Night Crawler

Style on the Go: David London's Calendar Picks

Sunday, April 12, 2009

David London

We can't be everywhere. So we're enlisting like minds to tell us what they've got on their calendars.

With all that magician David London takes on -- filmmaking, "object"-making, writing, lecturing and, of course, magicmaking -- the Rockville native seems as if he'd be too busy to go out. But between preparing for a long run of his magic show at an under-construction Capitol Hill arts venue and performing regularly at "X," London does in fact venture to exhibits, festivals and concerts -- he just brings his bag of tricks with him. His picks:

-- "Wise Guise," the inaugural show at Nudashank Gallery in Baltimore. "I discovered this gallery last weekend when performing at the Transmodern Festival," he says. "It's great work in there. It's so cohesive." London, who wasn't on the Transmodern program, went guerrilla and took along his video-installation gear, and artist-run Nudashank actually let him set up and take part in their show. Free. Saturdays and Sundays 11 a.m.-5 p.m. through April 25. Nudashank, H&H Building, 405 W. Franklin St., Baltimore. Visit http://nudashank.blogspot.com.

-- At the Hirshhorn, senior curator of modern art Valerie Fletcher's talk about Louise Bourgeois. "As someone who makes objects, Louise Bourgeois's work has always been inspiring," says London, citing "her fearlessness when it comes to materials." Catch the talk Thursday, but London notes: "You have to see the art first." Free. 7-8 p.m. Thursday. Hirshhorn Museum, lower level, Seventh Street and Independence Avenue SW. 202-633-1000 or http://www.hirshhorn.si.edu.

-- Matthew Santos at Sonar and the 9:30 club next week. "I met Matthew Santos in 2005 on top of a mountain [editor's note: probably more like a really big hill] in Austin." Both were there teaching at Common Ground, and London kept in touch with the singer (who was nominated for a 2009 Grammy for a duet with Lupe Fiasco). "It's deep lyrics, one of the deepest voices I've ever heard. It's just from the heart." April 20 at Sonar in Baltimore (tickets are $10-$12, http://www.sonarbaltimore.com); and opening for Ximena Sari├▒ana on April 21 at the 9:30 club (tickets are $18, http://www.tickets.com).

The District

Closing 'Space, Unlimited'

This mash-up of a show at the Art Museum of the Americas features a massive tree of found clothing by the Miami duo Guerra de la Paz; video by Magdalena Fernández; unconventional landscapes by Lilian Garcia-Roig and much more over two floors. The show ends today. Free. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Art Museum of the Americas, 201 18th St. NW. 202-458-6016.

Northern Virginia

Concert Samantha Crain

Crain is a rising Choctaw Indian singer-songwriter with a clarion voice and an ability to conjure visions of spare, flat Oklahoma landscapes with her songs alone. Wednesday, she and her band, Midnight Shivers, open for their perfect match at the Birchmere: the Felice Brothers. Theirs is a mellow, Catskills-born new folk sound, often compared to Bob Dylan's. $20. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday. Birchmere, 3701 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. 703-549-7500 or http://www.birchmere.com.


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