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Bob Dylan Exhibition in Cuba Organized by Govinda Gallery & Presented by Fototeca de Cuba

March 1, 2017

Written by Chris Murray


Bob Dylan is the subject of a compelling photography exhibition in Cuba at their national photo gallery, Fototeca de Cuba. Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964, featuring the photographs of Ted Russell, opens on Friday, March 24th in Havana. The exhibition will continue through April 24th. This groundbreaking exhibition is the first in Cuba to depict the legendary musical artist who was recently awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Ted Russell’s photographs document scenes from Dylan’s first year in New York City in 1961. When Russell began photographing Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village, the up-and-coming folk singer’s first album had not yet been released.


In 1963, Russell photographed Dylan at the Emergency Civil Liberties Committee’s annual Bill of Rights Dinner, where he was being awarded the prestigious Tom Paine Award. Ted Russell photographed James Baldwin with Dylan at the dinner where, in his acceptance speech, Dylan acknowledged “all the young people” who were traveling to Cuba at that time.


Russell photographed Dylan in his apartment again in 1964, at which point Dylan had already transformed popular music with songs like Blowin’ in the Wind, Masters of War, and The Times They Are A-Changin.’ In a series of stunning images from that day, Russell photographed Dylan writing at his desk. After 50 years lying largely dormant in a file cabinet, this unique collection has been brought to light in Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 (Rizzoli 2015). The book includes texts by Ted Russell and Chris Murray, and a foreword by Donovan.


Chris Murray, exhibition curator and co-author of the accompanying book, writes: “This collection of photographs by Ted Russell is a unique document of Dylan’s first years as a musical artist in Greenwich Village. In the photographs, as in Dylan’s music, we can see his conviction and compassion, his humor, and his love of song. We are enriched by this portrait of the artist as a young man.”


Launch: Friday, March 24th, 6:00-9:00 pm

Fototeca de Cuba, Mercaderes 307, Plaza Vieja, La Habana Vieja, Cuba.

Admission is free.


About Ted Russell, the photographer: 

Ted Russell is an American photographer and photojournalist whose work has appeared on the covers of Life, Newsweek, Time, and New York magazines, to name only a few. Born in London, he worked in Fleet St, Brussels and Frankfurt before moving to New York. Drafted into the US Army, he served as unit photographer in the Korean War. After attending the University of California at Berkeley, he returned to New York and became a regular contributing photographer for Life for over 12 years, and he was later Cover Photo Editor of Newsweek for 11 years. Russell has won numerous awards, and his work has been exhibited at the International Center of Photography and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.


About Chris Murray, the curator:

Chris Murray is the founder and director of Govinda Gallery in Washington, D.C., which represents many of the best fine art photographers and photojournalists in the world who have documented musical artists. Murray has organized over 250 exhibitions of many of the leading artists of our time, from Andy Warhol in the 1970s to Annie Leibovitz’s first exhibition in 1984. He is co-curator of the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition Elvis at 21 and is the author of over fifteen books on visual culture, including Alfred Wertheimer’s Elvis and the Birth of Rock and Roll (Taschen 2016); The Rolling Stones 50×20 (Insight Editions 2012) and Patti Smith: American Artist (Insight Editions 2006).


About Fototeca de Cuba, the gallery:

The mission of Fototeca de Cuba is to contribute, through systematic and specialized work, to the development and appreciation of Cuban photography, as a way of expressing Cuban national culture; to preserve, promote, exhibit and divulge the photographic heritage that the institution contains in its collection as well as the various manifestations of Cuban photography, attending to the simultaneity of its values in its documentary, testimonial, historical and artistic aspects; both in Cuba and internationally. Likewise, it has the mission of bringing the public closer through various communicative strategies, cultural promotion, etc. and showing the best values of international photography in Cuba, favoring the learning and appreciation of photography among photographers and the general public.


“Here’s something you simply can’t miss: a sublime Bob Dylan exhibition . . . it’s an enriching experience and one we can’t recommend highly enough.”

-Hot Press

Special thanks to Fototeca de Cuba for hosting this exhibition. Bob Dylan NYC 1961-1964 is part of an ongoing collaboration between Fototeca de Cuba and Govinda Gallery.

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Commissioner Bill Starrels on Georgetown

October 30, 2016

Written by Bill Starrels

It is an honor and privilege to serve as ANC2E05 Commissioner for the past 16 years. In that time, I have accomplished a great deal to make my single member district and all of Georgetown a terrific place in which to live. Is my work finished? No – because Georgetown has a changing demographic, prosperity, increased pressures of new development, and all that goes with those dynamic factors. Many people have endorsed me for re-election because they believe I am best suited to solve our problems and enhance the quality of life for my constituents. 

I am proud of all the endorsements I have received. These include the current President of the Citizens Association of Georgetown (CAG), four Past Presidents of CAG, the three retiring ANC2E Commissioners, and the President of the DC Board of Education. 

I would like to address issues of great import to Georgetown today in this article. For my past accomplishments, and full list of endorsements, please visit my website.

Traffic in south Georgetown is a persistent problem over the years with the advent of three new condo buildings, two hotels and the House of Sweden. A new condo is now proposed over Gypsy Sally’s on Water Street which will only exacerbate current woes. I have been working on a task force with the Georgetown BID, CAG, and DDOT to explore options for relief. We must have a sensible plan that works. A neighbor has complained about all the street closures related to Taste of Georgetown, marathons, fun runs, etc, and she is quite right – we cannot have Water Street closed to emergency vehicles with residents trapped. I vow to work with fellow ANC Commissioners to say no to most proposed street closures.  DPW and MPD must be tenacious with parking enforcement of buses, food trucks so traffic flows as efficiently as possible. 

Residents want to see the West Heating Plant project move forward, and so do I – with haste. I have seen the most recent design that preserves the western façade of the building as directed by the Old Georgetown Board many months ago. I believe you will be as pleased with the design as I am, and I look forward to the developer unveiling these plans in mid-November. Supporting this project is critical, for beyond fixing an eyesore; we will also gain a world-class park for the community to use and enjoy.

Crime and homelessness are always issues in my Single Member District. We are home to most of Georgetown’s retail stores that attract and account for the majority of the criminal activity. In fact over sixty percent of the crimes in lower Georgetown are related to retail stores. There are safety concerns with some of the activity late night in the Waterfront Park. This is being addressed with Park Police. Overall the SMD is safe. You may be aware that MPD is currently understaffed by approximately 1,000 officers citywide. We must work closely with MPD leadership to correct this. I will continue to work with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to bring more officers to Georgetown. 

I will continue to work with my fellow Commissioners and residents as we welcome new restaurants to Georgetown. We must preserve the right to use settlement agreements as needed to insure residents can enjoy the peace order and quiet that they deserve. The ANC is well respected by most in the restaurant community. We work well together.  

The homeless problem is critical as winter approaches. I work tirelessly on this chronic problem which is, in part, driven by mental health issues – it is not easy to solve, but progress is being made. I am working now on removing the tent city that has again cropped up in Foggy Bottom and directly affects us. We need to be compassionate but focused on everyone’s interests.  

Several years ago, I was PTA President of Hyde Elementary when my son was a student.  Our community must join me in rallying to finish the renovation and expansion to Hyde. We must stand firm and united in saying no to Meyer Elementary as swing space. Sending our youngest residents across town is not acceptable. The children and parents of Hyde-Addison deserve local swing space. There is no alternative.

I look forward to working with you as we move Georgetown forward.

I would appreciate your vote on November 8th.


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Update on Effort to Repair Streetlights in Georgetown and Citywide

September 29, 2016

Written by Bill Starrels, Commissioner, Vice Chairman ANC2E, Georgetown
It remains an on-going problem in Georgetown and citywide that too many streetlights are simply not working.

In response to calls to address this issue following recent sexual assaults in Georgetown at locations where streetlights were out, Mayor Muriel Bowser called for a week-long sweep by government staff across the city to identify streetlights that are out and that need repair.  She noted that all sections of the city have streetlights that need attention, and expressed concern about the associated safety and crime issues.

The mayor announced the launch of text to DC311 (32311) making it easier for residents to report streetlights that are out and need to be repaired.  Residents can also call 311 to report streetlights that need repair.  To ensure prompt service, Bowser announced the hiring of an additional thirty-one call center staff.  


On Wednesday evening, Terry Lynch of the Downtown Cluster of Congregations, was able to survey part of the East Village prior to the rains coming in. Over a dozen streetlights were found to be out - 15 in all, along with a light in front of the Georgetown Post Office.  His list is below. These are being reported to 311 for repair.


The mayor also has called for reviewing and updating the system as a whole, to use the technologies now available so that when a streetlight goes out city managers know immediately and can speed repairs. There are over 70,000 streetlights citywide. An updated system will help with the maintenance of the streetlights and could also be more energy efficient.


The prompt response by the mayor and supporting agencies is encouraging in the quest to get the streetlights back on and improve the safety of the city.  



Georgetown streetlights out:


2500 Q Street NW - light on bridge entering Georgetown area, south side of bridge towards Georgetown


1245 29th Street NW


2 out at 30th and M Streets NW - se and sw corners


31st and M Streets NW on 31st at side of Potomac Wines - on and off


31st and M Streets NW, in front of Brooks Brothers store (on and off)


31st and M Streets NW, on 31st at side of The Walking Company


3111 M Street NW - by Urban Outfitters


3122 M Street NW


3140 M Street NW


3150 M STreet NW


1208 Wisconsin Ave NW by Abercrombie & Fitch store


3141 N Street NW


On 31st at Dumbarton, sw corner


3114 Dumbarton


US Post Office - 1 of  entry lights at 1215  31st Street NW - comparable to a streetlight for that block

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