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Art as Memorial

Posted in Culture with tags , , , , , , on July 23, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

The AIDS Memorial Quilt was started in June of 1987 to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS, and to be used as a tool to help the world understand the impact of the disease. More than 20 years later the Quilt remains a reminder of a pandemic that still exists. As Washington, DC hosts the International AIDS Conference, sections of the Quilt are on display on The National Mall and at more than 40 other locations throughout the Washington, D.C. area from July 21-­ 25. Most venues will be open from 10 am to 5 pm during this time.

The Quilt consisting of 48,000 panels has rarely wholly been on display. With the advancement of technology however, a collaboration of researchers and academicians have created a digitized quilt that allows for more accessibility and the ability to search panels by name.

If you are interested in expressing yourself, ONE and (RED) recently launched (2015) Quilt to engage a new generation in fighting the pandemic where anyone can create a panel. Learn more about their campaign for the beginning of the end of AIDS here.


The Normal Heart

Posted in Culture with tags , on June 7, 2012 by substanceandstyledc

As Washington, DC prepares to host the first International AIDS Conference in the United States in twenty years in July, Arena Stage is bringing HIV/AIDS center stage with their production of Tony award winning play, The Normal Heart written by Larry Kramer and directed by Tony winner George C. Wolfe.  Set in a time not that long ago, at the onset of the AIDS epidemic, according to press notes the play takes raw look at “a circle of friends that struggle to contain the mysterious disease ravaging New York’s gay community. Dismissed by politicians, frustrated by doctors and fighting with each other, their differences could tear them apart – or change the world.” The Normal Heart runs at Arena through July 29.

Ladies, Start Your Engines | DC Drag Race!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on October 26, 2009 by substanceandstyledc

bigdragIndianapolis has the Indy 500. Louisville has the Kentucky Derby. Not to be outdone, Washington, DC has the annual Drag Queen High Heel Race that puts all other sporting events to fashion shame. Men dressed in exquisite gowns, extravagant costumes, big wigs and heels by designers ranging from Manolo Blahnik to Jimmy Choo race down 17th Street NW between P and S Streets, NW kicking up their heels and kicking butt. Just as fun as watching the race is watching the rest of the crowd. Attended by thousands of Washingtonians each year, the High Heel Race is a Halloween week favorite. The event has been around for more than twenty years. The race begins at 9:00pm but for a good spectator spot get to the area as early as possible – 6:30pm is suggested.

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