A person who appears to be ambling aimlessly, but is secretly in search of adventure.


Laura Bell

Hydrilla #7, 9" by 9", Ink and acrylic on panel, 2007

Laura Bell paints gorgeous floral details in a dreamy color pallette. The wood panel adds depth and texture to the work and the microscopic slide quality reminds me of Beau Chamberlain's paintings.

"This current work explores the possibilities for disruption and fluctuation that grows out of an orderly strcuture. The images reference the natural, physical world, drawing on forms from deep-sea flora and fauna, microscopic organisms and cellular structures, and cryptogamous plants such as algae, lichens, fungus, and mold. The astonishing and often unsettling beauty found in natural phenomenon is explored through the use of imaginary, hybrid, and existent imagery.

The repeating marks and forms are derived from patterns of reptition found in biological systems, as well as by the regularity and repetition found in computer generated fractals and lace patterns. While the images are built on symmetrical and orderly forms, the drawings evolve and develop into a semi-chaotic tangle of ropey vines, bulbous growths, and spiky creatures. This rampant growth could recall the enchanted, yet sinister world of a child's fairy tale, the strange and unsettling beauty of deep-sea life, or the mutation of a cellular structure by a virus or disease. The delicate intricacy in the drawn and painted marks lures one in for a more intimate experience, and presents a dream-like, interior world populated by forms that are both familiar and mysterious."



Women Who Rock

Kick off Women's history month with
Ghetto Rock presents…..

Women Who Rock "Herstory"
a celebration of the strong, beautiful, intelligent female in hip hop

For the month of March on Thursday, Ghetto Rock will be flipping the script and celebrating women in hip hop. We just want to pay tribute to the positive women in hip hop that at times don't get the props they deserve.

Thursday March 1, 2007
Asylum bar and Grill
2471 18th street NW

Hosted by: Noodles (hollaback 89.3 WPFW)

On the Wonz & Tooz
Phoenix Crane
DJ Feliche
& afroDJiak

With performances by:
Stacy Epps
Miss Ncognito

Iona Rozeal Brown

Live art exhibition:
Vox Raheli

More info:
Ikeso 202-355-2938


R. Nicholas Kuszyk paints comical silver robots in various stages of destruction. Looking at them, I search for hidden meaning. "Do the robots represent humanity's fragile spirit? Our malfunctioning emotions?" Maybe. Mostly I like that he has produced thousands of them and they have been priced so that practically anyone can buy them. I bought two at the Fountain art fair for $60 each. Who doesn't like robots anyway?!

From the NY Press about Kuszyk's show at McCaig-Welles in 2004:

"Robots have taken over. More than 340 paintings, hung in tight formation, circle the walls of the McCaig- Welles Gallery in Williamsburg. The artist, Nicholas Kuszyk, from Virginia, was still showing his art on the side walks of Soho when he walked into Melissa McCaig- Welles' Gallery a few months back.... McCaig- Welles took a chance and offered him a solo summer exhibition.

A mere month and a half later, her walls are covered in art. The smaller acrylic paintings, some just three-by-three inches, are done primarily on rough board, with the larger works on stretched canvas. Stylistically, the images are all very similar. The bright backgrounds are generally a single color of yellow, pink, orange, blue or green, while the machines, carefully drafted, are all silver, gray and black.

Kuszyk's visual consistency creates a narrative. His robots are metaphors, describing actions as ordinary as walking pets and making love. He also depicts paranoid scenes of robots attacked by endless claw arms, intimidated by fat machines and torn apart by little scavengers. The theme of isolation is repeated throughout the series as single robots stand with arms emotionally outstretched or float aimlessly through a candy color sky.

Specializing in neo-graffiti, McCaig- Welles Gallery opened in Williamsburg several years ago. Though this show is a bit of departure, it has allowed her to test fully a new idea- affordable art. Kuszyk's paintings, ranging from $15 to $1200 with small pieces averaging around $40, had viewer's personally involved as they considered which works they might acquire. It also brought up a question: Does artistic merit rely on price?

Kuszyk, confident in his talent, believes his art is better off sold than in stores and prices it to sell. As a result, nearly 100 pieces have been purchased thus far.

"When people see a show they like" McCaig- Welles explains, "they want to take something with them."

Choosing which work to buy encourages self-reflection and gives art lovers with average incomes a chance to experience the process of artistic conservation. After all, what we collect, we also save.

Kuszyk's straightforward themes and agreeable are akin to Keith Haring's primitive dancing figures. Like those, Kuszyk's robots hide complex ideas in their simple imagery. Stacked together in a mass machine humanity, spewing bolts or searching for spare parts, Kuszyk's comic robots are alive with insight. "

-- Julia Morton


Edward Del Rosario

Vices I and Vices II, 2007
16 x 16
Oil on Linen

Edward Del Rosario grew up in St. Louis, a Filipino-American in a sea of suburban whiteness. All of his works are self-portraits and therefore appear to be introspective and self-reflecting. I think when you grow up in a place where you feel outside the mainstream, you tend toward introspection, which appeals to me as a collector and as a human.

The artist's statement:

"Edward Del Rosario brings a Eur-Asian sensibility combined with a hip American take on pop culture to his paintings and drawings. A strictly figurative artist of impeccable technique and style, Del Rosario's finely detailed and carefully designed works portray contemporary figures in quirky and psychologically provocative situations. The artist isolates his figures, rendered in oil on canvas, against blank backgrounds where they command the viewer's full attention. His drawings have the simplicity and purity of a Japanese haiku, his paintings the jewel-like finish and intensity of a Memling altarpiece."

Del Posto

A few weeks ago, we were dining with our good friends Eric Brown and Kali Bracey at the exquisite 2941 Restaurant when we started bantying about the idea of going to NY together to try Mario Batali's latest creation, Del Posto. I was already going to be in NY for the art fairs this past weekend so I made dinner reservations for us and a plan emerged. Batali is a culinary genius! Some say it's "more glitz than gastronomy" but I say it was delicious and the experience of haute cuisine in an Italian restaurant was fun and unique in a really good way.

The five waiters hovering around our table all night made performance art of the food service. Del Posto's physical space is enormous (4000 square feet!) and gorgeously sumptuous. And to say the food was divine is an understatement. It was an unforgettable meal enhanced by the posse of artists and art lovers who joined us. (Thanks Mendi, Iona, Lisa Marie, Anne, Greg, Doug, and Becky!!)

Friuli Tasting Menu

  • Beet and potato TERRINA - sliced cucumber, horseradish, raisins, orange zest, and rye
  • Warm sliced SPECK - golden polenta, grated ginger, sweet paprika, and chopped chervil

Paired with Tocai Friulano, Bastianich 2004

  • Lidia's classic JOTA - white kidney beans, creamy potato, cabbage, and smoked pork (this was the best dish of the night!!)
  • Venetian GNOCCHI - radicchio, mustard and poppy seed frico

Paired with Vespa Bianco, Bastianich 2003

  • Carmelized SCALLOP - sweet Maine Diver scallop, young watercrress, and salsa di caffe

Paired with Schiopettino, Dorigo 2005

  • Braised and roasted veal STINCO - sliced veal shank, sauteed cabbage, herbed spatzle, marrow crostino, and squazeto

Paried with Pignolo El Doro, Livon 2003

  • SEMIFREDDO di Torrone - frozen nougat, blood orange gelee, and moscato d'asti meringue
  • Meyer Lemon PALATSCHINKEN - Meyer lemon crepes, chiboust, and sorbet

Paired with Verduzzo Cratis, Scubla 2001

Del Posto

85 Tenth Avenue




Nikki Lee

The Phillips Collection is hosting a series called Conversations with Artists, which focuses on contemporary photographers. Nikki Lee will be the next featured artist.
From skateboarders to senior citizens, photographer Nikki S. Lee studies various subcultures and ethnic groups, then transforms into a member of each group by adopting its style of dress, gesture, and posture. Snapshots of Lee’s interactions with these groups – while in the appropriate guise – create a fascinating sociological study.
Lee’s projects propose questions regarding identity and social behavior. Do we choose our social groups consciously? How are we identified by other people? Is it possible for us to move between cultures? Lee believes that “essentially life itself is a performance. When we change our clothes to alter our appearance, the real act is the transformation of our way of expression—the outward expression of our psyche.”

I am amazed at the way Nikki Lee assimilates herself so fully that her Korean identity becomes secondary to her role as a skater or rural white American housewife or urban Hispanic. In some images, you don't even realize she is Asian at all! I suddenly realize my whole life has been performance art!

Phillips Collection
February 28
5:30 PM

Sadness and despair

I know. No use feeling regret over a bad decision that can't be undone. But this one is really really bugging me. We had the opportunity to buy this new work by Iona Rozeal Brown and we passed on it for some pretty lame reasons. Of course, once we said no, a more appreciative collector grabbed it right away. Argh!


The Armory Show

Video still from "Homo sapiens sapiens complex" by Pipilotti Rist

This is where I'll be next week:

The Armory Show
February 23-26, 2006
Pier 94 (12th Avenue at 55th Street)
New York City


It's not as glamorous as Miami Basel has become but it's sort of the original major art fair and an important stop for contemporary art collectors. It's also not going to be quite as warm as Miami! I really enjoy the fairs because seeing so much art all at once has helped hone my eye for art. I especially enjoy the sattelite art fairs that have popped up around the major fairs. Not only is the art usually more affordable, it's an opportunity to discover the next big artist.

When we went to Miami Basel in December, we vowed not to buy anything. It was supposed to be a "learning experience" where we would educate ourselves about the art market. We came home with two major works (the Lisa Stefanelli and the Patrick Wilson). We'll see what happens in New York . . .

Here's an interesting article from the Wall Street Journal about the Armory Show and the satellite art fair phenomena.

Wall Street Journal
New York Art Fairs, Miami Style

February 16, 2007
Page W3

Collectors of contemporary art have long descended on New York in midwinter to attend one of the world's pioneering fairs for new art, the Armory Show. Next week, the fair's warren of 150 gallery booths will again take over a cruise terminal stretching into the Hudson River. But as newer, rival fairs in Miami and London quickly become art-world juggernauts, the Armory Show is aiming to make a bigger splash.

Art Basel Miami Beach's dozen satellite fairs have proved that there is strength in big numbers of booths when it comes to buzz and profit. So this year, the Armory Show decided to move its date two weeks forward so it could run at the same time as the Art Show, an older fair across town known for selling modern masters to a Park Avenue clientele. The shift appeals to the Art Show, which has worried about what it calls its increasingly "sleepy" reputation.

This year, the two fairs are dovetailing their mailings. So far, 10 dealers have said they'll have booths in both shows. "By synchronizing us all, we can compete with Miami and the rest," says Katelijne De Backer, the Armory's director.

The Armory's six satellite fairs also adopted the all-for-one collegiality, moving their dates to match. One, Scope, decided to quit leasing space in rough-and-tumble warehouses and picked a place that fits in better with the upscale Armory ambiance: The show put its 65 contemporary galleries in a park pavilion next to the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.
A united front makes sense, fair organizers say, because their audiences have merged. Collectors, especially newcomers, are buying across a broader swath of art styles and periods. Home-design trends advocate mixing in Old Master icons with art-star paintings and spongy, orange Marc Newson chairs.

This anything-goes aesthetic has boosted demand and prices for trophy pieces in recent years, but critics say it also has encouraged mega-fairs to mimic one another's art offerings. Even the VIP perks are similar. For example, tours of collectors' homes come standard at major fairs now. But the Armory upped the ante this year by hiring chef Danny Meyer, of New York restaurants such as Gramercy Tavern and Union Square Café, to play caterer at its site on Pier 94.

Established fairs still are figuring out how to keep their identity, says Roland Augustine, who oversees the 19-year-old Art Show. Mr. Augustine, who also serves as president of the Art Dealers Association of America, says he'd love to get some of the Armory show's 50,000 fairgoers -- five times his own fair's foot traffic. He has urged his 70 exhibitors to avoid some of the grab-bag, group show look of some art fairs. Instead, he wants more to focus on one-man shows for artists. The New York alliance also involves a bit of organizational culture clash. The dealers' association, the type of nonprofit group that ran most fairs of decades past, runs the Art Show, while a profit-making venture runs the Armory.

Mr. Augustine's fair will hand out 70,000 free "collector's guides" featuring tips on how to buy, sell and appraise artwork, rather than hand out a catalog like the Armory's. And he says he may forbid Art Show dealers from exhibiting at next year's Armory Show, to further strengthen the distinction.

That would be a mistake, says New York contemporary dealer Rachel Lehmann, whose Lehmann Maupin gallery is exhibiting in both shows. She sees the need for today's dealers to be everywhere at once. Next week, her Armory booth will be showing edgy video art and paintings by upcoming Turkish and Japanese artists, while her Art Show exhibit will feature a solo show of bright abstractions by new Taiwanese artist Suling Wang. She also is keeping her regular gallery in Chelsea open.

The New York fairs' shifts have provoked other doubts in the art world. Philadelphia art adviser Clayton Press says the spread-out nature of the shows, over several miles, could cause fair fatigue: "It's asking a lot of consumers to ping-pong all over Manhattan."



The artistic dynamic duo of Brad McCallum and Jacqueline Tarry have created a body of work called Whitewash, which investigates the impact of race in America and its effect on intimate relationships through images that reference the Civil Rights movement. I was blown away by these images when I saw them in the artists' Brooklyn studio a few weeks ago. They are blurred in the way memory can be blurred yet their powerful emotional impact reminds me that the issues that the Civil Rights movement addressed are just as relevant today.
I have also been blown away by this husband-wife collaboration on a personal level. I've had the honor and pleasure of getting to know Brad and Jacquie over the past few months through my involvement in Conjunction Arts, their non-profit dedicated to supporting socially progressive art on the public sphere. They are talented and beautiful and I admire their passion for art and for social change through art.
Whitewash opens at the Lisa Dent Gallery in San Francisco on March 1.
A preview of the show and book signing will take place at Boyd Level in New York on February 20.

29West Show

Is anyone going to New York next week for the Armory show? If so, please also stop by the 29West Show, a collaborative art event concocted by three galleries: 31Grand, Irvine Contemporary, and Michael Steinberg Fine Art. They'll be showing their best artists and hosting a groovy reception Friday night from 7 to midnight.

515 West 29th (2nd floor)


This could get prickly

This sculpture caught my attention!

February 17 - March 31, 2007
Opening reception: Saturday, February 17, 2007
1515 14th St., NW

Dissident Display

My coolest friends, Adrian Loving and Ayo Okunseinde, are featured in an upcoming multi-media experience called Seduce and Destroy. You will not be disappointed.

February 24
9:00 PM
903 N Street, NW

Calm Storm

In May 2004, we hosted our first big art party, which showcased the art of local artist Kevin Kepple. Allison Cohen was the co-host and in planning the event we worried that people wouldn't show up. In fact, it got so crowded that a line began to form down the hallway to our apartment for people waiting to get in. We should have put up a velvet rope and hired a burly bouncer to control the crowd! Anyway, we bought this triptych, called Calm Storm, from the show and it's been a great anchor to our collection ever since.

Kevin combines assorted glues, handmixed inks, and varnishes to create richly textured, luminescent abstract paintings.



Happy Valentines Day!


Yuppie surfers

According to the New York Times, "After becoming a counterculture activity for beach bums and bohemians, it has emerged as a status sport, like skiing and golf." Whaaaat? Who knew. All this time I thought I was being so radical; a rebel, if you will. Turns out the waves are dotted with lawyers, real estate agents, and other suit-clad executive types. When I first started surfing, I was under the delusion that surfing was a way to get away from them and pretend I was defying convention. But on deeper scrutiny, I concede that the surfers I have befriended on my various expeditions have always been the very same professional geeks that I professed to be escaping. To name a few . . . there's Jim the money manager from New York City (with whom I continue to trade stock tips), John the owner of a company that provides speech therapy services, and Michael the AOL guy. I also started to realize that the authentic surfers, particularly the instructors (I'm thinking particularly of Kim and Johnny), are nice and accomodating, but they always maintain an arms-length and I think that arms-length is not just fueled by the haze of pot, but by the unspoken acknowledgement that we are not one of them, that we've bought our way into their world. I've been put in my place, but I'll still surf. Water, sun, sand, catching a wave, drinking Imperial at the Casa Tucan equals pure joy.


New York Times
February 11, 2007
Surf’s Up, and Upscale, as Sport Reverses Its Beach Bum Image

For $10,000 a day, you can have the ultimate surfing sojourn in Indonesia aboard the 110-foot Indies Trader IV, a sort of floating hotel with 15 cabins, a helipad and three-course meals with wine. A motorized tender takes you to the waves.

Or for a daily rate, in addition to the cost of his airfare, Brad Gerlach will give private instruction to select clients anywhere in the world. Mr. Gerlach, who was ranked No. 1 on surfing’s world professional tour during the 1986 and 1991 seasons, termed the cost “not cheap at all.”

Surfing, once the sport of Hawaiian kings, has come full circle. After becoming a counterculture activity for beach bums and bohemians, it has emerged as a status sport, like skiing and golf.

“It’s sort of lost that dirtbag appeal,” said Isabelle Tihanyi, who with her twin, Caroline, started Surf Diva, a school based in La Jolla, Calif., that caters mostly to women, a growing segment of surfers. “Now you see more yuppies in the water with a brand-new board and a brand-new S.U.V. — all the latest technical gear.”

This new species of surfer contributes to a booming market for vacation packages, instruction, equipment and real estate near some of the world’s best surf breaks. Like golf, surfing has become an ideal activity around which to discuss business. Surfers find plenty of time for talk while driving in search of good spots, while changing into and out of wetsuits in the parking lot, and especially while waiting between sets of waves.
“There’s more down time in surfing than any other sport,” said Chris Mauro, the editor of Surfer Magazine.

It was not always this way. “In the 1970s, you would stop at 25 and went to work or you were going straight to loserdom,” Mr. Mauro said. “It used to be a strike against you if you were a surfer.”

In those days, continuing to surf while carrying on a career was a matter best left secret. “If you were a surfer and you wore a suit and tie to work, you tried to hide the fact you surfed,” Mr. Mauro said. “Now, it’s like you’re the star on the company basketball team.”

Todd Juneau, a real estate consultant in San Diego and a longtime surfer, trolls for business in local lineups. “I’ll sit in the water and listen to conversations, and if someone says something about real estate, I’ll find a way to interject,” he said. “And it pays off.

“In San Diego, you never know if the guy next to you could be a multimillionaire, or a judge or an executive, and he’s surfing.”
Dionne Mochon, 32, a prosecutor in San Diego, began taking surf lessons last year. “Surfing has opened so many doors to meet people, network and just enjoy being a woman interacting with other professionals on a social level,” she wrote in a recent e-mail message. “Judges I appear with surf, opposing counsel surf, my colleagues surf, and I made so many friends who surf as well.”

Enrique Huerta, who is known as Moose, said he landed a job in Manhattan’s fashion industry partly because of surfing. A former professional longboarder, Huerta, 28, works in international sales and merchandising for a denim company. He got to know two of the company’s founders during surf sessions off Long Island.

“That was kind of the icebreaker,” Mr. Huerta said.

Jeff Kolodny, a talent agent for the William Morris Agency in Beverly Hills, Calif., said he had seen a surge in interest in surfing at work. Mr. Kolodny began surfing at 12 and worked as an associate editor at Surfing Magazine before joining William Morris, a company with a growing number of surfing devotees.
“Only in the last few years has anyone cared that I’m a surfer,” he said. “Now I’m really popular. People you would never imagine in your life are going to the beach, senior executives at my company.”
It is unclear why surfing has found a broader respectability. Some point to the initial public offering of Quiksilver, the board apparel and accessories company, in 1986 as a catalyst. Perhaps reflecting surfing’s laid-back roots, concrete figures on participation are hard to come by. Two million people consider themselves active surfers in the United States, twice as many as 20 years ago, according to Action Sports Retailer, the leading board-sports industry trade show. An active surfer is considered someone who goes out at least eight times a year.

Surfing’s popularity has helped drive international real estate sales, with property along remote coastlines being bought and developed into resorts and vacation homes. Parts of Costa Rica are considered so crowded that some surfers have pushed north to Nicaragua. And in Mexico, rumors abound about development in a remote area of Baja California known as Scorpion Bay.

A drive of more than 800 miles from San Diego, Scorpion Bay can be difficult to reach, and it lacks most amenities. Only private airplanes can land there, and those who drive must cover a few hundred miles along dirt roads through the desert. For years, most people stayed at a cold-shower campsite on a rocky bluff above the beach. On their Web site, Scorpionbay.net, the campground’s operators denied that they would sell out.

Surf schools have become another growth industry. San Diego had so many that the city began to regulate them.

Richard Schmidt, a renowned big-wave surfer, started giving lessons part time in 1978, while working as a lifeguard in Santa Cruz, Calif. Six years ago, his surf school began taking clients to Costa Rica during the winter. They stay near the beach in a house where Mr. Schmidt’s wife teaches yoga. They also retain a masseuse.

In addition to trips to Costa Rica, Surf Diva holds about 50 corporate clinics a year in Southern California. Packages can include accommodations, transportation, golf and spas.

Many of Surf Diva’s clients are from New York City; they work on Wall Street or in the entertainment or fashion industries. Some stay at La Valencia Hotel in La Jolla, where rooms start at more than $300 a night.
“It’s more than just a vacation,” Isabelle Tihanyi said. “It’s a girls’ adventure trip.”

But for more adventure, surfers can take boat trips to Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Indonesia and East Timor.

“Good surf is predominantly a third-world deal,” said Jake Burton Carpenter, founder and owner of Burton Snowboards. “In surfing, you’re trying to get away from the crowd.”

Mr. Carpenter, 52, whose company bought Channel Islands Surfboards in June, began surfing as an adult and now rides waves an average of 60 days a year. He plans to take a boat trip to the Maldives in the Indian Ocean this summer.

“A big part of what’s happened,” he said, “is that the market has aged, and not in a negative way. I would run into so many people who say, ‘Oh, I used to surf.’ But people are staying with it more. These board sports you can do the rest of your life.”

As a result, high-end boat charters in destinations like Indonesia have begun to serve older, more affluent clients. “With boat trips, it’s an older demographic because these trips are so expensive,” Mr. Carpenter said.
Through SurfAid International, a nonprofit public health organization started in the Mentawai Islands, Indonesia, by a doctor who is also a surfer, Mr. Gerlach met one of his well-heeled clients. That client introduced him to others. They fly him to places like Costa Rica for lessons.

As a surf coach, Mr. Gerlach functions like a golf pro, offering insight on the mechanics of catching and riding waves, and sharing some shortcuts.
“You’ve got to pick the right surfboard for the conditions,” he said. “You wouldn’t want to play 18 holes with a wedge, and you wouldn’t want to play 18 holes with a driver.”

Montauk, a prime East Coast surfing spot at the tip of Long Island, serves as a symbol for the sport’s evolving status.

Last summer, in a dirt parking lot near Ditch Plains, a bottlenecked surf break, Mr. Huerta said he overheard a comment that spoke to the state of surfing today. Through a breeze, he heard a voice say, “I can get service on my Treo at Scorpion Bay.”


Samba on Sunday

Please come to Bossa Bistro on Sunday to hear songs from Patrick de Santos' first album, "In the Mud with White Shoes." Patrick, from Cape Verde (a nephew of Cesaria Evora) sings high-energy, funked-up samba mixes, with an rich instrumental voice reminiscent of Bobby McFerrin or Al Jareau. He'll have a band of 5 world-class musicians with him, and they'll play 3 danceable sets, including favorites of Jobim, Gilberto Gil, and Milton Nascimento. So get your dance shoes on, and come out for some pre-Carnival heat. And remember, it's NOT a school night - Monday is a holiday, so you can party late, Brazilian-style. Cover change is $5 (a real bargain), and with entry, CDs will be specially-priced at $12. Cash/credit bar. Thanks for coming out to support our local musicians. Dress festive!

Bossa Bistro is in Adams Morgan at 2463 18th Street.
Show starts at 8:30 p.m.


L'il Sneezing Panda

I have watched this video about 50 times over the last 24 hours. The first 20 times, I laughed so hard, I cried. Even thinking about it made me laugh til my sides hurt. The laughter has ebbed to chuckles and smiles. So hilarious!



Cousin Roger

Visited Cousin Roger's lair again when I went to New York with Anne S last week. Brought along a posse, which seems to change characters (and I do mean characters) each time. First time I went, I had a hard time describing the uniqueness of Cousin Roger (and to think I fancy myself a writer!) but I think Sean Flaherty, the poet, captures Roger's essence in this little ditty written the very next day.

30 January 2007
Violent With Cold Honey

Slows at Roger's,
someone's panties in the sink,
takes time,
you can't sit
in class
and not play an instrument,
in a library
and not get sucked in
to learn,

in his basement,
a blank canvas shouts,
a blank sheet
for the hospital mentality
to fill it up.


Sex Workers Art Show

According to Tom Sietsema, dining out on Valentines Day is a horrible idea. Not only do restaurants overcharge you, it's a holiday fraught with expectations and hope. Why set yourself up for disappointment? I have a better idea! Go to the Sex Workers Art Show at the Rock and Roll Hotel. According to the website: The show is an eye-popping evening of visual and performance art created by people who work in the sex industry to dispel the myth that they are anything short of artists, innovators, and geniuses! . . . . bringing audiences a blend of spoken word, music, drag, burlesque, and multimedia performance art. Intelligent and hot, disturbing and hilarious, the performances offer a wide range of perspectives on sex work, from celebration of prostitutes' rights and sex-positivity to views from the darker sides of the industry.

This show looks fun and it benefits HIPS, Helping Individual Prostitutes Survive.

The Rock and Roll Hotel is at 1353 H St., NE, and the show starts at 8 PM. Cost of admission is $15 at the door. www.rockandrollhoteldc.com



Blood Boards

Not sure how to explain bloodboards. Blood is a surfboard maker in New York City! They also just put up an art show at 33 Crosby Street called Now I Hate Summer. I missed the show so I can't tell you anything about the art. I shall leave it at that. Simply fascinated by this concept and hope they do more so I can figure out what it means. (www.bloodboards.com)

"Malibu is summer....summer is ruined. Now you have to share your summer vacation with everybody - I hate to share my time with working slobs. Summer has had it. You have to share it with everyone else. Now I hate summer: for four months out of the year now I have to sweat it out." --Miki Dora

"Waves are the ultimate illusion. They come out of nowhere, instantaneously materialize and just as quickly they break and vanish. Chasing after such fleeting mirages is a complete waste of time. That is what I choose to do with my life." - Miki Dora