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Ever since Philadelphia was dubbed “the Next Borough” by the New York Times, the City of Brotherly Love’s arts community has been in trouble. The long trip down the New Jersey Turnpike hasn’t prevented New York artists from further gentrifying the area, threatening what locals call the “Phringe.” The latest casualty is Vox Populi, an arts collective that has nourished Philly’s avant-garde scene since 1988. The pedestrian pieces featured in the traveling exhibition “Home Free” are less resonant than its parent gallery’s sad acknowledgment that its building will soon become—surprise!—a convention center, but Vox Populi’s 11th-hour visit to the DCAC is encouraging nonetheless: While the collective itself may soon be without a place to live, the paintings, videos, sculptures, photos, and prints on display aren’t suffering for lack of a home. The exhibition is on view from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday, to Sunday, July 23, at the District of Columbia Arts Center, 2438 18th St. NW. Free. (202) 462-7833. (Justin Moyer)