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Pop Goes the Art in Old Town

Posted by Jasmine Lee / Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

After work, slide on over to Old Town Alexandria for an artsy remix of your regular Thursday night.

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure by Noah Williams (Courtesy of Torpedo Factory)

Remember the Second Thursday Art Night Series at the Torpedo Factory? Well, starting tomorrow the series’ spin off hits the city. On the second Thursday of each month between now and October, Old Town will be painted (not literally, please!) with a new creative style that will inspire a variety of activities, including hands-on art, exhibitions, live music, contests with special prizes and shopping.

This week things kick off with a pop art and polka dot theme called “Pop Dot.” Here’s a rundown of what you have to look forward to:

The Spot the Dot scavenger hunt and polka dot costume contest will be great way to start your night. You might as well go crazy with it because that enthusiasm could win you a prize! Plus, there will be a DIY button-making station to give your costume an extra bit of flair. The Brian Litz Duo will serenade Torpedo Factory visitors with live jazz.

Optimist Luggage by David Bogus (Courtesy of Torpedo Factory)

From 6-8 p.m. in the Target Gallery will be the opening reception for the new “Beyond Function“ exhibition. Sixty artists competed for a spot and 14 were chosen, including one all the way from Italy. “Beyond Function” displays useful pieces (like the briefcase on the right) “seeking to be valued for their aesthetic quality over their usefulness.”

Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the Art League Gallery, there will be two events. One is the opening reception for Noah Williams’ “One Man’s Trash.” Williams puts the old trash-to-treasure adage  to work, creating sculpture made from unwanted materials such as bottle caps, feathers, tires and scrap metal. He’ll be on site for the reception. The other event is the Art League’s May All-Media Membership Show, which presents the work of the group’s members. Lauren Shell Dickens, the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Corcoran, juried their art.

One Million Bones installation (Courtesy of Torpedo Factory)

In the main hall, you’re invited to experience the One Million Bones (OMB) installation featuring ceramic bones handcrafted by students from NoVA. Their work is part of the one million bones being made around the world, in an effort to bring attention to the genocide in Sudan, the Congo, Burma and Somalia. On June 8, one million bones will be on display for all to see at the National Mall.

Other festivities include music and fun at the Athenaeum ($10 admission), polka music at the Alexandria Visitors Center and an 8 p.m. closing time for many Old Town boutiques.

Visit for more info and to find out next month’s theme!




May 9, 6-9 p.m.
Second Thursday Old Town
Old Town Alexandria
Free /

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