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Weekend East City Event Round Up: Happy 2013 Edition


Laura Elkins “Self as Michelle Drinking Tea.”Photo Courtesy of the Fridge

Laura Elkins “Self as Michelle Drinking Tea.”
Photo Courtesy of the Fridge

Friday January 11


Honfleur Gallery (6pm to 9pm)

Artists Michael Dax Iacovone and Kathryn Zazenski collaborated on a series of “Memory Maps” based on recent travels undertaken by each artist.  In the Points That Bring Us from Here to There, audiences will experience Iacovones’ chronicle describing his crossing of all 123 Mississippi River bridges and Zazenski’s visual documentation of her time in Haukijärvi, Finland, Washington, DC, and Beijing.  For more information click here.

Honfleur Gallery is located at 1241 Good Hope RD SE



The Gallery at Vivid Solutions (6pm to 9pm)

Oswald Spengler once said “It goes without saying that what distinguishes a town from a village is not size, but the presence of a soul.” As such, the Instant DC photography collaborative, through an open call, found several photographers whose images of Washington, DC have captured the spirit of this quote.  For more information, click here.


NOTE: The Gallery at Vivid Solutions is temporarily relocated to the second floor of 1241 Good Hope RD SE while the permanent space is being renovated.


Saturday January 12


Art Enables’ Off Rhode Gallery (1pm to 4pm)

Art Enables’ second gallery space known as the Off Rhode Gallery will host an opening for the group show Inaugural Visions.  The exhibition features Presidential Inauguration themed works by resident artists as well as Washington, DC mainstays like Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow.  For more information, click here.

Art Enables is located at 2204 Rhode Island Ave NE

Tubman-Mahan Gallery (2pm to 4pm)

To open up the 2013 exhibition season, the Tubman-Mahan gallery at the Center for Green Urbanism will show a series of new work by Maryland artists Sandra D. Davis.  Davis’ Journey with Paper features brilliantly colored mixed media work.  For more information, click here.


Tubman-Mahan Gallery is located at 3938 Benning Road NE

The Fridge (6pm to 8pm)

In keeping with the Presidential Inauguration theme, Capitol Hill artist Laura Elkins, known for her portraiture of first ladies, pays homage to Michelle Obama.  Elkin’s use strongly contrasting color and course brushstrokes results in a bold interpretation of her subjects. For more information click here.

The Fridge is located at 516 1/2 8th Street rear alley, SE



Monday January 14


Catalyst Projects (6:30pm to 8:30pm)

Extend your week into Monday Night.  Have you ever been interested in taking your artwork to a Miami art fair?  Now is your chance to learn from experts and newcomers fresh from their December 2012 experience.  The panel discussion is organized by Capitol Hill based Catalyst Projects and will feature Lenny Campbello, Tim Tate, Sean Hennessey and Ada Rose Bitterbaum.  For more information, click here.

The HIVE 2.0 is located at 1241 Good Hope RD SE

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Cherryblast from the Past: Weekend Wrapup

pic courtesy of National Cherry Blossom Festival

Cherryblast, the annual closing party of the Cherry Blossom Festival, sponsored lovingly by Philippa Hughes and her Pink Line Project, was, unsurprisingly, a blast this past weekend in Anacostia.  The art, the games, the shows, the people were all part of a new and exploratory DC.  There were the usual suspects: aerial trapeze artists, a Bluebrain collaborative feature (pretty cool: in a four story elevator shaft), and an all-girl drum corps.

The not-so-usual suspects dropped in: The Floating Lab Collective, a group of artists who work to “expand the space of art into public space and to expand the discourse about contemporary art.”  Cool right?  As I walked into their van (I know, I know), the artist told me that there were paper bags of Mobile Memorials.  Anyone could take one (become a ReDistributor), providing they put it somewhere public and “check in” its location on the website.  Hopefully I’ll start seeing some of these objects around town!

The old DC Police evidence warehouse has effectively become Lightbox, an open and roomy space especially suited to video installations.  Listening to acoustic guitar strummed by a hipster-chanteuse while standing next to the old Medication Room and looking out the broken glass windows at downtown DC was…surreal.  And a ton of fun.

I’m eager to see how Anacostia develops as a new art hot spot in DC, “activating abandoned spaces with the arts“.  For more info, search #lightboxdc on Twitter.

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To Do Saturday: Cherryblast!

Not to be missed, Cherryblast IV will take place this Saturday at the Lightbox in Anacostia.  Following close on the heels of the hugely successful Lumen8 Anacostia opening party last week, Cherryblast! will feature artists, musicians, audio-visual installations, and I can’t wait to find out what else.  For a full list, click here.

As an official part of the Cherry Blossom Festival AND a Pink Line Project…project, it’s sure to be a thought out, delightful, and fully funded good time.  The crowds have gotten bigger and the lines have gotten longer each year, so come early.

Get your $10 tickets while you still can!

Starts at 8pm Saturday, 2235 Shannon Place SE.  Buses will depart from H Street and Dupont.  The Anacostia Metro is two blocks away.  Plenty of street parking.

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