I went to the Emerge Art Fair in October and it was interesting/entertaining/fun! Particularly the mannequins (?) in rabbit suits strategically placed everywhere, and some great performance art pieces. The exhibit was at the Capitol Skyline Hotel and pieces were scattered all around, including in the underground parking garage and the walls of their diner.
(e)merge interconnects a commercial platform for international galleries with a free exhibition platform for vetted works by unrepresented artists.
I went to the Virgin Mobile Freefest in Columbia, MD back in October. I highly recommend this festival for everyone on the east coast, as 1) it is free (if you score a free ticket, which involves refreshing your computer at 10 AM on said friday morning), 2) it’s pretty (located at the Merriweather Post Pavilion (the Animal Collective album is named after this place!), home to tons of greenery and trees, 3) it’s free, 4) you love music and want to see some bands you hate, love and have no clue who they are 5) parking is free too. How is this possible? Good ol’ Richard Branson. My favorite set was M83, followed by Santigold and Portugal the Man.
Getting so excited for Coachella 2013!!
Ever heard of taiwanese ramen? Neither had I until I went to Toki Underground in Washington DC. Ironically (or purposely) they are not located underground. They’re above The Pug – a bar on H Street. It’s a tiny place, mostly bar seating and the bathrooms are so tiny the sink is in the hallway. Beats having to use a paper towel in order to open the bathroom door, right?
There’s always a wait apparently, so we put our names down and they said they’d call us when the table is almost ready. I love it when restaurants do that- you don’t have to stand awkwardly and look at them with puppy dog eyes until you get your table.
Yes, that cocktail has a piece of pork belly in it. It is called Toki Monster: bourbon, honey liqueur, and scotch with a piece of kushiyaki porkbelly. Oh, you want to add pork belly bacon to your ramen? No prob. Chicken butt? You got it!
I ordered the vegetarian base (roasted root vegetable soup, tofu, daikon, pickled cucumbers, shitake mushrooms, seasonal vegables, sesame, scallions, nori) and added fried prawns, egg and got a side of homemade sriracha. It was delicious! Though, I think I was a little bit allergic to the shrimp- gotta stick to veggie next time.
I visited DC in early October to see my brother and went to one of the 1000s of museums in DC, Corcoran Gallery of Art. Here are a few of my favorites:
From Top to Bottom:
Junkie’s Curtain by Gene Davis (1967)
Hand Held by Jane Hammond (1996)
Salon Doré, the Corcoran’s 18th-century gilded French period room. It was originally part of the Hôtel de Clermont, an early 18th-century private residence in Paris.