I caught the last show of the Rent 20th anniversary tour last weekend. Watching Larson’s musical today, where its setting, the East Village, Manhattan, is now a gentrified landscape of brunching, happy-hour going, twenty-somethings, it is impossible not to ask if the story of Rent is still relevant.
This week’s dose of arts and culture highlights…. the New York City ballet takes the Kennedy Center stage, yoga in the garden at the Dumbarton House, and the Around the World Food Festival and Baltimore Wine Festival coming up next weekend.
In case you missed it, the Embassy Chef Challenge took place this past Wednesday, at the Ronald Reagan International Trade Center. It was an exquisite evening of cuisine that managed to both represent cultural mainstays, and wow local foodies, and dining enthusiasts with inspiring new twists.
“Art is the only way to run away without leaving home.” Twyla Tharp
Your weekly dose of arts and culture highlights… last week’s Embassy Chef Challenge, and Madame Butterfly; Markus Lüpertz exhibition now open at the Phillips; and New York City Ballet in town next week.
“Dear old world’, she murmured, ‘you are very lovely, and I am glad to be alive in you.” L.M. Montgomery.
Just some highlights and inspiration from the week…
There is so much to do this May in DC. Maybe it’s the nice weather we’ve been having lately, or the surplus of arts and culture events on the agenda that is really making me feel the FOMO. Every weekend there is so much going on to take advantage of. Time to get out and start enjoying!
Touted as one of the very best restaurants in DC by Washingtonian magazine for the past two years, and topping Bon Appétit’s list of best restaurants a few years ago, Rose’s Luxury holds a lofty reputation in the hip, and ever-evolving DC restaurant scene. Located on 8th street, in a charming area in Southeast, Rose’s is ensconced by plenty of other neighborhood bars and restaurants, further lending to it’s amiable, hospitable vibe. I finally got the chance to enjoy dining at Rose’s, and experience the buzz firsthand last week. Verdict: Rose’s lived up to the hype. 10/10.
I opened a fortune cookie the other week that told me “you live your life in art.”
Here are some of my favorite things to do in the city when I feel like going on an adventure, or looking for inspiration.
I spent this past Sunday modeling for a project that my friend and co-worker, Chaseedaw, is putting on called the Scarred Photo Gallery. A few years ago, Chaseedaw organized the Alive Again Fashion Show, which featured a cast of models who were all cancer survivors. One day at work, she mentioned to me that she was putting together a photography gallery of models with scars to help fund the fashion show. Having a long scar across my stomach (and also enjoying the idea of being shot by professional photographers), I volunteered to model for her gallery.
As one of my favorite hobbies is seeing indie films (i.e. movies that often lack intricate plot lines, traditional action scenes such as car chases or explosions, and could even be considered to be about nothing) I thought I would review a couple that I’ve seen and enjoyed this summer.