From Dito Sevilla. Email him at dito[AT]borderstan.com, follow him onÂ TwitterÂ @DitoDC.
This week weâve once again festoon anything and everything with the six colors that comprise the rainbow flag. Itâs that special time of year, when our usually gay neighborhoods become cloyingly gay. And, yes, I contribute my fair share.
Each year in a futile attempt to outdo the previous one, I encrust the facades of several 17th Street businesses, Floriana included, with just enough rainbow materials to make Rainbow Brite wish she were colorblind. Itâs fun, itâs harmless, and it couldnât be tackier. Trust me, weâve tried.
We call it Capital Pride because this is the nationâs Capital after all, and frankly, because it really helps with getting permits to close city streets for several hours so we can parade & party. Of course, anything involving gay men, summer heat, and vodka quickly becomes a large, messy, sweaty, street fair â albeit one attended by the happiest and best looking people youâll eve run into.
Basically itâs fun, itâs upbeat, and itâs gayer than Barbara Streisand riding a unicorn sidesaddle, though the wedding of Lindsey Graham and Marcus Bachmann.
Kurt Powers, Patterns
With all these âPrideâ related events Â (Jello-O Wrestling is tonight (9 pm at Phase 1 of Dupont), other, dare I say, equally interesting, less colorful pursuits may be overlooked. To that end, may I suggest you experience the world through the eye of Kurt Powers.
Kurt is a DC-based photographer who has a knack for capturing the ordinary in a rather extraordinary light. Beginning this weekend, his work will be on display at Caramel, 1603 U Street NW. The show, “Patterns,” includes some wonderfully deceptive pieces from his travels through Yellowstone National Park.Â Moments of self-reflection are all but guaranteed moments after even paying them a cursory glance. A reminder that first impression are not always what they seem.
I know just what youâre thinking. This yearâs Pride theme is Heroes, and his name âÂ Kurt Powers âÂ sort of sounds like he might look splendid in a cape… and that perhaps Yellowstone is the material the Yellow Brick Road was fashioned from. But trust me, itâs well worth your time.
Juxtaposed among deeply exposed, highly saturated scenes resembling nebulas, outer space, and the vibrant cosmos are hung somber images captured at Fort Zachary Taylor Park in Key West.
There, a stack of cannonballs piled ominously against one side of a diptych created by uneven decay of an exterior wall provides an excellent foil for the optimistic scenery captured at Yellowstone.
âPatternsâ runs from June 7 to July 27 at Caramel Boutique (1603 U Street NW). Get a further glimpse of Kurtâs work.
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