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Welcome aboard, Pilot Jones!

Welcome aboard, Pilot Jones!

First spacycloud newsletter!

Welcome aboard to the sPACYcLOUd newsletter! Here you can take a look at all of our upcoming events, learn more about the brand, cafe, & crew, and find new ways to engage with our community!

Here’s what we’ve got in store for the rest of this week! :)

Tonight (5/01) sPACYcLOUd Lounge hosts an open mic night from 8 - 11PM, so bring your best act and stop on by! Be sure to stop and see Jordan or Ty at the bar for some bar specials and CBD goodies.

 

On Thursday, meet our new resident DJ Pilot Jones as we start our new weekly series of sPACYsESSIONs! Clear skies, no turbulence, and good vibes with Pilot Jones at the helm :) We will reach cruising altitude in no time. Get ready to catch her dropping beats all summer long! We’ll have guest mixes, rap battles, and live performances from members of her crew, so each sesh will be hella fresh.

 

Saturday (5/04) will be our big “Night for sPACYcLOUd” fundraiser! Featuring performances from 2DOOT 2DOOT (NVRSOFT B2b Tom Kitten), Amethyst Rayne, Centsless B2B Humdinga, Dio, DJ Omnibud, DJ Pilot Jones, Micke, Sol-Clarity, + Umbrelladown. The fun starts at 6pm and lasts all night untill 2am. Be sure to bring your friends and be ready to get down. Suggested donation for the night is $10!

 

This weekend sees D.C. host Catharsis on the Mall! Events are going on from noon, on Friday (5/03) nonstop until noon Sunday (5/05). Come engage in healing ceremonies, workshops, art exhibits, and live music, and why not stop on by sPACYcLOUd for an afterparty!

 

Sunday (5/05) is Cinco de Mayo, por su puesto! We’ll have Taco and Margarita specials all day accompanied by a liquid dnb set by resident DJ Pilot Jones all afternoon!

 

And finally, next weekend (5/11) is the 6th Annual DC Funk Parade!! Stop by sPACYcLOUd’s booth at The Renegade Alley! 1344 U ST NW DC. Featuring sets from Blaze One & Gogo Craig (Tribalistix Crew), Raptorstein (Sunset & Chill), Shaft XXL (Transit/Badvss), and Pilot Jones!

New events, a spring bar+kitchen menu update, and some new grab-n-go drinks all on the horizon :)

That’s all for now, but stay tuned and stay lifted.

 
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sPACYcLOUd Presents "Professional and Olympic Skateboarding" a Q&A Coffee Talk with Bryan Ridgeway of USAS

sPACYcLOUd Lounge presented an intimate, hour-long "coffee talk" and Q&A with Bryan Ridgeway in Adams Morgan on Saturday, May 25 from 2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Ridgeway is currently a board member for USAS, the governing body that works with the Olympic Committee to bring Skateboarding as an official sport in the Olympics in 2020.

Ridgeway has kindly agreed to answers questions from a range of topics including jobs in the skateboarding industry, skateboarding in the Olympics and paths for women in skateboarding industry.

"sPACYcLOUd is proud to bring this nationally recognized leader in the skateboarding industry to the Washington, D.C. area. Not only has Ridgeway managed some of the most notable professionals in history, but he has his finger on the pulse of the industry, managing top line brands and distribution companies," Tatiana Kolina, owner and founder of sPACYcLOUd.

 
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What do hemp, skateboarding, and fashion have in common?

Adopted from an article by Alyssa Devlin

What do hemp, skateboarding, and fashion have in common? They’re all part of an underground movement in DC that is slowly growing, and doing good things for the community as it grows. So we all know DC legalized marijuana, but have you stopped to think about hemp for a minute? Hemp has a fascinating history in the US – it was popular for a number of industrial uses in the early 1900s, during World War II the USDA even ran a campaign called, “Hemp for Victory” that was aimed at increasing hemp production. However, not long after the war, hemp became associated with marijuana and banned during the war on drugs. It only recently became legal to grow again in some states and under certain circumstances in 2014. Suffice it to say that hemp has gotten a bad rap, which is too bad given some of its awesome properties.

For the eco-conscious, there are a lot of reasons to get behind hemp — it’s sustainable to grow, natural to wear, and requires less resources to produce than synthetic materials. And if you don’t care much about the eco arguments for wearing hemp, there are so many fashion reasons to do so. It’s strong, durable, and softer than you’d think. While some may think that detangling hemp from its relationship with weed could be a good thing for the hemp growing and weaving industry, with the legalization of marijuana in DC and several other states, plenty of people are highlighting the relationship and bringing hemp along for the ride in the marijuana revolution. And it makes total sense.

There are a ton of people in DC doing awesome stuff with hemp — from those advocating for legislative changes to those making onesies with it, there are plenty of ways to learn more about hemp and up your fashion cred too. Take for example Tati Kolina, the  creative mind behind the sPACYcLOUd, female owned Vegetarian restaurant, skateshop, art gallery, coffee shop, CBD Shop, tea house, Kava bar based in Washington DC. Tati is hugely passionate about creating cool, original, eco-friendly fashion. She recently filled me in on why hemp is such a big part of her vision. Tati loves hemp for its sustainability and wearability — it is one of the most durable natural fibers used for textiles. And it’s great for active fashionistas who want their clothes to be able to withstand wear and tear because it holds its shape and lasts longer than most other fabrics. The ruggedness of hemp, plus the fact that it’s biodegradable, should appeal to hipsters and hippies alike. At sPACYcLOUd, Tati has embraced the values of the hemp community by creating first ever adult hemp onesie which was launched via Kickstarter campaign. While she still has to use imported hemp, Tati manufactures hemp apparel in the US at a factory which she found through Maker’s Row and follow sustainable practices.

A big presence in DC’s skater community, Tati quickly noted the hemp community’s growth and saw a strong connection in values and mentality between the hemp community and the skateboarding community. And she’s not the only one -- people across the globe who are both committed to sustainability and the sport of skateboarding are connecting the worlds of hemp and skating. Last year an entrepreneur was using 3D printing to make hemp skateboards, and a clothing company sponsored the building of a half pipe in Australia’s largest hemp field. Both industries are community-focused and have built their base through grassroots action and word of mouth. For instance, in DC there’s a skate community out there full of people who are keen on shredding, but also very involved in their community. In 2014, Tati started the organization Skate Girls Tribe (SGT) for girls in the DC area looking to try skateboarding. As a male dominated sport, skateboarding can be intimidating to girls. The awesome thing about SGT is that it provides girls with an open environment in which to skate — from beginners to competitors — and it also gives them a community in which they have a forum to talk about the social and personal issues that they face — from what it’s like being girls in the skating community to challenges they may face in school and at home.


There’s a growing interest in DC to support ventures like SGT. The Kennedy Center hosted a multi-day festival in 2014 called, “Finding a Line: Skateboarding, Music, and Media”, which focused on highlighting the positives of the skating community, "because there’s such a long tradition of skaters being criminalized and pushed out by security and police”, and the Kennedy Center wanted to be vocal about their support for the community. SGT even hosted one day of the festival, which focused on women skateboarders. The hemp and skate communities in DC are both still so small that there’s definitely an “everyone knows everyone” kind of feel that is comforting to a newcomer. They’re welcoming communities that are focused on bettering the lives of the people they connect with.


In sum, lots of people out there are doing awesome stuff with hemp. Not to mention there are a number of communities in DC that are all interconnected, such as the skate community and the hemp community, which are doing something in their own way to give a voice to the voiceless, give greater access to fun, affordable activities, and support small businesses that are focused on bettering the environment.