A few days ago the country was obsessed with Black Friday. Now local artist, author and photographer Michael-Christopher has released his first photo book MAN: BLACK that you can enjoy 365 days a year. He has assembled a decadent display of photographs that pay tribute to, examine and illuminate the beauty of the Black male figure. Purchase copies of MAN: BLACK here.
Archive for November, 2010
DC Urbanites travel to the Big Apple as much as many of them shop for clothes. In fact, some only shop for clothes in New York. The love affair of Washingtonians and visiting New York City has gone on for years and for the past several the popular trek has been made via luxury discount bus lines leaving from downtown DC taking them straight to Manhattan. As we roll into the fall hipsters have another option of rolling up the East coast, the Know It Express. This bus picks up passengers in the U Street Corridor and drops them off in the heart of Brooklyn. Because this bus line connects two growing trendy hot spots its been dubbed the Hispter Express. Take it for a ride.
The small independent movie scene in Washington, DC just got a little bigger with the addition of West End Cinema. The theater is located at 2301 M Street, NW and offers a variety of independent, foreign, and documentary films for an eclectic and intellectual audience. Like most art-house theaters this one also has a full bar. Enjoy a martini & movie soon. See what’s currently playing here.
Washingtonians have until Thursday, November 18 to order a delicious pie from Food & Friends for their annual Slice of Life Thanksgiving fundraiser. Order one of their 5 flavors of pies online and pick it up at one of 20 locations on Tuesday, November 23rd, from 11:00am to 8:00pm. It is the perfect way to complete your Thanksgiving meal with your own family. Each pie purchased will provide a full day of meals for a child or an adult living with HIV/AIDS, cancer or another life-challenging illness.
Tuesday, November 16 the media mogul and music icon Jay-Z won’t drop an album instead he is going to release his first book. His press team describes the book Decoded, as a collection of his lyrics and their meanings that are woven together to tell the true story of a culture, an art form, a moment in history, and provides the most provocative narrative of one of the most successful artists of all time. Without question, his meteoric rise to the top of the entertainment, fashion and business worlds is worth reading about and learning from.
Lois Mailou Jones was an artist, educator and an ambassador of culture. Born in the early 1900’s in Boston, Massachusetts she went on to study there at the Boston School of the Museum of Fine Arts before working in New York City and Sedalia, North Carolina before settling in Washington, DC where she taught for more than four decades at Howard University. During her tenure she honed her craft and gained wide acclaim for her artwork and her teaching. A brilliant collection of more than 70 of her paintings, textiles and sketches are now on view at the National Museum of Women in the Arts in the dynamic exhibit Loïs Mailou Jones: A Life in Vibrant Color. The exhibit runs through January 9, 2011.
The Humanities Council of Washington, DC has initiated a new program, the World House Series with the goal of bringing Washington, D.C. residents’ attention on the important cultural and historical intersections that exist between their city and the international community. For 2010, the World House Series will focus on global climate change, the environmental movement, and their impact on Washington, DC. Learn more about these upcoming exciting programs here.
In our own progressive, diverse Utopia of Washington, DC the covers that lay on top of racial tension were pulled off this summer by the Mayoral primary campaign during the summer. Some of the same concepts are explored in the play Superior Donuts, making its DC area premiere beginning November 10 at the Studio Theatre. The play brings you into the world of a white Chicago shop owner and his new young Black employee that build a relationship neither thought they would. According to press notes, the donut shop becomes the setting for old secrets and new beginnings. Get tickets here.