FotoWeek DC: What to do when

Friday, November 5, 2010

Mark your calendars. FotoWeek DC is chockablock with fun stuff to do, but here are a few special dates you might not want to miss.

Friday from 8 to 11 p.m. The Corcoran Gallery of Art hosts the official launch party and awards ceremony. Can't get in, or don't want to try? No matter. All evening long, the outside of the museum will be lit up with the first in a series of free photo projections that will take place across the city all week. 500 17th St. NW. $45.

Saturday at 2:30 p.m. "NightGallery: Behind the Projections." Margaret Adams, assistant professor of photography at the Corcoran, leads a discussion about the selections for NightGallery with curators James Wellford, Andy Adams and Larissa Leclair as well as Kathy Moran, National Geographic magazine's senior editor for natural history projects (sitting in for curator Cristina Mittermeier). Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. Free.

Saturday at 7 p.m. "The President's Photographer." The National Geographic Society presents the world premiere of a new film that follows White House photographer Pete Souza as he goes about his job. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring former White House photographers Eric Draper, Robert McNeely and David Valdez. Grosvenor Auditorium, 1600 M St. NW. Prescreening reception at 6 p.m. $20.

Saturday at 8 p.m through Sunday at 6 a.m. "NightVisions." Show up with your own photos - the theme: DC portraits - and submit them to a panel of night-owl photo editors, who will select one photo per entrant, on the spot. Your picture will then be printed and exhibited at Satellite Central for the remainder of FotoWeek. Satellite Central, 3333 M St. NW. $10 application fee.

Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. "Ask Tim Wride." The Los Angeles-based photo curator, writer and founding executive director of the No Strings Foundation, a nonprofit group that provides grants to photographers, offers tips for collectors, shooters and people who just love photography. Civilian Art Projects, 1010 Seventh St. NW. $10. While there, be sure to check out the gallery's two photo exhibitions, "Noelle K. Tan - The America Project: utopia" and "Remote."

Thursday from 8 to 11 p.m. Metro Collective, an international coalition of 12 independent photographers, presents its members' work in a digital slide show, accompanied by a musical score composed by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation. Satellite Central, 3333 M St. NW. $20.

Nov. 12 from 7 to 11 p.m. "Slideluck Potshow." Show up with a dish to share. Mingle and eat from the buffet. Then gather around to watch a curated digital slide show that, in previous editions of this low-key event, has been known to range from the sublime to the ridiculous. Satellite Central, 3333 M St. NW. $10, with a covered dish.

Nov. 13 from 8 to 11 p.m. The House of Sweden brings the curtain down on FotoWeek with a closing party, featuring indoor and outdoor photo projections and the announcement of the winner of a cellphone photography competition. For information on how to enter the contest, go to 2900 K St NW. $25.

- Michael O'Sullivan

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