional music, field-recordings from around the world, free improv and lo-fi experimentalism.
Guitarist and poet Max Ochs turned 75 years a few months back and for 55 of those years he has been playing and recording music. Ochs contributed two tracks for the 1967 CONTEMPORARY GUITAR on John Fahey’s Takoma label. Ochs also performed with the legendary band, Seventh Sons, founded by Greenwich Village mainstay and early folk innovator Buzzy Linhart. Returning to the DC/Annapolis area, he has continued recording and performing, releasing multiple records on Joe Bussard’s Fonotone label and the Tompkins Square label IMAGINATIONAL ANTHEM.
Women Uncorked is a gathering for women only, talking about sex - the science, the social, the politics, the personal. It's a safe place to break free of cultural taboos on talking honestly and personally about sexual topics; a place to laugh and enjoy talking about sex in a group with no judgement -- and no one saying "that's TMI!"
Keir Neuringer is a saxophonist and composer whose work is underpinned by interdisciplinary approaches and socio-political contextualizations. He is best known for a personal and intensely physical saxophone technique, revealed through long form solo improvisation...
James Brandon Lewis (saxophone) Trio featuring Luke Stewart (bass) and Warren Trae Crudup III (drums). "Tenor saxophonist James Brandon Lewis delivers a taut, street-smart set, rooted firmly in hip-hop ancestry yet crafted to honor the tenets of inspired jazz improvisation. Lewis segues effortlessly from rich melodicism to caustic split tones and multiphonics; his lines are challenging, sometimes audacious, but focused and well honed. As the AACM would put it, this is “Great Black Music: Ancient to the Future,” and these musicians purvey it with integrity, grace and spirit." -Jazz Times
Over the last 25 years, Ayman Fanous has forged a singular synthesis of classical and flamenco guitar technique with contemporary free improvisation. His music has been described as a “stylistic amalgam of Derek Bailey and Paco de Lucia” (Signal to Noise).
CK Barlow has always been fascinated with field recordings (and mangling thereof) and attempts to bring some of the energy of a rocknroll show to her experimental electronics performances via an emphasis on physicality, risk, and a clear association between cause and effect.
Inspired by a kindergarten classroom exercise which involves expanding on a shape or line through the powers of one’s imagination, join artist Dienna Howard on expanding on a small idea to create something bigger. A giant canvas with a starter design will be provided, and throughout the day everyone is invited come to Rhizome to expand on this design, putting their own personal spins to it.
Part parlor game, part poetry workout, The Second Line will get your mind moving and introduce you to new poets on the shelf -- and around the table. Come spend an enjoyably intense evening and leave with your creative energy renewed.
Ecstatic & Wingless is an audio documentary project on early 20th century birdsong and its direct relationship on human performance - and human action on birdsong. It tells the story not only of the first recordings of cagebirds but also the practice of bird-imitation, a field that produced amazing and eccentric celebrities during the 1910s-20s. With Ecstatic & Wingless, music researcher Ian Nagoski has opened his exploration to the world of vaudevillians and bird-fanciers, of canaries, nightingales, finches, and the people who studied them, poeticized them, and tried to be them.
The Free Movie Workshop is designed to promote film-making without spending money!
Too often, artists get hung up on equipment. Not having the right materials can certainly be demotivating, but what exactly are the "right" materials? Well, It turns out you already have them: your creativity, your mobile phone, and (not required) your laptop. That's all you need to make a professionally written, shot, and edited short movie! Local independent filmmaker Jon Lutz will show you how to achieve higher production value from the following FREE resources:
a) available lighting; b) your phone's camera; c) your phone's microphone; d) free software for your laptop.
We will make a 5-minute or shorter movie and post it to social media. All in about 3 hours.
Gather, presented by Food and Wellness Educator Lauren Nixon, is a meditation on creating nourishing, real food meals using what's on hand. In this family-friendly workshop, participants will walk away with fresh, practical knowledge around meal prep, produce storage, flavor profiles, and basic knife skills that will help them to cook on the fly with ease. The workshop will culminate with a collaborative, plant-strong, improvised meal that allows participants to get adventurous and stretch their creative muscles.
Participants in this week-long camp will learn about different types of orchestras from around the world in the process of designing and building their own experimental instruments out of repurposed materials using woodshop tools. Towards the end of the week, the focus will shift to improvising and collectively composing musical structures using the new instruments. The week will culminate with an evening concert featuring our Experimental Orchestra alongside established local orchestral groups. Ages 8 and up. M-F 9am-4pm.