There are some great events going on this weekend, around U street and beyond. Check them out:

  • Did you make it out to ReadySetDC’s Activation 2719 in Columbia Heights over the winter? Well if you did or did not, they’re hosting another pop-up gallery, this time in the Shaw neighborhood, titled Activation 440 (at 440 Rhode Island Ave). They will have opening nights tonight (which is sold out!) and tomorrow. The event is free but you need to RSVP to attend. There will be a ton of artists showing, as well as DJs and a cash bar. If you can’t make it out this weekend, the exhibit will be open through the end of the month.
  • Nocturnal Vibe will be hosting its first Capitol Skyline Hotel Saturday afternoon pool parties. Nocturnal Vibe is the brainchild of Doug Van Sant, who writes about and takes photos on DC nightlife on a U Street Girl favorite blog, Urban Marinade. It will be $15 at the door and will include $8 drink specials and $5 beers all day long, including a Liquid Lounge cocktail for $5. Sounds like a good time!

Activation 2719, painting by Fransisco Esteban

So I realize a  lot of my entries have been about Activation 2719, it’s partially because not much else has been going on, and because it was rescheduled twice. Also, I was pretty excited to go. The opening night was a great time: good art, cool people, fun music, great beer (Dogfish Head). I wasn’t able to get there till late, so I missed any food/live music that was featured earlier in the night.

While opening night was a lot of fun, the gallery will be open for the next 2 weekends, so if you weren’t able to make it out on Saturday, go over next few weekends. They’ll also have a closing reception on March 12th.

And check out my photos from the event on my Flickr set.

There are two excellent art events happening in the ‘hood this weekend, try to check out at least one or both:

  • Mental Map by Ted Milligan (courtesy of Plan B)

    Activation 2719 – which we’ve talked about before, is finally happening this Saturday from 6-11 pm. RSVP online here. I’m doing my best to go (have dinner plans) and if so will report back later about the show.

  • The opening reception for Plan B’s February Exhibition featuring paintings by Ted Milligan is happening this Saturday from 6-8 pm. The show also features photographs by Charlie Gaynor, Juditha, and David Young. The reception will feature the artists and light refreshments. The exhibit will be open through March 7th.

UPDATE: The event has been moved to next Saturday, the 20th. More info here.

ReadySetDC and No Kings Collective are hosting a pop-up gallery in a newly refurbished row house in Columbia Heights, and the show is called Activation 2719. Snow permitting, the opening party for the gallery will be this NEXT Saturday February 20th from 6-11, featuring Tim “Con” Conlon, Decoy, James Walker, Emily Green Liddle, Bryan Rojsuontikul, Diana Cruz, Batool AlShomran, Aniekan Udofia as well as No Kings Collective themselves Brandon Hill Francisco Esteban, and Peter Chang. What’s really cool about this show is it’s curated by the artists, which is a rare event.

The opening night will have a bar, food provided by Commonwealth Gastropub, and music by DJ Fleg, DJ Tom Lim, Sheena Alexis, DJ Phil Real, DJ Smudge, and Bull Fight Academy.

There’s no price of admission but you do need to RSVP by 3 pm today to go to opening night. Otherwise the gallery is open Fridays Noon–8 pm and Saturdays 10am – 5pm through March 6ththe 27th.

If you haven’t been following me on twitter, here’s a round-up of what I’ve been talking about in the past few weeks:

For the Love of DC

I’m a big fan of ReadySetDC, I enjoy their local DC focus along with their quirky bike of the day feature, as well as their great artist interviews. Their blog isn’t the only part of their endeavor, they also want to expand beyond a blog to feature “public art projects, events + online resources.” This event, For the Love of DC, is their first foray into this part of their mission/official launch party.

This Thursday, at Long View Art Gallery, For the Love of DC will feature an art installation by No Kings Collective, music by DJ Tittsworth, Bullfight Academy, and special, secret band, as well as photography by Tracy Clayton, Paul Frederiksen, Lillian Cho, and Vincent Gallegos. First: You have to RSVP. Second: There will be $5 raffle tickets for sale – the majority of proceeds will be going to Arts for the Aging. Additionally, that $5 gives you a chance to win a new HP Envy 15 Beats Limited Edition.

This will be a wonderful event. RSVP and go.