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Sonic Goodies: Africa Undone

In celebration of their 2 year anniversary party tomorrow, the Lunchboxtheory crew have released a new mix called, Africa Undone, and did a revamp of their site.  I have to say it is definitely my favorite mix thus far. I couldn’t help but dance in my chair as I sat listening late into the night. Take a listen for yourself here:


So make sure you listen to the mix and prep real good for the party tomorrow night at Bossa Lounge in Adams Morgan. Also, be prepared to listen to the delicatable sounds of Heturu and the hypnotizing mixes of Dj Underdog and Dj Camjus. Also word is, there will be delicious homemade treats for everyone!

See you there!




ReadysetDC & Curating for a Cause present “RESTORE : Japan”

Exhibition and Art Auction Event to Benefit the Japanese Red Cross Society

As the waters recede on the coasts of Japan the DC art community joins together to provide relief for all those who have lost everything in one of the most devastating natural disasters in the history of man.

On Thursday, March 31st, 2011, ReadysetDC and Curating for a Cause team up to host RESTORE: Japan at Lamont Bishop Gallery.

RESTORE: Japan will feature artwork by 32 of the area’s top visual artists. The exhibition is curated by ReadysetDC’s Peter Chang and Curating for a Cause’s Jackie Cantwell and Allison Byers and will feature an art auction.

Thursday, March 31st | 7-11PM
Lamont Bishop Gallery
1314 9th Street NW
Washington, DC 20001

Proceeds benefit The Japanese Red Cross Society. http://www.jrc.or.jp/english/index.html

EVENT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”


WHAT: “Handkerchiefs, Heels, & Hangovers… A Night At The Cotton Club”

WHERE: |201 Lounge| 201 Massachusetts Ave. NE Washington D.C. 20002

WHEN: February 19, 2011 (9PM-3AM)    Happy Hour (9PM-11PM)

Why: To unite the new tastemakers, trendsetters, and socialites of the DMV and neighboring cities around an evening full of drinking, dancing, and music for a great cause. We’ll also raise money for our teacher’s scholarship at the Cape Mount Association; helping to pay tuition for future teachers in Liberia, West Africa.

Video- Cotton Club Prerequisite

For details on how to win free tickets or donate go to http://yebies.blogspot.com/2011/02/handkerchiefs-heels-hangovers-night-at.html

Mark your calendars and please do make sure to make out to this great event and support YEBIES !


Sonic Goodies: Maverick’s The First Step

Meet Maverick. He is a DMV-based, Baton Rouge raised, music producer. He recently released an instrumental album called, The First Step and I instantly loved it. My personal faves being Chocolate City Shuffle, Road to Perdition, and Popular Passion. Actually when I think about it I like parts of almost each track on the release. They seem simple but have little nuances, weaving in various samples to make this a solid first effort. Take a listen for yourself here.


Sonic Goodies: Africa Africa Africa pt. 4

In the past I have often talked about the greatness that is Afrobeat and the monthly parties hosted by the Lunchboxtheory duo and even posted few of their previous mixtapes. Well coupled with last month’s party, they finally have blessed us with yet another one to kick off 2011 right. Here’s a little description to go with the mixtape:

DJ Underdog lives up to every promise his fans request, “Africa Africa Africa 4” mixes Afrobeat, Soulful House, worldly percussion, rock, funk, oddball sound effects, a touch of African lounge, Latin Jazz, and some hints of tropicalia with moombahton. DJ Underdog chose to collaborate with long time friend and acclaimed moombahton producer DJ Cam Jus, on a guest mix toward the end.

“This is Africa Africa Africa 4! A Musical collage of many peoples. . .it comes from Africa and all walks in between, from the South Seas and from Asia.”

“This mixtape is personal because I am genre less when it comes to moving the crowd” says Underdog. Indeed, conceptual continuity is the order of the day! Vibe with these musical treats – and please don’t tell the children that no known species of reindeer can fly!! DJ Underdog cooked this tight to get you in the right mind, and should be back quite soon with some African psybeat delicatessens.

We’ve been asked for some smooth mixes, here’s a part of our answer…


Hope you enjoy the mixtape and make sure to check out their website to learn more about their events!


4th Annual AFC Holiday Benefit|Dec 4th

Please join Artists For Charity on Saturday, December 4th, 2010, for the 4th Annual AFC Holiday Benefit at the WVSA’s Articulate Gallery to raise funds for the non-profit organization, Artists for Charity (AFC). The organization operates a children’s home for HIV-positive orphans in Ethiopia. For more information on this organization and the great work they do, please visit www.artistsforcharity.org.

The Holiday Benefit is being held at WVSA’s Articulate Gallery located at 1100 16th St., NW, Washington, DC 20036 from 7pm-11pm. There will be an art auction, featuring the work of emerging and established artists. The benefit will also include a taste of the Ethiopian culture, with music performances by Maritu Legesse “The Queen of Bati” and Setegn Atenaw.

***Advanced tickets are $20 and at the door is $25. There will be drinks and Ethiopian hors d’oeuvres catered by Enat Restaurant in Virginia. ***

Please spread the word and be sure to use #AFCBenefit when tweeting before and during the beneft (follow Artists For Charity here). ***If you’d like to volunteer, need a press pass or have questions please contact Hanna Tadesse or Bethel Tsegaye **

RSVP & Get YOUR Tickets Here: http://artistsforcharity.eventbrite.com/

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See you there!


“Can you dig it?” Art Show|Dec.3rd

ANIEKAN presents CAN U DIG IT? a solo exhibition featuring all new and affordable works . This new body of work will take you back, all the way back to the 70’s. Drawings, paintings, prints, t-shirts and more!!!

This is a ONE NIGHT ONLY event so please dont miss out. Come and witness the visual growth of the artist known as ANIEKAN UDOFIA





The world famous COOL DJ UNCLE Q will be providing the best of  the grooves for your listening pleasure!!!

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Undercult Relaunch/Anniversary/1 Year Pop-Up Shop Event

Undercult Relaunch & Anniverary Party

When: 9pm-12am, Wednesday-December 15th, 2010

Where: 1939 12th St NW, Washington, D.C.

Featuring: Guilty Simpson (Stones Throw/O.J. Simpson/Random Axe), Karriem Riggins (Yesterday’s New Quintet/The Supreme Team w/ Madlib), DTMD (Dunc& Toine)

*All Performing and Spinning all new and unreleased material

Damage: $10

Free Refreshments courtesy of Heineken!!

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Mark your calendars and make sure you come out and support this great event!


Call for Art|Exhibition+Auction


Curating for a Cause, Dreams for Kids & L2 lounge present:

3315 Cady’s Alley NW (between 33rd and 34th off of M Street) Washington, DC 20007

Deadline: November 22, 2010 –Curating for a Cause invites artists to submit work (NOT A DONATION) for an exhibition and auction of art to be held DECEMBER 3rd at the upscale evening establishment L2 in Georgetown. This is an international call and is open to all working in wide variety of media, including ceramics, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, video and sculpture to exhibit and sell.

We encourage artists to donate a maximum of 20 percent of each painting sold to Dreams for Kids Dream Leaders and Extreme Recess outreach programs, but it is not mandatory.

Dream Leaders- A leadership program that unites children of diverse backgrounds through community service and service learning through our After-School Clubs, In-School Workshops, and Dream Leader Conferences.

Extreme Recess An adaptive sports program offering children with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to participate in adventure activities, often for the very first time

Please send inquiries and submissions to: Jackienicolecantwell@gmail.com

Directions for Entry

Image entry will be in the form of JPEG digital files only. Review will be by digital image only.

JPEGs should be no larger than 300 dpi at approximately 4 by 6 inches. All digital files must be in JPEG format and must include the artist’s name and title of the submission (smithpainting5.jpg). Please do not use quotations or spaces in file names. (Artists may submit up to 6 images for consideration.)  Website links will not be accepted as submissions.

Along with your Jpeg images should be an identification sheet describing your pieces. This sheet should include the title, dimensions of the work(s), medium, and any additional display requirements.

Please also include a minimum “suggested starting bid” for your work. This amount will be the starting bid for your work at the auction.


It is preferable that accepted work is hand delivered. You can contact me at (703)888-7591 to hand deliver the work to one of the following three locations:

2901 18th St NW # 212 ,Washington,DC 20009

Dreams For Kids (National Office)

2451 18th St NW * 2nd Floor (Adams Morgan) Washington, DC 20009

Artists are responsible for shipping their work if they choose to do so and work must be shipped in sturdy, reusable boxes.

Shipping address:

Jackie Cantwell—2901 18th st NW #212 Washington,DC 20009

RETURN SHIPPING MUST BE PREPAID AND ENCLOSED WITH ARTWORK!!! Neither the Dreams For Kids Foundation nor Curating for a Cause will be responsible for any damage incurred in transit.


Final measurements must be inclusive of frame, if applicable. Weight may not exceed 100 pounds. All entries must have been conceived and created by the artist submitting the work. All work selected must be ready for exhibit: 2D work must be framed with secure hanging devices;  3D work must be suitably prepared with instructions for installation.  Provide pedestal if required.

Entry Check List

Please be sure you have completed and included all of the following:

  • Entry Form (L2 application)
  • Jpeg Images (up to 6)
  • Image description sheet
  • Suggested stating bid
  • Return postage (For mail)

Submit to:

Jackie Cantwell at Jackienicolecantwell@gmail.com

Who we are:


http://www.sarahcannon.net/?p=137 (Our last event)

We Curate exhibitions for fundraising events that include all mediums of art, music and performance, whether it is culinary or on paper we encourage 20% or more to be donated to a philanthropic cause. 

Planning events that are accessible to the public, exposing them to art music and culture.

 These are charity events where there’s food, music,… and there just happens to be high quality art that you might fall in love with… and its all to benefit a great cause.



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Mark your calendars and make sure you support this great cause and event!


Art Picks-November 2010

Artist Picks

Mid City Artists is holding an Open Studios that is free and open to the public. It is a twice-yearly event that draws hundreds to the Mid City area in the heart of DC. The event is being held this coming weekend, Nov 6-7th. Here is a downloadable map of where to see all the artworks. Below are my picks of the artists that are due to participate in this event this weekend: 

Scott G. Brooks


Robert T. Cole


Glenn Fry


Hannah Naomi Kim






Please make sure to go and support this great event this weekend. Again here is Mid City Artists main site so you can look up more information regarding all the artists and about this weekend’s event.