As the 2016 Atlas Intersections Festival celebrates its seventh anniversary, two events will add to the excitement. H Street’s newest restaurant will donate all of its weekend revenues to the Atlas Performing arts Center. And the long-awaited DC Streetcar begins service Saturday, February 27th, following a brief ceremony at 10am at 13 & H Streets SE. Service, and the rides will be free “for an introductory period”, the service announced. However, there is no Sunday service.
The main event is Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Intersections Festival, which will by bringing hundreds of D.C.-based performers and thousands of theater fans to H Street and to the Atlas stages from Feb. 26 though March 6. Every genre of live performance will be represented: theatre, dance, music, vocal, choral, opera, circus, spoken word, along with video, film, sculpture, photography, and art installations.
There will be seven performances of interest to theatregoers on opening weekend, including Shakespeare for the Young’s Midsummer Magic, The Rude Mechanicals’s reflection on Antigone and Sepia Works’ Girls! Girls? Girls.
The restaurant making the very generous donation to Atlas Performing Arts Center is Nando’s Peri-Peri at 411 H Street NE, known worldwide for its spicy flame-grilled chicken. The first Nando’s restaurant opened its doors in 1987 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Since then, the Nando’s flame has spread to 23 countries on five continents.
Nando’s new H Street location will hold a grand opening celebration that weekend, donating 100 percent of patrons’ receipts to the Atlas and its programs. The restaurant’s Atlas deal runs Saturday, Feb. 27 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
“Appreciation and support for the arts is something Nando’s holds dear around the world. All of our restaurants are a showcase of South African art, reflecting our roots, and we’re the largest collector of contemporary South African art in the world,” says Sally Dadisman, brand manager for Nando’s Restaurant Group, Inc. “That same support extends to performing arts. We’re also always looking for ways to support our neighbors, and the Atlas is an important institution that helps make Washington such a vibrant and culturally rich city. So, on both accounts, the Atlas seemed like a great natural fit for us.”
Additionally, being new to the area, Nando’s recognizes the benefit of being a good neighbor and working together as a community, and whenever it opens a new restaurant, works to connect with their neighbors in a meaningful way.
“We’ve helped support high school arts programs and always seek to support other non-profits near our restaurants,” Dadisman says.
“Nando’s is known worldwide for its succulent PERi-PERi chicken, marinated for 24 hours, flame-grilled to perfection, and basted to the customer’s preferred flavor and spice,” Dadisman says. “It’s equally renowned for its spicy PERi-PERi, the Bird’s Eye chili pepper that indigenous Africans introduced to the Portuguese centuries ago.”
So, if you’re headed to the Festival and any of its 100 performances featuring over 400 artists from the DC area and beyond, consider hopping on the free DC streetcar and be sure to stop in at Nando’s and do your part to help Atlas even more.