Archive for the ‘art-o-matic’ Category

Entertainment Exploiters, February 13 — 19, 2009

February 15, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, February 13 — 19, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues and events that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, February 6 — 12, 2009

February 9, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, February 6 -- 12, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Entertainment Exploiters, January 30 – February 5, 2009

February 3, 2009

Entertainment Exploiters, January 30 - February 5, 2009

NotionsCapital presents this week’s Roll of Shame, Washington, DC area music venues that advertise “Live Music” but do not include the names of bands in their ads. You may think this is a mere quibble. Think again.

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Art in Oils. Lube and Transmission, Too.

August 18, 2007

Washington Post art critic Blake Gopnik has been called “elitist” so often he probably prints it on his business cards, like a title.  Mr. Gopnik had the effrontery to write that decorating cookie-cutter fiberglass animals is an unworthy expense of public art funds and probably illegal, too. He criticized an enormous exhibition by amateurs as, well, enormous and amateur; his name was thereafter uttered like that of a Marvel Comics super-villain: Gopnik the Elitist.

In this Sunday’s Arts section, Mr. Gopnik writes about a painting in the collection of Gary Zhu. Mr. Zhu generously shares this 40-foot masterpiece with the public en plein air or alfresco at 14th and R Streets, NW.  The title: AYT Auto Service; the artist, A Hispanic Guy Named Frank. Mr. Zhu maintains that the painting, on the outer wall of his auto repair shop, is an advertisement, but Mr. Gopnik writes convincingly that it is art – I mean, Art.

No matter what you have heard, Mr. Gopnik believes that good art is where you find it. Read and enjoy. Then take a drive and look for some art. And listen, too. Engine sounding rough? See Mr. Zhu.


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