Crafty Bastards!
Looking for something fun and interesting to do this Saturday? Well, c'mon down to Columbia Heights Marketplace and check out Washington City Paper's Crafty Bastards Arts and Crafts Fair. More than 150 local independent arts and crafts vendors will show and sell creative works. I will participate as a vendor selling my latest artsy products--Polaroid image transfer prints. Check out the Web site for more info and pictures of some of the items that will be for sale.

Here are the details:

October 2, 2004
10AM - 5PM
Columbia Heights Marketplace
Irving and 14 St. NW (by the Columbia Heights Metro Station)
Free Admission

I hope to see you there!
  LOC Pop
A reminder, folks. If you haven't checked out one of the free film screenings at the Library of Congress Mary Pickford Theater, you're missing out on a gem of an experience. The films are great. The audience is even greater. Here are a couple of recommendations to mark on your calendar now (descriptions are quoted from the Mary Pickford site).

September 28
Pop Gear (1965)
"the ultimate tribute to the British Invasion, a Techniscope, Technicolor, British rock n' roll musical show featuring 16 of England's top recording artists of 1965. The list includes the Beatles, the Animals, Herman's Hermits, Peter and Gordon, the Honeycombs and Matt Monroe. Little Stevie Winwood becomes a man with the Spencer Davis Group. Go-Go dancing at its best!"

October 15
Privilege (1967)
"Set in the near future (1970), the film portrays a celebrated pop singer who is manipulated by the coalition government of Church and State to become an inspirational leader of a world-wide evangelical crusade." Oh yeah. This one will be excellent.
  Work hard. Play hard.
The new job tired me out last week. Working hard for an entire day makes me tired. I rested up over the weekend and am now back on track. I summoned some energy Monday night and headed to Velvet Lounge to check out Visqueen with NM. She provides more details here. I was really impressed with their performance. They're a lot of fun but I can see how they would have a hard time finding a large audience since they're a little too pop for the indie crowd and a little too indie for the popsters.

Don't miss Walkmen and Metric tomorrow night at 9:30. Should be a fun show. I'm iffy on the Keane/French Kicks show next week--anyone have something to say on the matter to help me make up my mind one way or the other?
  Arts on Foot
In the mood to check out some art and sample food? Head down to Penn Quarter this Saturday from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. for Arts on Foot.

From the event site:

There is no admission charge for the events at Arts on Foot. Works of art will be available to purchase at the Arts Market on F Street, from artists in their studios, and from the many art galleries. One can also purchase a costume from past productions at the Ford's Theatre and props from Warehouse Theater at the Theatres Downtown Tents on F Street.

For those not wishing to carry something home, 20 restaurants are offering samples of their cuisine at nominal prices at their tents on F Street. Since many activities take place indoors or under tents on F Street between 9th and 7th, Arts on Foot will take place regardless of weather conditions. And for convenience, take Metro to Arts on Foot; depending on where you begin, you can exit at Metro Center, Federal Triangle, Gallery Place-Chinatown, Archives-Navy Memorial, Judiciary Square, or Mt. Vernon Square. Again this year, our schedule of events will be in a "Passport" that bearers can have stamped at each site visited to become eligible for prizes. Passports will be available on September 18 at the Arts on Foot Passport and Prize Table on F Street at 8th, the National Theatre, Utrecht Art Supplies, Goethe-Institut, Warehouse Theater, the Canadian Embassy, the Pavilion at the Old Post Office and at a number of other participating venues.
  Lay Sah-vee Fahv
I have been trying to make this entry all day. Since Friday was my last day at work, people came into my office all day to hug me and tell me how much they'll miss me. It must suck to have real feelings. I'm glad that I'm all dead inside. Anyway, I'm home after my going away lunch and going away happy hour and finally have time to focus on important stuff, like, you know, music and all.

After some discussion on Thursday, NM and I decided to check out the Les Savy Fav show at Black Cat instead of Pallino at DC9. It was a tough call because the fellas in Pallino are mighty cute and sing pretty songs. However, we had never seen Les Savy Fav, Detachment Kit or Smoke + Smoke, so we decided that new was better. You can read all about Les Savy Fav's set here.

Here are a few pics of Les Savy Fav from the show:

Tim Harrington with plastic bag on his head

Tim Harrington with black furry headpiece

Seth Jabour (guitar) and Harrison Haynes (drums)

Syd Butler (bass and founder of Frenchkiss Records)

Another shot of Butler (he's dreamy)

  Backfill This
Motherf*cker at the Roxy on Sunday night was fantastic! Stellastarr*'s performance was terrific. Their energy was incredible and the audience was really into them. NM tells you all about the action-packed 24 hours here.

The weekend trip was partly a gift to myself to celebrate a very important life change. As of Friday at 5:00 p.m. I will no longer be a slave to The Man. I was lucky enough to land a job with an awesome nonprofit a couple of weeks ago and immediately gave my notice to the big, evil corporation. I can't remember the last time I was this happy and excited. I'll never have to hear corporate speak ever again. Thank you, Jesus!

As DCist reported, there is no shortage of good concerts in D.C. in the near future. My overwhelmed sidebar indicates that you can attend a concert worth going to almost every week through October. I bet I'll find even more once I do a little more research.

Self-plug: Take a look at my article on Janes Island State Park in this month's Washington Woman. There's no link to the article. You'll have to pry yourself away from your keyboard and pick up a free copy at Whole Foods or another place around town where you usually find free publications.
  I Heart Provisions Library
The opening of the Roxanne Swentzell exhibit at Provisions Library exceeded my expectations (I'll try not to gush too much here). The library is a great space. It's very organized and tidy. (I wanted to curl up on the sofa next to the magazines and read for hours. They have a remarkable collection of periodicals ranging from Mad to New Labor Forum to Believer.) Restaurant Kolumbia catered the reception that preceeded the artist's talk. I highly recommend trying them out. I'm embarassed to admit how many of the little black bean cakes with goat cheese I ate. And the cactus tarts and smoked salmon and butternut squash with chutney . . . you get the idea. The pieces of Swentzell's sculpture displayed represent her work well. Each piece has a playful and innocent quality. However, they express some serious feelings. Swentzell began her talk by telling the audience that she started expressing herself using clay figures when she was a child, primarily driven by a severe speech impediment (which has since been ameliorated). She narrated a slide show that began with a picture of her humble backyard and studio. She led the audience through many images of her creations, explaining her thoughts on self-image and the importance of realizing our connections to others and making sure that we don't get tangled up in them. That's always something good to ponder. Swentzell's work will be on exhibit at Provisions Library through October 24. Stop by, see some art and read a magazine. The library also has an impressive collection of activist books and several Macs and PCs with Internet access that visitors are free to use.
  New Sculpture Exhibit
As DC Metro Action suggested yesterday, you may want to think about heading over to Provisions Library on Friday for the opening of the Roxanne Swentzell exhibit. This show "coincides with the September opening of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian, where Ms. Swentzell’s art is prominently featured in a permanent sculptural installation in the new museum’s theater," states the Provisions Library press release. Since timed entry passes are required to visit the NMAI(at least for the first year it's open) due to anticipated popularity, many DCers may wait until the crowds lessen before we explore it. Checking out Ms. Swentzell's work at Provisions will give you the opportunity to see some of what you're missing at the NMAI, while avoiding the onslaught of tourists.
  Cheap and funky clothes
The H&M at 11th and F is having a huge sale. Lots of racks with items marked down 30 percent off of already reduced prices.
Pictures of concerts, travels and daily life. All photos taken with a Canon PowerShot A75 unless noted otherwise.

That's me spinning at bluestate (photo credit: BV).



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The Upstate Life
What are we gonna do now?

Five Random DC Blogs

MG'S Non-Blog Writing and Photos

The Girls, The Girls LP
Channels concert review
Les Savy Fav concert review
"Janes Island State Park" in September 2004 issue of Washington Woman
The Carlsonics, The Carlsonics LP
Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa article in July 2004 issue of Hill Rag
Interview with The Stills
Washington Social Club, Catching Looks EP
Interview with Ashlee Simpson
The Rogers Sisters, Three Fingers maxi EP
Interview with The Killers
Badly Drawn Boy, One Plus One Is One LP
The Killers, Somebody Told Me EP
The Casual Dots, S/T LP


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