ART IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND IT’S IN CRYSTAL CITY

Art is definitely NOT dead, and if you need proof, go to Artomatic where you can see exhibits by more than 600 local artists, including paintings, drawing, sculptures, photographs and more. (See photos at the bottom.)

It’s true — you can sip chardonnay and speak in hushed tones to your companion while taking in the deeper meaning behind a rectangular canvas painted a single shade of dark blue. But here, you’ll have to sip it from a plastic cup, and your companion will never hear your hoity-toity critique, because it will be drowned out by the delighted voices of other show-goers, some who may have had more than a few plastic cups of wine. ART IS ALIVE AND WELL, AND IT’S IN CRYSTAL CITY

ATTENTION ALL MEN: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. LESSONS FROM AN ART EXHIBIT

Just when you thought I couldn’t talk about the Yayoi Kusama exhibit anymore — some jerk went and did the absolute most mega adorable gesture on the planet and — surprise! We’re back!

As if the bar hasn’t been set high enough for all my poor menfolk out there — some dude went and just completely crushed any hope you had for normalcy and the mundane in your private love lives. ATTENTION ALL MEN: YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG. LESSONS FROM AN ART EXHIBIT

DC STYLE AND FASHION ICONS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING NOW

Whoever said the city of DC was all work and no play? All politics and no fun? Well guess what my fashion mavens and aspiring style icons — we are totally #intheknow. Wonder where to get your local fashion fix you little trendy vogue fiend you? Well you’re kinda sorta really most definitely in luck. We crawled the web for some of the hippest, trendiest fashion and style blogs in the DC area and came up with a list just for you. Thank us later. DC STYLE AND FASHION ICONS YOU SHOULD BE FOLLOWING NOW

NOSTALGIC DREAMS AND CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES: SHAW’S NEWEST AND HOTTEST POP-UP BAR, CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

Photo by Claudia R. (Yelp)

This pop-up bar (PUB), bridges together Southern Efficiency and Mockingbird Hill to recreate the nostalgic wonderland of Super Mario Bros in one bar, and open a window into Japanese culture and springtime feels in the other. NOSTALGIC DREAMS AND CHERRY BLOSSOM TREES: SHAW’S NEWEST AND HOTTEST POP-UP BAR, CHERRY BLOSSOMS!

NOW AT HIRSHORN: INFINITY MIRRORS, POLKA DOTS AND PHALLUSES

Grab your mobiles and hit up the “best Instagram exhibit” of the year.

Famed artist Yayoi Kusama’s retrospective exhibition hits DC this weekend at the Smithsonian’s Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden, and it’s sure to cause a stir. The artist, who is known for her extensive use of nudity, phallic sculptures and – you guessed it – polka dots has seen a dramatic rise in her status in recent years which has culminated into the kick off of her North American tour — the first in almost two decades.

NOW AT HIRSHORN: INFINITY MIRRORS, POLKA DOTS AND PHALLUSES

#WINNING: HERE ARE THE TOP 5 VDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN’T MISS

Work week got you down? Valentine’s Day festivities leaving you drained? Well you’re in luck! We’ve combed the interwebs to bring you our list of the top five coolest events/activities for you to decompress and generously partake in during this Valentine’s Day weekend.

#WINNING: HERE ARE THE TOP 5 VDAY WEEKEND ACTIVITIES YOU CAN’T MISS

HUSH, HUSH: DC’S BEST SPEAKEASIES

blackSo, you’re faced with another weekend in DC. What to do, what to do…

It’s no secret that DC has a world-class, foodie-approved list of things that you could fill a Friday night with. It’s also no secret that the best of that list involves alcoholic beverages. But sometimes, you want a little something different. Sometimes you don’t want to drop in at the neighborhood watering hole that is generous enough to offer PBR and a shot of house vodka for $5.00. Sometimes Tinder seems both mentally exhausting and indicative of having one finger that is just way more overworked than the others. Sometimes you want to swipe left on what you know and try something a little different. Enter DC’s speakeasy scene. HUSH, HUSH: DC’S BEST SPEAKEASIES