Daily Candy: Your Guide to the Supernova Performance Art Fest

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With more than 75 artists prepped to crawl, grind, ape, drag, and self-mail themselves into the inaugural Supernova Performance Art Festival, the Artisphere and nearby streets and parks of Rosslyn rocket to the top of the you-must-hang-here list this weekend.

Here are six artists to watch. And talk to. And touch. And dance with.

Holly Bass 
What: Leading Crunk Lessons, the D.C. local moves her audience through a history of hip-hop movement, testing the boundaries of race and gender. 
Why: Drop it like it’s hot — or not. 
When: Sat., 10-11 p.m. at the Big Bang Dance Party.

Kathryn Cornelius
What: Poking fun at the nothingness of an average day at the office, Cornelius works away at her toy-likeDo Nothing Machine, magnifying the blahdom of the ole’ 9-to-5.
Why: At least the artist takes an hour-long lunch break. 
When: Fri.-Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Rae Goodwin
What: Upsetthat youth culture and stereotypes diminish the value of our most precious national resource, Goodwin created Grandmothers Are Super Heroes.
Why: Go nuts for gray power from the sidelines at the grannies-only parade.
When: Sun., 3 p.m.

J.J. McCracken
What: She builds and immerses herself in large-scale landscapes to challenge notions of consumer appetites. Characters desperately eat clay casts of vegetables and lug water in vessels that leak.
Why: She’s in the national spotlight. McCracken scored a prestigious Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.
When: Throughout the festival.

Kristin McWharter
What: Playing with the pleasure and pain of social interactions, McWharter dons a life-size Chinese finger trap.
Why: It’s not all so serious. Go ahead and find the funny in her performance, Push, Don’t Pull.
When: Sat., noon-7 p.m.

Ultra Naté
What: Baltimore’s house superstar brings the essence of her monthly Deep Sugar extravaganza to the Big Bang Dance Party, a wingding front-loaded with performance artists.
Why: Because this is your turn to dress up.
When: Sat., 9 p.m. Tickets ($15) at eventbrite.

You can’t make this stuff up.

Supernova runs Friday through Sunday. For performance schedules and more information, go