Arts Desk

Project 4 Gallery Closes on U Street

The view from inside Project 4.

The view from inside Project 4.

It seemed that Project 4 was simply off to a slow start this year. The gallery posted a notice on its website that it was between shows and gave no indication that it was closing up shop.

But as winter stretched into spring, it became clear that the Project 4 wasn't coming back. The gallery's only full-time employee moved to New York. Social media accounts went unattended. Finally, the Project 4 website went down in May.

After eight years of hosting art shows in the District, Project 4 has quietly closed. Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann's "Feverland" was the gallery's last exhibit.

The gallery got its start back in 2006 at 9th and U streets NW, in the space that is now home to the Dickson Wine Bar. In 2008, Project 4 moved to a second-floor space at U and 14th Streets NW. Hamiltonian still occupies the ground floor there.

Greg Kearley, the gallery's owner, has not responded to requests for comment.

Margaret Boozer and Foon Sham, two prominent figures in the D.C. art scene, are among the artists the gallery represented. Project 4's stable also included many artists outside D.C, with a strong emphasis on abstract painters, including Beau Chamberlain and Tricia Keightley.

Project 4 was always something of a venture gallery. Kearley, an architect, along with another architect, Doug Dahlkemper, launched Project 4 with original co-founders Gilles Allume and Ted Goldman. Kearley especially was active in the art scene; he participated in talks about forming a D.C. art dealer alliance some years back.

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Connersmith Launches a New Gallery Space in Shaw

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"Matter of Taste" by Erik Thor Sandberg, at Connersmith's Art Basel booth

Almost one year after Connersmith sold its Trinidad gallery space to Capital Fringe, the fine art gallery is returning to the brick and mortar.

Leigh Conner and Jamie Smith announced today that they have purchased a new space in Shaw to serve as the headquarters for Connersmith and the (e)merge Art Fair, which they also manage. The gallery is moving into 1013 O Street NW, a few blocks from the Walter E. Washington Convention Center and near to Logan Circle and Blagden Alley.

Back in 2008, Connersmith—then Conner Contemporary Art—moved from its longtime home in Dupont Circle to a vast white cube space on Florida Avenue NE near the H Street corridor. Soon thereafter, though, the gallery shifted focus. Along with co-founder Helen Allen, Smith and Conner launched the (e)merge Art Fair in 2011, at the Capitol Skyline Hotel, which is owned by art collector and Miami real estate mavens Don and Mera Rubell. (Allen has since left the fair.)

When Connersmith closed last year, its proprietors said that they planned to open a new shop eventually. HapstakDemetriou+, a D.C. architecture firm, will design the interiors for Connersmith. In an announcement, Conner describes the new location as "an ideal space where collectors and curators will experience our artists’ works."

It's not clear whether Connersmith aims to hold traditional gallery shows at the new location once the move is complete (by the first quarter of next year). Conner and Smith didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

To Do Today: The Woggles, Olivia Neutron-John, and Dreamers

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Head to a performance by the Woggles and you’ll feel like you’ve entered some sort of time warp. The Atlanta-based quartet formed in the late ’80s, but somehow the members are able to squeeze decades worth of rock ‘n’ roll influences into each of their songs. The Woggles’ creativity isn’t even limited to English: The band’s released several tracks entirely sung in Japanese, a throwback to the old surf-rock that made its way overseas. Even if the Black Cat doesn’t have a bonfire and waves crashing in the background, the Woggles can make you feel like you’re escaping D.C. for a tiny patch of paradise. Read more >>> The Woggles perform with Jake Starr and the Delicious Fullness and the Stents at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Cat Backstage, 1811 14th St. NW. $12. (202) 667-4490. blackcatdc.com. (Jordan-Marie Smith)

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It’s a big week for beer in D.C. With the Brewers Association’s annual craft beer extravaganza, SAVOR, going on this weekend, restaurants and bars throughout the city are hosting beer-focused events all week. Tonight, find old and rare beers at Meridian Pint, or try some beer cocktails at Bourbon in Adams Morgan. Check out other highlights from the long roster of parties and tap takeovers on Young & Hungry. (Jessica Sidman)

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Head to Comet Ping Pong as local electronic act Olivia Neutron-John launches a tour and performs with Cold Beat and Sneaks. 9 p.m. at 5037 Connecticut Ave. NW. $12. Read more To Do Today: The Woggles, Olivia Neutron-John, and Dreamers

Arts Roundup: Awesome Con Edition

Photos of Awesome Con at the Washington Convention Center [Arts Desk]

Ten local visual artists are making artworks to cover the sides of D.C. recycling trucks. [CityLab]

Kendrick Lamar brought a Sweetgreen salad guy onstage at Sweetlife to spit a verse, and salad guy couldn't cut it. [Washingtonian]

Photos of the Pixies and the Mynabirds at the 9:30 Club [Arts Desk]

This dude really, really didn't dig the Sweetlife scene. [Post]

A review of Rush's 40-year anniversary show at Jiffy Lube Live [DCist]

How the Congressional Chorus got its Sondheim act together [DC Theatre Scene]

Photos of the Pixies and the Mynabirds at the 9:30 Club

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There wasn't much breathing room at 9:30 Club last night. The $55 tickets that went on sale last Friday courted older Pixies fans’ wallets more than younger ones, but they sold out quickly with little promotion. This is not a fanbase that needs to be convinced of anything.

D.C.-turned-Omaha songwriter Laura Burhenn (Postal Service, Georgie James) took the stage with her current band, the Mynabirds, promptly at 8 p.m. Featuring former D.C. resident J. Tom Hnatow (These United States, Vandaveer) on guitar, the group pushed through a lovely set of pleasant tunes in anticipation of its upcoming third LP, Lovers Know, out in August on Saddle Creek. Older singles like “Numbers Don’t Lie” and “Generals” sounded solid alongside newer, more romantic material.

After the openers packed up, it was a refreshingly quick turnaround before the Pixies launched into “Gouge Away.” It’d be a stretch to call the crowd wild, but they were certainly happy to be there, singing and nodding along all night. The newest bassist, Paz Lenchantin (A Perfect Circle, Zwan), handled her position gracefully, nailing every note but never overshadowing the original members. While Kim Deal’s departure from the band felt noticeable on “Where Is My Mind?”, the strength of the Pixies’ songs held up on their own, and Black Francis’ still-vibrant vocals were enough to satisfy pretty much everyone there. I spotted quite a few 9:30 Club staffers mouthing the words to “Here Comes Your Man” and “Monkey Gone To Heaven.” With a total of 32 songs (three of which were an encore), very little stage banter, and all the hits scattered throughout the set, it’s hard to imagine wanting anything more from a Pixies show in 2015. —Ryan Little

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Photos of the Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion

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Now an annual traditon, Sweetgreen's Sweetlife Festival brought 25 artists to Merriweather Post Pavilion this weekend for more than 22 hours of music over the course of two days. The festival's three stages hosted all manner of bands, from the Pixies, who started playing in the late '80s, to Bleachers, who just formed last year. Headliners included Calvin Harris and Kendrick Lamar, and Tove Lo played one of the best sets of the weekend.

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Photos of Awesome Con at the Convention Center

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With 473,000 square feet of exhibit space and an estimated crowd of 50,000, Awesome Con took over the Washington Convention Center this weekend. Over three days, fans met stars like William Shatner and Kevin Eastman, browsed through merchants' stalls, watched artists make their work, and attended gamers' panels. Even R2D2 was rolling around. The highlight was seeing everyone dressed as their favorite characters, from Lego Avengers to the Green Lantern.

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To Do Today: Other Lives, Joe Ely, and Short Films About Shaw

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The plaintive mewling of mid-’90s British alt rock has been largely silenced since Oasis devolved into a fight between siblings and Radiohead got wrapped up in synthesizers. If you’re looking for something new that sounds like it’s from that two-decade-old scene, your new favorite band is Other Lives. Lyrically, many tracks deal with the emotionally fraught arena of love, but what makes Other Lives truly captivating to watch is its delicately layered instrumentals. The combination of bass, cello, and piano with a smattering of suspended cymbal sounds lush and beautiful, even more so when you see the band members create it in person. Read more >>> Other Lives performs with Riothorse Royale at 8 p.m. at Rock & Roll Hotel, 1353 H St. NE. $18. (202) 388-7635. rockandrollhoteldc.com. (Caroline Jones)

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Vinegars are starting to show up in cocktails all over the place. Notably, Maketto on H Street NE makes its own drinking vinegars in flavors like beet, hibiscus, turmeric, and rosemary. They’re served in cocktails for $10, with palm sugar and soda water for $5, and on their own for $2. Read more about this offering on Young & Hungry. Maketto, 1351 H St. NE. (202) 838-9972. maketto1351.com. (Jessica Sidman)

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Texas-based honky-tonk artist Joe Ely, a friend of the Clash, performs tonight at the Birchmere. Read more in our Summer Entertainment Guide. 7:30 p.m. at 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. $25. Read more To Do Today: Other Lives, Joe Ely, and Short Films About Shaw

Arts Roundup: “Chanel Divinity” Edition

Listen to Br'er's heavily synthed tribute to a murdered trans woman, "Chanel Divinity." [Arts Desk]

Historic buildings in Kalorama belonging to the Textile Museum have been sold to a private owner for $19 million. [Post]

Coached by Daddy Yankee, Arlington's Samantha Rios is finding fame on La Voz Kids, a The Voice-esque Telemundo show. [Washingtonian]

The forthcoming National Museum of African American History and Culture will exhibit remnants from an 18th-century slave ship that crashed near Cape Town. [Post]

A conversation between Jon Weiss of D.C. label Babe City Records and Greg Rodrigue of NOLA's Community Records [BYT]

To Do This Weekend: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, Impossible Light, and Obscura Day

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Although Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten initially appears to be a documentary crafted for mid-20th-century music geeks, director John Pirozzi’s film looks at a much darker aspect of Cambodian history. The striking work examines the nation’s tragic destruction during the Vietnam War and the savage Khmer Rouge–led genocide from the perspective of musicians, particularly those playing traditional Cambodian work, as well as the Western-influenced pop heard in Phnom Penh. The film’s coverage of joy and horror is best captured through an interview with Sieng Vanthy, shown earlier in the film as a miniskirt and go-go boot-wearing singer, who reveals that she lied to officials about her career. “I told them I was a banana seller. If I told them I was a singer, I would have been killed.” Read more >>> The film shows May 29 to June 4 at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center, 8633 Colesville Road, Silver Spring. $7–$12. (301) 495-6700. afi.com/silver. (Steve Kiviat)

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Roofers Union has converted its first floor into a new wine bar called Jug & Table, which opens today. The bar will actually serve jugs of wine—the equivalent of 2.5 bottles—to groups during happy hour. Sommelier Theo Rutherford has also assembled a list of 40 wines, including 20 by the glass from $6 to $16. Ripple and Roofers Union chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley will oversee the food menu, which will include snacks and paninis. Read more on Young & Hungry. Jug & Table, 2446 18th St. NW. jugandtable.com. (Jessica Sidman)

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Friday: Artisphere screens its final film, Impossible Light, a 2014 documentary about the art project that illuminated the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge in 2013. Following the film, a panel of D.C. artists and activists discuss the impact of large projects like this on arts communities with City Paper contributor Kriston Capps. 7 p.m. at 1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. $5.

Friday: Globally influenced funk and soul act People's Champs head south from Brooklyn to perform at Tropicalia with Argentine opening act Amapola Dry. Find more details on Facebook. 8 p.m. at 2001 14th St. NW. $10. Read more To Do This Weekend: Don’t Think I’ve Forgotten, Impossible Light, and Obscura Day

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