Three for the Weekend: True as glass

Here's a look at three things to do in Latvia this weekend. 

Critical Mass cycling event

Loathed by the authorities, the annual Critical Mass brings together hundreds of cyclists who just set off and go wherever they please in a swarm of activity annoying to the police and drivers but very fun to everyone in the crowd. 

It begins May 1 at 2 p.m. by the Daile Theater. Organizers ask people to be safe, not stray away from the crowd, and not leave behind those who've come in harm's way. Everyone is invited to the event's afterparties too.

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Rothko in Daugavpils

We'll never tire of telling people three things about Mark Rothko - he was born in Latvia's Daugavpils; there's a museum in Daugavpils dedicated to Mark Rothko; there are Rothko originals in that museum.

And even if you've been there, there's a new collection of the seminal abstract expressionist's works on display at the Mark Rothko Art Center

Feelings in glass in Rīga

Shiny things galore at the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design with Artis Nīmanis' fresh new exhibit 'Fragile' featuring art in beautiful reflective glass.

The head of the museum Inese Baranovska told Latvian Radio that the exhibit doesn't view glass purely as a design object but rather as a feeling - about the fragile in our relationships, in nature and the world. 

Nīmanis' works have been on show from Mexico to Japan. He started doing glass art at the Decorative Art High School and says he has never tired of using the transparent material.

The Museum of Decorative Arts and Design is open every day except Monday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and to 7 p.m. on Wednesdays. 

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