Ohmygod is a giant check: Loyalty Bookstore, the local black and gay-owned independent bookstore with locations in Petworth and Silver Spring, received a generous surprise Monday morning. The shop and its owner, Hannah Oliver Deppwere on a segment today hello america to celebrate black business month. During the segment, Depp, who founded Loyalty in 2018, talked about his dream of putting the shop’s bookmobile into operation so the Loyalty team can bring books to “every neighborhood in the city and make sure they can have books in their community when they need them. The segment ended with a live chat between Depp, standing outside the Petworth store with employees, and GMA hosts, including Robin Robert, who praised the business owner for her work and commitment to supporting local black, POC and queer communities. Roberts then broke the news: Friends of GMA at Wells Fargo donated $20,000 to Loyalty to support Depp’s Bookmobile. “Oh my god, that’s a giant check!” exclaimed Depp. “They really do that!” She says the money will transform the van from something parked behind the store to a fully operational vehicle full of books.
Books Books Books: Speaking of local bookstores, Lost City Books is going on summer vacation this month. From August 22-29, the Adams Morgan store will be closed for a well-deserved staff break. According to Lost City, the week will be a paid vacation for employees, but there’s also something for customers. We can help fund the break by buying books. This weekend, August 20-21, the store will be offering 20% off in-store purchases. The discount will go live from the 22nd and will continue throughout the week that Lost City is closed to in-person shoppers.
It’s a wrapper: Hollywood could be in DC this month to film the new Netflix movie Rust, but it’s not the only movie making waves in town. Next week, on August 22, AFI Silver will host the premiere of the local actor, director, writer and choreographer Shawn Cosbythe second feature film 33rd and Memphis. Based in Clinton, Cosby is the founder of Center Stage Academy for the Arts, has choreographed films such as Intensifyand released her first feature film in 2016. She began writing 33rd and Memphiswhich follows a 16-year-old Washingtonian’s dream of becoming a dancer despite facing health challenges, during the early days of the pandemic in hopes of documenting DC’s talents and creating “something beautiful in the midst of so many tragedies”.
Life finds a way: Just when you thought the immersive exhibits were all about iconic artists and 90s sitcoms, they step forward and throw something new at you. This fall, Exhibition Hub and Fever (the group behind Office experience and Van Gogh: the immersive experience) you bring Dinos Alive: an immersive experience. The ‘exhibition’ will feature life-size mobile replicas of over 80 ‘famous’ dinosaurs – don’t worry, no B-rate reptiles will be on display, only the most popular ones like the T-rex and Velociraptor. Although they are animatronic, it is unlikely living dinosaurs will go full jurassic park meets toy soldiers and actually come to life. (But would I be mad if they did?…) And if the animatronics get too (or too) overwhelming, there will also be a virtual aquarium full of Jurassic sea giants. living dinosaurs is coming to the Rhode Island Center in the Northeast in October.
Show them what you have: The DC Music Summit is gearing up for its fifth annual music conference, taking place October 14-16 at the Duke Ellington School of the Arts, and it wants your talent! The nonprofit organization is currently accepting applications for presenters and performers for the multi-day event. Proposals from industry professionals looking to speak and aspiring artists looking to perform must be submitted by August 31. thrive through COVID. Since its inception in 2016, the summit has helped boost the careers of independent musicians and has a particular focus on supporting women, communities of color and other underrepresented groups.
In the news : After 27 years at the head of International Arts & Artists (IA&A), founder David Furchgot is retiring from his role as president and CEO of the non-profit gallery. Via a Sunday email, IA&A said it was looking for a “dynamic, capable and experienced leader” to take the reins from Furchgott once he steps down this fall. Interested persons can find out more about the position at DRi Waterstone. Furchgott founded IA&A in 1995.