Here’s a crazy thought! Why not take a page from the stylebook of the wild 90s kids of “Orange Juice in Bishop’s Garden” ??? Sure, we’re always down for dressing in 90′s grunge, but we can’t say the same for everyone else. Now’s your chance to don the choker necklaces, Doc Martens, rainbow hair + more of decades past without having to worry about looking business prof (snore – thank God I’m not corporate:).
Snapshot from the Opening Night Party, which was written up in the Post’s Going Out Guide.
It’s been just over a month since 20/20 Productions held the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival, but that doesn’t mean we’ve put the event behind us. Quite the contrary, actually; we’ve been hard at work building an online portal for the festival. By creating space for it in the digital sphere, we hope to provide a way for people around the world to continually visit and revisit DC Web Fest. This way the festival doesn’t need to be simply an ephemeral moment.
Through this channel, we plan to showcase highlight reels from our panelists and key speakers, complete with exclusive behind-the-scenes’ interviews. Think of them as TED talks specifically focused on creating meaning digitally. But that’s not all. We’ll also feature all award-winning web series and games, providing you direct access to innovative entertainment. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait forever for access — though we’re building this portal piece by piece, you can watch it grow and evolve right here.
I don’t own a TV. While that may have come as a shocker a few years back, lately it seems like few millennials actually possess a tubular box. Part of me wishes this was because my generation refused to be entertained by voices emanating from a screen (re, Fahrenheit 451) , but let’s be honest, many of us are products of the digital age — and so most of us simply watch TV from a smaller screen: our laptops. Come 2015, HBO is making that process all the more easy for us with an exclusively video-streaming package. And with Netflix streaming Gilmore Girls and, in the very near future, Friends, what more could we want? (Also, going to put a plug in for all those cool web series, hint: OJBG.)
But, really, it’s okay to stay in & watch GG. They can be our homies, right?
With October upon us, it’s time to transition out of summer wardrobes and fall into cable knit sweaters, boots, and plaid. Truth be told, repping 90′s fall fashion is a great excuse to add a little school girl chic to your wardrobe. So, in that spirit, here are some items I’m currently lusting over:
Today, I tried on something new! I created my first event on Eventbrite, and while that was somewhat exciting for me, what is even more thrilling is the fact that, in doing so, the 2nd Annual DC Web & Digital Media Festival became even more real. Now, people can reserve FREE tickets to DC Web Fest’s summit and awarded screenings, both of which are scheduled for September 20, 2014.
Because tickets are limited, make sure to get yours soon! I wouldn’t want you to miss out on hearing our amazing lineup speak. From robotics, to gaming, to digital storytelling, industry heavy hitters have agreed to participate. For more information about our panelists and keynote speakers, please visit http://dcwebfest.co/schedule-speakers/.
I’ve never really been opposed to mushrooms. I was one of those few strange kids who enjoyed eating her veggies, but scoffed at hamburgers, chicken nuggets and PB&Js. Despite my affinity for the fungi, I tended to stay clear of the ones that actually looked like alien creatures. Cremini, white, portobella and the occasionally shiitaki were my go-to, but that changed this past weekend.
After a trip to the farmers market, I found myself walking home with a bag of yellow, earthy growth, otherwise known as oyster mushrooms (see below). While oyster mushrooms aren’t the strangest things alive, cooking them was foreign to me — but the proprietor told me they were buttery & nutty, so I was down for giving them a try. And, boy, am I glad I did.
Using heirloom cherry tomatoes + olive oil, salt & oregano as a base, I made a sauce filled with the delectable oyster mushrooms and scrumptious swiss chard. After these ingredients were sautéed together, I used the sauce to top a farro-stuffed red bell pepper, sprinkled with a smidgen more of sea salt and ground red chili pepper flakes. (Note: Any grain would probably do, but farro works particularly well because, as a nuttier grain, it plays off the flavor of the oyster mushrooms.) I then placed the concoction in the oven to roast for nearly an hour at 400 degrees F. Once removing the stuffed pepper from the oven and letting it stand for a few minutes, I added some burrata cheese.
It’s a world of “sorrowful stories,” three orphaned children, and an evil villain with crazy, inventive schemes to obtain their fortune. It’s not a world most would want to enter, but when I was growing up, I was engrossed by this world created by Lemony Snicket. (Does that name ring a bell for anyone?)
After finishing the 13 books in The Series of Unfortunate Events, reading Lemony Snicket: The Unauthorized Autobiography, and watching the movie adaptation, I thought I had explored every avenue of this world. But I was wrong, so very wrong.
No, Lemony Snicket nor Count Olaf did not pay me a visit (thank god), but I did have the chance to become Klaus when I played The Perilous Parlor board game. Though the game might be intriguing to classic board game lovers, fans of the series will particularly get a kick out of it. I played the game with two fellow fanatics, and the three of us thoroughly enjoyed reading all the deadly scenarios presented on the cards, which, by the way, are penned in a similar language as the books. Unfortunately, for us, the ending was quite unfortunate, as the Baudelaire children were unable to thwart the guardian from the evil clenches of Count Olaf. But perhaps they’ll have better luck next time…
On Friday, I made a potentially very dangerous decision — at least for my wallet.
I decided to venture into the new jewelry boutique called Bloom, which opened on Connecticut Ave. in Dupont. Though a good portion of its items are too gaudy and ostentatious for me, the store does seem to find a nice balance with other more delicate and classic wares. Where the store is really going to kill me is in its wide selection of teal-colored items. I am ABSOLUTELY obsessed with the color and because I walk by the store each day to and from work, I’m sure this will probably result in a problem. I already couldn’t pass up a pair of tear-drop shaped, teal studs that I’m chalking up to a necessity considering I’ve worn them for the past three days straight (picture below).
I’ve known for awhile now, but this article provided further proof that I’m essentially an old lady. Three of the things I habitually do — leave voice messages, write letters & read — are apparently dying art forms. I kind of already knew I was somewhat of an oddball for subscribing to a newspaper’s print edition and for penning correspondences to my friends living in other states, but I had no idea leaving voice messages was considered nearly passé. These are clearly sad times. And while I could undoubtedly write a whole blog post about why people should leave voice message, that’s not the point of this post. Rather, it’s to share the aforementioned article, “Why Readers, Scientifically, Are The Best People To Fall In Love With.”
While it doesn’t relay anything that’s incredibly novel (re, reading makes you smarter), it does make a solid argument, and both the intro and last words particularly resonate. Plus, I’ll forever be one to share any literature in support of being an avid reader.
We’re hard at work preparing another long-form Tapestry video, which the intern and I totally just bonded over, and we have our subject to thank: Frances Hardinge. Romeo, our intern, says it’s his favorite Tapestry video yet!
Equipped with a vivid, intelligent imagination, Frances has the crazy combination of being quirky, yet down to earth. This YA novelist, with an amazing British accent, has traveled the world, always looking for new opportunities to test her limits. She also hasn’t let her success (she’s been covered by such sources as NPR and The Guardian.) go to her head, as she’s incredibly humble, funny and accepting. While interviewing her, I felt like I was catching up with an old friend from across the pond.
Make sure to stay tuned for the release of the video, but in the meantime, here are some pictures to capture your attention.