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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.

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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New Culture Exhibition Preview Case!

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

Recent acquisitions representing the museum’s Division of Culture and the Arts will be on display to preview an upcoming exhibition on American culture.

"Parts to Whole" Exhibition

Pepco Edison Place Gallery

This year’s planned exhibition, Parts to Whole, will showcase the creative efforts of 20 AOB Alumni from 2003 and onward as well as current Apprentice Artists.  Parts to Whole not only celebrates the creative process of making art, but also the process of bringing pieces together to create something cohesive and beautiful.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

2016 Summer Art Camp for Youth at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans invites youth ages 8-14 for a one-week art camp (July 18-22 or July 25-29) with professional instruction, followed by a one-day gallery show. All art supplies, lunch, and snacks are provided. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/ArtCamp 

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

35th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition: Spatial Interpretation

Montpelier Arts Center

Various artists are invited to create site specific installation work in response to the gallery space.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

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.

Backyard Theater for Kids: Ear Snacks Live

The Backyard Theater at Strathmore

This Los Angeles duo makes delightful, clever music for kids. The tunes have a sunny, feel-good vibe, like your favorite indie folk group, complete witty lyrics and super catchy melodies the whole family will love.

Backyard Theater for Kids: Ear Snacks Live

The Backyard Theater at Strathmore

This Los Angeles duo makes delightful, clever music for kids. The tunes have a sunny, feel-good vibe, like your favorite indie folk group, complete witty lyrics and super catchy melodies the whole family will love.

Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series

Corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues

Enjoy five nights of blockbuster hits at downtown Bethesda's 11th annual outdoor movie series!

Categories: Film, Family Oriented

Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series

Corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues

Enjoy the summer nights in Bethesda with a free movie series!

Categories: Film, 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

Capital Fringe Festival 2016

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

Capital Fringe Festival: July 7 - 31, 2016

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage Principles & Practices of Real Estate

Georgetown Sales Office

Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage School of Real Estate prepares students to start a successful career in real estate.

Creative Mind Lab Dream Maker Summer Camp

Forest Memorial United Methodist Church

4 Weeks of Transformation - July 11 to August 5, for ages 6 -13.  $99 Registration & $99 a WEEK

CSM Twilight Performance Series: U.S. Navy Band Sea Chanters

College of Southern Maryland: Prince Frederick Campus

The official chorus of the U. S. Navy will perform a variety of music ranging from patriotic fare to Broadway and contemporary music. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted).

Categories: Music: Other

Dancing through Color . . . featuring fabric sculptor Claire Courpron and mixed media painter Ann Marie Williams

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the July Featured Artists Exhibit Dancing Through Color, a collaborative exhibit of two and three dimensional work by fabric sculptor Claire Courpron and mixed media artist Ann Marie Williams. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

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

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

Front Window Featured Artist: Jeff Herrity

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Front Window Featured Artist: Jeff Herrity

June 11 - August 20, 2016

Opening Reception: June 11, 2016, 5 pm

Categories: Exhibits

Gallery B July Exhibition

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its July exhibition, Manifestation of Abstract and Realism, featuring artwork by Maryland artist Antonio Scott. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Gallery B- Call for Artsits

Gallery B

Apply to display your artwork in local Bethesda gallery. Applications are due July 29th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’

Library of Congress

The life of Jacob Riis, a late-19th/early-20th century newspaper reporter and writer, whose stories and photographs of the squalid conditions in New York City’s tenements led to social reform, will be explored in a new Library of Congress exhibition.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, History

Jane Franklin Dance: Summer Adult Workshop

Theatre on the Run

Enjoy your summer with movement classes.
Be inspired and connect with a variety of techniques. Gain strength, agility and expressiveness. The  workshops provide a sound technique class followed by experiential practice in improvisation, repertory, or choreography.
Dance a little or a lot! Presented by Jane Franklin Dance company members, and other dance professionals, to introduce a range of approaches to movement and body awareness.

Categories: Dance

Kathleen Best Gillmann: Vision at Water's Edge

The Art League Gallery

Whether she’s rendered ominous skies or bright sunlight, Gillmann’s paintings evoke a sense of peace and tranquility.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Kevin Rohde

Montpelier Arts Center

In this body of work composed of ceramic figurative sculptures, Kevin Rohde examines our relationship with clothing, and its use as a symbol to question ideas of consumerism, classicism, and societal development.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Laughing Matters

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

"Laughing Matters," is a display that looks into the stories of three comedians who changed the face of comedy.

Making Patriotic Prostitutes

Library of Congress - Kluge Center

Kluge Fellow Jeong-Mi Park examines the historical transformation of prostitution policies in South Korea and how it was influenced by relations between Korea and the United States.

Categories: Free, Lecture, Discussion

Movement + Music

Art in the Park(ing lot)

Dance the night away under the DC sky! Lessons will be offered - no experience required.

Thursdays July 21, 28 | 6-8pm

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Dance

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

Not a Box

The Art League Gallery

“Not a Box” is an exhibit of installation art. Artists will transform a dedicated space in the gallery.

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

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

Rahim AlHaj Trio | Middle Eastern Music from New Mexico

Library of Congress, Coolidge Auditorium

The Rahim AlJaj Trio present Middle Eastern music from New Mexico. The program is part of the American Folklife Center's Homegrown Series.

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row

On Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m., Rhode Island Row will host the newly launched Rhode Island Row Farmers Market. Produced by Community Foodworks to meet the demand of commuters, and residents in the neighborhood, the market will open to the public at 4 p.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 12 until November 17 (rain or shine).

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market features vendors offering prepared foods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, coffee, baked goods and more.

Summer Concert Series

Veterans Park Bethesda

Enjoy the warm weather with free summer concerts every Thursday evening from May through July!

Summer Concerts: Hit the Roof

Bumper Car Pavilion at Glen Echo Park

Summer Concerts

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 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.

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

Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Target Gallery

Dotted Space features installations and artist pop-up books that use dotted lines to demarcate rectilinear spaces. When viewed from a particular angle, the lines seem to create three-dimensional shapes, some of which appear to penetrate and continue through the gallery walls. By materializing planes and spaces out of the void, he invites viewers to reassess the very confines of the built environment. Kramm was selected as the 2016 winner of the Target Gallery’s prestigious Open

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Wintergreen Summer Music Festival and Academy

Wintergreen Resort in the Blue Ridge Mountains

Come to the 2016 Wintergreen Summer Music Festival where our theme this July is “Expect the Unexpected.” From our much-anticipated Classics concerts to our not-to-be missed Wild Wednesdays, experience some of the world’s greatest music played by distinguished guest artists and our fully professional orchestra in the setting of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains. Choose from events and performances highlighting music, theatre, film, literature, history, food, and wine.

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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