FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

Although we have had a couple of 80-degree days thrown into October’s midst, and we’re still at the point that if you cozy up into a sweater in the morning you regret your very heated existence by afternoon, fall is in full swing. Pumpkin Spice Lattes are the currency of the season, Ugg sightings are on the rise, and if you haven’t gotten surprisingly tipsy from a spiked apple cider yet, it’s probably only a matter of time. For many, Fall is a favorite season – an enjoyable in-between that celebrates the goodbye of Summer’s sweltering, yet still lets you enjoy life before Winter creeps in, you eat too many holiday cookies, and then you can’t even muster the energy to care about things beyond the comforting expanse of your couch. FALLING FOR AUTUMN IN DC: WHERE TO GO, WHAT TO DO

THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

Alexandria’s Old Town attracts thousands of visitors every year with its quaint shops and restaurants, but the biggest draw for anyone into the art scene is the Torpedo Factory. Fans of this attraction walk right past the chichi boutiques and $7 ice cream cones and head for the ultimate in culture — more than 70,000 square feet of paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures, glasswork, jewelry, needle arts, pottery, clothing and innumerable other crafts. THE TORPEDO FACTORY: IT’S A HIT

THE ART OF MURDER: FRANCES GLESSNER LEE AT THE SMITHSONIAN

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Art is weird, but it’s cool, because it’s weird on purpose. Or that’s what I repeat to myself as I wander aimlessly around museums wondering how art is determined to be “good” or “life-altering.” It almost all looks like the result of somebody going too far in on a batch of weed brownies to me. But, that’s cool I guess? Anyways – I digress. We’ve touched on art in the District before, from new mural installations to museum displays, and with the turn of the season it seems new and exciting art is rushing in from all directions. THE ART OF MURDER: FRANCES GLESSNER LEE AT THE SMITHSONIAN

DIVERSE MURALS IN NEW YORK CITY HONOR AMERICAN BIRDS

Street art is often used as a powerful visual communication tool between artist and society. Through the Audubon Mural Project, the National Audubon Society and Gitler &____Gallery have teamed up with a band of talented artists to create a series of murals depicting climate-threatened birds.

The National Audubon Society strives to protect and advocate for birds and their habitats throughout the Americas. Gitler &_____ Gallery, owned by Avi Gitler, showcases rising artists, “original craftsmen and visionaries” in their gallery space and also in pop-up galleries throughout the city. DIVERSE MURALS IN NEW YORK CITY HONOR AMERICAN BIRDS