Like art? Cars? Lasers? Music? And above all else…Cats?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, come down to The Yards on February 20 and 21st to see LASERCAT.

LASERCAT, a twenty foot tall inflatable cat head that shoots lasers and projections of art. The work is an art installation from art/music/performance collective Hungry Castle. The art LASERCAT projects is sourced from the public (and you can still submit your own work!) and the music is by both Hungry Castle (February 21st) and Thievery Corporation (February 20th).

LASERCAT has traveled the world but this is its first time in the District. Admission is free but come early, as the event will be packed. And bring your spiffiest laser dance gear.



  1. Cheap admission

You get an amazing experience for little or no cost at all.

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The Phillips Collection usually lets students in for free at the last 30 minutes before closing.

  1. They’re not on the Mall

Lay your favorite freshman year past time to rest. There’s so much more to do! Avoid the tourists, have some privacy and transform your date into a picture perfect experience!

Check out Studio Gallery – the first predominantly female art gallery in DC.

  1. It’s not just art

A lot of art galleries rent out their venue space for cool activities.

Blind Whino frequently hosts pop up arcade nights and other ragers.
The DCAC has naked girls reading (no, really), performances by the Washington Improv Theater and Molotov Theatre Group, America’s second oldest horror theatre group!
Toolbox Gallery offers spectacular Pilates courses on its second floor!

  1. Free booze

Nothing says romance quite like a fancy art party serving alcoholic libations.

Check out First Friday DuPont.

  1. They have that special home touch

For the stay-at-home couch potato couple, go to a home art gallery. We recommend visiting the lovely home art galleries of Q St Fine Art and Swann Street Art Gallery.

  1. Get to know your date… for better or for worse

Think of the date as a casual Rorschach test. If they look at Van Gogh’s  Starry Night and see dead kittens, maybe that’s a good heads up to steer clear.

  1. Take a breather from DC politics

…and immerse yourself into the glamour of DC art politics! (Which isn’t that much different)

  1. Little to no chance that you will be assaulted

Bright lights, lots of elbow room and clearly delineated security staff! These are luxuries that certain places in DC have failed to offer.

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  1. There’s something hip for the contemporary art lover…

Piece from David Molesky’s exhibit RIOT on display at The Fridge

  1. …and impressive for the impressionist fanatic