Archive for October, 2011

(Re)calling & (Re)telling

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 31, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

In conjunction with DC Fotoweek 2011 Morton Fine Art will present (Re)calling & (Re)telling, a solo exhibition of photographs by artist Kesha Bruce. The exhibition will be on display from November 5 through November 12, with an opening reception and artist talk with Kesha Bruce on Saturday, November 5th at 2pm. According to press notes, (Re)calling and (Re)telling offers viewers a contemporary entryway to the rich tradition of storytelling in art through the use of both photography and collage. For the past several years, Kesha Bruce has created work using an old collection of photographs taken by her grandfather during his years as a soldier during the Korean War. In addition to the many photographs of young African American soldiers going about their daily routines, the collection also included snapshots and informal family portraits taken upon his return home to Des Moines, Iowa. (Re)calling & (Re)telling was awarded the EnFoco New Works Photography prize and was included in the traveling exhibition Double Exposure: African Americans Before and Behind the Camera.


Give Me Moor

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 24, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Theater fans in Washington who have been craving Moor finally have it with two mountings of the William Shakespeare tragedy of race, love and betrayal, Othello. Set in Venice, the story unfolds as the high ranking general Othello promotes Michael Cassio over Iago, who thinks he is more deserving of the position of personal lieutenant. As recourse Iago, using people as pawns including Othello’s dear wife Desdemona, puts a plan in motion against Othello. In the end the struggle over power and prowess ends with no winners. It is a tale that can certainly hit home in the District.

The delectable treat for Washington audiences is not only do they have the opportunity to see one of the theater world’s most captivating stories but that they have the chance to see it interpreted in two very distinct ways. The current production at the Elizabethan Theatre inside The Folger Shakespeare Library that runs through December 4 offers a solid traditional interpretation under the direction of Robert Richmond. It sticks to the script Shakespeare penned centuries ago and unravels with the famous lines that have become so familiar.

Take note, take note, O world,
To be direct and honest is not safe.”

In contrast, as a part of their continued Speak No More – Silent Shakespeare Festival the Synetic Theater is presenting their dynamic take on Othello through November 6 with no dialogue. Using their hallmark of imaginative physical theater that combines music, movement and text the Synetic Theater production mesmerizes as it conveys the story in action and visuals. With a stellar cast of performers that includes Helen Hayes Award winners Roger Payano as Othello, Salma Shaw as Desdemona and Scott Brown in the role of Cassio, direction by Paata Tsikurishvili and choreography by Irina Tsikurishvili the production is complete and will entice you to visit the Synetic Theater for even more experiences.

Crafty Couture

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , on October 20, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Saturday and Sunday, October 22 and 23 the Smithsonian Women’s Committee will host their annual Craft 2 Wear event at the National Building Museum 401 F Street, NW from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The annual event is a show and sale for 40 exhibitors who have previously juried into the Smithsonian Craft Shows.  Exhibitors will be selling some of the very best crafted jewelry, wearable art, and accessories for men and women.  Friday, October 21 a private sneak peek reception will be held at 5:30pm and Sunday, October 23 there will be a panel discussion on curating your closet at 11:00am. Admission to the general exhibition sale is $5 and costs for the sneak peek and panel is $50 and $30 respectively. Proceeds from the weekend of events are used to support education, outreach and research at the Smithsonian Institution.

Angels Come to Sing

Posted in Culture with tags , , , on October 17, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

If you have ever wanted to know what angels sound like you don’t have to wait until you get to heaven to find out. The angelic voices of the world renowned Morgan State University Choir under the direction of Dr. Eric Conway will be visiting Washington, DC on Sunday, November 6, 2011 at 4:00 pm for a concert benefitting the Vestah W. Byle Scholarship Fund that assists DC area students with financial assistance to attend Morgan State. The concert, held annually at Shiloh Baptist Church, 1500 9th Street NW, is sponsored by the Morgan State University Alumni Association – DC Metropolitan Area Chapter in collaboration with the Shiloh Baptist Church HBCU Council.  Tickets can be purchased in advance online or at the door.

Seoul in the City

Posted in Culture, DC: Dining & Cocktails, Politics with tags , , , , on October 12, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

The evening of October 13 the Obama administration will open the doors of the White House to host a state dinner honoring the South Korean President Lee Myung-bak. This is the fifth state dinner hosted by the administration. If you didn’t get an invitation don’t be disappointed. Washingtonians have several other ways to learn more and to get a taste of the beautifully rich South Korean culture. For those with a literal appetite Mandu has been offering delicious traditional Korean food in DC since 2006. Both their original location on 18th Street NW and their newest addition on K Street NW continue to get rave reviews.

If something more appealing to the eye than the stomach is what you seek, stop by the Freer Gallery of Art for a visit to the Korean ceramics exhibition. The collection includes ceramics made from 200 to 1900. Throughout November the Freer will hold a series of events including movies and live performances in celebration of the reopening of their Korea gallery. It kicks off Friday, November 4 at 7pm with a free performance by Paul D. Miller, aka DJ Spooky.

The Embassy of South Korea is always a wealth of information on activities and programs that bring better understanding of culture and commerce between the US and South Korea all year round. Seoul meets soul in the District.

Black Men Speak

Posted in Culture with tags , , on October 4, 2011 by substanceandstyledc

Political commentator and cultural critic, Toure will participate in a discussion with Washington Post editorial board member Jonathan Capehart and columnist Roland Martin at 14th Street location of Busboys and Poets on October 5 at 6:30pm. This event is free.

On October 14 at 7:30pm writers R. Dwayne Betts and Ta-Nehisi Coates will continue the 2011-2012 Pen/Faulkner conversation series at the Folger Shakespeare Library. R. Dwayne Betts is the author of the memoir A Question of Freedom and a collection of poetry Shahid Reads His Own Palm. Ta-Nehisi Coates is a senior editor for The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues for and the magazine. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle. Tickets are on sale here.

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