Style & Status:
The exhibit of Ottoman period clothing at the Sackler was impressive. It was mostly all male coats or caftans, with a shoe and a few hats and other textiles. A few of the garments were displayed in cases such that you could walk all the way around them and see the back. This proved enlightening because I could see that the back of one garment was all one piece. The pieces were amazingly well-preserved considering they dated back to the 15th-17th c. It was worth the trip to see it. The items came from different collections and it’s lucky to see so many of them in one place (outside Topkapi). It closes on Jan. 22. I purchased the accompanying booklet for about $13 and it has good photos of everything. There is a large coffee table book with some nicer-looking plates for $50.
From the Bureau of Gothic Tourism:
I checked out Midnight (formerly Catacomb), Saturday nights at 1707 Lst NW in Washington, DC (The Meeting
Place). Half block from the Farragut North Metro stop. 9pm-3am. $5 cover. 18+ Featuring DJ Phae, DJ Liebchen, DJ London and DJ St. Aspartame. Guest DJs weekly.
It was the closest thing I’ve found anywhere else in the US to our very own Ceremony in da ‘Burgh, but even friendlier, more laid back, less drama, better music, etc. The space itself isn’t much to speak of. Slightly smaller than The Upstage, it’s big enough for the crowd that shows and there’s plenty of seating, affordable drinks, but minimal decor/ambiance. People were mostly dressed down, basic black and some fetish gear, not many going over the top. I saw a lot of the same types of people that you see at Ceremony, almost as if I were in a parallel universe. They had a few vendors selling CDs and some chainmail and leather gear, and they had cake. I’m told that cake is a weekly ritual for anyone who’s had a birthday that week.