A mob of artists showed up yesterday and today to pay $15 to hang up to five pieces of art on the gallery’s walls.
Executive Artistic Director B. Stanley said the event regularly attracts up to 100 artists from around the District. This year was no exception.
Artists lined up outside the gallery door before the submission period yesterday, said Stanley.
“Everybody was trying to get the middle row. It was sort of like a race to the great frontier,” Stanley said.
Tomorrow night at 7 p.m., a group of judges will survey the art and award one artist with $100 and a a “Best Use of Space” superlative.
Artist Steve Wanna won top honors at last year’s show.
“As an experimental artist, it inspires to come up innovative ways of using the space,” said Wanna in an e-mail. “It’s the perfect lab to test out some ideas in a playful, encouraging space.”
The exhibition runs until Aug. 30.
Check the DC Arts Center website for details on attending the event and submitting your own artwork.
Each weekend this month, one of the theater’s five improv ensembles will perform two shows per night on Friday and Saturday. The first show starts at 7:30 p.m., and the second show starts at 10 p.m.
The shows will be driven by audience prompts and improv games, says WIT artistic director Mark Chalfant. But don’t worry about being snatched from your seat and taken onstage, he adds.
“We’re not looking to embarrass anybody,” says Chalfant.
There will also be guest performances by an all-gay improv team, Ugh, as well as one of D.C.’s longest-running improv teams, The Lodge.
In February Borderstan’s Kate Hays interviewed Charlie Visconage who brought the late night talk-show, the Charlie Visconage Show, to DC. Now Visconage is back after the show had a successful run of 10 weeks at the DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan. The show will be filmed live every second Friday of the month.
As of last Friday night, the show is back to a monthly schedule — the first Friday of the month at 10 pm. The May 4 was sold out — so plan ahead for the next show on June 8. The show will have the same late night-talk show format focused on connecting DC-area artists and people-of-interest.
Who’s on the Show?
The first show of the new season features on May 4 featured Philippa Hughes, Chief Creative Contrarian, The Pink Line Project; Jennifer Tress, Writer, Blogger, Storyteller, Performer/Artist; Kristina Bilonick, Head Coach of DC CHEER! and a performance by their team; and Musical Guest Indie Pop/Rock band North of Canada.
June 8 Guests
- Shawn Westfall: Head DC Improv Teacher, Actor, Standup (dcimprov.com).
- Buck Downs: Poet, Publisher, and Editor (buckdowns.com).
- The Cornel West Theory: Eclectic mix of go-go, jazz, rock and hip-hop (thecornelwesttheory.com).
From Kate Hays. Follow her on Twitter @kateyhays and email her at kate[AT]borderstan.com.
DC’s newest talk show host has variety in his blood. Charlie Visconage was introduced to improv comedy by a high school teacher, has dabbled in competitive ballroom dancing, is an amateur photographer and has an affection for comic books (Batman and Watchman, mostly).
Last October, he found himself unhappy at work (sales – hated it) and quit to clear his mind and get creative. He listened to some Chris Gethard and read The War For Late Night. Soon, an idea began to brew. After a push from mentor Topher Bellavia and a hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, The Charlie Visconage Show was born – for a 10-week first run.
Every week, between now and March 22, 2012, the show will highlight area artists, musicians and all-around interesting people. Upcoming guests include Amy Saidman and James Alefantis (of Comet Ping Pong fame). On March 15, the show will host an evening dedicated to sex and romance, with a burlesque dancer and a real-life “Hitch.”
When he’s not hamming it up, Charlie does have a day job, is big into old cars and patronizes local Borderstan haunts like The Standard, Church Key and Peregrine. No matter where he is, Charlie is always plotting his next move.
“The worst thing is a person who talks about things… and never does them.”
Something tells me Charlie is in the clear.
Go check out DC’s latest Conan and learn more about our local noteworthy talent on display each week.
The Charlie Visconage Show runs January 19, 2012 through March 22, 2012; shows are Thursday night at 10pm at the DC Arts Center.