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

SPRING FESTIVALS = FAMILY FUN

It’s spring, and that means spring break, and that means kids home from school. You may fear you’ll quickly run out of activities to do with the little ones, the Play-Doh will turn hard, and they’ll finally tire of watching Frozen.

What to do? Sure, you can go to the Smithsonian and watch To Fly! again, but when it’s over, try out one of the area’s spring festivals. SPRING FESTIVALS = FAMILY FUN

HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

Many of us dream of living in a spacious home or apartment with big windows, an open floor plan and interesting architectural features like exposed brick or interior columns.

Alas, we are stuck instead in boxy, dark spaces with cheap wallboard and Corian. But the neighborhood is great, it’s close to work and it comes with a parking space, so we don’t want to move.

What to do?

Fake it! HOW TO JAZZ UP YOUR MUNDANE INTERIOR

NUDITY? PSHAW! PEOPLE COME FOR THE ART!

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The models stand topless (and nearly bottomless) in front of a room full of people, their skin the canvas for the artists of DC Creators.

Tonight’s theme is superheroes, and the models are getting decked out in strapless bustiers and thick, black chokers. If you thought Wonder Woman or Catwoman looked like their get-ups were painted on, these liquid costumes are the real deal.

The event is called Winter Soulstice, a body painting dance pARTy for models, painters and shutters, and it’s hosted by DC Creators. NUDITY? PSHAW! PEOPLE COME FOR THE ART!

IF LIFE GIVES YOU COLD AIR, MAKE SNOW

Snowmaking has been a thing for almost 50 years now, and avid skiers who find themselves living below the Mason-Dixon Line are pretty happy about it.

People who grew up in areas where winter was synonymous with snow are sometimes surprised when they move to D.C. In fact, most of us who live here are frequently surprised, since some winters we get more than 4 feet of snow, others almost none. It lends a little mystery to living here. You never have to ask yourself, “Will I sweat through these clothes today?” during June, July or August, but you always have to wonder if you’ll need the shovel this year. IF LIFE GIVES YOU COLD AIR, MAKE SNOW