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Posted at 9:27 AM ET, 05/17/2007

Artomatic Watch: The Home Stretch

By Julia Beizer

It's had a good run, but the homegrown arts-free-for-all known as Artomatic comes to a close this Sunday. This is your last chance to see an oversized crocheted head, a beautiful painting of a strawberry on a hook and an installation comprising drawings of ants and ant sound effects.

Artomatic's offering more than 50 free events this weekend; my top picks are after the jump.

From Stage to Screen: A Friday night theater performance imagines playwrights Sophocles, Christopher Marlowe, William Shakespeare and John Milton pitching their stories to Hollywood execs. It takes place at 8 p.m. on the theater and dance stage.

Braving the Elements: Since Artomatic kicked off with a fire performance in April, it seems only fitting that it closes with two this weekend. Capital Fire Arts performs outside at 9 p.m. on Friday and Flights of Fire performs at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Taking Up a Tradition: Artist Shanthi Chandra-Sekar leads a workshop on making traditional Indian kolams, geometric patterns that Hindu women in South Indian draw in front of doorways. Participants should bring a pencil, paper, graph paper and erasers to the Lapis Auditorium at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Like They Were Never There: Over the past six weeks, artist Trinka Margua Simon and her crew have logged more than 400 hours painting a mural on the 8th floor. (We caught up with her before the festival opened and shot this panorama.) At 7 p.m. on Sunday, she'll say goodbye to the festival by whitewashing the entire thing.

As always, check out a full schedule of events on the official Artomatic site.

--Julia

By Julia Beizer  | May 17, 2007; 9:27 AM ET
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Thanks for the continued promotion of Artomatic. Our band METHOD OF FRICTION takes the stage Saturday @ 5pm on Cabaret Stage along side many other awesome artists, performers and musicians. We thank all who coordinate and promote this event for all of DC Metro to enjoy.
Thanks,
Steve Bones McKay
Method of Friction Drummer

Posted by: Bones | May 17, 2007 3:19 PM | Report abuse

come check out a night of experimental music and film friday from 9 til close with:

the caution curves

the cutest puppy in the world (with projections by chris lynn and heather levy)

videohippos

Posted by: lg | May 17, 2007 11:00 PM | Report abuse

"This is your last chance to see an oversized crocheted head, a beautiful painting of a strawberry on a hook"

Posted by: lolololololololol | June 5, 2007 4:24 PM | Report abuse

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