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POW! WOW! DC mural festival

The POW! WOW! DC mural festival is a 10-day event in NoMA. Today’s kick-off was in Storey Park, with a fair number of people showing up in the rain but not too much painting going on. Fortunately, Storey Park is already covered in art, making it a great background for the festival even if conditions were not good for painting new works.

POW! WOW! DC mural festival

POW! WOW! DC mural festival

POW! WOW! DC mural festival

Barnes Dance Installation

For the past six years, the very popular intersection at 7th and H St. (by the Chinatown arch) has been set up as a Barnes Dance, which means you can have the fun of walking diagonally across the busy intersection. Now it’s in the middle of getting painted with dragons and zodiac signs, which will no doubt be fun for both pedestrians and photographers.
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The art is being produced by Charles Burgon Studios, who were the winners of the public art commission.

Funk Parade

The Funk Parade and festival is in its third year, and bigger and better than ever.  This year, I was one of the “official” photographers, which in theory allowed me closer access to some events, but didn’t really help much given the size of the joyous crowds.  It was a wonderful day of creativity and celebration.

Mural installation

I Love U Street

Prince

Skateboarding

Around the corner

Funk Painting

Finding a Line

Joe Keyes and the Late Bloomer Band

Mo Lucas Community Band

Mo Lucas Community Band

Getting ready for the parade

Dragon

Batala drumming

Duke Ellington Marching Band

Nubian Spin

Vava United School of Samba

Marching dragon

Roller Disco

Feel the Funk

Breakdancing

Happy on U St.

At the Tropicalia

Nighttime Funk

Nighttime Funk

Funk at night

Fine Lines Paint Jam

The Fine Lines Paint Jam took place yesterday on a 900-foot-long wall on Rhode Island Avenue.  This is the third annual event there, with the previous years’ work painted over before the event.  In addition to the mural painting, there was music, skateboarding, chess, and the drum group Batala performing.

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Fine Lines Paint Jam

Re-Ball

Had a great opportunity today to preview Re-Ball, the new exhibit at Dupont Underground (thanks to IGDC, the local Instagram group). The exhibit repurposes many of the thousands of balls that were used last summer in The Beach at the National Building Museum. The balls are glued together in small cubes, with velcro dots on the outside of the cubes. This allows visitors to reconfigure the shapes (although during this preview, we were not allowed to do that, so that the exhibit could remain untouched until its opening tomorrow).
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Re-Ball

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive had a large festival yesterday, celebrating 4/20 with an event starting at 4:20. It was held in one of the parking lots behind the warehouses a couple of blocks from Union Market, backing up to the railroad tracks. There was music on a few informal stages, many small vendors, and a large wall with several artists installing work.

One Love Massive

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

One Love Massive festival

Smithsonian Craft Show

Had a great time yesterday getting to see the Smithsonian Craft Show before it opened to the public, thanks to an invitation from IGDC.

There were 120 exhibitors, and the full scope could be appreciated when viewing it from the second floor balcony.  Here are glimpses of four of the exhibitors:

Smithsonian Craft Show

I was especially drawn to the work of Brandon Holschuh.  His jewelry was so strong.  Some pieces had an outer metal shell that almost looked primitive or organic, and then the insides were tiny scenes of emeralds and garnets and diamonds, somewhat like finding an incredible geode.  He goes one step further, viewing jewelry as a duality, both on the body and then looking like a small piece of sculpture when not worn.  And he had also thought through every aspect of his booth, making it one of the best showcases there. (He was also very generous with his time, talking to me and the others from IGDC).

Brandon Holschuh

Josh Bernbaum’s glass pieces were arresting – some beautiful and some just wonderfully strange:

Josh Bernbaum Glass

I loved the colors of the Vetro Vero Glass, with shades ranging from ethereal to bold:

Vetro Vero Glass

Smithsonian Craft Show

And it was completely exciting to see 12 Dale Chihuly pieces on loan for the show, arranged in the center of the Great Hall. I was reminded of Andy Warhol’s Poppies, and so exposed this photo to bring out that aspect of the shapes:

Dale Chihuly

When January Feels Like September

Had a really great opportunity on Tuesday to see the first run-through of the upcoming play at Mosaic Theater, When January Feels Like September (May 19-June 12). The director, playwright, stage designer, costume designer, and sound engineer all gave presentations about their concepts for the performance, and then the cast did the first table read. So very interesting to see the underpinnings of the creative process.

Director Serge Seiden at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Director Serge Seiden at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Director Serge Seiden (L) and lighting designer Max Doolittle (R) at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater.
Director Serge Seiden (L) and lighting designer Max Doolittle (R) at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater.
Set designer Debra Booth at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Set designer Debra Booth at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Costume designer Robert Croghan at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Costume designer Robert Croghan at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Actor Vaughn Ryan Midder at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater.
Actor Vaughn Ryan Midder at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater.
Sign language interpreters at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater
Sign language interpreters at the first rehearsal of When January Feels Like Summer at Mosaic Theater