It’s 90 degrees out today. Hot enough to melt… an iceberg, perhaps? We tried to find out at the National Building Museum’s “ICEBERGS” installation, a more than 12,000 square feet “underwater” world in the great room of the building. The installation features soaring replica icebergs that jut in and out …
Last week, we gave you a heads up on all the events going on around town in celebration of “Pump Me Up: DC Subculture of the 1980s” – a new exhibit at the Corcoran Gallery of Art. On Friday, FamousDC was one of 1,100 cool kids at the preview party, where we got to hang with exhibit curator and graffiti historian Roger Gastman; Black Flag front man and Georgetown native Henry Rollins; and DC’s punk rock figurehead Ian MacKaye. Considering these guys used to represent the antithesis of the Corcoran’s standard coterie, my guess is they never expected to see an exhibit dedicated to their visual, aural and DIY ethos, let alone for that exhibit to be packed to the gills.
The intersection of 7th Street, Florida Avenue, and U Street Northwest perpetually echoes the “boom-tap, a-boom-boom tap” sound made famous by the late Godfather of go-go, Chuck Brown. Minor Threat front man and D.C. native Ian MacKaye can still be heard playing all ages shows throughout the city, making tickets available exclusively at local record shops. And, if you get creative, you can scour the side streets of D.C. and find some of the rare remaining tags of the elusive Cool “Disco” Dan. D.C. underground will be sanctified this weekend in a 3-day lambast of cool marking the opening of “Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980’s” and the world premiere of the film “The Legend of Cool “Disco” Dan”.