‘Chuck Close 01’
courtesy of ‘Max Cook’
When a great exhibit is in town, I am always sad to see it go. So finding out that Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration at The Corcoran Gallery of Art has been extended till September 26 makes me all giddy and happy inside.
And if that wasn’t exciting enough, Corcoran’s Free Summer Saturdays will run through Labor Day weekend. What a fantastic and FREE way to spend your lovely holiday here in D.C.!
The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located 500 Seventeenth St NW.
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
As we enter into a weekend that will be extremely hot and humid, I just figured I’d remind everyone that we busted the myth that DC is a swamp last year. Yes, it’s really muggy and gross here this time of year, but we don’t have it that bad– we’re not even on the list of the 101 cities with the highest average humidity. So when you hear the tourists complaining this weekend about our lovely city being built on a swamp, set them straight. And tell them to schedule their next family vacation to the District in the spring or fall, when the weather in the city is absolutely perfect.
‘crystal palace II’
courtesy of ‘philliefan99’
Remember winter? Yeah, that was nice. It was just four short months ago that we were recovering from the Great SnOMGasm Snoverkill Snomageddon Whatever the Heck we Finally Ended Up Calling It of 2010. Back when we put on layers of clothes just to get out of bed and then walked uphill both ways through snow and ice just to find out the store was out of milk and condoms anyway. When we spent weeks cowering from Mother Nature’s wrath, trapped by the piles and piles and piles of snow that just. would. not. end. And then we did it again. Dreaming of better days, warmer days, summer days. So, D.C., four months later, we’ve got our wish. It’s hot. How’s that working out for ya?
With help from the talented members of the We Love DC Flickr pool, let’s take a look back at the cold, snow-filled winter of 2009-10 and see what a difference a season makes:
‘Screen with Wings’
courtesy of ‘Kevin H.’
When it’s hot outside, all I want to do is go to the movies. Something about sitting in an incredibly dark and cold room with a diet coke (or perhaps one of those yummy cherry frosty things) in my hand just makes it all better. For about 2 hours at least.
So, when I heard about DC’s first Buddhist film festival this weekend I thought, now this is really something, 4 days out of the heat – I am so in.
BuddhaFest is a four-day event being held June 17-20 at American University’s Katzen Art Center. BuddhaFest presents 12 films, including a world premiere, talks by leading American Buddhist teachers, meditations, and a Picnic for Peace.
Most tickets are $9.95 and festival passes are available starting at $47.75.
Now all you need is that delicious cherry frosty…
‘what. a long. day.’
courtesy of ‘staceyviera’
Summer is here in DC and so is the heat. I am sure that you are already thinking of a thousand different ways to stay cool, so here is one more to add to your list. Re-decorate your space!
With a new, super comfortable sectional sofa you could invite all of your friends over for movie night. With some interesting accents tables from Miss Pixies you will be ready in no time to whip out all of your board games. And with some additional unique lighting and decorations from and Beige, Muléh, or M29 Lifestyle, your home will instantly transform into the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing dinner or lively cocktail party.
To help get you started, CSN is giving one lucky We Love DC reader a $60 gift certificate to use at any of their 200+ online stores!
To enter, leave a comment on this post by Wed, June 9th at Midnight letting We Love DC know how you plan to stay cool this summer.
The winner will be randomly selected. Only one entry per person please!
Yves Klein during the filming of “”The Heartbeat of France” at Charles Wilp’s Studio, Dusseldorf, February 20, 1961. Copyright 2010 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris. Image courtesy Yves Klein Archives. Photo by and copyright Charles Wilp.
“I am the painter of space. I am not an abstract painter but, on the contrary, a figurative artist, and a realist. Let us be honest, to paint space, I must be in position. I must be in space.” – Yves Klein
Yves Klein (French, b. Nice, 1928 – 1962) was much more than just an artist, he was an innovator, a visionary, and most importantly in my opinion, a dreamer. Although Klein’s notorious career only lasted a total of 8 years [he suffered a heart attack at age 34], that was all the time it would take for him to turn the art world upside down. As one of the 20th century’s most influential artists, Klein reintroduced what art and nature could be, pushing creativity beyond the traditional notions of what was accepted.
Yves Klein: With the Void, Full Powers is the first major retrospective of the artist’s work in the US in nearly thirty years. Presenting approximately 200 pieces, the Hirshhorn Museum explores a full range of Klein’s work, examining a career that radically altered the world of art.
courtesy of ‘spiggycat’
Free, free, free – music to my ears! This Saturday and Sunday, during the 27th annual Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk, the Textile Museum (check out Art by the Yard: Women Design Mid-century Britain), the Anderson House, and the Phillips Collection will all be offering free admission.
The Dupont-Kalorama Museum Walk is on Saturday, June 5th from 10 AM – 4 PM and on Sunday, June 6th from 1-5 PM.
For more information call 202-387-4062.
‘Corcoran Gallery of Art’
courtesy of ‘dcjasmine’
This just in…
This Sunday the Corcoran is open to the public, FREE of charge.
And as if this couldn’t get much better, it does. Starting Memorial Day and lasting all summer, the Corcoran will be having FREE Summer Saturdays. Join the Corcoran for gallery tours, workshops, and performances galore all for FREE. Here is a link to check out all of these awesome events.
I am particularly looking forward to checking out the new exhibit Helios: Eadweard Muybridge in a Time of Change — opening this Saturday!
The Corcoran is located at 500 Seventeenth Street NW.
courtesy of ‘maxedaperture’
Welcome to the Friday Happy Hour, your single drink primer for the weekend.
This week, you get a longer entry for the long weekend. You also get a summer drink to remind you that, despite what 2010 has indicated thus far, there is warmth in the world and summer is only a few months away. Plus, it’s supposed to be 55 degrees today. Relative to the past few weeks, that’s balmy. This weekend, have yourself a gin gin mule.
‘My feet in the pool’
courtesy of ‘jc.westbrook’
Well, you’re not alone. Word has gotten out about DC’s free public swimming pools, and (anecdotally at least) they seem particularly more crowded than in previous years. This past Sunday, East Potomac Park at Hains Point (home of an Olympic-size pool and favorite location of triathletes in training) had to turn people away because the pool was over capacity.
The Department of Parks and Recreation keeps an updated list of pool attendance for the summer, and it turns out that my two favorite swimming pools, East Potomac Park and Francis (at 25th and N in West End) are everyone else’s favorites too, with by far the highest attendance this summer. East Potomac Park has logged more than 8,700 visitors as of June 25, and Francis has logged more than 7,000 visitors, while most other pools are in the 2,000-3,000 visitor range. So what do you think– have you noticed your favorite pool becoming more crowded this summer?
‘The rooftop pool’
courtesy of ‘salanki’
I don’t know how this one has slipped by me, but Brightest Young Things can officially claim Best Idea Ever with their BYT Summer Camp series, every Saturday this summer.
Let’s see if this has all my requirements for an awesome time: Quality pool time? Check. They take over the pool area of the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Music? Check. This Saturday, they’ve got DJs AND a couple of area bands. Food and drink specials? Check. Drinks $5 and under and food “buckets” for $4. And like I wasn’t sold before, but they include some arts and crafts activites to go with that “summer camp” theme. Count. Me. In.
‘Kids in the Air’ courtesy of ‘M.V. Jantzen’
Hey! Where did Spring go??? It feels like Winter not only overstayed its welcome, it booted out Spring and let Summer in the back door.
Nonetheless, I was amazed at the sheer volume of photos our intrepid readers dumped into our Flickr pool over the weekend. Astounding! And you guys were BUSY! I guess the summer-like heat didn’t keep many indoors; I think we all needed to get outside, regardless of the surprise heatwave.
The great peeps over at Capital Weather tell us that Spring is sneaking back in and clobbering Summer starting on Wednesday, under the cover of rain. Well, I guess we’ll take what we can get, right?
Meantimes, enjoy the awesome spread of weekend happenings, captured by our awesome photo-readers. Enjoy!