All you art lovers out there, get ready for the grand opening a cultural center that's unlike any you've seen before.
On 10/10/10, Artisphere opens in the space that the Newseum once occupied. You know, that big dome in the middle of Rosslyn. Now, that space has been transformed into a 62,000-square-foot cultural campus, open seven days a week, 12-hours a day, offering 100 events every month. The Artisphere website describes it this way: "a place between office and home where the cultural experience is a multi-optioned conduit for patrons to connect with and create community." Heavy, right?
You can wander through the center's three galleries, then take a break in the Wi-Fi cafe for snack, where you'll to tweet your friends to meet you for a film viewing in the Dome and a drink on the outdoor terrace before dancing to a live band in the ballroom—all without ever leaving this spot. Resident companies include the Washington Shakespeare Company and National Chamber Ensemble. Many of the events and performances are free.
After tonight's opening gala and tomorrow's opening party, Artisphere will hold a free open house on Sunday and Monday. Here's what you can check out the rest of the week:
In the Dome: Siberian Folk Music and Dance Ensemble, Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 8pm. The D.C. premiere of the film "Deathbowl to Downtown" is Thursday, Oct. 14, at 9 p.m.
In the Ballroom: Salsa Tuesdays with La Excelencia, 7:30–8:30 p.m. dance class and 8:30–11:00 p.m. dancing. Bluebrain with Geologist (Animal Collective) spins on Saturday, Oct. 16, at 11:01 p.m. (Not a minute earlier.)
In the Galleries: "Surfaces" by Pete McCutchen enjoys an opening reception on Wednesday, Oct. 13, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. "Skateboarding Side Effects: opens on Thursday, Oct. 14, with a reception from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
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