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“The whole process of living is my creative act.” Joseph Beuys

What happens when humans transform their minds and bodies? A new art exhibit opening at the Arlington Arts Center tonight explores this question. Read more about it HERE.

Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture

The editorial staff of Words. Beats. Life seeks high quality art work for consideration in future issues. We invite innovative submissions that consider hip-hop music and culture through graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and other fine arts. In-depth studies of individual artists are welcome. Additionally, Words. Beats. Life welcomes provocative essays that investigate the influence of hip-hop on contemporary dance, performance art, and theater.

Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture is a peer-reviewed, hybrid periodical of art and hip-hop studies published by the 501(c)(3) non-profit, Words Beats & Life, Inc. The Journal is committed to nurturing and showcasing the creative talents and expertise of the field in a layout that is uniquely hip-hop inspired. We publish issues twice a year with the intention of serving as a platform where the work of scholars and artists can appear in dialogue with one another. Since 2002, Words. Beats. Life has devoted its pages to both emerging and established intellectuals and artists. As the premier resource for hip-hop theory and practice, we hope that the scholarship we publish will serve as a resource for the field of hip-hop studies and the work of hip-hop non-profits, helping each to elevate to the next phase of their respective growth in America and around the globe.

Words. Beats. Life adheres to APA style. The maximum length for articles is 5,000 words. Complete guidelines for contributors can be found in each issue of the journal as well as on our Web site at

Please send any questions and submissions to .

Deadline: March 8, 2010.

Salon Contra* with Brian Jungen was great! We hope you’ll join us for the next one featuring:

Christopher K. Morgan, Dancer and Choreographer, City Dance Ensemble
Performing “Rice”
Followed by a discussion with Kate Mattingly, Professor of Dance at GWU and GMU.

Tuesday, February 9
7 to 9 PM
Limited space because Salon Contra is held in an actual salon!
RSVP here!

We’ll email you the location after you RSVP and we’ve confirmed that space is still available.

*Salon Contra introduces art and culture lovers to each other and to great artists in a social, intimate, and informative setting. We limit the number of people who attend to preserve the intimacy of the experience.

Subscribers to Salon Contra receive advance notice to Salons before the events are opened to the general public. If you would like to subscribe, please email us for more information. Subscribers also help us to organize more programming and gives us the ability give the participating artists an honorarium.

Thank you to those who have already subscribed! We’re planning one to two Salons each month. Plus subscribers will receive special treatment at other Pink Pine Projects, such as free admission to Cherry Blast and Pink Panels and special offers from other arts organizations, among many other benefits.

We hope you’ll become a contrarian!

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Not your run of the mill magic show tonight at 8 @Fridge. $10, 1/2 price if you wear a moustache.

A brilliantly creative, community building fundraiser to send one of DC’s best artists Mary Coble to London for a special art making project that will take place in an abandoned housing development slated for demolition. So so awesome! Read more about it HERE.

One of the biggest hurdles artists have wrestle with every single year is filing their taxes. Between choosing which Schedule to fill out, how many qualified deductions one can make, and deciding if ones studio practice is a bona fide business, artists make many common mistakes when reporting to Uncle Sam.
Hamiltonian Artists Board Member Richard Kamenitzer, Executive Director of the International Center for the Management of Arts & Culture, Program Director and Professor of Arts Management at George Mason University, College of Visual & Performing Arts, will help clarify the different avenues artists can take when administrating the business of their art and speak about:

  • Fact vs.Fiction
  • Record keeping
  • What is required to be declared income and what is deductible expense, including the “home studio”

The talk will begin promptly at 7pm at Hamiltonian Gallery, on Wednesday, February 3, 2010. Please RSVP to Jacqueline Ionita, Director of Hamiltonian Gallery, and for all other related inquiries., 202.332.1116

Please DO come prepared with questions that will help you understand the tax process for artists!

Please DO NOT come with your W2′s, as we are not preparing your taxes!

CRYSTAL CITY, VA—Next week, Crystal City is poised to join the ranks of top fashion destinations along with Milan, Paris and New York City. For one week in February, Crystal City will be the center of free fun and fashion during the second annual Crystal Couture. Building on the success of last year’s similar event, The Crystal City Business Improvement District will turn available retail space into an exotic runway, boutique and night club – featuring trunk shows, live theater, DJs, specialty drinks, food, comedians, dancing and more.

Dubbed “Jungle, Jeans, Tats and Tees,” (a.k.a. festive animal/island prints, denim, body art and t-shirts), the free event is designed to bring great retail and runway straight into the hands of attendees – whether seasoned fashionista or eager newbie.

The creativity does not end on the runway – fashion designers of all skill levels may submit proposals for cutstom T-shirt and/or jean designs. All submissions will be presented on the Crystal City BID Web site and through digital projection at the event. Audience members will vote on a winner – on Tuesday night, voting for the T-shirt design will take place and on Wednesday, voting for the jean design will occur. Prizes will be awarded.

Local non-profit groups will also be on site to collect donations of new or gently used clothing and footwear. Go Red for Women will also have a presence at the event.

Move over New York City, here comes Crystal City!

Where: a storefront will be turned into a fashion hotspot at 23rd Street and S. Crystal Drive (across from Jaleo); Arlington, VA

When: February 1st – 6th, 2010 6-10pm every night

Tickets: None! Event is free and open to the public!

For more information, check out the BID website!

I took notes during Salon Contra with Brian Jungen and Henry Thaggert. I hope this makes sense. Read HERE.

The world premiere of Taffety Punk’s opens this Thursday, January 28th at the Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint (916 G Street NW). A new work composed from actual text on suicide usenet groups, this unique departure from conventional theatre combines choreography by our very own Paulina Guerrero with new music by Dischord recording artists Beauty Pill, all woven into an elaborate punk dance theatre concert. Directed by founding artistic director Marcus Kyd, features company member Kimberly Gilbert with guest artists Elizabeth Abt, Tonya Beckman Ross, Paul Edward Hope, Liz Maestri, and Faction of Fools‘ very own Matthew R. Wilson.

Runs January 28th through February 13th, Wednesday through Sundays at 8pm, with Saturday and Sunday matinées at 3pm. $10 at the door. Cash only. No credit cards or or checks, please. Reservations can be made by writing to, or calling (202) 261-6612.