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Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 03/ 1/2010

Up next: March arts

By Stephanie Merry

Art isn't the only reason to visit your neighborhood museums this month. Dance the night away to the tunes of Parisian DJs at the Postal Museum, jump over a "fire" to celebrate the Persian New Year at the Sackler and sip on sake while learning about fashion at the Textile Museum.

Sip on sake while learning about the Mary Baskett Collection at the Textile Museum this month. (Kevin Allen)

First up, local in-the-know blog DCist is unveiling its fourth annual "DCist Exposed Photography Show." The show started out as a way to show appreciation for its ever-active Flickr contributors, who have compiled a pool of photos that's now more than 75,000 deep. A selection of the submissions will be chosen for display at Long View Gallery. (March 6-21)

See more photos of D.C. with the Portrait Gallery's "Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves." The exhibit reveals the city's evolution since 1850 through photos of the Chinatown museum's surrounding neighborhoods. (March 5-Jan. 8, 2012)

The Renwick shows art that grew out of a dark period in American history with "The Art of Gaman." The eclectic works, including paintings, woven baskets and bird figurines, were created by Japanese-Americans held in internment camps during World War II. Also catch a glimpse of life inside Manzanar Relocation Center through photos by Dorothea Lange and Ansel Adams. (March 5-Jan. 30)

Revisit those new year's resolutions at the Sackler during "Nowruz! A Persian New Year Celebration." Listen to stories of Persian kings, take in live performances, challenge a friend to a game of backgammon and participate in the cathartic tradition of jumping over a fire (a fake one, in this case). (March 7)

Everything deserves a second chance, and at the Baltimore Museum of Art, that includes old scraps of fabric. "Textiles Recycled/Reimagined" includes all kinds of repurposed pieces, from a wall tapestry made of handkerchiefs to mats composed of worn-out stockings. (March 10-Sept. 5)

Along with the rescheduled Matsuri Festival, a sake tasting and curator's discussion takes place at the Textile Museum this month. The tasting which includes samples of the rice-based Japanese beverage and tours of the clothing that's part of "Contemporary Japanese Fashion: The Mary Baskett Collection." (March 12)

The celebration of the King's 75th birthday continues at the Newseum with Elvis! His Groundbreaking, Hip-Shaking, Newsmaking Story. Catch vintage video footage, letters, telegrams and never-before-shown artifacts chronicling Elvis's ascent to superstardom.
(March 12 March 19-Feb. 14)

There's more to the Postal Museum than stamps this month, thanks to Francophonie 2010, the annual celebration of culture from French-speaking countries. Among the many events on tap is "Discotheque," which will transform the museum into a dance club. French DJ duo Make The Girl Dance provides the music. (March 19)

With "the Little Ice Age," the National Gallery mounts its first exhibition devoted to the mute Dutch painter Hendrick Avercamp. Known for his meticulous, detailed winter scenes, Avercamp chronicled outdoor activities such as ice skating, winter golfing and fishing on frozen bodies of water. (March 21-July 5)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | March 1, 2010; 11:00 AM ET
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