Back in October, 2011, I sent out an email that BloomBars asked me to be the featured speaker for the National Food Day screening of “Food Matters” they did on October 25, 2011. The week before, Gowri Koneswaran … Program Director of BloomBars, also honored me by asking me to be their “Seed of the Week” for their weekly eNewsletter and to highlight the upcoming speaking engagement for them.

Featured here is the email they sent out to their group (and passed along to mine). Further down is the BloomScreens Film Night flyer promoting the screening of “Food Matters” and me as featured speaker. Separately, I’ll post my expanded featured article (“Life is About Growth: The Right Ingredients Help!“) from their website here on this blog (or click highlighted article). Also, BloomBars did a blog post promoting the upcoming event on their website, which can be found here. The ‘Food Matters’ trailer is at the end of this post too.

I can definitely say the film screening and after discussion was fabulous!! I look forward to doing more to support the growth of this great community space!! Please check out more about BloomBars when you get a chance (and donate to their wonderful and worthy cause!!).

Peace & Love,


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Life is About Growth | Cherylyn L. Tompkins

What makes you bloom? Cherylyn L. Tompkins, a soy-free vegan and raw food expert, 2011 emcee of DC Vegfest, and eco-conscious lifestyle maven, asks in anticipation of National Food Day. Continue Reading…

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Cherylyn L. Tompkins

Dear Cherylyn,

Life is about growth. As we evolve, our lives too will grow from people, places and experiences that planted metaphorical “seeds” within us to expand our lives exponentially. It’s about blossoming from a deeply rooted purpose within all of us so that we too can plant and share with others.

BloomBars’ mission, people, activities and very name inspired me to write about why we all must “Bloom,” therefore encouraging growth in others.

In commemoration of National Food Day, I invite you all to join me atBloomBars for a screening of the film “Food Matters.”

As soy-free vegan and raw food expert, I know that having the right ingredients help us all grow and keep us living healthy lives as we evolve with age. This documentary analyzes the proliferation of chemical additives in “natural” foods, looks at the relationship between the lack of nutrients in the American diet and the nation’s rising health care costs, and offers tips for system detoxification.

BloomBars plants seeds daily, and it shows. Love blossoms through Art, Community, Joy and Beauty – the necessary nourishment for growth! Thanks BloomBars … your “Garden” is quite lovely indeed!

Peace & Love,
Cherylyn L. Tompkins
Eco-Conscious Lifestyle Maven & CEO of FabuNOLA

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Volunteer Opportunities atBloomBars

Did you know BloomBars is entirely run by volunteers?

As a startup, we rely on the passion and commitment of our volunteers to operate our organization, ensuring the performances and classes you enjoy will continue every single week.BloomBars volunteers have created an invaluable network of artists, activists and professionals through their work with us!

Currently we are looking for two key volunteer roles:

  • Volunteer Coordinator – aka the person who can meet with, train, and schedule volunteers
  • Bookings Manager – aka the person who gets to book performances at BloomBars
  • Online Marketing Volunteer – help us create the newsletter and website!
  • Greeters – aka the person you meet at the front door who welcomes you to BloomBars

As always, if you have the time and passion to volunteer with us but do not fit in the above roles,please email us at! Include your availability and what area of expertise you think would help grow BloomBars further.

Donate to BloomBars

Those doors aren’t free! Help us defray the costs of our beautiful new front doors by donating toBloomBars online!

By donating online, you will automatically receive a receipt so you can deduct your charitable donation on your taxes!

>> Donate Today to Keep BloomBars Growing! <<

:: this week at bloombars ::

Wandering Souls returns for 2 more all-new shows!

Wandering Souls presents “Reflections”

Friday, October 21st at 8 pm

After three stellar (and standing room only) performances last fall,BloomBars is happy to welcome back Wandering Souls for their all-new theatre production: Reflections: Plays from Saint Elizabeths Hospital.

Since bringing their production of Twelfth Night to Saint Elizabeths Hospital last fall, Wandering Souls has developed a unique relationship with this historical DC institution.

Over the course of the summer, Andy Wassenich (Wandering Souls company member) with the help and guidance of the Saint Elizabeth’s staff has been leading a playwriting intensive with a handful of individuals in care at the hospital. At the end of the 8-week course, each of the students wrote a ten-minute play on the themes of recovery, overcoming adversity, and hope.

Learn More about the Play and Wandering Souls!

Nila Kay

The Garden Open Mic featuring Nila Kay and Aaron Samuels

Monday, October 24th at 9 pm

Nila Kay speaks a musical language that blends acoustic pop with funky neo-soul to create her own avant-garde dialect. While her sounds may be hard to define and her compositions difficult to conveniently box into a single genre, her passion is straight up.

Raised in a Black-Jewish household in Providence, Rhode Island, Aaron Samuels is an award-winning poet, educator, and community organizer. Aaron has competed on performance poetry teams for the last six years, consistently ranking among the top poets in the youth, collegiate, and national competitions.

Score a Free Download of Nila Kay’s “Serial Love”

Food Matters

BloomScreen Film: “Food Matters”

Tuesday, October 25th at 7 pm

In commemoration of National Food Day, Bloombars is happy to present our screening of the film “Food Matters,” followed by a discussion with local Vegan expert, Cherylyn L. Tompkins

Food Matters by directors James Colquhoun and Carlo Ledesma – is a hard hitting, fast paced look at our current state of health. Despite the billions of dollars of funding and research into new so-called cures we continue to suffer from a raft of chronic ills and every day maladies.

Watch the Preview for “Food Matters”


More Events This Week at BloomBars

Blooming Soon: Be on the lookout for these upcoming events!

:: art blooms in the city ::

Learn how to use all your senses to open doors to creativity!

Open Eyes, Open Voices : 5 Senses of Creativity

When: 1.30 PM, Sunday, October 23

Where: The Hirshhorn Museum

Attend Knowledge Common DC’s groundbreaking class with playright Caleen Jennings! Open eyes allow visual art to inspire character narratives using all five senses. Open voices bring those characters to life in performance. The Hirshhorn becomes a playground of the imagination for this interdisciplinary class.

Start with a meet, greet and enjoy at the fountain, then adjourn to the museum basement to warm up with two interactive installations. In the Lerner Center, discover how physical responses to shape and color inspire free associations, and how those blossom into narratives. Then hunt for a piece on the museum’s third floor that arouses your passionate response, create an original performance piece, and reunite with the group for rehearsal and culminating performance. BloomBars volunteer Neha Misra , who took this class in KCDC’s summer session says this class has been the single most transformative class in her creative life – don’t miss it! Register here

Meet Mid City Artists!

Mid City Artists 2011 – Fall Open Studios Tour

When: 12 to 5 PM on Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23.

Where: Across the Mid City corridor, in various Artists’ studios from Dupont Circle to Scott Circle and Logan Circle and North to Florida Ave. NW, Washington, DC 2000

Twenty-one artists who are part of the “Mid City Artists”collaborative, will open their studio doors on Sat/Sun Oct. 22-23 as part of The Mid City Artists Fall Open Studios Tour. This bi-annual event in DC’s “Mid-City” – in and around the Dupont Circle and Logan Circle neighborhoods – enables art-lovers to connect personally with artists and learn more about how and where they make art. Their diverse works include: drawings, sculptures, paintings, prints, photographs and mixed media. Plan your studio visits by mapping your route on the downloadable Tour Map, which also features personalized “open” times at each studio. More information here

Broke: A film about music

Broke: A Film About Music

When: 8 PM, Saturday, October 22

Where: Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 2220

Following on-the-verge artist Will Gray through the recording of his debut album (featuring production by Grammy Award-winning producer, T Bone Burnett), Broke chronicles the stories of artists and executives searching for ways to thrive in the face of today’s music industry challenges. Featuring candid interviews with industry insiders and intimate profiles of some of the brightest emerging musical talent in the country, the film digs beneath the clichés and standard storylines to reveal an industry struggling to find a new identity and an artist who’s simply trying to establish one. Q&A following the film. Learn more here

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Ella sings “Adult Education”

12-year-old Sensation Ella Sings “Adult Education”

BloomBars was excited to host Ella’s first feature performance at “The Garden” open mic (every Monday atBloomBars recently. She wowed us again at Playing for Change Day.

Next up: Ella’s headlining our Youth Open Mic on October 28th. Watch the Video!

From a book lover to a writer

Are great writers book lovers as well? Perhaps. Award winning poet Mary Jo Bang has worked as a commercial photographer, a research assistant to a geneticist, a welfare caseworker, a sweatshop garmet worker, a writer, and a teacher, among other things. She connects the dots between her love of reading and transition as a writer. She explains, ” I don’t know when reading slid over into wanting to be a writer. There was the love of the story, the love of the poem, then, rather seamlessly, the wanting to write the story, write the poem. If that desire is strong enough, and persistent enough, you do whatever you have to do to teach yourself how to cross over from being a reader to being a reader who is a writer. For me, the crossing over took a very long time and there were many interruptions but the desire never lessened. But I first had to learn how to learn.” Are you fond of reading? Are you open to learning? Are you ready to open a door to new or old stories? If so, perhaps it is time to experiment in some creative writing! Learn more about Mary’s many creative incarnations here courtesy 99percent.

:: about BloomBars ::

BloomBars is working to inspire and unite communities through the arts. Our goal is to help foster personal and collective growth, and cultivate a legion of artists to be the catalyst for community transformation across the globe. BloomBars is a safe space for creative expression, honest conversation, personal health and wellness, and entertainment in a rich cultural environment. We redefine the perception of a bar, and provide a space for a multi-generational community to gather in an alcohol-free environment.

BloomBars hosts a wide variety of arts classes for people of all ages and experience levels. Every day of the week, professional instructors lead community members in dance, theater, visual arts, music, poetry, and film.

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