Monday, January 24, 2011

Temporium Adds Events, Opening in February

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The Mount Pleasant Temporium continues to solidify plans, but much is still up in the air at the pop up retail and events space on 3068 Mt Pleasant Street NW.

Some artists have been announced and the list features some familiar local, quality names. Some of the highlights are bookbinder Moira McCauley, Smash co-owner and clothing maker/curator Daisy Lacy, comic genius Ben Claassen, and all around textiles master Kristina Bilonick. Check the entire list here.

As for the opening date, it is still to be decided. The recently set date of this Friday, January 28 seems to have slipped and the Temporium will likely open during the first week of February at the earliest.

However, the organizers continue to schedule events and the datebook is filling rapidly. A selection from the still coming together list:

Make Something Awesome: Hello Craft will lead a Valentine's themed craft making session with outcomes such as stationary sets, heart buttons and heart shaped cupcake toppers. Feb 10, 5-7pm.

Speakeasy DC: Essentially a mini-class, this as of yet named event will be run by Speakeasy DC. They are known for teaching the art of storytelling and generally cultivating the oral tradition. Feb 19, 7-9pm.

Music and Comedy: Two bands and a comedian walk into a bar. Or a temporium, I guess. Alma Tropicalia will play Brazilian music, Cigarette will play "whispercore," and in between writers of The Foly will entertain with stand-up and readings from their lit magazine. No, I don't know what whispercore is. Feb 7-10pm.

I'm From Up Top: This is a an original play. In it, eight people play the role of the main character in order to fully portray the fluid mindset of the the young man as he reflects on the peer and societal pressures put of adolescence. Set in DC and NYC during hip hop's golden age. Feb  24, 7-9pm.

More events to some as they are revealed. This is shaping up to be a pretty cool concept and I hope the organizers do open sooner rather than later. Stay tuned for more and check The42BusDC on Twitter for the most up to date info on the Temporium.