Thursday, May 29, 2008

Colorlines Magazine Wins Investigative Journalism Award

The Chicago Headline Club has awarded ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter their 2008 Watchdog Award for Excellence in Public Interest Reporting for the "Killed by the Cops" cover story in the November/December 2007 magazine.

The Watchdog Award is sponsored by the Richard H. Dreihaus Foundation.

In a joint national investigation, ColorLines and The Chicago Reporter found that Blacks are overrepresented and Latinos are a rising number of those fatally shot by police. The report raises serious issues about whether police departments across America are doing enough to identify and weed out bad cops. Read the award-winning story.

The Watchdog Award honors Chicago area news reporting that calls attention to situations in which the public is being harmed or poorly served, and award is explicitly designed to encourage stories that stick up for the everyday person. The award was presented to ARC on April 25, 2008, at the Intercontinental Hotel during the Chicago Headline Club's annual Peter Lisagor Awards for Exemplary Journalism, which honors the best Chicago-area reporting in print, broadcast and online media.

Old Convention Center site to be redevelopment as City Center DC

My interest in the redevelopment of the Old Convention Center site dates back to December 2004 when out taken pictures on New Years Ever, 31 December 2004, that I observed that the site was in its early stages of demolition.

Since then I have visited and photographed the 10 acre lot on many occasions. One year later, in December 2005, to photograph the First Downtown Holiday Market. Four months later, I returned in April 2006 to document the first installation of the 10th Street Art entitled Metamorphosis.

In July 2007 I'd capture the 10th Street Art Walk second installation entitled Drift. Most of those images have not yet been uploaded to my Drift photoset.

And then after observing photos of a 10th Street Art Walk installation at Bullneck's photostream on 7 May 2008 I'd visit the Emerge installation. In the process of research for a video production that would highlight each artists and each piece of work, it was then that wold I learned that Emerge is the third and final installment.

And on the same that I had completed the Emerge 'Outdoor' Art Installation - 10th Street Art Walk- NW WDC - 7 M ay 2008 video, TV news reported that Mayor Adrian M. Fenty had announced that the District had reached a deal with Hines/Archstone to lease the so-called B parcel to the development team.

The Old Convention Center Site will be redeveloped as CityCenterDC.

To learn more about CityCenterDC visit its website.

Josh Wood Productions newly re-constructed website is now LIVE!

The newly reconstructed website for JOSH WOOD PRODUCTIONS is now LIVE! To get nightlife, cultural and political information hosted by JOSH WOOD PRODUCTIONS ... sign up for the weekly mailing list.

Spend your weekend at the Hotels. Hosted by Josh Wood, Matt Tratner and Nick Van Bremen ... Star Fridays at The Chelsea Hotel features DJ Corey Craig while this Sunday Nights series at the Garden of ONO at the Hotel Gansevoort features the music by Brenda Black.

In celebration of the NYC Pride 2008 season, on Thursday evening 26 June, Wood's PRODUCTIONS series will present JOHN WATERS at The Concert Hall at the NY Society for Ethical Culture. A portion of proceeds will benefit The Stonewall Community Foundation.

And under POLITICS, Wood has listed several sites to send relief to Myanmar.

To keep abreast of Josh Wood Productions ... sign up for the mailing list. Contact Josh Wood by email at

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Bi-Partisan Tour Company 'Open-Air' Roadster: Either Side Can Ride!

Though I've never seen one until when departing from the National World War II Memorial on Friday evening, 23 May 2008, that a Bi-Partisan Tour open-air roadster would head north on 17th Street, when later the same evening that I happened upon the same Bi-Partisan Tour roadster on 19th Street at Dupont Circle South the driver, Bryan, would inform me that Bi-Partisan Tour Company, based at Union Station, has been in the nation's capital since April of 2007.

Here is a pdf of page 50 of the March / April 2007 issue of the Arrive Magazine which features a brief feature announcing Bi-Partisan Tour's arrival in DC.

Washington DC will come ALIVE when you cruise the landmarks and landscapes of the nation’s capital in an open-air electric roadster. Guided by a state-of-the-art GPS system, the unique narration reveals hidden history, drama, and excitement at every turn.

Bi-Partisan Tour Company truly giving a locals look into DC's past and present history and the figures involved by using audio-based GPS units installed in electric cars. For those that know the city or want to explore on their own, rentals of the classic roadster are also available.

Electric car rentals, from Bi-Partisan Tour Company, are the ultimate way to discover DC. There is no other tour in DC that offers so much freedom and flexibility in personalizing each guest’s tour.

In addition to electric car rentals, Bi-Partisan Tour Company, also offers mobile and walking tours. And here is driving and policies information. Make reservations here.

Located at Union Station, here is the pertinent contact info.

Click above image by Elvert Barnes to view Bi-Partisan Tour Company photoset.

Sharon Bridgforth receives Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize

Congratulations to Sharon Bridgforth who is the recipient of the 2008 Alpert/Hedgebrook Residency Prize.

While in NYC through 1 September 2008 developing new work, hangn wid Loved Ones and participating in the following events:

... Bridgforth is in need of a dramaturg to collaborate with as she develops her new piece, delta dandi at Freedom Train Productions (NYC).

If you are interested in the dramaturg position please contact Andre Lancaster, Artistic & Managing Director of Freedom Train Productions by email at