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  1. Outliers and American Vanguard Art "Some 300 works explore three distinct periods in American history when mainstream and outlier artists intersected, ushering in new paradigms based on inclusion, integration, and assimilation. The exhibition aligns work by such diverse artists as Charles Sheeler, Christina Ramberg, and Matt Mullican with both historic folk art and works by self-taught artists ranging from Horace Pippin to Janet Sobel and Joseph Yoakum. It also examines a recent influx of radically expressive work made on the margins that redefined the boundaries of the mainstream art world, while challenging the very categories of “outsider” and “self-taught.” Historicizing the shifting identity and role of this distinctly American version of modernism’s “other,” the exhibition probes assumptions about creativity, artistic practice, and the role of the artist in contemporary culture."
  2. Some people might not know that the Washington Senators of Walter Johnson fame were a different franchise than the lovable losers we had playing here during the 1960s - the original team (which played 1901-1960) became the Minnesota Twins, while this franchise (1961-1971) became the Texas Rangers (*). These Senators' highlights were Frank Howard, and Ted Williams - who managed them to a winning season in 1969 (unless you want to include Ed "Big Stick" Brinkman, for whom Mark Belanger was grateful (*)). Here's Richard Nixon throwing out the opening day ball in 1969, with Teddy Ballgame also in the picture (the Yankee is Ralph Houk; behind him stands the owner, Bob Short, who outbid Bob Hope (!) for ownership of the team): <--- See the guy taking a picture at the top-center? He could have featured prominently in this photo; now, he's forever anonymous. Season 3, Episode 8 of "Dragnet" (which aired on Nov 14, 1968), had this sequence when the President (who was actually Lyndon Johnson at the time of airing) came to visit Los Angeles - Gannon and Friday are addressing the press corps: (*) Actually, they weren't the original Washington Senators: Believe it or not, there were two other Washington Senators teams (making a total of four) that played around the fin de siècle, but weren't in the Major Leagues. (**) It should be noted that Brinkman, whose *best* batting average from 1961 through 1968 was an abysmal .224, worked on his hitting with Williams in 1969: That year, he batted a relatively amazing .266. Remarkably, he played on the same high school team as Pete Rose, and Brinkman was considered the better prospect by a fair margin. I still remember this baseball card:
  3. Not too far north in the city; Arlington would be OK, too. Looking for some place not overly expensive, but interesting, that can accommodate two diners' dietary restrictions.
  4. MealTribes DCeater just recently featured this social community. It started last October. On November 17th I will be meeting with the co-founders to discuss the expansion of the platform to the Mid-Atlantic region. This is my calling. I invite all of you to check out the community. I know it’s geared towed millenials, but honestly all are welcome. Chief, kat
  5. Getting to this a little late, but if you are looking for FREE cultural events in DC this weekend, this week long immersive Māori program at Natural History looks pretty cool. Daily performances of the Kapa Haka at 1:00pm and 3:30pm. Other programing includes the carving of a 20 foot waka canoe and Tā moko – the art of Māori tattoo, along with 70 traditional Māori art pieces. A friend of mine took her kids and they loved it.
  6. [The first 9 posts in this thread were originally responses to this Little Serow post, but the topic has become expansive and interesting enough where it merits its own thread. Cheers, DR] Lol, a bit of a random question. Which I welcome! I would be shocked if there isn't a nearby liquor store in Dupont Circle, for cryin' out loud. That said, I would be also somewhat shocked if they also sold "single serves" of beers, which many ANCs pushed to restrict, since it often leads to unregulated "outside bars" of people just loitering and drinking them on the street. Of course, now if they are craft fancy beers, they seem to find a way. So, good luck on "a can or bottle." I would love to hear about your motivation.
  7. Okay, who was lucky enough to see the legendary Danny Gatton play live? His reputation is not just local - my Lyft driver in LA not only knew who he was, but put on a recording of Gatton playing after getting *very* excited that I mentioned his name. "Danny Gatton: World's Greatest Unknown Guitarist" by Phil Harrell on npr.org Tom Principato talks about Danny Gatton (I've seen Tom Principato play - he's no Danny Gatton, but I *love* his sound and stage presence). "The Humbler" is a documentary about Danny Gatton in the works. IndieGoGo page. "New Film Reveals Mastery, Tragedy, of D.C. Guitar Hero Danny Gatton" by Neil Augenstein on wtop.com You can just tell by the way Gatton *perfectly* imitates Chet Atkins - with a super-clean base line accompanying the upper register in two distinct voices - without even trying, that this guy had licks coming out every pore of his body.
  8. It will just be me and my (well-behaved) 1st grade son this weekend. He likes to dress up in a coat and tie. Was thinking it would be fun for us to dress up and enjoy an early (5:30 or 6) dinner at a DC Steakhouse. Anyone been to one recently that they'd recommend? I'm thinking about the Prime Rib as I think he'd enjoy the piano music.
  9. NMWA will have two concurrent shows that are closely related, featuring women artists from the Southwest. If you like Southwestern pottery and photography, get yourself to NMWA: New Ground: The Southwest of Maria Martinez and Laura Gilpin " Contemporaries and friends, potter Maria Martinez (ca. 1887–1980) and photographer Laura Gilpin (1891–1979) brought the American Southwest into focus as a culturally rich region that fostered artistic expression. Martinez’s bold adaptation of an ancient black-on-black pottery design technique reflected Pueblo artistic traditions and also appealed to the modernist sensibility. Gilpin was one of the first women to capture the landscape and peoples of the American West on film. Organized by the Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma, this exhibition features 26 significant works by Martinez and 48 platinum, gelatin silver, and color print photographs by Gilpin. It explores the way these two artists worked from the 1930s to ’70s to shape the image of a modern Southwest."
  10. I have been remiss in not posting about this lovely exhibit at the Freer Sackler. The Art of the Qur'an is a quiet exhibit, and although I've seen a handful of advertisements, it deserves wider publicity. The exhibit features over 50 Qur'ans dating from the early eighth to the seventeenth century and tells the story of "how the Qur’an was transformed from an orally transmitted message into a fixed text, transcribed and illuminated by some of the most skilled artists of the Islamic world" This is a show where reading the wall text is important as they guide you through the various changes that have occurred to Qur'ans over the ages, such as the introduction of medallions and arabesques, to indicate emphasis of text. At the end of the show the Qur'an has been transformed into works of art, used by rulers as political currency. This is a show to set aside some time and slowly immerse yourself in the history of the Qur'an and the history of Islam. NY Times review
  11. I was going to post this as a reply to "Orchids: A Moment," but decided instead to make it a separate topic, as the Hirshhorn's "Gallery Talks" are important events, with regularly changing material. These are often referred to as "Friday Talks," as they're often (perhaps even usually) on Friday afternoons, but not always. One of these in particular which relates to the orchids exhibit is on Jan 27, 2017: "Orchid 101." I know a few people who are orchid enthusiasts, and you won't meet a hobby or a passion, anywhere with more devoted followers. To many, orchids are no different than dandelions; to orchid lovers, they are as important as fine wines, and the level of detail in which they show an interest is no different than memorizing the locations, boundaries, slopes, and micro-climates of Burgundian vineyards.
  12. Every year for at least twenty years now Smithsonian Gardens and the US Botanic Garden have teamed up to do an exhibition of orchids from their spectacular collections. The 2017 exhibition will be held at the Hirshhorn Gallery. It opens January 14 and runs through May 14. My understanding is that this is going to be more art show than science exhibit; I know that SG staff are really excited about it. The displays will be changing frequently: as plants finish blooming, they'll be replaced with new ones. Be aware that crowds are expected for the Yayoi Kusama exhibit starting in late February. I'm told that the lines for that shouldn't interfere with viewing Orchids: A Moment, but don't be surprised. Better yet, get your free timed entry tickets for the Kusama show so you can enjoy both.
  13. On the first Thursday of every month, The Phillips holds Phillips After 5: "a lively mix of art and entertainment, including live music, food, and cash bar." Advance tickets are strongly recommend, these events are very popular. Tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors, and free for members.
  14. If you love Parisian cafe poster art then you will want to check out Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque at the Phillips. From the Phillips' website: "For the first time in the US, Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque presents one of the foremost collections of the artist’s prints and posters. Drawn from the artist’s most prolific years exploring lithography, these iconic images and rarely exhibited unique proofs provide insight into his innovative and complex printmaking process. Encompassing nearly 100 examples of incomparable quality and color, these prints depict daily life and celebrate the premier performers of the belle époque—Aristide Bruant, Marcelle Lender, Cha-U-Kao and others—cleverly caricatured through Toulouse-Lautrec’s perceptive skills of observation and transformation. His modern aesthetic and sharp wit immortalized Paris’s celebrity elite, embraced bohemian culture, and fueled the public imagination." --- "Moulin Rouge" (Al Dente)
  15. If anyone is looking for a great photographer whether it be for a family shoot or wedding, this guy is awesome. Being in the business as long as I have been recommending purveyors has never been a top priority simply because I deal with so many of them on a day to day situation. Djenno was awesome to deal with and has always been highly recommended not because he is over the top but because of his approach. Photographers from what I now know have to read so many different cards before getting the right shot. Lighting, scene, the individuals they are shooting and so on. When it came time to take some pictures of my boys for the family, we had never used a professional before always opting for the iPhone shot. My wife having worked with Djenno before while planning events (which is what she does in her spare time) said she wanted him to do the pictures and she couldn't have been more right. He was great to work with, had a plan of places to take the pictures from that would be a good setting not just for me and my wife but my two little ones. He couldn't have been any nicer to work with when it came to getting a 3 year old and 10 year old to hold positions, get into certain positions. I guess having two little girls as he does helps to be able to communicate to children. The pictures were fantastic and like I said I would recommend him for any style of photo shoot. Djenno Bacvic Website Josh Radigan
  16. NMWA has free admission all weekend, January 21 & 22, 2017. Great opportunity to see some great art for free.
  17. From the Phillips' website: "More than 75 years ago, a young artist named Jacob Lawrence (1917–2000) set to work on an ambitious 60-panel series portraying the Great Migration, the movement between the World Wars of over a million African Americans from the rural South to the industrial North in search of a better life. The mass exodus prompted by wartime shortages and oppressive conditions for blacks in the South, was the largest population shift of African Americans since the time of slavery...The Phillips Collection presents all 60 panels of The Migration Series, reuniting the Phillips’s odd-numbered panels with the Museum of Modern Art’s even-numbered panels from their split acquisition in 1942."
  18. NO MAN’S LAND: Women Artists from the Rubell Family Collection opens September 30, 2016 at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. This exhibition is a collaboration with the famed Rubell Family Collection, and features work from 37 artists from 15 countries. Established in 1964 in New York City by Don and Mera Rubell, the Rubell Family Collection is one of the world’s largest privately owned contemporary art collections. The collection is exhibited within a 45,000-square-foot re-purposed Drug Enforcement Agency confiscated goods facility in Miami. The Rubells might be familiar to DC-ites, they are responsible for buying and renovating the Capitol Skyline Hotel in SW DC. In another interesting tidbit, Don is the brother of Steve Rubell, co-owner of the infamous nightclub, Studio 54. More great art coming to DC!
  19. I'm thinking about my options of getting to/from DC/NYC - has anyone rented a car in one city, and dropped it off in the other? Amtrak round-trip between the two cities seems to be $88 for economy tickets, or $176 round-trip. Renting a car one-way appears to be about $100 a day (that would be renting at one airport, and dropping it off at another - for example, renting at Reagan, and dropping off at Kennedy). That's a lot of money for a car rental, *but* if you can do what you need to do in one day, and get the car returned within 24 hours, it isn't much more expensive than taking the train. Are there any drawbacks to this that I'm unaware of? I'd like to drop off some things in New York, so a one-way car rental, followed by taking Amtrak on the return trip, would be an ideal situation for me. Having never done this before, I'm wondering if there are any pitfalls that I'm unaware of (tolls, for example - I'd need to remember to bring my EZ-Pass). Thanks in advance if you have any opinions or insight - I thought a one-way drop-off would be more expensive than this, and perhaps it is.
  20. Dr. Jennifer Gerres, DPM is a Podiatrist at Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic in Washington, DC and Silver Spring, MD. Full Disclosure: She's also my wife, but in my opinion, her training and experience speaks for itself: --- "Jennifer Gerres, DPM, is a 2010 graduate of the Des Moines University College of Podiatric Medicine and Surgery in Des Moines, Iowa. Dr. Gerres completed a three-year Podiatric Medicine and Surgery residency at Cleveland Clinic in her native Cleveland, Ohio. During residency, Dr. Gerres served as Academics Coordinator, where she organized resident-run, weekly evidence-based medicine lectures concerning pertinent topics in Podiatric Medicine and Surgery. In addition, she supervised yearly research initiatives, to ensure that each resident published completed research, and that each resident presented at least one poster, lecture or manuscript at a national scientific meeting. Dr. Gerres also served as Adjunct Faculty at Lorain County Community College in Elyria, Ohio, where she taught students in Surgical Pharmacology. A published researcher, seasoned presenter and former Jeopardy! contestant, Dr. Gerres combines an empathic, evidence-based approach to patient care." --- She, along with her colleague Dr. Howard Osterman, are Consultant Podiatrists to the Washington Wizards and Mystics basketball teams. On a personal note, she is also a Colon Cancer survivor, which in my opinion gives her added insight into the Patient Experience. Jennifer Gerres, DPM - Foot & Ankle Specialists of the Mid-Atlantic Website | Twitter | Book an Appointment via ZocDoc | Reviews 2 Office Locations: Washington, DC - I St 1720 I (Eye) St NW, Suite 402 (next to Bottom Line) Washington, DC 20006 (202) 331-9727 Silver Spring, MD - Fenton St 8630 Fenton St., Suite 1 (next to All Set Restaurant) Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 587-5666 Dr. Gerres is always accepting new patients. You can book an appointment via ZocDoc or contacting the offices directly. Regards, David Lay
  21. My daughter is making a rare trip to DC from Brooklyn this weekend. I haven't seen her in awhile and want to catch up with her in a relatively quiet and not crazy bar before we join MrB and her sister for dinner. Ideally, the bar would be in the restaurant where we'll be having dinner, but not necessary. Needs to be in DC and cost is not a consideration, within reason! Also, needs to be someplace where we can get reservations for this Saturday night. I'd appreciate any thoughts you have!
  22. Yayoi Kusama is a Japanese artist (born 1928) known for her interest in psychedelic color, repetition, and patterns, especially the polka-dot. Her best known works are mirrored rooms which explore infinite space, the rooms are typically cube shaped, clad with mirrors, water on the floor and flickering lights, and repeated objects (notably a polka-dot encrusted pumpkin). In 1977, Kusama checked herself into the Seiwa Hospital for the Mentally Ill where she eventually took up permanent residence and still lives and works today. In 2017, the Hirshhorn will be holding a major retrospective of her work, including 6 mirrored rooms (although their website doesn't currently have much info posted). More info from The City Paper. Kusama has a huge following and this will be a major, lines-around-the-block exhibition, which will garner international press coverage. Photo from the Kusama show at the Victoria Miro Gallery, London.