Artomatic Watch: Week 1
On Friday, Artomatic, the area's homegrown free-for-all art fair, opens in Crystal City. I just got back from the space, which is actually two floors of an in-transition office building, and things are shaping up. The sixth floor is a maze of cubicle spaces decked out with paintings, glass work and installations. A crazy cool chaise lounge made out of soda-can rings sits on a platform on the eighth floor, along with expressive paintings morphing the grand old flag and Calder-esque mobiles.
But beyond the art, Artomatic is also all about the performances, happenings and special events. We aim to give you the skinny on what's coming up each week. See this weekend's highlights after the jump.
-Opening Day: If there's any day to check out Artomatic, Friday the 13th is it. The Indian street theater troupe Janam gets the festival started at 2 p.m. The DC Shorts Film Festival screens flicks from 8 until 10 p.m. Oh yeah, and organizers are encouraging folks to show up in costume. There will be bars with beer and wine throughout the evening. (Disclosure: washingtonpost.com will have a sponsorship booth at the event and will give away popcorn.)
-Sideshow Antics: The Cheeky Monkey Sideshow Troupe performs sword-swallowing, mind-reading and other carnival fare from 10 to 10:50 on Saturday.
-Tummy Tucks: The DCTribal bellydancer collective gets its groove on with live electronica and gut-gyrating moves.
-Break Out Those Shelltoes: Artist Cedric Baker presents slides depicting NYC's hip-hop scene in the '80s at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Check out Artomatic's Web site for a full schedule of events.
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