The Beach Shack

One of the most iconic DC things to do is actually not in DC, but across the river over in Arlington, Virginia. I’m talking of coarse about the State Theater. For about 50 years now the State Theater has hosted several talented acts that appreciate the smaller venue. Located across the street is an outdoor bar called the Beach Shack. There is nothing more peaceful or romantic to do on a Friday night then sit by the fire and listen to some great music. Don’t take my word for it, though. Check it out for yourself.

 

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Richmond, VA

If you live in DC, but you’re looking to leave behind the hustle and bustle of the city for a day, think about heading down to Richmond.  Richmond is a town full of southern charm (Quite literally. They are home to the Confederate Museum) which offers a wide variety of culture.  I spent the day at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art. The museum is home to several beautiful art pieces from all across the globe. Two exhibits really caught my attention during my visit: the Himalayan Art exhibit and the Art Deco exhibit.

As I was walking through the Himalayan art exhibit, I was struck by the art portraying many of the same issues which occur today.  Many of the issues that the people of India struggled with thousands of years ago, which they memorialized in their art, we continue to struggle with today. Several of the pieces I saw dealt with the emergence of Buddhism, and with it a new way of life in India. I also saw pieces that dealt with the changing role of women in a changing society. The issues of acceptance and the role of women in society are still issues that we face today. If you don’t believe me just listen to the debates that go on everyday on Capitol Hill such as immigration and Equal Pay for Equal Work.  I thought it was interesting that these issues have transcended time and space and these issues were important enough to be made into art.

You may ask: what is Art Deco?  It is a movement that started in France after World War I as a response to industrialism and the inhumanity of the First World War.  The idea behind Art Deco is that each piece of your home ware should be handcrafted and completely unique.  This movement strove to heal the wounds and shattered illusions brought about by World War I. This movement is a great reminder that art does not merely exist in an abstract bubble. It can be a response to the needs of society.

After my day at the museum, I headed over to the Strawberry Cafe where I indulged in a delicious wood fired pizza and some sweet tea.

And so ends my day in Richmond.  Remember there’s lots more to do than what I did, and it’s just an hour and a half drive down I-95 from Washington DC.

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Social Activism

Living near DC I try to head into the city as often as I can. The city is a vibrant and happening place.  I enjoyed it when I was in school there and sometimes I miss it for all its excitement.  On a recent trip into DC over the holidays, I got to experience one of the most incredible acts of social activism that I have ever witnessed (and folks I went to the John Stuart rally two years ago J). So for those of you who have never been to DC let me try to paint a picture for you. The Department of Veterans Affairs sits across the street from the White House on the side of the North Lawn and Pennsylvania Ave. In order to walk between the two, you cross Lafayette Square.  On one very cold January night, hundreds of veterans from all different walks and stations of life decided to sleep on the street between the V.A. and the White House. Their bravery spoke volumes to me and reminded me of a lesson that we all should take to heart. The rich and affluent are not the only ones with the power to make a difference. Your paycheck and your place in society do not determine what you are capable of; that is what makes the country so unique. Change can come from anywhere in society. Let me say this loud and clear: You have a voice. Use it!! Stand up for what you believe in. That is how true hope and change will come about in this country; it will come when we recognize that it is not the size of dog in the fight but the size of the fight in the dog that will ultimately prevail. I’d love to start a discussion on this so let me know your thoughts.

Peace!

 

Should I Stay or Should I Go??

Well readers, I have had a good run out here in LA, but it looks like I will be returning to DC to pursue other opportunities on the East coast. I want to talk a little bit about my decision because it is one that I have been struggling with slightly. I have talked to a lot of people about my decision, and understandably, there is some shock that comes over them when they hear that I am leaving LA (one of the entertainment capitals of the world) for DC. Don’t get me wrong the decision was not an easy one to make, but it was more thoughtfully made then people understand. I thought long and hard before deciding on this path.  This is not a knock to my peers that have decided that this is what they want to do, but working a triple shift at El Pollo Loco while hoping to someday hear a yes is not the way I want to live my life. DC has a wealth of career opportunities for a writer and performer that LA has yet to offer. There is a theater community that exists in DC that I have yet to find in LA. Community and career growth are what I’m looking for. One of the biggest misconceptions about a life as an artist is that there is no money in it. That is false. It simply means that you must be more discerning about the decisions you make and you can not be closed off to opportunities that will help you grow as an artist and offer you career mobility. That is why I am moving. I am seizing what I think is the right opportunity for me. That’s all I think anyone can ask of me at the moment. Fear not, though, because I’m still here. Stay tuned for how things go in our nations capital.