Author Archives: Elizabeth Askew

  your week in dc art

Do Men Look Like Fruits in the Kitchen, Or Do They Just Like Fruit?

Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17: Some 19 professional artists living around Dupont and Logan circles are opening their studio doors to a public astonished that it’s still possible to make a living, period, let alone do it via art. The “cultural pub crawl,” which for the curious reportedly has some food and drink available, is a group effort by the Mid City Artists (many of whom will be showing their work) and local galleries and businesses. Read more on Do Men Look Like Fruits in the Kitchen, Or Do They Just Like Fruit?… Read more on Do Men Look Like Fruits in the Kitchen, Or Do They Just Like Fruit?…
  your week in dc art

Lincoln and John Lennon Live On, At Least Through The Weekend

Closing Sunday, May 10: OMG, Lincoln is dying ALL OVER AGAIN on Sunday, when the lovely Library of Congress exhibit boasting a gagillion artifacts in his honor is shutttered for all time. With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition includes such ephemera as the oldest known copy of the Gettysburg address, inaugural speeches noted by Lincoln himself, and the Emancipation Proclamation. Read more on Lincoln and John Lennon Live On, At Least Through The Weekend… Read more on Lincoln and John Lennon Live On, At Least Through The Weekend…
 

Spring Has Sprung, From Beneath the Manskirts at Wonderland

If you mark the beginning of Spring in DC by the emergence of cherry blossoms, a resurrected Jesus, or homeless people sleeping in Dupont Circle, we regret to inform you that you’ve made a grievous error. Spring does not actually begin in DC until hordes of women and men alike don sundresses in a ritual celebration of ill-fitting muumuus, dead pigs, and cheap beer. Read more on Spring Has Sprung, From Beneath the Manskirts at Wonderland…
  your week in music

A Ragtag Team of Neil Impersonators, and Other Legends

Friday, May 1: For those who never tire of sexytime with aging furry-chested musical icons, or at least proximities thereof, Super Diamond is for you. It’s not the “real” Neil Diamond, but are we so sure an original existed in the first place? Read more on A Ragtag Team of Neil Impersonators, and Other Legends… Read more on A Ragtag Team of Neil Impersonators, and Other Legends…
  your week in dc art

PostSecret Confesses to DC Its Love for Dead French Animals

Opening Friday, May 1: PostSecret, the little art project-turned-meme that has joined Netflix in bravely justifying the continued existence of the US Postal Service, is returning to its roots with a month-long exhibit at Hillyer Art Center. Read more on PostSecret Confesses to DC Its Love for Dead French Animals… Read more on PostSecret Confesses to DC Its Love for Dead French Animals…
  they're not just for cats anymore

Celebrate National Hairball Day With Hands-On Hairball Activities

The National Museum of Health and Medicine, of Lincoln blood and dead fetus fame, is pursuing its mission of making the rest of DC vaguely uncomfortable through its observance of National Hairball Awareness Day. This “holiday,” which for the fact-checkers amongst us officially took place on Friday, April 24, exists for reasons unknown to your intern. All that matters, it seems, is that it provides NMHM a reason to dust off the old hairball collection for the general public to fondle. Seriously. Read more on Celebrate National Hairball Day With Hands-On Hairball Activities…
  our flourishing economy

Secret U St. Bar Increases Capacity To Serve You

Speakeasies, once prevalent during the last run-up to a depression, are curiously popular again in our not-at-all-dry DC. Though it’s not always clear what distinguishes a “speakeasy” from some other empty, expensive bar, the Gibson on U Street is probably described as such more often than any other watering hole in DC. Read more on Secret U St. Bar Increases Capacity To Serve You…
  film and stage

It’s a Sword Swallowing, Body Contorting, Drug-Addled Sort of Weekend

Tonight and Saturday, April 18: The Palace of Wonders is up to its usual shenanigans this weekend, starting with the The Olde City Sideshow tonight. A bevy of performers will be jamming swords and other gadgetry into themselves, for variety, with guest stars Hellcat Girls Burlesque. Read more on It’s a Sword Swallowing, Body Contorting, Drug-Addled Sort of Weekend… Read more on It’s a Sword Swallowing, Body Contorting, Drug-Addled Sort of Weekend…
  dc's all grown up now

Watch a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Film, Amongst Other Actual Classics, at the DC International Film Festival

DC is like the annoying little sister of decent American cities, hopping around from foot to foot and whining to bigger, fancier New York and San Francisco that it, too, can have big concerts and movie stars and such. And sometimes, it can! Read more on Watch a Choose-Your-Own-Adventure Film, Amongst Other Actual Classics, at the DC International Film Festival…
  your week in music

Legends Of Jazz, Television, And FURRIES, In A List Of Epic Proportions

Sunday, April 19: If you were too busy avoiding “hope” (Garth Brooks) to attend the free inaugural concert in January, then you have another chance to enjoy a free ride with the Green Apple Music Festival on the National Mall. You’ll have to endure some speeches about the environment (which, face it, will only hurt a little) but in between you get a free show from the FURRY-APPROVED Flaming Lips, DJ Spooky, Los Lobos, and Phish-lite jam band Moe. Chevy Chase (the person, not the city) will be the MC! Solar panels for all! Free, starts at 12PM. [Green Apple Music Festival] Read more on Legends Of Jazz, Television, And FURRIES, In A List Of Epic Proportions… Read more on Legends Of Jazz, Television, And FURRIES, In A List Of Epic Proportions…
  food/booze news!

Easter for Procrastinators and a Revolution Born of Ice Cream, Not Teabags

Saturday, April 18: The Southern Foodways Alliance brings its roving Potlikking Film Festival to Johnny’s Half Shell on Capitol Hill. The Festival combines documentaries about chicken and sweet potato pie with actual for-the-eating Southern food from places like Vidalia and Creme. They are also lovingly doling out Jack Daniels and Flying Dog beer, commencing with a shot and a piece of cornbread at the door, yuuuum. 6PM to 9PM, $40 in advance. [Potlikker D.C.] Read more on Easter for Procrastinators and a Revolution Born of Ice Cream, Not Teabags… Read more on Easter for Procrastinators and a Revolution Born of Ice Cream, Not Teabags…
  your week in dc art

Paintings by New Yorker Cartoonist, Poop Art Explained

Closing Friday, April 17: We all know how your Wonkette feels about a certain New Yorker luminary, but one bad apple shouldn’t spoil the whole bunch. The Austrian Embassy is, for just a few more days, showing paintings and self-portraits by famous New Yorker cartoonist Peter Steiner. Free. [Embassy of Austria Read more on Paintings by New Yorker Cartoonist, Poop Art Explained… Read more on Paintings by New Yorker Cartoonist, Poop Art Explained…
  byob

Recession Dining For Struggling Winos

With Wal-Mart the last remaining profitable enterprise on Earth these days, other businesses are having to find creative ways to attract and retain their poverty-stricken clientele. Recognizing how inflated their own alcohol prices can be, restaurants have been expanding upon a very useful carrot-and-stick approach: they make your food, and you bring the wine. Read more on Recession Dining For Struggling Winos…
  film and stage

Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You

Tonight: DC comedian Seaton Smith is premiering his 10-episode web series premised on an unfortunate dude who suspects that an entire corporation exists for sole purpose of irritating him. “Annoy Charlie Smith Inc.” was filmed entirely in DC, probably right around the time of the Cherry Blossom Festival, for inspiration. The premier starts at Solly’s at 7:30PM and will be joined by some stand-up and music. You can see preview videos here. Free! [Solly’s U Street Tavern] Read more on Just Because You’re Paranoid Doesn’t Mean They’re Not Out to Get You…
  rocket to russia

Insane Burlesque Space Show Compensates for General NASA Fail

Man, the Cold War, those were the days, right? Spy satellites, moon walking, cosmonauts — and all this, minus the constant lingering threat of nuclear annihilation, can be yours at the Out of This World Party on Saturday in the Warehouse Theater. This celebration of Soviet Yuri Gagarin, the winner of the “first human in space” race, is a victorious trifecta of space rock, burlesque entertainment and science experiments. In other words, NASA sucks. Read more on Insane Burlesque Space Show Compensates for General NASA Fail…
  so tired of typing the words 'cherry blossom'

Japanime-Filled Art Party Is One Cherry Blossom Event That Probably Won’t Suck

Heyo, here is a cherry blossom-sanctioned event that may actually be worth attending. The Cherry Blast provides a reassuring alternative to all the outdoorsy wholesome family-friendly activities you try so hard to avoid. For $10, you can get into some random SE warehouse filled with pretty much every medium of art your little heart could desire, plus a vague promise of “swag.” Read more on Japanime-Filled Art Party Is One Cherry Blossom Event That Probably Won’t Suck…
  your week in music

Easter Is Now Celebrated with Mole Rats and Reggae

Tonight: British folk-rock stalwart Robyn Hitchcock, of Soft Boys “fame,” will be singing weird lyrics, lecturing his audience, and generally being awesome all over the Black Cat tonight. $20 tickets are still available here. 8PM. [Black Cat] Read more on Easter Is Now Celebrated with Mole Rats and Reggae…
  food/booze news!

Rolling On The President’s Lawn, And Other Great Ideas

Thursday, April 9: This month’s Going Out Guide Happy Hour takes place at Current and sports, what else, a cherry blossom theme. Of course, who really cares where or why when there’s free sushi, $4 sake bombs, $5 (cherry blossom) martinis, and other Japanese-inspired drink specials. Also, famous-y DJ Christine Moritz (who has opened for Thievery Corporation on occasion) will perform. 6PM to 8PM, free. [WaPo, Current] Read more on Rolling On The President’s Lawn, And Other Great Ideas…
  needs more trivia

DC-9 Debuts Heavy Metal Trivia SMACKDOWN

Perhaps in honor of all the ridiculous metal bands recently gracing the stage at the 9:30 Club, DC-9 is debuting its Monday Night SMS Trivia SMACK DOWN! This trivia night differentiates itself from the dozens of others sharing this time slot by (surprise!) only playing metal. Read more on DC-9 Debuts Heavy Metal Trivia SMACKDOWN…
  the horror you've witnessed

Screw the Cherry Blossoms, Here’s the Pillow Fight

There were a LOT of things happening on our National Mall this weekend, most of which involved masses of people erratically circling trees or hot dog stands or monuments, pausing briefly to bump into you, and then moving on to annoy someone else. As frustrating as it was trying to beat even a moderately direct path through this nonsense, it was kind of worth it to see a bunch of weird hipsters whip out their pillows and start pummeling each other. Read more on Screw the Cherry Blossoms, Here’s the Pillow Fight…
  open houses

See Cheney’s Former Animal Torture Chamber, in Person!

So this weekend there’s a Japanese street fair, and a parade, and these are all very interesting events except JESUS CHRIST the Naval Observatory, home of the Vice President himself, is opening its doors after eight (!) years of mystery and death and intrigue. Read more on See Cheney’s Former Animal Torture Chamber, in Person!…
  laugh at journalists for fun

Variety Show Features JournoList Rejects, Needs Your Help

With the leaders of the free world having group-hugged their economies into financial stability, there’s nothing much left for the journalists to Twitter about. Instead, the Washington media elite will try to be funny, for charity. Tonight, the National Press Club is hosting Commedia dell Media, an “evening of comedy” with “DC’s most respected journalists.” Hahahah, it’s hilarious already. We have preview video … and you can help Wonkette ask these people a hilarious question, tonight, at the event! Read more on Variety Show Features JournoList Rejects, Needs Your Help…