Archive for January, 2010

A Brush with Stormy Weather

Posted in Culture with tags , on January 28, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

On Saturday, Feb. 13, the National Portrait Gallery presents a double feature: Brush with Life: The Art of Being Edward Biberman at 2:00 pm and the classic Stormy Weather at 4:30 pm. According to press notes the documentary Brush with Life recounts the career of Biberman, a pillar of the mid-century art scene in Los Angeles, whose portrait of Lena Horne is in the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Following the film, there will be a conversation with its director, Jeff Kaufman. Stormy Weather stars Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Cab Calloway and Fats Waller in the African American film classic. The films will be shown in the McEvoy Auditorium; seating is first come, first served.

Sunday Brunch with Cezanne

Posted in Culture, DC: Dining & Cocktails with tags on January 27, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Inspired by the debut of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s exhibition, Turner to Cezanne, FoodArts has created a Sunday Brunch for the Corcoran Cafe that reflects the passion of the French for culinary arts. This Sunday January 31st join Chef Andrew Holden as he unveils a masterpiece of his own in the form of a brunch that deliciously honors of the works of art. Reservations are now being accepted for seatings this Sunday through early spring. Seatings are at 11:00 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:00 pm and walk-ins will be seated by availability.

 Featuring 53 works, many never or rarely seen outside of Europe, Turner to Cézanne traces the evolution of early modern art—beginning with examples of dramatic Romanticism exemplified by Turner, through the expressionist Post-impressionism of van Gogh.

An Evening for Haiti

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on January 22, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, with the Embassy of Haiti will host a free musical benefit for the relief efforts underway in Haiti on Friday, January 22, 2010 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. on the Millennium Stage. Tabou Combo is Haiti’s preeminent dance band, showcasing the infectious rhythm of Haiti’s national dance music konpa. Additionally, members of the National Symphony Orchestra perform Serenade for 13 Winds by Richard Strauss, and Haitian singers Felina Backer and John Pierremont and the Georgetown University Let Freedom Ring Celebration Choir perform.

At 8:00 p.m. the National Symphony Orchestra will have their regularly scheduled concert and proceeds will benefit the relief efforts underway in Haiti. At both performances, there will be designated receptacles where patrons can deposit donations for the Haitian Relief Effort. Proceeds from the NSO concert will be sent to the “Haiti Relief and Development Fund” of the American Red Cross.

Dance with Me

Posted in Culture with tags , , on January 21, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Be a part of the dance. This Saturday, January 23 and Sunday January, 24 Levy Dance will engage the DC audience in their new work, Everyone Intimate Alone Visibly, premiering at Dance Place. In this new piece, California-based choreographer Benjamin Levy explores how social networking sites and other technological innovations impact our interpersonal connections. Featuring Levy and dancer Aline Wachsmuth performing in the round amidst a multimedia installation created by new media artist Mary Franck and composer Jeremy Zuckerman the audience will be encouraged to walk through space and interact with the dancers and technology. The result is a truly collaborative performance where the music, dancers, audience, and visual components will be equal players. Seats for both performances and the Saturday night reception are still available.

Seeing Hurt and Searching for Hope in Haiti

Posted in Commentary, Politics on January 15, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

“I hate to see you under these circumstances, but nevertheless it is good to see you.” That is such a common line heard at many funerals. Family members often gather together in times of high celebration or deep sorrows say this when they greet each other. Tragedy is too often what pulls people together, reminds them of the greatest gift that is life itself and appreciative of the ones that mean so much to them.

People also then say, “I’m going to do a better job at keeping in touch.” Then you see them only at the next funeral. There lies the true tragedy.

As I think about the outpouring of support to the brothers and sisters in Haiti in their time of need following the most horrific natural disaster that shook the capital city of Port-au-Prince I must also pray that it will shake those around the world to action – and not just right now. Before the earthquake hit the people of Haiti were living in a country plagued by poverty, illiteracy, poor sanitation, a shortage of clean drinking water, pitiable access to basic health care and corrupt leadership. So, before the 7.0 earthquake hit Haiti, it had already been hit by political, economic and social ills.

Haiti is not alone. Children all over the world, elders in every corner of the Earth, men and women of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are living in conditions in which average Americans would think they’d die in and work, resources and prayers should be given to them as well – not just in times of disaster. Those who can, must band together at all times. All times for all people.

Lift Every Voice

Posted in Culture with tags , , on January 14, 2010 by substanceandstyledc

Monday January 18, at 6:00pm the Annual Kennedy Center and Georgetown University musical celebration – Let Freedom Ring! – honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will feature two-time Grammy Award–winning, platinum-selling recording artist India.Arie. Held in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, the program will also include the Let Freedom Ring Choir with Music Director, Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. and Mistress of Ceremonies Andrea Roane. Free tickets will be given away two (2) per person in line in the  Kennedy Center Hall of Nations at 10:00am Monday on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Negro Problem

Posted in Commentary, Politics with tags , on January 12, 2010 by substanceandstyledc
As the nation continues to divert attention away from health care, job creation and global warming to focus on the use of the word “Negro”  on the census and by a current sitting United States Senator, it is a prime opportunity to also look back on the classic work, The Negro Problem. The book had such contributors as Booker T. Washington and W.E.B. DuBois. One could further explore the Negro Problem by digging into An American Dilemma: The Negro Problem and Modern Democracy, a report funded by the Carnegie Foundation and later credited as a framework for how Americans viewed race relations and reconciliation.
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