Saturday, July 21, 2007

Bay of Pigs: The OFFICIAL Saturday Night Party for (Dore) Up Your Alley Street Fair

Folsom Street Events in association with Galvanize Productions and The Grind- SoMa Saturdays presents the Official Up Your Alley Saturday night event

Bay Of Pigs
Saturday, July 28th, 2007
Cat Club
1190 Folsom St.
10pm - 4am
Three Floors of Debauchery:
DJ Paulo in the main room
DJ Nikita in the Dungeon Lounge on the 2nd floor
Tattoo Chris will be your host for the evening
Poster by Axel.

Friday, July 20, 2007

FLANEURISM - Friday Photo Walk / WDC 13 July 2007 Photo Montage

I did not know that the street photography that I have practiced since the fall of 1972 when as a senior at Great Mills high School in Southern Maryland that I would take weekend trips to Washington DC to visit the gay bars in SE and SW WDC and cruise the streets of Georgetown on Saturday and Sunday afternoons was a form of flaneurism.

In fact, I never heard of flaneurism until artist and urban planner Daniel Lobo informed me of that fact in March of this year.

Since 1972, I had always envisioned that, years later, my street photography would be intergrated with music and projected onto walls. Having integrated my writings with my photography since my Labor Day Weekend 1992 trip to Fire Island in October 1995, as a result of the Million Man March on Washington, I have developed an ongoing documentary project "Some Angry Black Men Might Would've Put A Gun In His Hands" that while journalizing about my experiences as a black male and reporting on the issues of the day I have also photographed the time in which I have lived.

Cognitive that when my phtography has been integrated with my writings the result will not only represent a powerful reflection and documentation of our times but will also shed light on my personal story.

Though it has been since February 2005 that I have created photo montage videos and in recent weeks several video footage projects this particular video project, FLANEURISM - Friday Photo Walk / WDC - 13 July 2007 is precisely what I have visualized since the fall of 1972.

Unfortunately, for me, a black male, it has been a life subjected to out right and blatant racism.

While my street photography has always been a form of flaneurism what sets my body of work against all others is the fact my photo walks, particularly since 1992, has been 'walks against racism'.

The above photo was taken on Friday evening, 13 July 2007 on 7th Street in Chinatown.

One of the reasons that, in recent years, I focus on Chinatown is because it reminds me of Georgetown in the 70's and early 80's. I sometimes refer to it as Georgetown East. And what is so pronouced to me ... a black male ... is the fact that I have less freedoms now and am disrespected more now on 7th Street in Chinatown than I was, as a black male, when my white friends and I cruised the streets of Georgetown in the 70's.

Click the above photo to view my 13 July 2007 Friday Photo Walk photoset. It is included in my FLANEURISM - Friday Photo Walk / WDC - 13 July 2007 photo montage.

The background music for the photo montage video is DJ Bryan Hughes mix "Burning Man 2006". I only include the music of those DJs whose work I regard as important reflections of our times.

This video will be played at bars, night clubs, lounges and art openings ... bringing attention to DJ Bryan Hughes and, of course, my ongoing FLANEURISM PROJECT.

Some angry black men might would've put in a gun in their hands!

Friday's Photo of the Week . 20 July 2007

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Diverse Markets Management NOW accepting applications for 2007 Downtown Holiday Market

Michael Berman, Executive Director of Diverse Markets Management announced this past weekend that applications are now being accepted for the 2007 Downtown Holiday Market.

Which in partnership with the Downtown DC BID the 2007 Downtown Holiday Market will open Friday, December 7th, and will run continuously for a total of 17 days, ending Sunday, December 23rd. Hours will be from 12pm - 8pm each day.

It will again be located on the wide sidewalk of F Street NW, between 7th and 8th Streets NW. With the classic architecture of the historic "Patent Office" providing the background, the site is also directly across the street from Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro, the Verizon Center, and among the bustling 7th Street Gallery Place corridor.

Click the above photo of Carol Savage from Traveling Savage by Elvert Barnes which was taken on 12 December 2006 during the 2006 Downtown Holiday Market. To learn more about Carol Savage here is the 2004 article Creating beauty with worldwide beads by Donna Bailey, Public Relations, published in the online edition of The Catalyst, from The Medical University of South Carolina at Charleston SC.

To view more photos by Elvert Barnes visit his 2006 Downtown Holiday Market webpage or his 2006 Downtown Holiday Market flickr photo collection.

Monday, July 16, 2007

"Madison Glorious Sounds" at Penn Quarter on Sunday afternoon, 15 July 2007

Though I have photographed The Madison Livelystones Band since 1994 I did not realize that there was a second and perhaps other bands associated with The United House of Prayer For All People until yesterday when I captured The Madison Glorious Sounds at the corner of 7th and F Streets, at Penn Quarter, in NW Washington DC. Which I have photographed since 1992.

From a brief telephone interview that I conducted on Monday evening, 16 July 2007, with Corey Rogers of The Madison Glorious Sounds I learned that his band is from the United House of Prayer located at 1721 1/2 7th Street while The Madison Livelystones are from the United House of Prayer For All People which is located at 601 M Street, NW, WDC which is listed on the African American Heritage Trail.

The United House of Prayer for All People® was founded by Charles Manuel Grace, 1881 - 1960, who proclaimed himself as "Bishop" in 1919. Marcelino Manuel da Graca was born in Brava Verde in the Cape Verde Islands. In 1919 Bishop Grace built the first United House of Prayer For All People in West Wareham, Massachusetts, and incorporated the United House of Prayer for All People in Washington, D.C. in 1927.

To learn more about the history of The United House for Prayer visit their website and click HISTORY at the bottom of the page. Where listed amongst its PROPERTIES are the Madison Victorians which have fascinated me for many years.

The United House of Prayer for All People has over 100 places of worship in 23 states. The National Headquarters for the church is located in Washington, D.C.

Click the above photo to view Madison Glorious Sounds - Penn Quarter - WDC - 15 July 2007 photoset. And here is the You Tube Video.