Wednesday, January 30, 2008

If Cartoons are your thing, and you're in Baltimore Saturday...

Check out the truly twisted and very funny show of cartoon genius that is Mike Flynn at Read Street books in Baltimore! Saturday Feb., 2 at 5pm

Read Street Books and Coffee
229 West Read Street
Baltimore Maryland 21201
February 2, 2008 from 5-7pm

If Poetry is your thing...

... and you'd like to hear a really good bard, check this out!

Reed Whittemore
author of
Against the Grain:
The Literary Life of a Poet
Sunday, February 3, 3 p.m.
Reception to Follow

Politics and Prose
5015 Connecticut Avenue, NW • Washington, DC • (202) 364-1919

Monday, January 28, 2008

It happens all the time!

This was an interesting article by Washington Post critic Blake Gopnik that appeared over the weekend. This happens more than you would like to think, though to be fair to both parties, I'm sure there are two sides.

NEVER let anyone into your studio! That was the name of a painting that I had in a show at PASS Gallery in Dupont Circle last October and I will recommend it to any artist as good advice!

I don't know the particulars of this story, so I'm not coming down on either side, though I will, in the interest of full disclosure, mention that Cara Ober writes for Urbancode.

Friday, January 25, 2008

D.I.Y. and Unify!

Here at Urbancode we've had this idea (pipedream?) of unifying the various artistic disciplines in Washington DC. This goes way back to the days of Articulate Contemporary Art Review for those of you that remember us.

Painters, dancers, filmmakers, poets, writers, actors, sculptors, designers all communicating, socializing, and coordinating with a single goal in mind--to solidify our position as a major arts market and to unify the community of artists in the greater Washington area for their greater good!

These are just a few ways in which unification would help the arts in DC?
  • Unification would work to create community and a support system.
  • Unification would allow us to combine resources for marketing strategies.
  • Unification would help identify and encourage a network of activists amongst us to lobby the government on behalf of all artists and art activities in the community.
  • Unification would create a strong political block
  • Unification would encourage the creation of spectacular events!
  • Unification would encourage communication between groups
  • Unification would put power and destiny in the hands of the artists
I'm sure our readers have some good ideas as to how unification of the arts would work for our greater goal. Let me hear from you with your thoughts and ideas.

...and by the way... why doesn't DC have a street festival for the arts?

Thursday, January 24, 2008

DC Arts Advocacy Redux

Urbancode has really been around the art scene for quite a while! Really we have, so we know what’s what! Don’t let anyone tell you different!

Sometimes it seems to us that this city has limitless talent. Other times its apathy and lack of focus confounds me. Do you know that there is a fashion commission in DC looking to spread the word of the numerous young fashion designers in this city? Well there is. I’m wondering why stage actors, painters and dancers don’t run in tighter circles. Why aren’t poets and writers more renowned in our city? Check out the link on our blog featuring Richard Peabody. He says that most people don’t even know that there are more than a dozen woman writers in DC. I can’t help but feel that it is our own fault. It’s not an issue of talent.

We spoke about an arts advocacy agency in our last blog and we’d like to take up that point again. There is a need for an organization with lawyers and screamers like us, and the whole nine to lobby the various local government agencies for things like the creation of studio space, government support exporting PR about DC’s various entertainment forums, (other than the big boys like the Kennedy Center and the museums) and just to make sure that they know that working artists are here and that we want our slice too!

An art advocacy organization could also address the “living” issues we spoke of in the last blog such as insurance and medical benefits, but also it could work to bring…creative’s, of all stripes, T-O-G-E-T-H-E-R.

We’ll blog about this again, but for now… why don’t YOU take over!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Check out the WETA interview with our good friend Richard Peabody

Prolific DC writer and editor Richard Peabody was recently interviewed by Bethanne Patrick for WETA's blog Author Author!.

Buy his latest anthology Electric Grace: Still More Fiction by Washington Area Women (Paperback) from Amazon. Nice cover by Jody Mussoff too!

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Does DC need organized advocacy for its artists?

There once was an organization called Artist's Equity (see the original chapter at whose mission it was to advocate on behalf of the working artist. They addressed practical issues like a place to live, a place to work, insurance, healthcare. Artist's Equity still exists, but I'm afraid it is a shadow of itself. DC even had a chapter, though I'm not really sure what it's mission was. The DC chapter of artists Equity that I remember was little more than a vanity gallery.

Wouldn't it be great if DC had such an entity? One that lobbied the DC government actively for artist's live/work space, affordable health care, insurance, a stake in the city's growth, some profile? Some Love? Artists are good for DC! Instead of us getting chased from our studios by gentrification help us find a place to be DC!

Urbancode wants to know your thoughts on the subject. Weigh in with your sentiment on our poll. Vote YES if you think we definitely need such an organization, Vote NO for definitely not, vote Maybe if you're wishy-washy, vote Huh? if you don't know what the hell we're talking about!

Annapolis considering the creation of an "Arts District"

Annapolis Mayor Ellen O. Moyer plans to introduce legislation to create the city's first arts and entertainment district with the hope that it will revitalize outer West Street by offering tax benefits and other incentives to lure artists into the city. Seems to have worked in the district. Just look at all of the, once art friendly neighborhoods, that are now Fudrucker's friendly.

Read all about it here.

Sunday, January 20, 2008

The city of roses answers the call

Portland Oregon has answered the call for bloggers in a big way, so I hope to have Portland's art scene representing real soon.

Saturday, January 19, 2008

urbancode is looking for bloggers the world over!

Urbancode has embarked on a mission. I'm looking for knowledgeable folks in every major city in the world to blog about YOUR art scene under the Urbancode banner. We're looking for "street level" coverage of the best and brightest that your art scene has to offer, then we'll tell the world about them.
If you're interested contact urbancode at:
and Thanx!

Friday, January 18, 2008

Urbancode blog is "Go!"

urbancode magazine's new blog is now online.
It's only since April 2007 that Urbancode magazine have been around, but we've come a long way rather quickly! Monday January 21, 2008 our first blogger Heidi Snoots goes online with DC Show Hopper, a blog about the DC and surrounding area's live music scene. She knows a thing or two about it so I'm sure she will check in with lots of interesting shows and information.

We've got several new bloggers coming online in the next few days so stay in touch. They will all be listed on our main page and on our website, which will be going online in the next few days also.

Blogging opportunities:
Whether you're from Washington or Waziristan, Baltimore or Bangalore, Richmond, or Rangoon...or anywhere on this big beautiful planet and you are interested in blogging about any aspect of your local arts scene as an Urbancode blogger, contact us at: and we'll set you up with the details.