Photos By Jordan Edwards, Words By Kalee Rinehart
Do you find yourself longing for a more cultured atmosphere? Do you often look around and think “Man, I’m living in a Jeff Foxworthy joke that just won’t end!”? Do you want to atone for caring a little too much about Kim Kardashian’s greased up ass?
Here is a suggestion: check out a Little Salon.
The idea behind Little Salon is simple: people meet up to hear and see art, chat, and maybe throw back a few beers. And keeping with the centuries-long tradition, each Little Salon is hosted in someone’s home. Per the founder, Chris Maier, this is to create an intimate, inviting, and conversational atmosphere.
The sixth Little Salon was held at a home in Takoma Park – relatively far from the Metro but well worth the distance. Alan Kanner, the home owner, worked with architect Mark McInturff, to create a space first and foremost for his family, but also as a place to host performances. The house was a piece of art in and of itself; a giant black cube accented with large blocks of vibrant colors resting against two stilts. Both dudes were present at the salon and spoke a little about the space and its purpose. (Seriously, the house is a thing. It’s won awards and stuff.)
The salon kicked off with a performance from the LeDriot Chamber Players. The LeDriot Chamber players are a collection of musicians who typically perform as a part of other organizations (the National Symphony Orchestra, the U.S. Milistary Ensembles, etc), but also enjoy smaller, almost familial, presentations of music. If you enjoy baroque or classic music at all, you should definitely check them out.
There were violins! A viola! A double bass! An oboe! A baritone! Bach! Haydn! (I am not being an asshole. I love chamber music). They players clearly have fun together and riffed a little with each other after their set. Additionally, the double bass player performed a solo piece by Bach (which was written for the violin) and it was pretty impressive. If you’ve never seen someone play the double bass up close, it’s kind of like watching two people fight, except the loser makes beautiful music.
There were fiction readings from two published authors, Tim Denevi and Reb Livingston. Denevi read from a work-in-progress centered on interpretations of and perceptions related to bible stories. Livingston read some very stream-of-consciousness passages from her newly published novel, Bombyonder.
The lower level of the house contained an untitled art installation from DC artists Joseph Orzal and Rodrigo Carazas. The motif seemed to be soccer-related, as there was a soccer ball and a disembodied leg lying on a large patch of Astroturf.
There was also a solid pink painting resting on a bright orange Home Depot bucket. It had a spotlight shining on it, so you could tell it was art. It wasn’t clear if the bucket was a part of the exhibit or not, but it was resourceful, either way.
So, if you are looking for a chance to interact with art and artists of all sorts—or other nice, interesting humans more generally—in a very casual atmosphere, the next salon is slated for January. You should check out/like the Facebook page for specific details.