District Diversions: A Weekly List of Standout Events – April 11 to 17, 2011

DC Local / April 11, 2011

Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Monday, April 11th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Monday, April 11th, 2011

Cloud Nothings @ DC9
It’s been a crazy year for Cloud Nothings since they burst onto the music scene last winter. At the time main man Dylan Baldi was eighteen, living at home, and making lo-fi indie rock on a crappy computer in his parent’s suburban basement outside Cleveland. Since then, Cloud Nothings has released an EP and a handful of singles, and the band has put a few North American tours under its belt. With all the internet notoriety and their recent signing with Carpark, Cloud Nothings are now able to record somewhere besides the basement. For a producer, Dylan chose Baltimore’s Chester Gwazda, known for his work with Dan Deacon and Future Islands. Recorded this past August in a warehouse studio in Baltimore’s famed Copycat Building (home to the original Wham City and many of the city’s best musicians and artists), the self-titled Cloud Nothings album shines through with a crispness and boldness that Dylan has always envisioned. The songs now sound as they do live: full of energy, precision, and catchy bits. Dylan plays all the instruments on the album, but this time without the lo-fi scuzz. The excitement and emotion are practically jumping off the grooves.

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

To be inspired by food as an art form takes on new meaning as Executive Chef/Founder Bryon Brown of Artisa Kitchen www.artisakitchen.com  announces the opening of an unprecedented culinary production, Sensorium www.sensoriumdc.com.  Beginning April 12, 2011, food lovers looking for an evening of exploration, combining culinary playfulness with theatrical costumes, lighting and music can head to the Capitol River Waterfront, for a 12-course meal complete with wine pairings.  Each delicious course will be complemented with an intertwined vignette.

This culinary production will be housed for six weeks (April 12-May 22nd) in a customized 36-foot geodesic dome on the east lawn of Yards Park http://www.yardspark.org/about/park-map,
just a few blocks from the National’s Park stadium.  Bryon Brown is bringing together some of the District’s most creative minds consisting of artists, producers, lighting and sound designers to create a culinary series for spring 2011.

Taking place weekly, Tuesday-Sunday evenings, Sensorium will offer two seating times: 5:30 PM and 8:30 PM Sunday-Thursday; 6:30 PM and 9:30 PM on Friday and Saturday nights. Each show is designed for only 30 guests per seating.  The all-inclusive tickets price begin at $125 during the opening week’s first two nights (April 12-13th) and tickets to the following performance are available for $150 per person, also all inclusive.

“People are eager for new experiences around a meal,” says Brown. “I know this firsthand after hosting over 700 supper club members through Artisa Kitchen, which I founded in January 2010. The supper club gatherers have repeatedly expressed how much they enjoy the intimacy and shared experiences at these successful gallery dinners. Taking this all into consideration, we want to bring a totally new, more exciting and engaging culinary production to these diners.”

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

David Lynch Retrospective – Lost Highway @ Artisphere
Soon after saxophonist Fred Madison (Bill Pullman) suspects his wife (Patricia Arquette) of cheating on him, he is mysteriously framed for her murder and sent to death row in this surreal, non-linear film by director David Lynch.  In prison, Madison inexplicably transforms into a young mechanic (Balthazar Getty) who, after being released (he isnt the convicted killer any more) meets the local gangster’s moll — also played by Patricia Arquette.

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Thursday, April 14th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Thursday, April 14th, 2011

fashion:district Spring/Summer 2011
ReadysetDC is proud to announce fashion:district Spring/Summer 2011. After two successful shows, ReadysetDC presents the third installment to be held on Thursday, April 14th, 2011 at Longview Gallery in Washington, DC. The evening will include a full-length runway show as well as pop-up shops.

This season’s runway show and pop-up shop participants include; ARTAYA, Derringer Friday, Durkl, Ginger Root Design and Hugh & Crye. For the first time, ReadysetDC and fashion blogger, The President Wears Prada partner to hold an open call for designers to fill two additional spots.

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Friday, April 15th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Friday, April 15th, 2011

Discothèque at the National Postal Museum
Experience the rare opportunity to get down and dance at the National Postal Museum after hours. This installment of the 2011 Francophonie Cultural Festival will feature ‘The Toxic Avenger’ (details below) mixing tunes that everyone can get down to.

About The Toxic Avenge
Born Simon DeLacroix, the man behind the comic book and B-movie-inspired persona, The Toxic Avenger is notorious for his infectiously catchy, self-produced dance-a-thon tunes, but is equally recognized for his perfected remixes, most notably his work with Sexual Earthquake in Kobe’s “Love with Chloë Sevigny”, “Dance Among the Ruins” by Tommie Sunshine featuring the queen of raunchy, Peaches and Ladytron’s “Ghosts”.

Though his dance-inducing electro remains his signature style, The Toxic Avenger draws from a number of distinct influences not directly related to the dance scene. Besides his strange infatuation with Kylie Minogue, whose music he has asked to remix pro bono, The Toxic Avenger pulls from a wide-ranging array of influences: emotronic bands, including Autotune; soundtracks of 70s and 80s low-budget films; and is a self-proclaimed super fan of Weezer and the Smiths.

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Saturday, April 16th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Saturday, April 16th, 2011

Capitol Pechakucha Vol.15 – Inspire Japan
Japan has inspired designers for many generations and it is where the “PechaKucha 20 images x 20 seconds” show-and-tell event format was born, and it has gone on to inspire designers to get together in 400 cities around the world, to share their creativity at more than 1000 events each year.

Japan has inspired us all, now is it our turn to “Inspire Japan.”

Please join us on April 16 and be a part of Global PechaKucha Day – Inspire Japan. Let’s all come together and show Japan that the creative world is thinking of them, that all is not lost, and that it is possible to stand up and rebuild, even in villages and towns which have been completely destroyed. With creativity and passion, anything is possible.

On April 16, many of the 400 PechaKucha cities around the world will come together and hold events, broadcasting out to the world and Japan over multipule Ustreams.

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Meets Obsession's District Diversions: Sunday, April 17th, 2011
Meets Obsession’s District Diversions: Sunday, April 17th, 2011

The Color Purple  @ The National Theatre
From the classic Pulitzer prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, and the moving film from Stephen Spielberg, comes a stirring new musical and landmark event.

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