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Posted at 01:40 PM ET, 11/02/2011

Party time at Washington museums


There are not one but two parties at the Phillips Collection over the next few days, including Saturday’s free birthday bash. (Photo by Michael Temchine/For The Washington Post)
Where’s the party? This week, it appears to be at some of the city’s top museums. A month jam-packed with artistic events also promises free admission to the Phillips, the Renwick’s craft-inspired Handi-Hour and a blow-out bash at the Corcoran to kick off FotoWeek. Here’s the scoop, broken down by day.

Thursday

Making pipe-cleaner animals and origami fortune tellers has never been so fun. The Renwick’s Handi-Hour parties are a craft extravaganza with art supplies, tasty beer hand-selected by the good people at ChurchKey and live music. There’s also a scavenger hunt of the permanent collection and a raffle so you can win tickets to the next Handi-Hour. Two words of advice: Come early to secure a spot at one of the tables and stop by an ATM. The $15 admission fee, which includes two drink tickets, must be paid at the door in cash.

The fact that the Phillips Collection is throwing itself a massive, free birthday celebration on Saturday (read on for details) will not interfere with the museum’s regularly-scheduled monthly after-hours party. This installment of Phillips After 5 includes the usual suspects — cash bar, gallery tours, live music — along with an interactive magic show courtesy of David London and the chance to create your own illustrated guide of the museum. Don’t forget you can reserve a ticket ahead of time; these events sell out.

Friday

The first few installments of Portraits After 5 were free, but tickets to this Friday’s party at the Portrait Gallery will set you back $30. Visitors can get an after-hours look at “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter” before dancing to Bollywood and Asian hip-hop courtesy of DJ Yellow Fever in the Kogod Courtyard. Art students will also be on hand to sketch your visage, and it may end up projected on the courtyard walls.

This year’s FotoWeek DC Launch Party is so big it’s spanning two locations. The start of the area’s annual photography spectacular kicks off at 5 p.m. at FotoWeek Central before moving to the Corcoran at 8:30 p.m. The latter portion of the evening features Fatback DJs and large-scale photo projections, and cocktails and appetizers will be served during both portions of the party.

Saturday

For a nonagenarian, the Phillips Collection looks pretty good, can still shake it (for proof, see the video below) and knows how to throw a party. But while most people receive gifts on their big days, the museum is the one doing the giving: the 90th Birthday Bash promises free admission all day. Plus, there will be Georgetown Cupcake party favors (while supplies last), a ballet performance beside the Degas exhibition, live jazz and Motown music courtesy of DJ Neville C, a cash bar, gallery talks and hands-on art activities.

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