Free for All: Green living, dance lessons, and the wild West
I personally like to believe that every day is Earth Day. Of course, it’s not until this Saturday, April 17, that everyone else officially celebrates Earth Day. In honor of the holiday’s fortieth anniversary Dupont Circle will be throwing the Dupont Festival Green in the Circle. So throw on an organic cotton sweatshirt and bring your Georgetown reusable water bottle, and enjoy free food, live music, yoga demos, and tons of other activities that will make Mother Earth proud. The festival runs from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and it’s happening right where the GUTS bus drops you off.
Everybody’s got their talents and their weaknesses, and I think we can all agree that there are some people who, as good as they are at lots of other things, can’t dance to save their lives. Dance/Metro DC, however, wants to bring the joy of dance to the masses. From April 15 through May 2 they’re holding Dance is the Answer 2010, a two-week-long event that includes hundreds of free dance classes, workshops, performances, and so much more. For information on specific events, you can log onto www.dancemetrodc.org. Just make sure you bring your own tights.
Nowadays, just about anybody can go out to the West, stay in a hotel, and go to a national park during the day to take pictures of the pretty animals from a safe distance (or I guess you could just go to the National Zoo). But back in the 1800s, when the American West was still a new acquisition, dangerous, and largely unexplored, it took both artistic talent and physical endurance to effectively capture and document the region.
And photographer Timothy H. O’Sullivan did just that, traversing the West for six seasons in the mid-nineteenth century and creating a large portfolio of artistically-acclaimed photographs along the way, like the one above. Some of this collection is currently on display in the Smithsonian American Art Museum, in an exhibition entitled “Framing the West: The Survey Photographs of Timothy H. O’Sullivan.” The exhibit runs through May 9, and is easily accessible from the Metro Center Metro stop.