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More or less the Crystal City of D.C., NoMa could never be called the District’s most visually appealing neighborhood. But it has played host to heaps of local photography this year—notably during the recent FotoBazaar, and now, for the sixth annual edition of FotoWeek. This year’s photo festival kicks off tonight with a hipster-flavored cocktail-and-dance party at FotoWeek’s official HQ at the National Geographic Museum. To guzzle from the open bar and dance to tunes from DJ Underdog and Okayafrica, it’ll set you back between $55 and $65. The cheaper party option? NoMa all the way. The heavily local show “FotoNOMA: The District Experience” opens with its own bash Saturday evening in a 25,000 square foot space at 51 N St. NE, and advance tickets cost $14. (And it even has its own afterparty at Black Cat.) Then again, parties aren’t really the point—beginning Saturday through Nov. 7, select FotoWeek photography will be viewable for free in the National Geographic Museum’s courtyard, and “FotoNOMA” will be on view, also for free, to Nov. 10. Don’t forget the multitudinous FotoWeek workshops and partner exhibits at local galleries, many of which are also free. Anytime is a great time to see art on the cheap in D.C.—thanks, Smithsonian—but FotoWeek is a fleeting thing. To NoMa you go. FotoWeek DC runs Nov. 1 to Nov. 7 at the National Geographic Museum Courtyard, 1145 17th St. NW. Also Nov. 2 to Nov. 10 at 51 N St. NE. See a complete schedule at fotoweekdc.org.
Photo by Stephanie Sinclair/National Geographic. On display in the “Women of Vision” exhibition at the National Geographic Museum.