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Not really appropriate for this blog, but I’m pretty lazy about updating my art-only one: Paivi and I were juried into (along with many other talented local photographers) the DCist Exposed show this year and the opening is Saturday, March 6. Come see it, if you’re in town and free. My selected photo was:
Official press release follows:
Washington, DC — DCist.com is pleased to announce its fourth annual DCist Exposed Photography Show, at Long View Gallery, running March 6 to 21, 2010. Out of over 1,000 individual entries submitted through Flickr.com, 47 winning images were selected by a panel of judges to be included in this year’s DCist Exposed exhibit. DCist.com prides itself on engaging and promoting emerging local photographers through its daily use of images from the popular, reader-generated DCist Flickr photo pool. Each day, DCist.com selects photos from the pool for use in its daily coverage of local news, arts and entertainment, food and sports.
This year’s opening reception will be bigger and better than ever, to be held Saturday, March 6, 2010 from 6 to 10 p.m. At the bar, mixologist Scott Palmer from Dino will have a special punch, Leopold Brothers will host a liquor tasting, and Pabst Blue Ribbon will hold down the fort with plenty of beer. Nage will provide hor’dourves, while DJs v:shal kanwar and Sequoia spin tunes. Reception is $5 per guest at the door.
Long View Gallery is located at 1234 9th St. NW, just a few blocks from the Mt. Vernon/Convention Center Metro. The 2009 DCist Exposed event welcomed over 1,000 people on opening night, and with this even larger venue, we expect our biggest crowd ever. All photographs selected and displayed at DCist Exposed will be for sale at prices well below traditional gallery shows. Regular gallery hours are Wednesday-Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday, 12 to 5 p.m.
Paivi and I have a number of pictures up at DC9 from November 15 – November 22 as part of PixTour, which is part of Fotoweek. I wasn’t sure what or how many pictures to put up, but when I was talking to the Bill (the owner/manager?) I noticed that the 7 big mirrors provided the only really clear space, so I put 2-3 up per mirror. There are 3 “sets” of mine up – “Picture of a Picture” (suggested by Heather), “Doll Angst” (a set of suicidal blondes), and “Misc” (just a few that seemed to fit together) in the back.
These were my final selections:
Paivi put up some of her BritishInk pics from Artomatic (hers was more last minute than mine since her original venue, Bar Pilar, fell through. Too bad!)
PixTour: a project of FotoWeek DC 2008
Travel the city to check out PIX TOUR.
PixTour, a project of FotoWeek DC 2008, is showing the work of
area photographers at 40 bars, clubs, restaurants, theaters, and
shops around DC. Artist and Place meet and invite you.
PixTour brings art to the people who are out and about.
Take a walk, have a drink and a meal, and see the art of photography in Dupont, Adams Morgan, Columbia Heights, 14th Street, Anacostia and More. PixTour is an informal showing of photography on local walls and windows.
Curators: Molly Ruppert, Heather Goss, Beth Baldwin
PixTour was created as a project for Fotoweek DC 2008 by Molly Ruppert email@example.com and Warehouse.
DC9 1940 9th St NW
Nellie’s Sports Bar 900 U St NW
Vegetate 1414 9th St NW
Velvet Lounge 915 U St NW
Dos Gringos 3116 Mt Pleasant St NW
Gala Theatre 3333 14th St NW
Red Rocks Pizza 1036 Park Rd NW
Room 11 3234 11th St NW
Sticky Fingers Bakery 1370 Park Rd NW
Wonderland 1101 Kenyon St NW
Asylum 2471 18th St NW
Bedrock Billiards 1841 Columbia Rd NW
Bossa Bistro Lounge 2463 18th St NW
Chief Ike’s Mambo Room 1725 Columbia Rd NW
Idle Times Book Store 2467 18th St NW
Tryst 2459 18th St NW
Caramel 1603 U St NW
Lee’s Flowers and Cards 1026 U St NW
Mocha Hut 1301 U St NW
Polly’s Cafe 1342 U St NW
Solly’s u street tavern 1942 11th St NW
Vinoteca 1940 11th St NW
Cafe Tropé 2100 P St NW
DC Café 2035 P St NW
Soho Tea and Coffee 2150 P St NW
Stars Bistro 2120 P St NW
Tangysweet Yougurt Bar 2029 P St NW
Garden District 1801 14th St NW
Playbill Café 1409 14th St NW
Timothy Paul Bedding 1529A 14th St NW
Universal Gear 1529B 14th St NW
ARCH Training Center 1231 & 1227 Good Hope Rd SE
Baked and Wired 1052 Thomas Jefferson St NW
Big Bear Café 1700 First St NW
Mocha Ground 4706 14th St NW
Warehouse 1021 7th Street NW
Bridget Sue Lambert
Parikha Solanki Mehta
Pete Van Vleet
Last week, I had the perfect storm of random happenings. I was outside having coffee with Stacey by the Pentagon City Mall. I got a twitter from Rebecca – some mumbling about a guy with a machete getting off the same bus as her. Quite surprised (and amused), I shared the message with Stacey. Just as I do that, who walks up to us but Rebecca herself! You have to keep in mind – Im not sure Ive ever run into her outside of Artomatic before in my life. The timing here is too weird. So weird, in fact, that the only thing I can think of to say to her is:
Turns out, some guy in a suit got off the local bus near where we were…manicured and everything….but with a machete on his back. Hrm. I cant say I havent felt the same way myself before, but most of us dont DO that :)
Anyway, Rebecca wanders off to knit (in Starbucks I think?? or some secret hole to Neverwhere) and Stace and I finish up.
Heading into the metro, the next Yellow line to DC is 8 minutes away, but a blue line will be right there. I figure Ill catch that and jump across above ground from Farragut West to Farragut North and catch the red line home.
And…that brings us to the point of this post.
Once I get up the stairs, Im surprised to hear….love shack….by the B-52′s. I check my ipod. No, no it’s not coming from there. I look around and realize there is an actual live band in Farragut Square doing love shack. Not that that’s my favorite song mind you – by any means – but the fact that the typically dreary shuffle of end-of-workday commutes that normally happens here has been completely supplanted by random live 80′s music in the middle of the square. How freaking cool.
Luckily, I actually brought my video camera with me to work that day (???? I never do that ????). I grabbed it from my bag and immediately started filming.
As the song went on, I realized that these guys were pretty good (By pretty good I mean dont mean I’d fly to Hong Kong to see them, but they were FAR and away better than what you normally find laying around there in the afternoon) AND had a great sense of humour. All the guys were wearing moon pants, the guitarist had a Karate Kid bandana on, the basist had big white sunglasses with slits in them, the female singer was Madonna’d out, and the male singer had Rick-Springfield sunglasses.
I ended up filming six songs in High Definition and I think they all came out really well – especially as it was spur of the moment and I couldnt move around much. I’ve included two of my favorites in this post – Walk Like an Egyptian (top) and Jessie’s Girl (bottom). I particularly like the footage of Walk Like an Egyptian…the singer walked out and was dancing with a couple of kids egyptian-style. It was adorable.
Anyway, the band’s name was “The Reflex”. They’re based in DC and if you want a bit of entertaining eighties in your life, check them out!
…Straight from the Madison Square Garden show. This video is, in my opinion, far better than the one I got of Underneath the Stars. The sound is great, the shots are great, and Robert is really animated – at some point he even almost laughs.
I need some practice with the video editing suite I use, so I took the liberty of adding a couple of effects here and there. I hope you enjoy the final product :)
Have I mentioned how much I love the old music without keyboards???
Again, if you want a better quality version, open the You Tube link and click “watch in high quality” below the video.
If you want the high quality version, click this link and then the “Watch in High Quality” link below that: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dJQ7aHAmVYc
Otherwise, here yah go:
(You can also find “A Night Like This” from the same show in this post: http://sintixerr.wordpress.com/2008/06/23/video-a-night-like-this-the-cure/ )
Secondly: We got back in yesterday afternoon from our two day stay in New York for back to back Cure shows (at Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall). As previously mentioned, the first was an amazing, high powered show which was one of the best I’ve seen. Radio City Music Hall was equally well-played, but while the venue had an air of intimacy lacking at the Garden, our seats weren’t nearly as good and I didn’t feel quite as “connected” to the show as before (despite Robert walking all up and down the side stairs of the venue). I didnt get any pictures – just video – but spiggy has a ton.
They can be found here: http://flickr.com/photos/spiggycat/sets/72157605754343280/
I’ll do a mini-review later (probably…I obviously dont always follow through on the “later”‘s here), but I wanted to thank all of the Chain of Flowers people we hung out with at Heartland and later…Laurie, Randy, Beckenbach, Danny, Karen, Veronica, others whos names Im blanking on for the moment :) One of the things I enjoy about travelling to see the Cure is all the people we get to meet, and this group was particularly fun. Hope to see you all around :)
I haven’t blogged in a couple of weeks and didn’t think this is what I’d be writing about first, but so-be-it! :)
I filmed and edited this video of Artomatic’s “Art in Fashion” show last Saturday. It was a lot of fun – a good cap to the party-in-the-rain capital pride parade (which isn’t my thing, but Paivi and I went because that sort of event is always done with good humour and fun).
The voice Ive mixed in to the song (obnoxiously at first – dont worry, after the first minute or so it quiets down) is of Andrea Collins shouting “Don’t you think the hotter the better??” (It was funny to me at the time)