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Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 06/18/2009

Putting the Art in Party

By Stephanie Merry

Get ready to party-hop, because this weekend is packed with fun, artsy events. Mark your calendar for poolside multimedia installations, a surf-inspired gala and a graffiti-loving block party. And that's just Saturday.

Thursday, June 18

The duo behind Hyattsville's Design Studio Art Gallery want you to appreciate art. And what better way to do that than to throw a cocktail party at Posh? At the Art Appreciation and Awareness Happy Hour, you'll find $5 summery cocktails, new works on display, including art by Marite Vidales who is currently on view at the gallery, and $5 tapas. (6-10 p.m.)

Friday, June 19

Multimedia artists are trying to play with your mind at Arlington Arts Center. The new exhibition Paradox Now! is all about changing viewer's expectations: some works edit subjects out of famous pictures (like the infamous images from Abu Ghraib) and others place events from the 1940s in the present day. (6-9 p.m.)

If you prefer to be the one in the spotlight, head to Home, Hillyer's open mic night. There's no pressure to take the stage, though; Baltimore's the 5th L -- known for its mix of spoken word and hip-hop -- will also be performing. (6-9 p.m.)

Saturday, June 20

There's only one place to be during the day on Saturday, and that's the Corcoran. The Earth First Family Day will include free live music, theater and workshops, but the best part is that the celebration kicks off the museum's summer of free Saturdays. That's right -- on Saturdays from June 20 through the end of August, admission is free instead of the regular $10.

The Pink Line Project never disappoints when it comes to art parties, and this particular event sounds like no exception. Not From Concentrate: A Juicy Art Exhibit features the work of Chanan Delivuk and Joshua Yospyn; its opening fete will have vegan munchies, drinks and music courtesy of DJ Anish. (6-8 p.m.)

Just a block away, Irvine Contemporary will be hosting its own celebration for Street/Studio. The show includes work by artists who bring their studios to the street and vice versa, including Shepherd Fairey, Gaia and Pisa73 from Berlin. As part of the opening reception, there will be a block party in the alley behind the gallery, where artists have painted murals. DJs Iona Rozeal Brown and Jahsonic will provide the tunes. (6-11 p.m.)

ARTiculate Gallery is all about art for a good cause this weekend. The new exhibition of ocean- and surf-inspired art, Ripple: Art Affecting Oceans, gets started with a gala event. The $20 ticket price goes to the D.C. chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, and admission includes beer, wine and appetizers. Don't forget your puka shells though; dress code is either "dressy with a beach flair" or "black tie and boardshorts." (8 p.m.-midnight)

Assuming this weekend is as hot as weather reports are predicting, you may have the urge to hit the pool. At least that's what Conner Contemporary is thinking. The gallery is showing experimental video during part of the BYT Summer Camp Saturday pool party at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Look for work by Jefferson Pinder and Kathryn Cornelius. (6-9 p.m.)

-- Stephanie

By Stephanie Merry  | June 18, 2009; 11:59 AM ET
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