Alexandria Launches Second Thursday Remix April 26, 2013

May's theme: Pop Dot
Thursday, May 9, 6-9pm

WHAT:            Second Thursday Old Town: Pop Dot

WHEN:            Thursday, May 9, 6-9pm

WHERE:          Old Town Alexandria venues
                     Headquarters: Torpedo Factory Art Center, 105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314

ADMISSION:    Some locations FREE

INFO:              www.SecondThursdayOldTown.com

Calendar Listing: May 9, 2013. Second Thursday Old Town: Pop Dot. Warhol goes polka! Pop art with a dash of surrealism are the inspiration for the evening, with interactive art activities bubbling up at venues in the lower King Street area near the waterfront. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is Pop Dot headquarters, with prizes for best dotted costumes, "Spot the Dot" prize contests, live music and art receptions. Catch live music at The Athenaeum ($10) and in the garden of the Alexandria Visitors Center, and shop boutiques that are open until 8pm. Stop by on your way to dinner, or make an evening of it. Check website for the latest info. 6-9 p.m. Some locations are free. SecondThursdayOldTown.com

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ALEXANDRIA, VA -- The Torpedo Factory Art Center, the City of Alexandria Office of the Arts, and the Alexandria Convention & Visitors Association have partnered to expand Second Thursday in Old Town this summer with themed events from May through October. This extended remix of the Second Thursday Art Night series brings the fun and spontaneity of the creative process to the streets of Old Town and additional businesses.

Second Thursday Old Town kicks off on May 9 with Pop Dot - where Warhol goes polka! Pop art with a dash of surrealism are the inspiration for this evening's events. The Torpedo Factory Art Center is Pop Dot headquarters with prizes for best dotted costumes, "Spot the Dot" prize contests, live music and art receptions. The Athenaeum presents Second Thursday Live Music: Mary Gordon Hall at 7pm with $10 admission and a dot-themed game to win a free drink. Catch polka-inspired music by the Seth Kibel Trio in the garden of the Alexandria Visitors Center, and pop into shops of the Old Town Boutique District that are open until 8pm. Stop by on your way to dinner or make an evening of it. Check the website for last minute food and drink specials.

The Torpedo Factory Art Center presents:

 

Spot the Dot!
Guests may vie for prizes in a "Spot the Dot" scavenger hunt and a polka dot costume contest. Accessorize for the costume contest by "dotting up" at our Do-It-Yourself Button-Making Station.

Swing by for Live Music Performances
Enjoy jazzy tunes by The Brian Litz Duo at the Torpedo Factory.

Target Gallery Reception
Visit Target Gallery from 6 to 8pm for the opening of Beyond Function, an exhibition featuring ceramic works that go beyond utility, seeking to be valued for their aesthetic quality over their usefulness. In addition, juror Novie Trump will create a site-specific ceramic installation outside of the gallery. Stay for the gallery talk at 7pm.

The Art League Gallery
Stop into The Art League Gallery from 6:30 to 8pm for the reception for Noah Williams: One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure and the All-Media Membership Show.

One Million Bones, Torpedo Factory Main Hall
A temporary installation of ceramic "bones" created by local students as part of the One Million Bones project. Their mission is to get one million handmade bones crafted by students, artists, and activists around the world to be placed on the National Mall on June 8th to raise awareness of genocide and mass atrocities in Sudan, the Congo, Burma and Somalia.

More Participating Second Thursday Venues Include:

 

The Athenaeum (201 Prince St.) presents Second Thursday Live Music: Mary Gordon Hall at 7pm. $10 admission. Patrons are invited to participate in a dot-themed game to win a free drink.

Alexandria Visitors Center (221 King). Free live music by Polka-inspired Seth Kibel Trio

Select boutiques will be open for shopping until 8pm including nearby Zoe Boutique, Coco Blanca, Mystique Jewelers, the Shoe Hive, and Hysteria. Over 35 members of the Old Town Boutique District will be open until 8 pm on Thursdays in May and June.

Visit www.secondthursdayoldtown.com for the latest information and last minute specials.

High resolution images are available upon request.

ABOUT ALEXANDRIA, VA
Within eyesight of Washington, DC, on the Potomac River waterfront, Alexandria's storied setting complements an energetic, cosmopolitan scene - an intimate oasis for connoisseurs of fine food, chic shopping and a vibrant music and arts scene. Named one of America's Top ArtPlaces 2013, the city is nationally recognized as a community with a "backbone of creative culture . . . exceptionally successful at combining art, artists and venues for creativity and expression with independent businesses, retail shops and restaurants, and a walkable lifestyle to make vibrant neighborhoods." www.visitalexandriava.com/

 
Torpedo Factory Art Center
82 Artist Studios - 6 Galleries
The Art League School - Alexandria Archaeology Museum
Gift Shop - Café by Bread & Chocolate

Open Daily 10 am - 6 pm, Open Thursdays until 9 pm
On the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria
105 N. Union St., Alexandria, VA 22314
703-838-4565
www.torpedofactory.org
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