"Art Beat" with Sabri Ben-Achour: Weekend Events, Oct. 15-17
(Oct. 16-Apr. 24) NOT YOUR GRANDMOTHER’S CROCHETED CORAL REEF As it stands, crocheting is pretty cool, but it’s poised to become ice cold after the National Museum of Natural History’s Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef exhibit. Coral reefs grow in ways best described by hyperbolic geometry, something that it turns out can be recreated using crochet. Two Australians happened upon this information and began fashioning reefs to raise awareness of how threatened these ecosystems are. They started a movement. See why tomorrow through April on the National Mall.
(Oct. 17) BECAUSE RIVERS NEED TO CELEBRATE, TOO After the reefs, you can take in a river and a canal. The Potomac River Jam gets underway early Sunday morning at the River Center in Cabin John, Maryland. The mighty Potomac and C&O are celebrated with nature walks, crafts, local music, and canoe rides from 8 to 3.
(Oct. 16) 30 YEARS OF DANCE PLACE There are celebrations of the indoor, dress to impress variety this weekend, too. DC’s Dance Place looks back on 30 years of dance, education, and community Saturday night on 8th Street in Northeast Washington. DJs spin, and Latin jazz orchestra Rumba Club dares you to resist cutting a rug or two.