I'll be missing out on our wonderful area's musical events this weekend in favor of a Pearl Jam show benefiting the campaign of Senator Jon Tester (D-MT). Sincerest apologies to Crystal Castles, Crocodiles, David Byrne and St. Vincent -- Missoula calls.
Now that you have hopefully, and properly, celebrated the contributions of the labor movement to American society by enjoying a long weekend, it's time to get to work. But not work exactly. Actually, not work at all...
What I am promoting, though art, is the understanding that "Black Love" is a proven and viable solution/cure that can be utilized in any culture where racial, cultural and class disenfranchisement is present.
This weekend give yourself a treat. Run away to the circus if only for a couple hours. Invite some friends. Drink some bubbly. And wear some glitter yourself. Live large. When you start shaking around the fairy dust, who knows what'll happen.
Rob Bettman, Executive Director for the D.C. Advocates for the Arts, has organized a movement bringing artists, arts groups, and patrons together to lobby D.C.'s mayor and council members for increased arts funding.
Oberhofer falls into the multitude of indie bands churning out lo-fi music. Thankfully for the listener, and the audience on Tuesday night, this group favors a rock and roll influence more than obtuse haze.
In the 10 years I've lived here, I don't recall so much arts and culture happening on so many levels outside the usual institutions and a handful of galleries. Very exciting times in the D.C. arts scene.