Time for an Arty Party Weekend

By Lavanya Ramanathan
Thursday, February 21, 2008

The box wine is guaranteed to be flowing through the weekend, as several exhibitions open with bashes at galleries as well as unconventional spaces across the city.

Just a few you might want to drop by:

¿ Tonight at the Washington DCJCC's Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, catch the new show "L(A)ttitudes," which features 10 contemporary artists from five countries; their work dissects the fluid and subjective nature of the idea of "borders" marking Israel and Palestine. Included are two installations, photographs of the separation wall and works re-imagining the landscape via maps. The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. The show is up Sundays-Thursdays 10 a.m.-10 p.m. and Fridays 10 a.m.-4 p.m., through June 2. 1529 16th St. NW. 202-777-3208.

¿ Glass 3. The Shops at Georgetown Park seems an unusual place to host an exhibit, but that's kind of the point. Artomatic organizers are among the large group of folks hosting this show of glassworks (and you know Artomatic has a gift for taking over, say, office buildings). Artists from as far away as England and as near as Washington will show their sculptures and other glassworks on the lower level of the mall through March. The show opens tonight with a reception from 6-8 p.m. Free. Hours: Mondays-Saturdays noon-8 p.m. and Sundays noon-6 p.m., through March 9. 3222 M St. NW. 202-607-0879.

¿ At the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, it's not an opening exactly, but tonight is Open Arts Night , celebrating the space's six current shows, including works by Cuban American artist Carlos Luna and William Christenberry's "Klan Room Tableau." The shows stay open late, and the American University Jazz Combo performs jazz, blues, swing and Latin music. Free. 6-8 p.m. American University, 4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW. 202-885-2787.

¿ We're really excited about the new solo show, "Invisible, Inc.," at Irvine Contemporary. It features the sculptures and ceramics -- irresistible confections all -- of Akemi Maegawa. Maegawa is a Corcoran grad who caught our attention during the "Introductions" recent-grad show last year; she exhibited work created during her master's studies at Cranbrook Academy of Art -- including ceramic baby bottles with an AK-47 printed on them. "Invisible, Inc.," running through March 29, has its reception Saturday from 6 to 8 p.m. Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St. NW. 202-332-8767.

Save the Date

CONCERT: Kate Nash The crimson-haired Irish-born sprite -- she's Karen Carpenter to Amy Winehouse's Janis Joplin -- is a buzzy new star in pop music, an MTV darling, a deliverer of sugary songs so devoid of cynicism that we are slightly mistrustful. She goes on the road this spring in support of her U.S. debut, "Made of Bricks," and she'll stop at the 9:30 club on April 17 and Towson's Recher Theatre on April 18. Tickets for both, priced at $15, go on sale tomorrow at 10 a.m. Get tickets for the 9:30 club event (815 V St. NW.) through http://www.tickets.com or call 800-955-5566; for the Recher Theatre (512 York Rd., Towson) call Ticketmaster, 202-397-7328.

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