I have DJ’ed in a number of pop-up events around town over the years, like for Philippa Hughes, for example. She does cultural art events like this thing called Cherry Blast. It’s every year, and I have DJ’ed at clubs and for private events. I mean, many years ago there were a lot of clubs that aren’t there anymore.
The mic was then handed over to the trio of all-star judges: New Yorker editor Ben Greenman(author of What He’s Poised to Do and Superbad), creator of the fabulous Pink Line Project, Philippa Hughes, and comedian Remy Munasifi(a.k.a. GoRemy and the auteur of “The Falafel Album”). Greenman loved how Wilbur’s opener “put everyone else’s work in ridiculous context” and used “good literary writing to mock good literary writing,” while Hughes was reminded of the time she was in Cuba and Fidel Castro gave her a mojito mixed with the time she was climbing Mount Everest and lost a few fingers (her fingers, by the way, were intact). Finally, Munasifi chimed in with how he loved Wilbur’s book because he read it, and was able to “quit reading well before [he] ever started.” About Parkhurst, Greenman loved how she was the only reader who dressed to match the Kennedy Center, while Hughes praised Parkhurst’s soothing voice and presentation. Finally, Munasifi quipped that Parkhurst’s reading was before the most-ever severed president heads, but she didn’t balk in the least.
The judges then huddled, and by the narrowest of margins decided it was Parkhurst who would advance as the night’s first finalist.
Philippa is a well-known art collector and art connector in DC who is famously known for creating the Pink Line Project, a consolidated and searchable calendar of all things cool and creative in DC. FamousDC was lucky enough to chat with Philippa about the DC art scene and what makes our city just as fun as any other. Here is what she had to say about the past and present.
Art collector Philippa Hughes and other guests ate roast beef sandwiches and sipped champagne in the main-level bookshop, which will be demolished in the coming days. Hard hats were part of the decor to say farewell to the store, which has been in its current location for 27 years.
Yes, I totally picked up a girl in a bar. I even got her business card. And then I reached out, because, well, Philippa Hughes just sort of seems like the interesting artsy chick that you would totally want to sit next to at a D.C. dinner party. She calls herself a “Chief Creative Contrarian,” but most in D.C. call her the Patron Saint of Washington’s arts scene.
And, well, why wouldn’t you want to be friends with someone who quit her cushy law firm job to found and run D.C.’s biggest arts website? She not only has her finger on the pulse of every arts event and artist in town, she is more than likely the woman behind them.
So we scheduled brunch, duh, and I suggested Mintwood Place, which is nestled between Perry’s and Cashion’s Eat Place on the edge of Adams Morgan. She arrived late; she had walked there in the heat from her 14th Street pad, still reeling from the prior evening’s artistic adventures (namely: a rooftop music session with Margot MacDonald. Um, awesome.)
If a dog gets paint on its paws, Pink Line Project knows about it. D.C.’s premiere arts and culture blog, Pink Line catches anything remotely artsy, and, in the words of founder Philippa Hughes, spoon-feeds it to the masses. Taking a quick look at the site, there are 20 events listed on Pink Line’s calendar today, 15 blog posts have been written since last Thursday, and all of this has been curated in the sake of connecting capitalfolk with the art occurring around them. In order to find out more about how this enterprise got started, the state of D.C.’s arts scene, and how to become the best arts site in the city, we talked to Hughes.
Philippa Hughes, a lawyer turned art collector, has been described as an art activist for her work in spotlighting young artists, helping them reach wider audiences. Creative and innovative, she organizes large public events, and is known for her art-focused parties, and their unexpected themes and venues.
We love surrounding ourselves with beautiful things: From the clothes we buy to the way we decorate our homes, our aesthetic choices have a serious impact on our quality of life. Collecting and displaying art — no matter the medium — can enhance your space, inspire you on a daily basis, and help support hard-working artists, to boot.
To put it another way, it’s like 3-D Pinterest. But it can also be a little intimidating, particularly when you’re buying on a budget. Luckily, gallery openings aren’t the only entrée into the art world — and we’re here to hook you up with an at-home tutorial. What it boils down to: You just need to figure out what you love, and then, when you see it, snap it up — and hang it up.
So, we sought out advice from three art-loving local ladies — a collector, a designer, and a painter — to help you turn any blank wall into your own personal gallery. Click through to meet them, see their personal pieces, and get some top-notch tips for starting your own creative collection.