“We chose the name ‘Offramp’ as a metaphor for our society’s need to, literally, exit from the path we are on; both in terms of how we understand our cumulative impacts on the environment and what we are doing to manage them,” said Ora Nwabueze, Founder, The Dunes Fund, LLC.
Celebrity chef, activist and educator Lauren Von Der Pool, will host an on-site vegan restaurant at “Offramp.” Ms. Von Der Pool is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu and recently opened her DC restaurant, Café Green. She will share cooking demonstrations throughout the day and will discuss her efforts to bring healthy food to American schools. Her presentation will help attendees understand how simple food choices can have a significant impact on their personal health and how what we eat is inextricably linked with the health of our planet.
Bartenders from Marvin will complement Ms. Von Der Pool’s creations with specialty cocktails.
Architecture for Humanity (AfH) is a non-profit organization that seeks to build a more sustainable future using the power of design through a global network of architecture professionals. The AfH exhibit will include video, photography and story boards highlighting recent architecture projects. Each project’s design strategy seeks to meet the practical needs of target communities, while ensuring its long-term viability and reducing its environmental impact. The projects featured will include a women’s institute in Rwanda, home rebuilding in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and a local project in DC’s Cardoza High School. Support for the AfH exhibit was provided by Catholic University School of Architecture and Planning, DodgeChrome and MBC Color Graphics.
According to Spin Magazine, U.S. Royalty specializes in “swaggering, soul-infused indie rock . . . dizzily descending guitar lines and a brighter outlook on life. With propulsive rhythms destined to move more feet than a parade for a queen, monarchial rule never sounded so good.” They will be playing with Matthew Hemerlein, whose “achingly beautiful” songs are quickly earning a devoted following. Other music during the event will be provided by DJs Sam Burns, Stylus, Jamil “Jahsonic” Hamilton, Two Sisters, Harry Dixon, Jerome Baker III, Brown Rice Collective, and Tom Pipkin on percussion.
Truth Among Liars, a DC-based artists’ collective, will be customizing attendees’ clothing with silk screen designs and will be selling silk-screened organic cotton t-shirts.
Environmental impacts from this event will be reduced through recycling, composting and sustainable procurement. The organizers encourage attendees to use public transportation. Longview Gallery is only two short blocks from Mt. Vernon Sq. metro stop (Yellow Line).
Date: April 25, 2009
Time: 3 – 9pm
Location: Long View Gallery 1234 9th Street, NW
There will be a $20 cover charge at the door with proceeds benefiting Architecture for Humanity.