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Artscape July 15 -17, 2011

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Three days, 350,000 plus attendees, 4,000, 000 sq. ft of exhibit space, 12 city blocks, 3 stages, 173 exhibitors, lots of fun and all free! Artists, fashion designers, craftspeople, visual art exhibits, live concerts, dance, opera, theater, film, food and so much more! Yes, it’s Artscape time again! And thank goodness!

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As a lover of festivals, large and small, Artscape feeds my inner conservative bohemian spirit like no other festival has been able to accomplish. Does it sounds like I have a spiritual connection to festivals? Not so much. It’s more like a connection to the arts presented in a 3-day, non-artsy-fartsy, hip and urban format. I really love how that sounds :)

Here’s what you can look forward to:

MiguelR&B/Hip-Hop, http://www.officialmiguel.com/

DC Go GoPunk-Funk / Class of 82 Underground Prom Music

Orbit(film)A program of short films about our solar system.

Aida Opera of DCA Tribute to Singers of Color
A collaborative of classical vocalists, Aida Opera of DC presents a concert honoring famous African-American singers.

Baba GhanoushBelly Dancing to 80s music

FantasiaR&B, http://www.fantasiaofficial.com/us/home

NANADU! Children's WorkshopKid's get creative at this hands on workshop presented by Nana Projects.

Unity Reggae BandReggae

Documentary ShortsMissed Connections (Mary Robertson), 9 minutes
Just About Famous (Jason Kovacsev and Matt Mamula), 15 minutes
Seltzer Works (Jessica Edwards), 7 minutes

And so, so much more. Check out www.artscape.org for the 3-day schedule of events, parking information and directions!

The Patricia and Arthur Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric sits at the center of the festival at 140 West Mt. Royal Avenue, 21201. This is a good landmark to use for directions; however, keep in mind that the festival street closures will impact traditional driving routes to the Lyric.

With so much to do, I suggest you visit the site to plan your visit!

Enjoy and create!

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