Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Band's 'Radio Salone' was named 2012 World Music Album of the Year by CBCRadio Canada.
The acclaimed Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars will play the Artisphere in Rosslyn on June 1. The band, whose formation in West African refugee camps and subsequent struggle to return to a home ransacked by war was documented in the 2006 film that bears their name, has won awards around the world. They are known for optimism and positivity in their songs, feelings that are often juxtaposed against stories of the struggles of people living in poverty. “It’s been a long struggle out of the war, out of miserable conditions,” founder Ruben M. Koroma said on the band's website. “We try to bring out sensitive issues that are affecting the world. It is all of our responsibility that the masses are suffering. We bring our positive messages into the …
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Cultural arts center has had its share of successes and failures, Arlington Economic Development Executive Director Terry Holzheimer said.
The Artisphere is having something of an identity crisis. Originally conceived as a cultural arts center, county leaders concede that things haven't exactly worked out as planned. The facility didn't bring enough people in to support a bar and restaurant, providing space for area businesses to have a residency didn't work, and it costs the county more than $1 million a year just to keep the doors open. "We're rethinking it now," Arlington Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer told Patch. "There's not sufficient funding to create a world-class cultural center." But that doesn't mean arts won't be a part of the Artisphere's future. [More: Artisphere: What Does Success Look Like?] The facility opened in October 2010 under the …
Arlington Economic Director Terry Holzheimer: Scope of project needs to be scaled down and its purpose broadened.
So, what should the Artisphere be? It's the conversation that perhaps started two-and-a-half years late — and it started Tuesday with a few big questions. What does success look like for Rosslyn's cultural arts center? Should the public facility be limited to the arts? Elected officials began wondering aloud as to what the county's end game should be for the Artisphere on Tuesday after Arlington County Board member Libby Garvey questioned increasing the county's subsidy to a struggling facility while cuts are being proposed to social safety net programs. [More: Arlington Leaders 'Rethinking' Artisphere] Arlington Economic Development Director Terry Holzheimer said one thing it won't be is the Strathmore of Rosslyn. "That isn't possible. It…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
The gallery features international designers and contemporary pieces and will be on display until mid-May.
International designers have come together to produce a gallery of over 100 eco-friendly and useful every day household items. The Next Wave: Industrial Design Innovation in the 21st Century, on display at the Artisphere in Rosslyn and put together by Curator Douglas Burton, attempts to spotlight the international side of the Washington metropolitan area. “There are people from every part of the world based (in the greater Washington area),” Burton said. “I think it's important that those people, and the people that are native to the area, see that Washington is a major international player like New York, Chicago and L.A." Designers from the Netherlands, Spain, Italy, Belgium, the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the United States have …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Five local filmmakers were recognized at Arlington Independent Media's Rosebud festival.
A few local filmmakers took home $1,000 at the Rosebud Film and Video Festival awards Sunday at the Clarendon Ballroom. The festival, now in its 22nd year, draws talent from Washington, Maryland and Virginia. About 250 people came out to view 20 films included at a showcase Saturday at the Artisphere in Rosslyn. The following winners were announced: Matthew Pickett for "The King's River" Gemal Woods for "Close Ties: Tying on a New Tradition" Laura Gamse for "The Creators" Robert Parrish for "Next to Heaven: Winner" And Steven Vagias for "Gutted." Vagias was also awarded Best in Show for "Gutted." The festival is put on by Arlington Independent Media, a nonprofit membership organization that provides media production training workshops, …
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The event will draw 40 local crafters.
Forty local crafters will be at the Artisphere for “Grump,” an alternative holiday craft show this weekend. The Artisphere is hosting the free event from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday at 1101 Wilson Blvd. According to an announcement from the arts venue, the event features a tacky-sweater photo booth, and DJs in addition to some handmade goods. Vendors are selling everything from T-shirts and to jewelry to comic books and soap. Read a full list of the vendors who will attend Grump on the Artisphere’s website. Have you liked Clarendon Patch on Facebook yet?
Friday, December 7, 2012
The weekend is here! How are you going to spend it?
1. 58th Annual St. John's Greens Sale & Christmas Bazaar When/Where: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at St John's Episcopal Church Georgetown Parish, 3240 O St., NW. Why Go: This family-friendly event offers crafts for the kids, holiday wreaths and greens to make your home festive and food and carols to keep the whole family happy. Cost: Free to attend, prices for greens vary. 2. Miracle on 23rd Street When/Where: Festivities begin at 6:30 p.m. Friday outside (and continue inside) Linden Resources, 750 S. 23rd St., Arlington Why Go: This free event features a festive tree lighting, Santa Claus arriving on an Arlington County fire truck, holiday music performances, children's activities and food. Inside, crafts will be on sale. Linden Resources …
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Specially commissioned project will be on display on the Artisphere dome's exterior tonight only.
A new exhibit designed to illustrate the connections between our online and offline selves opens tonight with a free reception. The kickoff of W3FI — pronounced "We-Fi" — coincides with the annual Light Up Rosslyn event. The collaboration of artists Chris Coleman and Laleh Mehran is designed to be an "immersive digital installation," according to Artisphere. Artisphere's walls will be animated with real-time information gathered from visitors and the region at large. A specially commissioned project will be displayed on the Artisphere dome's exterior from 5:15 to 11 p.m. tonight only. The exhibit will be on display through Jan. 20.
Thursday, October 4, 2012
Events include an art installation, music, and a family day.
Rosslyn’s Artisphere celebrates its second anniversary this week with festivities for art lovers culminating in a family day open house Sunday. “It’s a great way to engage in our community,” said the Jose Ortiz, Artisphere’s executive director. The urban arts center boasts a 220-seat dome theater for concerts and art exhibits. It opened to a shaky start that included a revision to the center's busines plan last year, but Ortiz said that new programming will increase visitors to the venue. “Like any startup, we had our growing pains, but we are in a great place now and we are developing some signature programming that is unique and not available anywhere else.” “We are different in that you can experience all art under one roof,” Ortiz said…
Thursday, September 20, 2012
The Third Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Show takes place Thursday evening.
Interior design, architecture and fashion come together in the Third Annual Cosmo Couture Fashion & Design Show at the Artisphere Thursday. “Participants design a garment from the material that their sponsor uses,” said Pedro Nunez, who is helping to organize the fashion show. “It could be yarn, carpet, wood carvings…the materials are all related to commercial renovation products.” Twenty-one design teams have risen to the challenge to present their garments at a fashion show that has drawn 800 spectators in previous years. The event benefits My Sister’s Place, a domestic violence shelter in D.C., according to the Washington Metro City Center of the International Interior Design Association Mid-Atlantic Chapter (IIDA-MAC). “It’s …