Saturday, December 30, 2006

SOME HANDS - Black Party Exhibit - NYC 25 March 2006


11 April Nats opener vs Nets was my first time ever

When searching for images for my 2007 New Year greeting cards and 2006 In Retrospect / Year in Review Project I would upload several of my 11 April 2006 Washington Nationals (Opener) vs New York Mets Never Before Seen images. See 2003/04 holiday cards.

While I, of course, have attended and photographed a few amateur games not only was the 11 April 2006 Nats vs Nets game the first time that I'd ever photographed a magor league ballgame it, also, was the first time that I had ever attended a major league ballgame.

And as is the case with most such scenarios, my interest and fascination had more to do with photographing the game. Click photo to view 11 April 2006 Nats (Opener) vs Nets Never Before Seen 2007 images which are also included in the 11 April 2006 Nats (Opener) vs Nets photoset.

Friday, December 29, 2006

A few more photos from Lauderdale's 12th Hurricane Showdown

Having taken quite a few photos of Fort Lauderdale's 12th Annual Hurricane Showdown on Friday evening, 24 November I, therefore, will be uploading them on a periodic basis. Click photo to view ongoing photoset and click tag to view most recent postings. Read more.

29 December Friday's Photo of the Week

Nestled in the basement of 1843 14th Street in Logan North in what for several years had operated as The Cutt Barber Shop by Trina, situated between S and T Streets, NW, Som Records recently opened for business.

Specializing in used, new import and vinyl Som Records will also buy, sell and trade.

Rock, soul, funk, disco, go-go, reggae, samba, salsa, folk, blues, punk, electronica and more included Som Records' inventory.

As well as historic event posters such as this 26 March 1983 James Brown & Tyrone Davis Concert at the DAR Constitution Hall in WDC poster.

Located in the basement of 1843 14th Street, NW, Som Records is opened from 12 noon until 8 pm Monday through Saturday. Sundays, from 12 noon until 7 pm. Telephone 202-328-3345.

Thursday, December 28, 2006

One Night Only - Jennifer Hudson @ Hammerstein Ballroom - New Year's Eve Eve

Entertainment Architect Mark Nelson of Mark Nelson Events has this to say about DREAMGIRLS, Jennifer Hudson and the Saint-At-Large New Year's Eve Eve ONE NIGHT ONLY event:

Went to see Dreamgirls w/ Jim McGinnis & Ray Deforest on Saturday @ The Ziegfield – Yes, we paid the $25 - It was worth it!This is the movie of the year featuring the incomparable Jennifer Hudson.

Oprah has said that listening to her sing is a religious experience. People talk about seeing Janis Joplin @ Woodstock, Streisand in Central Park, Lady Bunny @ Wigstock, Judy Garland @ Carnegie Hall, Bette Midler @ Radio City, Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson, Whitney Houston @ the Pier Dance ...

Yes, that's a crazy round-up, I agree - But big moments none the less - This is another good one - Not to be missed!

The Saint-At-Large Staff has gone to extreme measures to produce this legendary night of Supreme entertainment when Jennifer Hudson, star of Dreamgirls makes her NYC solo concert debut.

One Night Only - Dreamgirls (the underground clubmix) Jennifer Hudson Live in Concert @ 11:15 sharp.

Junior Vasquez spins his exclusive remixes from the Dreamgirls soundtrack w/ Lights by Guy Smith & spectacular videos & & live performances thru-out the night by: Kevin Aviance, Milan of Dalipstikz, Kim Aviance, Supreme Runway & Vogue segments produced by Mother Juan Aviance - Starring ErickaToure Aviance, Linda James & John Aviance.

1st Tier of VIP: Sold Out. 2nd Tier Mezzanine: $100 Advance. Tix $90 ($10 more @ the door if available).

Hammerstein Ballroom
311 West 34th Street
New Years Eve Eve - Saturday, 30 December 2006
10pm until 4am.

Tix @ Nasty Pig - 265A West 19th Street. The producers & Henry Krieger will be in attendance! Part of proceeds go to The Hinton Battle Laboratory Theatre. Brought to you in Dance Surround by The Saint @ Large. Buy Online (klik)

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Route 235 in Southern MD: A road, NOT, so less traveled.

For several years, now, I've had more than a passing interest in traffic and highway photography. See my recent South Capitol Street Rush Hour project.

When visiting my family in Southern Maryland on Christmas Eve 2006 and as is the case with most places that I visit I would engage in traffic and highway photography. Once back in DC, wanting to post an entry pertaining to the traffic gridlock that I always encounter when visiting Southern Maryland I'd search the internet for Traffic Route 235 Southern Maryland and would come across a 12 September 1997 article, by Maryland Senator Roy P. Dyson, entitled "Roads Less Traveled" in Southern Maryland".

Unfortunately, the traffic in Southern Maryland is not unlike the traffic in Washington DC. Or, most places throughout the nation.

My St. Peter's Episcopal Church / Chelsea NYC photo at Wikimedia

This photo of St. Peter's Episcopal Church, under reconstruction, was taken over Memorial Day Weekend 1992 from the living room window of Lothar Wullert's 5th floor apartment/loft.

Located in the 300 block of West 20th Street in Chelsea, NYC, and situated directly across the street from St. Peter's Episcopal Church it is at Lothar's apartment that will often stay when visiting NYC.

See photo at Wikimedia's New York City places of worship.

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Starbucks in Chinatown

It was on New Years Day 2006, that I began my now ongoing Starbucks Chinatown project. Not unlike my Starbucks Dupont Circle North project, when passing through the Chinatown area it has become my practice to, consentually but candidly, capture folks sitting at tables in the windows of Starbucks, located at the corner of 7th and H Street, in Chinatown.

Click photo to view Starbucks - Chinatown - WDC ongoing photo project.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas 2006

Looking for something new? Try Cowgirl Creamery!

I first reported on Cowgirl Creamery at Penn Quarter in September 2006 and wish now to attention to the artisan cheese shop in the launching of my new year's affirmation.

Though still contemplating a 2007 theme my 2006 mantra was "Out With the Old and In With New!" while New Beginnings was launched on 1 January 2005.

It is in the spirit of the New Year, 2007, that I wish to shed light on Cowgirl Creamery's Online Store.

Looking to try something new? Browse Cowgirl Creamery's Library of Cheese. Or create a custom cheese collection by calling 866.433.7834. Or visit Cowgirl Creamery at 919 F Street, NW, in the Penn Quarter area of Washington DC.

Click photo to access my ongoing Cowgirl Creamery/Penn Quarter photoset.

Saturday, December 23, 2006

MLK Ceremonial Groundbreaking on C-SPAN

C-SPAN will be airing an encore presentation of the Ceremonial Groundbreaking of the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial on Christmas Day, December 25th at 9pm ET. The Ceremonial Groundbreaking took place on November 13, 2006 in Washington, DC at the Memorial site.

Phase 2 of smoking ban takes effect on 1 January 2007

Effective 03 April 2006, phase 1 of Washington DC's smoking ban prohibited smoking in indoor public places such as restaurant dining areas, offices and apartment lobbies. On 1 January 2007, phase 2 of the ban will extend to bar areas of restaurants, taverns and nightclubs. The never before seen photo to the left was taken during the 3 January 2006 Freedom of Choice Bans Close Bars demonstration in WDC.

After assembling in Franklin Square Park, at 14th and Eye Streets, nw, the demonstrations would march down 14th Street to the John A. Wilson Building on Pennsylvania Avenue for a Rally on the steps of City Hall.

Not waiting for the full ban to go into affect, in October 2006, Mark Lee of ATLAS Events and one of the organizers of the Freedom of Choice demonstration shut down his popular weekly party, Lizard Lounge.

Click photo to view more never before seen images of the 3 January 2006 Freedom of Choice 'Bans Close Bars' Demonstration which also may be viewed in the entire collection.

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Thursday evenings @ US Botanic Garden / Savor the Season

During the month of December, Thursday evenings at the United States Botanic Garden is a very special place to be. Last Thursday, 14 December I'd capture the Virginia Ham Barbershop Quartet performing at the US Botanic Garden Conservatory.

Tonight, 21 December, from 6 - 8 pm Lox and Vodka will perform at this evening's holiday event 'Savor the Season'.

This year's holiday exhibit begins outdoors, where a model train landscape on the Terrace lures you to linger before you even enter the Conservatory. Indoors, in the West Orangerie, children of all ages will delight in a visit to enormous Snowcap Mountain – a picturesque mountain village busy with the to and fro of trains and defended by a magnificent castle at the peak.

Then venture into the Garden Court to find our National Mall in miniature – including enchanting replicas of the U.S. Capitol, The White House, and the Smithsonian Castle –completely constructed of natural plant materials such as willow, acorns, leaves, and bark. Continue to Savor the Season as you wander throughout the Conservatory, where our sumptuous Della Robbia-style visual feast includes a bounty of colorful poinsettias and other winter-blooming tropical plants. Then embark on a Five Senses Tour to discover some of the plants that produce the tastes, fragrances, and colors of the holiday season.

The trains, National Mall in miniature, and Five Senses Tour will be on exhibit through January 7.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is located at 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC.

Click photo to view my USBG 2006/07 'Savor the Season' photoset.

2006 National Christmas Tree Railroad on the Ellipse

Since 1994, the National Capital Trackers, a local model train club, have constructed the National Christmas Tree Railroad at the base of the National Christmas Tree on the Ellipse in President's Park South. Located just south of the White House's Rose Garden the trains will run from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. daily until the Pageant concludes.

The National Capital Trackers (Trackers) are an informal group of model train enthusiasts in the Washington D.C. area who share an interest in operating three rail O-Gauge trains. The members construct portable layout modules that are joined together to create the club's large operating layouts. The club's objectives are to provide a means for local train enthusiasts to operate O-Gauge trains; and to promote our hobby through the operation of our railroad at public events.

Click photo to view my 2006 National Christmas Tree Railroad photoset.

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Flo Anito returns to Downtown Holiday Market @ 12n today

When passing through the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market on Sunday afternoon, 17 December 2006, en route to the 2006 National Hanakkuh Menorah Lighting, I had the pleasure of listening to bluesy pop artist Flo Anito performing at 2006 Downtown Holiday Market (pdf) entertainment stage.

Classically trained in voice, piano, and 'cello, Flo Anito began her singer/songwriter career at age 16 when she got her hands on her first guitar. Already rewarded for her musicality with All-State recognition and roles in Summer-stock theatre, songwriting came naturally to this young talent who has quickly proved herself a prolific writer of thought provoking alternative folk/pop songs.

To learn more about Flo Anito visit her website or myspace. And, by all means, stop in at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market between 12 noon and 2 pm today, 20 December, which is when Flo Anito returns for a repeat performance.

And while there, perhaps, pick up a few last minute holiday gift items and/or get to know some of the exhibitors. Many who also participate in the Eastern Market Festival which is amongst my documentary projects.

With its last day on Friday, 22 December, there are just three days left for the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market.

Click photo to view Flo Anito photoset.

Tuesday, December 19, 2006

Beef Holiday Party @ Torpedo - Friday, 22 December

Beef! Holiday Party & membership giveaway on Friday, 22 December 2006. Hosted by Joe Soler / Menergy Productions. Membership cards will be given out at this event.

DJ Lee Majors

Torpedo Bar
2829 West Broward Blvd
Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Phone 954-587-2500
See map.

Beef! will be a new weekly event at Torpedo starting at midnight to 4am.

DJ Lee Majors will be the resident DJ for these dance events creating a sexy environment for MEN to dance and socialize.

Beef! memberships will get you discount prices for future Beef! special events among other things being planned.

Make sure to come out and get your membership card for this new and sexy dance event.

Visit or email Joe Soler at

Learn more about the world through PhotoFrom

When searching the web for Elvert Barnes I recently came across one of my photos posted to PhotoFrom which I had not ever heard of.

While my focus is to capture moments in time that can not ever be again, when photographing my hope is to not only document history but in the process also shed light on my personal story.

Similarly, the underlying theme of PhotoFrom is to learn more about the world through photography.

Mow many men does it take to change a flat tire?

Moments before taking this picture of 5 men changing a tire at the corner of 14th and E Streets in NW WDC and for the second time in a week I had captured ice skaters at Pershing Park in connection with a new documentary project that will focus on Ice Skating in Pershing Park.

During which time I would reflect on the second time that I had ever ice skated which, in 1979, was when I would join Frank, Rae Ann, Eason and Inny at an ice rink that was then situated just one block east of Pershing Park and directly in front of the National Theater, in what is known as Freedom Plaza. To the echos of many who proclaimed that I was 'acting white'.

In 2006, and as a 53 year old black man who, over the years practiced integration I also realize that many regard my interest in photography and, in particular, the manner by which I photograph as "acting white!".

When folks see me with not just one but two cameras, their first and last reaction is to police, oversee and negate me. And while I experience racism everywhere that I go, there are differences in the manners by which various groups of people project their racism upon me.

For the sake of this photoessay and pertaining to my experience when photograpong ice skating at Pershing Park on Sunday evening, 17 December I now speak on black on black racism.

Earlier in the day when photographing at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market I would confront a similar reaction from several of the black exhibitors. When one black female exhibitor, threw up her hands, and then ran inside of her booth when she saw me candidly photographing. A few days before, another black female exhibitor yelled at me, 'You shouldn't do that ...'. And when I would explain to her that I had been invited by the event organizer, and as often is the response from many, she said 'Well, I don't want you getting paid and making money off of me ... or stealing my ideas!".

My response was "Negro, please!".

As I approached the Pershing Park Ice Rink staff members and skaters and people in the area began to watch, police and oversee my every move. Taking picticular note of where I amed my camera and whe nI walked near a table or someone's belongings several would run over to where I was standing. In the same way as had been done, earlier that day and each time that I have visited the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market.

A young black male would stand behind me, gesturing to subjects that I may would photograph. And a black teen girl who was skating, threw her hand up, and snapped at me "Don't take my picture ...!".

It brought to mind the racism that I had experienced in 1979 when Frank, Rae Ann, Eason, Inny and I skated in this very same park, when I was labeled as "acting white!".

So, when the young black male staff person walked up to me, a grown ass black man, in the exact same way as have the young white boys who skate in Freedom Plaza ... I turned and said "Had I been white ..."!

At which point I'd turn and walk away where at the corner of 14th and E I'd happen upon five men changing a tire. Saying that one of my foci is street photography I inquired if I may photograph them. They sure 'Sure!'.

for first thought for a possible caption was "How many men does it take to change a tire?"

After taking a series of photos I'd thank them and walk away, reflecting on the fact that, in 2006, I have less freedoms now than I did in 1979.

How many more years will it take for the change to come?

If in 2006, blacks young enough to be grandchildren have been conditioned to police, oversee and negate black men ... the changes will never come. At least, not enough for me!

How many men does it take to change a flat tire?

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Performance Place/Fredericksburg VA performs @ White House Peace Pageant

When on Sunday, 17 December that I would visit the White House 2006 Holiday Celebration at President's Park on the Ellipse for the purpose of documenting the 2006 National Hanakkuh Menorah Lighting Ceremony I'd also have the pleasure of capturing The Performance Place of Fredericksburg VA perform a 1/2 hour excerpt of The Nutcracker ballet at the Christmas Pageant of Peace Evening of Music Program. Which featured a duet by husband-and-wife team Vadim and Regina Bogomolov who are listed as faculty members at The Performance Place.

Nightly outdoor musical and dance performances are presented on a small stage near the National Christmas Tree. The performances are free to the public.

Click here for the schedule of the 2006 Christmas Pageant of Peace Evening Music Program which began on Saturday, 9 December and will continue through Saturday, 23 December 2006.

The Performance Place is located at 4521 Plank Road, Ste 2, in Fredericksburg VA 22407. Thelephone at (540) 548-8626 [ map ].

Click photo to access The Performance Place / Peace Pageant photoset.

Downtown DC BID (SAM)

The District of Columbia Building Industry Association (DCBIA) is a network of professionals working to promote real estate development as an engine of economic growth and prosperity in the nation's capital.

While the Golden Triangle Business Improvement District (BID) spans 42 blocks from the White House to Dupont Circle and 16th Street, NW to 21st Street, NW., the Downtown DC BID encompasses the Penn Quarter, Gallery Place, Chinatown, McPherson Square, Federal Triangle, Midtown and Franklin Square neighborhoods.

The above photo, taken on 17 December 2006, depicts a Downtown DC SAM staff person assisting two people during the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

2006 Holiday Tree @ US Capitol

The lights on the U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree were lit during a ceremony held on Wednesday, December 6, at 5 p.m. on the West Front Lawn of the Capitol.

This year’s tree is from the Olympic National Forest located in Washington State. The tree was felled in early November and the 65-foot Pacific Silver Fir was placed on a trailer to begin its trek to Washington, D.C. It arrived at the Capitol on November 27.

A tradition at the U.S. Capitol since 1964, the tree will be lit from dusk until 11 p.m. each evening through January 1, 2007.

Click photo to view my 2006 Holiday Tree at the US Capitol photoset.

Washington Blade invites you to The Denim Bar Holiday Sale!

Buy one pair, get the second pair half off! Because you know you like men's jeans ... half off!

70 brands to choose from, ranging from size 25 to 40.

Men's jeans only. Sale ends 12/23.

Banjer Dan returns to Downtown Holiday Market

Having performed at the 2005 event, "bluegrass and beyond" artist Banjer Dan, returns to the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market performers' stage. The photo to the right was taken during Banjer Dan's 13 December 2006 Downtown Holiday Market performance.

According to Banjer Dan's myspace he is scheduled to perform at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market at 3:45 pm on Saturday, 16 December. And at 4 pm on Tuesday, 19 December and Thursday, 21 December.

Download 2006 Downtown Holiday Market's entertainment schedule in pdf form.

NYC's Gay Erotic Expo . 16 - 17 December

Produced by Steven Levenberg and Matthew Bank of HX Media, LLC, The Gay Erotic Expo is the only mainstream consumer event devoted exclusively to gay adult entertainment and products. The Gay Erotic Expo offers an unprecidented opportunity to promote your company directly to the people why buy your products and services. A perfect compliment to your advertising and marketing efforts, it is the best forum to meet interested, enthusiastic potential customers.

Launched in 2003 in NYC and LA, as a very natural progression and off-spring of the already then highly successful Gay Life Expo, the 2006 Gay Erotic Expo is in its 4th year.

This year, the NYC Gay Erotic Expo takes place on Saturday and Sunday, 16 - 17 December 2006 at the Puck Building. Which is located at 295 Lafayette Street. Saturday hours are from 3 until 11 pm. Sunday, from 1 till 8 pm.

And then there’s all the many after-parties, like Tanner’s Men’s Night, Saturday at Splash (see this week’s Musts), and the Club Expose play party, 6pm till midnight Sunday (250 W 26th St).

With a weekend like that, you’ll need to take the holidays off just to recover!

Contact info is as follows:

HX Media LLC
Expo Division
230 West 17th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Steven Levenberg at

Friday, December 15, 2006

Michael Berman of Diverse Markets Management

An artist and long time exhibitor at Eastern Market, Michael Berman, Executive Director of Diverse Markets Management, serves as Communications Director for the Flea Market at Eastern Market, and represents out-door exhibitors on the Eastern Market Tenants Council. Michael is involved in many arts related organizations including serving as President of the Downtown Artists Coalition, a principal of Arts Enterprises, LLC and co-founder of both Project Brasas and CAOS. Additionally Michael is a trustee for the Committee of 100 on the Federal City, the oldest planning organization in DC. More information about Michael can be found at

When clicked, the 13 December 2006 Downtown Holiday Market photo will link to a Michael Berman photoset which will feature images that I may take of Berman, in the future.

To contact Michael Berman at Diverse Markets Management call 202-543-3370 or email

Berman Studios is located at 29 Kings Court #2, in SE, WDC.

15 December Friday's Photo of the Week

Virginia Ham performs @ Botanic Garden's 'Savor the Season' holiday event

Having just revisited the Downtown Holiday Market for the third time in as many days I'd walk from Penn Quarter to the US Capitol to capture the US Capitol Holiday Tree. En route to the West Lawn I'd stop in at the US Botanic Gardens which is where I'd happen upon the Virginia Ham Barbershop Quartet performing at the Savor the Season's 'Evenings in the Garden' holiday event.

The US Botanic Gardens Conservatory will celebrate "Savor the Season" from 2 December 2006 - 7 January 2007. During which time, on Thursday evenings, musicians will perform throughout the Conservatory.

On Thursday, 14 December Virginia Ham Barbershop Quartet members Drew, Joe, Wes and Mike - from Fairfax VA - serenaded the crowd with Cappella music. To schedule Virginia Ham Barbershop Quartet for special events contact Mike Stoll at 703-395-1097 or email at

On Thursday, 21 December, from 6 - 8 pm, Lox and Vodka will perform holiday music. And on 28 December Frederick, MD's Frederick Chorale will be featured from 6 - 8 pm.

The U.S. Botanic Garden is located at 245 First Street, S.W., Washington, DC.

Thursday, December 14, 2006

National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony . 17 December

A National Hanukkah Menorah is lit on the White House grounds, at the Ellipse during the eight day Jewish holiday commemorating the Jewish Maccabees' military victory over Syrian oppression more than 2,000 years ago. During Hanukkah, Jews across the world celebrate the miracle of light that burnt for eight days out of a single-days-worth of oil found in the Temple. One Hanukkah candle is lit the first night, and an additional candle is lit each successive night. The holiday is a celebration of religious freedom and hope.

This year, the National Hanukkah Menorah Lighting Ceremony takes place on Sunday, 17 December 2006, at 4 pm. Admission is free.

Taken on Wednesday evening, 13 December 2006 of the National Hanukkah Menorah's installation, if clicked, the above photo links to my 2006 National Hanukkah Menorah's photoset.

Aaron Grebeldinger, Woodturner, @ Downtown Holiday Market

I first encountered Aaron Grebeldinger, a Woodturner, at Eastern Market on Sunday, 27 August 2006 and had hoped to do a feature pertaining to woodturning and his related history but have not yet proceeded with the project. So, when happening upon Aaron Grebeldinger at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market I was reminded of that fact.

Aaron Grebeldinger, therefore, represents my second featured exhibitor at the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Dish Caterers / Kirsten's Cafe @ Downtown Holiday Market

While the 2005 Downtown Holiday Market was held at the old convention center site, at the corner of H and 11th Streets, the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market takes place in the Penn Quarter area of NW WDC. On F Street between 7th and 8th Streets which is where the 2006 Arts on Foot was held.

Coordinated by Diverse Markets Management which consists of Michael Berman, Tom Rall, Avner Ofer, Vernon Burnett, and William "Rudy" Coates - all who have connections to the Flea Market at Eastern Market - and in collaboration with Downtown DC the 2006 event will take place (each day) from Monday, 11 December through Friday, 22 December. From 12 noon until 7pm.

The above 12 December 2006 photo depicts Jerry Hollinger who along with Kirsten Poole are the owners of Dish Caterers and Kirsten's Cafe. When clicked, the above photo will link to my 2006 Downtown Holiday Market photo collection.

Tuesday, December 12, 2006

DCFD - Engine Co 6 - Shaw

Engine Company 6 was organized on February 17, 1879 as a paid company of the District of Columbia Fire Department in the old quarters of Metropolitan Hook & Ladder Company located at 438 Massachusetts Avenue NW . On June 27, 1974 the company moved to their new fire house at 1300 New Jersey Avenue NW. Click photo to view DCFD Engine Co. 6 - Shaw photo project. All which may also be visited at DCFD.

Monday, December 11, 2006

JPG Magazine Issue #7

Issue 7: Shoot Your Self
December 2006 / January 2007

JPG Magazine is one of the most provocative and easily accessed photographers publications around. Anyone, including you or I, may participate in and contribute to the process.

Preview issue 7 at bottom of page.

Design Cuisine & Special Events @ Union Station

When capturing Christmas at Union Station on Saturday afternoon I'd happen upon Design Cuisine setting-up for an event at Union Station. I began my catering career in the fall of 1980 which was a year or so after Hyatt Regency executives Bill Homan, Horst Klein and Steve Veletsis founded Creative Foods. Which, a few years, later would become Design Cuisine.

More than likely if a special event is held at Union Station, it will be in collaboration with Design Cuisine.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

The Best of INTHEFRAY 2006

Facing family, facing ghosts
In the United States and many parts of the world, December is marked by a quest for bigger and better things — gifts, bonuses, food, celebrations, decorations, vacations, even donations. Here at INTHEFRAY we indulge by commemorating our readers’ favorite stories of 2006 — all tales of ghosts, family, and image obsession.

Written by Laura Nathan / Buffalo, New York. Published Monday, December 4, 2006

10th Norwegian Christmas @ Union Station

This holiday season from 21 November 2006 through 7 January 2007 represents the 10th year that the Embassy of Norway has commemorated Norwegian Christmas at Union Station in NE Washington DC.

This year features include a Toys for Tots Model Train Display, a Polar Norway Exhibition, Norwegian - American Bazaar, and Norwegian Menu at Center Cafe.

Located at Columbus Circle between North Capitol Street and First Street in NE Washington DC Union Station is considered to be one of the finest examples of the Beaux-Arts style of architecture. Designed by architect Daniel Burnham Union Station began construction opened in 1907 and was completed in 1908.

Paul Olszewski's "Trees of Wonder" @ Macy's Metro Center

Step back in time to remembrances past, when Downtown's department stores were alive with brilliant displays of holiday magic. In that tradition, Macy's Metro Center has inaugurated its first-ever animated holiday windows, "Trees of Wonder".

The windows follow the tale of Sparkle and Twinkle, two elf travelers on their magical voyage to meet Santa Claus through the "Trees of Wonder". As they embark on their escapade, the two experience the magic of Christmas in different fantasy worlds. Traveling through landscapes inhabited by giant animals, dragons and even mermaids, they take part in decorating unique Christmas trees as they celebrate the season.

Designed by Macy's Director of Windows, Paul Olszewski, who last year won both DDI Magazine's Platinum Award for the Best Christmas Window Display in New York and VM & SD Magazine's Best Christmas Windows in International Competition, this year's design promises to be just as spectacular with its interactive elements and magical creativity.

For more information read Downtown DC's 29 November 2005 posting "In the Spirit of the Season".

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Tom Walsh's New Paintings (Preview) & Studio (Holiday) Sale

Coordinated by his life-partner Tony Carcaldi who is a sales associate at The Washington Design Center on Saturday afternoon, 9 December, I had the pleasure of attending Tom Walsh's annual New Paintings Preview and Studio (Holiday) Sale opening reception at Walsh's main studio which is located on the third floor of the Thomas Law House in the Tiber Island complex.

Trained in painting and printmaking at the prestigious Philadelphia College of Art and Philadelphia's Tyler School of Art, Thomas Walsh, returned to painting about five years ago after having retired from a life-long career in graphic design.

A resident of the SW WDC community, Mr. Walsh works primarily with acrylic paints, experimenting with color, light, and translucency. When viewing his work at his Thomas Law House Studio I could not help but imagine his paintings integrated with the writings of artists such as Patti Smith and Susan Sontag.

Though he mentioned that he has a second studio, I was not able to locate it on his website. His Thomas Law House Studio is located at 461 N Streets, SW, in the Tiber Island complex directly across from the Southwest Waterfront MPDC HQ.

To schedule an appointment contact Tony Carcaldi at 202-479-4698 or

When clicked, the above photo of Tom Walsh (l) and Tony Carcaldi (r) links to my 9 December 2006 Tom Walsh New Paintings (Preview) and (Holiday) Studio Sale photoset.

Robert Parry's Tribute to Gary Webb

Gary Webb's Death: American Tragedy

Two years ago, journalist Gary Webb -- his career and his life in ruins -- killed himself. Though a terrible personal tragedy, Webb's suicide also marked the last page of a dark chapter in American journalism, the end result of his punishment at the hands of colleagues for helping expose the Reagan administration's contra-cocaine scandal.

DCFD - Engine 16, Tower Ladder 3 (Midnight Express)

When posting pictures earlier today that I took on 2 November of DCFD Engine 16 I'd learn that the firehouse and quarters located just north of Franklin Square at 1018 13th Street in NW has its own website, Midnight Express.

When ever I have walked pass this particular firehouse as well as a few others I've always wanted to introduce myself to the staff and inquire if I may include them and the firehouse in an ongoing documentary project. After visiting Midnight Express which brings attention to Baltimore-based artist Robert McClintock who has released several works of art featuring D.C.F.D. Engine Company 16 and Tower Ladder 3, I feel very confident in approaching them.

And as a result, I have created the DCFD Engine 16, Tower Ladder 3 photoset.

NGA Sculpture Garden Ice Skating Rink

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden ice-skating rink is open mid-November through mid-March, weather permitting. View magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system.

Friday, December 08, 2006

Downtown Holiday Market @ Penn Quarter . 11 - 22 December

For the second year in a roll, Diverse Markets Management will produce the Downtown Holiday Market, from 11 - 22 December 2006. While the 2005 DHM event was held at the old Convention Center site, this year it will be held on historic F Street between 7th and 8th Streets in the Penn Quarter area. Grand opening takes place on Monday, 11 December at 4 PM.

Visit more than 40 local artisans offering diverse and hand-made gifts such as jewelry, pottery, paintings, photographs, textiles and more. Plus, prepared food offerings of preserved smoked seafood; The Tender Rib's sandwiches, chili, and soups; baked goods, hot cocoa and cider to sip. There will be even be seasonal decorations of wreaths, garland and potted trees for sale.

It will be a festive occasion on opening day with live music, celebrities, and both Mayor Williams and Mayor-elect Fenty! But all 12 delightful days will offer special activities and treasures. With over 100 different exhibitors participating in the event overall, the selection of goods will vary daily.

A jam-packed entertainment schedule (pdf) is sure to spread cheer with festive tunes for the holiday shoppers. And, each day we'll give away a prize from a market exhibitor or Downtown business. Visit the market and drop your business card at the Downtown SAM info kiosk for your chance to win!

Have a musical talent or handy craft of your own to share? Exhibitor and entertainment spaces are full for this year. Please e-mail with your full contact information and craft or musical offering if you would like to receive notice when applications are available for next year's market.

Michael Berman is Executive Director at Diverse Markets Management. Email, telephone 202-543-3370 or visit contact.

Or visit Located in the Penn Quarter area of NW WDC on F between 7th and 8th Streets in NW WDC, Downtown Holiday Market 2006 will operate from 12 noon until 7 pm from 11 - 22 December 2006.

08 December Friday's Photo of the Week

Dinner . 1301 . River Park . SW WDC . Thursday, 7 December 2006

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Eileen Ivers - 'An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas' - MD, VA

It was during the Labor Day Saturday, 2 September 2006 Planet Arlington World Music Festival at the Netherlands Carillon - Iwo Jima Grounds in Arlington, VA that I would first hear Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul.

'An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas', Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul's new Christmas show will be in the Baltimore/Washington DC area on the following dates:

Thursday, December 14 - PM
The Lyric Opera House
Baltimore, MD

Friday, December 15 - PM
George Mason University
Fairfax, VA
BOX OFFICE: 703-993-2787

Eileen & Immigrant Soul will be joined by the Conta Nova Choir and the Broesler Irish Dancers. Do not miss this opportunity to bring your family and friends to a wonderful evening of Irish music, song and dance celebrating the true meaning of Christmas.

CLICK HERE to purchase the new CD 'An Nollaig - An Irish Christmas'

Wednesday, December 06, 2006

Patti Smith's "A Pythagorean Traveler" exhibition at Robert Miller Gallery

New work by Patti Smith, entitled "A Pythagorean Traveler" will be on display at the Robert Miller Gallery, in Chelsea NYC, from 1 December 2006 - 13 Jaunuary 2007. The show includes recent photographs as well as an installation piece, a composite of objects, drawings, and a vintage silk cloth that has been inscribed by the artist. Patti Smith has exhibited her drawings with Robert Miller Gallery since the late seventies. This is the gallery's second exhibition featuring her photographs.

Robert Miller Gallery is located at 524 West 26th Street in Chelsea NYC. Phone 212-366-4774. Fax 212-366-4454. Email Hours: Tue-Sat 10-6

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Street Musician & Blues Artist Vladimir featured in Chelsea Now

When In NYC for the 2006 Saint Black Party and in the process of my 25 March 2006 NYC street photography I'd capture street musician and blues artist Vladimir, at the corner of 23rd Street and 7th Avenue in Chelsea.

In the 1 - 7 Devember 2006 issue of Chelsea Now, journalist Lawrence Lerner sheds light on Vladimir's story who, a graphic designer and photo re-toucher by trade, fell on hard times three years ago when he was laid off and subsequently had a mild heart attack.