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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. 

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. 

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"Under a Summer Sun" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present “Under a Summer Sun” exhibit at the animal shelter.  May 31-September 27, 2015.  Tours and artist talk during reception: Friday, June 19, 7-9pm.  www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

This annual exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center. Check back in the spring for related programming! 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu

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

Presented as a single-screen projection, Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003, 74 minutes) by celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami pays tribute to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films. Through a characteristic attention to the power of simple mise-en-scène and sound, the inherent drama and subtle humor of nature unfurls before the viewer in five long shots taken near the sea.

Categories: Arts, Free

Andrei Trach

Montpelier Arts Center

Through the tactile nature of thick, action-filled paint strokes, Andrei Trach expresses moods and ideas through color, texture, and movement. Each work is a distinct orientation, enabling the viewer to see an optical mix of colors and textures. Three-dimensional aspects accent the dramatic and the bold in his paintings, which are a visceral response to and expression of his world. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

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

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Categories: Arts, Free

Ballston FreshFarm Farmers Market

Welburn Square- Ballston Metro

The Ballston FRESHFARM Market is located in shady, tree-filled Welburn Square, just across the street from Ballston Metro stop. Easily accessible by foot, car, and public transportation, this market is a natural gathering place for both residents of Ballston and those commuting home from work. You'll find goats' milk cheeses and yogurt smoothies, tree and field fruit, vegetables, honey and beeswax beauty products, crab cakes and dips, eggs, meat, pies, preserves, cut flowers, breads, pastries and more. This market also boasts weekly chef demos and live music. 
 

Mega Market - First Thursday Market
Live band, Celebrity chef demos with free tastings, FreshFarm Market and Beer & Wine Garden (starting in June).

August 7th Mega Market:
Beer & Wine Garden, Chef Demo from Rocklands BBQ, Health & Wellness Booths & the launch of two Ballston BID Art Projects!

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features 37 works by Rinpa artists and those inspired by Rinpa design, and is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Sōtatsu’s collaborator Hon’ami Koetsu.

Categories: Arts, Free

Brown is the New Black: an exhibit by wood-turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

In July, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Brown is the New Black, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the richly hued and textured vessels of wood-turner Harriet Maloney, and the dramatic monochromatic and color fine art photography of J Riley Stewart.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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.     

 

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Categories: Arts, Arts

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

A selection of Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection shows highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complements the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy. 

Categories: Arts, Free

CSM Twilight Performance Series: The United States Navy Band "Cruisers"

College of Southern Maryland, Prince Frederick Campus

Formed in 1999 as a specialty unit of the United States Navy Band, the Cruisers live up to their namesake by having the capabilities of playing genres of music ranging from jazz, R&B, classic rock, adult contemporary and pop as well as original material. The performance will be presented as part of CSM’s Twilight Performance Series. Each week the series features a different performance on each campus. Bring a picnic and a lawn chair or blanket (no alcoholic beverages permitted). Free. For a complete schedule of performances, visit http://www.csmd.edu/Arts/TwilightSeries/index.html or contact 301-934-7828.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

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

Del Ray Artisans Art Camp

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans invites youth ages 8-14 for a one-week art camp (July 20-24 or July 27-31) 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

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626–1705)

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

As a painter and a calligrapher, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) developed a unique visual vocabulary full of intriguing symbolism and artistic gestures. This exhibition showcases an impressive selection of his painting and calligraphy, including some of his most daring and idiosyncratic works from the 1660s through the early 1700s.

Categories: Arts, Free

Eye Of The Beholder

The Meeting House Gallery

"Eye Of The Beholder" - The artists are Ira Dwoskin, Greg Holmes, Rebecca Rothey, Diana Ulman, and Lorenzo Wilkins.  Their work includes abstract photography, ceramics, collage, acrylic paint and photography.  The gallery is open daily and is free.

Categories: Arts

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, 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

Freer and Whistler: Points of Contact

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

A new rotation of Points of Contact features fourteen of the Freer Gallery’s most iconic paintings by the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler.

Categories: Arts, Free

Gallery B July Exhibition - Michael Gross: Abstraction II

Gallery B

Gallery B July Exhibition featuring Michael Gross

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Great Falls Studios presents Forestville Elementary School Art at Great Falls Starbucks through October

Starbucks Great Falls, VA

Great Falls Studios presents Forestville ES (VA) Art at Great Falls Starbucks through October.

Great Falls Studios Virtual Gallery presents "Pursuit of Happiness"

Great Falls Community Library

Great Falls Virtual Gallery is but a mouse click away!  Each month member artists interpret a new theme.  July - Pursuit of Happiness.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Hoopin' on the Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Exercise has never been this fun! Hula Hoop to increase your heart rate and strengthen your core, then relax and unwind with soothing T'ai Chi moves to improve balance and clear your mind.

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

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

Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Acclaimed Dallas-based artist Leigh Merrill creates fictional realities assembling different images in the this video and photography exhibition. 

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

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

PTA Family Reading Challenge

Online

The PTA Family Reading Challenge is designed to encourage families to read great books together, which will make a difference for student achievement. National PTA, in collaboration with Amazon Kindle, will encourage families to share photos, videos and memories that demonstrate how and why reading is a fun and a treasured family activity.

Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens

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

Cherry trees bloom in this selection of folding screen paintings from the Freer Gallery. These landscapes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries combine ink-painting techniques assimilated from China with the vibrant color and gold of traditional Japanese painting in a new style and grand scale.

Categories: Arts, Free

Senator Jamie Raskin, “Citizens Invited”: Tactics of Democratic Self-Defense against the Roberts Court, the Koch Brothers and the Dark Money Invasion of our Politics

Woman's National Democratic Club

Discussion by Senator Jamie Raskin (D-MD), bestselling author and expert on constitutional law, on how to defend ourselves against the impact of Citizens United in the upcoming elections.  

Categories: Other Events

Summer Art Camp - Adventures in Anime and Manga

Freer and Sackler Galleries

Summer Art Camps at the Freer and Sackler Galleries provide creative opportunities for children ages eight to fourteen.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

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

Topaz Thursday Comedy Night

Topaz Hotel

FREE Live standup comedy show in Dupont Circle by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Thursday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036-2801 www.TopazHotel.com www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Touchstone Gallery July Exhibit

Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery's July show featuring solo shows by Steve Alderton and Harvey Kupferberg.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights Book Signing and Film Screening July 30, 2015

Busboys and Poets (14th and V)

 This is the 4th Annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights -Book Signing and Film Screening- July 30,2015 from 5-9. This event is free 

and will be held as part of a  three day Whistleblower Summit for and by Whistleblowers.

Categories: Film

Whistleblower Summit for Civil & Human Rights Book Signing and Film Screening July 30, 2015

Busboys and Poets (14th and V)

 This is the 4th Annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights -Book Signing and Film Screening- July 30,2015 from 5-9. This event is free 

and will be held as part of a  three day Whistleblower Summit for and by Whistleblowers.

Categories: Film

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