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Spotlight on Wednesday: feminist art on film; Globe Poster; charity date auction

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For more than 40 years, director Lynn Hershman Leeson has collected hundreds of hours of interviews with visionary artists, historians, curators and critics who shaped the beliefs and values of the Feminist Art Movement and reveal previously undocumented strategies used to politicize female artists and integrate women into art structures. This came together in a film that was selected by the Museum of Modern Art in New York as one of the top three documentary films of 2011.

"! Women Art Revolution" reveals how the Feminist Art Movement fused free speech and politics into art that radically transformed the art and culture of our times.

And now you can see it here in D.C. at American University's Katzen Museum (4400 Massachusetts Ave. NW) screens the film as part if its Katzen Cinema Series. Admission is free for the screening, which begins at 7 p.m. For more information, visit american.edu/cas/museum.


Globe Poster, historically one of the nation's largest showcard companies, has been telling the story of R&B and all forms of American music and entertainment through bright and iconic posters since 1929. The Baltimore-based company began by printing posters for vaudeville acts, movie theaters and carnivals and became known for its work with R&B and soul performers -- including James Brown, Ike and Tina Turner and, later, hip-hop acts.

After the shop closed in 2010, the Maryland Institute College of Art acquired the collection and brought the Globe's owner, Bob Cicero, on to teach students the history and practice of this unique art form.

Cicero will present "The Legacy of Globe" at 6:30 p.m. at the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St. NW), where several posters are on display in the exhibition Pump Me Up: D.C. Subculture of the 1980s. To register for the free event, visit getinvolved.corcoran.org/globe.


Raise your paws for a good cause at the Washington Humane Society's Puppy Love Date Auction at L2 Lounge (3315 Cady's Alley NW). Our favorite furry friends will be joined by several local celebrities including the Redskins' Cheerleaders, ABC7's Brit McHenry and the Sports Junkies' John "Cakes" Auville. The auction is sponsored by Hinge, a innovative dating game that connects you with other singles and lets you play matchmaker. And while you're getting your groove on to local hit DJ Neekola, you can enjoy special hand-crafted drinks and treats.

The best part however, is what you could win. There are several high-end items being auctioned off such as fit cards to Lucky Strike, W Hotel spa treatments, Georgetown Salon and Spa products, and more.

The event starts at 7 p.m. and will cost $5 at the door.