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Posted at 7:00 AM ET, 01/14/2011

Weekend Update: Get to know an art gallery

By Alex Baldinger

Ever thought about checking out one of the city's trendy art galleries, but weren't sure how to approach the experience? Without a docent or art history textbooks to guide you, the walls of a gallery can be seem to be worlds unto themselves.

Fear no more: Michael O'Sullivan's Gallery 101 profiles eight area galleries to illustrate all there is to love about the area's art scene, plus do's and don'ts for your first visit.

Here's the rest of what you can find in today's Weekend section:

• Among our picks for the long weekend's Best Bets: The Phillips Collection celebrates its 90th birthday by letting everyone in for free on Saturday and Sunday. And on Monday, Patti LaBelle gives a free performance at the Kennedy Center honoring the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.

• The Phillips Collection isn't the only local arts repository with reason to celebrate this weekend: The Kennedy Center is honoring the 50th anniversary of its namesake's inauguration with a concert by Denyce Graves.

• On stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company tackles the rarely-performed "Cymbeline"; edgy new theater pieces find a home thanks to Arena Stage's New Play Development Program, a showcase of NEA winners.

• In other Shakespeare Theatre news, the organization's partnership with the National Theatre in London has made movie night a regular event, with audiences here watching broadcasts of big-time theater staged 3,600 miles away. Coming soon: "Fela!" and others.

• On screen: Batman (that's right, Batman) reviews "The Green Hornet"; In "The Dilemma", Vince Vaughn is back with -- wait for it -- a buddy comedy! Also, "Summer Wars."

• You had me at doner kebab: In Burleith, Cafe Divan has weekend breakfast, doner kebab made daily and a chic, comfortable dining room.

• On the slopes, a behind-the-scenes tour of snowmaking and trail grooming at Snowshoe Ski Resort in West Virginia.

• Cooped up with your toddler? Escape to Great Kids Village in Columbia, where the kids can run around in the 24,000-square-foot warehouse-like space with 20 themed "rooms."

By Alex Baldinger  | January 14, 2011; 7:00 AM ET
Categories:  Events, Misc., Museums, Restaurants, Theater  
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