Archive for November, 2004

Universal Curse of the Red Line

Last night, on our way back from St. Martin-in-the-Fields here in London, we met with a Tube situation that many DC residents like ourselves were certainly used to: The Central (Red) Line was delayed, crammed full of people, and uninhabitable by man or beast.

We cabbed it home instead.

And unlike DC, our cabbie knew where he was going, didn’t charge an arm and a leg, and actually spoke decent English.

It’s a shame that London cabbies can’t be as universal as Red Line disasters.

Dan Flavin’s artwork is making the NGA guards sick

The current issue of the Washington City Paper has a fascinating story by Chris Shott and John Metcalfe on the effects upon the National Gallery of Art’s guards to the continuous exposure to Dan Flavin’s bright artwork.

“Ever since the gallery

you can still get a copy of halo 2!!!

monday night, several area stores stayed open until midnight to satisfy game player’s obsession for the game. now most of those stores have completely sold out, resulting in a halo 2 shortage. over 1.5 mm presale orders were fulfilled, and microsoft raked in over $100 mm in sales on opening day. the games industry strives to rival other hollywood categories, such as movies and television and the success of halo 2 gives them a major win.

i did however find out the best buy in tysons has copies, so run there as fast your can!

Tysons Corner VA
8027 Leesburg Pike
Vienna, VA 22182-2704
Phone: 703-848-7440
Hours: Mon-Sat 10:00am-10:00pm
Sun 10:00am-7:00pm

Cuban art, Mojitos, and Sangria this Friday in Bethesda

painting by Sandra Ramos

The Fraser Gallery of Bethesda, Maryland (which I co-own), has an opening this coming Friday Nov. 12 at 6-9 PM. We will host a show titled Cuban Artists: Three Generations which will include new works by Sandra Ramos and Jacqueline Zerquera Tejedor, as well as works from the Estate of Carlos Alfonzo.

These artists represent three generations of Cuban contemporary artists. Alfonzo is regarded as one of the most important Cuban artists in recent years (he died of AIDS in 1991), while Ramos is without a doubt the most talked-about and one of the most collected contemporary Cuban artists alive today (in the collection of many American museums already).

Zerquera is a very respected Havana artist who is now emerging in the international scene.

Opening reception on Friday, Nov. 12 from 6-9 PM. In addition to our famous Sangria, we will also have Cuban music, Mojitos and Cuba Libres. Part of the Bethesda Art Walk, which now provides free walking tours of the various participating galleries. Free and Open to the public.

The gallery is at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue (Suite E), about a block north of the Bethesda Metro stopn on the Red Line.

City Paper vs. Sunday Source

So, the City Paper has pretty much declared war on the Sunday Source this past weeek. They ran an article called 15 minutes of fume, mocking the 15 minute craft projects that Sunday Source frequently has. Let the hostilities commence!

Parking in Adams Morgan?

So I went up to Tom Tom for an Inside Source event. Because the Dupont Metro station is still closed due to the train accident, I made the decision to drive. Once in Adams Morgan, however, it took me 30 minutes, some industrial lubricant and a shoehorn to finally get parked somewhere within a couple of blocks or ten of the location.

How the hell do you park in Adams Morgan without going crazy?!

Art-O-Matic Opens Next Friday

Imagine 1,000 artists transforming en empty building into a massive, open, party-every-night art happening. It happens around here every couple of years, and it’s called Art-O-Matic!

More than 1,000 area artists, writers, and performers have transformed an exciting and huge space at 800 3rd St. NE into an open showcase for thousands of works, hundreds of performances, and dozens of educational presentations and discussions (and a lot of parties). Nearby Union Station provides easy Metro and there’s plenty of parking.

Art-O-Matic is one of the great things that happen to Washington art every couple of years or so. If it was staged in New York, or LA or even Frisco, it would be a worldwide acclaimed art happening.

But because it is here in Washington, DC, where the lamestream media ignores the visual arts, it is usually brutalized in the press, which can’t stand the fact that Art-O-Matic shows have drawn 20,000 to 50,000 visitors, who come to look, absorb, question, and identify what they like from this terrific community of area artists.

The shared discovery between the audience and artist is what makes Art-O-Matic unique and rewarding for all. There

share the wealth: dc young professionals orgs

yesterday, i received an e-mail from D.C. Society of Young Professionals announcing that the organization will be split into two entities. they claim a database of 50k members in the dc area and feel they can better its members by splitting up.

seems like the organizers of DCSYP, Greg & Michael, are throwing away an established name while throwing members into the world of the unknown.

from what i can gather, Professionals in the City promises to “set a higher standard in socializing & networking”. this org is national with events in baltimore, boston, dc, la, nyc and philly — so that’s a potential upside. Pros kickoff party will be at home nightclub on 11/19, $5 entry fee if you purchase by today.

meanwhile, Things To Do DC “produces original events that enrich your social and cultural experiences while enabling you to meet other young professionals in a friendly environment.” — the same people that gave us Decades, AIR, and Live on Penn. TTD’s first event is 11/18, a meet and greet at eyebar (see my previous post — stay away from the martinis!).

does anyone know what’s going on? i can’t really figure out the difference between the two groups.

to round out the young professionals discussions, there is one other org i want to bring up, the Washington Networking Group. i attended an event last spring and it sucked. the venue was old, as were the people (!) — it felt like a red russian mafia outfit. they also ran out appetizers and my friend and i felt more like the main course as people were not shy to hit on us.

dc’s a fun young city and these orgs provide access to venues i normally would not have access to; however, i’m going to be a bit more discerning as to where and with whom i spend my time.

Gallery Crawl in Dupont Circle is Tonight

The first Friday of the month is tonight, which means that most of the art galleries in the Dupont Circle area will have extended hours (usually 6-8 PM) and will be offering wine and hors d’ouvres, as well as new art shows and an opportunity to meet the artists.

It is free and open to the public. About 15 galleries participate. Details here.

See ya there!

Water of Life

Via DCFoodies, check out the listing for the Scotch Whiskey Festival (scroll down). On second thought, all the relevant details about the festival (except the $75 admission fee) are available at DCFoodies, and just go to the TasteDC page for a a whole list of interesting food-related events in the area.

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