BFF (Chinatown Friendship Archway) (Jan. 1 - Jun. 30)
Your BFF is back!
One of Brian Feldman's signature projects, "BFF" is life itself. Only 261 people can attend these one-on-one experiences in 2015, hanging out for two hours with one of D.C.'s top conceptual performance artists.
What is a friendship worth? How do we make friends? What does being friends actually mean? Brian explores these questions and more by offering you an opportunity to define friendship.
Maybe you and Brian will go for a walk, bike or Metro ride. Perhaps you'll go get something to eat at one of the restaurants in Chinatown. Conceivably, you could even go to another event! Anything can happen, as this is a real life experience, with only one ticket available per day.
Read the reviews below to learn more. As Washington City Paper said, "See It If: You want a new conceptual artist friend to hang out with in real life."
"BFF" premiered in a sold-out 50 show run as part of the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC Non-Profit Capital Fringe.
6:00 PM Every Weekday* in 2015
*Monday-Friday (Yes, even Federal Holidays!)
Meet at Chinatown Friendship Archway
SE corner of 7th St NW & H St NW
Washington, D.C. 20001
j.mp/7th_h_map (Google Maps)
adjacent to Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station on the Green, Yellow & Red Lines
$30.00 (only 1 ticket available per day, no service fees)
Call 1-800-838-3006 (Available 24/7) or visit
bffdc.brownpapertickets.com (for Jan. 1 - Jun. 30)
bffdc2.brownpapertickets.com (for Jul. 1 - Dec. 31)
j.mp/bffdc_fb (Facebook Event)
"Brian Feldman and I went bowling and drank juice last night. We wandered as Chinatown closed down, talking about our dreams. Like a good first date, it was low-key and relaxed, and I had purchased two hours of the gentleman's company on the internet."
(Rachel Manteuffel, Washington City Paper)
"(4 / 5 Stars) This show offers the most personal attention this reviewer has ever encountered and a performance artist who is trying and succeeding to encourage audience and performer interaction."
(Natalie McCabe, DC Metro Theater Arts)
"I went to meet him. He was late by about 15 minutes. Tardiness is a little bothersome in a friendship context; don't good friends generally respect your time? So the lateness didn't bode well for our budding BFFship. He was very apologetic though, and he also refunded me $2.00, so it wasn't so bad I'd hang out with him again."
(Rebecca Mills, vena-cava.tumblr.com)
"it's an enjoyable two hours of carte blanche to ask a stranger anything you want to know about himself -- and to get things off your chest that you're not comfortable admitting to the people who know you. You're never going to see this guy again. You can tell him absolutely anything and at the end of your two hours, it won't matter. "
(Fiona Zublin, The Washington Post)
"(4 / 5 Stars) By its end, BFF has accomplished what it was designed to do. The production's two hours had me both interacting with a stranger and constantly examining my own feelings about the interactions. Attending the piece manages to be entertaining and engaging as an activity while still prompting serious bouts of introspection which continue long after Feldman has left me alone. No, Feldman will not be my new best friend forever, but he certainly has given me something to think about for a long time."
(Peter Timko, DC Theatre Scene)
"Did I "explore friendship through 'friend building'"? Not really. But I laughed and got a kick out of doing something I wouldn't ordinarily do with friends or on a date. Verdict: 5 stars. Better than most first dates where I don't think there will be a second date."
(Jessica Selinkoff, Texarkana Dispatch)
HOW TO GET THERE
Biking: There are bike racks located throughout Chinatown. However, while you are always encouraged to bike, here's a question for you: Do you use either the OnGuard 8020 Mastiff Integrated Key Chain Lock, or a Kryptonite 999577 15mm x 60-Inch, 1515 New York Legend Chain and 16mm New York Padlock? If not, Capital Bikeshare is recommended.
Capital Bikeshare: Nearest Docks are 8th & H St NW (32 Docks), MLK Library 9th & G St NW (23 Docks) and 5th & F St NW (31 Docks). capitalbikeshare.com/stations
Metrobus: Route 42, 70, 74, 79, 80, P6, X2 or X9 to Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station (wmata.com/rail/station_bus_maps/PDFs/Gallery Place.pdf).
Metrorail: Green, Yellow or Red Line to Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station (wmata.com/rail/station_detail.cfm?station_id=21). Take the 7th St NW & H St NW exit (the one with Foon Sham's neon wall sculpture "The Glory of the Chinese Descendants" - wmata.com/community_outreach/metroarts/artwork/yellow/ch_glory_1.cfm), go up the escalators, and once on street level, turn to your left. Brian will be standing next to the Chinatown Friendship Archway awaiting your arrival. (In the event of inclement weather (rain or snow), the meeting location may move to underneath the entrance to the Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro Station. Remember - anything can happen.)
Parking: Limited metered street parking is located throughout Chinatown. The closest garage parking to the Chinatown Friendship Archway is available at 650 Massachusetts Avenue, with the entrance on 7th St NW. Rates: Evenings After 5:00 PM ($10.00).
ABOUT BRIAN FELDMAN PROJECTS
Brian Feldman is an award-winning conceptual artist, working primarily in time-based performance. The recipient of the 2011 State of Florida Individual Artist Fellowship, he is best known for leaping off of a ladder 366 times over 24 hours ("Leap Year Day"), eating dinner on stage with his real life family over 40 times ("The Feldman Dynamic") and legally marrying a stranger in support of marriage equality via a game of spin-the-bottle ("Brian Feldman Marries Anybody*"), in addition to the more than 100 other projects he has presented since August 2003 through Brian Feldman Projects, the premiere presenter of experimental time-based art in the nation's capital. j.mp/bfp_fb (Facebook) twitter.com/BrianFeldman (@BrianFeldman) wpadc.org/artist/brianfeldman
Chinatown Friendship Archway (View)
7th St NW & H St NW
Washington, DC 20001
|Minimum Age: 18|
|Kid Friendly: No|
|Dog Friendly: Yes!|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|