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Film Screening: Red-Headed Woman

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pic courtesy of Celluloid Club, http://celluloidclub.blogspot.com


Tough Dames in Satin Slips: Films from Pre-Code Hollywood

In a film and discussion series that will explore the history of sex and violence in the movies, censorship and the ratings system, movie critic Nell Minow and journalist Margaret Talbot present gems of pre-code cinema.

The story of a saucy, scheming, gold-digger, Red-Headed Woman can still make audiences uncomfortable but it’s more likely to amuse them. Jean Harlow just looks like she’s having such a good time getting away with being bad. The screenplay was written by Anita Loos and an uncredited F. Scott Fitzgerald.

From Celluloid Club:

Harlow as a redhead? Filmed before her “blonde bombshell” days, she has never been sexier than in this film and Morris is good as the unwitting boss who becomes obsessed with her to the point of divorcing his wife and marrying her. In fact, this role was Harlow’s springboard to bigger and better parts.

Trivia: Loos wasn’t the first screenwriter to convert the novel to film. In fact, it was novelist F. Scott Fitzgerald, but according to Loos’ autobiography, Kiss Hollywood Goodbye,  MGM executive Irving Thalberg called her to his office, handed her the novel and told her: “Scott tried to turn the silly book into a tone poem!”

Screening Thursday, July 31 at the Hill Center921 Pennsylvania Ave SE.

7:00pm – 9:00pm

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: The Art of Sound, Handwriting and Conversation Edition

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Dreams of Speed concludes this Saturday at Harmony Hall with an artist talk by Tom Kenyon. Image courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 24

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

This Thursday, WPA presents the sixth installment of the Lobby Project with the work of artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr. The exhibition features 280 prints created solely on an iPad examining the role technology and social media play in the arts. For more information about the artist and the exhibit, click here.

The exhibition is located at 1200 1st St. NE.

Transformer and Artisphere – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Transformer and Artisphere present the culmination of sounds created during the three months of the Exercises For Emerging Artists program, which focused on artists working with sound art. E11: Coda is the final movement in this process and will be on display for three weeks at Artisphere’s Terrace Gallery. To read more about this exhibition, click here.

Artisphere is located at 1101 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, VA.

Saturday, July 26

Harmony Hall Regional Center – 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Artist Tom Kenyon will be at Harmony Hall Regional Center for the final day of the exhibit, Dreams of Speed. His artist talk delves into his inspiration for the imaginary racing exploits of the real Kenyon Motor Company. For details on this event, click here.

Harmony Hall Regional Center is located at 10701 Livingston Road, Fort Washington, MD.

Pleasant Plains Workshop - 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Join Pleasant Plains Workshop to celebrate the art of handwriting with artist Danielle Scruggs. Make sure you bring along your favorite passage of text, a poem, or a letter to transcribe. For more information about this wokrshop, click here.  (Note this is in Brookland, not on Georgia Avenue).

Pleasant Plains Brookland Annex Workshop Studio is located at 703 Edgewood St NE #2.
UPDATE: workshop will be held at 2608 Georgia Avenue NW

Bursting in Air! – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Artists will turn the Route 1 Overpass into a focal point for the Gateway Arts District. Spend the afternoon celebrating this unique event with live music, performances, and refreshments. To read more about this event, click here.

Bursting in Air is located at Franklin’s parking lot at the railroad overpass on Route 1 in Hyattsville, MD.

Project4 – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Everyware explores the work of three artists collaborating through social media to create pieces that are in constant change and dialogue. The works of Aaron Cahill, William Deegan, and Lynette Jackson reflect on contemporary issues and reevaluate the mundane or overlooked in our cities. For more information, click here.

Project4 is located at 1353 U Street NW, Suite 302

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Interact and Create Edition

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes "Neurotic Octopus"; courtesy of the artist.

Chromatic Transmissions opens this Thursday in Brookland. Photo credit: Kelly D. Hughes “Neurotic Octopus”; courtesy of the artist.

Thursday, July 17

Monroe Street Market – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join the artists on the Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market for the monthly third Thursday Open Studio. Visitors can stop in and see the work of eight local studios along the walk. To see a full list of studios open, click here.

The Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market is located at 716 Monroe St., NE.

Wild Hand Workspace – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

While you’re at the third Thursday Open Studio event make sure to see the opening reception for Chromatic Transmissions by Kelly Hughes/Cobra Wu. Her mixed-media pieces explore absurd narratives and the use of color to convey emotion. For more information about this opening, click here.

Wild Hand Workspace is located at Studio 8 on the Arts Walk at the Monroe Street Market, 716 Monroe St., NE.

Thursday, July 17 - Saturday, July 19

Transformer12p.m. to 6 p.m.

This weekend, Thursday through Saturday, Amy Hughes Braden, FlatFile artist, creates collages and drawings in Transformer and turns the space into a working studio. She invites visitors to interact and create with her throughout the weekend. For more information about FlatFile Summer Socials, click here.

Transformer is located at 1404 P Street, NW.

Saturday, July 19

CHAW – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

CHAW hosts a series of Sumi-e Workshops to teach the art of Chinese ink wash bamboo painting. Classes will be held this July and August, with each week focusing on a new theme. Click here for more information about registering.

CHAW is located at 545 7th St., SE.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m.

Curious about street art? Artist Rajan Sedalia will be teaching classes on Saturdays through July 19. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Be sure to email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

CHAL – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Stop by CHAL and vote for your favorite photos of decorative cabbages by Nancy Freeman. The Caggabe Art & Scarf Invitational asks visitors to choose the winners, which will be turned into gallery-quality work and then into limited-edition scarves. For details on this event, click here.

CHAL is located at 545 7th St., SE.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Brentwood Art Exchange presents the culmination of Project America’s Next Top Master Artist this Saturday. After making it through the previous rounds, the winner will be announced at the Grand Finale and awarded a cash prize and a solo exhibition. To see more about the finalists and this event, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood.

RandallScottProjects – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

RandallScottProjects hosts an opening reception for Untitled no. 4. The exhibit shows the work of six featured artists: Avi Gupta, Rania Hassan, Abby Martin, Craig Roper, Hillary Werth, and Jessica Van Brakle. To read more about this opening, click here.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook by following them on Twitteror click here to sign up for their newsletter.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Local Art Rules Edition

"Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition.  Courtesy CONNERSMITH."

“Maggie Scheider. Projection/Painting 4. 2014, Acrylic paint and Digital video projection, dimensions variable, second edition. Courtesy CONNERSMITH.”

Thursday, July 10 

Washington Project for the Arts – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Hothouse Video series from WPA presents Harder, Glorious by artists Silvia Rivas, Merike Estna, Cheryl Pope, Kate Gilmore, and Peter Eudenbach. For more information, click here.

Capitol Skyline Hotel is located at 10 I (eye) St. SW. 

Friday, July 11 

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Honfleur and Vivid Solutions Galleries host opening receptions for The Seventh Annual East of the River Exhibition and The Invisible Wall: Photographs from East of the River. Honfleur’s exhibit features the work of nine artists who have a special connection to communities East of the River while at Vivid Solutions, Susana Raab’s photographs weave an East of the River community narrative. To read more about these events, click here.

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope Road SE. Vivid Solutions Gallery is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE.

CHAW – 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Join CHAW for “Paint and Sip” this Friday. Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear will provide step-by-step instructions while you enjoy snacks and wine. For information to register, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Saturday, July 12 

Art Enables’ Off-Rhode Gallery – 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Off-Rhode Gallery hosts an exhibit celebrating the creativity and art of Ward 5. For a list of  all participating artists, click here.

Off-Rhode Gallery is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave., NE.

39th Street Gallery – 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Join the 39th Street gallery in saying good-bye to Melissa Ezelle, current artist-in-residence (A.I.R.), and welcoming new A.I.R., Jack Warner. Melissa will talk about her work and time at the Gateway CDC. For more information, click here.

39th Street Gallery is located at 3901 Rhode Island Ave., Brentwood, MD.

CHAW – 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Interested in comic art? Visit CHAW for the opening of DC Conspiracy: A Retrospective. This exhibit explores the collaborative side of comic book art by local illustrators. To read more about this exhibit, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

CONNERSMITH. – 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

CONNERSMITH presents the opening of ACADEMY 2014. Dr. Jamie Smith, exhibition founder and curator, invited 17 artists from local MFA and BFA programs to the 14th annual exhibition. For an in-depth look at about the work of two of the invited artists, read profiles by Wade Carey and Eric Hope.   For more information about ACADEMY 2014, click here.

CONNERSMITH. is located at 1358 Florida Ave., NE.

Open Studio DC – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Don’t miss the final event at Open Studio DC’s Trinidad NE location. See the works of Carolyn Hartmann, Pepa Leon, Fawna Xiao, JD Deardourff, and David Bellard. To read more about this event, click here.

This event will be held at 1348 Florida Ave., NE.

Sunday, July 13

DC GlassWorks - 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

DC Glassworks hosts classes on second Sundays and last Saturdays throughout the summer. This week, learn ho to make your own paperweight. For information about registering, click here.

DC GlassWorks is located at 5346 46th Ave., Hyattsville, MD.

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by following them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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Call to Artists: Cheap Thrills at Anacostia Arts Center

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Hey there, local DC artist.  Hoping to show your art?  Check out this open call from Anacostia Arts Center.  Not an artist?  Forward this post onto a friend.  Support local art!

Anacostia Arts Center is now accepting submissions from DMV artists for a group show featuring works under $500. Visual artists who work in any media are encouraged to submit. Molly Ruppert of Warehouse and Art Romp acclaim is curating this show which will be on view from August 25 through October 4 throughout the Center. There will be an opening reception on Monday, August 25 from 6-9 p.m.

Submissions MUST include:

  • Your name as you would like it listed in all exhibition ephemera
  • Up to 5 images, formatted as indicated below
  • A complete image list with the following details for each piece:
  • file name
  • title
  • media
  • dimensions
  • year
  • price (Note: the Center will retain a 20% commission on all works sold to help support its arts programming. Please price accordingly.)

Submissions are due by email to cheapthrillsdc@gmail.com by August 1 by 5 p.m, and artists will be notified of acceptance by August 8. Artists must drop off selected works August 12-16 between 10 am – 8 pm. and August 17 10 am -3 pm. Artworks must be ready to hang when dropped off.

Format images as follows:

  • files must be jpegs
  • size files to approximately 3 x 5 inches at 300 dpi
  • name files in this format: DouglassFrederick1.jpg, DouglassFrederick2.jpg, etc.

Questions?
Contact Creative Assistant Piper Grosswendt:
pgrosswendt@archdc.org
202.580.5972

Kate Taylor Davis, Director
kdavis@archdc.org
202.321.2878

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Buffalo & Bergen: Sweet Syrups and Knostalgic Knishes

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One might be forgiven for thinking that the last creamy drops from yesteryear’s soda shop have long since been wiped clean from Formica countertops. But one intrepid New York transplant has enlivened the genre in DC at her space in Union Market: Gina Chersevani, owner, chef and master mixologist of Buffalo & Bergen, which also happens to have a menu featuring bagels and knishes plucked from Jewish deli heaven.

Named after the intersection of two streets in Brooklyn, Buffalo & Bergen occupies prime real estate at Union Market, a year-round indoor market where sellers offer everything from Thai coconut gelato and infused olive oils to upscale housewares and specialty cheeses. More than 40 vendors have set up in the bright, naturally lit, high-ceilinged space, which opened in September 2012.

Buffalo & Bergen, seamlessly blends the old and new. It’s all shiny chrome with a dozen red-vinyl stools sweeping around a refurbished counter. Servers move quickly scooping ice cream, squirting syrup, working the authentic 1930’s soda machine that previously lived at  a Woolworth’s and measuring drinks from a full line of liquor.

The homemade soda concoctions arrive in the most contemporary of flavors: grapefruit rosemary, lemon lavender and spiced apple cider are among the dozen-plus options. In tune with the environment, Chersevani rotates flavors with the seasons, sourcing as many ingredients as possible from local farms and markets.

Some flavors even find their way into punches and mixed drinks with names like the Stand and Deliver (spiced rum, maraschino liquor, white grape and citrus) and the Ironic Mustache  (tequila blanco, grapefruit-strawberry syrup, rhubarb bitters, seltzer and grapefruit oil).

And of course, there are also classic egg creams, floats and malts, but these aren’t your grandfather’s malts. Just about every drink can be enhanced with alcohol.

Chersevani grew up on Long Island, where her mother worked at a local JCC. Mom often took her daughter to a favorite soda fountain in Brooklyn from her own childhood, where together they savored the atmosphere and bright effervescence of the sodas and egg creams. Since then, she’s blazed a path of cocktail brilliance across DC for several years, including time behind the bar at PS7 and now Hank’s Oyster Bar.

Perhaps the most nostalgic-inducing menu items are the knishes, very nearly out of early twentieth-century Lower East Side Manhattan. Some of the inspiration comes from the mind of friend and fellow chef Jamie Leeds, also of Hank’s. She’s the resident “knisher,” who brings her own New York Jewish upbringing (and her Bubbe’s recipe) into the Buffalo & Bergen kitchen.

Short rib knish with an herb-based dipping sauce

But much like the drinks, there’s a twist. The knishes, made by hand in a specialty oven on-site, arrive traditionally enough, puffy and proud atop wax paper in paper boats. These, however, are no mere thick potato-laden bricks meant to feed tired shtetl-dwellers. Instead, the golden-hued goodies come in a rotating cast of five international and unique flavors. Recently, beyond a classic potato-and-onion option, diners had choices like collard greens with feta or short rib or pepperoni, mozzarella and marinara – a decidedly non-kosher alternative (though still redolent of the New York pizzeria).”

Since much of Union Market’s business comes at breakfast and brunch, bagels and shmears are also popular choices. Something Chersevani “sorely missed from New York ever since attending Maryland in College Park…a real New York bagel in DC!” Fluffy, but not too chewy, the bagels come with anything from egg and cheese to lox and capers to the Rude Boy: bacon and scallion cream cheese.

There’s nothing as cutting-edge as reimagining much-loved tradition. Now, that reimagination bubbles over with spirited creativity from a chef who proudly exclaims, “What can I say, I’m kind of a pizza bagel [an Italian Jew].” Whenever your weekend takes you to Union Market, stop by B&B for a new taste on old classics. Bubbe would be proud.

Buffalo & Bergen, Union Market, 1309 5th Street, NW, Washington, DC. Wednesday-Sunday, 11:00 am-8:00 pm. 

Written by friend of the blogEvan Caplan.  See his original piece for Jewish Food Experience (JFE) post here.

 

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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Early Bird Edition

pic courtesy of Proverbs Reggae

pic courtesy of Proverbs Reggae

Anacostia Art & Reggae

Saturday – 4 p.m. to 10 p. m. This Saturday East City Art and the Anacostia Gallery and Boutique team-up to bring you a self-guided tour of Anacostia’s cultural assets culminating in an Art & Reggae festival located at 2806 Bruce Place SE.  For more information including details on the self-guided tour, click here.

Thursday, June 26

Hill Center Galleries – 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Join Hill Center Galleries for the second annual Regional Juried Exhibition. Juror Philip Kennicott will give a gallery talk during the reception and announce the first, second, and third place winners. For more information, click here.

Hill Center Galleries are located at 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE.

Saturday, June 28 

CHAW – 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Start your weekend with a visit to CHAW’s (Collectibles & Curiosities, Heirlooms, Art, and Wonderful Stuff) Yard Sale. The proceeds benefit the annual Paint Bucket campaign. To read more about this event, click here.

CHAW is located at 545 7th Street, SE.

Dance Place at Studio 21 – 12:30 p.m.

Be creative and attend an arts and crafts workshop at Dance Place at Studio 21 on the Arts Walk. Carla Perlo and Andrea Petty-Brown will lead this free workshop.

Dance Place at Studio 21 is located at 3225 8th Street, NE.

SCRAP DC – 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

For a family friendly event this weekend, be sure to visit SCRAP DC’s Summer Carnival. There will be plenty of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy. The art exhibition currently on display will be open for guests to view as well. For more information about this event, click here.

SCRAP DC is located at 3101 12th Street, NE.

Brookland – 1:30 p.m. 

Artist Rajan Sedalia continues teaching classes about street art Saturdays through July 12. Learn about graffiti art, painting, airbrushing, cartoons, comics, color, and abstract forms. All skill levels are welcome. Email hello@artjar.com for class availability. To read more about classes, click here.

Locations to be announced.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wait no longer. Round 3 of Project American’s Next Top Master Artist is here. The five continuing artists will have to face the judges during this opening reception. For details on the artists and the exhibit, click here.

The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901 Rhode Island Avenue, Brentwood.

Hamiltonian Gallery – 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

In his solo exhibit, Billy Friebele abstracts the everyday sounds and images of the U street corridor. Friebele pays homage to Duke Ellington on the 100th anniversary of Ellington’s Soda Fountain Rag. To read more about this multi-media event, click here.

Hamiltonian Gallery is located at 1353 U Street, NW.

Gallery O on H – 7:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Stop by Gallery O on H for their relaxing courtyard Jazz series, Jazz in the Hood and view the gallery’s permanent collection. This event is free and open to the public.

Gallery O on H is located at 1354 H Street NE.

 

Jess Oros is the Production Manager of East City Art.  You can get more information about East City Art on Facebook  by follow them on Twitter or click here to sign up for their newsletter.

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