IN WHICH WE RIFF A LITTLE BIT ON SOME THINGS WE READ THIS WEEK. If the most recent issue of Washingtonian hasn't yet come across your desk (or FB feed), we recommend taking a peek. There's an Ezra Klein interview that we really dug (if for no other reason than his commitment to "explanatory journalism" is one we hold near and dear – accessibility/access points/inclusion are things we think about all day long in terms of the A Creative DC project at large), but the highlight, for us, is the piece on Washington Ballet director Septime Webre, by writer Sarah Wildman. It's a fantastic article, all around, but a few passages resonated with us, especially:
"It's been a tumultuous time for ballet, and for the traditional arts, everywhere, but in Washington the challenge has additional intricacy...In Washington – where the Kennedy Center hosts everyone from the New York City Ballet to Alvin Ailey to Suzanne Farrell – you can see hundreds of hours of ballet without ever bothering to see our own...It's hard to build an institution in this environment."
We've been kicking that around in our heads for the better part of the week, and while we don't have much more to offer, right now, than to say that it stuck with us, and that we know it applies to DC's creative culture at large. Because in a city built to represent the interests of the nation (and the world), what's homegrown, somehow, is by default an entity that, regardless of quality or reception or W H A T E V E R , is never quite given the priority or the resources for infrastructure that it might be due. Things we think about; things we wanna work on; things that keep us keeping on.
REGULARLY SCHEDULED PROGRAMMING: Tons of events tonight! DISTRIKT DC presents Shadé Renée: Vol. 1119, a fashion event featuring the work of Parsons senior (and DC native) Shadé Renée; this house show on Florida Avenue sounds pretty great; and Anthony Cervino's Ejecta opens in just a few hours at Flashpoint. We're taking the rest of the weekend off but will be living vicariously through the #aCreativeDC feed - tag away!
AT TOP: How amazing is that image? Thanks so much to all the artists/photographers/etc whose work is currently living in our daily-updated FEATURED gallery; we spotted @therealbfree photographer Brian Freeman's amazing series in the feed this week; ft. Visto of Hippie Life Krew, who released a single this week that's streaming (and reviewed) over at the Washington City Paper's Arts Desk.