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DC Area's Film Scene: "Underground Hollywood"

In 1998, Eduardo Sanchez and Neal Fredericks, two Montgomery County Community College alums, shot a film in the woods of Maryland called “The Blair Witch Project.” It went on to gross nearly $250 million at the box office, making it one of the most successful independent films of all time. “The Blair Witch Project” was a perfect storm of a clever idea and a shrewd marketing campaign that capitalized on the budding new medium of the internet. It's a good possibility that you've heard this story before.

It's an equally good possibility that you haven't heard of the army of filmmakers in the D.C. area that has been growing in the decade since “The Blair Witch Project” captured the country's imagination. I should know. I'm one of them.

A D.C. Bar With No Alcohol? BloomBars in Columbia Heights Serves Up Art Instead

Let me start this article off by giving you some background.  You should know that this story only came to my attention because I was contacted on Twitter about a very unique type of bar in Columbia Heights…a bar that didn’t serve alcohol.

I was intrigued.

I first began receiving direct messages from @BloomBars inviting me, @LandauDC, to various programs and events that they were hosting about a week ago. 

“What’s a BloomBar?” I thought to myself. 

I visited their website and discovered BloomBars, not BloomBar, is a non-profit art “bar” that acts as a platform for artists, dancers, and other performers to show their stuff.

To be completely honest, though, I still didn’t really get it.  I decided I needed to go and see it for myself.

Shaw Main Streets Development Forum Addresses Howard Theatre, CityMarket Among Others

This story was sent to us by the office of Jack Evans, Ward 2 Councilman:

The annual Shaw Main Streets Development Forum was recently held at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library, where developers presented updates on their projects, as well as plans for sites not previously presented to the community.  Shaw continues to see movement on several important neighborhood projects such as:

Bombay Sapphire Art Exhibition Coming to Connecticut Avenue

Saturday, September 11, 2010 The BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Russell & Danny Simmons’ Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation will kick off the BOMBAY SAPPHIRE Artisan Series. 

The event will run from 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the International Vision Gallery, located at 2629 Connecticut Avenue in NW.

The exhibition will feature 30 artists from the region.  Two of the contestants will be selected to have a chance at winning the title of top artisan at a final event in Miami at ART BASEL.

Celebrity Mark Ecko is taking part in the event, and has contributed two pieces of art.

"I'm really excited that BOMBAY SAPPHIRE and Complex are working together on this program as both of us are committed to discovering new talent, be it mixologists or artists,” said Ecko. “Supporting local artists, while giving twenty visual artists the opportunity to shine during ART BASEL Miami, is very much in line with my long term commitment to the arts."

Adams Morgan Annual Arts & Crafts Festival October 2

This coming Saturday, October 2nd, Adams Morgan will play host to their annual "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest".

The list of vendors for the 2010 Adams Morgan "Crafty Bastards Arts & Crafts Fest" has been released!

The event will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at the Marie Reed Learning Center at 18th & Wyoming.  The festival will have dozens of booths that will feature a variety of types of arts and crafts, as well as live performances.

I went to last year's festival and can say from experience that there truly is something for everyone.

Check out the entire Crafty Bastards' vendor list here, and come out to the event on Saturday! 

Also, if you send us photos or blog posts after the event to neighborhoodtips@wusa9.com, your work will be featured on our Where You Live site!