The Workhouse Arts Center is throwing a block party in honor of the city of Lorton at 2 p.m., Sept. 3. There will be an art sidewalk sale, a “Taste of Lorton” food and drink event, and a neighborhood talent show. There will also be a “Workhouse Friends and Family” exhibition reception, where artists submitted one piece of work — and then asked a friend or family member to do the same, an expression of collaboration. For those interested in performing in the talent show, email Joseph Wallen at firstname.lastname@example.org for additional info. The Workhouse Arts Center is located at 9601 Ox Rd., Lorton. For more information, visit workhousearts.org.Beltway Poetry Slam Series seeks finalists
The Beltway Poetry Slam Series is revving up for Fall, with the presentation of their first show on Aug. 30 at The Fridge in Eastern Market. This event will give performers a chance for a place in the 2011 Individual World Poetry Slam. Those interested must perform an original piece that is three minutes or less with no props. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $5. Participants can sign up in person to be placed on the list. The Fridge can be found at 516 8th Street SE. For more info, visit facebook.com/beltwaypoetryslam.
Transformer Gallery is kicking off its 10th exhibition season with a new collaboration from alumni of the Corcoran College of Art + Design . Gallery 31 at the Corcoran will play host to the work of 15 of the College’s alumni who began their professional careers at Transformer in the new gallery exhibit titled “transformers,” with an opening reception on Sept. 1. Most of the chosen artists graduated from the College between 2002-2010. The reception begins at 6 p.m. The Corcoran Gallery of Art is located at 500 17th Street NW. For more information, visit getinvolved.corcoran.org.
The National Portrait Gallery is staying on view after hours with their event “Portraits After 5” on Sept. 2. Guests can view the “Capital Portraits” exhibition on its final weekend, listen to the music skills of DJ Natty Boom, who will be spinning in the Kogod Courtyard; observe a live performance art piece from Chajana denHarder; and take in a hip-hop dance performance from local dance troupe Culture Shock DC. The Gallery’s Courtyard Cafe will remain open and provide food and drink for purchase throughout the evening. The free event will begin at 6 p.m. For more information, visit npg.si.edu.
UPDATE: As of 9:47 a.m., the fifth annual Columbia Heights Day scheduled for Aug, 27 is cancelled, with no reschedule date as of now, says Sergio Herrera, president of the Columbia Heights Day Initiative.