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M A R K  Y O U R  C A L E N D A R S 
[ things to do , things to do ]



5/12 Local Legends Art Show @VisArts
5/12 Full Moon Party: A Merging @ Ibe' Arts
5/12 This Show Will Only Bring You Happiness @ Velvet Lounge
^^^ 5/13 Dirty Bird BBQ @ DC Brau ^^^
5/13
Project Create Student Showcase @ Project Create
5/13 Gateway Open Studios Tour @ MidCity
5/13 Vintage Pop-Up @ Suns Cinema



5/13 Fathom – Experiment #3 @ L2 Lounge
5/13 RDGLDGRN @ Fillmore
5/14 Janel Leppin Duo @ Capital Fringe
5/17 More Than Living: Building Smart Communities for the Future
@ National Building Museum
5/18 Third Thursday on the Arts Walk @ Monroe St. Market
5/18 Health and Hunger Summit with CAFB
5/18 Test Kitchen: Kombucha 101 @ Union Market
5/19 City Roots Dinner @The Farm at 55 M Street
5/19 DYBRKR @ Kennedy Center



5/20 Pow! Wow! DC Opening Day @ Storey Park in NoMa
5/20 FREE Adams Morgan Workout with Graham King x The LINE DC
5/21 FRESH TALK: The Confluence of Art & Climate @ NMWA
5/21 pineapple presents: an evening with the expert author Jessica Harris



5/22 Sacred Arts Activism with The Sanctuaries
5/23 Mindfulness Decor + Art: Feng Shui Workshop @ Latela
5/24 Samasama Art Show @ Ten Tigers Parlour
5/24 Br'er, Odetta Hartman, + Nappy Nappa @ DC9
5/25 Beers in the Shop: Paint and Sip @ Studio Theatre
5/26 Creative Mornings DC ft. Katalina Mayorga
5/26 Elizabeth Croydon's Album Taping @ Black Cat
5/28 Park, Squat, and Drop It @ Meridian Hill Park
6/3 Finder-Maker Panel + Closing Reception @ Honfleur Gallery
6/4 Girls Rock! Spring Showcase @ Comet Ping Pong
6/7 DC GREENS Spring Dig
6/7 Gourmet Symphony's The Saloon Concert Series: Fire
6/16 BYT's Excellent Adventure After Hours @Nat Geo



6/22
Men On The Move Panel with FGIDC @ CityCenterDC
7/10 BlackGirlJoy Upholstery Workshop with Nicole Crowder
9/9 Honey Groove Fest 2017 @ Dock 5


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L O C A L  L E G E N D S



DC's Raul Zahir De Leon is one of eight DMV artists taking part in Local Legends, a group show tackling "offbeat folklore," published stories, and oral histories, from and about the city of Rockville, MD. Curated by José Ruiz (of FURTHERMORE, and as part of VisArts Emerging Curator Program), the show was supported by a team of researchers, with each artists' work in response to their trove of F I N D I N G S . Local Legends opens tonight + runs thru June 11 in the Kaplan Gallery at VisArts: keep on for a peek at Raul's F. Scott Fitzgerald-inspired Bound For Dust, and insight about how his piece of this history-puzzle came about.

still from "Bound for Dust," courtesy Raul Zahir De Leon

What is Bound for Dust based on? RZD: "Bound for Dust" is a phrase taken from a line in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Beautiful and the Damned. I had heard in passing years ago about Fitzgerald being buried in Rockville, but it wasn't until this project that I really spent any time thinking about it. So, I was exploring his relationship to the area, and how this giant of American literature who is never associated with the region ends up in a tiny cemetery flanked by Metro tracks and a discount furniture store. Fitzgerald's legacy is often tangled up in notions of wealth and decadence and the so-called "American Dream," but the reality of course is more complicated than all of that.  

still from "Bound for Dust," courtesy Raul Zahir De Leon

On one of the occasions when I visited the cemetery, there was another kid there who really wanted to talk to me about Fitzgerald, and thought that he didn't merit being buried there because he didn't lead a very Catholic life. Which, the church seemed to agree with since they didn't allow him to be buried there for more than 30 years after his death. But there are questions of how one expresses or performs their faith, a long standing debate between what you do in public or a private relationship with your beliefs. There's a constant for everyone, that our time is limited and we're all going to return to earth one way or another. And in the end, if faith is something that is important to you, being true to that would certainly be more important than anyone else's interpretation.


installation s c e n e s from Local Legends @ VisArts. photos courtesy José Ruiz

You're in excellent company in this show - what are YOU excited to see, and can you talk about working with José Ruiz?  I'm very excited to be in this show. Everyone involved is doing amazing work and I'm humbled to be a part of this line up. I think it'll be great seeing how everyone's pieces work together, and explore lesser known aspects of the region.  And working with José is always great. He's really engaged throughout the process, talking through concepts and such, offering assistance along the way.


Local Legends is on view through June 11 at VisArts in Rockville, with the opening reception and artist talk T O N I T E , 7-9PM, and These Dreams, a free experiential workshop with artist Katie Macshyn, on May 27.


L I N K S  +  T H I N G S
[ L I S T E N  U P  +  L O O  K : so very much to know ]



In anticipation of pineapple dc's upcoming evening with Jessica B. Harris at Anacostia Arts Center, an NYMag walking tour + intvw (and GREAT READ) with the woman herself.

re: Anacostia Arts, there are S E V E N art + creative workspaces available for rent though ARCH, starting June 1. GET ONE. Apply here.

See also: event + workspace opportunities at ReCreative Spaces.

CNN with the Broccoli City recap (also! amazing, amazing photos floating around the #aCreativeDC feed from #BCFest2017: eyeball @sabrinafvholder + @aalisub for 2 v. epic, front row perspectives).

Bazaar Spices is H I R I N G .

Makers Lab part of District of Queer 2017: click click for the full lineup of experiences celebrating DC Black Pride + Capital Trans Pride, May 10 - May 28.

Catch up on DIRT.DMV.

The Forgotten History of U Street: vintage photos of Black Broadway (via Washingtonian).

The DC zine scene: a recap of DC's first Art Book Fair (via Clocktower Radio).

A take on independent retail, Made in DC, and the state of the (locally owned) union at Washington City Paper, by writer Kaarin Vembar.


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