Thursday, February 28, 2008

Lost & Foundling

Eric Pfeffinger’s Lost Foundling is filled with adult innuendos but is animated enough to keep restless children entertained while keeping their parents laughing out loud. Lost and Foundling is a fairytale about a child named Pryce, played by Taisha Cameron who is raised in a mega Price Mart (think Wal Mart). Her family consists of Price Mart a cast of endearing and hilarious Price Mart employees. When Pyce turns ten she sets off to the other side of the store for an adventure that is equipped with monsters; the slasher and the demanding shopper and barriers such as the never-ending line. It’s truly an original play that children (over 6) and adults will love. I went to go see it alone and enjoyed it thoroughly. It’s very modern, fresh and even sarcastic at times.

The last showing of Lost and Foundling is this weekend, so pack up the kids (or just your self) and go see it!

Visit the Imagination Stage for more information

Sunday, February 24, 2008

The Street Phenomenon

I’m sure many of you have heard about or seen the hip hop exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery. I went to go see it and heard David Scheinbaum speak about his photography and his personal experiences with hip hop, and how he was so surprised at the love that he received in the hip hop community, blah, blah, blah. As a self proclaimed hip hop head, I can’t say I was impressed with the exhibit or Scheinbaum. The exhibit seemed a little patronizing. Hip hop has been around for years; it’s one of the most influential art forms in the modern world. Music, dance and visual art have all been affected by hip hop in some way shape or form. So, I don’t get this new fascination with it or everyones late recognition of it, hip hop and urban art has been around for over twenty five years!

The Washington Project for the Arts is hosting a talk at the Katzen Arts Center with Sara and Marc Schiller discussing the influence of “street art” on the modern art movement. They are also giving a visual lecture on graffiti. No, they're not graffiti artist, Sara works in real estate and Marc does digital marketing. They're the creators of the Wooster Collective; a site “dedicated to showcasing and celebrating ephemeral art placed on streets in cities around the world.”

Ya’ know shit like this doesn’t make me think “street art” or urban art has arrived, it makes me nausea. Yet another art form that is sacred to the artists that make it is being exploited, being pimped harder than one of Goldie’s hoe’s to the mass media.

I am interested to see what you, dear reader, think about all the commercial recognition that hip hop and urban art is getting. Email your comments to

Sunday, February 17, 2008

Laced: Pete Rock's Album Release Party

Pete Rock will be spinning at his album release party this Thursday at Cue Bar on U Street.
His new album, NY’s Finest, will be hitting stores February 26th. There will also be a live art installation by Aniekan Udofia!

Cue Bar is at 1115 U Street NW Washington DC.

The party starts at 7pm

For more info visit The SolSource Group

Tuesday, February 12, 2008

When Harlem Came to Paris

Even though the tickets to this event are $55, it's totally worth it!

Visit the website for more information on tickets and performances.

Monday, February 4, 2008

Urban Code Magazine

Urban Code Magazine is a PDF magazine about art in the Washington DC area. If you haven't heard about it, you need to get a subscription IT'S FREE. Urban Code's online component to the PDF magazine will be launching any day now. In the meantime, Stuart Greenwell (the editor) has created a mass blog of sorts. He has called on bloggers from all over the states to blog about art in their areas. This community blog is a part of the Urban Code online magazine launch.

Check out the Urban Code Blogs here
Check out the blog I write for Urban Code; Parallel Visions