D.C. arts briefs: Video game exhibit, family and music festivals, SWAN day

Saturday, February 19, 2011; 4:01 PM

The art of the video game? You decide.

Are video games art? An upcoming Smithsonian exhibit featuring video games seems to say the answer is yes but leaves it to you to decide which games should be on display.

Voting has opened for the exhibition, which has a ballot of games selected by curator Chris Melissinos, founder of the company Past Pixels and a video game collector.

Melissinos was joined by an all-star panel of journalists and industry leaders to create the ballot of 240 games. Voters can select 80 games by type and console from five distinct video game eras that span the days of Atari and 8-bit to the 3-D revolution.

Entries from the modern era include Fable, Heavy Rain, Halo 2 and World of Warcraft.

To vote, go to artofvideogames.org .

- Hayley Tsukayama

African American Family Festival at Walters

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore is hosting an African American Family Festival on Feb. 26. The free event is an opportunity to honor the influence of African American heritage throughout the world.

There will be an African-inspired village marketplace set up for patrons to view art, textiles and musical instruments. Families can create their own African-inspired art and participate in dance classes. Storyteller Diane Macklin will perform "Succotash Tales." Lesole's Dance Project and DishiBem Traditional Contemporary Dance will perform.

The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

For information visit thewalters.org/eventscalendar .

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