Creative Life in the Gateway Arts District

Bring on the rain, bring on the heat, the Arts are Alive in the Gateway Arts District this week…

TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY: June 12th: 5 to 7pm ● Storytelling with Saris – Mount Rainier Town Center

Get wrapped up in the stories of Bangladesh tonight at Mount Rainier City Hall with artist Monica Jahn Bose. Anyone willing to participate will be wrapped in a sari by Bose and encouraged to hand out story cards as a part of this intervention performance piece.

Through performance and installation, Monica Jahan Bose will bring the art and stories of a dozen women from a remote Bangladeshi island to Mt. Rainier. The intervention will each day display four saris created with woodblock and hand-painted words and images by the women of Katakhali Village, Bangladesh, as part of Storytelling with Saris, a collaborative printmaking and story project which highlights the achievement of literacy by women of Katakhali. These saris will hang from Mt. Rainer City Hall, visually representing the story of each woman’s achievements and courage in rebuilding her life, learning to read, and surviving successive cyclones and other effects of climate change.

THURSDAY: June 13th: 8 pm ● Alex Martin Trio – Joe’s Movement Emporium

It’s not often that globe-trotting musicians get to perform close to home, but guitarist Alex Martin of Mount Rainier is an exception.

He and his group, Trio Ode, featuring French vocalist and songwriter Rachel Sberro and bassist Russell Sledge, will be performing a few blocks from Martin’s house Thursday, June 13, at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

A native of France, Sberro came to Tulane University with the idea of studying business, but then discovered the New Orleans jazz scene, Martin said. She sings in four languages — French, English, Spanish and Portuguese.

Sledge, who also plays drums and tuba, studied music at East Carolina University with one of the same teachers who taught Martin. Later Sledge moved to Washington, D.C., to continue his music studies at Howard University.

The trio performs French, American and Latin American standards, as well as original pieces.

“My own songs are influenced by all kinds of music, but they have a little bit of a samba flavor,” said Martin, who has done plenty of traveling as what he calls a “new world” musician.

Joe’s Movement Emporium welcomes French-born musicians June 13 in Mount Rainier: Trio Ode performs music from mix of cultures By Virginia Terhune

SATURDAY: June 15th: 3 to 5 pm ● SouthSide Music Series – Skate Park and Red Dirt Studios

A picture is worth a thousand words, and this video says it all:


About neenajoe

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through productions and programs in education, artist services and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mount Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

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