Tuesday, March 27, 2012
Friday, March 23, 2012
WOW, since I've moved to DC things have been getting alot more cleaner and fixed up faster and faster something new is opening in the city, it's GREAT. But the one thing people forgot about was a jewel at the end of U St. Today I'm happy to say that the Howard theater will be reopening in this once beautiful part of DC. I love how our neighborhoods are coming alive again!
Here is a before and after shots.
Friday, March 16, 2012
Potbelly Sandwich shop's cherry blossom shake is back for the spring. This year, the D.C. Locations are donating 20 cents from every purchase of the pink treat sold thought May 1 to go toward tree planting at 22 local schools. The trees are being provided by Casey Trees, a D.C.-based nonprofit committed to restoring the city's tree canopy. Potbelly locations around the region will also donate 20 cents from each milkshake sold to the Arbor Day Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to planting trees trough out the nation.
The 2012 film festival is under way around the District. The event runs thought March 25 and features 180 documentaries on myriad of environmental issues - From the future of the electric car and the BP oil spill to the meaning of organic food labels. Academy Award-winning director Jessica Yu's documentary "Last Call at the Oasis" will premiere March 21 at the National Museum of Natural History. Films will be screens (most of them for free) at more the 50 venues around Washington.
For a full schedule visit
Smithsonian American Art Museum
March 16th - Sept 30, 2012
Video games are a prevalent and increasingly expressive medium within modern society. In the forty years since the introduction of the first home video game, the field has attracted exceptional artistic talent. An amalgam of traditional art forms—painting, writing, sculpture, music, storytelling, cinematography—video games offer artists a previously unprecedented method of communicating with and engaging audiences.
The Art of Video Games is one of the first exhibitions to explore the forty-year evolution of video games as an artistic medium, with a focus on striking visual effects and the creative use of new technologies. It features some of the most influential artists and designers during five eras of game technology, from early pioneers to contemporary designers. The exhibition focuses on the interplay of graphics, technology and storytelling through some of the best games for twenty gaming systems ranging from the Atari VCS to the PlayStation 3. Eighty games, selected with the help of the public, demonstrate the evolution of the medium. The games are presented through still images and video footage. In addition, the galleries will include video interviews with twenty developers and artists, large prints of in-game screen shots, and historic game consoles. Chris Melissinos, founder of Past Pixels and collector of video games and gaming systems, is the curator of the exhibition.
Developments in hardware and software, as well as the advent of the internet, have given artists an ever widening palette of tools with which to create, while common game-play elements can be seen throughout. Five featured games, one from each era, show how players interact with diverse virtual worlds, highlighting innovative techniques that set the standard for many subsequent games. The playable games are Pac-Man, Super Mario Brothers, The Secret of Monkey Island, Myst, and Flower.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum invited the public to help select the video games to be included in the exhibition. The 240 games on the ballot were selected by Chris Melissinos, who worked with the museum and an advisory group consisting of game developers, designers, industry pioneers, and journalists. The games were selected based on a variety of criteria, including visual effects, creative use of new technologies, and how the game fit into the narrative of the exhibition. Voting took place between February 14 and April 17, 2011. More than 3.7 million votes were cast by 119,000 people in 175 countries! See which games were voted into the exhibition, or check out the original voting website.