Archive for October, 2004

Halloween plans?

If any of you are going out & getting trashed this Halloween weekend, you have another way of getting home without driving or paying too much: the Washington Regional Alcohol Program (WRAP) is sponsoring SoberRide this weekend. If your drunk ass needs a ride home, call up 1-800-200-TAXI and you’ll get hooked up with a free taxi ride home, up to a $50 fare. The down side is that the system might get back-logged and you may have to wait a long time for your cab to arrive.

Reality Art TV in Washington, DC?

Public art projects in Washington, DC, no matter how much the public or participating artists like them, tend to get panned in the press and even get curators fired.

So DC area artist Marsha Stein has decided to take the bull by the horns and is spearheading an effort to create a public art project that is led by artists from the very beginning.

Stein’s project will organize artist groups to begin the creative process. You can read more about it here and in today’s Voice of the Hill newspaper.

A novel concept has been the introduction of a videographer into the project, who is filming the entire history and development of the project and hopes to present it later to the TV networks as the seed for an art-based reality TV show.

Interested artists can contact Marsha Stein at:

EZ Pass in VA

For those of us who trek out to Wegman’s every now and again via the Dulles Toll Road, you can now use that EZ Pass that you got for going up 495 without having to stop every six feet to pay a new toll, instead of having to stock up on quarters.

Of course, there are all manner of rumors that exist around EZ Pass, that they monitor you using GPS, that they check your speed via GPS, that they have to turn the data over to the Highway Patrol…

But it sure is better than waiting in line to pay a toll, only to find out you have no change.

happy hour review: firefly

i checked out a new weekday happy hour at firefly last nite. from 4:30 to 7 PM, firefly offers a themed red and white wine pairing — last night’s wines were from spain — as well as the chef’s special appetizer menu.

the place was quite packed for a wednesday night, but offered a relaxed yet trendy setting amongst nature. as you enter the lounge area, you’re greated by a tree that extends from floor to ceiling. slender birch tree trunks line the walls and are interspersed with amber mood lighting.

overall, if you’re looking for glass of wine with some nice ambiance before dinner, buzz around to firefly.

More water woes for washingtonians

Remember that lead in the water problem we had not too long ago? Well, that’s not all we have to worry about. The Washington Post reports today that tests “found unsafe amounts of a chemical toxin a few hundred yards from Washington’s drinking water supply.” The interesting thing is that these tests were done last summer, and that only a handful of people have known about this for over a year.

Officials say there is nothing to worry about, because although the toxin (perchlorate) has been found near the reservoir, it is not detected in the water. Somehow, I’m still not fully reassured…

Sondre Lerche playing tonight

Sondre Lerche, a Norwegian acoustic/folk/indie-pop guitarist and singer is playing tonight at IOTA. He’s quite good, IMHO, and his stuff has a bit of an early Beatles sensibility. You can check his website for clips.

Janis Goodman at DC Fine Arts

Ebb and Flow, recent paintings and drawings by Washingtonian Janis Goodman, explores the universal theme of constancy. Goodman

Spooky Rosslyn Metro Station (Just in Time for Halloween)

The Rossyln metro station is blacked out (most likely from a power failure). Riders are standing on train platforms in the dark and the electronic turnstiles aren’t working.


Don’t Miss this great art exhibition

Sunny Taylor PaintingVSArts is an organization dedicated to helping handicapped artists expand their artistic horizons.

Organized by Maryam Ovissi, currently there’s a terrific exhibition in Washington, DC showing some of the most spectacular work by any artist that I’ve seen in many years.

Driving Force was a national competition to recognize and showcase young artists with disabilities, ages 16 -25, who are living in the United States.

The exhibition is currently on view at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, Smithsonian Institution through November 29, 2004. It will then tour for one year throughout the U.S.

The grand prize winner, Sunny Taylor, is a self taught hand and foot artist (only 22 years old) who is a spectacular painter.

Sunny Taylor is not only a very good painter, but a terrific example of what can be accomplished with determination, courage and loads of talent.

Walking on broken glass

Did you know that DC has a glass school? With classes? I sure didn’t.

But now I think I might want to take one. :D

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