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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. 

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

  • Through Sunday, May 31, 2015

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit IV (1930) and No. VI (1930), on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes from the permanent collection by her compatriots.

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Fri • May 29, 2015

 

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"Visages/Vignettes" by Wayson R. Jones

Montpelier Arts Center

Wayson R. Jones explores the idea of implicit association between imagery, memory, and emotion through manipulation of texture, shape, and color (or lack thereof). His new work evokes abstracted figures, imaginary landscapes, faces, and objects. They represent the “vignettes”: subjective snapshots of events, persons, or objects in motion, and “visages”: abstract faces combined with objects that symbolize parts of childhood. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

20th Annual Western Maryland Blues Fest

Hagerstown City Park

The Western MD Blues Fest is celebrating 20 years of great blues music in Hagerstown.  Come celebrate with four jam-packed, jumpin' days filled with music from national, regional and local performers.

35th Annual Herndon Festival

Historic Downtown Herndon

Join us for the 35th Annual Herndon Festival, four days of entertainment, carnival, arts & crafts vendors, food vendors, fireworks, 5k/10k & fitness expo, children's hands on art area and much more!

America's Freedom Bell

The Parade Deck of the National Museum of the Marine Corps

Friday, May 29 -- Sunday, May 31
Come ring the Freedom Bell while entereing or leaving the Museum.

Billy Friebele: Ultrasonic Landscapes

The Heurich Gallery

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the March 24th opening reception and artist talk at The Heurich Gallery for Billy Friebele: Ultrasonic Landscapes, an interactive multimedia exhibition by the Washington-based artist.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Tuesday, March 24th, 5:30 – 7 pm

On View: March 24 – June 10, 2015

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm; Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

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

Catch Me: A Magic Duel

Maison Biltmore

Magicians Battle Head-to-Head in Catch Me: A Magic Duel

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.   

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

December 20, 2014—December 2015

Freer

Ceramic production during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) reflects the strength of the international market demand for Chinese wares. Notably, celadon-glazed vessels from Longquan competed with porcelain objects from Jingdezhen, painted with innovative decoration in cobalt pigment. A dozen Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection show highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complement the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy.     

 

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Arts

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Diana C. Suttenfield: The Subject is Light

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Artist, Diane Suttenfield, celebrates the land and architecture of the place she has called home since 1962, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with luminous paintings and intricate drawings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea

Theater Alliance @ the Anacostia Playhouse

Dontrell - a young, smart, talented, motivated man from Baltimore - is on a quest to swim out into the Atlantic to discover his family’s past before he can move forward and begin the next phase of his life.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Discussion

Ellyn Weiss

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

With monoprints, acrylics, encaustic paint, oil bars, and other media, Ellyn Weiss strives to create art that speaks directly to the heart without mediation or explanation. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Eunsook Lee: Dispersed Family

Target Gallery

Korean artist Eunsook Lee explores meaning of family with site-specific black-light installation in Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: “Printed Art: The Potomac”

The Art League Gallery

In “Printed Art: The Potomac,” John Gosling’s linocut relief prints illustrate the “Nation’s River,” past and present.

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

Getting to the Truth: Writing in the First Person

Washington National Cathedral

Led by Nora Gallagher and Barbara Brown Taylor, creative writers of all levels are invited to a three-day conference at the Washington National Cathedral from May 29-31. 

Great Falls Studios presents Colvin Run Elementary School Art at Great Falls Starbucks through June 2015. Reception Tues., April 14, 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Starbucks Great Falls, VA

Great Falls Studios proudly sponsors the art of local elementary school students at Starbucks Great Falls.  Colvin Run Elementary School is on exhibit through June 2015.  A reception on Tuesday, April 14. 5 PM - 6:30 celebrates the artists and their families.

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

Hub Opera Ensemble presents Puccini's La Boheme

Kepler Performing & Visual Arts Education Center at Hagerstown Community College

Young love, poverty, idealism and death - the struggle is real!  Hub Opera Ensemble presents Puccini's La Boheme.

Intersections @ 5: Contemporary Art Projects at the Phillips

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection celebrates the fifth anniversary of Intersections. This exhibition presents works by Intersections artists that have been acquired to date, both pieces that were featured in past installations and new works that are reminiscent or emblematic of the projects.

Categories: Exhibits

Jane Hahler: The Painted Townscape

RIver Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Oil townscape paintings that are dominated by mood, transient light and saturated color from places in the U.S., Canada and Europe.

On View:  May 13- June 25  

 Hours:  Monday-Saturday 10 AM-4 PM, Sunday 9 AM-1 PM

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

MIX: Adventures in Mixed Media” exhibit at Del Ray Artisans Gallery (May 1-31, 2015). Artists mix two or more mediums for this collaboration between Del Ray Artisans and Artistic Artifacts. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

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

Oribe Ware: Color and Pattern Come to Japanese Ceramics

December 13, 2014–June 14, 2015

Freer

Invented in Japan in 1605, Oribe ware introduced vivid pattern and color to a ceramics tradition that had previously favored somber, monochrome designs. Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for serving food and drinking tea, and their sprightly patterns with glossy black or brilliant green glazes made them a shimmering addition to 17th-century dining trays and tearooms. A major technological advance in ceramics—the Motoyashiki multi-chamber climbing kiln, which allowed potters to melt glazes to dazzling translucency—made this radically new appearance possible. This exhibition highlights the best selections of Oribe ware in the Freer’s collection, including two new acquisitions on view for the first time.

http://www.asia.si.edu/exhibitions/default.asp

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 28-June 28. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Patricia Phillips Bowden

Montpelier Arts Center

Patricia Phillips Bowden, who holds a BFA from the Corcoran College of Art & Design, continues her exploration of art making by utilizing mixed media to create this salon-style exhibition. 

Categories: Arts, 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

Peacock Room Shutters Open

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

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

Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra of Greater Washington

United Christian Parish

Inaugural Season Finale!

Prohibition: A Nation of Hypocrites

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Episode Threeof the 2011 PBS series by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick follows the gradual swing towards repeal of Prohibition as the Great Depression focuses attention on other priorities. (104 minutes.)

Categories: Free, Film, History

Robert Liberace Demo Night

Principle Gallery

This May Principle Gallery will be taken over by renowned artists Teresa Oaxaca and Robert Liberace with two in-gallery demo nights and exhibition of new works! Robert Liberace's Demo Night will be Friday May 29th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Shakespeare Opera Theatre Presents: Much Ado about Nothing and Beatrice et Benedict by Hector Berlioz

The Hylton Performing Arts Center

Shakespeare Opera Theatre announces their inaugural productions of Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare and Beatrice et Benedict (in English) by Hector Berlioz.  The performances will take place in Manassas at the spectacular Hylton Performing Arts Center, May 24th-31st, and the two works will be performed in repertory.  Tickets are $45 for adults and $35 for Seniors and Students, with student matinees at 10:30 AM on May 28th and 29th at $15.  Pre-performance lectures will take place prior to the evening shows.  Tickets are available by calling 888-945-2468, or online at hyltoncenter.org.  

Sticks and Stones: an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

In May, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sticks and Stones, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the wire-wrapped jewelry designs of Dana Jansen, along with the architectural and liner abstract works of painter Kay Layne.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Super Science Slumber Party

Maryland Science Center

Spend a night at our museum with the Super Science Slumber Party—a member exclusive event. Participate in hands-on activities throughout the building, watch movies, play in the Kids Room, craft and create in The Shed, roar with the dinosaurs, experiment in SciLab, and when it’s time to say lights out—sleep in the exhibit halls. Tickets are $35 per member and space is limited. Advance registration required. Visit www.marylandsciencecenter.org for more information.

The Army Historical Foundation Inaugural Classic

Ft Belvoir Golf Course

Join us for a morning of golf to support Army History and the National Museum of the U.S. Army. The 18-hole scramble will be played on the Fort Belvoir Golf Course, providing views of the future site of the National Museum of the United States Army.  The tournament course will be designed from a combination of holes from both the Gunston and Woodlawn courses to challenge even the experienced golfer. All levels of experience are welcome.

Categories: Charity Events

The Blood Quilt

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

From Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) comes this funny and fierce world-premiere about four disconnected sisters reuniting to create a family quilt honoring their recently deceased mother. But after their mother’s will is read, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?

Categories: Theater

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals spanning three decades illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

Touchstone Gallery May Exhibit

Touchstone Gallery NEW Location

Opening reception for Touchstone Gallery's May exhibit, featuring solo show by Aleksandra Katargina and juried student work from the Touchstone@ArtSpace project.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Washington Chamber Orchestra Concert Cycle 3

Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church

Peled Plays Schumann Cello Concerto 

Washington Chamber Orchestra Concert Cycle 3

Shrine of St. Jude Catholic Church

Peled Plays Schumann Cello Concerto 

Waverly Street Gallery presents Birds of the Deep Waters Digital Photography by Evelyn Jacob

WAVERLY STREET GALLERY

May 5 – June 6, 2015 - Evelyn Jacob has shown her work and has won awards in over fifteen regional juried multiple person or group exhibitions in venues such as BlackRock Center for the Arts, Glenview Mansion, Sandy Spring Museum, and Strathmore Hall. She also has had solo exhibitions at several community art galleries.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Lecture

Workhouse Arts Center Carnival and Art Party

Workhouse Arts Center

An exciting three day carnival will be happening at the Workhouse for the first time ever!  Carnival rides, games, music, vendors, food and fun will be happening on the baseball field on the south side of the Workhouse campus.  Celebrate our military with us later in the evening on Saturday and Sunday as we host a special outdoor film screening and on Sunday afternoon for the kickoff of our special “Stars on Sunday” performance series! Parking is $5, but free with a military ID.  Admission is free; however, rides and activities will require additional fees or tickets.  

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

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

Zen Buddhism, tea, and ink painting—well-known expressions of Japanese culture—have their roots in Chinese arts and ideas brought to medieval Japan from the late 12th to the 16th century. By the end of that period, arts and customs from Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasty China had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as Japanese practices such as chanoyu, the art of tea. In this exhibition, Chinese and Japanese paintings, lacquer ware, and ceramics illuminate this remarkable period of cultural contact and synthesis.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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