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Smart Chicks make the daily, smart decision to be authentic. We gather monthly for brunch and a little business. Ours is a growing network of individuals teaching the new ABC's--"Ambition. Brains. Candor." The members of this collective collaborate to increase the presence of women in the arts. We gather monthly for brunch and a little business because intellectual capital is the new cool. [Photo by Tya Anthony of Eyeni Photography] Read more about me »

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Holly Bass @ Intersections Festival

February 26th, 2011 by Smart Chicks Network received 56 Comments »

Holly Bass
Check out Holly Bass at Intersections: A New America Arts Festival


February 26th, 2011 by Smart Chicks Network received 1 Comment »

The Prison Where I Live
Sulu DC, Artisphere and Massey Media supporters: A MESSAGE FROM AUNG SAN SUU KYI herself about #FREEZARGANAR & ALL POLITICAL PRISONERS IN BURMA! US Premiere: This Prison Where I Live (documentary film) March 30th. Be there!

October Smart Chicks Brunch

October 14th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 114 Comments »

Please RSVP for the October Smart Chicks Brunch HERE.

We look forward to seeing you all!

Love & light,

Sim1, Holly & Carolyn
Smart Chicks Brunch Organizers

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“Look into her eyes and know she does not think of herself as steak.”
~Alice Walker

ARTAYA Announces Bohemian Boss: a Fashion Showcase

October 14th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 101 Comments »

ARTAYA's Dana Ayana Greaves announces Bohemian Boss: a Fashion Showcase

Fine-art craftsmanship will be showcased as Dana Ayanna Greaves presents her work in an exquisite gallery setting. DC-based designer Dana Ayanna Greaves celebrates the opening of her new private studio – ARTAYA.

ARTAYA Bohemian Boss Fashion Show - 10/30 @ Industry Gallery

Enjoy music from DJ TJ (Wild North), passed giveaways, complimentary drinks and two artistic presentations featuring the ARTAYA collection.

Co-hosted by Industry Gallery in conjunction with Conner Contemporary Art.

Special performance by Carolyn Malachi.

High-Art make up by Nour Kazoun and team.

Brand Partners:
MadeUpArt: Makeup by Nour Kazoun
Carol’s Daughter
Cibu International
Peroni Italy

See. Hear. Discuss. And of course, Enjoy.

This event is free and open to the public.
Please RSVP here or email info@artisticaya.com


RECAP: The Furious Dance with Alice Walker

October 14th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received No Comments »

The Furious Dance Party With Alice Walker
Busboys & Poets, 1025 5th St NW (5th & K), Washington, DC

RECAP: The Furious Dance with Alice Walker

On October 2, 2010, Holly Bass, joined by fabulous tapper Melissa Frakman, presented a poetic introduction of ALICE WALKER (The Color Purple) at the celebration party for her new volume of poetry: Hard Times Require Furious Dancing. Presenters included NAACP’s Ben Jealous and rising soul singer Carolyn Malachi.

The Wroteo Show at Artisphere

October 14th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 134 Comments »

November 2, 2010 and the first Tuesday of EVERY MONTH!, 8:00-9:30pm
The Wroteo Show @ Artisphere
Artisphere, Dome Theate

Holly Bass hosts the Wroteo Show at Artisphere on the first Tuesday of every month, beginning Nov 2

Calling all scrabble fans, sexy librarians, vebal nerds, chic geeks, language wranglers, limerickticians, word slingers, dictionary delvers, haiku warriors and secret geniuses. The Wroteo show is where slam, sonnets, hip hop and haikus hold hands and sing kum-ba-mothaf@&!^#%-yah! Featured poets, word of the day, puzzles, games and prizes. Stay tuned for the monthly theme!

For more info, visit: http://www.arlingtonarts.org/venues/Artisphere.aspx

Missed the Hip-Hop Dance Ambassadors’ performance?

October 14th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 144 Comments »

Please take a moment to check out the dancers I’ve had the honor of working with these past 15 days:
Hip Hop Dance Ambassadors at the Kennedy Center

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs present an evening of breaking, poppin’, and lockin’ with dancers Abraham Pari Seis from Bolivia; Min Htun from Burma; Hida Guerrero from Ecuador; Kadir Memis from Turkey; Nonie Sachdeva from India; Hasan Rivzi from Pakistan; Abdul Kinyenya from Uganda; and Yvonne Zinyoro from Zimbabwe.

Love & light,

Simone Jacobson
independent curator | artistic talent, projects & programs
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REMINDER: NO Texting While Driving!

September 30th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 116 Comments »

Be Smart Behind the Wheel

You wanna know my secret?
I am driven.
I know exactly where I’m going.
When I’m driving, I never split my attention between my phone and the road ahead. I answer incoming calls with my hands-free device. And text messages? Well, after I reach my destination I have all the time in the world to get “Textual”.

Heads up, Smart Chicks! Texting while driving is not a good idea. Be safe on the road. See you at the next Smart Chicks Brunch, October 25. Details coming soon.

- Carolyn Malachi
Smart Chicks, Inc.

Photographer: Jati Lindsay
Stylist: Leanne Woodley
Makeup: Chimere Smith
Model: Carolyn Malachi

A Time for Furious Dancing

September 27th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 76 Comments »

Alice Walker

Hi Friends,

I’m looking forward to seeing all of you this Wednesday to celebrate “Hard Times Require Furious Dancing: The Exhibit.”

Wednesday’s reception is from 6-8 p.m. at the 5th & K location of Busboys & Poets. Sonja & I will be there, along with the artists (20!) whose work is on display through January 9, 2011. Following this reception is the Busboys open mic, which begins at 9 p.m. Poets, consider staying for the open mic!

Also, if you’d like to see Alice Walker read, Carolyn Malachi perform and hear DJ EYE AM on the 1’s and 2’s, you can purchase your tickets for the dance party (Saturday, October 2nd) here:


See you Wednesday!

Simone & Sonja

U Should Be Here

September 27th, 2010 by Smart Chicks Network received 61 Comments »

U Should Be Here

Nowadays, where there is a South Asian appearance in American media, there almost always follows an over-garlanded Bollywood reference (et tu, Matthew Patel of Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World?). For thousands of South Asian Americans that live here, this may tell only a fraction of their story. The culture’s rich respect for music runs in their American blood as they charm guitars not with sparkling jewelry in fields of flowers, bu…t with fuzz pedals in dark grimy indie rock clubs.

Subcontinental Drift has curated a show to reveal and celebrate these “desi” experimental noise, punk, chillwave, and indie pop music makers. On Saturday, October 2nd from 6:30-10pm sharp at U Street Music Hall ($10 cover), Subcontinental Drift presents DRIFT ROCK, featuring:

Signed to Diplo’s MAD DECENT label, PO PO will come to us fresh off a slew of massive MAD DECENT BLOCK PARTY dates and a sold out tour with the Spike Jonze/M.I.A./Pitchfork championed Sleigh Bells. Sometimes described as “chillwave,” Pakistani American brothers Zeb and Shoaib’s wailing vocals surf over drum machine crested waves of reverb.
Listen: http://www.myspace.com/popobros

Sunny Ali & the Kid are a Pakistani cowboy punk duo complete with cowboy hats, boots, and more than a hint of drawl.
Listen: http://sunnyaliandthekid.com/

Fair and Kind is the indie pop / shoe-gaze collaboration of Indian American siblings Arthi Meera and Anand Subramanian, featuring exquisite vocals, sparkling guitars, and lavish melodies.
Listen: http://fairandkind.com/

A rare chance to see such a show in DC-MD-VA, let alone the U.S. in general.

Support for this event by All Our Noise (www.allournoise.com), an online journal dedicated to highlighting talent and unique venues supporting indie, electronic, and experimental music.

Subcontinental Drift fosters and provides a supportive and collaborative South Asian community for creative expression through curated events and monthly open mics that fill even DC’s largest venues to capacity.

We’re excited to announce Anthology of Booty – DC’s all lady DJ crew who throw down THE MOST POUNDING global booty beats – will be hosting the Drift Rock after party at 9:30 Club’s Backbar with a VERY SPECIAL GUEST:

International Beatmaker Kiran Ghandi (Rhythm & Culture) will be bringing up the bass with live drums while Anthology of Booty DJs spin. Imagine live percussion + bhangragga, carribean ritmo love, vintage cumbia jams, balkan blitzes, west african bangers, electrochampeta, salsa favorites, indie dance swing, and tropical new wave…
WTF. We’re already dancing!

Please RSVP: