A new art show at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is looking to teach locals about social divides using a competition between runners as a metaphor this weekend.
“RACE: Talc & Ash,” a performance about gentrification, race and class in D.C., is set to occur in the library at 901 G St. NW at 3 p.m. Sunday.
“Showing two people racing against each other is my way of distilling the conflicted social dynamics caused by gentrification into a very simple, easily digestible image,” Bass said.
The two artists will race each other while standing inside of a bottomless, square wooden frame. Talcum powder will fill one of the frames, while the other one will have ash. The racers must keep the sides of the two frames touching at all times.
The town hall meeting, which will be held in the community room on the second floor of the Reeves Center at 14th and U streets, is an opportunity for the residents to weigh in on an education funding plan passed by the D.C. Council in May.
The plan includes the modernization of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, a $1.6 million allocation for a new literacy intervention program and new funding priorities for public schools.
Residents are encouraged to RSVP before attending the town hall.
They’re Here to Stay… for Now
DCist (snarkily) confirms that the good folks at Occupy DC are not planning on seceding from the District or the Union at this point. Yes, they have a “declaration of grievances,” but they have not yet written up a constitution, as the Daily Caller portrayed it.
We Just Call It “Seeing”
The Japanese tradition of Otsukimi, or moon viewing, happens on the night of the autumn full moon. Typically, it also includes food offerings to give thanks for the harvest. This year, the Japanese-America society of Washington, DC, put on an event to showcase this custom at The Textile Museum in Dupont earlier this week, drawing a crowd of around 125 people. We Love DC has the full coverage.
Hemp Be Gone!
It’s been a bad week if you were planning on trick-or-treating at stores that sell drug paraphernalia. Earlier in the week, DCist reported that Capitol Hemp’s two locations, in Adams Morgan and in Chinatown, were simultaneously raided by MPD. They later came back and let us know that two more Adams Morgan shops were raided in what police are calling an “ongoing investigation.” Time to put the pipes and bongs away…
Whatever You Do, Save the Books!
The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial library currently resides at 9th and G Streets NW in a building that is apparently quite expensive to maintain, in part because the original design called for hard-to-find windows. The The Washington Post gives a little bit of background on other ideas about what to do about the library — where to move it to, for instance — but nothing has been decided yet. I’m not giving up the hope that they’ll move it a little north and into Borderstan!
Culture or Condo?
In an ongoing trend, another historic building is in danger of being turned into — what else — a condo building. Greater Greater Washington gives a great back story on the Ontario Theatre at 17th Street NW and Columbia Road NW, discussing its heyday and its decline. Should the building be restored? Torn down so something else can brighten the neighborhood? The Historic Preservation Board will have its say when they discuss potential landmark status in November.