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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.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

  • Through Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.

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. 


Sun • January 22, 2017


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"Simply Abstract" Art Exhibit (Jan 6-29) at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Simply Abstract” art exhibit (January 6-29) at Del Ray Artisans is an exploration of abstract compositions using shape, form, color, and line by local area artists. Opening Reception: Friday, January 6, 7-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

A Memory, Revisited – Dalya Luttwak

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present A Memory, Revisited – Dalya Luttwak. This installation is based on Luttwak’s Kousa Dogwood tree, a staple of her garden, which suddenly died last year. The sculpture incorporates the erect tree in an attempt to revisit her personal memories of a favorite plant. Curated by Ramon Osuna, Owner of Osuna Art & Antiques.

Categories: Arts

Amram Scholar Series Presents David Kinney

Washington Hebrew Congregation

The Amram Scholar Series welcomes Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist David Kinney to Washington Hebrew Congregation on Sunday, January 22 at 10:30 am. Co-author of "The Devil's Diary: Alfred Rosenberg and the Stolen Secrets of the Third Reich," Mr. Kinney provides a fresh, eye-opening account of the Nazis’ rise to power and genesis of the Holocaust uncovered in a long-lost diary written by Alfred Rosenberg.

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

Artful Attire

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present “Artful Attire.” This exhibition celebrates adornment through wearable art and sculptural jewelry. A selection of artists working in the Washington, DC region and beyond display work including textiles, garments, and jewelry in a wide variety of media. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Champions Inaugural Breakfast Tour

The Mansion on O Street

Be a champion and celebrate change with your loved ones this Inaugural weekend with a whimsical tour through O Museum in The Mansion.

Categories: Exhibits, History

Community Mixtape Presented by DJ M Dot

ReCreative Spaces

Community Mixtape is an opportunity to find common ground through music - no dj experience necessary, just bring a love of music + connecting! 

Connecting the Dots: The DMV

Torpedo Factory Art Center

By popular demand, Connecting the Dots: The DMV has been extended. Presented by The HRCHY CIA Merimart, the show features up-and-coming artists from the DC Metro area. Artists are exhibited via WMATA’s rail lines. Work captures the experiences of being a young artist in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia region. Learn more.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free


Theater J

Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play is an intellectually dazzling meditation on morality, ethics, and the creation of the atomic bomb.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Discussion


Theater J

Michael Frayn’s Tony Award-winning play is an intellectually dazzling meditation on morality, ethics, and the creation of the atomic bomb.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Discussion

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

Friday Morning Music Club: Lyceum Concert Series

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

Enjoy an afternoon classical music performance by the Friday Morning Music Club featuring various composers.

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


The Art League Gallery

Artwork examining patterns, routines, and rituals, juried by Rebecca Chaperon.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Happy Nappy Storytelling

Sankofa Video Books and Cafe

Happy Nappy Storytelling is free children's literacy program designed to encourage a love for reading. Each week we go on a storytelling adventure that invokes the full use of our imaginations and leaves us with a meaningful life lesson. 

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."

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

Inaugural Tour

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

Featured on the Travel Channel's "Mega Mansions" (see us on Netflix), numerous books, and National Geographic Traveler you will create your very own adventure when you tour through our themed rooms and search for secret doors, signed guitars, memorabilia, art and much more on this one-of-a-kind journey.

Categories: Exhibits, History


Torpedo Factory Art Center

“Ipseity” is defined as individual identity or selfhood. In this all-media exhibitionTarget Galley explores this concept of individual identity through works that contextualize themes of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and other labels we might use to identify ourselves. The show includes 17 artists from across the U.S. with work in a variety of media, including photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and video.

Juried by Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia.

Categories: Arts, Free, 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

Member 25

The Art League Gallery

An invitational, retrospective exhibit that celebrates artists who have been part of The Art League for 25 years – or more – as an exhibiting artist member.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

New Post-Graduate Resident: Welcome Jay Hendrick

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Fairfax-based artist Jay Hendrick creates paintings, then analyzes their importance, worth, and merit by exposing his work to different methods, such as digitization, duplication, and performance.

During his residency, Hendrick will emulate the processes of other artists in the DMV in an effort to understand why they do what they do. He will interview each participating artist and document the project on his blog and organize a round-table discussion about painting.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

O'Sullivan's Sunday Funnies-Free Comedy in Arlington,VA

O'Sullivan's Irish Pub

Live Standup Comedy Show featuring local Northern Virginia area standup comedians.

Categories: Theater, Free, Other Events

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

Open Door Reading-Shara McCallum & Jeneva Burroughs Stone

The Writer's Center

Shara McCallum, Cave Canem Fellow, and Director of the Stadler Center for Poetry at Bucknell University, reads from her fifth collection of poems, Madwoman. She is joined by Jeneva Burroughs Stone, author of Monster, a meditation on disability, medicine, and caregiving through linked essays and poems.

Categories: Books & Authors, Free

Out of Many Festival: A Winter Multicultural Presentation of Music and Dance

Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian

The museum presents its winter multi-cultural Out of Many Festival in this two-day celebration event that highlights Native performers, both traditional and contemporary, from across the country. 

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

Poets & Painters - Springtime in Winter: An Ekphrastic Study in Art, Poetry and Music

Reston Art Gallery & Studios

Readings and music created to complement the works of eight fine artists.

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors

Portrait Discovery Kits

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: Inauguration Month

National Portrait Gallery

Young visitors and their families may drop by to listen to a story and complete an art project

Categories: Arts, Free, History

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

Rise Above Conference

Day 1: The Lincoln Theatre, Day 2: The Mayflower Hotel

On Saturday, January 21st and Sunday, January 22nd, members of Lawyers for Good Government, a new national organization of more than 120,000 lawyers, paralegals, law students and activists committed to doing pro-bono work to defend civil and human rights, and to establish a government designed to put the interests of the American people first, will assemble at the Rise Above conference in DC to coordinate the new movement and plan legal resistance to the incoming Trump Administration and Republican controlled Congress.

Categories: Other Events

Shen Yun 2017 World Tour with Live Orchestra, Washington DC

Kennedy Center, Opera House

Spirit reviving Chinese Classical Dance performance by the Shen Yun Performance Company with digital animation backdrop.

Site 2: Daniel Taye

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Ethiopian painter Daniel Taye returns to the Torpedo Factory to display the work he's been inspired to create based on his travels in Alexandria. 

You may remember Taye, as he was in the New Project Studio this past summer. He has channeled his uninhibited flow of thought and rare perspective into capturing daily life in our city. 

Find his work in Site 2, located in the hallway by the elevators. Hear him speak about his work during Second Thursday Art Night, January 12, at 8 pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Start 2017 ​Strong: Girls on the Run NOVA Virtual 5K

Virtual Event

Support local girls and start your 2017 strong with the Girls on the Run of NOVA virtual 5k.

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance in Glen Echo's Spanish Ballroom. The beginner lesson starts at 2:45 pm and the band begins at 3:30, with dancing until 6 pm.

Categories: Dance, Music: Other

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 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

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

Vocal Arts DC Presents the New York Festival of Song in "Piotr the Great: Songs of Tchaikovsky and his Students."

University of the District of Columbia Auditorium

New York Festival of Song co-artistic directors and duo-pianists Steven Blier and Michael Barrett, joined by soprano Antonina Chehowska and baritone Alexey Lavrov, perform a recital of vocal selections by Tchaikovsky, Glière, Scriabin, Rachmaninov, Taneyev, and Rubinstein.

Categories: Music: Classical

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Submit an Event

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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