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FotoWeekDC 2015 Opening Party
Friday 11/06
FotoWeekDC 2015 Opening Party @ The Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence
$40 / $60
FotoDC & BYT Present: FotoWeekDC 2015 Opening Party! https://fotoweek2015.eventbrite.com/ Join us for an exciting evening of photography exhibitiopns, open bars, small bites, photobooths, music, and more as we launch the 8th Annual FotoWeekDC Festival! The FotoWeekDC 2015 Opening Party is made possible with support from The Reva & David Logan Foundation Be among the first to view this year's FotoWeekCentral exhibitions: Aperture: Photographs This exhibition follows the evolution of Aperture Foundation through a display of photographs from its print and fundraising programs made over a period of 50 years. In the process, it charts the evolution of photography itself. The exhibition features works from the following artists: Diane Arbus, Letizia Battaglia,Robert Capa, William Christenberry, Barbara Crane, Bruce Davidson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Pieter Hugo,Rinko Kawauchi, Dorothea Lange, Annie Leibovitz, Sally Mann, Mary Ellen Mark,Barbara Morgan, Richard Mosse, Robert Rauschenberg, Sebastião Salgado, Hank Willis Thomas and many more. FotoWeekDC 2015 Contest Winners See all the winners from the upcoming FotoWeekDC 2015 photography contest, featuring both single and series winners in the Fine Art, Photojournalism, and Photographer's Choice categories. View the gallery of 2014 winners here. More details and exhibitions to be announced soon! Croosh Deets Friday, November 6th, 2015, 7:30pm-11pm FotoWeekCentral @ The Former Spanish Ambassador's Residence 2801 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 Discount tickets on sale now for $40 Price goes up to $50 on Sept 15th and $60 day of But we might sell out before then! This is a 21+ event There is no dress code! Support from SPAIN arts & culture Stella Artois http://www.stellaartois.com/ Look how much fun we had last time: http://brightestyoungthings.com/articles/photos-fotoweekdc-2014-opening-night-party.htm Stay informed http://www.fotodc.org/ https://www.facebook.com/FotoWeekDC https://twitter.com/FotoWeekDC https://instagram.com/fotoweekdc http://www.brightestyoungthings.com/ https://www.facebook.com/brightestyoungthings https://twitter.com/BYT All proceeds benefit FotoWeekDC, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. BYT Productions
Macy Gray
Sunday 11/22
Macy Gray @ The Howard Theatre
$29.50 / $35
“I wanted to create a record that reflects who I’ve become as a woman, mother and artist,” says Macy Gray. “This album is very personal to me. I want my fans to understand the place where I’m at in life and feel inspired by my music because it’s relatable.” Macy Gray -- a multi-award winning, multi-platinum selling singer, songwriter, actress and mother of three teenagers -- has been overturning fan expectation and industry formula since the beginning of her musical career in 2000 with her critically acclaimed debut album ‘On How Life Is’. A truly gifted songwriter and brilliantly unique vocalist, Macy first entered the international musical arena with her hit single ‘I Try’ and soon became an instant global superstar. With a colorful career that includes multiple Grammy, Billboard, MTV and BRIT Awards, and record sales of over 25 million worldwide, the integrity and innovation of Macy Gray’s artistry has allowed her to forge her own path to success and win fans and critics from all around the world. Her music transcends genres, from experimental soul and alternative rock, to retro-disco and hip-hop. However, what the accolades, awards and impressive sales figures from over the years have failed to illustrate is the depth and breadth of Macy’s artistry and vision. Her unparalleled rise to international fame and journey over the past 14 years has been an interesting one and her latest album ‘The Way’ reflects the woman and artist that Macy Gray has become today. As a single mother of three and an established career woman in both music and film, Gray is now ready to share her journey with the world. ‘The Way’ features uplifting tracks laced with Gray’s signature sound, as she covers powerful topics such as female independence, triumph over adversity, self-love and expression. ‘The Way’ (Macy’s eighth studio album), was written and recorded during her highly successful 14th anniversary tour for On How Life Is and is set for release on September 9th, 2014 (KOBALT Music Group). Outside of music, Gray has also been busy working on several film and television projects this year, which include the Lifetime original film, Grim Sleeper, Cardboard Boxer, November Rule and Queen Latifah’s Philadelphia based drama series, Brotherly Love. Previous movies have also included For Colored Girls, Training Day, Idlewild, The Paperboy and Spider-Man.
Lizz Wright - CD Release Show
Friday 09/11
Lizz Wright - CD Release Show @ The Howard Theatre
$39.50 / $45
Lizz Wright – Vocals Michael Aarons – Guitar Bobby Sparks – Keys Nicholas D’Amato – Bass Brannen Temple – Drums Something amazing and terrifying happened to me as I entered into my 30s. I realized that I had run far off the course of my scripted plans, my projections for who I'd be, what I'd be doing, and how it would feel at this point. Then, the realization the mapped trail couldn't be recovered. A hound without a hunt, I was captured by unfamiliar woods far from earshot of the original game and players. Untethered by marriage with a scrap pile of maternal designs that never took root, I found myself forced, thank goodness, to let go. The pageantry of over-identifying with past experiences and old ideals had ended. In review, I found that life's unfolding had exceeded my most elaborate visions while other hopes had slipped into ruin in the clasp of my determined hands. Meanwhile, a new meekness and curiosity made all of my experiences sacred and overwhelming, something akin to a reverent depression. Desire was quieted in my heart, and I was uneasy in the cool of my newness, wondering what I really wanted to do next. When the label suggested that I consider working with Larry Klein, my entire focus shifted with a warm shrug, "Why not? He's produced some of my favorite records." Within a few conversations I had found plenty of reasons to trust the voice on the other end of the line. I knew that I was respected for my potential and achievements, and he wasn't new to dealing with strong women. Another shrug, "Why not?" I had plenty to sing about now, a heart cracked open by disappointment, a will broken by the truth. I was ready for a new project, the kind of baby that I knew how to make. It was suggested to me initially that I make a record of covers. It was the very moment my hard head became bent on writing my way out of my valley, no matter how hard or long I'd have to work for it. I'd count my steps and tell stories until I met the ridge line without borrowing anyone else's view. This was not my hour to cover, but to uncover, and hopefully, the reveal would be worth something. I trembled in the wait for my own revelation. I scurried around the country (Nashville, New York and LA) to have collaborative conversations with old and new friends. I remembered how to just sit with people and talk, even though I was on a schedule and budget. We all spoke like we were on Grandma's porch, but the work got done. To my delighted surprise, much of this record was written with Larry himself. My average day of pre-production with him looked like: A sunrise run and swim at Santa Monica pier, showing up to his studio sandy, salty, and red faced, talking through beautiful rambles with him and David Batteau while high on espresso. Then we'd get snagged by a soulful riff from Larry's acoustic bass guitar as he noodled along (seemingly) aimlessly. Often a story would present a hook and we'd return the next day with responses. This felt like an old and dignified pace of work, but also kind of risky. However, I looked up after a few months of these weeklong neighborly sits and real songs were following us, a train getting longer, each car intact and connected as we rolled on. In the evenings I listened to demos of the budding songs on my phone as the sun set over the Pacific. I could see them, unmade movies. The tide of communion would pull back and the shining pieces left could be made into anything. This is when I knew that I had, in these mosaic sessions, stumbled upon a new page of my life. I remembered the feeling of being found. One of the most moving songs from it's inception was, "Somewhere Down the Mystic." Playing on the simple wonders of my rustic Appalachian life, we imagined a love lost to death and the feeling of it's lasting warmth, a nod to love's reach across life's threshold. Months later, on February 20th, I had a near death experience, sliding across 300 yards of ice- coated mountain curve. I softened my body and rested my hands in my lap. The heavy car floated silently towards a 75 foot ravine that ended with a wide band of frozen creek. "Ok" was the only thing I could get out in a sigh. I was stopped by a young bellwood tree that grew out of the bank like a hook. I slowed my breathing and meditated in suspension. About 20 minutes later, a young neighbor pulled the door open, reaching in with a strong arm to guide my climb out. Now when I sing the chorus, I see the gracious hole and the sweet sapling that grows over it. It threw me back, a fish returned to the river with a cut lip. The pink bells of the tree can be seen on my homepage, and I want to keep such simple things close from now on. Why not? They were strong enough to save me. In surrender I experience freedom. The gift of an end is a beginning. I greet the sun with the only reason I've ever needed, "why not?"
Mike Peters (from The Alarm)—Solo Show
Tuesday 09/08
Mike Peters (from The Alarm)—Solo Show @ The Hamilton Live
Free
Tickets: $15.00 - $23.00 "Give Me Love, Give Me Hope, Give Me Strength” – The opening words from The Alarm’s 1985 UK/US Top 40 hit song ‘Strength’ which gave its name to the band’s career best selling album that celebrates it’s 30th anniversary in 2015. Following on from the hugely popular ‘Declaration Tour 2014’, Mike Peters one man band 'Alarm' concept will present ‘Strength’ in a similar contemporary style featuring performance, stories and images to honor the legacy the album left on the decade it helped define and the continuing significance it holds for listeners who can still relate to it’s timeless themes of love, hope and strength. The Alarm's debut album ‘Declaration’ was powered by unique electro-acoustic guitars that by the time of the follow up ‘Strength’, had evolved into a much fuller arena rock sound that paralleled U2 and Springsteen’s E Street Band in its scope and ambition. A sound that would see The Alarm break North America on a grand scale and peak with a live appearance before an audience of 26,000 fans at a concert in Los Angeles watched by millions around the world via MTV’s first ever live satellite broadcast. Packed with powerful yet personal songs like the autobiographical ‘Spirit Of ‘76’ and ‘Walk Forever By My Side’, ‘Strength’ went on to become The Alarm’s best selling album of the 1980’s charting in the Top 40 on both sides of the Atlantic. This is The Alarm record that brings together for the first time, the aforementioned themes of love, hope and strength now so synonymous with Mike Peters and his long running battle against cancer. Two times cancer survivor Mike Peters is fast emerging as one of the most visible advocates and activists for those living with and beating cancer around the world. Over the last four years, his Love Hope Strength Foundation has found over 1500 potentially life saving bone marrow donor matches; built the first ever children’s cancer center in Tanzania; supported the Bhaktapur Cancer Center in Nepal with life saving equipment and registered over 90,000 donors through it’s ‘Get On the List’ program. By turning rock concerts into lifesaving events, more than 10,000 international recording artists including Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin, Frank Turner and The Drop Kick Murphys now support the charity by allowing bone marrow registries at their concerts. Although Peters, is constantly fighting the illness himself (he may ultimately need a bone marrow transplant), he refuses to stop performing. Continually mixing his role as cancer advocate and musician by leading fundraising treks around the Globe and addressing delegates at the World Cancer Congress in Melbourne, Australia in December. "Thousands of people from around the world die every year simply because they can't find a match. The match is out there for everyone; they just have not been found. That is our life mission - seeing that everyone that needs a donor has one. It's that simple! Equally simple is the process - a simple cotton swab of the cheek - to get on the registry and then, if you are lucky enough to become a donor for someone suffering from blood cancer, the next step is a simple out patient procedure. Most people don't know this and it is our job to get the message out to as many as possible," says Peters. Peters inspirational story and musical exploits to perform awareness raising concerts at altitude on mountains such as Everest and Kilimanjaro (all while undergoing bi-monthly chemotherapy sessions), will be the focus of a new documentary film ‘One Guitar’, being produced in the USA by Kaleidoscope Pictures that will be released in 2015. The idea to climb mountains and perform concerts came when Mike was in hospital in Wales going through his second battle with cancer. Peters said, "I could see Mt. Snowdon from my hospital window and thought to myself, 'When I recover, I'm going to hike up that mountain as my symbolic climb back from cancer and raise money with my fans to support the cancer center that helped save my life.'" 30 years on from the original release of ‘Strength’, Mike Peters still has so much to live for, After twenty years living with cancer his songs of love hope and strength have taken on greater meaning and the defiance of his words from the ‘Spirit Of ‘76’ ring truer than ever. “I will never give in until the day that I die.
 I’ll get myself some independence, carve out a future with my two bare hands”.