Monday, January 31, 2011

Ballou High School service day

Painted this mural with Peter at Ballou High school on MLK JR service day. Peter said the kids loved their new hallway! It does really brighten up the space.

Heart of the Community Awards

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Teacher of the Year

Guess who's mom got the BEST TEACHER OF THE YEAR for her school system! MY MOM!

Moving Day

Peter and I helped HIP move across town today. Two trips and we were mostly done. Fun day with HIP and friends.

Horror Of Horrors

Mound Of The Dead
My friend Harry and his band Horror of Horrors just came out with their latest video. Check it out! Crank it up!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Building a home

I walked into Miss Pixies today and sitting right there in front of me was an entire home set of wooden dollhouse furniture. Perfect for my new guinea pig home!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

This Weeks Albus Cavus Workshop: Brent Talley

This Sunday ends the trio of dance workshops at the Fridge. We memorized a dance and followed it through with Kelly Mayfield. Acted out the different environments we live in through motion with Simone Jacobson, and learned the power of motion in public spaces. Come out and move with Brent Talley and friends and learn how to dance in a fun and comfortable environment this Sunday. Next Sunday kicks off the start of our poetry workshops!

Brent Talley started dancing in 1981 at the age of 11. He progressed through the urban dance styles of b-boying (breakdance), hip hop freestyle / "Social dances", and house dance as they were being created in the parks and at clubs. He choreographed much of the tour for musical group Dee Lite in 1994 for their "Dew Drops in the Garden" tour. In 1995, he founded the urban dance group Natural Elements Crew which represented all forms of urban dance with a heavy foucus on b-boying (breakdance). Brent has been featured in a bboy special on BET about the present and future state of bboying. Natural Elements has been involved with numerous community outreach activities from organizing their own food drives through having park jams, to working with the FLY organization at American University. Natural Elements has traveled to many underground dance events throughout the nation and Brent has judged bboy events all over the east coast. Brent currently serves as an Artistic Director with the urban dance group "Urban Artistry", which focuses on preserving urban dance culture through teaching history, technique, and progressive creativity. More info can be found at

Big ol' Bow Earwarmers

It's getting colder and colder in DC. Harder and harder to ride your bike and not freeze. Yesterday while helping my friend HIP move, I came across her collection of knitted earwarmers. Then I went home and started looking for some of my own. Here's one I found that I really liked.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Cuddly Cavies

In searching for the perfect pet, I have come across the perfect pet outfits too! I know the Superman is a little too funny, but I am so getting the rabbit, blue dino, and mouse outfit for my little friend. And maybe in the future, after we get to know eachother, he or she will become a golfer!

Peter is building it a home and I am picking out fabric for a little sofa bed and summer sleepy sack. Who knew.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Eve Hennessa at The Art Registry

Went to see the new works by my friend and fellow DC female painter, Eve Hennessa, tonight at The Art Registry in Georgetown. I really enjoyed the show!

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Perry School

Today at Perry School we had Family Dinner Night! It's always so much fun to gather and eat with the kids and their families. Before that we did Modigliani chalk pastel portraits. This was done by one of our best little artist! The others you can see smaller in the background.

Becoming Victoria F. Gaitán

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By Maura Judkis

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

The Albus Cavus Dance Workkshop this Sunday by SIMONE JACOBSON

Born in Phoenix, Arizona and nurtured in Washington, DC, Simone Jacobson is a performer and independent curator of artistic talent, projects and programs. She is the founding co-director of Sulu DC, a monthly showcase of Asian and Pacific Islander American performing artists in Washington, DC. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in French Language and Literature from the University of Maryland and her writing has appeared in Beltway Poetry Quarterly as well as multiple blogs, including IHM9to5, The Lantern Review and The Couch Sessions. Her project management in the arts spans from nurturing independent artists to advising major arts institutions. She is a proud Burmese-American gypsy. She earned an MA in Arts Management at American University and is the managing editor for Words. Beats. Life: The Global Journal of Hip-Hop Culture.

Dance in Public Spaces/Moving Sculptures:
We spend our days looking straight forward, often neglecting the multi-dimensionality of the public spaces through which we absent-mindedly float. When is the last time you contemplated the sky or explored the texture of the ground? This two-hour class will begin with a group discussion and group activities that address problems, things to celebrate or interesting facets of the specific community in which the class takes place (locations vary). Through movement, the group will express their relationship to the physical space/community. The instructor will take participants through activities that promote deeper thought about issues affecting them and their immediate environment. Based on the results of these conversations, a series of movement exercises and the group dynamic, the conclusion of the workshop will involve a guerrilla performance (think flash mob and Theatre of the Oppressed) at the nearby metro station, where the public can view and interact with the final product: a "moving sculpture." This social and/or cultural commentary will be expressed through the dancers' movements and will be an ephemeral act of beauty.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Her white blank page & a swelling rage

I have about ten new favorite songs since visiting home and hanging out with my brother, this is one of them. He knew I had gotten a new record player and got me the Mumford & Sons new album on vynal for Christmas!

Can you lie next to her and give her your heart, your heart?
As well as your body, and can you lie next to her and confess your love, your love?
As well as your folly and can you kneel before the king and say ‘I’m clean’, ‘I’m Clean’?
But tell me now where was my fault, in loving you with my whole heart?
But tell me now where was my fault, in loving you with my whole heart?
Her white blank page & a swelling rage, rage
You did not think when you sent me to the brink, the brink
You desired my attention but denied my affections, affections
But tell me now where was my fault, in loving you with my whole heart.
But tell me now where was my fault, in loving you with my whole heart

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Just Dance

Today was the first class of the 2011 Albus Cavus Workshops. Kelly Mayfield taught an amazing dance class. Small and comfortable, I haven't felt that free to move in years.

I found my breed: Texel

After months of planning and research, I have concluded that I want a Texel Guines Pig! This isn't the one I'm getting, I wish it was he's so cute, but I want a black or grey one.
Texel cavy is characterized by the ringlets or curls that make up it's long, soft coat. Curls are to be found all over the body, even on the belly. The Texel has a short, compact body, with a broad,well-rounded head. The Texel was accepted as a recognized breed by the American Rabbit Breeders Association, Inc. in (1998)
This breed was originally imported from England.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Albus Cavus Workshops 2011

So excited to introduce the next series of classes by Albus Cavus. These are a series of workshops held on Sundays in SE DC at The Fridge between 2 and 4. Check out pictures from last years teachers, whose art raised funds to support these classes at the recent Gala. This Sunday is the first of many that run from Jan-May. The first session of classes are based around dance. Check out the whole schedule here.
Get out of the cold and come move at The Fridge. Sunday School has never been so fun! Hope to see you all there.

Thank You Bojnice!

This is my new Mary from all the way from Slovakia! She has a Sacred Heart on her chest with a knife going through the left side. It's pretty awesome!

It came from a shop across the street from here, the Bojnicky Zamok. Plus it's home to the oldest zoo in Slovakia (with petting zoo) AND the oldest tree in Slovakia! Sounds like a pretty fun place!

Friday, January 7, 2011

Photos of "Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective,"

I didn't make it over to the opening, so sorry Teri! I can't wait to go with a fellow polaroid loving friend.

Vincent Gallegos's Photos - Photos of "Exposed: The Polaroid Retrospective," an Art Opening at SOVA Curated by Victoria Milkovich

New art at Oaks

This is the mural Peter and I did with some kids in a Juvenile Detention Facility in Maryland. It'a now placed at Oaks senior apartments in Silver Spring.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

I think my parents should buy a sculpture

And I think they should buy this one...
Mike Roig, Sculpture
Whirled Series, Game 5

Saturday, January 1, 2011

Food Food Food in the new year!

Pasta with two sauce choices. Toasted bread. Eggs. Bacon. Pancakes. OMG!

Barb made food and friends came over to my newly renovated home for the new year. Then off to my friend Juan's house for more good food, music and dancing! Super great start fo a new year!