Located in the heart of the Adams Morgan area, this is one of many bars and clubs that lighten up the night, but Habana Village, a salsa club, is my absolute favorite! Now I know some of you are thinking “But I don’t know how to dance to salsa music?” Well, that’s not a problem here! Just arrive about one hour before the dance floor opens up to everyone and you can participate in a salsa class. The instructor is a super lively character and she KNOWS how to teach. Plus, she divides the class in half, so that everyone has a partner and she’ll even rotate the partners after each step learned. This is really great because not only are you learning how to dance but you’re also meeting people before the club opens so it’s easier to ask someone to dance later on in the night.
The music is amazing. The club is 3 floors: the 3rd floor has a live band and can be reserved for events like birthdays, bachelorettes, etc.; the 2nd floor is the one with the DJ who plays a mix of salsa, meringue, and other Latin favs; and the 1st floor is the restaurant and bar area where I hear they make killer mojitos but since I’m not into the mint thing, I didn’t have one myself. The décor is also something to admire. Throughout the floors and even in the stairway, there are beautiful, colorful wall paintings of groups salsa dancing, playing music and even some famous singers/musicians in Latin music.
So whether you’re a seasoned dancer or just a beginner, this is a great place to dance, have a drink and listen to the Latin flavor!
Arguably the defining photograph of his career, "Washington, D.C. Government charwoman" by Gordon Parks depicts Mrs. Ella Watson, an employee of the Farm Security Administration (FSA), holding a broom and with a mop and the American flag hanging at the back—a pose reminiscent of Grant Woods' famous painting, "American Gothic" (1930).
An Argentinean writer and photographer living in the Pacific Northwest, Lorraine Healy is a long-time fan of plastic cameras and is the author of "Tricks With A Plastic Wonder," a manual for achieving better results with a Holga camera, available as an eBook from Amazon.com. In this article, Healy shares her experiences photographing in Cuba in early 2013.
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Lomography has teamed up with Foto DC to get a true sense of Washington through a Spring competition. A slew of visceral, expressive images went under the critical eyes of curators Frank Hallam Day's and Melissa Golden, and we have a set of winners! Join us in the D.C. area on July 2 at 6:30 p.m. for an exhibition of the photos of the Faces and Places of D.C.
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This year marks the 70th anniversary of the publication of one of the most influential photography books ever, "Ballet" by the photographer, art director, and graphic designer Alexey Brodovitch. Brodovitch took a series of photos of classical dance in a very unconventional way, using very slow exposure times, trying to catch the true essence of Russian ballets. For this article, I took a series of photos at the Swing Crash Festival in my city, Como, held in June 2015.
Considered as one of the best 35mm SLR cameras, the Nikon F2 is indeed one of the best experiences on film I’ve ever had. Fully manual and almost impossible to break, this historic camera is really marvelous to use.