- "Battle for Brooklyn"
It's Friday the 13th! That's enough of a reason to hide under the covers this weekend, but if you don't believe in silly superstitions, here are our weekend picks! Some may actually make you wish you had stayed in.
• She Got Game opening reception at Arlington Arts Center. Curator Jeffry Cudlin brings together 11 artists in an exhibit exploring shifting perceptions of the female body, gender roles, and identity through sports. 6 p.m. The exhibit runs to March 18.
• Carole Greenwood pops up in Rosslyn at Food Meets Art: Recipes Inspired by Alice B. Toklas. The James Beard Award-nominated chef and artist will cook up an evening of food and conversation reminiscent of the salons in early 20th-century Paris. 7 p.m. Main Gallery. $150.
• Shortlisted for an Academy Award, Battle for Brooklyn, a documentary chronicling the story of the Atlantic Yard's project, a billion-dollar plan for a development in Brooklyn, where a community already existed, opens at Artisphere. The doc raises serious questions of eminent domain. In Arts Blog, Andrew Beaujon writes, "So why should we care about it here?" Because, he suggests, "the city of Alexandria has floated the idea of using eminent domain to get its waterfront-redevelopment plan going. Maryland considered using eminent domain to keep the Preakness in Baltimore. And the District recently argued that it could strong-arm tenants out of the Skyland shopping mall whether or not the plan to replace them was viable." The film runs until Sunday. $7 general admission/$5 seniors.
• Things That Make You Go... opening reception at Adam Lister Gallery. Jacobe Noonan's pop-graphic inspired exhibit uses objects that represent movement and energy, serving as "vehicles for escape, modes of transportation, ways of getting from here to there." "Each piece of work represents some type of mobility but can also generate an emotional feeling. These are things that can "move" you in more ways than one," Noonan writes. 5 p.m. The exhibit runs until Feb. 5.
• Glenn Fry's Unrestrained Urges opening reception at Vitruvian Gallery. Fry's exhibit features homoerotic silk screen art, a homage to "the back room," and limns male sexual behavior with no inhibitions. The lines between what's real and what's fantasy blur into one. In Arts Blog, Jenny Rogers writes, "Fry, who got a career boost from an appearance on the Real Housewives of D.C., staged photo shoots inspired by male nude photos from the 1960s and ‘70s. He altered 25-30 photos with captions and color treatments, creating “vintage-esque male erotica.” 7 p.m. The exhibit runs until Feb. 18.
• Bluebrain's Final Boombox Walk is a masterfully bizarre interactive "exhibit" at the Botanical Gardens. Bring a portable cassette, CD or iPod music device and meet at 3 p.m. sharp for the walk. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org & note the device you'll be bringing so Bluebrain can create enough cassettes, CDs, or email you MP3s.
• D.C.'s Got Talent presents A Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration, featuring spoken word, songs and poems in tribute, at Busboys and Poets/Hyattsville. 8 p.m. Tickets available at 202-705-5038 or at the door.
• The Improv Menu, A Special Edition of the Dinner Party at Dance Exchange, featuring the Lost Civilizations experimental music project and menu of one-time-only improvisational performances by Nicole Bindler in I Think Not, Mark Pagan in Signs of Wear, Daniel Barbiero and dancers in Boundary Conditions, and more! 7 p.m. $10.