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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.

America Reads

  • Through Saturday, January 21, 2017

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.

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

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

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The Nutcracker

Warner Theatre

DC’s perennial favorite!  This celebrated production is set in historic Georgetown with George Washington and King George III among other historical figures. Join us again with family and friends or start a new holiday tradition with your loved ones.

12 Plays of Christmas

Sleepy Hollow United Methodist Church

The 12 Plays of Christmas is – you guessed it – 12 sketches that correspond to the classic Christmas song, The 12 Days of Christmas. Whether your favorite day is the 5th (just remember those lovely five golden rings) or the 10th (a leaping lord, anyone?), this show brings warmth and humor to audiences of all ages.

Categories: Theater, Holiday

2nd Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Enjoy a special after-hours event at the Torpedo Factory Art Center every month.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

44th Annual Faculty Exhibition

King Street Gallery

The prolific faculty and staff of Montgomery College’s Visual and Performing Arts department exhibit recent work in this annual exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

A Christmas Carol Memory

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

When an orphaned girl, living with her aunt, finds a trunk in the attic, once used by her puppeteer grandfather, she also discovers an old family tradition, the re-enacting of Dicken's a Christmas Carol.  Come and enjoy this new original show for the holidays.

A Vintage Evening: Yuletide at Anderson House

The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House

Celebrate the holiday season touring the festively decorated Anderson House and tasting eggnog punch.

Categories: Holiday, History

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.

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now

The Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Bright Concepts Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

A bright and bold exhibit featuring the work of Mark Altrogge, Tony Glander, Bobbi Shulman, and Nellie Chao. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Candlelight Tour

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Visit Tudor Place for a historical Christmas celebration.

Categories: Holiday, Tours, Exhibits

Celebrate the season with Warby Parker!

Warby Parker Shaw

Don’t wait until the last minute to send your holiday greetings this year—cross everyone off your list in one swoop of the pen at Warby Parker’s Just Add Words event.

Categories: Other Events, Free

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Copenhagen :: Fringe Theatre

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

A World War II drama for the modern age.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

Dennis Crayon: That Which Was Once Whole

The Art League Gallery

Painter Dennis Crayon uses scraps of old photos as starting points for his paintings and expands outward, using his imagination to fill in the story and objects outside the bounds of the snapshot.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Deviated Theatre Presents 'creature comfort' at the National Gallery of Art Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Deviated Theatre will transform the East Building into an out-of-the-ordinary and family-friendly exploration with a fusion of contemporary dance, stilt walking, and playful character work.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Dance

Deviated Theatre Presents 'creature comfort' at the National Gallery of Art Evenings at the Edge

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Deviated Theatre will transform the East Building into an out-of-the-ordinary and family-friendly exploration with a fusion of contemporary dance, stilt walking, and playful character work.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Dance

Different Trains

American University Katzen Arts Center

In celebration of the 80th birthday of American composer Steve Reich, Interference presents Different Trains. Composed in 1988 for string quartet, the emotionally powerful Different Trains utilizes electronic voice samples of recorded speech.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, 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

Eighth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Rice Gallery

This biennial exhibition highlights works by McDaniel Art and Art History faculty members, including paintings by Steven Pearson, photography by Walter Calahan, paintings and sculpture by Kateryna Mychajlyshyn, ceramics by Ken Hankins, jewelry by Linda Van Hart, intermedia and digital art by Chloe Irla, among others. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit Tour: An Agreeable Tyrant- Fashion after the Revolution

DAR Museum

Let an expert guide take you through the current exhibit “An Agreeable Tyrant”: Fashion After the Revolution.

Categories: Tours, Exhibits, History

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

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

National Museum of the American Indian

A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Horace Poolaw’s work celebrates his subjects’ place in American life and preserves an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with—the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

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

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

Genocide and ISIS: Civilians at Risk

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Since the summer of 2014, the self-proclaimed Islamic State, or ISIS, has carried out a violent campaign against civilians in Ninewa province in northern Iraq, home to many of Iraq’s ethnic and religious minorities. 

Join us for a conversation about what the genocide determination means now and what can be done for civilians in Iraq.

Categories: International

Geronimo Production Company Presents The Giver

Franklin Park Arts Center

Relive Lois Lowry's classic dystopian parable of love, family, and the capacity to see beyond this holiday season! Coming to Franklin Park Dec. 8-11: http://www.geronimoloudoun.org/giver

Holy City Exhibition by international artist Brian Whelan at Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral

Holy City is a series of nine paintings representing the three Abrahamic faiths: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. When displayed together, the panels create a work of art 9 x 12 feet. "This is my aspirational vision of what a Holy City looks like." www.brianwhelan.co.uk

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

Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot, whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important ”unit” of this artist’s work.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jazz Night

Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College

The McDaniel Jazz Ensemble performs classic big band swing, bebop, Latin, Funk, Jazz-rock and classic blues under the direction of Tim Jenkins, adjunct lecturer in music. 

Categories: Music: Other, Free

Luce Unplugged: April + VISTA

Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Luce Unplugged invites local musicians to perform after staff-led art talks. R&B band, April + VISTA, push musical boundaries with experimental jams all while keeping their sound accessible and grounded. 

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Margaret Leng Tan, piano: Cabinet of Curiosities

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre

Margaret Leng Tan has established herself as a major force in the American avant-garde. Tan, whose work embraces theatre, choreography and performance, has been called “the diva of avant-garde pianism” by The New Yorker. 

Categories: Music: Classical

Material as Medium

Target Gallery

From a pelt made of keys to a concrete tube lined with shag carpet, the new exhibition in Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center turns an eye toward the future of textile art.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Odd Universe :: Fringe Creative

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

Prepare to be amazed for an evening of mind-magic and mysticism.

Categories: Theater, Arts

One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Phillips Collection

This installation will juxtapose several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection reunites all 60 panels of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence’s seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

Second Thursday at the Torpedo Factory - Jane Franklin Dance

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Come out as you gear up for the holidays! This free event features open artist studios to explore your shopping options, artist talks, and Jane Franklin Dance featured in small dances throughout the building, concluding with a performance of the energetic and lively “Fightin’ Words” performed to bluegrass fiddle.

Categories: Dance, Arts, Exhibits

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

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

The Christians

DCJCC, Theater J


This provocative new play offers an unflinching look at religion—and its universal power to unite or divide. A little play about big faith.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Music: Other

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 Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery

In December, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an All Artists exhibit, Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show, featuring 10x10 inch original and reproduction two dimensional work including paintings, mixed media and photography, as well as ceramics, jewelry and other three dimensional items displayed in black frames and shadow boxes.

Categories: Arts, Free, Holiday

THET330 Final Showing

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre

Join Professor Scot Reese's Play Directing I class for their final scene showcase.

Categories: Theater, Free

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past

National Museum of the United States Navy

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past Exhibition Celebrates Naval History
Exhibit Opens on the United States Navy’s Birthday on October 13

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

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

UMD Repertoire Orchestra Concert #2

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

The University of Maryland Repertoire Orchestra is a unique all-campus orchestra that is open to music majors, non-music majors and members of the University of Maryland community.

Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series & Related Works

The Phillips Collection

The work of internationally recognized American artist Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959, Bronx, New York) powerfully examines “the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Wine & Design

National Postal Museum

Wine & Design brings happy hour and postal-theme crafting together once a month at the National Postal Museum! Whether you are a letter-writing lover, an Etsy fanatic, or just looking for something new to do — join us!

Wine & Design

National Postal Museum

Wine & Design brings happy hour and postal-theme crafting together once a month at the National Postal Museum! Whether you are a letter-writing lover, an Etsy fanatic, or just looking for something new to do — join us!

Winter Lights: Second Thursday Art Night

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Night arrives earlier and earlier, but inside the Torpedo Factory, we celebrate with Winter Lights. Join us in December for a festive Second Thursday.

Categories: Holiday, Arts, Free

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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