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Art-o-Matic: A Visual Feast For Roving Eyes

One of the greatest temptations when reviewing a show like this (and really, there is no other show quite like this) is to simply rattle off all the artists' names whose work struck me, offended me, delighted me or threw me for a loop. Beyond the fact that this "Hi, Mom" approach is fundamentally unfair (not to mention logistically impossible), it is, when it comes right down to it, completely beside the point. That, after all, would simply be a reflection of my Art-o-Matic.

Have you taken the trouble to find yours yet?

ART-O-MATIC 2000 -- Through Oct. 28 at the former Hechinger's building, 4500 Wisconsin Ave. NW (Metro: Tenleytown/AU). Web site: Open Thursdays through Saturdays from noon to 1 a.m., Sundays from noon to 10 and Wednesdays from noon to midnight. Free.

Public programs associated with the exhibition include a wide variety of free musical and dance performances, open mike nights, drag bingo, cabaret, theater, poetry, artist talks, tours and children's activities. Consult the Web site for a detailed schedule. Highlights include:

Oct. 13 at 8 -- Showcase of nominees from the 2000 Rosebud Film and Video Festival, including "Where's Jim Kim?," "They Ruled the World," "Smash," "Greater Than Half," "Corcovado" and "I Am." Free.

Oct. 18 from 6 to 10 -- VIP Gala and Live Auction. $100. Reservations required. Call Leila Putzel at 202/661-7589 or e-mail

Oct. 26 from 8:30 to 1 -- Dischord Record Night, with performances by Q And Not U, Faraquet and All Scars. Free.

Oct. 28 from 7 to 1 -- Halloween Costume Ball. Free.

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