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Glow Time: Giant Bunnies Will Light up The Yards Park

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The Yards Park is becoming known for its eccentric presentations of public art and experiences (think Laser Cat and Tour de Fat), and they’re doing it again over the next couple of weeks, through March 6, with an installation melding light, sculpture, and music.

Light Yards started this past Saturday with an evening event featuring large sculptures constructed of industrial steel with illuminated white cubes and a large-scale projection mapping visual display set to the beat of a live DJ set. It was great timing with the warmer weather, so we checked it out with friends after having dinner nearby.

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Two large-scale installations flashed with color and pictures as techno music blared in the background. The kids donned glow necklaces as they danced and played with a giant Lite-Brite, kind of like a low-key, kid-friendly rave.

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The Yards Park will be hopping again this weekend as giant luminescent bunnies created by artist Amanda Parer join the art mix on Saturday. And they’re kicking off their US tour with an event especially for families from 3-6pm. Kids and adults can delight in the sight of the enormous glowing bunnies, while enjoying children’s activities, including the giant Lite-Brite, bunny crafts, balloon artists, face painters, glitter tattoos, and a DJ.

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That evening from 6-10pm, The Yards will again meld music and art with a performance by electric violinist DJ Manifesto. Food and beverage will be available for purchase at both featured events, plus there are many family-friendly eateries in the area if you want to make an afternoon and evening of it.

The installation will be lit every evening from 7-10pm during its run through March 6. (Update: Due to the potential for winds and for security reasons, the bunnies will be up and lit only on the weekends of February 27-28 and March 4-6.) Both the family-friendly and evening events will take place on Saturday, February 27. Admission is free.


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Iberian Explorations Through the Arts at the Kennedy Center

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Since the beginning of the month, the Kennedy Center has been has been celebrating the Iberian Peninsula with a festival that highlights the art and culture of Europe’s southwest region. Iberian Suite: global arts remix presents a variety of performances, exhibits and installations (many commissioned especially for the festival), food tastings, workshops, and other unique activities. Like the Nordic Cool festival that took place two years ago, it’s a chance to experience international arts and culture right here in DC. And while the festival is already a couple of weeks in, there’s still over a week left to enjoy it — and there are elements that both children and adults can enjoy, some of it for free. The photos below offer a glimpse of what you can see by just popping in. (And these don’t include a fantastic exhibit of Picasso’s ceramics works — photography was not allowed.)

Iberian Suite runs through March 22 at the Kennedy Center. Admission to the exhibits is free, though you need tickets to see the Picasso works (free with timed entry, pick them up at the ticket office). Most performances and other events require paid tickets — see the website for details.

A cable car made entirely of cork

A cable car made entirely of cork

Poetry meets art

Poetry meets art

Put your ear to the ear to hear poetry

Put your ear to the ear to hear poetry

Iberian inspired fashion

Iberian inspired fashion

Crafts for kids

Crafts for kids

A display of finished works

A display of finished works

Little ones can get their game on

Little ones can get their game on

A wine cork portrait of Gabriel García Márquez

A wine cork portrait of Gabriel García Márquez — 40,000 corks were collected by Kennedy Center staff member to create four different faces

A video montage of old world maps and a timeline of Iberian

A video montage of old world maps and a timeline of Iberia

Coincidentally, Europe's happiness quotient went up 1000%

Coincidentally, Europe’s happiness quotient went up 1000%

Stand in the right spot to see what the seemingly random cards create

Stand in the right spot to see what the seemingly random placed cards create



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Minimal Play at The Art League’s New Exhibit

Playing with one of the few interactive pieces at the "Play" exhibit.

 

Penning a blog that includes recommendations for upcoming events can be tricky.  Obviously, if they are upcoming, I haven’t actually been to them. So, I have to base my suggestions on how they sound based on the information available to me. Most events and adventures that sound promising actually meet or even exceed expectations.  But every now and then, something doesn’t hit the mark.

Unfortunately, this was the case with The Art League’s new Play exhibit currently on display at The Torpedo Factory.  I posted about it twice last week, both in weekday recommendations and in the round-up of weekend activities.  The promo materials said it was a “juried exhibit exploring whimsical, playful works, the activity or idea of fun and play, or actual interactive works which encourage visitors to become involved in artwork on an entirely new level.”  The call for submissions encouraged interactive works that could be handled, added to, moved around. And it’s being presented with the art initiative Minds Wide Open: Virginia Celebrates Children and the Arts.

All of these things combined made it sound like art nirvana for kids. I pictured a gallery filled with cool, interactive art installations, my children happily playing with them and creating some of their own artwork.

So, we headed to Old Town yesterday afternoon, excited for something new.  When we first walked into the gallery, we saw a couple of pieces on a pedestal with a little “Touch Me” tag on the side, and the kids immediately headed over to play with a small, pretty diorama adorned with cut-out pictures and natural materials like twigs, feathers, and grass as well as a box of colorful blocks. It held their interest for about two minutes.  There were a few more interactive pieces hanging on walls (designated with the “Touch Me” tag), but they were too high for the kids to reach and didn’t offer much for them to do anyway. Needless to say, we were disappointed.

When I asked the woman working there about it, she explained that they don’t actually know what the exhibit will include until the last minute when the jury selects the works from the pool of entries submitted. And looking back at the press materials, I realize they didn’t really promise what I pictured… but it just sounded like it could have been all that and more.  All was not lost though. We enjoyed a stroll by the water and the gorgeous day, and the kids got an ice cream treat before heading back home.

In short: I won’t say that you shouldn’t see “Play” — there are some whimsical works to see, just not much to touch — but I wouldn’t make a trip to The Torpedo Factory just for the exhibit.  If you’re in Old Town and have time to spare, pop in for a look. But plan for some other fun activities, too.

“Play” is on exhibit in The Art League Gallery at the Torpedo Factory through April 2. Admission is free.

 

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