Art Lover’s Valentine’s – A Transformer Flat File Preview
svetlana | Feb 8, 2017 | 11:30AM |


With Valentine’s Day next week are you still looking for a different kind of event to spend your evening of at?

How about, then, an event that is both unimpeachably cool (Bad Religion’s Brian Baker DJing! Baby Alcatraz!), supports the arts (the event is a fundraiser for Transformer’s Flat Files Store and also a fundraiser for the arts organization itself) and is just the right kind of special and interactive (Kissing booth by Linda Hesh! DIY Valentine’s photo cards courtesy of Lomography! Site specific installations by  some of our favorite DC artists and collectives!) and also features an open bar and is totally cool to go to no matter what your romantic status is? Well, then Transformer’s Heartbreakers Ball February 14 is for you. We are excited to be media partners for it, so get tickets here (there’s both “single and ready to mingle” and “coupled up” options, natch) and lets make sure this is the first of many.

In order to get you in the mood we asked the Transformer’s team to dig deep into the Flat Files store and select crush-worthy local art (all cheaper than a dinner for two somewhere even remotely fancy!) so you can win that Valentine’s gift giving game too.

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Saturday 04/22
Paul Rodriguez LIVE from Original Latin Kings of Comedy @ Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse
$25 / $25
Longtime comedian Paul Rodriguez has been making audiences laugh all over the world (in Spanish and English) for nearly three decades with his unique brand of humor that is a perfect blend of his Latin heritage, the American dream and his undeniable universal appeal. As an actor and comedian, Paul Rodriguez’s multi-faceted career includes starring roles and featured appearances in over 45 films and countless television series and comedy specials. Voted one of the most influential Hispanics in America and awarded the Ruben Salazar Award by The National Council of La Raza (NCLR), the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States, Rodriguez has remained a constant force in his community and the world of comedy throughout his career. Rodriguez's film credits include "Without Men" with Eva Longoria and Christian Slater; "Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore;" "The Deported," "I’m Not Like That No More"with comedian Felipe Esparza (2010 "Last Comic Standing" winner), Disney’s blockbuster hit "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," "The World’s Fastest Indian," "A Cinderella Story," "How to Get the Man's Foot Outta Your Ass," "Ali," "Tortilla Soup," "Crocodile Dundee in LA," "Rat Race," "Bloodwork," "Chasing Papi"and "D.C. Cab," among others. The multifaceted entertainer recently wrote and performed his first-ever one-man show "Just for the Record," which is now available on DVD. In this tell-all theatrical piece, Rodriguez takes audiences on a journey through his remarkable life, including his childhood in Mexico, to his family's move to Compton, California (where he grew up), his illustrious career and the significant relationships and moments that helped shape his life along the way. Rodriguez has hosted several hit series, including the entertainment talk show "El Show de Paul Rodriguez," an entertainment talk show for Univision which reached over 50 markets throughout the United States and an international audience in over 17 countries in Central and South America. His additional hosting credits include the The NCLR ALMA Awards, The Tejano Music Awards, Showtime’s Latino Laugh Festival and his own television specials "Back to School" and "Behind Bars." He recently hosted "Mis Videos Locos with Paul Rodriguez” on Tr3s: MTV, Música y Más. As an accomplished writer, director and producer for television, motion pictures and feature shows, Rodriguez has several hit projects to his credit including the comedy concert film "The Original Latin Kings of Comedy," which he executive produced and starred in along with Cheech Marin, George Lopez and Carlos Mencia; the feature film "A Million to Juan,"which he also wrote, directed and starred in; six comedy specials for HBO including "Loco Slam, " "Live in San Quentin" and "Idiots and Armadillos." As executive producer, he recently struck comedy again with his Comedy Central stand-up concert DVD, “Comedy Rehab.” In addition to his many hit comedy specials in English, Rodriguez has the distinguished credit of performing the first-ever one-hour standup comedy special in Spanish, "Dime Con Quien Andas,"for Telemundo. Among his many credits, Rodriguez has also made guest appearances on several Late Night shows including "The Wanda Sykes Show,""The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Last Call with Carson Daly,"and "Politically Incorrect." Additionally, he has guest starred in several television series including "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," "Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List," "Shaken Not Stirred," DIRECTV’s"S upreme Court of Comedy,"Showtime's original series "Resurrection Boulevard"and"American Family." He has also lent his voice to popular animated series including "King of the Hill,""Dora the Explorer" and "The Proud Family." Rodriguez’s first big break came while doing comedy warm-ups for Norman Lear's show "Gloria."Lear ultimately wrote and developed a weekly series for Rodriguez entitled "a.k.a. Pablo," which is enshrined at the Smithsonian and holds the distinct honor for being the first television show about a Mexican American family on mainstream American television.
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For your “funny” valentine:

Eames Armstrong – How we love, 2016, Watercolor, gouache and ink, 6” x 7”, $100

For your Nasty Woman:

Margaret Bakke – Be A Woman, Move Your Bowels, 2015, Etching on paper, edition of 8, 10”x11”, $250

For your Summer Love:

Margaret Bakke, Languid Summer, 2015, Etching on paper, 10”x11”, $250

For your baby mama:

Amy Hughes Braden, Pink Margaret Evans, 2015, Acrylic on found paper, 11” x 9.5”, $150

For your filter-loving love:

Cassidy Garbutt, Filters I , 2015, Archival inket print, 13” x 19”, $75

For your Sephora-loving valentine, a perfume that will never run out:

Elizabeth Graeber, Perfume, 2014, Pen, ink, and watercolor on paper, 4” x 6”, $55

For your flowers addicted friend, a bouquet that will never wilt:

Matt Hollis, Floramorphosis:Stalking, 2014, Magazine collage on bristol, 14 x 17”, $100

For your love outside the lines:

Aaron Hughes, W.B.S.S., 2013, Ink on Bristol Board, 12’’ x 19’’, $80

For your explosive love:

Chandi Kelley, Tiny Volcano (in unrest), 2014, Archival Inkjet Print, 1/5, 13’’ x 19.5’’, $300

For your hot hot love:

Yar Korporulin, Seven Red Curtains, 2015, Silkscreen on Paper, 6.5 x 6.5”, $250

For your star-crossed lover:

Yar Korporulin, Romeo, 2012, Graphite on Paper, 9.5 x 8.5”, $200

For your slow-burning soulmate:

Victor Koroma, A Beautiful Mess: Virginia Slims, 2015, Inkjet Print with watercolor, 8.5 x 8.5”, $150

For your work-wife/work-husband:

Victor Koroma, Sex, Drugs, and Office Supplies: Lamp, 2011, Inkjet print on Luster paper, 17 x11”, edition 1/15, $100

For your gym crush:

Joshua Yospyn, Crunches, 2013, Digital C-Print, 18 x 12 in, $350