Amuse Bouche

'Julie Wolfe: Language of the Birds' at HEMPHILL

April 20, 2016

HEMPHILL is pleased to announce the exhibition, JULIE WOLFE: Language of the Birds, opening on Saturday, May 14, with a public reception from 6:00 - 8:00 pm. The exhibition will remain on view through June 30, 2016.


When introduced to her work in 2009 by a well-known curator, we could not have predicted the scope of Wolfe’s ambition and her subsequent achievements. At the time, we recognized her talent and identified a ready group of collectors. She described her need to be more than clever, more than popular. Many artists talk a big game; few have the drive or vision to achieve what lies beyond popularity.


Over the past eight years Wolfe has pushed the boundaries of her creativity, adding politically relevant content and intensifying the impact of her work. She has taken on ever more ambitious installation projects, produced environmental and collaborative work outside of the studio, and has been awarded significant commissions. These measures of ambition and success do not define her career. She aims further. Her objectives move outward, addressing the fundamental cycles of life, the drama of containment and release, and engaging in the complexity of Gaian environmental issues. A single gallery exhibition can only hint at an artist’s power. Yet each one does serve to predict where she is headed. 


Language of the Birds is Julie Wolfe’s third exhibition at HEMPHILL. She addresses a range of subjects in a variety of mediums: a comic take on psychological interpretation of the Lüscher Color Test, the patterns of human behavior, and the mysteries of communications between birds. This show brings the aesthetic experimentations of the artist’s recent installation, GREEN ROOM, into a more intimate context.


HEMPHILL is located at 151 14th Street NW.

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Jazz Pianist Chihiro Yamanaka Live at Blues Alley April 20

April 11, 2016


Blues Alley presents Universal Classics & Jazz recording artist, Chihiro Yamanka, Wednesday April 20, 2016.

One of the most exciting jazz pianists and composers of her generarion, Yamanaka is performing as part of the “Japanese Jazz Series.”

UnivHer latest CD, “Forever Begins” (Verve) was released in Japan in 2010 and has reached the #1 on several Japanese jazz charts. Based in New York City, her international concert appearances have included Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, JVC Jazz Festival New York, Umbria Jazz Festival, Tokyo Jazz Festival and the Vienna State Opera House.

As acclaimed as Chihiro is in the U.S. and Europe, she is even more popular in Japan, where she’s had an amazing series of successes, with sold-out concert tours and all the CDs reaching the #1 spot on the Japanese jazz charts – an auspicious start to a career that first gained worldwide attention with Chihiro’s 2005 “Best New Artist” award in Swing Journal Magazine.

Chihiro's new album Because presents two self compositions and a new point of view to the music of The Beatles.

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Blues Alley is located at 1073 Wisconsin Avenue in Georgetown.

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Life In The Italian Lane

April 5, 2016

Georgetowner and il Canale owner Joe Farruggio is profiled in a full page article this month (April, 2016) in the social magazine Washington Life. The article is titled “Flour, Salt & Passion."

Joe is hobnobbing in the publication with the best.  President Barack Obama, Michelle Obama, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau are pictured on the magazine cover at the Canadian State Dinner.

Joe Farruggio with his Neapolitan style pizzas (Photo by: Tony Powell for Washington Life Magazine) Joe Farruggio with his Neapolitan style pizzas

Starting from a small restaurant on 31st Street NW near the C&O Canal, Joe has expanded big-time into the former Cannon’s Fish Market next door, with a new wood-burning Stefano Ferrara pizza oven and completely new kitchen. 

Italian-American contractor Melo Cicala, also a Georgetowner, led the team that installed the sparkling new kitchen.

Both new and old properties are now wrapped into one modern restaurant.  

Ace social photographer Tony Powell shot the Washingtonn Life picture and up-and-coming  Washington Life writer Catherine Trifiletti did the article. 

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