Ramanathan, Lavanya. “The Latest Trick to Making New Developments Cool: Just Add Rock-and-roll.” The Washington Post [Washington DC] 23 Mar. 2016: n. pag. Print.
This article featured in the Washington Post last month explain’s Seth Hurwitz’s plans for The Anthem, a brand new concert venue and the highlight of the highly anticipated new attraction to Southwest DC called The Wharf. Seth Hurwitz is the co-founder of IMP Productions and also the owner of 9:30 Club as well as the Lincoln Theatre. Hurwitz’s vision for his newest concert venue, The Anthem is a grand one, it is suppose to open October of this year and seat 6,000 people per concert. The concert venue is going to be below a pool club that he plans to open in the roof of the venue and concert go-ers will be able to look up at the glass floor of the swimming pool. The 60 million dollar venue is highly anticipated and a project, Hurwitz himself has state he thinks will be an “excellent attraction to the area”. The Anthem is sure to be heard about again in the fall of this year for the grand opening.
This article is helpful more me in a way that allows me to learn more about the owner of the Lincoln Theatre, Seth Hurwitz. This article goes into fair detail the business side of what Hurwitz is like and why he chooses to invest in the projects and partnerships that he does. This article is a helpful source from learning about Hurwitz in a business perspective.
Phillips, Hayley G. “San Francisco-born Pop-Up Magazine Lands at the Lincoln Theatre Tuesday.” Washingtonian [Washington DC] 28 Feb. 2017: n. pag. Print.
This article covers, a performance of Pop-Up Magazine at the Lincoln Theatre two month ago. A pop-up magazine is also known as a live magazine that performs all of its contents therefore its producers, writers, filmmakers, actors, and photographer as well as radio host take the stage and perform the content that would otherwise be found in a magazine. The performance is about 90 minutes and is made up of about 10 people. The founder of Pop-Up Magazine, Douglas McGray, thought the Lincoln theatre would be a great venue for the show because he grew up in Washington DC well into his 20s and felt like it would be received well in this area, he said “DC is such a smart crowd, full of curious people”. McGray has brought the Pop-Up Magazine to venues in DC as well as San Francisco and he thinks the Lincoln Theatre is a “nice fit” for his show.
This article is useful to my research because I able to learn more in detail about the current acts and talent being booked at the Lincoln Theatre a bit more in detail rather than just looking at the show schedule on the theatre’s website. From this article I am able to learn about what type of talent the Lincoln Theatre is presently booking, what type of shows are being hosted and whom are in the Theatre looking to attract the most.
” You have a Creator that loves you; a Creator that will always provide for you. Keep your eyes on the prize and your faith high.”
These are the words of wisdom that stuck with me the most from Common’s address to American University last night. I was lucky enough to photograph the event as press. I’ve photographed many “cool” people and celebrities before ( go to shotbyencore.com ) but never have I ever photographed someone this wholesome. Yes, wholesome is the perfect word to describe Lonnie Rashid Lynn Jr., better known to the word as rapper, filmmaker, actor, and philanthropist Common. His energy is nearly contagious, its rare that you get to meet someone as genuine and as compassionate as him, someone that is comfortable in living their truth, acknowledging where they have fell short, constantly humbled by the presence of God and keeps a level head in the times of challenge. In speaking with him, I saw the goodness in his heart, he smiled with such authenticity and I couldn’t that I was standing their talking to one of my biggest artistic inspirations, I was talking to hip-hop history and culture; he was standing there right in front of me.
Last night, his speech also touched on having faith in your higher power and your purpose and what exactly that means to each and everyone of us. He spoke about passion, love, dignity and not falling to despair and violence in a time where it may seem likes thats the only thing surrounding us. He talked about his trials and tribulations what it meant for him to leave college after two years, be a black man in America and do something that everyone wanted to do….rap. The thing I understand about Common from being such a fan of his art (music and film wise) he’s not just a rapper, he’s a poet. He does everything poetically; with such passion, honesty, grace, and determination. It comes out even in his grittiest lyrics, his best love songs, the most complex characters he plays on screen. Wherever life takes me, I hope to do whatever I’m doing with passion, faith, authenticity, and grace; I hope to do it with COMMONsense.
I was at this concert, front row with floor seats. This night was absolutely amazing. Daystar Peterson, known as Tory Lanez is probably my favorite new artist right now, not because I feel that he is some incredible talent but because of the way he shares his heart with others through his music in a way that touches those who are forgotten about by society. Whenever I see this photos I remember what a blast i had at this concert, but even more so than that i’m reminded of his heart. This photo was taken from Tory’s Instagram page, every show on the I Told You Tour he is known from walking on the audience and crowd surfing for more than half the show so no matter where you are in the venue you have a chance to touch his hand or see him up close! This eliminates the idea of class throughout the entire show; typically those with most money get to purchased the expensive meet and greet passes or they get front row tickets which allows them to be right in front of the artist. The people in the back of venue barely get to see the artist all all and these are also the least expensive tickets but Tory goes everywhere in the venue, so everyone at some point in the show gets a “front row” seat. Additionally, during this show he had the audience lift one of his fans up that was in a wheelchair at the show; he had the other people he was crowd surfing on move him to meet the guys so they could touch hands, this to me was so incredibly awesome. Based upon our race, social economic standing, physical disability, gender, sexual orientation or age, we tend to be forgotten about and it takes people to stand up and bring the light back our way when the rest of the world has forgotten about us in any of these identities. Tory Lanez was a hero at this show, not only did he make sure this young man wasn’t forgotten or left behind, he made sure he shared the spotlight with him.
On January 27th 2017 Kehlani dropped her debut album, Sweet Sexy Savage. This album is phenomenal.In this album is every woman and the cover art illustrates this perfectly, Kehlani is a 21 year old, queer, woman of color and above it the words “Sweet Sexy Savage” appear. Her body covered in tattoos give her an edge that people are often curious about and dont know how to really describe, her openness about being a queer woman that is black, white, spanish and Native American leaves her to be racially and sexually androgynous. I think in every woman there are theses three parts, the sweet, the sexy, and the savage and through the 18 tracks and ambiguous appearance leads people like the media to make assumptions about her personality; in songs like “Thank You” and “Keep On” and “Hold Me By the Heart” she completely shatters these assumptions by pouring her heart out over the lyrics in these songs, in this I see the Sweet. Another portion of the album has songs that highlight her sexual prowess and attraction, the is not only carried out with the utmost confidence but also a feeling of empowerment, this is where I see the Sexy. Lastly, Kehlani’s personal battle with depression, suicidal tendencies and dealing with broken-heartedness is something that I as well as many others can relate to and aspects of this album allows me to revisit this pain and feeling of brokenness through lyrics that are strong, healing, and delivered with conviction. For example in her song “Personal” she says, “I fuck with me heavy, Im all chosed up, so dont take it personal” or when she says, “if I gotta be a bitch imma be a bad one”, in this part of the album I see the Savage. This album cover alone celebrates the multidimensionality of every woman. To me, what I get from this album is the following: We as women are not this, we are not that, we are EVERYTHING.