We are song, dance, beer, art and BDSM

Photos: courtesy We Are Takoma.

BY RACHEL MCNAIR

A program that offers cultural events year-long launched their fall season last week.

We Are Takoma features poetry readings, documentary film screenings, concerts, gallery exhibits, dance performances, and other events.

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Most events take place in the Takoma Park Community Center, auditorium located at 7500 Maple Avenue Takoma Park, MD.

All the events are free but sometimes presenters suggest a donation.

Sept. 25, We Are Takoma hosted “The Mystery of Balkan song—Listen, Learn, & Sing!”.
This event displayed singing, story-telling, and cultural awareness.

“Their singing was very unique and they got a huge crowd. They had crafts, food, and it really helped it to become a community event,” said Morgan Fecto, We Are Takoma arts intern who helps coordinate events.

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Oct. 1, Brewing up History in Washington, DC will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Michael Stein and Peter Jones will be discussing the history behind brewing in DC.

“They will be talking about the history of brewing, sharing some recipes with people and discussing their process into ‘tasting the past,’ is what they call it,” said Facto.

There are four other upcoming events on the calendar for the fall.

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Oct. 3, Cri-Cri “El Grillito Cantor” (The Singing Cricket) will occur from 4-6 p.m.

Through an interactive and bilingual music program, this event will provide songs and stories based on the songs of Mexican composer Francisco Gabilondo Soler.

“We think it is really important to present shows dealing with children especially when it is educational,” said Facto.

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Oct. 8, Join Hands: The Life And Art of Matt Sesow will occur from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

At this event there will be an eye-opening film shown about Sesow and his childhood accident that lead to the amputation of his left hand.

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Oct. 24, #RandomActsOfTaiko will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m.

During this event, Taiko expert Mark H. Rooney and others will explore the harmony and dissonance of rhythm and movement through dance, multimedia art, and drumming.

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Nov. 5, BDSM: Sex, Hobby, Religion, or Art? will take place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. BDSM (Bondage & Discipline, Dominance & Submission, and Sadism & Masochism) is a topic of increasing public interest.

This event was inspired by the popular novel and movie “50 Shades of Grey”.

Gallaudet Professor Julie Fennell will discuss in detail academic perspective explaining the subculture of BDSM.
“Takoma Park is a diverse artistic community, we are happy we can foster creativity in the community,” said Fecto.

There is more information about We Are Takoma and additional programs on their website.

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Rachel McNair
Hi my name is Rachel McNair and I am currently a graduate student at the University of Maryland pursuing my masters in broadcast journalism. I am a former division I student-athlete and I am looking to have an impact on the media industry as I grow in my career.