FotoWeek DC 2011 is just about here.
The launch party is Friday night -- it starts at 5 p.m. at FotoWeek Central (1800 L St. NW), then moves to the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St NW) at 8:30 p.m. for music, cocktails and art. Tickets are $55 for one, $84.50 for two.
After that it's a week of photo contests, workshops, a potluck dinner, a 'photo-cinema' happening with Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, and 14 photography exhibitions at spaces large and small around the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia.
FotoWeek DC runs through Nov. 12. The website has information about all the week's shows and events, many of which are free.
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