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Posted at 9:30 AM ET, 04/ 9/2009

Weekend Arts

By Stephanie Merry

If the sheer number of arts events last weekend had you a little overwhelmed, this weekend should be a little more manageable. But fewer events don't mean less fun, especially if art walks, space-inspired exhibitions and concert posters pique your interest.

Tonight, there's only one place you should be, which is at Current, doing sake bombs with your favorite gurus. Of course, if you find yourself in another part of town, or out and about in Alexandria, there are a couple other options. As we wrote about in this week's Nightlife Agenda, Dahlak in Adams Morgan will be hosting a reception for its exhibition of rock photos from the likes of Kyle Gustafson (yes, he shoots for Post Rock), Martin Locraft and Nestor Diaz. (6-8 p.m.)

Stanley Mouse depicts Jerry Garcia as a guitar-strumming angel in "Grateful Images." (Stanley Mouse via Govinda Gallery)

Tonight also offers the opportunity to check out the Torpedo Factory's monthly Second Thursday Art Night. This month, the Factory is celebrating the opening of "Reclaimed" at Target Gallery, which features everyday objects turned into works of art, and "Roots and Wings" depictions of endangered animals at The Art League. (Second Thursday lasts from 6-9 p.m., while "Reclaimed" will be open 6-8 p.m. and "Roots and Wings" from 6:30-8 p.m.)

Friday, head to Bethesda for the monthly Bethesda Art Walk, which lasts from 6-9 p.m. This month, a number of the galleries will be displaying new work, starting with Fraser Gallery, which is celebrating Earth Day a little early with "Bethesda Green." The group exhibition spotlights eco-friendly works, like paintings on reclaimed metal, and photos of strangely beautiful crushed bottles and cans in the process of being recycled. (6-9 p.m.)

Gallery Neptune also has a new show this month. "April" will display black-and-white works by Neptune artists and friends, including Marie Ringwald, Mars Tokyo and John Aquilino. (6-9 p.m.)

Another stop on the Bethesda Art Walk with new work is Orchard Gallery, with its new show "Inklings." The exhibition features paintings by Kristi Simmons that include common objects, like a kitchen sink, which have been painted over with translucent paint so that the image underneath is still somewhat recognizable. (6-8:30 p.m.)

On Saturday, there's only really one place to be: the Warehouse Theater for Countdown to Yuri's Night, in honor of cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin's flight into space 48 years ago. The party, which costs $25 ($20 in advance), includes an art exhibition of space-themed work, science demonstrations and live performances, which include acrobatic burlesque, a wacky drill team and a hula hoop expert. (8 p.m.-2 a.m.)

After the weekend has come and gone, there's still one more party to hit, which is Stanley Mouse's exhibition at Govinda Gallery. Mouse is responsible for a number of iconic album covers and posters for bands like the Grateful Dead and Journey, so this will be an interesting event to hit up if only to see how the hippies and pop power ballad fans interact. (6-9 p.m.)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | April 9, 2009; 9:30 AM ET
Categories:  Museums  
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