• Friday, May 15 through Sunday, May 17: Some 19 professional artists living around Dupont and Logan circles are opening their studio doors to a public astonished that it's still possible to make a living, period, let alone do it via art. The "cultural pub crawl," which for the curious reportedly has some food and drink available, is a group effort by the Mid City Artists (many of whom will be showing their work) and local galleries and businesses. There is an opening reception on Friday from 5PM to 8PM at the edgy 17th Street-version of Coldwell Banker. Most of the studios are open between Noon and 5PM on Saturday and Sunday; check the Mid City website for specific artists and schedules. Free. [Mid City Artist Open Studios]
  • Opening Saturday, May 16: Can a man still be a man if he's in the kitchen? Transformer will let you know at Domesticated: Men and the Domestic Interior exhibit opening Saturday. Four different photographers give their interpretation of masculinity, as viewed through the lens of modern culture and its credit-fueled nesting syndrome. Curator and artist talk at 4PM; reception 5PM to 8PM. Free. [Transformer Gallery]
  • Saturday, May 16 through Sunday, May 17: If you like the idea of the Mid City festival, but want about 200 more artists plus some aerial acrobatics, then the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival is for you. Located in Reston, the Festival is supposedly one of the best of its kind on the East Coast -- it features 220 artists, craftspeople and jewelry makers, as well as all the food, entertainment, and children's activities that are compulsory at such events. $5 donation suggested. [Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival]
  • Opening Sunday, May 17: If you like your fruits rendered in masterful oil-to-canvas glory, then you're in for a treat with Luis MelĂ©ndez: Master of the Spanish Still Life. The exhibit, opening at the National Gallery of Art this weekend, will show 30 works by the 18th-century Spanish artist, some of which have never before been on public display. Free. [National Gallery of Art]
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