Song 1: A (Barely) Happening, and Why This Weekend Will Be Better Than Last
Last weekend got off to a bad start for me — and not just because of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden's Song 1: A Happening, hyped by many of DC's dilettanti as a see-and-be-seen start to this season's cultural "after hours" events.
A tricked-out Tumblr trumpeted the Smithsonian's partnership with indiepop purveyors Pitchfork and the tech-focused Wired Magazine, a triumvirate that brought bands like No Age and Oneohtrix Point Never to Hirshhorn's iconic 360° façade for an evening concert coinciding with Doug Aitken's acclaimed installation.
The $25-ticketed evening was scheduled from 8 p.m. until midnight. Though, for some reason, performances ended much earlier, leaving audiences to herd under lazy lighting design by the hundreds in a long, slow quest for cocktails thanks to an abysmal bar-to-boozer ratio. (Drink tickets were another line altogether.)
Luckily, there seem to be better options this Friday night, kicking off what should be a pleasant spring weekend.
- Kristina Bilonick & Co. at Pleasant Plains Workshop will be hosting a fundraiser for their upcoming collaborative exhibition with Artspace DC: In Our 'Hood. Tonight from 6–8 p.m. at Enterprise Theatre & Jazz Lounge (2917 Georgia Avenue, NW), happy hour specials and a raffle are among the ways organizers are raising money for their group show and "community dialogue" specific to themes of gentrification. In addition to curated visual art, supplementary programming including performances, discussion groups, and film screenings will be presented throughout neighborhoods along the Georgia Avenue corridor for the duration of the show's run.
- On Saturday, mixed-media painter Michael Crossett unveils his In/Transit show at Gallery Plan B (1530 14th Street, NW) during an opening reception from 6–8 p.m.
- Closing out this weekend on Sunday, the long-running Petworth group house known as the Rocketship (1223 Decatur Street, NW) relaunches its annual summertime film series with all three Back To The Future films shown back-to-back beginning at sundown.
Here's to hoping this weekend is better than last; though by the looks of it, it's already off to a great start.
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