Today, with the imminent death of traditional dating, or courtship for you fancy people, Valentine's Day doesn't seem to strike fear and anxiety into people's hearts as it once did. There isn't pressure to go to Tiffany's or book a table at the most talked about restaurant in town; a Jose Andres spot presumably. But whether you feel the pressure or not, the day should be fun for all those who choose to enjoy it.
Art Soiree's Love Power party at Powerhouse in Georgetown looked to take the stress away from Valentine's Day. Giving people in the DMV an arty option for how to spend the special day. The pop-up art show, with a DJ, video instillation, and visual art, could have used a bit more art. The beautiful and spacious historic building looked under utilized. Though this does correlate with the New York style art events Art Soiree has been compared to. Quality, not quantity.
As guest filled in, the1776 whiskey flowed and people began to feel the love. One couple felt the love so much they barely took their eyes off of one another. The singles mingled, the friends who were dragged along tried not to show it, and eventually people danced. Accompanied at times by a live trumpet, DJ Adrain Loving spun a clever mix, but it was the Afro-Cuban, Salsa, and other international tracks that got the crowd going. Evidenced with the impromptu Bhangra dance lesson.
For the past four years, Art Soiree has been working to turn D.C. into the premiere arts destination that it deserves to be, while also promoting and fostering local artists. They might not have accomplished their mission in this one night, but love, partly lust, was in the air.
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