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Evenings at the Edge: Our Art, Our Time by Les Talusan

This Thursday, I’ll be DJing at one of my most favorite museums in DC. Come say hi!

Evenings at the Edge
National Gallery of Art, East Building
Thursday, April 11
6pm-9pm | Free w/ RSVP

Here’s information about the event from the National Gallery of Art:

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Celebrate the art of our time in the East Building and get a sneak peek at the Gallery’s new exhibition "Oliver Lee Jackson: Recent Paintings" before it opens.

- Hear performances by The Marty Ehrlich Quintet and TRIO 3, featuring Oliver Lake, Reggie Workman, and Andrew Cyrille

- Enjoy an eclectic blend of jazz, jazz-funk and other off-kilter tunes from Les the DJ

- Light up the night with a handmade luminary

- Join pop-up talks featuring works of art created in the last half century

As part of our ongoing Teaching Artists Showcase, DC-based artist Tsedaye Makonnen will display her work and share processes and materials related to her teaching artist practice.

Admission to Evenings at the Edge is free, but registration is recommended. Register through Eventbrite through this link.

Learn more about Evenings at the Edge: nga.gov/evenings

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/374009363441439/

Oliver Lee Jackson,  Triptych, 2015 , 2015, applied fabric, mixed media on panel, photo by Philip Maisel

Oliver Lee Jackson, Triptych, 2015, 2015, applied fabric, mixed media on panel, photo by Philip Maisel

It's April 1st by Les Talusan

It’s the first day of April and the cherry blossoms reached peak bloom so I walked around the Tidal Basin today and took these photos.

When I’m not DJing weddings this month, here’s where I’ll be playing tunes:

4/4 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/11 Evenings at The Edge at the National Gallery of Art East Building - Free with RSVP

4/18 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

4/19 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser @ Marx Café

4/20 Hong Kong Garden - A New Wave Danceteria w/ Sally Go Round at Slash Run

4/23 ScienceLogic Reception

4/24 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

Hear Me in March by Les Talusan

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Hello, it’s March! Catch me playing tunes this month:

3/7 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/9 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Allegory

3/11 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/12 National League of Cities Congressional City Conference

3/14 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/21 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/22 Taking The Piss w/ The Kaiser at Marx Café

3/23 Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Cherry Blossom Family Celebration at Kogod Courtyard

3/28 Bahala Na Radio at Eaton Hotel

3/29 Smithsonian at 8’s La Grande Fête, part of the DC Francophonie Festival at La Maison Française - Tickets

3/29 Punk Soul Sisters w/ Daisy Lacy, Sally Go Round & DJ Laura Lopez at Showtime Bar

See you at one or more of these events!

Punk Soul Sisters at Pyramid Atlantic's HyBall Fundraiser by Les Talusan

Punk Soul Sisters are playing tunes at Pyramid Atlantic’s annual nontraditional fundraiser! Expect love songs, anti-love songs and heartbreak songs all on vinyl!

Here’s information about the event from Pyramid Atlantic:

WHAT: The HyBall is Pyramid Atlantic’s nontraditional fundraiser! It’s quirky, immersive... and NOT BORING! DJs (that’s us)! Silent Auction! Drinks! Hands-On Making! Photo Ops! Chocolate! We expect 200+ attendees!

WHEN: Saturday, February 9, 8–11pm

WHY: Raise funds for Pyramid Atlantic’s facility and equipment!

THEME: This year’s HyBall theme is “Heartbreaker.” This inclusive Valentine-themed fundraiser celebrates the love/hate relationship people have with the holiday. Grab the paddles and get ready to yell "clear!," 'cause Pyramid's nontraditional fundraiser tackles Valentine’s Day, and your heart may not be able to take it. Whether you find this holiday sweet or saccharine, we've got you covered. Get dirty in our studios to create sincere or sarcastic valentine swag. Keep the blood pumping as DJs fight to win your heart. See some action in our silent auction full of quirky, flirty items and experiences. Seek advice from "the love doctor," or heck, get married ... she's licensed. Tempt yourself with bars of all kinds ... boozy and chocolatey. Fly solo or bring your valentines, gal-entines, and pal-entines. We don't judge. All proceeds benefit the programs and facilities of Pyramid Atlantic.

Show your love, and be there!

TICKETS: $40

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/346198899310011/

Punk Soul Sisters: January 2019 Edition by Les Talusan

Punk Soul Sisters returns to Showtime Bar to bring you another night of vinyl-fueled tunes spanning soul, garage, rock and roll, and post-punk, guaranteed to get you to shimmy and shake all evening long.

Brought to you by:
Les The DJ
Sally Go Round
DJ Laura Lopez

Punk Soul Sisters
Showtime Lounge 113 Rhode Island Ave NW
Saturday, January 26
10pm-2:30am | No Cover
all-vinyl, all night!

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/745502295820756/

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​​C’est Chic Capricorn Disco by Les Talusan

Get ready to boogie down at the first C'est Chic Disco of 2019 at Marx Cafe. Resident DJs will be spinning an all-vinyl set comprised of disco, boogie, funk, and soul all night long!

Needle drops at 10PM, no cover!

Brought to you by:
Les The DJ
DJ Brandon Grover
DJ Laura Lopez

C’est Chic Disco
Marx Cafe 3203 Mt Pleasant St NW
Saturday, January 12 
10pm-2:00am | No Cover
all-vinyl, all night!

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/323056925208069/?ti=ia

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New Year's Eve Danceteria at Slash Run! by Les Talusan

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Ring in the new year with Punk Soul Sisters and friends as we bring you a night of vinyl-fueled tunes spanning soul, garage, rock and roll, new wave and post-punk, guaranteed to get you to shimmy and shake all evening long.

Brought to you by:
Les The DJ
Sally Go Round
DJ Laura Lopez
w/ special guests DJ Daisy Lacy (Biff Bang Pow), DJ Mojo Gogo (I Dig Your Mind) and Mad Squirrel

Punk Soul Sisters New Year’s Eve Danceteria!
Slash Run 201 Upshur St. NW
Monday, December 31
9:00pm-1:30am | No Cover
all-vinyl, all night!

FB Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/244472122902898/?ti=ia

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DJ Set Playlist for Saint Etienne at Union Stage by Les Talusan

Last Friday, I had the pleasure of DJing for Saint Etienne for their 'Good Humor’ 20th anniversary show in DC, and what a fantastic night it was! So happy to hear them play all the songs in ‘Good Humor’ plus a bunch of my favorite songs. 

I’ve gotten several requests for my playlist for the evening so here it is, along with a handful of photos.

Thanks again for having me, Saint Etienne! It was truly a night to remember.

Saint Etienne ‘Good Humor’ 20th Anniversary Tour
Union Stage, Washington, DC
Les The DJ (all-vinyl)

First Set
Bernthøler “My Suitor” [Blanco Y Negro]
Young Marble Giants “Searching For Mr. Right” [Rough Trade]
Orange Juice “Falling and Laughing” [Polydor]
Ubangi “Just a Little Bit Shy” [Sound Of Scandinavia]
Friday Club “Window Shopping (Extended Version)” [Two-Tone Records]
Dislocation Dance “When” [Slip Discs]
The Go-Betweens “Streets of Your Town” [Beggars Banquet]
Prefab Sprout “Cars and Girls” [Kitchenware Records]
Harrison “(There Is) No Refrain” [Skipping Rope Records]
Stereolab “Ping Pong” [Duophonic Ultra High Frequency Disks]
The Lines “Nerve Pylon” [Red Records]
The Wake “Crush The Flowers” [Sarah Records]
Dolly Mixture “Baby It’s You” [For Us Records]
The Cliffmores “He’s Not There” [His Master’s Voice]
Helen Gamboa “Uptight” [Jonal Records]
Shirley Ellis “Soul Time” [Columbia]
Doris “Don’t” [Zonophone]
張小英 and The Stylers “幸福要自己找” [Tong Aik Records]
Adnan Othman & The Rythmn Boys “Budi Bahasa” [Sublime Frequencies]
VST and Company “Ayos Ba” [Sunshine]
Şenay “Honki Ponki” [Türküola]
Hajji “Ako Pa Rin” [Jem]
Kiki Gyan “24 Hours in a Disco” [Soundway]
Steve Watson “Born to Boogie” [S.P.Q.R.]
Freeez “Southern Freeze (Dance Mix)” [EMI]
Field Mice “Let’s Kiss and Make Up” [Sarah Records]
Mariya Takeuchi “Plastic Love” [Moon Records]
Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band “Sunshower” [RCA Victor]

Second Set (after ‘Good Humor’ and before the hits!)
Muriel Dacq “Tropique” [Carrere]
Contessa “Super Star” [Favorite Recordings]
Golden “Wishful Thinking” [Icerink]
Cola Boy “7 Ways To Love” [Arista]
PLUSTWO “Melody” [Mothball Record]

Closing Set
Dionne Warwick - Walk On By [Specter Records]
Saint Etienne - Lover Plays The Bass [Kung Fu Fighting Recording]

Here is Saint Etienne’s set lists for the evening:

After giving me a shoutout on stage during the last song (He’s On The Phone), Sarah Cracknell gave me her boa!

Saint Etienne Celebrates Twenty Years of Good Humor by Les Talusan

I am so thrilled to be opening for one of my all-time favorite groups, Saint Etienne! They will be performing 'Good Humor’ in its entirety and other jams this Friday at Union Stage. Come early to catch my all-vinyl set!

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Twenty years ago, I had a weekly DJ night in Makati City, Philippines called Thrift Thursdays at ABG's and I definitely played the heck out of 'Good Humor'. Thanks for the hookup for this gig, Rob Fearless & Mojo Gogo!

SAMASAMA: Art, Beauty, Community, Togetherness by Les Talusan


🎥: Joseph Le

Sherry and I (Batang Kankaloo) would like to thank everyone for all the support we received in making our second annual Samasama Art Show & Gathering bigger and better. We are still unpacking our lives from the 5-day whirlwind of love that was SAMASAMA! The theme of the exhibit, Bayanihan, meaning the spirit of communal unity, work, and cooperation was truly felt every single day. Thank you to the 50+ artists for exhibiting your work with us and to our vendors, panelists, and volunteers for lending your time and talents. We’ve received a lot of compliments on the vibe and the energy this show created. Community building at its finest.

Special thanks to Shopkeepers, our most gracious host, Seda Nak and Samandar Khelgati for both being so kind, accommodating and supportive. We appreciated sharing such a truly special space together.

📷: Carlos Salazar

📷: Carlos Salazar