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Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 05/14/2009

Putting the Art in Party

By Stephanie Merry

This weekend, celebrate the dog days of impending summer at the Torpedo Factory, check out the House of Sweden's late-night scene and take advantage of a second chance to see photos of Bob Marley.

There should really be one thing on your agenda tonight, and that's grabbing drinks with us at Caddies. However, if you're in more of a Virginia state of mind, the Torpedo Factory is holding its Second Thursday Art Night, and this month the galleries are celebrating man's best friend. Artists will be bringing their canine companions and there will be refreshments for people and doggies alike. (6-9 p.m.)

The art night is also an opportunity to check out Fresh. Target Gallery is celebrating the opening of its new exhibition of urban contemporary art with the help of DJ Phill. There will also be a lecture about urban art at 7. (6-8 p.m.)

This weekend, the Mid City Artists will be opening their studios to the public. But before traipsing across Dupont, Logan Circle and U Street for a glimpse behind the artistic curtain, kick off the weekend with the artists at the opening reception. (6-9 p.m.)

The parties aren't just limited to D.C. Baltimore's Reginald Lewis Museum will be celebrating the opening of its exhibition of work by Maya Freelon Asante. She uses an interesting technique, soaking colored tissue paper in water before placing it on white paper and allowing the color to streak down the page. (6-8 p.m.)

An improvisational music collective will be among the attractions at the opening reception for the Art Enables Spring Show. Feel free to join in on the music or just play spectator at this exhibition spotlighting artists with developmental or mental disabilities. (3-6 p.m.)

Transformer Gallery is celebrating its new exhibition of men in domestic settings. The work by four photographers puts guys in vulnerable spots, and sometimes even against colorfully florid backdrops in an attempt to upend traditional gender roles. (4-8 p.m.)

It's stunning how much you can deduce from a portrait of a person that doesn't reveal the subject's face. Such is the talent of Mary Chiaramonte, whose work is on display at Long View Gallery, with an opening reception Saturday night. (7-9 p.m.)

If you missed your opportunity to check out the intimate photos of Bob Marley by David Burnett at Govinda Gallery, here's your second chance. The gallery's waterfront location will have the photos on display until July, and the opening party will include music by reggae band Proverbs. (6-9 p.m.)

Your late-night option comes in the form of House of Sweden After Dark. The party, which comes with Fritz's stamp of approval, will have a recycling theme this time around to accompany the embassy's trio of eco-conscious art exhibitions, and guests are expected to wear something "green." DJs Gavin Holland, Rehee & Shred and Cale will be on hand, and the $20 price of admission comes with one free drink ticket.

Although he wasn't an artist for a very long period of time, Hatian painter Hector Hyppolite produced an amazing amount of work from 1945 until his death in 1948. A selection of 50 by the part-time shipbuilder will be on display. (6 p.m.)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | May 14, 2009; 12:40 PM ET
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