Friday, August 29, 2008
They were the cutest things I have ever seen. One with a huge red afro, cut-off shorts and a blowhorn, the other a tiny platinum blonde with sunglasses and awesome dance moves. They were set up on the floor which allowed hugs to be given out to audience members more easily. Their song are mostly about pretty normal stuff, like waterparks and airplanes, with the words "cowabunga" and "ice cold" thrown in for good measure. Their sound was INCREDIBLY infectious, mixing serious synth beats with loud talking, and even had the stiffest DC crowd moving (well, more than usual. but seriously, whats up with that, dc!? shake whatcho momma gave ya, for once!). Basically, all of you totally messed up. You should have been there. NEXT TIME.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
Tim is a local community arts activist and an all around good dude. Up until this year (under the label "Dynamite Printworks"), Tim adorned otherwise bland electrical boxes, trash bins and sign posts with beautifully silkscreened posters for local bands that could be seen all over the heights and mt. pleasant. After an extended stay in Mexico with his fiance working with local Oaxacan kids and teens to make their world a more colorful place, Tim came back to the city and taught a mural painting class at a local arts center. The kids initially took photographs of the faces of their own NW neighborhood, asking "what does Columbia Heights mean to you?", then selected a few of the best and painted them onto a wall outside Harriet Tubman elementary school on Park Rd. If you are ever walking to Wonderland or Red Rocks, please feel free to admire the work done by his class:
Friday, August 22, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
This is the gallery where it was held:
Did anyone go?!
Speaking of snooze-town USA... what was up with Bodies of Water? They opened up with "It Moves" and went right into two really upbeat songs from their old album, then back into their new stuff for the rest of the night, which to be honest, is really really boring. I hate to say it, but its true! One of the things that I loved about them was their energy and their crazy yelling. All I got was lazy keyboards and soft droaning voices. I did appreciate the new girl guitarist/violinist/singer, even if she just kind of stood there the whole time. Listen Bodies of Water, I am sure you were tired and it was Sunday, but that is exactly why you should have amped it up a bit. Maybe THEN you wouldn't have been left with 5 people at your show. I also left, which I felt a little guilty about, but I was falling asleep. (Don't worry, I still love them)
Friday, August 15, 2008
Tuesday, August 12, 2008
Much to my surprise and delight, there were boxes of 6 or 7 for $2 lined up at the Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market this past weekend, along with a printout of some very helpful hints on how they should be prepared. After doing a bit more reserch on the INTERWEBS, I found two different tempting recipes; fried squash blossoms stuffed with fresh mozzerella and basil (i used sweet thai basil from the market), and a light butter sauce to toss with fettuchini pasta.
GARDEN SQUASH AND
1 shallot, diced small
1 t. each finely chopped fresh savory and thyme
2 t. finely chopped Italian parsley (i used basil instead... i would have also added garlic... next time!)
4 T. sweet butter, softened (set and extra 2 T aside to saute the squash)
Salt and pepper
about a cup of chopped squash and eggplant
1/2 cup chicken stock
Separate blossoms from stems and chop the flowers. Blend flowers, shallots and herbs together with butter and season with salt and pepper. Slice squash and eggplant into thin rounds.
Gently saute squash and eggplant alone in butter for 2 to 3 minutes. Add chicken stock and squash blossoms and simmer while you cook the pasta. Drain pasta and toss with the sauce. Season and mix well.
STUFFED SQUASH BLOSSOMS
This is a very simple recipe. All you need is 2 eggs, corn meal or flour, salt and pepper, fresh mozzerella and basil (You can also stuff with an array of other ingrediants). Stuff the blossom with enough ingredients to wrap the petals completely around, dip in egg and dredge through the corn meal (you can season the corn meal with salt and pepper). fry in olive oil on medium heat until the outside is crispy and the cheese begins to burst out of the fried blossom. Serve hot! (there should probably be some more seasoning, need to experiment a little with that... garlic?)
Monday, August 11, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
The whole thing took about 30 minutes. So quick and so easy!