There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
Very little physics was learned my sophomore year once I discovered the Tetris function on my Ti-81 graphing calculator. However, between bouts of imprudent behind-the-textbook gaming, I do recall some nonsense involving an egg drop. Dozens of eggs were massacred, pitched out a window upon various gooey, squishy, and fluffy materials to demonstrate, as best I could tell, that none of us were going to be physicists. Perhaps because my scientific endeavors preceded fourth-period lunch, the whole affair struck me as a terrible waste of first-rate eggs. If only some burgeoning artist among us had anticipated Aliza Olmert’s latest installation. Tikkun recycles broken eggshells culled from the artist’s local Jerusalem bakery. The cracked and shattered carcasses are reconstructed with tape, safety pins, wire, and an impossible wealth of patience. Olmert photographs and digitally alters the resulting constructions, setting them against a black backdrop and lighting them to produce dramatic shadows. The effect is both somber and precious, an instance of trash-as-art that’s not, well, trashy. The show is on view from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. (to Jan. 30, 2006; see City List for other dates) at the District of Columbia Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th St. NW. Free. (202) 518-9400. (Kara McPhillips)