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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.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

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"Paws 'N Claws for Art" exhibit reception

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art” exhibit at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (2/21/2015-3/31/2015). Del Ray Artisans and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria show animal-themed art with UpCycle’s Fur-Vor student-created dog art. Reception: February 27, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Country House, City House" Exhibition

Octagon Museum

This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Menokin Foundation, explores the fascinating work being done at the Menokin site to turn a preservation disaster into an incredible architectural, preservation, and interpretive opportunity.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

"Elements" art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Elements” art exhibit (2/6-3/1/2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery: Paintings, photographs, mixed media, stained glass, metal, sculpture & jewelry, by seven artists. Opening Reception: Friday, February 6, 7-9pm. Gallery hours: Thursdays through Sundays. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

150 Years After the Thirteenth Amendment with Rep. G.K. Butterfield

President Lincoln's Cottage

Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Thirteenth Amendment and the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act with Rep. G. K. Butterfield.

Categories: Lecture, History, Holiday

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Arts Club of Washington

The Beau Soir Ensemble will perform the Washington DC premiere of "Eye of the Night" by critically acclaimed composer David Bruce along with the Debussy Trio and other varied selections.  

Categories: Music: Classical

Big Ten New Play Initiative: Good Kids

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

Good Kids explores a casual sexual encounter gone wrong, and its very public aftermath. Who is telling the truth? Whose version of the story do you believe? What does that say about you? This play responds to actual events that went on to generate a national dialogue.

Categories: Theater

Black: Recent Paintings by Brian Cirmo

Rice Gallery

Brian Cirmo exhibits narrative figure paintings of American images that tell American stories. He has spent the past decade traveling throughout the country visiting museums, large cities, small towns, national parks, Civil War battlefields, assassination sites, graveyards and national monuments.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Building Zone

National Building Museum

Building Zone long-term Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ages 2-6 with adult supervision The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors. The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone. Project Playhouse is sponsored by HomeAid and built by Pardee Homes. Event begins at Presented by: National Building Museum

Categories: Family Oriented

Celebrate You Day

Decker Auditorium, McDaniel College

Register for this McDaniel College Admissions event by calling 410-857-2230. 

Categories: Tours, Free

Chantry sings Prayers of the Heart: Great Renaissance and Baroque Settings of Beloved Prayers

Holy Comforter-St. Cyprian

Chantry sings great settings of beloved prayers by Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, Josquin, Schütz, Purcell, and other Renaissance and Baroque masters.

Categories: Music: Classical

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.   

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

December 20, 2014—December 2015

Freer

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.     

 

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Arts

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is open to the public 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with special exhibition viewing hours on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Free, docent-led tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Dialogues of the Carmelites

Kennedy Center, Opera House

Faith is put to the ultimate test in Poulenc's powerful opera about an order of Carmelite nuns who refuse to renounce their beliefs in the wake of the French Revolution. Sung in English, this opera is a company premiere for WNO.

February Exhibition at Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery

February exhibit for our member show featuring solo shows by Janathel Shaw and Harmon Biddle.

Categories: Arts

Film Screenings by Pioneering Black Filmmaker Oscar Micheaux, with Live Jazz Accompaniment

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

Celebrate Black History Month at AFI Silver Theatre with screenings of The Symbol of the Unconqured aka The Wilderness Trail and Body and Soul, two silent films by pioneering black filmmaker Oscar Micheaux. The screenings will feature live musical accompaniment by free jazz kingpin William Hooker.

Categories: Film, Music: Other, Arts

For Whom It Stands

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Named one of the nation's "Top 10 Must-See Exhibits This Summer" by USA Today. More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Categories: Arts, History, Exhibits

Foreign Film Festival: "The Band's Visit" (Israel)

Carroll Arts Center

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Categories: Film, International

Foreign Film Festival: "The Band's Visit" (Israel)

Carroll Arts Center

A band comprised of members of the Egyptian police force head to Israel to play at the inaugural ceremony of an Arab arts center, only to find themselves lost in the wrong town.

Categories: Film, International

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Gallery B - February Exhibition: Coaxing the Elements

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its first February exhibition: Coaxing the Elements featuring woodwork by Lynda Smith-Bügge and jewelry by Katja Toporski. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Glancing Back & Looking Forward: 100 Years of African American Culture and History in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Montpelier Arts Center

This exhibition features information about the lives of selected Prince Georgians who had a variety of occupations and community roles. Through photographs, artifacts, and excerpts from interviews, Everyday People Making History will convey the personal stories of participants and highlight the ways in which they were and still are a part of history in Prince George’s over the past century. 

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms / Mathematical Models

The Phillips Collection

Photographic works and sculptures by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

In The Flesh V

Target Gallery

In the Flesh V is an all-media exhibiton featuring work by artists who explore the human figure as their subject.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Interactive Symphony - CCS at Intersections 2015

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

Capital City Symphony's "Interactive Symphony" connects visual arts and music to tell you the story behind the music.

Categories: Music: Classical

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jacob Lawrence's Struggle: From the History of the American People

The Phillips Collection

University of Virginia Professor of Modern art and former Phillips senior curator Elizabeth Hutton Turner moderates a discussion with leading scholars in conjunction with an exhibition featuring panels from Jacob Lawrence's Struggle Series (1954-56). 

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Discussion

James Cotton

Montpelier Arts Center

Blues harmonica player, singer, and songwriter James Cotton has performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time.

Categories: Music: Other

King Hedley II

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

In King Hedley II, the powerful ninth installment of Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s “Century Cycle,” a scarred and haunted ex-convict has the chance to lock away his past and achieve an entrepreneurial dream, but will life in Pittsburgh’s unforgiving Hill District let him?

Categories: Theater

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

The Phillips Collection

Featuring over 100 pieces, this Man Ray exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, his inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015

Freer

Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics—the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency—made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Peacock Room Shutters Open

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

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

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Richard Dana: Reverberation

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the December 10th opening reception and artist talk forRichard Dana: Reverberation, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist at The Heurich Gallery. 

Reverberation, Richard Dana’s latest body of work, comprises a new series of large-scale digital pigment prints on view for the first time in this exhibition. These vibrant abstract works are the result of Dana’s distinct process that exploits chance, experimentation, and analog and digital technologies. Dana begins by creating black and white drawings or collages which he then scans into his computer. The digital images are submitted to a series of manipulations – they are bent, stretched, warped, imploded, exploded, massaged, and colored – until any trace of the artist’s hand disappears. Each intervention builds upon the previous one, resulting in a mesmerizing body of images that vibrate with rhythm and color. 

About Richard Dana

Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies in 1977. ln 1984, after years of creating art in his spare time, Dana left his position as an economist and Soviet Affairs expert in order to pursue a career in art. Dana has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: December 10th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Romancing Nature: an exhibit of fine art photography by Mary Louise Ravese and paintings by Kate Williams

Arts in the Village Gallery

In February, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Romancing Nature, a Featured Artist Exhibit inspired by the beauty of nature.  From the Tuscan countryside and rolling hills of Napa Valley, California to expansive soft-colored skies and intimate florae, the photographs of Mary Louise Ravese paired with paintings of Kate Williams, stage a captivating and romanticized view of nature.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

The Art League’s Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

Faculty works will be showcased alongside hundreds of paintings, drawings, prints, stained glass works, jewelry, ceramics, pottery, fiber pieces, mosaics, and sculptures created by our student body.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Quickening Image: Wax-Resist Drawings of Ephraim Rubenstein & David Dodge Lewis – A Twenty-Year Collaboration

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

David Dodge Lewis and Ephraim Rubenstein are both noted artists as well as active teachers. Rubenstein is currently on the faculty at Columbia University, the National Academy of Design, and the Art Students League and Lewis is the William W. Elliot Professor of Fine Arts at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. The work of both artists shows a connection to tradition as well as a desire to push the boundaries of technique and style. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

The Turn of the Screw

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A World Premeire Musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

Categories: Theater

Tigran Hamasyan

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre

The Armenian piano wunderkind Tigran Hamasyan leaves you clutching at references. His Kogod Cabaret performance will be his only appearance in the area, so get a ticket, grab a drink and hold on.

Categories: Lecture, Food & Wine

Tigran Hamasyan

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre

The Armenian piano wunderkind Tigran Hamasyan leaves you clutching at references. His Kogod Cabaret performance will be his only appearance in the area, so get a ticket, grab a drink and hold on.

Categories: Lecture, Food & Wine

TRUTH the Musical

THEARC

Celebrate Black History Month at THEARC! When a troubled urban teen with a thirst for meaning gets himself in trouble, an unlikely champion from the the past appears to show him a way out. 

UMD Wind Orchestra: Dance Concerto

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

UMWO gives the Eastern U.S. premiere of Dance Concerto for clarinet and wind ensemble with the National Symphony Orchestra’s principal clarinetist, Paul Cigan.

Categories: Music: Classical

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

United States Army Band "Pershing's Own" Downrange

Old Town Hall

Downrange embraces the United States Army Band’s newest mission as a strategic public relations asset for the U.S. Army, and stands ready to entertain audiences at home and around the world.

Categories: Music: Other, Free

Winter Term at Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School begins its 14-week Winter Term on Monday, December 1, 2014 to March 14, 2015.  Ottley Music School teaches students of all ages from 3 1/2 years to senior citizens, all races, nationalities, and goals.  It offers private lessons and classes in voice, instruments, and dance. 

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

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

Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting—well-known expressions of Japanese culture—have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. By the end of that period, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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