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This article incorrectly says that New York magazine's Look Book feature was inspired by the Sartorialist blog. Look Book was launched first, in October 2004.
The Sartorialist: Candid Couture

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, March 14, 2008

Tomorrow, Adamson Gallery will open a show spotlighting the photography of longtime fashion insider/blogger Scott Schuman, a.k.a. The Sartorialist.

Fashionable people -- and their close cousins, voyeurs -- pant at the mere mention of Schuman's Sartorialist blog, which since 2005 has been capturing the beautiful "real" people dressed to the nines in the world's most beautiful cities: first New York, then Paris, Milan, Stockholm. This week, Schuman is in lovely New Delhi.

Schuman takes the snapshots (and they are snapshots, since he stalks his prey a bit, and then photographs them pretty much where he found them) and posts several a day on the blog,, making note of the place.

And there really is something about seeing a preternaturally fashionable shopgirl meekly smoking in the street, or a dandy on his way to work. With names such as "On the Street . . . The Charmer, part 2" and "On the Street . . . Greys Like a Fog, Pitti Uomo," the images prove that fashion translates to the streets (though, admittedly, there are many editors and fashion-business types, since Schuman often will photograph the streets around fashion shows).

The blog can reach 70,000 hits a day, and certainly there is no shortage of features inspired by it (see The Post's own "The Look" column in Sunday Source and New York magazine's Look Book).

The exhibition, which will feature about 45 of Schuman's color photographs directly from the blog, arrives in Washington after a stint at New York's Danzinger Projects gallery. Adamson often trades shows with Danzinger, so that's how the exhibition came to land here, in the city not exactly known for fashionable people.

If you're just dying to meet Schuman, he will visit the gallery for a separate opening next week.

Free. 6:30-8:30 p.m. tomorrow; opening with Schuman, Wednesday, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 202. 202-232-0707.

Save the Date

CONCERT: Kimya Dawson Returns Dawson, a central member of the somewhat deceased minimalist indie band the Moldy Peaches (they toured with the Strokes at the peak of their popularity in 2001, then pretty much petered out out by 2004), came back into the spotlight with the "Juno" soundtrack; the Peaches' song that got the most play in that film was "Anyone Else but You." She visited Washington in January for a hushed free show at an Adams Morgan record store, and of course the line extended to the end of the block. Now, those of you who didn't feel like waiting outside in 30-degree weather have a second chance: Dawson plays the Black Cat on April 3. $14; $12 in advance. (Our guess: Though J. Freedom du Lac will probably not be in attendance, this will probably sell out, so get tickets in advance.) 8 p.m. 1811 14th St. NW. 202-397-7328.

LITERATURE: Split This Rock Poetry Festival The inaugural festival, which takes its name from a verse by Langston Hughes, features poetry readings (by Carolyn Forch¿, Dennis Brutus, Belle Waring and many others), panels, walking tours ("the 'Harlem' Renaissance in Washington" is among the offerings) and short films, all intended to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq war. The festival, sponsored by Busboys and Poets, D.C. Poets Against the War, Massey Media and others, runs March 20-23. Full festival registration, $75 through tomorrow, then it goes up to $85; students $40, then $50. Registration for March 21 or March 22 only is $25. Individual events, $5-$8. Various locations around U Street NW. Visit

THE SCENE: Peaches O' Dell and Her Orchestra The over-the-top swing band, which regularly rings in the New Year in decadent fashion at the Black Cat, will bring in spring in a performance at the Saturday night swing dance night at Glen Echo Park's Spanish Ballroom March 29. $13. Lesson from 8 to 9, dancing from 9 to midnight. Spanish Ballroom, Glen Echo Park, 7300 MacArthur Blvd., Glen Echo. 301-634-2222.

The District


ON STAGE: "iMusical": Songs Arranged . . . by You The Washington Improv Theater's improvised musical is in its fourth run, and why wouldn't it be, after being reviewed in this fine newspaper as quite possibly the work of "an unembarrassed bunch of sickos"? Actors call on the crowd to help them piece together a perfectly insane piece of theater. The show is at Flashpoint's Mead Theatre Lab through April 13. $15. Fridays at 8. Flashpoint, 916 G St. NW. 202-315-1318.


FILM: Saint Paddy's for Art-House Types: "Once" One in a regular series of events hosted by the Washington Film Institute is this pre-Saint Patrick's Day showing of the Irish cult hit, John Carney's "Once." The film, which follows a pair of musicians as their love affair plays out through song, netted its stars, Glen Hansard and Mark¿ta Irglov¿ (who are real-life lovebirds), an Academy Award for Best Original Song. If you haven't seen it, you have a chance tomorrow, when the film is screened twice (!) at the Goethe-Institut. A reception, which costs an additional $10, includes a drink and hors d'oeuvres, and features a DJ. It is from 6 p.m. to midnight. The film, $10, is at 7 and 9 p.m. Goethe-Institut, 812 Seventh St. NW. Get tickets in advance at For Goethe-Institut information, call 202-289-1200.


CONCERT: If You're Smart, You'll Wear Your Nike Boots to See Wale Wale, the Bowie rapper whose profile is rapidly rising thanks to work with hitmaker Mark Ronson and his own cleverly worded raps ("Nike Boots"), hits the 9:30 club Sunday for a bill that will also feature Kokayi. $15. 815 V St. NW. 800-955-5566.

FILM: "The Clash Live: Revolution Rock" The closing event of the D.C. Independent Film Festival is the screening of this documentary about the heyday of the lefty British punk band, whose music was as full of polemic as it was noisy. Footage includes moments from the studio and the band's 1982 performance at Shea Stadium. $20-$25 for film and reception; film only, $7-$10. 6:30 p.m. George Washington University, Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st St. NW. For advance tickets and schedule, visit



FILM: Qatsi Trilogy This trio of films, each with a different theme, each exploring the world in scenes, shadows, colors and faces -- but no words -- to make its point, is screened beginning today as part of the Environmental Film Festival. They begin today with a screening of "Koyaanisqatsi: Life Out of Balance," a 1982 film about urban culture's stark contradictions with nature; then continue tomorrow with "Powaqqatsi: Life in Transformation," chronicling the developing world; and Sunday with "Naqoyqatsi: Life as War," which isn't about war so much as the digital age. The films' director, Godfrey Reggio, will be on hand at all of the screenings. $6.75-$9.75. Today, tomorrow and Sunday at 7 p.m. AFI Silver Theatre, 8633 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring. 301-495-6720.


CONCERT: St. Patrick's Day in Baltimore? Count the performance by fiddler Liz Carroll and guitarist John Doyle at the Creative Alliance at the Patterson as one of the many St. Paddy's events this weekend. The duo, who frequently pair up for live shows, perform traditional Celtic music through a style of almost dueling instruments. $18-$20; $15 in advance. 8 p.m. Creative Alliance at the Patterson, 3134 Eastern Ave., Baltimore. 410-276-1651.


ON STAGE: Chick Lit Meets the Stage in "Bad Dates" Theresa Rebeck's one-woman show packs in all the stereotypes about today's fabulous single: She has 600 pairs of shoes (nothing wrong there), a jerk of a former spouse and lots of spunk that powers her successful career. So it just wouldn't be right if said power single didn't also have one area of her life she couldn't figure out: dating. Previous productions have won over reviewers with the show's offhandedness and the charm of its main character, Haley Walker. In this play, Walker tells her stories as she gets ready for yet another date. $25-$48. Wednesdays-Sundays at 7:45 p.m., other times through April 20. (Or see it by paying what you can next Tuesday at 8 p.m.) Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab, Olney Theatre Center, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd., Olney. 301-924-3400.

Northern Virginia


ON STAGE: A Comedienne of Comedy: Maria Bamford Bamford, a stand-up who has her own Internet sitcom on, stars in Comedy Central's "The Comedians of Comedy" tour and does voice-overs for the Nickelodeon series "CatDog," visits the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse for two nights. $22. Tonight and tomorrow at 9:45 p.m. (doors at 9:30). 2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington. 703-486-2345.


CONCERT: A Star of Congolese Salsa: Ricardo Lemvo and Makina Loca World music can be something of a boomerang, as evidenced by Lemvo and his band, Makina Loca, who can claim Afro-Cuban sounds as a major influence. Lemvo was raised during a time when Cuban music -- the sounds of Beny Mor¿, Abelardo Barroso and others in the Cuban salsa scene -- was all the rage in his Congolese home town. He and his band, now based in Los Angeles, make a stop at Arlington's Rosslyn Spectrum tomorrow night to offer a little tropical heat in the middle of still-chilly March. $20. 8 p.m. Rosslyn Spectrum, 1611 N. Kent St., Arlington. 202-397-7328 or for information, call 703-228-1850.


CONCERT: So, How About a Punk St. Patrick's Day? Monday being St. Patrick's, local seven-piece Celtic-punk band O'Tasty will hit the stage at Iota in Arlington to celebrate all things Irish and all things punk. But if you're into the Riverdance shtick, they've got that too -- in addition to Celtic punk, the band uses fiddles and flutes and mandolins. Bonus: If you really wanted to see the Pogues when they came to town recently, you might just catch O'Tasty playing a few covers of the band's tunes. $10. 8:30 p.m. Iota Club and Cafe, 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340.

ON STAGE: "Other People" Poetry The open-mike poetry night at Busboys and Poets' Shirlington outpost on Monday encourages participants not to read their own stuff, but to give life to the poetry of others. So grab your Dickinson or your favorite Ginsberg selection (do everyone a favor and leave the Plath at home). Free. List opens at 8 p.m. Event, 8-10 p.m. Robeson Room, 4251 S. Campbell Ave., Arlington. 703-379-9756.

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