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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.

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. 

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. 

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Sat • May 28, 2016

 

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"Inspiration to Completion: 2016"

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Pottery presents a spring ceramics exhibit entitled "Inspiration to Completion: 2016" featuring recent works of the Pottery's instructors and advanced students.  The exhibit will showcase how an inspiration informs the artist's completed work.

Categories: Arts, Free

2016 GI Film Festival

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic

Described as “Sundance for the Troops”, the GI Film Festival (GIFF) is the nation’s only military film festival and is returning to the District May 21st – 29th, 2016.  This year’s 10th annual event is bigger than ever, with more than 75 films, red carpets, parties, celebrity guests and more hosted by the Angelika Film Center in Merrifield, VA at Lee Highway and Gallows Road. 

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals

A Visionary's Eye: Glimpse Into Carol Trawick's Private Collection

Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present A Visionary's Eye: Glimpse Into Carol Trawick's Private Collection. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Caroline, or Change, presented by Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Caroline, or Change, a dramatic musical, set in 1963 Louisiana, explores the great social changes of the times, mirrored in the relationship of the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline.  A moving story, with incredibly powerful music, presented by Creative Cauldron.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Caroline, or Change, presented by Creative Cauldron

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Caroline, or Change, a dramatic musical, set in 1963 Louisiana, explores the great social changes of the times, mirrored in the relationship of the Gellman family and their African-American maid, Caroline.  A moving story, with incredibly powerful music, presented by Creative Cauldron.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, 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

Emperor's Nightingale

Adventure Theatre

This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom.

Categories: Family Oriented, Theater

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, EnterState: Sensing the Natural World, curated by Raquel de Anda, which will be on view from May 21 to July 9, 2016. We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: Next Level Craft - Cutting Edge Handicraft from Sweden

House of Sweden

A mesmerizing handicraft exhibit with its own music video and soundtrack

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Healing Through the Arts: Artist Books by ESOL Students

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Healing Through the Arts: Artist Books by ESOL Students is a show that displays hand-made books that students from Einstein and Sherwood High School have made.

Categories: Books & Authors

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Archival materials show one man’s encounter with a notable ancient site.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Highest Honor: Site-Specific Sculpture

Torpedo Factory Art Center

In collaboration with military veterans from The Art League’s IMPart program, artist and League instructor Andy Yoder will construct a site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s atrium.

Categories: Arts, Free, History

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

June Packard Film Screenings

Packard Campus Theater

Library’s June Films Spotlight Prince, Marilyn Monroe, and more. 

Categories: Film, Free, Other Events

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

Nancy McIntyre: Rhythms of Time

The Art League Gallery

Silkscreens and paintings that “treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

National Festival Orchestra Pops Concert

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

More information about this performance will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

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

Open Studio: Symbolism in Stories

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Learn how photographs can tell stories about a place during this afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Discover Saudi Arabia through tours of the special exhibition Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater (12:30 and 2:30 pm). Experiment with art materials, solve creative challenges, and collaborate with friends and family. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

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: Lara Baladi

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

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage.

Categories: Arts, Free

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

Portrait Story Days: John James Audubon

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Young visitors and their families may drop by to listen to a story about John James Audubon and complete an art project. 

Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the May Featured Artists exhibit, Sea & Sky, reminiscent of days unfolding under cloudless skies, sunrise walks, and wind swept dunes.  The exhibit features the sculptural copper designs of Anne Jordan, and the richly textured mixed media paintings of Karen Watson, in this illustration of our long-standing and enthralling relationship with the Sea & Sky.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Self Guided Tour of O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street

Create your own adventure when you explore The O Street Museum and its collections. Tour through the themed rooms and search for secret doors, signed guitars (over 60 to find), memorabilia, art and much more on this one-of-a-kind journey.

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 Art of Yoga

Montpelier Arts Center

Enjoy an hour-long yoga class in the beautiful galleries of Montpelier Arts Center. Wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat. Following the class, explore the art exhibitions in the galleries and discover the gorgeous grounds of Montpelier. 

Ages 18 & up; FREE

Categories: Other Events, Free, Arts

The French Horse from Géricault to Picasso: Works from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

National Sporting Library & Museum

More than 40 major paintings, sculptures, and works on paper by artists as varied as Pablo Picasso, Antoine- Louis Barye, Edgar Degas, and Théodore Géricault represent every major movement in French art from Romanticism to Fauvism in this equine-themed exhibition.

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Target Gallery Presents Lisa Kellner: Always into Now

Target Gallery

Lisa Kellner’s site-responsive Paintings in Space use the room as a canvas. She creates organic, ethereal forms from silk. Viewers experience the intimacy of being absorbed with a room-sized painting. This is the first exhibition as part of the Target Gallery’s New Media Invitational and is funded, in part, by March150 participants.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Turtle Dance Music

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Sensory-Friendly Music and Movement Show at MLK Library 5/28 at 10am

VA StrEats Fest

Gar-Field High School

This year's festival will feature the area's BEST trucks over TWO days!

Weekly Zouk and Kizomba dance social at Glen Echo Park

Back Room at Glen Echo Park

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social!

Categories: Dance

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

Wynonna Judd Stopping in Charles Town as Part of 'Wynonna & the Big Noise'

Hollywood Casino at Charles Town

Legendary Singer Wynonna Judd Performing at Event Center Memorial Day Weekend

Categories: Tours, Music: Other

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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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