Thursday, May 20, 2010

This Saturday: Columbia Heights Spring Salon

Via Free in DC, The Columbia Heights Salon Series is back this Saturday, May 22 from 6pm - 10pm. Presented by the Columbia Heights Arts Foundation (CHARTS), the event features four salons within a one-block radius. Sounds like an exciting neighborhood event. Here are some details on locations and logistics via Facebook:

♥ "Performing Arts Place" (1316 Kenyon Street NW) -- highlighting select scenes by our friends at Third Beat improv; routines by comedians Mike Blejer, Reggie Melbrough, and Mike Curran; a vocal performance by the a capella group SongRise; an acoustic set by singer/songwriter Spencer Thanhouser; and many, many more performance artists to be confirmed.
♥ "Casa de Canvas" (3209 13th Street NW) -- featuring work by artist Jennifer Droblyen; portaiture by painter Jennryn Wetzler; mixed-media pieces by artist Claire Briggs; charcoal sketches by artist Xi Chen; plus a special exhibition of oil paintings on loan from the private Kormendi Collection, curated exclusively for the Columbia Heights Salon Series by CHARTS founder Josef Palermo.
♥ "Digital Media Den" (3016 13th Street NW) -- showcasing work by local photographers Ben Droz, Deena Delfosse, and Shara Riesz; short films by visual artist Casey Girard; and much more.
♥ "Installation Station" (3209 13th Street NW, basement) -- occupied by mixed-media sculpture from artist Serinity Knight and constructed pieces by installation artist Evan Howell.

Additionally, with springtime "in bloom", we're collaborating with our friends at BloomBars (3222 11th Street NW) to host the "Creative Collaborations Courtyard" featuring artistic collaborations by local artists, including:
- an interactive installation by conceptual artist J9 and photographer Omar Qazi;
- a dramatic live performance featuring the writing of poet Taylor Ahlstrom as interpreted by a series of actors from the Third Beat improv conservatory project;
- a musical set by tap dancer Melissa Frakman providing percussion to guitarist/composer & BloomBars artist-in-residence Gary Prince; and
- a special closing show featuring local folk-rock phenom Phillips Saylor.


** Suggested donations of $5 at each venue will be shared equally with the artists who are presenting their work, and with the salon hosts, to offset the cost of their time and energy in creating art to be shared/opening their homes to the community. **

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