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At the center of D.C.’s widening street art-inspired art-party scene are Peter Chang and Brandon Hill, the two brains behind the production/creation/ curation venture No Kings Collective. The group aims to promote and support unknown artists by organizing small pop-up events throughout the District. But while No Kings has been putting on events since 2006, the group didn’t garner wide attention until it created Submerge, a group exhibition featuring a dozen artists that attracted 9,000 visitors over four days last October. Submerge is back this weekend—through Nov. 18—and looks to get even bigger. In addition to Hill, featured artists include photographer Katie Warren and second-time participant Kelly Towles (whose contribution to last year’s exhibition is pictured above). And this year’s presentation won’t be limited to just visual arts. Evening events will highlight performance art, like Deena O Hyatt’s “Meeting of 1,000 Gates,” a physical performance designed to release tension caused by chronic pain, as well as curated comedy and fashion events and live music sponsored by Listen Local First. Just don’t arrive expecting an understated evening of wine and cheese.
The event takes place from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday–Sunday to Nov. 18 at 700 H St. NE. Free. submergedc.com.