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Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 03/29/2006

When It Rains, It Pours

By Julia Beizer

Usually it's hard to fit in art activities in this town when you work a 9 to 5. Sure, there's First Friday, Third Thursday, Betheda Art Walk, Second Thursday Art Night and other gallery romps, but for the most part, the after-hours art scene is pretty minimal. This Thursday offers two notable exceptions.

From 5:30-8:30 p.m., the Hirshhorn opens its doors for another Hirshhorn After Hours event. The special programs tomorrow focus on the museum's Hiroshi Sugimoto exhibition, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the best in town. The evening's top draw will be a presentation of the 1933 film, "The Water Magician," which Sugimoto himself will attend to act as a "benshi," narrating the beginning and end of the film. That starts at 8 p.m., but museum staff advise you to get in line early -- tickets will be distributed at 7:15 p.m. Other events include a curator's tour at 6:30 p.m. and the performance of a musical work created specifcally for the exhibition at 6 and 7 p.m. Like the last Hirshhorn After Hours event, there will be open galleries and a cash bar.

Later in the evening -- from 7-9 p.m. -- those who like alternative arts can head across the Mall over to the Corcoran's Hammer Auditorium for "After Effects." This program is orchestrated by Washington Project for the Arts/Corcoran, the group who brought us the PostSecret and Wall Snatchers exhibitions. There's no food or drink options here, but the evening offers 13 video art presentations, along with a performance by the Videohippos.

Happy museum hopping.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | March 29, 2006; 12:13 PM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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