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Posted at 8:06 AM ET, 07/ 6/2010

Up next: July arts

By Stephanie Merry

Since the opening of "Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg" has already been well documented, we'll jump right into two other openings that kick off a month of promising exhibitions and art parties.

First up is "Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration," which opens on Saturday. That also happens to be a convenient day to visit the Corcoran given the museum's summer-long promotion of waiving Saturday admission fees. Expect to find awe-inspiringly large portraits that show off Close's innovative approach to portraiture, including his impressionistic renderings made up of hundreds of colorful squares. (Saturday through Sept. 12)

Also opening on Saturday, catch "Lego Architecture: Towering Ambition" at the Building Museum. True, it may not be high art, but former architect Adam Reed Tucker's replicas of the St. Louis Arch and the Empire State Building might give you a new appreciation for child's play. (Saturday through Sept. 5, 2011)

DJ Rekha, the host of New York dance party Basement Bhangra, is coming to town, but you won't find her at the Black Cat. She'll be spinning tunes at the Freer for the next installment of Asia After Dark. Along with some especially danceable ditties, get a look at the exhibition "Arts of the Indian Subcontinent and the Himalayas," see traditional Indian dance performances, sip on specialty cocktails or take part in the text message scavenger hunt. (6:30-10:30 p.m. July 15).

You can also pay a visit to the granddaddy of museum parties, Hirshhorn After Hours, this month. The July soiree features an appearance by drag queen Summer Camp, tours of the Yves Klein exhibition and dance music courtesy of DJs Matt Bailer and Bil Todd. (8 p.m. Friday, July 23)

That same night, the Textile Museum kicks off Interwoven: Evenings in Performance, a two-day parade of artistry that proves textiles are more than flat pieces of fabric. On Friday, catch a performance piece by experimental fashion label threeASFOUR, known as much for its runway antics as for its avant-garde clothing. While Saturday, artists Henrik Vibskov and Andreas Emenius, who have collaborated on a number of works that incorporate video, performance and fashion, present a site-specific installation. (8-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 23 and 24).

Close out the month with the National Gallery's in-depth look at Edvard Munch, the Norwegian artist best known for his anguished 1893 painting "The Scream." Close to 60 prints include multiple incarnations of Munch's rendering of a kiss, his sketches that bring "Anxiety" to life and the ever-so timely "Vampire II." (July 31-Oct. 31)

-- Stephanie Merry

By Stephanie Merry  | July 6, 2010; 8:06 AM ET
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