9.21.2014

Boat Hulls (Sept. 22-Nov. 2)

MTC is proud to present Boat Hulls: Maritime Abstracts by Frances Borchardt

Be sure to join us for the opening reception on Saturday, Sept. 27, 7-9pm.





"My abstract photographs capture what often goes unseen or unnoticed. Boat Hulls are pictures of the undersides of boats placed on marine jack stands to weather the winter months. They are straight views
paired with detail shots. Otherwise ordinary surfaces are transformed into things of beauty by focusing on color, texture, light and shadow cast on weather-beaten hulls.”

Frances Borchardt worked as a magazine photo editor for more than twenty-five years and attributes her career choice to developing an eye for visual storytelling, design and composition.  A non-traditional photographer, Borchardt's work is often referred to as being “unconventional” or “outside the box". She explores multiple image collage, alternative photographic processes and creates complex black and white images through double exposures. Additional work can be viewed at http://borchardtphotography.com.

To purchase the works, contact the artist directly at feborchardt@aol.com.

8.16.2014

Featured Art: Amidst the Tangle - Works on Paper (Aug. 18-Sept. 21)

MTC is proud to present Amidst the Tangle: Works on Paper by Alex L. Porter.

Be sure to join us to celebrate his works on August 23, 7-9pm.


Alex L. Porter’s art depicts landscape elements as icons of all life in order to address the profound experience that the spectacle of nature provides. Rather than presenting the landscape purely as scenery, his images point to our common involvement with these features. The environment that becomes a pastoral backdrop to human life is, itself, undergoing the brutal ritual of living and dying. Seeing and representing this ritual in nature is pertinent to understanding the struggle we all undergo.

The subject of most of the pieces is simply, growth. It emerges from a bleak but fertile void until it becomes an overwhelming force. The process used to create each piece also relates directly to this idea. These drawings are built slowly and delicately, but depict the raw, chaotic elements that command the form of the natural world. Portrayed flatly as black ink silhouettes, but in focused detail, branches and trunks emerge from the lines. No shorthand brushwork or painterly illusion is employed. Every mark is equally attended to on the paper, allowing the viewers’ eye to find or create emphasis as they view the piece.

This style emerged slowly from more traditional landscape drawings and paintings done in a variety of media. This current approach he developed primarily in the interest of ritual over illusion. His images are about forms, about a language of lines rather than a play of light.

Alex is a D.C. area local, and has practiced in drawing and painting from a very young age. His work has always benefited from the combination of a family-life that found him frequently outdoors, and the inspiration of many great art instructors. Alex spent years developing skill in both oil and acrylic painting, but was focused increasingly on watercolor landscapes. After graduating from the Corcoran College of Art + Design he continued in this style of landscape illustration to develop his current body of work.

7.14.2014

Summer-time, NERD-time (July 19)

Been feeling especially nerdly of late? Yeah- we have, too. So join us on Saturday for our monthly trivia night; this time, with a guest host!

Sign up in the Coffeehouse at 7pm (have a team name ready), and get your grilled cheese on! Game starts upstairs at 8pm.

6.28.2014

What I Did While You Were Having Fun, 6/24-8/17

Modern Times is proud to host original works by Mark Moran.

What I Did While You Were Having Fun will grace our walls through the summer - be sure to come check out the show!


6.16.2014

NERDS! Assemble

Its time for all ye NERDS to find your way back to the homeland... otherwise known as Trivia Night, this Saturday!

Check out the poster for the details, but the important take aways:
1) BE THERE
2) Sign up in the cafe at 7pm
3) GRILLED CHEESE SPECIAL
4) Trivia starts at 8pm, upstairs
5) Think of a team name starting.... now.


5.18.2014

New Face of Haiti: Paintings by 'Najee'

MTC is proud to present New Face of Haiti. These paintings, by Haitian artist, Najee, will be featured from May 19-June 21.


Be sure to join us for the reception this Saturday, May 24, 7-9pm

About the Artist: 
Michelet Calice, nicknamed "Najee", remembers creating art since he was 12 years old. Painter, sculptor, and accomplished guitarist, he finds inspiration in nature and living an eco-friendly life. Since the 2010 earthquake, Najee, his wife, and their young daughter have chosen to live in the rural mountains of Port-au-Prince. Living in a tent and planting, harvesting, and eating their own produce, they are inspired as a family by the natural surroundings and simple peasantry of the small mountain community.

Najee's dream of success goes beyond creating a simple and sustainable life. His unique perspective and talent afford him the ability to give "a new face to art" even amidst the rubble of a broken infrastructure and a fractured, yet not failing, society.

Najee believes that doors could be opened to and for Haiti by setting an unprecedented example of creating recycled art. His hope is to honor his country and the family that has always supported him by opening a training center for those needing the encouragement to find their own paths of expression.

About Beyond Borders:
Beyond Borders helps people build movements to liberate themselves from oppression and isolation. In Haiti and the united states we are bringing people together for just and lasting change. We support social movements in Haiti to: End child slavery, Guarantee universal access to education, End violence against women and girls, and Support dignified and sustainable livelihoods.

4.22.2014

NERDS, assemble (this Saturday)

Come hither, all ye NERDly folk!
April trivia is this coming Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 8pm



Come prepared with your team name, and sign up in the cafe beginning at 7pm.
As always, glean what you can from the hint above.

4.12.2014

Songbirds of Rock Creek; Apr. 7-May 18

MTC is proud to present Songbirds of Rock Creek, running until May 18.

Don't miss the opening reception tonight, 7-9pm!


The brilliantly colored male Scarlet Tanager, which spends the winter in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, can be seen in Rock Creek Park during the spring/summer breeding season.  Photo by Frode Jacobsen.

A student at Mundo Verde school in Mt. Pleasant with a young oak she will be helping to plant in Rock Creek Park to create habitat for migrating songbirds. Photo by Steve Dryden

3.11.2014

March NERDS! (Mar. 15)

We're meeting a bit earlier in the month this time 'round - be sure to join us March 15 for NERDS! Trivia


2.25.2014

February NERDS! Scorecard

Thanks to everybody who came out for our Birthday (George Washington's, too). In case you couldn't make it, or just want to relive the magic - check below for the questions and answers!

Congrats to our winners, STOP THE BUS; Second place team, SOMETHING INAPPROPRIATE; winner of best team name, FEMINIST SELFIES; and bringing in the finish, NERD ALERT (taking home the booby prize).

ROUND 1: TRIVIA

1) The Seattle Seahawks roundly beat the Denver Broncos earlier this month, winning Superbowl XLVIII. The last time the Emerald City could boast of a men's professional league national championship was 1979. For a point each, what was the sport, and what city did they face? Extra points: name the teams that played in the final round of that championship (you must be era-specific).

2) In Paris, where would you find Franklin D. Roosevelt, Victor Hugo, and George V?

3) Colloquially, the holiday celebrated in the United States on the third Monday in February is known as Presidents' Day. What is the official name of the federal holiday?

4) The 22nd Winter Olympic Games are closing in Sochi tomorrow night. In what year was the first modern Winter Olympiad held? Bonus point if you can name the host country.

5) Granny, Monkey's Fist, Pratt, Windsor, and Cat's Paw are all types of what?

6) What is the name of the largest moon of Jupiter?

7) Blinky, Pinky, Inky, and Clyde haunt what classic video game?

8) Which book by the Austrian, Felix Salten was made into an animated motion picture in 1942?

9) Together, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe; Prince Caspian; The Voyage of the Dawn Treader; The Silver Chair; the Horse and HIs Boy; The Magician's Nephew; and the Final BAttle are known as what?

10) The Yucatan Chanel, or Straits of Yucatan, is a 120-mile strait in the Gulf of Mexico between Mexico and which country?

11) The sport of curling uses stones or rocks conventionally made of what material?

12) What does 'Vodka' mean in Russian?

13) Who reportedly said "at least I can wear high heels now? after breaking up with her then-husband?

14) According to the classic narrative, who, or more specifically what, protected the Jews of Prague from the anti-Semitic policies of the Holy Roman Emperor in the 16th century?

15) Using petroleum jelly and coal dust, what product did Tom Lyle Williams pioneer in 1915, initially for his sister?

ROUND 2: VISUAL
Name the Presidents


:: ANSWERS ::
ROUND 1
1) BASKETBALL, WASHINGTON D.C., SUPERSONICS V. WASHINGTON BULLETS

Seattle was home to the Sonics from 1968-2008, when they were sold and became the Oklahoma City Thunder. Seattle defeated the Washington Bullets 4 games to 1. The Bullets have been known as: the Chicago Packers, Chicago Zephyrs, Baltimore Bullets, Capital Bullets, Washington Bullets, and now, Washington Wizards.

2) THE PARIS METRO

They are Metro Stations

3) WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY

The federal holiday was initially implemented by an Act of Congress in 1879 for government offices in DC. It was expanded in 1885 to include all federal offices. It was originally celebrated n Washington's actual birthday - February 22 - but on January 1, 1971, it was shifted to the third Monday in February by the Uniform Monday Holiday Act, which affixed "Presidents' Day", Memorial Day, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day to their respective Mondays.

4) 1924, FRANCE

The Games were held every four years from 1924-36, after which they were interrupted by WWII. They resumed in '48 on their previous 40year cycle until 1992. Up to that point, the Summer and Winter Olympics were held in the same year, but, in accordance with a 1986 decision by the IOC to place the Olympiads on separate four-year cycles in alternating even-numbered years, the next Winter Games after '92 were held in 1994 in Norway.

5) KNOTS

A Monkey's fist, or paw is so named because it looks somewhat like a small bunched fist - it is tied at the end of a rope to serve as a weight, making it easier to throw, and also as an ornamental knot.

6) GANYMEDE

7)  PAC-MAN

Despite the seemingly random nature of the enemies, or ghosts, each were designed with its own distinct personality in order to keep the game from becoming impossibly difficult or boring to play. Blinky, the red enemy, chases Pac-Man; Pinky (pink) and Inky (blue) try to position themselves in front of Pac-Man's mouth - their character names translate respectively as 'ambusher' and 'fickle'. Although the orange enemy's behavior is supposedly random, a careful analysis of the game's code reveals that it actually chases Pac-Man most of the time, but also moves toward the lower-left corner of the maze when he gets too close. Clyde's Japanese character name, unsurprisingly, translates as 'stupid'.

8) BAMBI

Based on the book Bambi, A life in the Woods, it is the fifth in Walt Disney's Animated Classics Series. For the movie, Disney took the liberty of changing Bambi, his father, the Great Prince, and his unnamed mother into North American white-tailed deer, instead of their original species: European Roe Deer, which were less familiar to an American audience.

9) THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA

The Chronicles were written by C. S. Lewis between 1949-1854. The inspiration for the series is taken from multiple sources. In addition to adapting numerous traditional Christian themes, the books freely borrow characters and ideas from Persian, Greek, Anatolian, and Roman mythology, as well as from traditional British and Irish fairy tales.

10) CUBA

11) GRANITE

Curling was invented in medieval Scotland, with the first written reference to a contest using stones on ice from an Abbey record in 1541. Originally, the playing rocks were simply flat-bottomed river stones that were sometimes notched or shaped; the thrower, unlike those of today, had little control over the stone, and relied more on luck than on skill and strategy.

12) LITTLE WATER

13) NICOLE KIDMAN

 After her divorce from Tom Cruise in 2001

14) THE GOLEM

To protect the Jewish community, the local rabbi constructed the Golem out of clay from the banks of the Vltava River, and brought it to life through rituals and Hebrew incantations. the only catch: the Golem couldn't be alive on the Sabbath. As legend has it, one Friday, the Rabbi forgot to deactivate the Golem by removing its name plate. He was eventually able to do so, and stored the resting Golem in the Old Synagogue to be reactivated if the need ever again arose.

15) MASCARA

His sister's name was Mabel, the namesake of his makeup company, Maybelline. Maybe she's born with it... or maybe its gooey coal dust.

ROUND 2: VISUAL
1) Theodore Roosevelt
2) Grover Cleveland
3) Dwight D. Eisenhower
4) Franklin Pierce
5) Martin Van Buren
6) Chester A. Arthur
7) George Washington
8) Harry S. Truman
9) John Quincy Adams
10) Richard M. Nixon