Thievery Stole the Show

We attended the Thievery Corporation Concert at the Kennedy Center last week. It was a one night show and I was glad to get affordable tickets with great seats in the front orchestra!

We attended the first performance. It was the first time Thievery Corporation had played at the Kennedy Center. Their normal venues might be less-upscale concert halls. This performance was a collaborative effort with Mason Bates, the Kennedy Center’s Composer-in-Residence. It was part of the KC Jukebox, which is a studio-lab that experiments with blending acoustic sounds. This was the first time to my knowledge that Thievery Corporation had the accompaniment of a full symphonic orchestra. The conductor was Teddy Abrams, Director of the  Louisville, KY Orchestra.

Before entering the concert hall, we enjoyed a glass of wine with nuts on the Concourse overlooking the Potomac River. The weather was gorgeous, sunny, 70’s and breezy. You almost didn’t want to go inside. I wish I had taken a picture but it wouldn’t capture it entirely. Here’s the Center Hall instead.

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Upon entering the concert hall there was heavy bass, electronic music by 2 DJ’s out of Chicago, Striz and Justin Reed. The music was in keeping with Thievery Corporation’s style of mixed funk, hip-hop, ambient, soul, techno, lounge with an international-cultural-bent. After Mason Bates’ composition, The Rise of Exotic Computing, (with some Radiohead-phonic inspiration) was played by the NSO Orchestra along with a more classical Astor Piazzola (finale from Sinforietta), then the showstopper started.

I’ve been listening to Eric Hilton and Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation with their own genre of lounge-style-music for 20+ years but had never heard them live. I still enjoy their Jet Society CD they produced and the actual 18th Street Lounge DC venue, where I remember some of the best dancing to African-beat rythyms. Their music adapts and it never gets old. In fact, there were fans of all ages including those in my age group, who had even brought their teenage children for the next generation to discover Thievery. The symphonic arrangements only added to the full experience. They played a few of their classics like: Richest Man in Babylon, Sweet Tides, Lebanese Blonde (below – I love the sitar and trumpet mix with sultry singing) and others from their newest album, The Temple of I & I, which is heavily based on Jamaican beats.

This video gives real insight into their creative process while recording in KEXP studio in November 2016.

Here’s a great review of the performance we enjoyed from DC Metro Theater Arts, describing the perfect combination between club and concert hall. Everyone was dancing in their seat with lots of head-bobbing.

Here’s a composite of some video clips and photos I took of the performance.

There were so many good songs to share; however, you’ll see more professional versions in these below that present the songs in their best light. Both are sung by LouLou, who sings many of their songs and in other languages. Interestingly, the second video I recognize is filmed at the National Gallery of Art’s concourse. Cool!

You can view some behind the scenes photos from the concert on their Facebook Page.

Seeing the Depth of My Soul video. Makes me think of Scandinavia…

This audience photo by Rob Myers shows the view from the stage. This could have been after the second performance because I don’t recognize those who would be on the right side near us but I think I see myself, which is weird, and I remember them taking the picture.

Attendees at Thievery Corporation Concert DC on AIE

Afterwards, we ate at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Restaurant, which was pretty good and then walked around the entire center on the rooftop terrace. It was such a lovely night that we’re considering becoming Kennedy Center members.

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Outside Kennedy Center_AIE

Catch Thievery Corporation at one of these upcoming tour dates. They’ll steal you away from the present surreal-real world, at least for a little while, with their music.

In the meantime, you can go to the 18th Street Lounge, where Thievery Corporation got their start, and is the namesake to their affiliate ESL record label. You can also enjoy some of the many restaurants around town owned by Eric and his brother, Ian Hilton. The Brighton is the latest, coming to the exciting Wharf Development this fall, along with other venues. But for now, The new Pod Hotel will host their Crimson Diner and View (opening in June & July) — another place to enjoy a good drink and dinner! Looks like a great view of the city too on the rooftop!

Pod Hotel DC home lobby on Art Is Everywhere

Pod Hotel home lobby

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via Pod Hotel DC

Wharf Development Rendering via Washingtonian on AIE

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A Celebratory Week to Remember

Well it was a fun, celebratory week to remember — one for the recollection record books!

Easter Sunday started it off — after a month of prep with finally getting a new garage roof completed. We still have some refinement to do so I’ll have to post a picture later. My Clivia plant, also known as a Kaffir Lily, seemed to be waiting to bloom on this special occasion. How appropriate and really beautiful this African plant is. My father-in-law gave it to me with multiple “babies” as offshoots that I divided and gave to my sister and sons. I’m waiting to hear if theirs’ bloomed.

Kaffir Lily blooms on Art Is Everywhere

Other plants that are flourishing are on our roof. The two types of butter/bib and arugula lettuce are three times the size of this now and nearly ready to harvest. Snap beans, beets and cauliflower seeds are coming along. I’ll need to replant the carrots though.

Rooftop Garden GlowPear Containers on AIE

You can read more about these hydroponic GlowPear planters on Houzz, where we purchased a second one.

My husband was able to get tickets through his office to the National Museum of African American History & Culture (NMAAHC), which is near impossible since they are sold out already through July. There was a special viewing between 8 – 10 am midweek and I took my friend Liza. Although we needed Peter with us to enter, he decided not to attend in order for us to be able to when security discovered my miniature pairing knife in my purse that I had forgotten all about. Ugh!! They wouldn’t let me leave it with them so Peter took it back to his car and missed the museum opportunity but he’ll get more tickets. He also had a meeting that was going to shorten his time anyway and you really need a full day, as we discovered, to take it all in. We didn’t return home until 4:30. It took over 7 hours to go through at a leisurely pace, which you need to do to be able to read and process all the info. Fortunately, I had cleared my work calendar in advance. There is a tremendous amount to cover and the museum does a good job of showing viewers the progression of the African American history through three sub-terrain, what I call the “oppressive” concourses that move through the start of Slavery to Freedom > Defending Freedom and Segregation > Changing America 1968 & Beyond. Although there is still a sense of uncertainty at the end of the exhibit, one leaves with a positive appreciation of the African American history and all its accomplishments as well as the strength of the American Spirit.

The African American experience is the lens through which we understand what it is to be an American. — Lonnie Bunch (Founding Director)

NMAAHC museum building on AIE

NMAAHC museum

The first sense one has upon entering the museum is from the exterior grill work that suppresses the light, yet fills the space with ornamentation. It is supposed to recall the grill work in New Orleans that was made by slave labor and you do get a sense, especially in the lower galleries, of being in a cargo hold of a slave ship with only one way up and out.

NMAAHC grill work on Art Is Everywhere

You start at the bottom and walk through each concourse and move onto the next via ramps. There are no elevators or restrooms on any of these floors. If the intent was to be somewhat uncomfortable, then it works. There are, however, plenty of places to sit and rest, watch a movie, reflect or just take a break. I had to use the restroom and needed to walk all the way up while Liza rested. There was a placard at the top warning that once you exited you could not re-enter. I had to flag someone down to ask them if I could come back in. Although it wasn’t a problem, I can’t imagine the planners didn’t think this common occurrence through. It must happen a lot. There were hoards of people in line a this point and we were only half way through the exhibit. I hustled back to get a move on before it became crowded. It was starting to on the third concourse, especially when we visited the Emmett Till Memorial, where no pictures were allowed. This was a horrible event about a 14 year old African American boy who was lynched simply because some “white” folk were looking to make examples of blacks. The outcome is what sparked insurgence, uprising and riots, along with the tragic death of Martin Luther King. However, the final part of the main exhibit shows the progression of the African Americans to assimilate within the middle class, become major TV and music celebrities. In fact, America has a lot to be thankful for with their cultural contribution.

Colonial Slavery figures on Art Is Everywhere

Prominent Colonial historical figures including Thomas Jefferson and Mum Bet, who sued the State of Massachusetts to win her freedom and consequently abolished slavery in MA

Ashley's Sack 1 NMAAHC on AIE

This story is pretty heartbreaking. There were many that were but this one spoke to me.

Ashley's Sack 2 NMAAHC on AIE

It was interesting to note that at the very start of the Slave Trade, which was sparked by the sugar trade, Creole Africans were wealthy diplomats and highly sought after for their language capabilities and cultural knowledge.

Concourse 3 - 2 NMAAHC on AIE

Moving from Concourse 3 to 2

slave and free houses at NMAAHC on Art Is Everywhere

Juxtaposition between Slave House on lower Concourse 3 and Freed Slave’s own home on upper Concourse 2

Stereotypes at NMAAHC on AIE

Stereotypes in toys and paraphenalia

Segregated clinic hours at NMAAHC on AIE

These segregated clinic hours are hard to believe in this current time

Maple Leaf Rag on AIE

My parents used to dance to the Maple Leaf Rag

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Angola Prison Guard Station and the Interactive “Segregation Bar” where you can follow a movement as if you’re a member

Soul Train on Art Is Everywhere

1968 & Beyond brings up Soul Train, which was big part of my childhood

Assimilating into Middle America on Art Is Everywhere

Assimilating into Middle America

Another Rat Pack Digs on Art Is Everywhere

The other Rat Pack Digs in Chicago

Foxy Brown and Sly and Family Stone on AIE

Foxy Brown movies still play on TV and notice Sly & Family Stone written on his piano keys

Main NMAAHC exhibit end on AIE

Main exhibit ends with highlights from the 2000’s like Hurricane Katrina and the Obama Administration, how could we forget.

We decided to break for lunch. The food at the Sweet Home Cafe was excellent! You could choose which regional fare you wanted to try. Of course I went right for the Creole Southern Duck / Andouille Sausage Gumbo but then changed my mind at the last-minute to get the Shrimp and Grits because the shrimp were gigantic! The meal was delicious and a generous portion! The dining hall was in the shape of the “ark” or museum Congo ship, yet each layer had vines growing in the indented, internal troughs. The back walls were mirrored to make the space look twice as large as what we thought it could hold. We didn’t wait around for that test because the buses of people were now streaming in.

Panoramic Mall view from the top of NMAAHC on AIE

Panoramic Mall view from the top

Looking down on the Gift Shop on AIE

Looking down on the Gift Shop

Reproductions of Mary Jackson's baskets in the gift shop on AIE

Reproductions of Mary Jackson’s baskets in the gift shop

After a much needed energy refresh, we tackled the top four floors. Similarly to the sub-floors, where you start at the bottom and walk up, we started in reverse at the very top and moved downward. We visited all the floors but only experienced three. There were elevators and escalators and restrooms on all of these. The top floor Culture Galleries was my favorite. It showed the importance of the African American culture in food, music, arts, fashion, and sports. I by-passed the last, but fully savored all the others. I was just as impressed with the exhibition layout as I was with the rich content. The first oval room had double display bays with the interior, bench-seating to the double-sided, wall-alcoves with a musical entertainment-video that changed visuals with the continuous music that wrapped around the top of the room. We moved from here to the Visual Art Gallery with primarily contemporary art (not my thing) to the Musical Achievement wing with Chuck Berry’s car greeting us at the entry. I breezed through the Theatre section and will have to go back.

Food & Culture greet you on the top 4th floor of NMAAHC on AIE

Food & Culture greet you on the top 4th floor. Chef Leah Chase is prominently featured with her Dooky Chase restaurant in New Orleans.

Earth Wind & Fire at NMAAHC on AIE

Earth Wind & Fire is one of my favorite bands highlighted in the Musical component

Allen Toussaint is mentioned in the Jazz sectionAllen Toussaint is mentioned in the Jazz section on AIE

Allen Toussaint is mentioned in the Jazz section

Level 3 housed the Community Galleries, where some of the main exhibit details were further explored. For instance, there was an entire room dedicated to Muhammad Ali, another section to Ben Carson, and another to the Military Experience. Maybe I missed it, but I didn’t see any recognition given to Clarence Thomas but did see Thurgood Marshal and Anita Hill mentioned in regard to the Supreme Court. There were also mini exhibits dedicated to Making a Way Out of No Way with progress in medical, religion and school, etc., highlighted.

We didn’t have enough energy to explore the Explore More Gallery on the 2nd level, which was mainly interactive exhibits. I popped my head in and saw one older white woman, who was the only one dancing to an instructional video by an African American dance troupe. Others were watching and encouraging her as if she was playing “Wei” by herself but doing a pretty good job.

We took an Uber home and had an interesting discussion with our American-Cuban driver, Marisol about the experience. Funny, we missed Oprah by one day, as she was there the next day to screen the Henrietta Lacks movie airing on HBO. I read the book several years ago and am interested to see the movie. It’s definitely a story that needs more exposure.

Earlier in the week, Peter and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by finally visiting the Trump Hotel to see how the Old Post Office was revamped. We had drinks in the main lobby, which is huge but well decorated. The main architecture and iron struts of the original building remained and painted gold. I liked the peacock, teal blue and green velvet seating paired with amber and gold throughout the expansive room. The bar wall was mirrored to the top and filled with clear glass decanters and glasses situated on dark mahogany shelving. Very impressive. Two large TV’s were playing Fox News. We were seated next to what had to be a bevy of beautiful friends of The Real Housewives of DC. No kidding. This was entertaining to say the least.

Trump International Hotel anniversary for drinks on AIE

Trump International Hotel anniversary for drinks. The ladies had left by this point.

Trump Hotel Bar area on Art Is Everywhere

Although the ambience was captivating, the service was off. We had to call someone over after 15 minutes. They gave us water and nuts without napkins and the hostess took our initial order. The place was nearly filled but not that busy. We sampled the signature cocktails, which were unfortunately too expensive at $25 – $29 and actually did not taste very good, which is too bad! We stuck with wine and cheese choices which were good and surprisingly affordable. All in all, it was a different way to celebrate an off-year; even though, there can be some improvements made, especially if you’re expecting the best.

Trump DC Hotel at night on AIE

Trump DC Hotel at night

Meanwhile, the rest of the week was enjoying the gorgeous spring weather. Even the cats seemed to relish this indoors and out.

Cats sleeping on AIE

This picture cracks me up. These cats sleep so differently.

Cats outside on AIE

Ingrid enjoys outside on AIE

Ingrid just turned 1 year old

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Venice Biennale 3D Tour

During this hectic holiday time, it’s good to sometimes just take a break.

You can do that with this 3D interactive tour of the Venice Biennale 2016.

Venice Biennale_3D Tour 1 on Art Is Everywhere

Venice Biennale_3D Tour via Venice Design and Interiors 3D.it

The interactive nature of the tour itself is quite fascinating.

It’s like a video game propelling your view through the rooms and especially interesting among the historic backdrop of the Palazzo Michiel in Venice.

Venice Biennale_3D Tour 2 on Art Is Everywhere

Enjoy your holidays and we’ll be back soon.

Under One Symbolic Restored Dome

Today is Thanksgiving.

We have a lot to be thankful for and to look forward to with a new start.

However, with such a divided country, it is hopeful to see the US Capital Dome newly restored. With the unveiling of the newly restored Capitol Dome,The Architect of the Capitol has revealed a renewed emblem of national unity.

Restored Capitol Dome_AIE

via Washington Post

Let’s remember what this Nation was built on, America’s unity and try to be grateful and move forward with America’s continued prosperity in mind, “one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.”.

Click here to read more about the history of our Nation’s Capitol Dome, see 44 pictures and a video about the restoration.

Hope you and your family have a happy Thanksgiving!

 

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Changing Murals

This is a quick post announcement from several alerts I just received indicating that at least two well known murals are changing. As one will be vanishing soon, so see it while you can, another gets a fresh redesign and new placement.

The beloved Luzianne mural by Robert Dafford in downtown New Orleans will be partially covered when a new residential unit gets built. So sad, this is a lovely mural that I enjoy seeing each time I go back home. However, the Reily family, the owners of the mural and property, plan on making part of the mural visible to the interior of the building. They also will digitally scan the Luzianne-cart section in hopes to reproduce and place on another wall.

Robert Dafford is the same artist who painted the wonderful Clarinet Mural. The Reily family not only started Luzianne tea but also Blue Plate Mayonnaise — two iconic Nola brand-name products. The highly accomplished Rozas Ward Architecture firm with Myles Martin as the lead architect are chosen to manage the project.

The Brennan family and Reily family share a common wall / section of the mural and there is a written agreement not to change or destroy the mural for 50 years from 1991. This could be problematic if agreeable measures to preserve the mural are not found.

One thought comes to mind, Casart coverings can digitally print the mural onto wallcoverings that can be removed without damage when and if needed.

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Luzianne Mural by Robert Dafford. Photos via Times Picayune

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Yes, that’s a “real” tree but certainly hard to tell with Dafford’s painterly skill.

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Existing Reily Builidng by Rozas Ward Architecture

Proposed Reily Residential1 Rozas Architecture_AIE

Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture

Proposed Reily Residential1 Rozas Architecture_AIE

Proposed Reily Residential via Rozas Ward Architecture

Jumping to the West, the locally known LA Lady Freeway mural by Kent Twitchell, which had retired due to being tagged and covered from view, is now being resurrected with an updated look and new Afghan Shawl. It will be rehung at the LA Valley College. Hopefully this will be a better placement for this lively lady mural to stay and for all to enjoy.

Old Lady of Freeway Mural 2_Art Is EverywherePersonally, I think the added shawl extending onto the adjacent wall works wonders with the new location. Sometimes changing murals are a positive improvement.Old Lady of Freeway Mural 1_Art Is EverywhereOne interesting side note, I’ve recently discovered Great Big Story, “a video network dedicated to the untold, the overlooked and the flat-out amazing.”

They’ve featured a lot of art oriented stories like the Mumbai Taxicab fabric and others that I’ve also posted. I’ve added them to my Blogroll.

Take for instance this post about Harvard cataloging and saving the world’s most precious pigments that captured my attention. This is an art lover’s cabinet of curiosities!

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Prince George to the Kaos Temple and Beyond

With a new year comes a lot of new stories to follow, so this is a mish-mash of news.

  1. Seeing adorable Prince George attend his first day of school at the Westacre Montessori School in Norfolk, England, I couldn’t help but notice the lovely and prominent mural on the facade of the building. I was also impressed that the Duchess of Cambridge or Kate, his mother, took the photos of George. They are just as good if not better than what a professional photographer could capture.
Prince George attends school 1

via backstage24.gr

Prince George attends school 2_

via E Online. Photos by Duchess of Cambridge

Westacre Montessori School Mural

Westacre Montessori School and mural

If you want to see more photos, check out Prince Williams’ Family Album on E Online! You can scroll through the photos at the bottom of the screen.

2. An update on the Jefferson County Courthouse murals: the commission has decided to hire a consultant for $2,830 to determine if the murals can be removed to another location and the cost involved. It remains to be seen what will happen if they cannot or if it is cost prohibitive. One idea is to “drape over” the current murals until more updated ones can be painted. I imagine this would be costly as well.

3. Is winter already too cold for you? We’re just now getting some cold weather but nothing like they are in the Mid North West. Visualizing these intriguing Cherry Blossom murals will help you remember spring will be here before you know it and remind you that art can be created in many clever ways. These take the term “hand painted” to a new level.

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Cherry Blossom photos via Fubiz

Hand Painted Cherry Blossom photos via Fubiz 2These murals by muralist Yosuke Tan are painted with hand prints on the windows of an abandoned school in Japan. Upon first site they appear quite beautiful as the light streaming through the window makes the red hand prints brilliantly shine, however, when you realize where and how they are painted, they can also invoke a sense of uneasiness similar to the one I get when I envision those twin and ghost children and the “red room” reference in the Shining movie. Clever and a little creepy at the same time.

Hand Painted Cherry Blossom photos via Fubiz 3 Hand Painted Cherry Blossom photos via Fubiz 44. Finally, learning about the Kaos Temple on Yatzer really blew me away! Spanish artist Okuda San Miguel really transforms the former Santa Barbara church with his characteristic geometric style murals based on the Kaos star reference. kaos star via chaos grimoireYou just have to see the images on Yatzer to really understand how a church can come back to life not only as a skateboard palace but now affectionately known now as the Kaos [skate] temple where skateboarding and other miracles happen. Not surprisingly the origin of the word Chaos comes from Kaos, From Ancient Greek χάος (“vast chasm, void”), but in this case, I think a unique order has been implemented.

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Kaos Temple photos via Yatzer

Kaos Temple_yatzer_AIE 2 Kaos Temple_yatzer_AIE 3 Kaos Temple_yatzer_AIE 4 Kaos Temple_yatzer_AIE 5 Kaos Temple_yatzer_AIE 6Okuda San Miguel really takes his murals to church, so to speak, which brings a little more significance to this Take Me to Church song by Hozier.

You can read more about the artist’s background and design influence in his interview on Colossal.

Church Exterior via Colossal_AIE

Church Exterior via Colossal

Skate church via Colossal_AIE

Skate Church Interior

 

Merry Christmas from the City of Lights

Picking up from my last post, my husband had a lot more pictures while at the COP21 Conference in Paris.

I thought they would be worth sharing in a post to express a Merry Christmas from the City of Lights.

In Paris COP21 country flag columns on Art Is Everywhere

Country flags decorate COP21 conference columns.

Trees and green projection at COP21 conference in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Could this be Obscura Digital with the Racing Extinction folks projecting green and trees onto conference buildings?

Torch-like street lights make the streets festive in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Torch-like street lights make the streets festive.

This is a crazy street scene, typical of driving in Paris. I’m not sure how it was filmed. Where’s the median?

 

Polar bear window display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Window displays simply and beautifully celebrate the winter holiday season…

Fashionable window display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

… and dressing up…

Christmas display in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

… and Christmas

Notre Dame at night on Art Is Everywhere

Notre Dame at night is breathtaking with its intricate architecture.

Side view of Notre Dame at night on Art Is Everywhere

On the Seine on Art Is Everywhere

Along the Seine

Church facade in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Church facade

Hector Guimaud's famous Metropolitan Metro entrance in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Hector Guimaud’s famous Metropolitan Metro entrance

Montmartre on Art Is Everywhere

Montmartre

Beautiful mosaics inside Montmartre on Art Is Everywhere

Beautiful mosaics inside

Arc de Triomphe on Art Is Everywhere

Arc de Triomphe

Even the architectural coverups are artistic in Paris on Art Is Everywhere

Even the architectural coverups are artistic

A view from the top of Arc de Triomphe on Art Is Everywhere

A view from the top of the Arc…

... and an Eiffel Tower half visible in fog on Art Is Everywhere

… and an Eiffel Tower half visible in fog

View of the electric Champs Élysées on Art Is Everywhere

View of the electric Champs Élysées

 

Paris' Eternal Flame at the Arc on Art Is Everywhere

Paris’ Eternal Flame at the Arc

It’s so great to see Parisians celebrating life and this festive Christmas season.

What would Christmas be without people, friends and family and…

Parisian people and Christmas lights on Art Is Everywhereexceptional food as in this delectable French menu and…

A menu of delectible Parisian food on Art Is Everywhereand wonderful wine, bien sur!

Glorious French wine on Art Is EverywhereTo end, a miniature version of the Eiffel Tower is all decked out in red.

Miniature Eiffel Tower in Red on Art Is EverywhereWishing you a Merry Christmas!

 

 

 

 

 

A Father’s Day Celebration

We have an ongoing monthly brunch with my son and his wife. We decided to combine that with a Father’s Day Celebration last weekend.

It was a 4 star-sensory dining experience at China Chilcano, with everything from the visual decor to the food presentation, taste, smell and even touch with our seating sensation being sunken into the floor, a la modern Japanese style.

China Chilcano is an amalgamation of Peruvian, Chinese, Mexican and Japanese cuisine and eating styles. The food is excellent and the style is serendipitous, so if you’re in for a surprise, as we were, it is a pleasant one.

China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

2 China Chilcano decor on Art Is Everywhere

ceviche at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

beautiful and delicious ceviche

Sunken table at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

Sitting at the sunken table

Shaved Blackberry Ice at China Chilcano on Art Is Everywhere

Raspadilla de Chicha Morada. Shaved purple corn ice, lemongrass manjar
blanco, pineapple

Before taking the Metro home, we headed to the nearby Smithsonian American Art Museum and discovered this unusual building facade along the way.

Trompe l'oeil building facade in DC on Art Is Everywhere

Trompe l’oeil building facade in DC

Sculpture at the  Smithsonian American Art Museum on Art Is Everywhere

Sculpture & artwork at the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Adams Memorial on Art Is Everwhere

Adams Memorial

About Adams Memorial on Art Is Everywhere

Angel Painting by Abbot Handerson Thayer on Art Is Everywhere

Angel Painting by Abbot Handerson Thayer

Thomas Moran Painting on Art Is Everywhere

Thomas Moran Painting

Later that evening an unexpected thunderstorm came through that created some unusual lighting, similar to the Thomas Moran painting, in its wake. Coincidentally, our American flag was highlighted. Be sure to fly yours on the 4th!

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Engaging New York City Murals

If you happen to be in New York City any time soon, you’re in for a treat. There are some new and interesting ways to enhance your mural sightseeing experience.

First, there is this interactive mural map from YDR that takes you on a walking tour of progressive history murals, starting on Market Street. There is a link to view popup thumbnail images of the murals, a synopsis about them and even a link to conveniently view on your mobile phone. You can learn as you walk.

Interactive NYC mural map 1 on Art Is Everywhere

via YDR

Interactive NYC mural map 2 on Art Is EverywhereYou’ll probably want to visit the new One World Trade Center while in the city (just opened on May 29th). Upon going up in the elevator, the walls become a virtual display (click here to see the video) that progressively shows the city below as it advances and morphs over the course of 500 years, from original swamp to present. Although you don’t get an actual glass-elevator view, this is even better and completely gives you the feeling that you’re looking out while the change is rapidly taking place. The elevator ride is less than a minute.

1 World Trade Center elevator1 on Art Is Everywhere

via Visual News

1 World Trade Center elevator2 on Art Is Everywhere 1 World Trade Center elevator3 on Art Is EverywhereInside you’ll also see this large-scale abstract mural by Jose Parla. Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, left, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge recently viewed the mural this past December on their sojourn to the States.

William and Kate view 1WT mural on Art Is EverywhereFinally, while out touring, be on the lookout for these beautiful, large-scale female portraits painted in undisclosed places by Sean Yoro, known as Hula. He is originally from Hawaii but now in NYC transforming abandoned sites into beautiful portrait murals worth discovering. He’s exceptionally talented and makes realistic painting look easy, just look at his time lapse and other work via his Instagram. I’m a big fan!

Hula Street Art Portrait 1 on Art Is Everywhere

via Bored Panda

Hula Street Art Portrait 2 on Art Is Everywhere

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Adding to the Apple Bite

Apple has just opened its new store in the Jiefangbei section of the Chongqing in China. With its unveiling comes a mural, in which Apple commissioned 2 artists to produce, Navid Baraty, a US-born photographer who took the photo of Chongqing’s skyline along the River and Yangyang Pan, a Chinese artist, who added dripping paint strokes to add interesting color.

The mural is enlarged and displayed in the round, wrapping around inside the glass walls of the new retail store. The architecture in itself is pretty stunning as is Apple’s apple bite that seems to float in the center.

Apple-Store-Jifangbei_via AppAdvice_on Art Is EverywhereAbove is a photo of the storefront without the mural and below the video story of “making the mural.”

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