There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
What do you get when you cross a punk-rock icon, a B-list film star, a now-passé sci-fi genre, and an influential New York artist trying to move into filmmaking? If these roles are filled by Henry Rollins, Keanu Reeves, cyberpunk, and Robert Longo, respectively, then you get the largely forgettable 1995 film Johnny Mnemonic. Shudder. But life goes on, lessons are learned, and careers recover. Rollins is now the proud host of Henry’s Film Corner on the Independent Film Channel. Reeves can kick back and relax, having scored big playing messiah in The Matrix. Cyberpunk—well, like I said, time marches on. And Robert Longo, though he seems to have left his ambitions as an action-film director behind, has solidified his reputation as one of the most important visual artists of his generation. Now on display at the Adamson Gallery, his exhibition “Monsters” turns ocean waves into imposing and ominous abstractions devoid of context and any reference to William Gibson. The show is on view from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays (to Jan. 28, 2006; see City List for other dates) at the Adamson Gallery, 1515 14th St. NW, Suite 202. Free. (202) 232-0707. (Aaron Leitko)