I can't believe I've forgotten to post about all the fun stuff (to me) we've been up to:
* Man Ray Exhibit at the Phillips Collection
Oh, how I wish congogirl was with me to see Man Ray, African Art, and the Modernist Lens. I hadn't realized how much "reality" and "truth" can be stretched in photography, and how easily "documenting" can be manipulated. And I was a bit non-plussed by the fashion photos of French matrons wearing ceremonial Congolese hats.
* roll, roll, roll in ze hay
MoBob and I went to see Young Frankenstein the Musical at the Kennedy Center. The version was pretty faithful to what I can remember of the movie, and the staging was incredible. I don't remember the movie being so explicitly sexual though - even I was embarrassed at some points. I miss Terri Garr though.
* friends from near and afar
A dear friend whom I first met in Morocco stayed with us as she had a job interview in Baltimore. We all went to see flemmarde on *her* visit to the U.S. and had dinner with a wonderful, cosmopolitan, and highly entertaining group of Facebook, and now real life, friends. Then last weekend MB and I went to the ICAP holiday potluck where once again we all bemoaned that we never see each other even though we all live in the same area.
* MLKJ Day of Service
I showed up with ten other DC Cal alums to a middle school in Northeast DC for a service event organized by City Year. There were over 500 people there, and after the speeches and the photos and the calisthenics (!) and the cheering, we got down to work. Our group was assigned to paint small wooden murals of famous people. I worked on one of Emily Dickinson. I was even interviewed by a social media person, but I lost his card, so somewhere there's a video of me talking about...Emily Dickinson. In the meantime, MB went to assemble care packages for Haiti.
* a whirlwind visit to the capitol
I got a new visiting teaching assignment, so my companion and I agreed to meet at Sister L's house. Sister L, however, had double-booked, so she took us and her guests on a short but intense visit to the Capitol building. Sister L's late husband was a long-time congressman from California, and so she had special privileges on the Hill, and lots of juicy historical tidbits. Somehow I don't think our future VT appointments will live up to this one.
* hippie fashion
The exhibit Clothing the Rebellious Soul: Revolution 1963-1973 closes tomorrow so I made my way to George Washington University to take a look. It was a little strange to see clothing in pristine condition in a refined gallery setting that I'd only see fellow students at Cal or in thrift stores in the 1970s. The exhibit also included album covers, large photos of rock stars, and various ephemera, including a small section on student protests at GW.
I won tickets to see The Rivalry at Ford's Theatre and bought a half-price ticket for Three Sisters staged by the Constellation Theatre Company. (I think I've seen more theatre in the past year than I have in my entire life.)