Thursday, June 12, 2008

Artomatic's Final Weekend

This weekend is Washington’s last chance to visit Artomatic as the five-week homegrown arts extravaganza goes out on a high note on Sunday, June 15. In addition to disfree plays and sales by over 700 visual artists, the weekend’s activities include tours,
flamenco and Indian dance performances, a children’s mask-making workshop, film, fire-dancing, and performances by dozens of bands. All events are free and open to the public.

Highlights include:

Thursday, June 12: Music & The Law Workshop; Guided Tours; Artist Social II; VARC Meet & Greet; Scion/PinkLine Art of Sound; Capitol Pecha Kucha Night.

Friday, June 13
: Book signing by PostSecret author Frank Warren; a movie on witchcraft; an original play titled “Sole Survivors” accompanied by a mariachi band; comedy by Off the Wall; flamenco by Suspiro Andaluz; a baseball painting party; and live music by the dead husbands, Attention Shoppers!, PupTent, 302Acid, and other local bands.

Saturday, June 14: Sculpt-a-story and seed mosaic workshops for children; the first-ever fire-themed Artomatic Art in Fashion Show; Tehreema Mitha Dance Company performing dances from India; the ever-popular Flights of Fire; and live music by Yumi, Randy Colors, Elikeh, DoS, and more. Free tours of Artomatic at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Sunday, June 15: Artomatic’s final day will include a mask-making workshop and storytelling for children ages three and up; jukebox movies; CityDance Ensemble, and live music by Icarus Rising, Society of Strangers, Betsy Wright, and other performers.

Also on Thursday nights in the NoMa neighborhood is the James Bond Film Festival, with free films beginning at dusk. This Thursday’s movie is “Diamonds are Forever.” For a schedule of festival movies, visit

. All Artomatic events are free. For the full weekend schedule, visit the Artomatic calendar at

. For more on children’s activities, visit

PostSecret's Frank Warren to sign books Friday June 13
The PostSecret signings will take be held in the Artomatic’s 11th floor store on:
Friday, June 13, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Visitors to Artomatic can also watch a video presentation of some of the PostSecret postcards Warren has received in the Artomatic Film and Video Theater, which is located on the ninth floor. The videos will be shown before and after the book signing.

The SpeakEasy
Stop by for a mixture of poetry, music and comedy in the SpeakEasy on Friday, June 13th starting at 7 p.m.! Saturday in the SpeakEasy kicks off at 6:30 p.m. with the acoustic version of the band Little Pink followed by poetry and spoken word until midnight.

Take a Guided Tour of Artomatic
Saturday, June 14 at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m.
It’s not too late to see Artomatic! Please join Robyn Cooke before Artomatic closes for a comprehensive tour of all art forms. The first tour at 2 p.m. will cover floors 4 – 7 and the second tour at 3 p.m. will cover floors 8 – 12.
Both tours will depart from the lobby at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. respectively.

Glass Art Tour of Artomatic, Sunday, June 15 at 2 p.m.

Please meet in the lobby of Artomatic between 1:45.-2 p.m. for a guided glass tour of Washington Glass School Artists exhibiting at Artomatic. Join Washington Glass School artists as they lead you directly to all the great glass on exhibit this year. The tour will depart the lobby at 2 p.m. We will then ride up together to the 11th floor to begin and walk down to the 4th floor so comfortable shoes are suggested.

Brightest Young Things
Some of the people over at Brightest Young Things took a tour of Artomatic - here is the result:

Artomatic 2008
May 9 – June 15, 2008
Capitol Plaza I
1200 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20002
Metro stop: Red Line, New York Ave., M Street exit

Artomatic’s closing day is June 15.

For more information, call the Artomatic info line at 202-339-9007 or go to While underground paid parking is available visitors are strongly encouraged to take Metro to Artomatic.

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