Laurie Anderson to Electrify D.C. Crowd at Warhol Lecture

laurie anderson.jpgThe Cherry Blossom Festival is still a couple of weeks away, but we’ve got an even better reason to head over to Our Nation’s Capital this weekend. On Saturday, multidimensional performance artist Laurie Anderson will be speaking at the National Portrait Gallery as part of its American Pictures lecture series. And buckle in for her topic: Andy Warhol‘s “Electric Chair” silkscreen series. The talk starts at 4:30pm in the auditorium of the newly renovated Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture; just drop by an hour beforehand to pick up free tickets.

And while you’re at the National Portrait Gallery, don’t miss a special exhibition of a new triple portrait of that great statesman, Comedy Central pundit Stephen Colbert. After much debate, the Smithsonian finally decided on an appropriate place to hang Colbert’s portrait: in between the bathrooms and above the water fountain.