There’s still time to nominate local icons for Best of D.C.
TO SEPT. 10
Fuzzy dice in a Chevette. You don’t know whether to laugh or cry. I laughed, of course—a deep, mocking laughter, rich with smug ignorance. If I could reclaim all the hours I’ve spent politely leaning under the hood of some buddy’s muscle car, having the miracle of the internal combustion engine, the majesty of dual carbs, the elegance of fuel injection explained—well, I would undoubtedly waste the time in some other useless fashion. But while I still don’t understand—or care one whit about—the internal-combustion engine, I’ve come to appreciate fuzzy dice. They are oh so American. One can’t quite picture a Brit draping a pair in his Jag or MG. Or an Italian in his Fiat, or German in his Benz. But to a Yank, they’re the finishing touch to any kandy-kolored, tangerine-flaked streamlined baby, whether clunker or cherry. And so “Beyond Fuzzy Dice” presents the work of area motorist-artists, who have been emboldened to, as the juried exhibit’s call for entries proclaims, “reinvent the genre.” (David Weingaertner’s Fast Food I is pictured.) Entries in the “air freshener category,” we are told, “will be evaluated on olfactory as well as visual and structural standards.” And those evaluations will emanate from one Sid Belcher, owner of Beat and Bang Body Shop and Computer Store of Raffles Bend, N.C. Now, a combination body shop-computer store is a whole ‘nother story…. On view Friday and Saturday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., to Saturday, Aug. 7, at Lubber Run Amphitheater, N. 2nd & Columbus Streets, Arlington. Also on view from Monday to Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., from Friday, Aug. 13, to Friday, Sept. 10, at the Lee Arts Center, 5722 Lee Highway, Arlington. Free. (703) 228-5256. (Dave Nuttycombe)