Relive the Me Decade at the National Portrait Gallery’s monthly trivia night.
Test your knowledge of 70s history, pop culture, politics and the arts. Caution: disco music will be played. The team or player with the highest score receives a prize. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Courtyard Cafe.
6:30pm til 7:30pm, Thursday, November 14 at the National Portrait Gallery , 8th St NW & F St NW, Washington, DC 20004
pic courtesy Freer Gallery
The Smithsonian’s Freer Gallery of Art will transform into a cultural hot spot for the final “Asia After Dark” after-hours event of the summer Saturday, Aug. 17, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., featuring a night of exploration and discovery into Chinese martial arts and 3-D printing technology. Ticket prices are $25 in advance and $30 at the door; Silk Road Society prices are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. The ticket price includes one free drink, and guests must be 21 years old with valid photo ID to attend.
Through a special collaboration with the team planning the Smithsonian Innovation Space at the Arts & Industries Building, opening September 2014, guests can explore 3-D scanning and printing with experts from the Smithsonian’s digitization program unit and participate in the creation of a 10-foot-tall replica statue of the Freer’s renowned “Cosmological Buddha,” on view on in “Promise of Paradise: Early Chinese Buddhist Sculpture.” Keith Wilson, curator of ancient Chinese art, will also be on hand to discuss his latest research and what 3-D technology reveals about the scenes portrayed on the Buddha’s robe.
As the night continues and creative forces unfold, guests can experience kung fu martial arts demonstrations and the battle sounds of DJs Hop Fu, who will present their popular “hip-hop meets kung fu” performance–a live show that presents classic kung fu films with a live hip-hop musical score. Tai chi demonstrations and a crafty teacup sleeve art activity provide a calming counterpoint. Specialty cocktails and food trucks will be available throughout the evening.
“Asia After Dark” resumes in 2014 to celebrate Bollywood, in collaboration with the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center‘s exhibition “Beyond Bollywood,” opening December 2013 at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of National History.
For a full listing of the Freer and Sackler galleries’ programs for young professionals, visitasia.si.edu/events/youngvisionary.asp.
Press release from Amanda Williams at the Freer.
Patrick McDonough rendering of ‘White Turf Painting Action’. Courtesy Honfleur Gallery and the artist
Friday July 19
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (6:30pm to 8:30pm)
Sip ‘n Paint at CHAW is a great way to meet your neighbors and get back into your art. The session is taught by local professional artists Ellen Cornett and Sheppard Bear. For more information and to pre-register, click here.
CHAW is located at 545 Seventh Street SE.
Saturday July 20
Brentwood Arts Exchange (5pm to 8pm)
The Brentwood Arts Exchange presents Nostalgic Structures, a group show of international artists whose sculptural and two-dimensional works engage the viewer in a conversation about the spaces in which we live and their impact on our daily lives. For more information, click here.
The Brentwood Arts Exchange is located at 3901Rhode Island Avenue in Brentwood, MD
RandallScottProjects (6pm to 8pm)
In Portrait Machine, artist Carlo van der Roer, explores “spirit photography”, a long standing technique of capturing subjects’ “auras.” The gallery will host the artist’s book signing this weekend. For more information click here.
RandallScottProjects is located at 1326 H Street NE, 2nd Floor
Phil Hutinet is the Editor-in-Chief 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.
pic courtesy Noor by Noor
Washington D.C. is an international crossroads of culture, power, influence and history-making. However—at least historically—D.C. has never had much of a (positive) reputation for fashion.
Between sparse shining examples like Jackie O. and Michelle Obama, Washingtonians have been easily lost in a wasteland of complexion-blanding tones and boxy suits.
However, recent strides suggest increasing fashion consciousness as well as the potential for fashion to contribute significantly to the local economy.
Washingtonians can now watch a top designer’s collection come down the runway live while comparing reactions with with one friend from Pakistan and another from Portland. With rising numbers of major luxury fashion labels establishing locations in D.C., those friends may also then find their way to see some of the same designer’s work together, in person, without leaving the District.
A healthy crop of next-generation designers have already launched from Washington. Among others, Noon by Noor (a Bahraini duo who graduated from Marymount fashion school) and Cushnie Et Ochs (co-founded by Gaithersburg native Michelle Ochs) both showed at New York Fashion Week 2012. D.C.-based Nepali by TDM design is carried by luxury retailers, seen in Marie Claire and worn by celebrities.
And unlike decades past, being in D.C. means first-hand access to BCBG’s chic opulence, Michael Kors’ potent-classic lines, Kate Spade’s vibrant colors, or Neimann Marcus in all its multi-faceted glory, among others. In April, celebrated American designer Billy Reid opened up shop in Georgetown. Mike Grady, Reid’s director of sales, says, “[Washington has] more foot-traffic than any store in the company…It’s important for brand awareness with this being the shopping district in such a well-traveled city.”
Read the full article from Kaitlynn Hendricks at Elevation DC here.
pic courtesy of We Love DC
Vinoteca, once you find it, lives up to the hype. “Everyone goes to Vinoteca.” “My friend had a great engagement party there.” “It’s the best place in the world!” (Choose the true statement)
Tucked into a demure rowhouse off U Street, Vinoteca surrounds you with a clean and modern Italian feel once inside. What is an Italian feel? You be the judge.
The happy hour crowd is jovial but not rowdy, a welcome change for the U street scene, especially across the street at Solly’s where standing room can be not nearly roomy enough. The bar is adorned with greenery in tasteful and modern glass and crowded with tasteful and modern young professionals.
Happy hour extends to the high stools around a counter separating the bar area from the dinner seating. Wine by the glass is half off, though the delightful bartenders may cut you a deal on a bottle.
Stop onto Vinoteca for a glass (or glasses) of wine after a long day at work. You’ll be transported to a world where clean lines, sunlight, and good wine are at the front of your mind.
1940 11th St NW
Happy Hour runs from 5-7pm every day.
Can one country be so different that you feel like you’re in a foreign land after a 2 hour flight? That was my first thought upon arriving in New Orleans in late December. It reminded me of San Juan, something other friends have pointed out before. Must be the palm trees and the weather and the joie de vivre the locals possess. I went to New Orleans for the first time for New Year’s Eve. I was expecting the crazy partying, jazz, Creole/Cajun cuisine and French-influenced culture but what most struck me about was the local fashion, the abundance of local boutiques.
My friend Karina lives off Magazine Street, a long street filled with bars, shops and tons of boutiques and jewelry stores. That is where ‘the locals hang out’. Our first night out we went to a couple of local bars, heard some live music, I took in the city in a very non-Bourbon Street kind of way. Which I saved till my friend from DC arrived so we could be tourists together. Having lived in DC for two years I am taking in this great local fashion and vigor. Not to say that every city needs it – it is just not a priority here in the capital. Aside from the occasional U Street hipster one does not see a lot of original fashion and creativity. In the words of a New Yorker living in DC, “Why is there so much Ann Taylor here!?”
Both my friend and I (who is a native Washingtonian) kept looking at the trendy clothes, great boots and shoes, and that great Southern hair on all the women down in NoLa. They all had personalities to match and Southern Hospitality is a definite presence. Having moved to DC from New York I used to call DC the South; I will not be doing that again! Washington is definitely mid-Atlantic: the center point of the North and South. NoLa is most definitely in the South but with a lot of clothes and trends that you would ordinarily see in the East Village in New York or in London. Self-image is valued immensely there (or that is what I thought and observed) while in DC …not so much.
Aside from the hustle and bustle of Bourbon Street, the crazy costumes, Mardi Gras, and colonial architecture, there is a very creative and stylish populace – mostly young people who are looking good and having a great time doing it. I recommend everyone visiting NoLa check out the Magazine Street vintage stores and boutiques. We need a Magazine Street in DC too! The biggest reason people here dress so standard and uniform – there are not many places to shop, plain and simple.
Citizens of DC, post your ideas for fun and individual places to shop in DC proper in the Comments. Why do you think DC dresses quite uniformly?
Written by Asif Khan.
pic courtesy of District Cuisine
New local favorite Le Grenier, at 5th and H Streets NE, knows how to keep the local crowd happy. Every month the French restaurant will feature new wines by the glass, introduced at a free [read: FREE] tasting the first Tuesday of every month. I sat down at the beautiful and dimly lit bar to try six new wines for myself. Verdict? I’m sold.
Le Grenier means “attic” in French, and has been decorated completely by the wife of the husband-and-wife team who owns the new spot, in addition to long-standing favorite Le Chat Noir in Georgetown. The small upstairs (available for private parties) is decorated with antique skis, headboards, and my favorite, a marching band drum with stuffed animals inside. The effect is charming.
Back to the tasting! Six wines were being poured, in addition to gorgeous crostini on offer, of cured meats, paté, and lemon and herb mousse. The following are some of my notes and thoughts, in case you wish to stop in for a happy hour (wine half off every day from 5-7, even weekends).
- 2011 Francois Chidaine Sauvignon D’Alsace Touraine:
From the Loire valley, mellow and light, very easy to drink.
- 2010 Castle Rock Chardonnay, California:
To make the list in a French restaurant, this California wine must be pretty great, and it is. Softer, with an apple and pear profile, rounder bodied.
- 2010 Jean Baptiste Adam Pinot Gris D’Alsace Reserve:
This one was my personal favorite. Brighter, sweeter, lively, fun to drink.
- 2009 Chateau Pavillon Boyrein Graves Rouge, Bordeaux
Poor Merlot, left out in the cold after Sideways. But really, the only reason people (myself included) generally don’t care for Merlot is we’ve been drinking bad/cheap Merlot. This wine was dry yet fruity, with a tang on the palette after a sip. Flavors of berries.
- 2009 Chateau Lascaux Rouge, from the Languedoc
Full-bodied, fruity, dry and tangy.
- 2010 Kermit Lynch Cotes du Rhone, Rhone Valley
I really love this maker’s name, but the wine was excellent too. My notes read “full, full, full.” Acidic once tasted, this was in energetic, the perfect companion to a steak. The acidity in this wine stands up to food, as opposed to some of the others, which are just fun to drink alone.
If you miss the monthly wine tasting, which is planned for the first Tuesday of every month, you can still catch an amazing deal every Tuesday: half-price wine, cheese, and charcuterie at the bar. Sitting at the bar tasting wine lets all the hurry of the world outside melt away. Treat yourself next month.
Written by Haley Fults
pic courtesy Thrillist
New Japanese restaurant Hikari Sushi opened this week at 644 H St NE, adding another exciting cuisine option to the burgeoning corridor. According to Thrillist, it’s named after the fastest bullet train in Japan. The polished decor includes samurai swords and red lanterns, and there’s an impressive skylight lining the entire staircase. The first floor seems to cater more to the drinking crowd, while the 2nd floor has booths for peeps looking to dine-in or check out the exciting goings-on at the sushi bar. A wood-lined patio is slated to open in March on the second floor, which will be a great spot for outdoor seating in the warmer months.
Onto the offerings. Hikari offers an wide array of nearly 30 sakes, and the food menu offers an impressive list of Japanese “tapas”, including a lot of tasty-looking options for those who prefer small plates. The ever-growing ramen crowd has no need to fear – there are several options, but none that look as creative as the ones offered at Toki Underground.
There’s a range of Pan Asian dishes, including several styles of noodles, Korean bulgogi, as well as Hibachi grilled meats of your choice – chicken, steak, and lobster. The fancy sushi rolls are on the expensive side (priced quite a bit higher than similar items found at Sticky Rice) but are quite delicious – from what we could tell, Hikari appears to get very good fish.
They offer happy hour specials on Tuesday, and hopefully this will be extended to the rest of the week as well. We’re glad to have Hikari as another great option on the western end of H Street.