Tuesday, February 12, 2013

METROPOLIS SCREENING AT SILVER THEATRE


Thurs Feb 21, 2013
7:30pm
Fritz Lang's
Metropolis (1927, 148 min)
features the robot that inspired Star Wars' C-3PO!
 
Live accompaniment by
The Alloy Orchestra!
 
Silver Theatre
8633 Colesville Rd
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Website:  www.afi.com/Silver
 
Free tickets for this screening
can be obtained from
(click on the Metropolis info)
(TCM's link to their "Road to Hollywood" screenings is listed on the Alloy Orchestra's website and can also be found by googling for "Turner Classic Movies".) 
 
This screening is part of Turner Classic Movies' "Road to Hollywood".
 

Friday, February 8, 2013

AND FOR THIS WE PAY EXTRA......

REPRINTED FROM DCIST.COM

It would appear that even the swankiest grocers in tony Georgetown have the same issues as under-refrigerated warehouses in industrial Northeast D.C. WUSA9 health warden Russ Ptacek reports that Dean & Deluca flunked a health inspection and was ordered to close today, with city officials citing cockroaches in the fancy food stores, birds flying throughout the store and leaving their droppings on the patio, and mice feces sitting by the cheese.
From the Department of Health's report on Dean & Deluca:
Live birds, rat droppings, and mice droppings found inside of the cafe behind the soda-reach in refrigerators and toward the back next to the rest rooms. Live roaches and mice droppings cited around the cheese section in the customer service and product display area.
Gross! It'll be a while before we buy any high-end charcuterie or canap├ęs. This is even more disgusting than that time Hannibal Lecter went to Dean & Deluca. Ptacek reports that the store passed its re-inspection and has re-opened.
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Recent Oil Paintings by Caroline Adams

WHEN:     February 8 - March 16, 2013
                   Opening Reception: Friday, February 8, 6 - 8pm

WHERE:   Susan Calloway Fine Arts
                   Book Hill, Georgetown
                   1643 Wisconsin Avenue NW
                   Washington, DC 20007

COST:      FREE

WEBSITE:  www.callowayart.com

Home will feature a collection of recent oil landscapes by Caroline Adams. Adams' paintings are developed through the visual memory of all the places she has traveled. Her hope and intention is that the paintings have a feeling familiarity to the viewer without pinpointing a specific place. Adams has recently returned from living in Ecuador, and will be off again next fall to Jordan. Whatever her location, however, it is in the act of painting her ambiguous landscapes that Adams finds a feeling of home.

Artist Statement:

A poet wrote that "a person who is at home with himself will find the universe home-like." When I paint, I draw on the memory of every place I have traveled and lived. Sometimes a glimpse of sky in a faraway place. Other times a field that I saw a thousand times as a child. The Greek landscape filled with light and islands, the mid-Atlantic countryside I grew up in, and, most recently, the cloud-filled mountains of Ecuador are the inspiration for my work. Soon the red deserts of Jordan will join the list. But these paintings are not a travelogue. I hope they are something more universal. I hope that these reflections of my visual experience will bring you, the viewer, to a place you remember, somewhere familiar. Painting these lines, shapes, and subtleties of tone brings me calm and peace. A sense that I am home.
          -  Caroline Adams

Caroline Adams received her BFA in Printmaking from Rhode Island School of Design in 2001. She spent three years studying and teaching at the Aegean Center for Fine Arts in Greece. She has shown at numerous galleries worldwide including, Metaxa Gallery in Paros, Greece, Illeana Viteri Gallery in Quito, Ecuador, Artists' House Gallery in Philadelphia, PA, Shelburne Art Center in Vermont, Hardcastle Gallery in Delaware, and most recently, Susan Calloway Fine Arts in Washington, DC.

Susan Calloway Fine Arts specializes in contemporary art by local, regional, and international artists, antique American and European oil paintings, and a carefully chosen selection of 17th-19th century prints. The gallery also specializes in conservation framing using archival-quality materials and techniques, and in traditional French mat decoration. The gallery provides extensive art consulting services for business and residential clients and collaborates with architecture and design trades.

Georgetown in Harmony with City on Zoning | The Georgetown Dish

Georgetown in Harmony with City on Zoning | The Georgetown Dish

Thursday, January 31, 2013

‘Stand Up Guys’ a charming gangster romp

“Stand Up Guys,” with Al Pacino, Christopher Walken, Alan Arkin, Julianna Margolies, Addison Timlin. Directed by Fisher Stevens, from a screenplay by Noah Haidle. 100 minutes. Rated R for language, sexual

Sometimes, you watch a movie because you think it will be challenging or original or fascinating on some profound level, and sometimes you watch a movie because you want to watch a particular combination of actors hang out. That’s the reason to see “Stand Up Guys,” a movie in which Al Pacino, Christopher Walken and sometimes Alan Arkin play a trio of more-or-less retired gangsters. They wander around together for a long day and night, sitting in diners, visiting prostitutes and stealing cars — all the while trying to avoid bad guys, the kind who “take your kidneys and don’t even sell them.”

The action’s not particularly exciting; the screenplay relies way too heavily on a Viagra joke; and the final scene feels disappointingly inevitable. But “Stand Up Guys,” directed by Fisher Stevens (“Crazy Love”) and written by first-timer Noah Haidle, makes its way under your skin thanks to its three lead actors, all of whom have a way of bringing a uniquely weirdly spin to their not-so-tough-guy lines. Arkin makes the immortal question “Who made you the arbiter of whose pants are important?” into poetry; Walken’s wistful hesitancy as he tells a 911 operator to “have a great night” is oddly touching; and Walken and Pacino have a discussion about stain removal that has no business being funny, but it is. These actors, playing longtime friends, seem to shuck off the script and just become buddies before our eyes, and you want a seat at the diner table with them. “Tomorrow became today,” says Walken, near the end. Pacino, unruffled: “It usually does.”

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

GEORGETOWN CALENDAR

Restaurant Week in Georgetown

Restaurant Week Logo 2013
Seven days of dining! From Monday, February 4th thru Sunday, February 10th, enjoy special three-course, prix-fixe meals at one of Georgetown's 18 participating restaurants during Washington DC's Restaurant Week 2013. Click here for a complete list of Georgetown's participating restaurants and their lunch and dinner menus. 



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CAG: 4th Annual Georgetown Art Show 

CAG - Georgetown Art SHow 2013CAG (Citizens Association of Georgetown) invites all to celebrate and view the talent and creativity of Georgetown resident artists at CAG's 4th Annual Georgetown Art Show. Free to the public, the show will launch with an opening reception on Thursday, February 7th from 6 to 9 p.m. and will be open from Friday, February 8th thru Sunday, February 10th from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the House of Sweden (2900 K Street, NW). CAG's unique show will feature artwork by local Georgetown residents and artists who have studios in Georgetown. Media will include oil and watercolor paintings, prints, sculpture and photography. Most works will be for sale, with a few on loan from private collections. Click here for more about the show. 

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Susan Calloway Fine Arts: "Home" by Caroline Adams 

Susan Calloway - Home On view from Friday, February 8th thru Saturday, March 16th, join Susan Calloway Fine Arts (1643 Wisconsin Avenue, NW) for the opening reception of Home, a collection of recent oil paintings by Caroline Adams on Friday, February 8th from 6 to 8 p.m. Adams' paintings are developed through the visual memory of all the places she has traveled. Her hope and intention is that the paintings have a feeling of familiarity to the viewer without pinpointing a specific place. Adams has recently returned from living in Ecuador and will be off again next fall to Jordan. Whatever her location, however, it is in the act of painting her ambiguous landscapes that Adams finds a feeling of home. Click here for more about Home and the artist. 202.965.4601 

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Washington Harbour Ice Rink: Disney On Ice 

Wash Har - Disney On Ice Join Disney On Ice performers for a skating party with skaters from the show Treasure Trove at the Washington Harbour Ice Rink (3000 K Street, NW) on Tuesday, February 12th, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Local children are invited to hit the red carpet to celebrate Valentine's Day, skate with performers and enjoy a special meet & greet with Disney's most famous couple to welcome the arrival of Disney On Ice to D.C. Kids will also enjoy sips of hot chocolate from Farmers Fishers Bakers (3000 K Street, NW) after the skating and receive a special Disney On Ice-inspired Valentine's Day Card. 

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Old Print Gallery: "RED" Exhibit Opening Reception

The Old PRint Gallery - RED The Old Print Gallery (1220 31st Street, NW) is pleased to announce its early spring show, RED, which will open with a nighttime reception on Friday, February 15th. RED is a group show of contemporary and early 20th century printmakers who feature the emboldened and passionate hue in their prints. Red is the color of blood, fire, earthen clay and blushing petals, and as such, has  strong symbolic connections to life and vitality. The selected artists use this energizing pigment to excite the eye and engage viewers, drawing them into their dynamic compositions. The show will be on view thru April 13th. 202.965.1818

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Dumbarton House: George Washington Birthday Celebration Lecture & Book Signing

Dumbarton House: Dining with the Washingtons On Wednesday, February 20th, at 6 p.m., join the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in D.C. as they host a cocktail hour, lecture and book signing to celebrate our first President's birthday at The Dumbarton House (2715 Q Street, NW). Stephen A. McLeod, assistant to president and CEO of Mount Vernon, will discuss the book he edited, Dining with the Washingtons. This book combines vivid photography with engaging scholarly writing to explore the menus, diet and styles of entertaining that characterized the beloved home of the nation's principle Founding Father. Click here to register and for more details. 202.337.2288 



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Blues Alley: Corey Harris "Rasta Blues Experience" 

Blues Alley _ Corey Harris
From Thursday, January 31st thru Saturday, February 2nd, join Blues Alley (1073 Wisconsin Avenue, NW) and blues player Corey Harris for the debut of his newly released CD Fulton Blues. Fulton Blues is a new collection of both original and classic material that celebrates the timeless sound of traditional blues and paints an unflinching picture of life in the American South with fresh insightful lyrics, story-telling and soulful musicianship. Click here for tickets. 202.337.4141

Friday, January 25, 2013

‘Quartet’: The twilight of a diva


“Quartet,” with Maggie Smith, Tom Courtenay, Billy Connolly, Pauline Collins, Michael Gambon, Dame Gwyneth Jones. Directed by Dustin Hoffman, from a screenplay by Ronald Harwood, based on Harwood’s play. 97 minutes. Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and suggestive humor.

A gentle comedy about late-life optimism and regret among a group of elderly musicians in the English countryside, “Quartet” unfolds at what’s surely the world’s loveliest retirement home. (It’s fictitious, alas, but inspired by a home in Milan for retired opera singers, established by the composer Guiseppe Verdi in 1896.) Beecham House, which looks like Downton Abbey with Wi-Fi, holds several dozen retired opera singers and musicians; among them stately Reggie (Tom Courtenay), randy Wilf (Billy Connolly) and sweet but dotty Cissy (Pauline Collins). They are startled to learn, at the movie’s beginning, of the imminent arrival of Jean Horton (Maggie Smith), a renowned diva with whom they once made up a famed quartet. Will old jealousies rise again? Will Jean apologize for once breaking Reggie’s heart? Will they all reunite to sing the quartet from “Rigoletto” at the home’s gala concert? Will Michael Gambon wander through the movie wearing caftans and speaking authoritatively?

You can probably guess the answers to all of these questions, as nothing about “Quartet” is particularly fresh or surprising (except maybe those caftans). But nonetheless, it’s often delightful, in the way that a well-worn recording gives pleasure even when the listener knows every note. Smith can play this sort of role in her sleep, but she doesn’t; her Jean is imperious yet vulnerable, and a moment in which we see her sitting in the dark, silently mouthing along to one of her own recordings, is quite moving. This diva, we learn, isn’t quite as steely as she’d like you to think.

“Quartet” is Dustin Hoffman’s directing debut, so it’s not surprising that it’s an actors’ movie; full of lovely small moments of connection. It has an odd central problem at its core: While much of the movie’s dramatic tension comes from whether Jean will sing in the concert, this takes us out of the movie a bit, because we know that Dame Maggie isn’t a singer (unless she’s been holding out on us for many decades) and that lip-syncing, in this kind of movie, would feel artificial. (Many of the smaller roles are played by actual singers and musicians, including the opera singer Dame Gwyneth Jones.) But it’s all resolved nicely at the end. Stay for the credits; they’re a lovely, poignant reminder of the passage of time, and of lives spent immersed in art and music.