Along with more traditional performances in more conventional spaces, Agora Dance is known to break from tradition in both its choreography and its selection of performance spaces—like an alley.
I love fire. Not so much for its consumptive or destructive nature (although that deserves fascination and respect), but more for its fluidity, its continuous reinvention of itself, its ever changing color and its ability to synthesize seemingly disparate qualities. It is formless form. And watching it — even while your brain screams “danger” — the flickering dance of its flames seduces you and draws you into it’s trance.
I love projection art. The motion of color being painted onto huge canvases of concrete and brick — all in real time and all in front of your eyes. It too is formless form. And despite knowing that is is merely projected phantoms, you are nevertheless drawn toward the light. Continue reading
Most people think of Spring in DC as Cherry Blossom season, but around the U Street Corridor and Shaw neighborhoods we know it as Funk Season. On May 6th the sounds and spirit of funk will again rock DC at the fourth annual Funk Parade and music festival. Before that there are funds to raise, volunteers to recruit, permits to be obtained, acts to sign, and hype to hype–all the groundwork that goes into pulling off a day and night that draws tens of thousands of people to experience a few dozen acts at multiple clubs and outdoor venues. But first, before the work and before the festival, we party.
This past Friday the DC Department of Funk sponsored the Funk Parade Kickoff Jam at Tropicalia, one of U Street’s basement music clubs. I was there to get into the groove and to photograph all of the bands and dancers. Continue reading
Last week brought a beautiful Spring sun to DC followed by temps in the seventies. In February! But the dogs at the park didn’t seem to mind the abrupt seasonal confusion. Click Quinn to view the full gallery of his friends romping under a hot February sun.
Late Friday the President of the United States issued an executive order temporarily banning U.S. entry from seven predominately Muslim countries, temporarily suspending nearly all refugee programs and closing the doors to all Syrian refugees indefinitely. The ban is without consideration of an individual’s visa or residence status, and disregards how far along an 18-24 month vetting process a refugee family has already been subjected. Rather, the President has sent his message directly to an entire group of people and indirectly, most believe, to an entire religion. The answer from the U.S. President is no. Continue reading