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American Cool @ National Portrait Gallery & DIY After Parties

BECAUSE WE'RE COOL, TOO. . .

What does it mean when we say someone is cool? Cool carries a social charge of rebellious self-expression, charisma, edge and mystery. "American Cool" will feature 100 photographs of icons who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture and are symbolic figures of their time.

DIY (Do It Yourself) AFTER PARTIES

After viewing this highly anticipated photo show, we will break into groups, based on your interests. Please see suggestions below.

ITINERARY

2-2:15 PM - Meet in Kogod Courtyard. (Please do not meet in the Lobby.)

2:15 PM - Proceed to exhibition.

3:15 PM - Reconvene in Kogod Courtyard.

3:30 PM - Leave for After Parties.

IDEAS FOR THE AFTER PARTIES

For those of you who would like to . . .

• EAT PIZZA! Ella's Wood Fired Pizza @ 901 F Street, NW

• ENJOY GLUTEN FREE, VEGETARIAN, OR VEGAN DINNER (& DRINKS) Oyamel Cocina Mexicana @ 401 7th Street, NW

• TRY INNOVATIVE SMALL PLATES Zaytinya @ 701 9th Street, NW

• HANG OUT AT A NICE BAR Legal Seafoods @ 704 7th Street, NW

• STAY AT THE MUSEUM & CHILL (That's me! I have another event at 5 PM.) Courtyard Cafe at the National Portrait Gallery

I welcome your suggestions and invite volunteers to lead the groups. Leave your comments below or email me: http://www.meetup.com/Singles-Soirees/suggestion/

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thank you Jeryl.

    February 18, 2014

  • Scott D.

    Sorry to miss the fun; caught a bug on Friday. Next time!

    February 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Much kudos to the wonderful Jeryl who was instrumental in orchestrating this great outing. For my fellow friends at the Ella's pizza-after party, the conversation turned to the four points of "cool" criteria necessary for subjects of the exhibit. WE could only remember two. It stuck with me until I got home to look them up! The four points are: 1) original vision, artistic style; 2) generational cultural rebellion; 3) iconic instant recognition; and 4) cultural legacy.

    4 · February 16, 2014

    • Jeryl

      Thank you, KC, for making the four points of permanent record on this Meetup page! I regret not joining you for Pizza. I had another engagement at 5 PM.

      February 16, 2014

    • Chris H.

      Thanks, KC!

      February 16, 2014

  • Maria

    Excellente!

    February 16, 2014

  • Jeryl

    Who is the Bill Maher lookalike who came to the Meetup? Because the real Bill Maher is in California today: http://tickets.marincenter.org/eventperformances.asp?evt=122

    February 16, 2014

  • Kat (Kathy) H

    So crowded but a "cool" exhibit.

    February 16, 2014

  • Sheila

    Thanks for organizing this. Wonderful exhibit. I got completely side tracked so missed the after get togethers. Didn't actually leave the place till 6 pm!

    February 16, 2014

  • Andy

    Wonderful exhibit, really cool...thanks Jeryl !!!

    February 16, 2014

  • Kathy

    I enjoyed myself with the group that went to Ella's Pizza. It was very nice learning about everyone. Very nice group of people.

    2 · February 16, 2014

  • Annette

    Great outing! Thanks Jeryl!

    February 16, 2014

  • Sam

    That was my first meetup I like that

    February 16, 2014

  • Edward

    Great meetup. I has not realized parking was so bad on Sunday afternoon. The Gallery has expanded tremendously in scope since I visited it last.

    1 · February 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    In the Kogod courtyard now for the 3:15 pm after gathering. Wearing a red sweater and red chucks. Anyone else here?

    February 16, 2014

  • Chris H.

    Sorry having trouble finding everyone.

    February 16, 2014

  • Jeryl

    I forgot to bring my cool sunglasses for ID purposes. Sorry!

    February 16, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    Change of plans as I have family in town. Sorry to miss out on this wonderful event. Will miss seeing everyone.

    February 16, 2014

  • Marsha S.

    Sorry I can's make it today. Lots of guest this week and not ready!!!

    February 16, 2014

  • LaRue

    Can't make it after all - bummer :-( Changed my RSVP to "no." Enjoy everyone!

    February 16, 2014

  • Sam

    plane to drive from Centerville va through rt66 if anyone living around this area wants a ride i can take him/her

    February 16, 2014

  • Jeryl

    PLEASE ALLOW FOR EXTRA TIME IF YOU ARE TAKING THE RED LINE: Farragut North and Dupont Circle stations are closed this weekend due to scheduled track work. Buses replace trains between Woodley Park and Metro Center stations.

    February 15, 2014

  • Lawrence R.

    I plan to drive from Oak and 16th St. If anyone living nearby wants a ride I can take him/her.

    February 15, 2014

  • Mimi

    Son is visiting from out of state.. will have to change my plans to go ! Thanks, Jeryl for your selection of Meetups venues. They are great!

    February 15, 2014

  • T. L.

    Hopefully the weather cooperates, I'm looking forward to this.

    February 15, 2014

  • Jeryl

    Hey Carpoolers, Please exercise good judgment before getting into vehicles with people you have never met or do not know well. Thank you.

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in Fairfax and interested in carpooling too.

    February 15, 2014

  • Radhia

    Sorry with this weather can't make it

    February 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sounds like fun. Wish I could have attended.

    February 15, 2014

  • alicia

    Sorry to miss it! Had such a nice time at the Corcoran! Hope to see you again soon!

    February 15, 2014

  • Colleen

    I am out of town and cannot attend.

    February 15, 2014

  • Nigel S.

    First time out for me, great venue. looking forward to meeting like minded folk and having a good day out. Cheers, Nige

    February 13, 2014

  • LaTanya

    Any thoughts yet on the locations of the after parties, or will that be determined on Sunday?

    1 · February 9, 2014

    • Jeryl

      I have a number of ideas, which I will post soon.

      1 · February 9, 2014

  • Jeff

    I love that photo. In her heyday, Debra Harry was the epitome of cool. I always wanted to be her friend but had to settle for the Ramones instead.

    1 · January 31, 2014

  • Chris

    Will we have a gathering or get together afterwards?

    January 28, 2014

    • Jeryl

      Yes. Given the large number of attendees, I think we will break up in groups and go wherever we wish in Penn Quarter/Chinatown.

      January 28, 2014

  • Edward

    Warning about directions. At least on my computer, the Google map link leads to 8th and G Street, SE. The Portrait Gallery is located near the "Gallery Place" metro stop, Chinatown, and the Verizon Center at 8th and G in NORTHWEST Washington.

    January 28, 2014

    • Jeryl

      Please try the map now. It should be fixed.

      January 28, 2014

  • Kathy L.

    I love the Portrait Gallery. It is one of my favorites.

    1 · January 27, 2014

    • Jeryl

      Looking forward to seeing you again, Kathy!

      January 27, 2014

  • Edward

    Cool idea. Wonderful museum and terrific location.

    1 · January 27, 2014

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