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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.

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.

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.

Wed • August 27, 2014

 

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Pacific Northwest Ballet Band of Horses Oregon Ballet Theatre

Wolf Trap, Filene Center

Contemporary ballet, indie rock, and stunning film from Pacific Northwest Ballet, Band of Horses, and Oregon Ballet Theatre.

"A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is pleased to partner with DC Public Library to bring the “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

120th Anniversary of Mei Lanfang Peking Opera

Kennedy Center, Opera House
  • IN HONOR OF THE 120TH ANNIVERSARY OF PEKING OPERA’S ACCLAIMED PERFORMER MEI LANFANG, WU PROMOTIONS PRESENTS

    THE JINGJU THEATER COMPANY OF BEIJING IN “CLASSIC PLAYS OF THE MEI SCHOOL” AND “LADY MU GUIYING TAKES COMMAND”

    In Washington at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Opera House August 27 and 28

    In recognition of the 120th anniversary of one of the most outstanding Peking Opera performers of all time Mei Lanfang, the first actor ever to present Peking Opera outside of China, Wu Promotions presents Mei Lanfang's son Mei Baojiu together with the Jingju Theater Company of Beijing in performances of "Classic Plays of the Mei School" and "Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command" in New York and Washington this August.  “Classic Plays of the Mei School” includes performances of five celebrated operas: The Goddess of Heaven Scatters Flowers, Lian Jinfeng· Pierce the Mussel, Resisting Jin Troops, Farewell My Concubine and Drunken Beauty and will be performed at New York’s Koch Theater on August 20 and 23 at 7:30 pm, and at the Kennedy Center Opera House on August 27, at 7:30 pm.  "Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command" explores issues such as personal ethics versus national duty, and the power of youthful exuberance, versus the wisdom of age, and will be performed at the Koch Theater on August 24 at 2 pm and at the Kennedy Center Opera House on August 28 at 7:30 pm. Tickets for "Classic Plays of the Mei School" and "Lady Mu Guiying Takes Command" at the Kennedy Opera House begin at $25 and are available at the Kennedy Center box office, charge by phone at 202-467-4600 or toll-free at 1-800-444-1324, or at kennedy-center.org.

41st Annual School Fair

Washington DC Convention Center

BLACK STUDENT FUND (BSF) in partnership with LATINO STUDENT FUND(LSF) IS HAVING A SCHOOL FAIR!

On October 5, 2014 from 2-5pm (A FREE EVENT)

Representives from over 65 Day and Boarding Schools will be in attendance.  This is a family event for the DC METRO AREA!   For more information please call BSF- 202-287-1414 OR LSF - 244-3438.

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the 4th Annual Clay National Ceramics Exhibition on it's campus at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton from Aug 2 to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Annual Razzle Dazzle Estate Sale & Open House at the Mansion! 8/25-9/7

The Mansion on O Street

Once every Summer, we open The Mansion and fill it with one-of-a-kind items donated by our members, friends, neighbors and guests to browse and buy!

Categories: Tours, Other Events, Arts

Arts and Culture Writing Workshop

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center

Arts and Culture Writing: How to Build Your Portfolio for Publication
 

Days: 4 Wednesdays 

Time: 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Dates: 8/6/2014 – 8/27/2014

The Writer’s Center at Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center (4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda, MD)
Register: https://www.writer.org/sslpage.aspx?pid=353

In this four-week class you will learn tips for interviewing artists and musicians; writing art and music reviews; and contacting record labels, publicists and artists.

Through weekly assignments you will learn how to build a professional arts and culture blog to serve as your portfolio, as well as how to market your writing and pitch ideas to publications. Students must complete 400- to 500-word writing assignments each week. You will be encouraged to launch your own arts and culture blog.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

Back to Cool

Maryland Science Center

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Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books, and ceramics that depict Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Categories: 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

Career Services Hiring Event

Stratford University- Woodbridge Campus

Career Services is hosting Virginia Hospital Center, Wells Fargo, US Secret Service, Nando’s Peri-Peri and The Medical Team for a hiring event on the first floor from 5:15 pm-6:15 pm at Stratford University’s Wood-bridge Campus at 14349 Gideon Dr., Woodbridge, VA 22192. This event is open to all students, graduates and the general public. Please bring your current resume for consideration!

Categories: Free, Other Events

Chinese Ceramics for Tea in Japan

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

Acquired by Charles Lang Freer, these Chinese bowls, small jars, and other ceramics were used as tea utensils in sixteenth-century Japan as part of chanoyu, or the “art of tea.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

DAR Museum Exhibition Showcases Changes in Comfort and Convenience in the Evolution of the American Household

DAR Museum

This exhibition explores how we have evolved from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: DAR Museum

Categories: Exhibits

DC Shorts Film Festival 2014

E Street Cinema

This year the DC Shorts Film Festival features great storytelling from around the world-- 135 films, 5 screenplays, several genres, from 25 countries. And if you come to the opening weekend showcases, stay for the Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and sicvoer the backstories you won't find anywhere else. 

Categories: Film, Arts

Farmers Market every Wednesday at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

On Saturday, May 14th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, the Farmers Market returns to the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA.  The Farmers Market will run every Wednesday until November 5th.

For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/general-events...

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

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

Glass Unpolished: an Exhibition on Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a glass art exhibition entitled Glass Unpolished: Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology from July 12th to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

HaHa at RiRa

Ri Ra Irish Pub

FREE Live standup comedy show by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Wednesday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW HaHa at RiRa Ri-Ra Irish Pub 2915 Wilson Blvd Arlington,VA 22201 http://www.rira.com/arlington/home.html www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Theater, Free

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England under Elizabeth I. Books explaining heraldry's complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents from professional heralds attempting to regulate heraldic practice show an ambitious world eager to display success and status.

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.

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Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Nigel Ramsay

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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

Japanese Religious Art

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

This exhibition focuses on paintings depicting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni; his disciples, or arhats; and his attendant bodhisattvas, Fugen (Samantabhadra) and Monju (Manjushri).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased announce the June 11th opening at The Heurich Gallery of Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature, an exhibition featuring photographs by the Washington-based artist.

On View: June 11th – September 2nd, 2014, Monday – Friday, 8 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 9am - 4pm. Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Lobby Project: Anthony Palliparambil Jr.

office of planning

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce our sixth Lobby Project installation entitled From the Archives by member artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.  Palliparambil will be exhibiting over 250 individual photos that have been created through the inputs of various social media outlets.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lydia Douglas: Cultural Reflections of the African Diaspora

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

This Maryland-based fine art photographer points her lens at people of African ancestry in a desire to create portraits “that are honest.” The photographs capture everyday people in places like Jamaica, Cuba, New York City and Maryland. The works present a globalized vision of African American history and culture—a vision that interrogates the “African” in African American and reconsiders the term “American,” to include peoples beyond our national boundaries. Museum hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Northern Virginia Community College hosts NLM exhibit The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters

Medical Education Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus  and Woodbridge Campus Libraries will be hosting the exhibit, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters. The exhibit documents the daily lives of a family of Virginian physicians during the 19th century, serving in their community, on the battlefield, and in the nation's courts of law.

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler

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

These early works by Whistler documented his adventures and shaped his approach to composition, light and shadow, and perspective.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Open Life Drawing at Del Ray Artisans (January - December 2014)

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

LIFE DRAWING: Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop-in for the session and bring your supplies to draw or paint our live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. See our calendar for dates and times: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts

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

Play Work Build

National Building Museum

PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience. 

Power Lunch at the Mansion!

The Mansion on O Street

Have Lunch at the Mansion on O Street! Every Monday and Wednesday from 12pm-2pm.

Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay -- an exhibit by mother-daughter artists, ceramicist Amy Oliver and collage artist Karen Oliver

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay, the August Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the energy of nature inspired ceramics by Amy Oliver and the intricate paper collage landscapes and portraits of Karen Oliver.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Steven Walls: Transient States

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Steven Walls' large-scale figurative paintings capture the space between perception and reality in this Target Gallery exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Structures: Sculpture at The Art League

The Art League Gallery

A juried exhibit of artwork by sculptors and 3-D artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

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

This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer’s best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Walk in Lincoln's footsteps at President Lincoln's Cottage, the summer home of the Lincoln family and "the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

’Scapes

The Art League Gallery

The Art League's annual juried (land)scape exhibit.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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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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