Wednesday, May 20, 2009
These are some of the posters the club came up with for the event. You can see the talent, right?
I know I over use “excited” and “looking forward to”. This is a good thing, as I how I feel goes way beyond that. “Stoked”, “uper-hyped”, "enthusiastic", "feverish", "fired up", "frantic", "hot and bothered" are more along the lines I'd like to convey.
This weekend is the return of the DC Counterculture Festival, which is one of the most unique and twisted shows that I do. I say this in a completely good way. It has been a year and a half since the last DCCF, at the now demolished Dr. Dremo's in Arlington. This year, the organizers tossed all the rules out the window and are having the THROW DOWN of the year.
A little background about DCCF~ started as a way for a club of graphic novelists, artists and comic enthusiasts to meet and sell their hand crafted, totally original comic art to each other. And, they invited some other artists, and then some other people wanted to perform, then...they tore down the location the club and the party always met at.
So, the organizers had to kinda start over. They had learned a lot from putting on this show for a few years, and asked for some feedback.
People said to make it longer, more accessible to families and the metro. People said the vendors should have a little more space, but still liked the indie vibe of an out of the way, hidden treasure kind of place....
People said to make it bigger, better but don't make it not cool, don't make it too commercial and don't, for heaven's sake, *do not* make it ordinary!
Thus, was created the monster show that will be DCCF IV.
Here are the reasons this is going to be the best DCCF thus far:
First, a Twelve Hour Show.
Really, this show is going to be 12 hours. No fooling here. 10am doors open, 10pm doors close(...or so they say!)
It is on the Sunday before Memorial Day. Most people have that day off, or take off and sleep in. (And most vendors from DCCF will be among them) This is a great excuse to come out and be able to stay up late.
Also, this date coincides with the famous Viva Vienna Festival, which will be right around the corner. This is the best kick off to summer there ever was. Rides, fried food, people watching, games, more food, vendors and tons of fun!
Third, location, location, location.
This year's DCCF will be at The Soundry in Vienna. The building used to house an old auto body shop, now it houses a cafe, art gallery and studio space.
Fourth. Fun Fun FUN!
Great activities are planned for the attendees. Music, craft demonstrations and hands on workshops. Art talks, face to face time with designers and crafters, magic show and more.
Fifth. The Price.
There is NONE! Did I mention this is Free? No? Well, it is.
Here's the condensed run down:
What: The DC Counterculture Festival IV
When: Sunday, May 25, from 10am-10pm
Where: The Soundry, 316 Dominion Road, Vienna, VA 22180
Who: Some hugely talented graphic artists, designers and crafts people drinking coffee all day!
includes a more complete schedule of events and vendors
I'm juiced up, jumpy, keyed up, moved, on fire, passionate, piqued, provoked, roused, ruffled, steamed up, stimulated, stirred, thrilled, wild, wired, worked up, zipped up so much more than I can say! See you there!~Jen
Green Tip~ Clean Green
From Earth Contest Winner Veronica O'Connor:
After a hot shower, bathroom mirrors get really foggy. There's enough water on them from the fog to give them a good wash. Grab a cloth and wipe 'em down. And voila, you've got sparkling mirrors again without the need for harsh chemicals and buckets of water!