Friday, October 20, 2006

Former President Bill Clinton Receives NLEOMF "Distinguished Service Award"

On Wednesday night, 18 October 2006, the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund (NLEOMF) presented the "2006 Distinguished Service Award" to the Former President Bill Clinton for his leadership and support on behalf of the law enforcement community. "The Distinguished Service Award," the NLEOMF's highest honor, is given annually to an individual or organization that has made a lasting and exceptional contribution to the law enforcement profession.

Dana Ellyn's Open Studio . Sunday, 22 October

Sunday, 22 October, noon-6pm. You are invited to Dana Ellyn's Open Studio. Say 'hi' and have some snacks and see her newest paintings. No need to RSVP. Dana Ellyn's studio is located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood of Washington DC at 916 G Street, NW. Take metro to Gallery Place (exit toward "Galleries") or Metro Center (exit toward 11th & G Street). Click here to view map

Aram, the Angry Left

A pretty regular, 28 year-old tree-huggin', meat-eatin', ex-Navy, agnostic, mountain-bikin', Armenian-Irish, non-PC, kick-boxin', angry-liberal Aram likes pool halls, jazz bars, Irish pubs, ect. and currently works as a tyranical webczar and does a lot of volunteer work on the side. He enjoys reading and writing and is an amature black-and-white photographer.

Able to handle a joke he feels that 'you should be able to as well!"

Having started The Angry Left on a lark it has grown almost out of control.

Wash Blade's 20 October 2006 'Bitch Session'

20 October 2006 Friday's Photo of the Week

South Capitol Street @ M Street, SE & SW
Monday, 16 October 2006 @ 5:30 PM

My NYC & Sobo VA photos @ Yahoo Travel

My 25 March 2006 NYC and June 2006 South Boston VA photos featured at Yahoo Travel.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

EDGE Philadelphia / Phillygayborhood Newsletter . October 20, 2006

Schmap Washington DC Second Edition Photo Inclusion

27 of my photo(s) that were included in the first edition of the Schmap Washington DC Guide, including the one to the left of Jason Femino taken in Dupont Circle on 18 September 2005, are also featured in the newly released second edition of the Schmap Washington DC Guide.

Mark Lee & ATLAS Thanks LGBT Community, Ends Event Production

Thursday, October 19, 2006 . ATLAS SAYS 'THANK YOU' TO THE WASHINGTON AREA LGBT COMMUNITY FOR 16 YEARS OF SUPPORT in prominent publication print ads AS GROUP CEASES NIGHTLIFE EVENT PRODUCTION due to looming 2007 D.C. MANDATORY SMOKING BAN. Contact: ATLAS InfoLine 202-331-4422

Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation BENEFIT @ CD Release Party . Friday, 3 November

Friday, 3 November 2006, for the ARCHIE EDWARDS BLUES HERITAGE FOUNDATION and CD Release Party for the new CD "SONGS OF PEACE AND FORGIVENESS."

Featuring performances by:

Gaye Adegbalola, Roddy Barnes, Eleanor Ellis, Andra Faye and the Mighty Good Men, Mike Baytop, Ray Kaminsky, BluesWorks, Mark Kinniburgh, MSG - The Acoustic Blues Trio, and special guests.

Proceeds go to help preserve the famous "Archie's Barbershop" in Washington, DC, run by the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, winner of The Blues Foundation's 2005 Keeping the Blues Alive Award.

When: Friday, November 3, 8:00 pm
Where: Rodeo Restaurant, 8229 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910-4520, (301) 585-2955. Just blocks from the Metro Redline, with lots of convenient parking.

Ten dollar per person suggested donation; twenty dollars for admission and a CD.

For more information: Jeff Glassie at 301-263-9282; Mike Baytop at (202) 526-7539 or 202-297-3962 or Miles Spicer at (301) 927-6963

Freak House Art @ Warehouse

Freak House Art @ Warehouse
October 20th 6-8pm
Show runs October 13-31

Dana Ellyn and Russell U Richards set your funny bone for laughter and pain. Warehouse Gallery presents "Freak House Art". "Cherry Red Productions and The Lobster Boy Revue will join hipster forces to transform the The Warehouse into three floors of frightening and funny fuckedupness."

Warehouse Gallery is located at 1021 7th Street, NW, WDC . 202-783-3933.
Gallery Hours: M-TH 5-10pm, F 5-11pm, S 10am-11pm, Sun noon -8pm
Metro: GalleryPl / Mt Vernon Sq.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

PS24 @ Busboys & Poets . Saturday, 21 October

Upon hearing of PS24's Saturday, 21 October performance @ Bus Boys & Poet's Langston Room which is located at 2021 14th Street, NW, WDC I'd upload the remaining photos that I took of PS24 during the 21st Black Family Reunion on the National Mall.

Ps24's debut CD can be purchased at Busboys and Poets Books. Doors at 9 PM, show begins at 10 PM. Cover $5

The Gap (Red) Campaign


Founded by Bono and Bobby Shriver, (RED) Will Raise Money to Help Eliminate AIDS in Africa, on October 13, Gap introduced Gap (PRODUCT) REDTM - a new, limited collection of clothing and accessories for men and women designed to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. As part of Gap’s global partnership with (PRODUCT) RED, half of the profits from sales of the Gap (PRODUCT) RED Collection will go to The Global Fund to finance programs that help women and children affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Near Southeast DC Redevelopment "Old-New" Exhibition

Though I had planned to hang only two historic images from my Near Southeast DC collection since exhibitions can be costly and time consuming at the request of the manager eight Out With the Old & In With the New 'Near Southeast DC Redevelopment' images are now on display at Sizzling Express located at 4th and M Streets, in SE, just across from the Navy Yard.

Since my work is documentary, an online exhibition is currently in development that will shed light on some of the stories behind each picture.

Sunday, October 15, 2006

Condolences to Neal Avery in the passing of his mother, Maudine L. Avery

While I did not know Maurine L Avery I have known her son for many years and since 1992 have often photographed him in connection with my ongoing projects Homelessness in WDC and WDC Street Life.

A few weeks ago when I happened upon Neal in Dupont Circle I mentioned to him that it would be my honor to include him in my Naked Truth Project and therefore would like to capture him at some of his more private moments. Perhaps when he is in the process of writing poetry in the park. He would then inform me that the best place to find him is in the park just north of the Dupont Circle North Metro Station.

Though suffering from the beginnings of a cold, on Saturday afternoon, 7 October, I'd visit Dupont Circle North for the expressed purpose of capturing and spending time with Neal. When I did not see him, in the park just north of Dupont Circle North Metro Station, I'd shift my focus to the Connecticut Avenue Dupont Circle Underpass Revitalization project and the Pedestrians at Dupont Circle North. As the afternoon wore on, the chill and dampness in the air begin to permeate my body. And though I should not have been out into the dampness I would continue to photograph for more than an hour.

When heading back to the Dupont Circle North Station I'd walk into the park to see if Neal was around. He was not. However, having observed a young man sitting on a park bench I'd inquire if I may photograph him. He said yes. He was visiting from out of town. After taking several photos I'd thank the young man and then turn in the direction of the Dupont Circle North Station exit.

At which time, I'd hear Neal yell "Hey ...".

We'd sit for a moment. During which time he would inform me that his mother had passed on 18 September 2006. On the brink of tears, Neal would then pull from his coat pocket a copy of the program from the 23 September funeral service. Which he was not able to attend.

He'd open the pamphlet to an inside page and point to a picture of his father. We'd talk for a few minutes about his mother, his father and his family. He asked if I would make sure to send copies of the photos that I took of him, in the park, to his family.

I said, "Yes, of course". I'd then suggest that he write their address in my note pad.

It is in the early to late afternoon, in the fall of the year, and when the tempertures dip below 60 or 50 degrees on damp days as was the case on Saturday, 7 October, that I must be especially careful. Having already been under the weather since the Wednesday before, I'd tell Neal that I had to get home ... and out of the chilled air and dampness since my cold was already worsening.

When hugging, in a departure gesture, I'd reiterate that I would make sure to get in touch with his family. Walking toward the subway, I'd realize that what had just transpired reprented a perfect example of a NEAL AVERY - NAKED TRUTH moment.