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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.

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.

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.

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"The Color Pink" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“The Color Pink” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery (January 2-February 1). Artists explore shades of pink. Opening reception with raffle: Friday, January 2, 7-9pm!  2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

19th Annual Iranian Film Festival

Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art

The festival is cosponsored by the ILEX Foundation and curated by Tom Vick, Freer|Sackler; Carter Long, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; and Marian Luntz, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. All films are in Persian with English subtitles unless otherwise indicated. 

Categories: Film, Free, Arts

2015 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show

The Baltimore Convention Center

Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show grows 20 percent, features boat loads of fun and education including new Progressive Boat School, chance to try stand up paddleboarding indoors, and “Wicked Tuna” appearances.

Amram Scholar Series: Joel Hoffman

Washington Hebrew Congregation

The Bible we read is an abridged version, with its ancient compilers having left out holy writings for many political, theological, or practical reasons. Translator and author Joel M. Hoffman will give us the stories and texts that didn’t make it into the Bible, although they offer penetrating insight into its teachings. His Amram lecture is also the topic of his latest book, an impressive blend of history, linguistics, and religious scholarship called The Bible's Cutting Room Floor: The Holy Scriptures Missing From Your Bible.

Bach in Baltimore concert

Christ Lutheran Church at the Inner Harbor

T. Herbert Dimmock conducts the renowned Bach Concert Choir and Orchestra in a FREE performance of Cantata 179: Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

The play’s afoot! Five actors deftly portray more than 25 characters in this fast-paced, comedic retelling of Sherlock Holmes’ most notorious case, “The Hound of the Baskervilles,” by the Tony Award-winning mastermind of mayhem, Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor).

Categories: Theater

Booksigning: Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations by Lawrence Knutson

Hill Center at the Old Naval Hospital

Author Lawrence Knutson discusses his new book, Away from the White House: Presidential Escapes, Retreats, and Vacations, published by the White House Historical Association.

Winner of the 2014 USA Book Awards, US History category

Free and open to the public.

Categories: Books & Authors

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

DCPL Presents Art Exhibit: Black Space

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Black Space is an art exhibition by District-based artist Holly Bass. Black Space is a tiny house in the shape of the District, a city that has been a center of Black culture since the early 1900s. The exhibit shows how District residents of all ethnicities and backgrounds occupy black space. Visitors will be invited to share their D.C. memories with the artist and create collaborative responses – photographs, poems, sketches, and oral histories, which will be catalogued and displayed in the house.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

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 Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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 Super Bowl Party

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, invites you to our free annual Super Bowl Party Feb 1, 5:30 – 10:00. 

Glancing Back & Looking Forward: 100 Years of African American Culture and History in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Montpelier Arts Center

This exhibition features information about the lives of selected Prince Georgians who had a variety of occupations and community roles. Through photographs, artifacts, and excerpts from interviews, Everyday People Making History will convey the personal stories of participants and highlight the ways in which they were and still are a part of history in Prince George’s over the past century. 

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Head Out: Paintings by John Hampshire

Rice Gallery

This solo exhibition includes paintings by New York artist John Hampshire. Called “a virtuoso with a brush” by the New York Times, he is known for his oversized canvases. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

In The Flesh V

Target Gallery

In the Flesh V is an all-media exhibiton featuring work by artists who explore the human figure as their subject.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Joseph Gascho, Harpsichord with Special Guest Kenneth Slowik, Viola da Gamba

Corcoran Gallery of Art

Joseph Gascho will be presenting a concert consisting of harpsichord repertoire. Kenneth Slowik will also be joining him on the viola da gamba and will perform works of Takemitsu, J.S. Bach, Couperin and Rameau.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

McLean Community Players present "13"

Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center

The McLean Community Players present the hilarious coming-of-age rock musical 13.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, 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

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

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

Polyhymnia Winter Concerts

St Paul's Lutheran Church

Polyhymnia's free Winter Concert series, under its conductor Steven Beck, features a capella songs by Poulenc, Janacek, Tallis, Victoria, Desprez, Palestrina, and contemporary works by Steven Beck, Rich Campbell, and Ernst Toch. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Reception: Glancing Back & Looking Forward: 100 Years of African American Culture and History in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Montpelier Arts Center

This exhibition features information about the lives of selected Prince Georgians who had a variety of occupations and community roles. Through photographs, artifacts, and excerpts from interviews, Everyday People Making History will convey the personal stories of participants and highlight the ways in which they were and still are a part of history in Prince George’s over the past century. 

Categories: History, 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

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA

Dulles Expo Center

Browse and buy crafts and fine art created by more than 250 celebrated American artists at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly, VA, January 30 – February 1.

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, February 1, 2015 featuring the ensemble Trio con Brio.  

Categories: Dance

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, February 15, 2015 featuring the ensemble Audacious.  

Categories: Dance

The 2015 Washington Auto Show

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

About

The Washington Auto Show®, the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Friday January 23, 2015 – Sunday February 1, 2015. A complete line-up of the latest vehicles and technologies, including some regional reveals, will be on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be a full schedule of entertainment, activities and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions. Please visit the show's official website, http://www.washingtonautoshow.com for more information and to buy your tickets today.

Washington, D.C., has long been the site of the country’s greatest ambitions for progress. The Washington Auto Show not only symbolizes the brightest and boldest dreams of the auto industry but marks the show’s transformation over the years. The Washington Auto Show® has not only become the largest public show in Washington, D.C., it’s also the premier address for showcasing the latest innovations in sustainable technologies and drawing the most influential leaders in the industry.

This year, hundreds of thousands of visitors, including many environmental and automotive visionaries, will explore the more than 700 new makes and models from over 42 manufacturers at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

The auto show is Washington, D.C.‘s largest public show. It’s a big bonanza for area residents to enjoy the fully stocked, two-story convention center with an automotive showcase many describe as “new-car heaven.”

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The Art of Jewish Food

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The JCCNV presents The Art of Jewish Food, an inaugural event of theatre, film, music, cookbook authors, plus cooking demonstrations and tastings. A dozen programs will acknowledge the influence of Jewish food.

Categories: Food & Wine, Arts

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

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

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Raphael Trio

The Phillips Collection Music Room

The Raphael Trio celebrates a landmark 40th anniversary of performing together with a stimulating program that contrasts two trio works by Schubert with Austrian composer Rainer Bischof's new arrangement of Arnold Schoenberg’s Kristallnachtfuge.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

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

The Turn of the Screw

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A World Premeire Musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

Categories: Theater

The Turn of the Screw

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A World Premeire Musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

Categories: Theater

The Turn of the Screw

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A World Premeire Musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

Categories: Theater

The Turn of the Screw

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A World Premeire Musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith.

Categories: Theater

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 Metropolitan Philharmonic Concert

Grounds of the George Washington Masonic Memorial

A delight for the music enthusiast.

Categories: Music: Classical

Winter Term at Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School begins its 14-week Winter Term on Monday, December 1, 2014 to March 14, 2015.  Ottley Music School teaches students of all ages from 3 1/2 years to senior citizens, all races, nationalities, and goals.  It offers private lessons and classes in voice, instruments, and dance. 

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