Monday, September 24, 2012

Under 40: Music Marathon!

Pink Jams!  Hard Rock Cafe DC & PINKTOBER Present
UNDER: 40 Music Marathon

Hard Rock Cafe Washington, DC and local breast cancer awareness organization Pink Jams! add a pop of PINK this September in honor of the Cafe’s 13th annual PINKTOBER™ breast cancer awareness campaign.

TICKETS: Ticketweb

From 7:00 PM on September 28th and running through 12:00 PM on September 30th, a wide variety of local, regional, and national musicians will play back to back continuously for 39 hours and 59 minutes.

Over 150 local artists (50+ bands total), along with an "American Idol" winner and finalist, will combine their talents to draw attention to the importance of breast cancer awareness for women and for men – particularly those under the age of 40. "American Idol" Season 11 winner, Phillip Phillips, whose recent song "Home" went platinum, and Season 10 finalist, Haley Reinhart, whose debut album Listen Up! is in stores now, kick off the weekend of music.

Musician Lineup- Check out the full lineup of musicians playing the Under:40 Music Marathon.

American Idol Kickoff Show - Friday, September 28

Haley Reinhart, American Idol Friday 7:00pm

Phillip Phillips, American Idol Friday 7:30pm


Friday, September 28

Driven to Clarity Friday 8:00pm

Gallons to Ounces Friday 8:30pm

Becca Levy Friday 9:00pm

Mike Corrado Friday 9:30pm

HeLO Friday 10:00pm

Brian Franke Friday 10:30pm

Black Dog Prowl Friday 11:00pm

Practically Einstein Friday 11:30pm
Saturday, September 29

Color School Saturday 12:15am - midnight

The Dirty Jacks Saturday 12:45am

Harris Face Saturday 1:15am

Photo Radio Saturday 2:00am

Future Band Saturday 3:00am

ACES and 8s Saturday 4:00am

Johari Saturday 5:00am

Derek Evry Saturday 6:00am

CoolFire featuring B. Blunt Saturday 7:00am

Tanya Dallas-Lewis Saturday 8:00am

Phil Rossi Saturday 8:30am

The Great Unknowns Saturday 9:00am

Grace Bernicker Saturday 9:30am

Phillip Noss Saturday 10:00am

Memphis 59 Saturday 10:45am

Olivia Mancini Saturday 11:30m

MELODIME Saturday 12:00pm - Noon

The Vagabond Union Saturday 1:00pm

Moch Pryderi Saturday 2:00pm

Bravenoise Saturday 2:45pm

Sara Davenport Saturday 3:30pm

Laura Finley

with Jackson & Jesse Smith Saturday 4:00pm

Rene Moffatt Saturday 5:00pm

Benny Saturday 5:30pm

Dreamscapes Project Saturday 6:00pm

Matt Tarka Saturday 7:00pm

Andrew Tufano Saturday 7:30pm

Rites of Ash Saturday 8:00pm

The Stolen Camaros Saturday 9:00pm

The Crimestoppers Saturday 10:00pm

the Very Small Saturday 11:00pm

Sunday, September 30

Noise in the Basement Sunday 12am - midnight

Septimius Sunday 1:00am

Burntsystems Sunday 2:00am

Breeze Sunday 3:00am

Chris Aaron Sunday 4:00am

Brittany Jean Sunday 5:00am

Laura Peterson Sunday 6:00am

Rachel Levitin Sunday 7:00am

Harriet Vanderpool Sunday 7:30am

Javier Starks Sunday 8:00am

CD Porter Sunday 9:00am

Shanon Harris Sunday 9:30am

James Britton Sunday 10:00am

Say Chance Sunday 11:00am

Final Raffle Drawing and

Hard Rock Check Presentation

to City of Hope Sunday 12:00pm - noon

Sunday, September 9, 2012

The Art Crimes exhibit entitled "Femme Embers", featuring women artists of the DC area, opens September 12th at The Dunes.

What: A collection of new and recent works by Eve Hennessa, Nicole Bourgea, Yanina Angelini-Young, and Deidree Bennett.

When: Wednesday, September 12th, 2012. 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. Exhibition runs through September 30th.

Where: The Dunes. 1402 Meridian Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010.

About the artists:

Eve Hennessa: Presenting sculptures, paintings, and works on paper, this show is a bit of a retrospective for Eve. If you’re lucky, you might see her perform a dance.

Nicole Bourgea: Three of Nicole’s large scale “As-Is” portraits will remain on display through September, before being given away to random folks on the street. Details on ArtBeat:

Deidree Bennett: Simply filling space with a couple of smoldering multi-media works.

Yanina Angelini-Young: Somaphony collaborator Yanina brings pieces so fresh, they might still be wet.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Project Runway winner Seth Aaron at Fashion Fights Poverty Gala!

Besides the standard Open Bars, silent auction and VIP swag bags, guests will enjoy an exciting presentation incorporating many more innovations than a traditional runway show, followed by an hour long exhibition where guests can get up close to the pieces and meet designers.

2012 Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala Designers :
 ~Project Runway Season 7 winner, Seth Aaron Henderson! 
~Renewable fabric apparel designer, Earthtec 
~EcoArtFashion founder, Luis Valenzuela!
~ 2011 Ecco Domani Fashion Foundation Designers Award recipient, Tara St. James (Study NY)
~  Local DC metro area designers, Laura Williams and Ginger Root!
~  NY-based sustainable fabric lingerie designer, Daisy & Elizabeth
~  LA-based eco-friendly designer, LAVUK
~ Swimwear and NY-based apparel designer, Ashley Zaba
~ Vegan shoes and bag designer Cri-de-Ceour
 Featuring animal activist and creator of the "12 in 12 for 12" campaign, Gabby Wild.

Location: Artisphere- 1101 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22209
Neighborhood: Rosslyn
Event Phone Number: (571) 969-3121
Two ticket levels:

VIP: $150 includes:
VIP Cocktail Reception VIP gift bag
 Reserved Seating
 Passed hors d'oeuvres provided by Olazzo
 Open bar provided by SugarRimBar
 Exclusive access to after-party at Mio Restaurant (1110 Vermont Ave NW  Washington DC)

General Ticket: $75 includes:
 Standing room view of the fashion show (designated ballroom and mezzanine areas)
 Hors d'oeuvres
 Open bar provided by SugarRimBar
 Exclusive access to after-party at Mio Restaurant (1110 Vermont Ave NW  Washington DC)

 The Fashion Fights Poverty annual gala is high profile Washington, DC event. This fashion and arts showcase features premier fashion houses as well as local & international artisans and designers, that have demonstrated how fashion, textiles and designs can and will continue to alleviate poverty, empower communities and contribute in helping the environment.

The 2012 Fashion Fights Poverty Dress Responsibly Gala is our largest presentation yet. With production by Violetta Markelou, the gala will feature a fashion show and presentations by some of the most visionary eco/ethical designers today.

Other details:

Dress code: Fashionably Chic
Parking garages within close proximity of Artisphere. (Free parking after 6pm)
The Rosslyn metro (Blue/Orange lines) is about a block away.

For more information about Fashion Fights Poverty, go to

Pictured: Seth Aaron; Eco Art Paper dress by Luis Valenzuela

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Art Crimes – RAS. The Eclectic Work of Rodger Schultz

Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 2012
7PM - 10PM

Exhibition runs 2/2/12-2/28/12 at The Dunes in NW Washington.

About RAS. (Rodger Schultz):

RAS. adds portraiture to his impressive resume, which includes his famous JPOP (Jackson Pollock on Prozac) series. Continually reinventing himself, Schultz excels in every genre he attempts. We at The Dunes are honored to have such a prestigious artist in our gallery, showing Rosa Parks and MLK in a light many do not recall, where the harsh realities of peaceful protest are exposed.

Benefitting GrassrootSoccer!
GRS Mobilizes the global soccer community in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

About GrassrootSoccer: Grassroot Soccer uses the power of soccer to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to stop the spread of HIV. “To achieve our mission, we continuously improve our innovative HIV prevention and life-skills curriculum, share our program and concept effectively, and utilize the popularity of soccer to increase our impact.

“Rodger Schultz is one of the few visionaries available today who can perpetually expand and contract his work while maintaining an ever-strengthening elasticity." -

RAS. ARTIST BIO 214/ Rodger Schultz / Born: 1970 Washington DC/ Education: B.A. Graphic Design Program UMBC, University of Maryland Baltimore County 1988-92 / Apprenticeship: Sculpture, Ed Breathitt, John Soderberg, 1994-5 / Rodger Schultz is one of the few visionaries available today who can perpetually expand and contract his work while and maintaining an ever-strengthening elasticity. A Fine Art Painter turned Sculptor turned Sign Maker turned Graphic Designer turned Corporate Illustrator turned Interface Designer turned Self, RAS. is probably the most diversely fluent creative mind we’ve met. He’s knocked for not being predictable, and the heads like predictabe…but his rabid fans and collectors submit that his freshness is what sets him apart. We agree. We like not being able to figure him out. And it wouldn’t be proper to define RAS. as just a painter, or artist even. He is a True Creative, and his work is wholly intended and of the highest order.

RAS. ARTIST STATEMENT 187/ Rodger Schultz / “When I approach a canvas, I empty myself of all goals, notions, aims, ideals, preconceived yearning and prior learnings. Grand works should always start with infinite possibility, because they surely cannot end with it. If one approaches his canvas with nothing, he is assured that only his true self will remain to slather on the board. For me, I hope what remains is beautiful, and if I have any purpose or desire as a creative, it is to manifest beauty, out of myself.”

The Dunes
1402 Meridian Place, NW.
DC. 20010
Open: Wed Thurs Fri Sat - 11:00am-6:00pm

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Dunes presents DYSTOPIA : Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow

The Dunes presents Dystopia, featuring new works by Washington, D.C. based artists Dana Ellyn & Matt Sesow, Opening December 16th.

CLOSING- Dystopia- Future Shock- Tails & Tunes
Tuesday, Jan 31st. 7-11pm
Sesow projections. Drinks by Jon Harris & Frankie Jones. Rock & soul focused on dystopian themes. Dystopian book swap. Don’t miss it!
Exhibition runs 12/16/11- 1/31/12
Opening Reception Friday, December 16th, 2011.

7:00 - 11:00 p.m.

"Dystopia" is a two-person exhibition featuring recent paintings by DC artist couple Dana Ellyn and Matt Sesow. For "Dystopia" Ellyn and Sesow selected and created new works inspired by classic Dystopian novels, movies, and themes. Additionally, the couple has pulled from news and commentary sources such as Democracy Now, Russia Television, Al Jazeera, Alex Jones, and CSPAN.

Some of the paintings are a re-imagining of a degraded and totalitarian future, while others offer a social commentary on current events. According to Ellyn and Sesow, the Dystopian future conjured within so much of classic literature turned out to be an accurate prediction of current events, politics, and perceived individual freedoms.


The New York City based punk band "Drunken Sufis" will be performing during the opening reception of "Dystopia". The "Drunken Sufis" mix raw edge sound with politically charged thoughtful lyrics... taking no prisoners while dissecting the actions and influence of American policy.

The Dunes is open for viewings Tuesday through Saturday from 11am-6pm, in addition to regular events. View our calendar here:

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Art Crimes: Josse / Wobken

The Dunes Presents Art Crimes, with French painter Antoine Josse and bronze sculptor Ferama Wobken, opening November 14th.

The latest installment of Art Crimes, a monthly art exhibition curated by The Dunes, focuses on two talented artists based in France. Meet Ferama during the Opening Reception, which features live french music by Rachel Sberro, complementary hor d’oeuvres, and spectacular art. French wines and more at the cash/credit bar. Free and open to the public.

Exhibition runs November 14th - December 7th, 2011
Opening Reception: Monday, November 14th, 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.
The Dunes Gallery
1402 Meridian Place, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20010.

About Ferama Wobken:
Ferama's artistic direction experienced a decisive turn while she was in West-Africa where she learned the lost wax method, a bronze founding technique. Working in her own studio later in Bamako, Mali gave an African and earthy influence to her work which is seen in her current sculptures. The sculptures talk about the simplicity of mankind arising from the essence of being. With their attributes of strength, beauty, peace, freedom, sensuality and devotion the longings of much of the world are shown.

About Antoine Josse: About Antoine:
Influenced by the sculptures of Alberto Giacometti, Antoine Josse creates interplay between figures in his textural paintings that not only tell poignant stories, but reach to the depths of human emotions. "Art is for me a prolongation of life; artists are the witnesses of their time which they translate through their sensibility and practice." -A. Josse.

About Art Crimes: Presented by The Dunes, Art Crimes is a series of monthly exhibitions which is currently presented in their gorgeous new multi-use gallery space in N.W. Featured artists, who are often D.C. based, are meticulously chosen both for their phenomenal talent and projected investment value. Genres range from painting and photography to sculpture and mixed media.

Pictured: Antoine Josse,“ L’air de jeux “ Acrylic, sand plaster & wood, 30x70 cm.
Ferama Wobken “ Eagle “ Bronze, 49 x 5 cm.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Mark Eisendrath's FLUX - FLOW

Tuesday September 27th
Meet the Artist
Breakout Panel Discussion for Apartment Therapy from 7-9.

The work speaks for itself in Mark Eisendrath's FLUX - FLOW exhibition. Inspired by leaves, branches, embers and sky, Eisendrath utilizes natural materials such as birch and oak, then welds colorful pigments for truly stunning results. Equally fitting in both home and corporate settings, the pieces connect with the viewer on an intimate level. Eisendrath is in interior designer's dream.

The Dunes presents the latest exhibition by artist Mark Eisendrath. Eisendrath experiments with emulsion to create an element of deception in his sculpture: wooden pieces appearing as metal.

When & Where:
The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010.

Exhibition runs through Sept 30th, 2011. Available for private viewings (contact deidree {at}dunesllc{dot}com
Or during events at The Dunes
Opening Reception Wednesday, September 7th 7:30 - 11:30 p.m.

About the artist:
Mark Eisendrath started his career in 1996, after graduating from the Rhode Island School of Design. Starting in large, abstract paintings while completing residencies in Rhode Island and Paris, Eisendrath later shifted into sculptural works. Using wooden objects and paper, Eisendrath uses the process of emulsion and charring, turning objects into metallic optical illusions.

Eisendrath has been awarded the Jury Prize by the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and Jury Prize in Sculpture from the Towson Arts Collective, presented by the Baltimore Museum of Art.

He has created original installations for properties in Baltimore and Virginia and is the founder of Mark Art LLC, the holding company for a Baltimore combined living and studio space for urban artists. He was recently profiled in Baltimore STYLE magazine.
See more images from the show HERE