Art and Tapas in Georgetown

08Nov09

My friend, Laurie, joined me for an evening of firsts in Georgetown on Friday that excluded all the predictable neighborhood attractions.  This meant no Third Edition, no walks along the waterfront, and no ironic shirt collars.

Art and Tapas in Georgetown

I went to my first art gallery opening at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA).  Despite the abundance of museums and galleries in DC, I never consider them potential evening venues.  A quick search reveals that gallery openings in this city occur monthly, sometimes weekly, usually at no or negligible cost, and almost always with cocktails.  When Jason over at DCFUD invited me to the opening reception, I eagerly accepted.

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We nearly missed finding MOCA because it’s tucked inside a courtyard that houses several other galleries away from the main street.  For a small gallery there was an impressive turnout of artists, models, and enthusiasts.  As a psychology major I don’t claim artisitic talent, so while I have always wanted to go to a gallery event I was hesitant because I don’t share a common creative background.  Not the case at all – the artists were very open to discussing their work.

While DC does have a few modern art museums, I don’t know of any other museums here quite like this one.  As a nonprofit organization, MOCA is devoted to local fringe artists and principally exhibits work that would not be accepted in a mainstream gallery.  In this case the risque work was Heads or Tails, an annual exhibit now in its fifth year.  The collection features portraits (the heads) and bodies (the tails) created through varied media such as figure drawings, paintings, and photographs.  The event was particularly unique because many of the models appeared beside their corresponding depiction for real-time comparisons.

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Being DC, political agenda permeated the art.

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Bottom line / We all need coverage / Support the public health insurance option

Heads or Tails continues through November 27th.  I recommend a visit to see where DC’s experimental art community thrives.

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In addition to MOCA, I must have strolled past Bodega a number of times without taking notice.  Situated in the middle of Georgetown on M Street, Bodega is a Spanish tapas restaurant and lounge.  The décor is funky with mismatched black and white patterns, red chandeliers, and hanging cattle skulls.

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Photo by Daquella manera

I rarely find Spanish tapas filling and worth the cost, and unfortunately Bodega didn’t persuade me otherwise.  I ordered the Catalonian Tomato Bread with Manchego cheese and Grilled Chicken Skewer Served with a Spicy Pepper Emulsion Sauce.  Laurie had the Roasted Beets Salad with Spinach, Oranges, and Onions Tossed in Sherry Vinaigrette and the Golden Fried Chicken Croquettes.

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Bodega seems to rely on its central location for success rather than quality of food.  Everything was extremely simple, required generous shakes of salt and pepper, and could be replicated in your own kitchen.  The croquettes had a texture of whipped potatoes and were at least a little interesting.  Plus, anything fried is delicious, right?  The sangria was fairly tasty, though we both grimaced on the occasional tough orange rind.

While the restaurant wasn’t convincing, I appreciate that I can find Spanish tapas and a host of other ethnic cuisines in this city.  What else do I have yet to try in Georgetown?



4 Responses to “Art and Tapas in Georgetown”

  1. 1 mg

    Artists will gasbag about their work till you’re blue in the face. “Oh you’re a psych major?! Well, I designed this piece to appeal to the cerebral cortexicular mebranitis.” Oh shut up, DHT. How were the drinks? Was it box wine?

    What’s funny is there’s a place in 7 Corners called La Bodega. I drove by it, and it looks like a bodega from the outside. Why a restaurant would be called “shop,” I do not know. Was the sangria at least fried?

    You know what you should try in Georgetown? Go into Tombs, and say “No Hoya no Hoya” to the first table of brats you see; be sure to look like you’re ready to punch them. Priceless.

  2. It was great meeting you at Moca.

    Yeah, yeah…box wine.🙂

    It was awesome seeing my friend Lamine describe his art, and meeting the models and other artists that were there.

  3. Box Wine for the Masses!

    It’s one thing to have an opening reception and serve some bottled wine, but it’s really a bore when you have to deal with the bottles, especially trying to serve people from bottles. The Wine Bar at MOCA DC is designed to serve a number of functions, including to store wine for future use (about 18 boxes in storage plus 6 ready to serve – that’s 24 x 5 liters = 120 liters – 5 to 6 different wines). The wine is good – Franzia – and anyone who thumbs their nose at it really has no idea how to manage serving a lot of people without making a huge mess.

    Actually, it’s the only place where one can sample box wine! How pretentious – almost the same as calling the first expansion of the exhibit space 4 years ago The Annex.

    What we offer is art by artists who seldom get a chance to show their work, yet it is worthy of being presented to a clientele that can appreciate the fact that not all art is reviewed by those haughty critics at the Washington Post, who will only discuss art with a certain pedigree. Boring. There’s a lot more to the art scene in DC than the Post could ever do justice to.

    So – I hope more can come and share the wealth of art presented on our walls over the years. We have been the starting gate for more artists than I can count.

    And you can judge for yourself whether wine from the wine bar at MOCA DC is as good as is served at other galleries. Volume, my friends, is a great leveler.

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