That Art? No Longer Hanging.

Sometimes a smudge is just a smudge. Other times it gets your painting ejected from the gym.
Sometimes a smudge is just a smudge. Other times it gets your painting ejected from the gym. (Courtesy of Angela White)
By Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts
Tuesday, January 24, 2006

A gym is all about hot bodies, yes? Artist Angela White arrived at the Results gym Thursday night to find that two of her abstract torso paintings were too . . . um, realistic to hang.

White is one of 21 Washington painters, sculptors and photographers represented in the winter exhibition of Mid City Artists, who display their works in galleries and commercial buildings throughout the city. She covers her models in oil paint, then imprints their torsos on canvas. The result: A life-size Rorschach test.

The Capitol Hill gym, a renovated public school, hosts rotating art shows in the 65,000-square-foot space. "I thought this was the perfect venue," White said. "These are perfect, healthy bodies." But at the opening reception, she was told two of her seven paintings didn't make the gym's walls because of visible male genitalia.

The surprised White says it's all in the eye of the beholder: "I feel very strongly that the viewer's reactions to art is more a reflection of the viewer than the artists or the art itself."

Nope, it's in the club policy: "Because of our family-friendly environment, we don't hang artwork that adults wouldn't feel comfortable discussing with their children," said Sarah French , director of operations.

White's a "great artist," said French, but crossed the "no nudity" line: "You've got to be clothed outside the locker area." And if you're a painting.

Son of a Pundit! Look Who's Talkin' Sports on Satellite Radio

Does talk radio need another sports commentary gabfest?

Or, more specifically, does talk radio need a new sports commentary gabfest . . . by James Carville and the 20-year-old son of "Meet the Press" host Tim Russert ?

Well, it's about to get one!

The veteran political strategist and the Boston College sophomore will pair up for a weekly one-hour show to debut in March on XM Satellite Radio, the network announced yesterday.

Now they both have shows: Luke Russert and father Tim.
Now they both have shows: Luke Russert and father Tim.(From Luke Russert)
We caught up with Luke Russert to ask him where this show came from -- and why he thinks anyone will be interested in hearing the ruminations of a couple of Beltway media-political aristocrats.

"Me and James are always at Nationals and Wizards games," said the former ESPN intern, a St. Alban's grad. "We found ourselves debating certain issues that always come down to the age gap" -- such as whether college athletes should be paid, or whether the NBA should institute a dress code. "People who sat around us found it interesting to listen to us -- by the end of the game it would get quite heated."

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