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Its that time again! pt. 2

24 Jun

CARNIVAL!

D.C. CARIBBEAN CARNIVAL, INC., presents its 19th Annual DC CARNIVAL™ Extravaganza on Saturday June 25, 2011 from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm. The Caribbean Style Mardi Gras Parade with costumed masqueraders representing the Caribbean, Latin America and the Diaspora will transform Georgia Avenue into a “Caribbean Bourbon Street” with the sights and sounds of the Caribbean. This year’s Parade begins on Kansas at Georgia Avenue, NW and ends at Barry Place, NW across from the Howard University Campus leading to the Festival. The Carnival Festival happens simultaneously with the Parade on Saturday June 25 from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 PM at the Howard Center Parking facility on Georgia Avenue at Bryant Street, NW. The venue will be transformed into a “Tropical Arena” with international foods, crafts and live performances from local and international artists. (Festival Admission: $10.00 – Seniors & Children under 12 years FREE)

As a contestant in the Miss Caribbean Metro pageant I have the pleasure of being in the parade alongside the beautiful women that are representing countries such as Trinidad, Jamaica, Haiti, Guyana, and more. Although I was looking forward to playing mass this summer I am thankful for the opportunity to go through the parade as a pageant contestant!

Next year I hope I can go to Trinidad for carnival. I’ve always wanted to do it but I feel like next year will finally be the year. I don’t know exactly what it is about carnival but it just makes you feel… weightless. Once the music starts and people start dancing and moving every which way, nothing seems to matter anymore. All of your problems go away, at least for those moments, and everything is just RIGHT. Too bad we can’t have carnival every day, huh.

=)

Come out to see me! I’ll be the one with the GIANT PANAMA FLAG!!!

Just Another Monday Night

3 Aug

Typically what do you do on a Monday night? I usually sit around, watch tv, and whine about how its the first day of the week and how long its going to be until the weekend.

Yesterday, I took a different route.

It all started when I walked into work and my friend was talking (or rather yelling) throughout the office about Kelis coming to DC in August. I considered myself somewhat a Kelis fan from back in the day but I hadn’t heard too much of her new stuff. So, he proceeded to play just about every song from her new album in the office and eventually persuaded me to buy a ticket that day to see both Kelis and someone named Robyn at the 9:30 Club in Washington DC.

From that day I listened to music from both Kelis and Robyn non stop.

Then the day finally came…

When I say amazing I literally mean AMAZING (it also helped that my outfit was FIERCE beyond comparison).

Black Dress - ASOS.com Heels - Steve Madden

August 2nd also happened to be the last day of summer classes so that night was my celebratory release from exams and Saturday morning environmental science labs!

My Monday pretty much went like this: 11am to 5pm Work in the office then 6:30pm FINAL EXAM for Environmental Science and then around 7:30pm I ran (no really RAN) to my dorm room and changed my clothes and was on my way to DC.

This concert was the first I had been to at the 9:30 Club. The club gives you a very open warehouse kind of vibe. We all had pre-ordered our tickets on ticketfly so we didn’t have to wait in a line (yea, we were pretty much on our VIP status). Before you actually get into the 9:30 Club they ID you and of course me being only 20 I got this GIANT MONSTROSITY of a stamp on BOTH hands. I felt like I was being read my rights because the “ID Check Man” read me a script of dos and dont’s then told me to place both hands within what looked like chalk outlines of a hand three time the size of mine and then stamped me with what looked like cupcakes, it was intense.

Once we got passed the stamping station we went as close to the stage as possible. Doors opened at 6:30pm so we were concerned about space but thankfully we had perfect spots. Moments later we were engulfed in GREATNESS so we really did come at the perfect time.

FIERCE

When I tell you that Kelis in concert is like a 70% sale on Steve Maddens 5″ pumps I mean it literally! Her body…INSANE…her performance…out of this WORLD. The best part was that everyone there was so much fun. It wasn’t just a concert. It turned into the best party atmosphere! Everyone there just wanted to have a good time and enjoy themselves, no fighting no drama, just Kelis and Robyn and dancing and sweat!

Trust me concerts are a GREAT way to bring in the week.

What will I get into tonight…its only Tuesday?

Art Whino!

11 Apr

Art Whino is located at the National Harbor waterfront in Maryland.

Yesterday, I, along with my friends Tiffany and Candice and my play brother Joseph and his wife (also named Candice), went to a gallery showcase at Art Whino on 173 Waterfront St. at the National Harbor in Maryland. The event was free and they promised food so I was definitely going to make a point of going!

The showcase was for a Brazilian artist named Lelo entitled “Food Chain”.

“Food Chain”, a recent series of mixed media drawings and paintings by Brazilian artist Lelo, examines the relationships between human nature and animal nature. In his first solo show in the US, Lelo brings us a variety of works, all of which address his central themes of animal and human relationships, metamorphosis, and interconnectedness. His lighthearted style and use of vivid colors add an unexpected element of excitement to his subject matter. Much of his imagery has a distinct and almost exotic feel to it, reflective of his Brazilian roots.

Check out the Website!: http://artwhino.businesscatalyst.com/_webapp_3025277/Food_Chain

Look at some of Lelo’s work:

I enjoyed looking around the gallery but one thing that became very apparent to me was, “I would be a great artist!” Seriously, there were some pieces in the gallery that I think my little brother could have done. They weren’t pieces by Lelo though. His pieces were elaborate and I starred at them for long periods of time trying to understand where the artists head was when he painted them. Needless to say I still haven’t figured it out.

After exploring the gallery we just walked around the harbor since the weather was nice. We came across this HUGE man in the sand sculpture! I’m not sure what it’s called but I was informed that it was moved from its home in DC to now reside at the harbor. It’s a spectacular sight that I encourage you to go see for yourself. I wonder what was going through the sculptors mind.

“U St. Utopia”

1 Apr

Congrats to me for another Wednesday night success with my friend Tiffany! We have officially started a tradition; Wednesday is the new Friday! Every Wednesday we’re just going to go into DC or VA or MD or anywhere really and just find adventure! (or at least good music)

This week we went to Utopia at 1418 U Street Northwest in Washington, D.C. For those who have never been to Utopia it’s essentially a restaurant, jazz lounge, and art gallery all wrapped into one. Utopia is Designed to be a place of inspiration and not to mention the food is amazing. I have consistently ordered the same dish since my first visit in 2008, the Pecan Chicken! OH MAN, it is the bomb-diggity and you absolutely have not lived until you eat it!!!

After my History class I headed over to main campus for a quick second and then met up with my friend at Ballston Metro marking the commencement of what proved to be a most eventful night!

We decided to “save time” by taking the orange line to Metro Center on the red line and then Gallery Place to catch the yellow or green line to the U St. metro stop. Unfortunately metro decided to have delays and such so we ended up waiting a good 15 minutes at the both transfer points! That’s not even the half of it…

So we get on the train at Metro Center finally, packed liked sardines of course and there’s this man just ranting and raving the most insane things you could imagine. I thought he was on the phone so instantly assumed he was using a blue tooth; not the case. This man had the entire car rolling on the floor in laughter but scared at the same time. When the train stopped at Gallery Place, our stop thankfully, the doors weren’t opening…so at this point in addition to Mr. Crazy man some older gentleman proceeds to tell my friend how beautiful she is and compares me to Michelle Obama? There was too much happening clearly.

THEN, the doors opened but only because DC po-po burst through like a cannon ball. Things moved fast after that. I just vividly remember a small police woman with dreadlocks just wrestling this man who is like five times her size.  It was great. Ok, not great for him obviously but  the entire situation was just so random which became the theme for our night! Ha!

Once we actually got to the restaurant the food was amazing as always and the live jazz band was hitting every note with so much emotion and passion I thought I was going to pass out. Especially the Saxophone player, his facial expressions were FANTASTIC and the music the all made was beautiful!

We finally left Utopia and decided that we weren’t ready to end our night so we opted to just walk around U St. and find something to entertain us…and we did!

On this walk of ours we  were approached by some random creepy man, ew. That was a NO DEAL moment and if he made one move the wrong way I was ready to attack. You just never know these days; good thing I took a self-defense class.  He left us alone though and we proceeded to stop into a tattoo parlor? Random right? Yea, it is.

We went into DC ink on U St. because my friend wanted to ask about getting a “beauty mark” tattoo on her face…………yea that’s what I said. The characters you meet in DC are just great I tell you. Everyone in the parlor had me on the floor laughing mind you we don’t know them, they don’t know us and we had no intention of getting tattoos at that point.

So, after leaving the tattoo place the real adventure begins. Our plan was to walk to Liv, the club we went to the Wednesday prior, to see if maybe any local bands were playing. As we are standing across from it looking into what appeared to be closed for the night we contemplated calling it a night when all of a sudden out the blue we meet a group of people who go to Howard University and just spark up conversation.

We’re just standing talking about our majors and what we’re doing when we graduate and how we like our schools, like intense conversation here. Eventually, long story short, we walked from U St. to Adams Morgan, talked about life and all in between topics and just took in the night.

It was chill, it was calm, it was everything a Wednesday night in DC should be.

Can’t wait to see what we do next Wednesday =)

I’m desperately trying to get tickets to see Wale and K’naan at the 930 Club but tickets are Sold Out and Craigslist is not doing too much justice =(

*Fingers Crossed* I find tickets.

By the way: HAPPY APRIL FOOLS DAY!

xoxo

A. Marie

Big night, ‘Little Dragon’

25 Mar

AMAZING PHENOMENAL GREATNESS was witnessed last night at Liv in Washington DC on 11th and U St. Insanely amazing! In fact so insanely amazing that it should be illegal.

My friend Tiffany and I ventured into DC last night for an unbelievable performance by beautiful artists and quite frankly, now I have a new outlook on music and just going out and vibeing with people from all over the place.

Everyone was just naturally gorgeous and down to earth versus when you go into the club scene and people are very plastic and snootty pa tootty if you know what I mean. Here, it was sooo chill, from the atmosphere, the venue, just the overall vibe was perfect; I will definitely be there again.

So, I know at first I was like ummm ‘Little Dragon’ what is that but I am so happy that my friend talked it up the way she did plus the ticket was so cheap, it was only $19.44! But ‘Little Dragon’ is like a force. Literally when they perform all eyes are on them and the lead singer Yukimi Nagano is just a little fireball on her toes all over the stage. During one of their sets I promise it was like she was in a trance of pure bliss and happiness and everyone watching was trying to get there too. Every song was a breath of fresh air from VV Brown, who opened the show, to the main attraction!

VV Brown is also my new love, no joke! Plus, she has some Caribbean roots so I am definitely on her team. I wish her only the best because her music is beautiful and if you haven’t heard any of her songs you are doing yourself a major disservice!

Little Dragon group shot. They are unbeliveable live!

Just looking back at the night I am in awe. These are moments you see on TV shows and just wish you could be doing the same thing. And now I am =)

I know for a fact that at home in Newport News there would be no chance of doing anything even remotely close to compare to last night. At all.

*Deep sigh* Last night was the best and I love the fact that I was introduced to a new genre of music that I am in crazy love, head over heels for now!!!

Let’s see what plans we can come up with for the rest of the week! =)

Pics and video coming soon!! but in the mean time check out VV BROWN and LITTLE DRAGON!

Miss VV Brown! She sings a song called 'Shark in the Water' that I'm pretty sure you've heard on TV before somewhere!

xoxo

A.Marie

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