Come to the opening reception of Popmatic this Saturday, 7 pm, at Sukio Design Co (1338 U street, on the 3rd floor).  There will be food, music, and an overall good time.  You can RSVP at http://www.sukio.com/rsvp/.

In his first solo show, Gregg Deal showcases his first big body of work that use the influence of his graphic design, sign making and fine art painting background. His work is stylized and bold in color and composition. Suffering through the current economy and consumer culture, Gregg finds commentary on pop-culture, the ever contested ‘cannon’ of art and his thoughts as a Native American in the world we live. Gregg is also a cycling enthusiast and runs District Cycling , a cycling blog that was recently showcased in Washingtonian’s Blogger Beat, the week after U Street Girl was featured.

The show will be at Sukio through July 30th, so if you can’t make it on Saturday definitely check it out afterwards.

Activation 2719, painting by Fransisco Esteban

So I realize a  lot of my entries have been about Activation 2719, it’s partially because not much else has been going on, and because it was rescheduled twice. Also, I was pretty excited to go. The opening night was a great time: good art, cool people, fun music, great beer (Dogfish Head). I wasn’t able to get there till late, so I missed any food/live music that was featured earlier in the night.

While opening night was a lot of fun, the gallery will be open for the next 2 weekends, so if you weren’t able to make it out on Saturday, go over next few weekends. They’ll also have a closing reception on March 12th.

And check out my photos from the event on my Flickr set.

UPDATE: The event has been moved to next Saturday, the 20th. More info here.

ReadySetDC and No Kings Collective are hosting a pop-up gallery in a newly refurbished row house in Columbia Heights, and the show is called Activation 2719. Snow permitting, the opening party for the gallery will be this NEXT Saturday February 20th from 6-11, featuring Tim “Con” Conlon, Decoy, James Walker, Emily Green Liddle, Bryan Rojsuontikul, Diana Cruz, Batool AlShomran, Aniekan Udofia as well as No Kings Collective themselves Brandon Hill Francisco Esteban, and Peter Chang. What’s really cool about this show is it’s curated by the artists, which is a rare event.

The opening night will have a bar, food provided by Commonwealth Gastropub, and music by DJ Fleg, DJ Tom Lim, Sheena Alexis, DJ Phil Real, DJ Smudge, and Bull Fight Academy.

There’s no price of admission but you do need to RSVP by 3 pm today to go to opening night. Otherwise the gallery is open Fridays Noon–8 pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm through March 6ththe 27th.

Charlie Gaynor's Paris Farm, on sale at Plan B (Courtesy of Plan B)

Through the end of the year, Plan B, one of the cooler galleries on 14th street, is donating 10% of their gallery sales to Culture Capital, a part of Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington. Culture Capital serves as an online resource for arts and culture events happening in the DC Metro area. The site is basically a one-stop shop that is incredibly easy to use as it is searchable by date, region (includes DC, MD and VA) and event category.

Plan B has a lot of great, affordable art in their gallery right now. Prices were as little as $50 for a print, starting at $100 f0r a painting and went up into the thousands. Art is such a great gift to give people, in my opinion, so unique and something that you can enjoy the rest of your life. I went to an event at Plan B for Culture Capital this week and actually ended up winning a Kevin H. Adam painting in their raffle (it’s the Smith Island painting, it’s going to look lovely in my bedroom!). Just my luck, as I really never win anything, let alone raffles, so I was glad I was able to support Culture Capital and Plan B.

So stop in, check it out, and buy some art, and the money will go to a good cause!

Proposed site of hotel, courtesy of shinichi (Flickr)

Proposed site of hotel, courtesy of shinichi (Flickr)

PoP has the scoop on the proposed hotel on 13th and U that would replace the building that houses Rite Aid, that nail salon, the dollar store, and I believe, Creme and Al Crostino. Honestly, I’m a little confused about where the building would be, would the entrance be facing U street or facing 13th street? It seems like it wouldn’t fit facing 13th street, but the description of the building the hotel would be replacing only includes Rite Aid. So, color me a bit confused.

Cardozo Shaw Neighborhood Association has all of the details about the proposed hotel:

  • 250 guestrooms, 4,500 square feet of meeting space and 23,000 square feet of retail space;
  • A signature restaurant, a rooftop bar and swimming pool;
  • A rotating art exhibit which will all be open to the public (I dig this);
  • The retail component will be composed of the existing Rite Aid (in a new space) and a diverse mix of retailers, restaurants and local or small business space (does this include Creme and Al Crostino?);
  • possible LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

I’m not totally for or against the project, I feel like I need more information. Al Crostino and Creme are two of my favorite restaurants in the U street area, and I’d hate to see them go or have to temporarily close because of this construction. And, being a curmudgeonly U street resident, I don’t really want more tourists in the neighborhood. I still find it weird when I’m walking around and I see someone who’s clearly a tourist walking around staying dumb things about how dangerous a neighborhood they’re in. And Ben’s line is too long already. It will be good for the retail scene on U street, but it’s not exactly struggling, even with these tough times. Sure, there are more empty storefronts than I’d like, but we’ve had the Gibson, Ben’s Next Door, Yes! Organic Market, Georgetown Valet, and Posto (I guess that’s more Logan Circle) all open in the past few months and all done well.

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