Category Arts

Photo by Flickr user Mr. T in DC

Our Very Literary City

There has been plenty of to-do about DC serving as a backdrop for some of the most popular TV shows of the season. (A story backdrop, if not a real backdrop.) After launching last March, a new program called DC By the Book from the DC Public Library has been cataloging the district’s appearances in other fictional stories.

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Coffee Shop Curator: Joshua Korenblat at Modern Times Coffeehouse

Writer and artist Joshua Korenblat shares the process behind his portraiture (made on an iPhone!), his local and cross-cultural influences, and the definition of his word “mallardine.” (Hint: What are ducks’ most admirable qualities?)

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Painted City: A Documentary About D.C.’s Murals

Shortly after writing this mural graveyard post, I sat down with the creators of dcmurals.info for lunch. American cultural historian Perry Frank–with the help of photographer Lou Panarale–has been documenting murals for 15 years by photographing works all over the city and interviewing their creators. “Every mural has a story,” Perry told me. In turns out some of the stories have unexpected twists.

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Peepin’ in Windows

Nothing inspires creativity quite like a package of Peeps in the springtime. These three seasonal window displays showcase the marshmallow bunnies and chicks in fatigues, fancy hats, as cherry blossoms, and more.

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Coffee Shop Curator: Dolcezza Dupont & Ross Ruot

Curious District is starting a new regular feature this week focusing on DC’s most accessible art galleries–its coffee shops. Coffee Shop Curator will highlight an artist whose work is on display at a local cafe. Up first is Dolcezza, a fantastic space with even better gelato.

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Where Do Murals Go When They Die?

Murals that have deteriorated or been the casualties of real estate development are in danger of being the city’s forgotten art. An online resource started in 2010, however, may give these public artworks a final resting place.

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The DC Flag in Local Art and Design (Part 2!)

The image of the DC flag is on our street signs, city service vehicles, and license plates. It is also on our flasks, bar soaps, wedding cake toppers, acrylic paintings, and of course, skin. Many designers and artists have embraced the three stars and two bars as a source of pride, demonstration, and design love. I first rounded up a collection of flag-inspired items in this post, but why stop there?

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Literary Nostalgia

In the days leading up to kindergarten, I had one book read to me so many times that I memorized it and then tried to convince my family that I could read. This charade was apparently in response to my anxiety about starting school.

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Taking the Death out of Taxidermy

Dead animal decor isn’t your thing? Me neither. I didn’t have the same cringe response though when I saw Horrible Adorables and other taxidermy immitators at Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday.

Who Would Batman Vote For?

If your favorite superheroes and other childhood screen stars could vote, which presidential candidate would they support? A local photographer has a few ideas about this.