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Art and photography fairs, revisiting ‘Reading Rainbow’ and a sampling of D.C.’s tastiest eats.

By Mary Eileen Barber

The Capitol Skyline Hotel plays host to a global art fair. (Photo courtesy (e)merge)

SPOTLIGHT: (e)merge Art Fair
Through October 7
Fri., Oct. 5 and Sat., Oct. 6, noon-7 p.m.; Sun., Oct. 7, noon-5 p.m.
Capitol Skyline Hotel
10 “I” Street SW, Rooms 201 & 202
General admission, $15; $10 seniors and students with valid ID.

The site for some of summer’s hottest pool parties turns into the fall’s biggest art show, starting tonight. (e)merge showcases 152 artists from 24 countries throughout the hotel. Visit the “Artist Platform” on view throughout the hotel’s public areas to see a vetted selection by unrepresented artists. The “Gallery Platform” features works from galleries and nonprofits and can be viewed in hotel rooms on designated floors.

Nonprofit visual arts organization Transformer is one of the many D.C.-area art groups participating in the show. Expect works by Washington artists including Heather Ravenscroft, primarily known for drawings, and installation artist Mariah Anne Johnson, among others.

“DC Fine Art Photography Fair”
Sat., Oct. 6 noon-7 p.m. and Sun., Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Former Spanish Ambassador’s residence
2801 16th St. NW, 202-986-0105, Free

If 152 artists from around the world is too much, try the more focused collection of fine photography. Contemporary photographic images, and even some 19-century ones, are the featured attraction at this art fair. These samples from more than 15 established American fine art photography galleries are also available for purchase.

“Taste of D.C.”

Sat.-Mon., Oct. 6-8, noon-7 p.m.
Between the White House and the Capitol, Pennsylvania Avenue between 9th and 14th streets NW, 202-618-3663; $10, $8.99 in advance.

Partake in a medley of culinary offerings from more than 50 Washington area restaurants. Highlights include a chili eating championship, all-day live performances and 30 specialty beers. (Admission includes a soda, water, Stella Artois, or wine) All restaurants have at least one “taste” menu item for $3 or fewer. Children 12 and under get in for free (with paying adult, complimentary beverage not included).

Family Friendly
If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books”
Thurs., Oct. 11, 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Weinberg Center for the Arts
20 West Patrick St., Frederick, MD 21701
301-600-2828; $6-$7

Watch live performances of eight favorite children’s stories in this revised version of the popular PBS show, “Reading Rainbow.” All the stories, including If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, Amazing Grace and Imogene’s Antlers, touch on a range of themes and issues that speak to an all-encompassing young audience.

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