Monthly Archives: July 2009

“Democratic Camera” at the Corcoran [Artsy Fartsy Fridays]

Eggleston 1977Showing now at the Corcoran, William Eggleston: Democratic Camera, Photographs and Video, 19612008 is a show you won’t want to miss.  Eggleston’s career arguably defined color photography in the art world.  From an excellent New Yorker article on his work and significance:

You can always tell a William Eggleston photograph. It’s the one in color that hits you in the face and leaves you confused and happy, and perhaps convinces you that you don’t understand photography nearly as well as you thought you did.

He shoots like a shutterbug and executes like a painter.

The show is a retrospective — the equivalent of a “greatest hits” album, so this show should appeal equally well to both newbs and l33ts alike.   Eggleston titled the show Democratic Camera to reflect his “democratic” way of looking at things through the lense: all things equally interesting and significant.  Unlike other artists who focus their work on capturing the bizarre, magnificent, or surreal, Eggleston aims to make the ordinary extraordinary.

The show is running from now until September 20th at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (map).  Make sure to check out the Corc’s hours here before you plan a trip though, and note that it costs $10 for adults, $8 for students/senior/military.

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How weird do things get at a Lady Gaga show?

Do any of you know?  I’m concerned because she’s playing DAR Constitution Hall on September 29th, the night before I see Regina Spektor there.  What’s the deal going to be?  I expect a lingering aura of dirtiness, which I really hope doesn’t detract from my Lady Regina experience*.  If you’re not sure what I’m talking about — see her completely masked interview here or her interview wearing a heap of dead kermit the frog dolls here.  Also, Lady GaGa recently had booby pictures floating around the internet, which gives us all a good excuse to say “Lady GaGa Booby.”  (Seriously, say that out loud, right now).

Anyway, I’m legitimately worried about this, so if you have any idea, please share.

*Tickets to the Wednesday, September 30th Regina Spektor show at DAR Constitution Hall (on Foggy Bottom) went on sale today, and are still available!

Street Soccer, Spot Lounge

The U.S. World Cup of Street Soccer started today in Kastles Stadium (11th & H Streets, NW), including the DC team, the DC Knights. If you haven’t picked up this week’s Street Sense, there’s a really great double page spread on the event and how it helps people (I recommend the man in front of the L St. Trader Joe’s, or the FoBo Metro). Basically, teams of homeless men & women get to compete and travel (the Homeless World Cup is in Milan this year). Street Soccer is both helpful and fun for the participants and the volunteers, providing a sports-based community for a marginalized population. It’s a pretty sweet idea for social change, and you can watch games streaming live online here: Street Soccer USA. Games will be going on through Sunday, and the DC Knights play tonight at 5:40, schedule here.

How does this tie into FoBo? There’s supposed to be an event supporting Street Soccer USA in the new Spot Lounge (1214 18th St., NW) tonight. When I get more concrete info I’ll post it here, but the place looks pretty swank. 8pm – 10 pm, $20 suggested donation, more info here.

You cannot take the Metro to the Paul McCartney concert at FedEx Field

Despite what FedEx has on its web site (which I shared in a previous post), FedEx Field is not accessible by Metro.  This applies not only to the McCartney concert this weekend, but also to Redskins games.

SJT in the NYTs; School Without Walls opens

GWU BFF SJT wrote a blog post for the NYTs’ “Room for Debate” Opinion blog this week discussing the values of a Masters degree. The main post is titled, aptly, What is a Masters Degree Worth?

Stephen Joel Trachtenberg opens with this gem of wisdom, “The M.A. degree is neither fish nor fowl nor good red meat.” He makes a note to distinguish the MA from the MBA, though the TSPPPA*, his namesake, offers neither.

He continues with rambling anecdotes and never really concludes, so if you’re feeling nostalgic for his opening speech at Colonials Invasion, his good-bye ceremony (or maybe I mean your commencement), then take a gander.

In other GWU Presidential news, yesterday President Knapp and Mayor Fenty attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of the newly renovated School Without Walls (2130 G St NW). The Daily Colonial quotes a student saying that she expects the 68,000 square foot larger building “might fit all of us now.”

*Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration