Friday, June 8, 2012
Events to check out this weekend
Each week Patch will publish a roundup of events throughout DC and Montgomery County. To get more news, sign up for our newsletter. Here’s a roundup of performances in and around Montgomery County through Wednesday, June 13: ‘Deconstructing the Beatles: A Trip Through Strawberry Fields’ WASHINGTON — A multimedia presentation about the production and composition techniques behind four of the most well-loved songs by the Beatles. 3 to 5 p.m. Sunday, June 10, Avalon Theatre, 5612 Connecticut Avenue, NW. Fundraiser for the Hope for Henry Foundation. Tickets cost $25 and must be purchased in advance. Details are at HopeforHenry.org. BSO Takes on Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto NORTH BETHESDA — Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents: “Tchaikovsky’s…
Monday, February 14, 2011
The National Gallery of Art offers both a painting and a sculpture of traditional figures for St. Valentine's Day, beyond the red hearts.
From the time most of us are old enough to wield crayons, safety scissors and a bottle of glue, we mark St. Valentine's Day with decorations consisting of hearts, flowers, and the ever-mischievous Roman god Cupid - though not images of St. Valentine himself. Originally Valentine's Day was a Christian feast day first declared in the year 496 A.D. to commemorate the lives of two (or possibly three) martyrs named Valentine. During the Middle Ages, popular belief came to hold that the birds began to pair off on the Feast of St.Valentine, and over time this grew into the association with romantic love and the promise of spring not being too far away. From the time of Chaucer we know that people would send love poems to each other on Valentine'…
Friday, February 11, 2011
One Georgetown neighbor's walk took an interesting, nay fruity, turn recently.
What makes something art? The recent graffiti appearing on Georgetown signs and walls had neighbors seeking immediate action for its removal. Yet to some, graffiti is a form of street art. What about a bunch of fruit in an odd location? Decide for yourself in Montrose Park, just behind the playground area. Jim Ingram came across what he called an "anonymous winter sculpture" while walking his dog in Montrose Park. On a bowed branch of a tree sits about a dozen carefully placed vegetables and fruit. Ingram wrote in an email that the assortment of peppers, apples and eggplants were "real and fresh." It would seem there's an organic guerrilla sculptor in Georgetown.
Sunday, January 23, 2011
Georgetown's own Baked and Wired offers up caffeine and artsy cool.
This was the pinnacle of cool: a by the book definition of cool, a self-conscious kind of cool, a Beatnik poet kind of cool. Pixies’ lyrics were sprawled on the storefront glass of this artsy java house, young, old, and hip inside, swirling red wine ‘round their glasses and looking fashionable, and others dipping their horn-rimmed glasses toward steaming mugs of freshly brewed coffee. The paintings of a local artist, unveiled for the first time, hung on the whitewashed, exposed brick walls. Was this San Francisco? Was this the Arts District, at least? Alas, it was Georgetown’s favorite holdover for sweet teeth and caffeine-feinds alike, Baked and Wired. The artist, Edward “Bear” Miller, was hosting a reception for his newly hung paintings…
Friday, December 17, 2010
Since Georgetowners are always organized and on-top of things, I'm sure you have all of your holiday shopping finished and are just puzzled about what to do this weekend. We've got you covered.
With a mere nine days until Christmas and two weeks until New Year's Eve, the holidays are upon us. While I am certain you have dotted your i's and crossed your t's, there are probably a few of you busy people out there still trying to wrap up holiday shopping and errand-running. Shop locally and try to relax a bit with a few last events before Christmas and NYE. Friday is the last Gallery Gaze of 2010. Put on your boots, grab your earmuffs and take a leisurely stroll through Georgetown. Enjoy something visually exciting that is not red, green or covered in glitter (everything has its place). Saturday evening watch the Flying Dog and Brightest Young Things lights parade or join in yourself. The mobile holiday lights extravaganza begins at…
Monday, October 4, 2010
Rare pieces of Seussian art leave Georgetown two weeks too soon
Dr. Seuss made a rare appearance at P&C Art Gallery on Sept. 18. Around twelve pieces of rare "Seussian" art came to the M St. gallery's already extensive Seuss collection and was originally expected to stay thru mid-October. Gallery Director, Deneice Mazziotta, says its hard to predict when the publisher will mobilize the rare editions to another location and says it is a safe bet another gallery somewhere else in the world was "clamoring to get the uncommonly seen pieces." The exhibit reveals a side of Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) unconventionally seen by many who know him as the mind behind The Cat in the Hat, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, or the 44 other children's books he authored and illustrated. Geisel started his career as …
Thursday, September 23, 2010
The Artist Protection Act of 2009 is pending before the District Council. The act will provide for certain rights for artists in dealing with galleries, adding both a layer of protection and bureaucracy to the local arts scene.
A new bill in the District Council will protect artists from misanthropes and the dangers of a fickle economy. For local galleries the new requirements add a layer of bureaucracy to a process largely based on the integrity of relationships between galleries and artists. The Artist Protection Act of 2009 is pending before the District Council and, according to Councilwoman Muriel Bowser, should see a vote this session. While walking about during the Gallery Gaze, one might never consider the spoken and written agreements made between the gallery and the artist in order to fill the studios with cultural wealth. Even art is business and businesses function within the frameworks of the law. In lean times, the arts can suffer and so can small …
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Georgetown offers a once monthly evening of gallery openings and discussions with artists and gallery owners.
Every third Friday evening, several of Georgetown's galleries invite the public to enjoy chitchatting with artists and visitors, wine, hors d'oeuvres, strolls down bustling streets and, of course, art. With fine, hand-crafted jewelry, digital art, vintage paintings, photography and more, there's a little something for everyone. The Susan Calloway Fine Arts gallery mixes up vintage and contemporary pieces of art and also offers framing. The gallery has been around for 18 years, and Susan Calloway, the owner, carefully chooses what she exhibits. "I'm quite picky. I like beautiful art," she said. The upper floor showcases a rotating collection and on Sept. 24 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., artist David Ivan Clark will present Presence/Absence, a …