Tuesday, December 18, 2012

let it glow

When lighting pioneer Gjon Mili visited Pablo Picasso in 1949, the result, unsurprisingly, was a series of awesome experiments that blended budding technology and art. LIFE Magazine reported: "Picasso gave Mili 15 minutes to try one experiment. He was so fascinated by the result that he posed for five sessions....Mili took his photographs in a darkened room, using two cameras, one for side view, another for front view. By leaving the shutters open, he caught the light streaks swirling through space." The mag ran several of the photos, but has now released a selection that have never before been seen. Amazing!

Monday, October 29, 2012

staycation: woodstock, virginia

It'd been too long since I'd left the city, so this past weekend I made the two-hour drive with a couple of friends to the small town of Woodstock, Virginia (don't worry, I'd never heard of it either). We stayed in an enormous cabin/mansion on a sprawling property that seemed to go on forever, and it was like adult summer camp. The weather was pretty gloomy, but warm enough to still get out and hike during the day. And at night we drank wine, hot-tubbed, played guitar and made s'mores around a fire. Coming back into the city was definitely difficult. The good news? With the inevitable Sandy-induced power outage, chances are we'll be back to gathering around candles with wine and guitars soon enough.

Friday, October 26, 2012

post it

Malaysian artist Amir Zainorin creates portraits of icons from postcards pinned to walls and laid on floors. He says: "This gives the work a mortality or temporary status... it occupies the space for only a period of time, just like a system, an empire or a person [such as] Mao. After some time they are remembered in history books, on paper currencies, porters, stamps or on a postcard." Check out the Queen and George below.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

austin airstream

Can you even fathom my excitement at the invitation to check out the Austin Airstream? The Austin Convention and Visitors Bureau rolled into D.C. yesterday on their revamped '70s Airstream. The trailer's used as an anchor at city events (think SXSW and Austin City Limits), as a VIP lounge for media and an interview space for musicians. Yesterday's event was at the exclusive Gibson Guitar Showroom space, where the bureau (nicest people ever) showed off "the live music capital of the world" with an awesome, very much live band. We sipped Austin-made vodka and ate way too many bbq sliders, catered by Hill Country, of course. Photo stolen from here.

michael andrews bespoke

Tuesday evening was the grand opening of Michael Andrews Bespoke in Dupont. While I'm not quite in the market for custom suits, I was super impressed by the the classy row house space. In true Mad Men style, the shop holds a fully stocked house bar—proving once again that my proclivity to sip-and-shop was way ahead of the curve. Zara, H&M: take note.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

guest blog post: where traveler

When Where Traveler asked me to write a blog post about anything ("really, anything") that interests me in the city of Baltimore, I went with the basics: a sleepy indie band, a sassy rap star and a weird-but-so-intriguing electronica prodigy. Here's a link to my five minutes of fame:


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

alo at u street music hall

A few weeks ago, ALO returned to DC to play U Street Music Hall. What's cool about the live shows there is that U Hall's typically known for its EDM, DJ sets, late night dance parties and 18-year-olds who offer you molly upon descent into the basement venue (ok that was once, but it stuck with me), so it's awesome to see live bands take the stage. And who better than ALO? Between their stage banter and extended jams, they're quickly becoming a favorite.


photo courtesy brightestyoungthings.com

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

paper cuts

When I went to check out the Renwick Gallery's craft exhibition "40 Under 40," I wasn't expecting anything too crazy. Don't get me wrong, it's not that I don't live for friendship bracelets and crochet, but the idea of crafts in a musuem just sounded unbelievably boring. And dusty. Needless to say, when I got to the museum and met the eye-popping work of Jen Stark, I was blown away. Stark's vibrant 3D sculptures burst with color, and are all made from construction paper that she cuts, layers and otherwise manipulates to produce these amazing kaleidoscopic, psychedelic effects.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

open walls baltimore

A 45-minute drive up the highway makes Baltimore an easy getaway for concerts and to visit friends. It gets a bad wrap from D.C.-centric types, but Baltimore has a tight-knit arts scene filled with active musicians, actors, chefs, artists and students. The neighborhood of Station North, for many years a seriously rundown and crime-ridden area, has been getting a lot of buzz lately, thanks to Open Walls Baltimore—a project that brought artists from around the world to individually paint 23 giant, vibrant murals on the sides of buildings and in public spaces across the neighborhood.

[all photos courtesy openwallsbaltimore.com]

Thursday, October 4, 2012

tauk + the beatles

One of the best-worst things about my job is the constant flood of emails with news of what is positively sure to be the city's next greatest shop/restaurant/gallery/bar/etc. A substantial portion of these emails gets deleted almost instantly (sorry, PR friends), but once in a while those bright-eyed interns e-blast a true gem: A few weeks ago a note about Tauk came through my inbox. Tauk is a seriously talented band on the rise, and was in DC opening for Perpetual Groove. I've since become obsessed with their incredible cover of the Beatles track "I Want You" and have incessantly forwarded the video on to equally smitten family and friends.

high flying: alex maclean

Pilot and award-winning aerial photographer Alex MacLean has an incredible eye for capturing the world from high above. His photos are not only aesthetically beautiful, but they speak to the way that humans continue to impact the world's landscape.

patrick watson at 9:30 club

At the urging of a new friend, I volunteered to attend and cover the Patrick Watson show at 9:30 Club. I previewed the band and wasn't sure what to think. Before the show, the anticipation was what I'd expect from the hours before an Internet blind date: I madly stalked the band online, shit-talked about how I had no interest in going to all my friends, and downed a few vodka sodas. All in my jorts. And, like most blind dates, the show ended up having its lows (near seizure-inducing lights) and highs (an acoustic audience sing-along). Afterwards we overstayed our welcome and met Patrick himself, and I attempted to bond over our shared Canadian roots.