Many moons ago, I had this wish to go to New York and have Andy Warhol do my portrait. It never happened and I’m sure there are apps that can give one a Warholic hue. Friends at Busboys and Poets have collaborated with the recent National Gallery retrospective of Warhol’s “Headlines” work in what’s call WARHOL OFF THE MALL. This Saturday, Busboys and Poets hosts a performance event, Electric Newspaper, 7 PM at the 5th & K, NW location.

Here’s the blurb and info.:
A Modern Take on Warhol’s Electric Newspaper. Bringing the news headlines to life! …through a multimedia experience of overlapping performance and visual art we explore the ironies and idiosyncrasies of the mainstream news narrative. This multimedia event will draw on Andy Warhol’s HEADLINES art (currently on view at the National Gallery of Art) to explore the manipulation of the mainstream media and the role of artistic interpretation. The event is centered around Warhol’s “Electric Newspaper,” an audio collage of news clips, live music and beat poetry that reveals the absurdity of the mainstream media. With our modern reinterpretation of the “Electric Newspaper” we create a similar experience with a performance-driven event focused on today’s news headlines: TROY DAVIS, DC & PALESTINIAN STATEHOOD and OCCUPY WALL STREET. Live performances by Christylez Bacon, Adriel Luis, Gowri K,
Elahe Izadi, Head Roc, Elizabeth Acevedo, Kickrocks dance crew, Huda Asfour, Bruce Lebovitz, Joe Madison and Saleem Waters. // This event is part of the “WARHOL OFF THE MALL” series, a collaboration between Busboys and Poets and the National Gallery of Art. Tickets: $10 (advance), $15 (at the door)


Also this weekend, I’ve got two ITVS Community Cinema events of DEAF JAM back-to-back.

Deaf Jam Trailer from DeafJamdoc on Vimeo.

Saturday, October 22 at 5 PM – Busboys and Poets, 14th & V, NW, Washington, DC
Sunday, October 23 at 3 PM – Washington DC Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q, NW, Washington, DC

with reservation – visit for Eventbrite links and additional information.

ABOUT: Filmmaker Judy Lieff’s DEAf JAM, the story of deaf teen Aneta Brodski‚Äôs bold journey into the spoken word slam scene. Longing to explore and fully participate in the hearing world, Aneta dives into ASL poetry, a vibrant three-dimensional art form where body movements convey meaning. ASL poetry liberates a deaf poet from the confines of spoken language. There is no paper or text. Rhymes are measured in hand shapes and meter in movements. Images cut and dissolve as its verses transcend all spoken word.

Artist line up: Quest Visual Theatre, spoken word poet and rapper Connell Crooms aka Bam Bam, and choreographer, actor, dancer Fred Beam.

Film is open captioned; ASL interpretation will be available.