Art Fests: Tried-and-True and Boldly New

Art lovers will finally be able to get a closer look at
Art lovers will finally be able to get a closer look at "Memorial (Collapse)," by Ledelle Moe, at 1520 14th St. NW. (By Paul Vinet -- G Fine Art)
Friday, September 15, 2006

In the shadow of one of Washington's established arts festivals, the still-emerging newbies down 14th Street put on an impressive showing of their own -- and through a spectacular twist of timing, the two, blissfully, won't overlap.

But first, the biggie: Penn Quarter becomes a living theater as the Arts on Foot festival takes over several blocks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., a free way to experience the District's art, music, theater, dance and film. Among the cooler offerings: Washington Improv Theater puts on a show based solely on suggestions from the audience. Afterward, the ensemble takes questions. Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. 3-3:40 p.m. 916 G St. NW.

Warehouse Theater hosts a sneak preview of the interactive dance "Facade," which takes guests on a "tour" through parts of the venue, with live and recorded sound, video projections and dance. Noon. And from 3 to 3:45 p.m., Warehouse is also the space to catch an excerpt -- a Hillary vs. Dubya debate -- of Gross National Product's "Son of a Bush, " which is in the middle of a run at the theater. 1019 Seventh St. NW.

But the part we're looking forward to most: demonstrations by the city's leading chefs . IndeBleu's Vikram Garg cooks up Asian fusion at 12:20 p.m., Butterfield 9's Michael Harr is on at 1:40 and Rasika's Vikram Sunderam at 2:20. (Oh, you know we'll be finagling ourselves some samples.) Eighth and F streets NW.

All events take place from Fourth to 14th streets NW and Pennsylvania Avenue to L Street. Schedule and map at http://www.artsonfoot.org .

And after Arts on Foot wraps, there's just enough time to get over to 14th Street NW downtown, where the burgeoning contemporary arts gallery district hosts a vast joint reception among its galleries to kick off the fall season.

Adamson Gallery, Curator's Office, G Fine Art and Hemphill (all at 1515 14th St. NW), Irvine Contemporary (1412 14th St. NW) and several others stay open 6-9 p.m., and "Street Scenes: Projects for D.C." holds its first art project, "Art Not Ads," in trucks between P and Q streets.

Oh, and for those of you desperate to get past the glass and get a better look at those fabulous heads of "Memorial (Collapse)," the Ledelle Moe sculptures that have been causing a buzz from inside a vacant retail space at 1520 14th St. NW, this is your day. For G Fine Art, the party is apparently a special enough occasion to open those doors. 6-9 p.m.(The heads disappear Wednesday.)

-- Lavanya Ramanathan


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