Friday, December 28, 2007

Russell Richards 2008 Wall Calendar 'Limited Edition' available for only two more weeks

The limited edition of "The Art of Russell U. Richards" 2008 Wall Calendar featuring 12 months of inspiring artwork suitable for all ages, which he presented as gifts during this holiday season, will be available for only two more weeks from Russell U. Richards store at Cafe Press.

Click the image to order the limited edition 2008 calendar. Other products featuring "The Art of Russell U. Richards", including T-shirts and posters can be found at his Cafe Press Shop.

To learn more about Russell U. Richards visit his webiste at "The Art of Russell U. Richards.

Friday's Photo of the Week . 28 December 2007

in front of 14 U Cafe . 1939 14th Street, NW, WDC
Saturday afternoon, 22 December 2007

Showtime's "Holy Shit! Promo

By itself, such a promo would be unremarkable, given the R-rated content of so many Showtime skeins and movies. But the [HOLY SHIT] ad -- spearheaded by Showtime execs Frank Pintauro and Angie Speranza -- doesn't stop there.

The montage is set to the Centralia song "Holy Shit," which includes lyrics such as "I've been such an asshole/I've been such a prick" and "Holy, holy shit/We've got the world by the tit."

Read full VARIETY article, dated 17 August 2007, by Josef Adalian.

Click image to view YouTube video.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

National Marathon Registration Reminder - Rates Increase After 31 December

A "Timely" Reminder

National Marathon and Half Marathon registration rates increase at the 1st of the new year. Be sure to take advantage of the last days of 2007 for the current race rate of $85 for the marathon and $70 for the half.

[Effective] January 1, prices increase by $10 in each category.
Get ready to run your personal best, sign up to run for your cause, or get a head start on your New Year's Resolution.

Here in DC, Everybody's Running for Something.


The above photo by Elvert Barnes was taken at 8:01 am on the 7th Street Bridge in SW between E and H Streets, SW, WDC on 24 March 2007 during the 2nd Annual National Marathon.

Corcoran End of Year 'Annual Fund' Request

A Message / Request from Paul Greenhalgh, Director and President, of the Corcoran Gallery Art / College of Art + Design

As I sit here, adjacent to the crowds queuing to get into our gallery, I realize that the lively bustle of the crowd in the atrium is giving all of my colleagues a new sense of optimism and pride in the Corcoran.

The galleries are looking very sharply designed; the building looks cleaner and grander by the day; the ranks of our membership are swelling to a new size; we are approaching our education and outreach activity with new-found confidence and vigor. We are arriving in a good place.

Your commitment to the Annual Fund is vital. This fund is the foundation of all we do. It enables us to install world class exhibitions, expand the college by offering new degree programs and scholarships, repair and restore our National Historic Landmark Building, and support our community outreach programs.

We all know that the coming period is absolutely key for the future. We are only beginning the journey that will take the Corcoran to places it has not been for a hundred years. We will make the coming year into one of the best in our recent history.

Make your 100% tax-deductible gift to the Corcoran Annual Fund by December 31.

Thank you and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.

Paul Greenhalgh
Director and President

Taken at the Corcoran on 2 June 2006 of John Fulton who was visiting WDC from South Boston VA, click the above image to view my ongoing Corcoran photoset and 17th Street, NW, collection.

Monday, December 24, 2007

2007 Deadly Year for Police

According to data and analysis provided by the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 2007 is turning out to be one of the deadliest years in decades for police.

Recently, ABC's World News with Charles Gibson ran a two-part series that took an in-depth look at the growing dangers faced by police and what's being done about them.

Part 1 of the series which was entitled Officer Down: 2007 Deadly Year for Police and here is part 2, Increasing Assault Weapons in Criminal Hands.

Click the Christmas Eve, 24 December 2007 image by Elvert Barnes to view USPP 2007 and Cop Duty 2007 photo sets.

View Horseback USPP "Merry Christmas" Wish video here.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

WOW Party Tonight with Larry Tee at Galapagos / Brooklyn

Every Saturday at Galapagos Larry Tee, Kevin Graves, Earl Dax, and Tobell von Cartier bring you the funnest new party in NYC!!!

This week special appearance by Bad Brilliance and performance from Tobell.

$5 or free if you RSVP to



Thursday, December 20, 2007

24th Annual Market Place Festival at Reeves Center THIS WEEKEND

The 24th Annual Market Place Festival & Health Fair (formerly the African American Holiday Expo) will take place this weekend on Saturday and Sunday, 22 - 23 December 2007, at the Reeves Center from 10 am until 6 pm each day.

AAHA's MarketPlace Festival and Health Fair, serves as an example of Umoja, the Kwanzaa principle of cooperative economics, where the slogan, "For the Most Positive Holidays Ever - Spend Your Money Where it Counts" has been demonstrated annually.

The Reeves Center is located at 14th and U Streets, in NW WDC.

My first of several 2008 calendars available at Cafe Press

The first of several that I will create, this particular 2008 calendar features images taken in WDC, NYC and South Florida ... with the exception of that depicted for the month of December which was taken in December 2006, each month is represented by an image taken during the corresponding month, one year before, in 2007.

My current two stores at Cafe Press are Elvert Xavier Barnes Creations and Elvert Barnes Washingtoniana.

Hopefully, by the first of the year, they will be pretty much all set up.

Monday, December 17, 2007

Harold Flagg's WWII Memoir "GI Odyssey"

Author Harold Flagg's of Fort Lauderdale FL, a traveller and sometimes tourism consultant, recently has had his second book published through Xlibris, a self publishing divison of Randon House Inc.

A military auto-biography, GI Odyssey: World War II Memoir/Novella is a highly enjoyable tour de force about a teenager’s coming-of-age during World War II.

Harry “Harold Flagg” Bandera writes his story in third person and uses mental time travel to depict life on an Ohio farm, sightseeing in Paris, skiing in Switzerland, meeting English cousins by the dozens, earning a university degree, and surviving $90,000 worth of cancer treatments—all on Uncle Sam’s tab.

Come, crawl between the sheets, and read how it all went down.

Here are exceprts from the book.

Though Flagg has all but recovered from his recent bout with cancer, last spring, in observance of the Silver Anniversary of Conch Republic Independence Day Celebration, he joined many for a National Endowment of the Arts bus ride from Fort Lauderdale to Key West for a lunch, lecture and tour of the Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum.

Flagg's writing style is similar that of Hemingway.

When communicating with Flagg, by email, seldom does he not speak of and reminisce about Paris. A city and country that he 'longs for' ... and soon hopes to revisit.

Currently available through Xlibris, within a few weeks Harold Flagg's GI Odyssey: World War II Memoir/Novella may also be purchased from, Barnes&Noble and

His first book "Affordable LuxuriesCaviar Living on a Tuna Diet" is available at, World Retail Store, and MSN Shopping.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Citylife Barbers on 9th Avenue in Chelsea

I first came across Citylife Barbers on 9th Avenue in Chelsea in March 2006 when during a photo walk that I focused on NYC barber shops as part of my ongoing barber shops series.

Though, at the time, I did not need a hair cut I stepped inside to introduce myself and informed the staff that as a visitor from WDC barber shops was amongst my ongoing themes.

The staff was so very pleasant that I vowed that when I returned to NYC in the future that I would make a point to stop in Citylife Barbers for barber service.

Which is exactly what I did, three months later, when I rode up to NYC with Mark and Ken for the June 2006 Heritage Pride Parade. But, after a late night / early morning of 'partying' at the West Side Club when I did stop in at Citylife Barbers late Saturday evening, 24 June 2006, they were just then closing up shop.

However, when Richard and I visited NYC in September 2007, I made a point to stop in at Citylife Barbers on a Saturday afternoon.

And as one reviewer says, I was "... greeted by the friendliest staff in NYC". Which was my first and second impressions when stopping in the two previous times before.

Though each barber was busy, at the time, I was the next person to be serviced. While waiting, reading the news paper, viewing images on my digital camera and watching the plasma TV one of the barbers offered me a bottle of water. Which I thought was a 'very nice touch'. Thanking him, I said 'Yes'.

After about a 5 or 10 minute wait I was in the barber's chair. And Jeovani would provide excellent service. While he cut my hair, I explained further the nature of my photography and told them that I would be attending a wedding on Long Island the following day.

Another 'added treat' occurred just before I was released from the chair when Jeovani wrapped my face and head with a hot eucalyptus towel.

If I remember correctly, the cost was $20 and I gave him $30.

I highly reccommed Citylife Barbers which, located at 201 9th Avenue between 22nd and 23rd Street in Chelsea NYC, the barbers provide TOP SERVICE.

Hours: Monday thru Thursday, 9 am - 8 pm. Friday and Saturday, 8 am - 8 pm. No appointments necessary.

Telephone 212-366-5369.

Friday, December 14, 2007

Rally to Protest Market 5 Gallery's Illegal Eviction and Breakin by DC Government

Join Market 5 Gallery and its supporters Saturday, 15 December at 1 pm to protest the eviction of Market 5 Gallery. Washington, DC's Office of Property Management (OPM) and its contractors have bullied and harassed Market 5 Gallery ever since it was given oversight of Eastern Market's North Hall.

On Tuesday morning, OPM broke in the gallery and changed the locks under the guise of a window inspection. Later that day an OPM official said it was a mistake and that they would send someone to let gallery staff in on Wednesday. Somehow, the window inspection and lock change caused the gallery computers to crash. Computer Geeks will give a full report of the problem when the computers are fixed. We need your voice to put an end to this kind of harassment and illegal activity by the government. We need you to:

  • View the video of the recent lockout, rate it and leave comments to boost visibility of the gallery's predicament
  • Join us for a rally and petition signing at Market 5 on Saturday, 15 December at 1 pm. Rain, snow or shine!
  • Sign the online eviction protest petition.
  • Contact the mayor and city council to express your outrage. Telephone Mayor Fenty at 202-727-2980 or fax at 202-727-0505. Email at
  • Help us spread the word even if you can't make it to the rally. Post it on your web site or blog, e-mail and call friends.

Holday Gift Suggestion #2: FDNY Firefighters 2008 Calendar of Heroes

My first holiday gift suggestion was the official 2007 National Cherry Blossom T-Shirt. Four which I received in the mail yesterday. My second is the FDNY Firefighters 2008 Calendar of Heroes which, along with many other items, is available online at the FDNY Fire Zone - the OFFICIAL store run by the FDNY Foundation, a non-profit foundation that supports the Fire Department of New York to serve the public and save lives through fire safety education and other joint projects.

Friday's Photo of the Week . 14 December 2007

Come Experience Equinox: A Fredericksburg Rock Band
Writings on the Wall . 14th & Church Street, NW, WDC
Monday morning, 10 December 2007

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Manny - Victor - Junior to spin at NYC New Year's "Circuit Events'

Thanks to Mark Nelson Events here is the low down pertaining to New Year's Day "circuit events" in NYC.

Moments after the New Year's Eve Ball descends from the flagpole atop One Times Square, the Saint At Large will ring in the New Year with an After the Ball - New Years Party at the Nokia Theater at 1515 Broadway and 44th Street in Times Square from 12:30 am until 8 am, featuring DJ Manny Lehman.

The music of Victor Calderone will get you through the day at the 9 am until 9 pm New Years Day Party at Pacha New York at 618 West 46th Street. DJ Boris will preceed Calderone from 9 pm until 9am.

And the New Year's Event w/ Junior Vasquez will get you through the night at Sol NYC at 609 West 29th Street, from 9 pm until 4 am.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Issue 2 of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams' online "Comfort" is NOW AVAILABLE

In celebration of the holiday season, issue 2 of Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams' online magazine "Comfort" focuses on Entertainment Ideas, New Year & New Looks, and Chef Sean's Holiday Recipes.

Issue #1, in celebration of Valentines Day 2007, featured an interview of Eve Ensler and an article on second homes.

Click photo to view my ongoing Mitchell Gold & Bob Williams - Logan Circle - 14th Street NW WDC store and Windows / Logan Circle - 14th Street photo sets.

'Chocolate City' Has Two New Faces IN Town

Local artist and chocolate connoisseur Eric Nelson of Artfully Chocolate in Del Ray has teamed up with chocolatier Robert Kingsbury of Kingsbury Chocolates in Alexandria VA to open the much 'talked about' chocolate cafe Artfully Chocolate featuring Kingsbury Confections (ACKC) Cocoa Gallery on 14th Street in the Logan Circle area of NW WDC.

When Eric Nelson opened his Artfully Chocolate store in the Del Ray neighborhood in July/August 2006, creating a space where he and his domestic partner, orchid enthusiast Edward Hart, tie together a passion for art, chocolate and orchids ... Kingsbury Chocolates which had been in business since December 2002 was one of his then two local suppliers.

Both companies have grown leaps and bounds since.

As America celebrates a recent chocolate cafe trend, the newly opened ACKC Cocoa Gallery at the Matrix Condo Complex on 14th Street in NW WDC will afford Nelson and Kingsbury the opportunity to expand in the respective directions that they each which to explore.

The artwork displayed at ACKC, including the painted bistro tables as well as the cocoa cups and t-shirts - all of which are for sale - are the work of Eric Nelson.

In addiction to confections, packaged items, wedding and corporate gifts, the ACKC Cocoa Gallery & Cafe will feature the orchids of Eric's domestic partner, Eric Hart.

As the first chocolate cafe to open in WDC, Eric Nelson and Robert Kingsbury represent two new progressive faces in 'chocolate city'.

Artfully Chocolate featuring Kingsbury Confections Cocoa Gallery & Cafe (ACKC) is located in the Matrix Condos Complex at 1529C 14th Street in NW WDC.

Hours are as follows:

Monday & Tuesday - 7:30 am until 8 pm
Wednesday - 7:30 am until 9 pm
Thursday - 7:30 am until 10 pm
Friday & Saturday - 7:30 am until 11 pm
Sunday - 9 am until 7 pm

For more info or confirmation of hours telephone 202.387.COCO.

Click the above photo to view my ACKC Cocoa Gallery and ongoing Logan Circle and 14th Street Historic District photo sets.

Steve Penley's "Reinventing The American Icon" at Fine Art & Artists Gallery in Georgetown

Since visiting Georgetown on Friday evening for the Georgetown BIDness Holiday Party that in the process of my ongoing Georgetown Windows and Windows of the World projects that I'd capture the windows of the Fine Arts & Artists Gallery at 2920 M Street, NW, Steve Penley's current exhibition "Reinventing the American Icon" has been on my mind.

The new collection of WDC inspired works by Atlanta based artist Steve Penley opened with a Saturday, 17 November 2007 reception and will be on display through Saturday, 22 December.

Five percent of all art sales made at the gallery from 17 November through the end of the year will be donated to the Duke Ellington School for the Arts. Here is the PDF document.

Located in Georgetown at 2920 M Street, NW, WDC, hours for the Fine Art & Artists Gallery are Tuesday through Saturdays from 11 am until 5 pm. For appointment and inquiries call 202-965-0780 or email

Click the above photo to view my Fine Art & Artists Gallery photo set which features images from the Steve Penley "Reinventing the American Icon" exhibition.

Since my visit to Georgetown on Friday evening, Steve Penley's exhibit at Fine Art & Artists Gallery has been on my mind. Here is an excellent blog posting at Mother Pie entitled Rising from The South: Artist Steve Penley... that explains why.

And, so has the racism that I experienced in Georgetown on Friday evening ... been on my mind, as well. Which is why it took me a day or so more ... to write this blog posting.

Monday, December 10, 2007

I Gorman & One in Ten Holiday Party tomorrow evening

Join One In Ten and I Gorman Jewelers for an Holiday Party tomorrrow evening, Tuesday 11 December 2007 from 6:30 until 8:30 pm, at the I Gorman's new store - a modern and elegant design that uses the best of ”green” technology and gem-inspired materials.

Enjoy holiday cocktails, gourment food, and perhaps find that perfect gift for loved ones, friends and family.

Proceeds from the party support One in Ten's programming and operations for 2008.

I Gorman is located at 1133 20th Street, NW, between L and M Streets in WDC.

To RSVP, please email

Saturday, December 08, 2007

Holiday Gift Suggestion: Official 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival T-Shirt on 'Holiday Sale'

The official 2007 National Cherry Blossom T-Shirt which usually goes for $15, is currently on sale online at $7, in celebration of the holiday season. Another gift idea may also be the official 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival poster at $10.

While I do not have them all in frames, I have a collection of the National Cherry Blossom Festival posters that date back to the 80's. And, in recent years, have made a point to purchase a t-shirt or two during the annual National Cherry Blossom Festival.

Here are the official store and store index links. As well as the National Cherry Blossom Festival website.

Click the image to purchase the 2007 National Cherry Blossom Festival t-shirt at the $7 holiday sale price.

Friday, December 07, 2007

Tickets Are Selling Fast for Jenifer Lewis & Keith Boykin Saturday Night Special Screening of "Dirty Laundry"

The 7:45 showtime of "Dirty Laundry" that Keith Boykin is hosting tonight, Friday, 07 December is already SOLD OUT!

Since many could not make it tonight, Boykin is happy to announce that he and cast member Jenifer Lewis will be hosting a special Saturday screening of the movie at 7:45 pm at the Clearview's Chelsea Theater at 260 West 23rd Street.

This time you have to move quickly to get your tickets because they will probably sell out early. But if you can't get tickets for that show either, never fear. Tickets are still available for the other showtimes.

A New York Times review of the movie today says the "cast spins ... comic gold."

3rd Annual Downtown Holiday Market opens TODAY at 12 noon

Beginning at 12 noon today, the Downtown DC BID and Diverse Markets Management will kick-off is 3rd annual Downtown Holiday Market.

For 17 exciting days from Noon to 8:00 pm, at Penn Quarter, the sidewalk on F Street between 7th and 8th in front of the Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture will be transformed into a marketplace of local artisans selling a diverse array of goods including: art, crafts, jewelry, textiles, photography, pottery, clothing, prepared food and other high quality gift items. Enjoy live entertainment and refreshing food and beverages while you shop.

Each year, the event gets better and better.

All-weather large-screen monitors running continuous, looped programming with sound are a new and exciting addition to this year’s Market. Additionally, several food and beverage vendors will offer a variety of interesting savory, sweet and seasonal treats.

Taken during the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market the above image is in included in my December 2006 Photographs Never Before Seen (December 2007) project and Downtown Holiday Market 2006 collection. And here are images from the 2005 event.

Opening at 12 noon TODAY which is Friday, 07 December 2007, the event will take place every day, from 12 noon until 8 pm, thru Sunday 23 December.

Friday's Photo of the Week . 07 December 2007

Man Reading the News Paper . L'Enfant Plaza WMATA Station
SW WDC . Thursday evening, 06 December 2007

Wednesday, December 05, 2007

Artist Robin Carol Blum 'Makes A Bold Statement'

By trade a newspaper artist with a master’s degree in illustration, Robin Carol Blum’s vibrant collection utilizes photos converted onto acrylic film, while everyday objects such as leaves, mesh, wire & fabric are intertwined.

The introduction of found street objects such as license plates & red light switch plates generate a bold urban composition. The smaller pieces are collages created with original cover letters & stamps from across history & the world.

All of the artist’s one-of-a-kind art will liven up your home & are perfect for small city walls. Your own photographs can be added to make the art more personal.

On 01 November 2007, the Zack's Taverna Art Gallery introduced the unique artwork of Capitol Hill resident Robin Carol Blum with a 5:30 - 8 pm opening reception. Located at 305 Pennsylvania Avenue in SE WDC, a second special viewing and reception will be held on 20 December 2007, from 7 until 10 pm.

Formerly the Taverna The Greek Islands, Zack's Taverna, serves Greek and mediterranean food and is a popular restaurant/bar for the Capitol Hill crowd.

Should you visit Zack's Taverna for lunch or dinner before the 20th December event, be sure to take the time to view Robin Carol Blum's 'Bold Statement' exhibition. Zack's Taverna is opened from 11 am until 11 pm, daily. Telephone at 202-547-8360.

Contact Robin Carol Blum at 202-547-1942 or .

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Saint At Large & Masterbeat 2008's 'After The Ball' New Year's Eve Party

For its 8th year, Masterbeat New Year's Eve will become a global celebration. Host cities, Los Angeles and Miami promise multiple spectacular events over the weekend.

Get tickets here for the Masterbeat 2008 event happening in a city near you.

On New Year's Eve, Masterbeat will introduce you to the Future of Dance! Celebrate the end of the year and the beginning of 2008 at the largest New Year's event in the world!

In NYC, the 'Saint At Large' & Masterbeat 2008 will host an "After The Ball New Year's Eve Circuit Party at the The Nokia Theatre in Times Square. Featuring DJ Manny Lehman and special guests Les Go-Go Bleu de Montreal, the celebration will began at 12:30 am and will last until 8 am.

WDC Ranked #1 In Walkability

A Brookings Institution survey ranks the 30 biggest metropolitan areas according to the number of "walkable urban places" relative to the area's population. The WDC area is ranked as #1.

As one who, over the years, has embarked photo walks I could not agree more.

Click photo to view my Pedestrian 2007 and ongoing pedestrians project.

One of the reasons that I have always enjoyed WDC and NYC is due to their walkability.

WORK Holiday Party (NYC) - 8 December 2007

Georgetown BID's Holiday Open House . Friday, 7 December 2007 . 4:30 - 7:30 pm

The Georgetown BID will host its 3-hour Holiday Open House on Friday evening, 7 December 2007 from 4:30 until 7:30 pm at 1055 Thomas Jefferson Street, Suite L-11.

RSVP at or telephone 202.298.9222.

Here is a larger version of the flyer.

Here is my ongoing Georgetown flickr photo set and recent Downtown DC BID 10th Anniversary Celebration blog posting.

AT&T to Disconnect Pay-Phone Business After 129 Years

Dec. 3 (Bloomberg) -- AT&T Inc., the biggest U.S. phone company, plans to leave the pay-phone business after 129 years as more people use wireless handsets to make calls on the go.

The first pay phone, installed in 1878, had an attendant who took callers' money, AT&T spokesman Michael Coe said. Inventor William Gray set up the first coin-operated phone in 1889 at a bank in Hartford, Connecticut. Both devices were operated by AT&T predecessor companies.

Verizon Communications Inc., the second-biggest U.S. carrier, still operates about 250,000 pay phones and has no plans to exit the business, spokesman Jim Smith said. The company will shut down an unprofitable line unless the location pays a fee to keep it operating, he said.

"There are people who still need them, and so we still sell them,'' Smith said.

To contact the reporter of this story, email Crayton Harrison in Dallas at

Click the above 3 December 2007 photo of AT&T service technician Larry Wimberley working on a pay phone in Chicago IL by photographer Tim Boyle/Bloomberg News to read the complete article.

As a result of the increasing use of cell phones, in recent years, and not unlike my interest in call boxes, I have embarked on several ongoing pay phone and phone booth projects. So when searching the internet for information pertaining to this blog posting I was delighted to learn of the Pay Phone Project.

Friday, November 30, 2007

Friday's Photo of the Week . 30 November 2007

Fort Lauderdale Drawbridge . Las Olas Riverfront
Railroad Crossing . Old Fort Lauderdale . FL
Wednesday afternoon, 21 November 2007

Georgetown's 2nd Annual Tree Lighting - 2 December

Georgetown's 2nd annul holiday tree lighting kicks-off the holiday season with free photos with Santa, cookie decorating, snowflake making, and hot cocoa from Starbucks! Free and open to the public the event will take place on Sunday evening, 2 December 2007, from 4 till 6 pm at the Georgetown' Washington Harbour at 3000 K Street, NW, WDC

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

The Georgetowner Annual Holiday Store Window Competition

Though the Windows - Georgetown image to the left was taken as part of my Fall Fashion 2007 series I'm sure I'll revisit Georgetown over the holiday to capture The Georgetowner Annual Holiday Store Window Competition which I learned of via the Georgetown BIDness Newsletter dated 21 November 2007.

Deadline to participate is Monday, 3 December. In addition to a $50 reward the winner will be featured in an upcoming issue of The Georgetowner. For more information email or telephone 202.338.4833.

Click the image to my ongoing Windows of the World collection.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Ed Bailey & John Guggenmos unveils "Town Danceboutique" tomorrow night

Mark Lee and associates from ATLAS Events, in a Special Courtesy Announcement, passes on the information that Ed Bailey & John Guggenmos will unveil their new gay dance club, "Town Danceboutique", TOMORROW NIGHT, 17 November 2007.

Here is an excerpt from Lee's courtesy announcement:

On Saturday, Nov. 17th, you are invited to attend the opening night of Town's weekly Saturday night party.

Every Saturday, Town offers the classic, Saturday night, wave your hands in the air, take your shirt off, dance all night, meet the man of your dreams, party experience that our city so desperately needs and we are calling the night UPTOWN.

Music will be by resident DJ David Knapp weekly and will feature special guest djs on a rotating basis. Throughout the night, don't miss the special performances by dance troupe X-Faction, and go-go boys and the region's most alluring performance artists (starting in December).

Every evening starts with a bang when the legendary Ella Fitzgerald hosts the premiere drag shows starting at 9:30 p.m. and 11 p.m. Doors open at 9pm. Music by David Knapp and Wess. Performances by X-Faction. 21 and over. Cover charge is $12. Admission stops at 3am. Alcohol service stops at 3am. Party continues until 5am.

Here is an online at Renew Shaw. To learn more about the club which is located at 2009 8th Street, NW, at the corner of 8th and U Streets ... visit their website.

Friday's Photo of the Week . 16 November 2007

17th Street between F & G, NW, WDC
11 November 2007

Tribute to Leander Barnes - 1995 Million Man March "Rise Up" Video

Between the 20 October and Thanksgiving of each year, since 1995, I have created artistic tributes to my nephew Leander Barnes who was killed in a car accident on 20 October 1995. Just days after the 1995 Million Man March.

In connection with my ongoing documentary project "Thanksgiving Does Not Mean To Me, A Black Man ..." this November 2007 "Rise Up Black Men - 1995 Million Man March - Tribute to Leander Barnes" photo monatage is sampled with the dance mix "I'll Rise" by Christopher Peyton from DJ Julian Marsh's continuous mix compilation Pride 05. Peyton's "I'll Rise" is an adaptation of Maya Angelou's "Still I Rise".

All images are the work of Elvert Xavier Barnes. This production is a "THIS IS FOR THE BLACK MEN" Elvert Xavier Barnes Projections project.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection Exhibit at the Department of Interior Museum

When preparing last weeks blog article announcing the launching of the 2007 Veterans Day Commeoration at The Wall that I learned of the planned 13 November 2007 unveiling of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection at the Department of Interior though I, then, planned to conclude my 2007 Veterans Day Commemoration with an attendance at the 13 November evening event after the Downtown DC BID 10th Anniversary Vision Event on Tuesday morning at the Sidney Harman Hall I was not able to make to the Interior Museum's "The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: America Responds" opening.

However, since today was, perhaps, the last day before the weather changes and hoping to get a few shots of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection Exhibit at the Interior Museum which since 1993 I have refered to as Writings On The Wall I hurried over to the Interior Museum at 1849 C Street in NW WDC.

Only to learn that PHOTOGRAPHY IS NOT PERMITTED inside the Interior Museum. While I could have gone inside to view the exhibit I was in no mood for the racism that I would have to confront. While I, of course, WOULD NOT PHOTOGRAPH inside the museum ... a black with three cameras would arouse so much suspicion that I decided to return at some later date to view the exhibit which will be on display through 31 May 2008.

Instead and hoping to get a photo or two of an 'artifact at the wall' so that I could use as an image for this posting I took a stroll over to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

Where, once again but as always, my photography of artifacts, flowers and writings on the wall ... aroused so much suspicion that I left 'mad as hell!'. Due, partly to the fact, that when photographing the 11 November 2007 Veterans Day Observance the shutter in one of my cameras jammed in the same way that the shutters of both my cameras jammed during my 01 April 2006 Cherry Blossom Festival Tidal Basin photo walk.

Since The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: America Responds exhibit will be on display at the Department of Interior Museum until 31 May 2008 I'll return at some later date ... without my cameras.

Located on the first floor of 1849 C Street, NW, WDC, though the Interior Museum posted hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, except for Federal holidays and the third Saturday of the month you may should call (202) 208-4743, to confirm times. Admission is free.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Downtown DC BID launches 10th Anniversary VISion Campaign

Catered by Occasions Caterers, earlier today, Downtown DC BID launched its 10th Anniversary VISions Celebration & Campaign at the newly opened Shakespeare Theatre / Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F Street, NW, WDC.

Opening with an 8:30 am breakfast on the second floor at the Orchestra Terrace 1 with a spectacular view overlooking the 600 block of F Street and situated directly across the street from the Verizon Center a crowd of 200 or more was in attendance.

Including Michael Berman of Diverse Markets Management who inquired if, and as I did in 2005 and 2006, would be photographing the 3rd Annual Downtown Holiday Market which in partnership with Downtown DC BID will take place from 7 - 23 December 2007.

Though my 2006 Downtown Holiday Market photo collection is still under construction, and as I told Michael Berman, I certainly will be at the 2007 event.

Also, in attendance was Dennis Sobin of Prisons Foundation who I promised to visit before Saturday to pick up some holiday cards.

Visions of Jazz provided music for the breakfast reception. They are one of many entertainment acts that may be booked through the Calpro Group.

Shortly after 10 am, the crowd was invited into the auditorium for the anniversary program launching the Downtown DC BID 10th Anniversary VISIONS Campaign. Mayor Adrien Fenty was amongst its speakers.

Click the above photo to view my Downtown DC BID 10th Anniversary VISIONS - Sidney Harman Hall - WDC - 13 November 2007 and F Street (Downtown) WDC photo sets.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Woodward Gallery hosts 'Andy Warhol The Fabulous Fifties'

New York City - Woodward Gallery is proud to present Andy Warhol : The Fabulous Fifties, a rare perspective of the artist’s genuine illustrations on paper from a half a century ago. Woodward Gallery has gathered many rare, intimate examples of this historic period to challenge even the most Warhol savvy observer to reflect and astonish over the time before Warhol’s POP success. To better understand Warhol, and his growth as a fine artist, one needs to consider his history and the evolution of his early work. On exhibition 10 November through 29 December 2007.

excerpted from Art Knowledge News blog dated 9 November 2007

Friday's Photo of the Week . 09 November 2007

Reading of the Names . Veterans Day Ceremony
Vietnam Veterans Memorial . WDC
Wednesday afternoon, 07 November 2007

Thursday, November 08, 2007

14th Annual St. Nicholas Celebration - Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine - NYC - Tuesday, 27 November at 7:30 pm

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Jewel Boutique will close its doors on Christmas Eve

After photographing the "Reading of the Names" Veterans Day Opening Ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial I'd walk north along 17th Street with plans of stopping in at 1718 M Street to pick a package of Prisoner Art Holiday Cards. When passing the Corcoran and observing Occasions Caterers and Perfect Settings unloading trucks I could not help but reflect on the many times that, over the years, I had catered events there.

Though I love and am a 'natural' for catering, my heart sank as I flashed back to the racism that I experienced. I spoke to the older black gentleman who has been on the Corcoran's security staff for many years. And told the guys unloading the Occasions truck to say hello to owners Mark and Eric, for me.

Never do I walk pass the Corcoran nor many such places throughout Washington DC that do I not reflect on catering. Nor flashback to the racism that I experienced.

I took a few photos of the Annie Leibovitz billboard display on 17th near E Street and then continued north to New York Avenue. Leibovitz is amongst my favorite photographers. As I passed the steps at the front entrance to the Corcoran a middle aged white couple asked where the nearest subway was.

"Which line and what direction are you heading?" I inquired. They mentioned somewhere in Arlington. I told them to walk north on 17th Street ... past the tall red building and one block north, on the right is where they'd find the orange line at Farragut West Station.

While 17th Street in the Dupont Circle area has been an ongoing theme since 1992, in recent months I have embarked on a project which spans 17th Street from Independence Avenue, SW, near the Tidal Basin to W Street, NW.

North of Massachsetts Avenue is referred to as "17th Street - Dupont Circle" and south of Massachusetts Avenue to I Street is "17th Street - Golden Triangle". Though H Street may should be the dividing street, south of I to New York Avenue is referred to as "17th Street - Lafayette Square". And for the purpose of my 17th Street Project, I have coined New York Avenue to Independence Avenue as "17th Street - Ellipse / National Mall".

Not too pleased with the images from the evening before, I took a few more photos of the banner hanging from the Corcoran facade at 17th and New York Avenue before continuing north on 17th.

Since several of the buildings on the west side of 17th Street in the block between New Avenue and F Street are government offices while I am less concerned about photographing the Old Executive Office which is on the east side of 17th Street I am always cautious about photographing the west side of that stretch of 17th Street.

However, I could not pass up the opportunity to capture the call box at the corner of 17th and F Street, paying special attention to the graffiti as part of my Fall 2007 Writings on the Wall Project. Which I have photographed several times, in the past, in connection with my ongoing Police & Fire Call Boxes Project.

When passing the street vendor on 17th near Pennsylvania Avenue who I have observed for many years, I said "Hello!". He spoke back.

Crossing Pennsylvania Avenue I contemplated photographing the windows of Pot Belly, as I have done on several occasions in recent months but did not observe any 'subject' sitting in the window that caught my attention. I contemplated stopping in at McDonalds situated between Pennsylvania Avenue and H Street but when I flashed back to the 4 July 2006 incident, in a similar way that I did not go inside of the Corcoran to say hello to former catering associates ... I continued north on 17th.

There are few places that I can now go in WDC that I do not experience flashbacks, pertaining to racism. 17th Street is no exception.

At the corner of 17th and H, I took several shots of Lafayette Tower which, under construction, I have phtographed several times in recent months. And, while waiting for the traffic light to change, at 17th and H, and reflecting on the many times, over the years, that I had catered at the Executive Dining Room at the Riggs Bank Headquarters ... my heart sunk.

Prior to the 2005 PNC take-over and located between H and and I Streets, NW, the 800 17th Street Building was the Riggs Bank Headquarters. Observing some months ago that the building across the street had been demolished to make way for the Lafayette Tower which, of course, I photographed, when on Tuesday evening that I observed "STORE CLOSING - BUILDING COME DOWN" signs posted to the windows of Jewel Boutique I realized that the west side of the 800 block of 17th Street will soon undergo redevelopment, as well.

Though I contemplated photographing the Jewel Boutique's store front on Tuesday evening, reflecting on the fact, that as a black male, I must be extremely cautious about photographing store windows and, in particular, jewelry stores ... having just photographed the Music & Poetry Tribute at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial I was 'not in the mood' for any additional amount of racist overseein' of me and my photography.

On the subway home I thought myself, since the weather is getting cold, I may not have the opportunity to capture the last days of the Jewel Boutique which would be an important addition to my Here Today. Gone Tomorrow Historiographic Project.

Having photographed Tuesday's Music & Poetry Tribute at the Wall which launched the 2007 week long Veterans Day commemoration at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and before it got too cold or rainy for me to come out I made sure to visit The Wall for the Wednesday, 07 November "Reading of the Names" Opening Ceremony.

This time, when passing by the Jewel Boutique I did not pass up the opportunity of capturing its last days. And, as is my pratice, in cases of ewelry stores, I stepped inside to inform the staff of my ongoing intests in Windows of the World and 17th Street and the documentation of businesses and buidings for Here Today. Gone Tomorrow.

While the older white lady behind the counter and nearest to the door was very cautious and suspcious of me I found the younger white man to be very appreciative of my interests. When I inquired as to when the store would be closing, his response was "24 December!".

According a sign situated on the sidewalk, in front of Jewel Boutique, all jewelry is 25 to 70% off. Here are one or two examples.

Though the store does not have a website I was able to find some pertinent info on the internet not only pertaining to the name of current owner ( Eric Cameron) of the watch and repair operation whose history dates back to 1963. But, of particular importance to me, one or two links regarding PNC's plans for redevelopment of the block.

In a 21 June 2007 press release issued by PNC Financial Group entitled PNC and Vornado/Charles E. Smith Announce New 350,000 Sq. Ft. Development in Washington's Central Business District an excerpts reads as follows:

"The new headquarters building will accommodate PNC’s Greater Washington headquarters, the regional staff of PNC business lines, a PNC Bank branch, other office tenants, retail space, a concourse level and two levels of parking. Located just 1,500 feet from the White House, the development will aggregate three parcels now occupied by buildings at 800 and 808 17th St. and 1707 H St. NW. Market demand in Washington for well-located, large, superior-quality commercial buildings is strong and growing."

Located at 808 17th Street in NW Washington DC, you have until Christmas Eve, 24 December 2007, to take advantage of the Jewel Boutique Store Closure - Building Coming Down Sale. Telephone at (202) 338-0172.

Waiting on the Farragut West Station platform for the next orange or blue line train in the direction of L'Enfant Plaza I remembered my recent posting pertaining to the closure of Candey Hardware Store.

When aboard the orange / blue line train en route to L'Enfant Plaza from Farragut West that I remembered the conversation on Monday evening between a longtime female black friend and I regarding the disparities between her black daughters and her black sons and as I reflected on the impact that racism has had on my life, as a black male, through the flashbacks that I had just experienced moments before, when walking north along 17th Street that I would pass the Corcoran and former Riggs Bank Headquarters, and as I had told my old friend a few nights before - I had no doubt in my mind of the importance of my Fall 2007 motto and chant which is 'The Creation of New Memories!".

I, strongly, suggest that other black men who may have had similar experiences as I ... to "... create new memories!"

Click the above photo to view my Jewel Boutique FLICKR photo set.

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Crossroads Northern Virginia performs at Veterans Day Music & Poetry Tribute At The Wall

Celebrating its 25th anniversary the Vietnam Veterans Memorial located just west of Constitution Gardens in NW Washington DC launched its 2007 Veterans Day week long commemoration on Tuesday afternoon, 06 November, with a 1 pm - 8 pm Music and Poetry Tribute at The Wall.

Arriving at around 6 pm and while in the process of my Writings on the Wall ongoing project I enjoyed the folk rock sounds coming from the Music & Poetry stage at the East Knoll. When walking over to capture some shots of the performing band I thought "Damn it, this is why I should never leave my apartment without my video camera."

Had the temperature not been in the low fifties and, perhaps, forties, which caused my batteries to expire more quickly I certainly would have stayed longer to enjoy and capture Crossroads Northern Virginia. Who, apparently, were featured at the 25th Anniversary Groundbreaking Ceremony last March.

While the 6 November "Music & Poetry Tribute" launched the Vietnam Veterans Memorial 2007 Veterans Day Commemoration, The Reading of the Names, will take place from Wednesday, the 7th through Saturday, the 10th.

During the four-day event, over 58,000 names inscribed on The Wall will be read in order of casualty date.

On Sunday, 11 November, Gen. Colin Powell, USA (Ret.), former Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will be the keynote speaker at the 1 PM Veterans Day Ceremony. Country music singer and songwriter Darryl Worley will also perform.

The commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as well as the 2007 Veterans Day Observance will conclude with two events on Tuesday, 13 November, the actual anniversary of The Wall’s dedication. The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will be teaming up with NASA for a Salute to Vietnam Veterans on Tuesday morning, 13 November Later that evening, the Department of Interior will unveil its featured exhibit on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. For more information on these events, visit

Click the above photo view my Crossroads Northern Virginia flickr photoset.

Lenore Will Cook Your Turkey

The art of entertaining is knowing who to call. So this Thanksgiving, give yourself a treat. Call Lenore Nolan-Ryan of Lauderdale-By-The-Sea and have her cater your delicious Thanksgiving family dinner.

Order a little or order a lot and have it delivered or pick it up yourself.

Click image for Lenore's 2007 Thanksgiving Dinner Menu.

Prison Art Holiday Cards

The holidays as a time of caring and compassion take on new meaning when you send our unique prison art Holiday cards featuring the work of talented prison inmate artists Michael Jewell and Todd Mitchell Leavitt. Four colorful cards, printed and distributed by the Prisons Foundation, spotlight the work of some of our best incarcerated artists. They are sold in packs of eight for only $12 per pack. These large cards (5 ½ by 8 inches) come with matching envelopes. The backs of the cards have short profiles of the inmate artists who created them. The inside of the cards is blank. View and order these beautiful cards online with Paypal, check or credit card. Or for telephone orders, please call 202-393-1511.