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Style on the Go for June 5, 2009: Fashion and Photography Meet in 'Flaunt'

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Friday, June 5, 2009

What do you do with fashion photographs that, oddly, aren't trying to sell clothing, a way of life or desirable body type? Honfleur Gallery, arts-support organization Ten Miles Square and the blog Project Beltway make a case that such images belong on gallery walls. "Flaunt" is their exhibit featuring 20 slick and styled photos exploring fashion's value as costume and cultural force.

Steve Goldenberg catches scruffy scenesters on K Street at rush hour; dressed in crayon-bright garb by Durkl, the men are brilliant peacocks in a gray-and-black sea of worker drones. In the background of one, a little girl shoots a look of pure disgust at the camera: The men's fashion makes them different, and around here, that's undesirable. A lovely blond model tromps around in designer Taimur Baig's red carpet-ready gown, but who can bother to notice it when the model is viciously bashing a mannequin to bits?

For this show, Ten Miles Square brought in photographers Joshua Yospyn, John Ulaszek, Meaghan Gay and Goldenberg, while Project Beltway enlisted local designers, including Baig and Dana Greaves, to pair off and create these photographs. Together, the artists and designers fashioned images distinctly in the artists' style, which explains why the dresses in Gay's macabre photo series of seemingly perfect women barely make it into the frame.

Though "Flaunt" is about photography, there's no better time to see it than tomorrow night, when you can also check out some of the fashions. The exhibit closes with a runway show of clothes created by the designers; upstairs, Honfleur hosts a pop-up boutique of the designers' wares.Tickets to "Flaunt" are $10 and must be bought in advance. 8:30 p.m. tomorrow. Honfleur Gallery, 1227 Good Hope Rd. SE. 202-580-5972 or http://www.honfleurgallery.com.

Northern Virginia

Concert Cut Off Your Hands, Viva Voce

Cut Off Your Hands is a bubbly, rocking pop band from New Zealand with the mopey good looks of the Smiths and sprawling, anthemic songs that rival Tokyo Police Club's. The band has been building buzz, and it's well deserved: The debut album, "You and I," has proved far superior to the unfulfilled promise of Black Kids. Catch them tomorrow, before they get much bigger. They open for Viva Voce at Iota tomorrow night. $15 (at the door only). 21 and older only. 9:30 p.m. Iota Club & Cafe. 2832 Wilson Blvd., Arlington. 703-522-8340 or http://www.iotaclubandcafe.com.


Nightlife Rockville's Deck Party

May's drenching rains delayed the kickoff of this popular free party at Rockville Town Center, but tonight the rooftop bash -- aimed at adults only; no kids allowed -- is finally on. Local Wammy-winning Irish performer Seamus Kennedy performs. If you can't make it, the next one isn't scheduled until Aug. 7. Free (food and drinks are available to buy). 21 and older. 5-8 p.m. (Get there early: The event gets crowded.) Arts and Innovation Building, Rockville Town Square, 155 Gibbs St. 240-314-8620 or visit http://www.rockvillemd.gov/events/firstfridays.

Northern Virginia

For Families Amazing Del-Rayce

Del Ray Artisans and Lee-Fendall House Museum in Alexandria are pairing up to host this event, which is being billed as a little bit "Amazing Race" and a little bit "Jeopardy!" Break into teams with family and friends (or be assigned to a team on-site), get clue books, and take part in a 1 1/2 -hour scavenger hunt (with quiz questions) in the area near the artisans' gallery. Prizes will be awarded to winning teams. To play, admission is $10; children younger than 17 are $5 (includes dessert reception after the race). 2:30-5 p.m. Start at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria. To register in advance (recommended) call 703-838-4827 or for details, visit http://www.thedelrayartisans.org.


Festival Capital Jazz Fest

For three days, Merriweather Post Pavilion will be the mecca of smooth jazz and soul fans as the Capital Jazz Fest takes over. Chaka Khan headlines tonight with Fourplay; tomorrow, the days get longer with jazz from Regina Belle, Will Downing, Roy Ayers and others from noon to 10 p.m., as well as sets from the likes of Maysa and Raheem DeVaughn on the nearby soul stage. Sunday, Al Jarreau will cap the performances by six jazz artists, while En Vogue headlines the soul stage. $39.50-$100 tonight; remaining lawn tickets for Saturday-Sunday are $39.50-$49.50. Today at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday performances begin at noon. Merriweather Post Pavilion, 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy., Columbia. For details, visit http://www.capitaljazz.com or for tickets, call 202-397-7328.

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