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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

  • Through Thursday, December 1, 2016

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

  • Through Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry.

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New Culture Exhibition Preview Case!

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Recent acquisitions representing the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts will be on display to preview an upcoming exhibition on American culture.

"FUN-derful" Art Exhibit (August 5-28) at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Join us for “FUN-derful: The Main Attraction” (August 5-28), featuring humorous FUN art, plus a Sideshow FUN-raiser of affordable artworks donated by artists to benefit Del Ray Artisans. Reception: August 5, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Autumn Educational Workshops Registration Open

The Washington Revels

Register now for the Revels after school workshops! 

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

DC State Fair

NoMa at Storey Park

The annual DC State Fair showcases the District's homegrown artistic, culinary, and agricultural talent. Music and dance performances, workshops, contests, food, drink, pet parade, and more. Free admission. Contests free and open to all DC residents. 

Categories: Arts, Fairs & Festivals, Free

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Exhibition: Chinamania

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics dubbed “Chinamania” swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Inspired by his travels to a major center for Chinese ceramics, contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates this phenomenon through an installation of Kangxi porcelains and his own monumental works.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Hot & Cool, showcasing the red hot dichroic fused glass designs of Dave & Dale Barnes juxtaposed with the cool and reserved acrylic abstracts of painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the August Featured Artist exhibit, Hot & Cool, showcasing the red hot dichroic fused glass designs of Dave & Dale Barnes juxtaposed with the cool and reserved acrylic abstracts of painter Kay Layne, for a truly well-balanced exhibit for your summer viewing pleasure.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

House and Home

National Building Museum

House & Home, a long-term exhibition presented by the National Building Museum, takes visitors on a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, challenging our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Joy

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “Joy,” a concert featuring pianists Stijn De Cock, Jeannette Fang, Read Gainsford and Genevieve Feiwen Lee, performing the works of Aaron Copland, David Biedenbender, Claude Debussy, Graham Fitkin, Lance Hulme and Georges Bizet. 

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji - A World Premiere Play

Adventure Theatre

When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Laughing Matters

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

"Laughing Matters," is a display that looks into the stories of three comedians who changed the face of comedy.

Looney Tunes at AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Selections of Warner Bros.' classic Looney Tunes cartoons presented on 35mm prints. Showcases are every Saturday and Sunday at 11:00 a.m. starting August 6 and running through August 28. Tickets are only $5.

Categories: Family Oriented, Film

Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A handmade habitat that features large-scaled mythical fiber creatures will be on view in the New Project Studio at the Torpedo Factory through August. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life

Parkview Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life by Heidi Sheppard. 

Categories: Arts, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

Categories: Arts

Perspectives: Michael Joo

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, NY) has created a monumental installation for the Freer|Sackler. The birds’ movements are visualized as lines in space in this multimedia work. On view in the light-flooded Sackler pavilion, the installation will seem to shift with the seasons, complementing Joo’s interest in the nature of change.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM features a selection of late 18th and 19th century prints from the NSLM permanent collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Sundays, Aug. 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2 to 5 p.m.

Sundays, Sept. 4, 11, 18 and 25, 2 to 5 p.m.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts, Free

Razzle Dazzle Open House Indoor Yard Sale

The Mansion on O Street

Once every summer, we open The Mansion and fill it with one-of-a-kind items donated by our members, friends, neighbors and guests to browse and buy!

Rising Scaffold: Sondra Arkin

Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Rising Scaffold by Sondra Arkin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Sunday Serenity: Fall Yoga in the East Park

Dumbarton House

A 60 minute all-levels vinyasa flow class that should be fun and challenging for both experienced yogis and yoga skeptics alike! 

Categories: Other Events, History, Dance

Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, Symbolic Cities presents Ahmed Mater’s observations on economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The 4th Sunday Worship Experience

Silver Spring, Maryland

This is a free music concert open to the public.

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

To the Finish: The Art & Process of Greg Montgomery

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition of thirty-five fine art prints and preparatory materials features Greg Montgomery's early serigraphs (silkscreen prints), drawings, and cut-paper studies as well as giclées.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Triple Vision: Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

This exhibition features works from Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller.

Categories: Arts

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Virginia Ballet Lecture/Demonstration

Ernst Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus

Virginia Ballet Company and School will present a free lecture/demonstration on Sunday, August 28, 2016 at 2:00 p.m. at the Ernst Theater on the NVCC Annandale Campus. Tickets for open seating may be reserved online at www.VABallet.org using code 2016Postcard2.

Categories: Dance, Free, Family Oriented

Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Target Gallery

Dotted Space features installations and artist pop-up books that use dotted lines to demarcate rectilinear spaces. When viewed from a particular angle, the lines seem to create three-dimensional shapes, some of which appear to penetrate and continue through the gallery walls. By materializing planes and spaces out of the void, he invites viewers to reassess the very confines of the built environment. Kramm was selected as the 2016 winner of the Target Gallery’s prestigious Open

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Target Gallery

Dotted Space features installations and artist pop-up books that use dotted lines to demarcate rectilinear spaces. When viewed from a particular angle, the lines seem to create three-dimensional shapes, some of which appear to penetrate and continue through the gallery walls. By materializing planes and spaces out of the void, he invites viewers to reassess the very confines of the built environment. Kramm was selected as the 2016 winner of the Target Gallery’s prestigious Open

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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