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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.

House and Home

  • Through Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, which challenge our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

  • Through Thursday, December 1, 2016

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


Mon • September 26, 2016


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Cyrus Field and the Transatlantc Telegraph Cable

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

This display commemorates American businessman and financier Cyrus Field's accomplishment in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in July 1866. 

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.

"I Call My Brothers"

Forum Theatre

Jonas Hassen Khemiri's powerful play follows Amor the day after a car has exploded, his city is crippled with fear, and the police are on the lookout for someone like him.

Categories: Theater, Arts, International

"Never Forget" - A Photography Exhibit Commemorating the 15th Anniversary of 9/11

Multiple Exposures Gallery

This photography exhibit by Alan Sislen follows his 15+ year journey making photographs before and after 9/11 at and around the site of the World Trade Center in New York City.  The photographs show devastation, mourning, remembrances, memorials, and the amazing revitalization that took place.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

A Democracy Forum: What Have We Learned from the Ancient Greeks

National Geographic Society, Grosvenor Auditorium

What is democracy? What can we learn about it from the ancient Greeks? And how does this ideal continue to evolve? As part of a summerlong series of programs organized in conjunction with the exhibition “The Greeks: Agamemnon to Alexander the Great,” three leading experts on Greek culture and history will examine the meaning of these questions and more.

Categories: Discussion, Exhibits, Lecture

A Dream Within A Dream: Madness

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A Dream Within a Dream: Madness is a surreal interpretation of the life, works, and mad genius of Edgar Allan Poe. 

America Reads

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

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

Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the September Featured Artists exhibit Dreams of Trees and Other Living Things, a collaboration by paper collage artist Karen Oliver, and her daughter, ceramicist Amy Oliver.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Free Open Rehearsal

The Gathering Place

Join Jason Love and the Columbia Orchestra at The Gathering Place for an open rehearsal. You’ll get a behind-the-scenes peek at the creative, collaborative process of putting a concert together. Imagine the new insight into the music you'll have after seeing the process of putting it together!

Categories: Free, Music: Classical

Gauri Gill: Notes from the Desert

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Featuring fifty-six of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill’s work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

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

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.

Literary Trivia

Petworth Citizen

Join The Writer's Center as we bring literary trivia back to Petworth Citizenon Monday, September 26 from 7:00-8:30. Teams of one to four will have an opportunity to show off their book nerd status with four rounds of literary questions. 

Categories: Books & Authors, Arts, Free

Meditation in Adams Morgan

Kadampa Meditation Center DC

During this Monday night meditation class, Gen Nyema will guide students through Transform Your Life.  Each class will include a guided meditation, a short teaching from the book, time for questions, and a concluding meditation, finishing by 8:30pm.

Michael Fischerkeller: The Art of Politics

The Art League Gallery

Through a street art aesthetic, artist Michael Fischerkeller offers a commentary on today’s political, economic, and social issues.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Mustache Madness Hunt

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

Get your mustache on (don't worry we'll give you one) and join in the fun on this zany hunt around The Mansion. You'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for designated items found only at The Mansion. 

Categories: Tours, Exhibits, Arts

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

Phi Beta Kappa Lecture with Daniel Rodgers, Professor of History Emeritus at Princeton University

McDaniel Lounge

The annual Phi Beta Kappa lecture features Daniel Rodgers, the Henry Charles Lea professor of history emeritus at Princeton University. 

Categories: Lecture

Processed Entropy: Isabel Gouveia

Open Gallery at Montgomery College

Gouveia uses digital printer manipulations as a metaphor for human manipulations of the environment. The result is a series of distorted photographs, as beautiful as they are jarring.

Categories: Arts, Free

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko (1903–1970)—unexpectedly juxtaposed—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Renaissance Four at Quiet Waters

Quiet Waters Park

” The Renaissance Four”, will show their work at Quiet Waters Willow Gallery in Annapolis from August 31st until October 9th, 2016 There will be an opening reception on Sunday, September 11th, 2016 from 2-4 p.m.

Categories: Arts

Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment

National Museum of the United States Navy

Naval Museum to Host Environmental Stewardship Exhibit
Traveling Exhibit Offers Interactive Experiences for Visitors

Story Time at the National Postal Museum!

National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children to discover the world around them together at Story Time!

Story Time at the National Postal Museum!

National Postal Museum

The Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum invites adults and young children to discover the world around them together at Story Time!

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

The National Israeli-American Conference

Marriott Marquis Washington Hotel

The National Israeli-American Conference is the foremost annual gathering of the Israeli-American community.

Join us for an inspired, engaging three-day journey that delves into the most critical issues facing the Israeli-American and Jewish communities. Examine questions surrounding Israeli and Jewish identity and hear from world-renowned experts about the most pressing issues in global affairs. Explore cutting-edge educational opportunities for our children, network with innovators at the center of politics, culture, and business. Work to cultivate the leadership and growth of the Israeli-American community.

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

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I will open next month at the Library of Congress.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Arts

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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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