The Last Kiss of Summer – Adult Swim and “Club Ritz”

Posted: September 8, 2009 in Events, Leisure, Nightlife
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© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

I photographed the Courage Cup fashion show at the Liaison Hotel a few weeks ago so in picking a pool to go to for the last time this summer I opted to head back there for the Labor Day Adult Swim – hosted by Ashley from VH-1’s House of Love.

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Ashley from VH-1's House of Love © Tony Powell

The popular weekly get together – organized by promoter Eric Lund – has been able to attract a wildly diverse cross section of party goers ranging from teen-age to middle-age. Although the rain did finally shut it down late in the day, most of the afternoon (1-6) was filled with good times and sunny skies.

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© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

I headed over to Starbucks in Dupont Circle to wait out the rain before changing clothes and going over to the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Georgetown for a party hosted by Seyhan Duru, Freddie Wyatt, Omar Rahman,  & Dawoud Al-khabbaz. For the second time, this quartet have taken over Degrees Lounge and the upstairs area of the Ritz’s fairly conservative dining spot, Fahrenheit, and created a mise en scène worthy of the clubs in South Beach. All remnants of dining were taken away leaving behind a vault of a space, like a painter’s new canvas, primed for the extent of the imagination. The party was so hot, the hotel’s fuses blew three times!

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© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

The head count exceeded 900, the DJ was imported from London, and the lighting that accompanied the music was, perhaps, the most impressive I’ve seen in Washington. The state-of-the-art laser show seemed to occupy every cubic foot of the room, leaving no person or corner untouched. The effect created by the randomly shifting colors and shapes lent an edgy quality to some of the images from that night.

© Tony Powell

© Tony Powell

I was reminded of one of my favorite Surrealist painters, André Masson, who pioneered the technique of “automatic drawing,” a method wherein the artist’s rational mind is subjected in favor of the unconscious mind by allowing the hand to move randomly around the page. Since I was unable to see what was occurring through the lens in the interval it took the shutter to allow light into the camera – 1 to 2 seconds – I was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.

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