When I heard that Jon and Stephen were going to be in town I knew I had to be there. I’ve been a fan of both for many years, particularly the satire offered up by S.C. He plays the part of angered conservative cable TV talk show host perfectly and relentlessly, and proved it once again during their “Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear,” held today on the National Mall. Only Stephen could interrupt the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens in the middle of performing his hippie ballad “Peace Train” in front of what was, according to Stewart, some 10 million people, all whilst sporting blue pants covered with white stars and a denim shirt with a black leather bomber jacket/accent piece. Call your kids, call your wife, because that’s amazing. Then again, Stewart interrupted Ozzy Osbourne mid-Crazy Train. You just can’t make this kind of stuff up, only they did.
It was essentially a glorified variety show, complete with continuous comedy and musical acts like John Legend and The Roots, Jeff Tweedy of Wilco, Yusuf (the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens), Ozzy Osbourne, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and Tony Bennett. There were also a number of special guests that dropped by, perhaps highlighted by Kareem Abdul Jabbar and R2D2, examples proving that not all Muslims and robots are to be feared. And oh, the signs!
I got there early to meet my friend and fellow TA, John Pellett. Disgusted with our partially-blocked view despite being up front and on the rail, we set out to find a way into the hallowed “friends and family VIP side” of the stage. When all was apparently lost, a young lady meandered toward the two of us with a twinkle in her eye. Seconds later I was reaching over the railing, fingers stretched toward two “special guest” tickets. Bing. Bang. Bong.
Had the opportunity to be a second shooter for Moshe Zusman this past Friday for Kaitlyn and Joshua’s wedding at Foundry United Methodist Church in downtown DC. The wedding party, fourteen rockers strong, were a pleasure to work with and be around. We followed their coach bus around town (enjoying the wonder that is air conditioned seats), making stops at Union Station and National Mall. The reception took place at Sequoia on the Georgetown waterfront, where the party roared on late into the evening. It was a perfect day. Congratulations to the newlyweds!
A while back, the Smithsonian held their 44th annual Kite Festival on the mall. I was there early, before most of the kite runners…but not all.
I hate going to sleep.
Every now and then (think weekends) the restlessness in me wins and I’ll hop out of bed, shower up, get dressed and be downtown by 5:00 a.m. It’s a terribly interesting time to be awake in our Nation’s Capital; bums and joggers share sidewalks in the darkness, pooches pop their morning squats and other up-until-dawn devotees stroll up and down empty streets. And I dig it. It’s quiet, which is probably why I enjoy it so much. The tourists are still tucked under their hotel sheets, dreaming about whether to spend the day at the Air & Space Museum or take a chance on the Newseum (pick the latter). The Tourmobile and Circulator busses waiting to pick up those tourists are idling quietly in their respective garages. You can hear birds.
The kids are in Composition and Design this week with Robert Severi, an accomplished commercial photographer in the District and all around cool fella. Yesterday we set them loose on the mall with the only assignment being to come back at the end of the day with 10 images. That’s the kind of freedom that a professional photographer, as Bob would tell you, dreams of. Bob was telling me about two assignments he had in the same week a few years ago. Early in the week, he had to shoot Magic Johnson for Pepsi and then a few days later he had to take some abstract architectural images of a building for that building’s website. In the first assignment, he had to deal with Pepsi’s Art Director, handlers, assistants, lighting setups, a celebrity, etc. In the other assignment, it was just his camera and creativity.
It’s a great assignment, albeit a difficult one, trying to find the interesting in the everyday…I tried to focus on architecture.
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What’s going on here? All summer I was told how mild DC winters are and how snow is a rarity. Then came the 20 inches in December. Now there’s talk of another 20+ inches being dumped on the District this weekend. In fact, there’s a very good chance that this pending storm will make this the most flurry-filled winter in DC’s history. This is some nonsense.