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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.

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

  • Through Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

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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Sat • July 30, 2016

 

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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.

10th Annual East of the River Exhibition

Honfleur Gallery

In celebration of Honfleur Gallery's 10th anniversary, the gallery will showcase work from past artists and an emerging new artist, adding up to 10 artists for 10 years.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

99-A Rock Opera

Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

A musical version of an origina rock opera

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

A Celebration of North Indian Classical Music

Westmoreland Congregational Church

Washington Conservatory of Music presents Tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee and Pandit Ramesh Misra, sarangi in A Celebration of North Indian Music on Saturday, July 30 at 7:30 p.m. Alif Laila, sitar and Anubrata Chatterjee, tabla also perform. Free, $20 suggested donation. Reserved seating available with sponsorship. The concert celebrates the Conservatory's new “Integrative Music Program,” promoting the integration of classical north Indian music and classical western European music education with tabla lessons and classes taught by celebrated tabla artist, Debu Nayak. 

A Celebration of North Indian Classical Music

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

The Washington Conservatory of Music presents “A Celebration of North Indian Classical Music” featuring Tabla Maestro Pandit Anindo Chatterjee, with Ramesh Misra, sarangi and Alif Laila, sitar. The concert is free and dedicated to promoting the integration of classical north Indian music and classical western European music education.

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.

Artist Demonstrations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Saturdays through September 3
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Bethesda Outdoor Movie Series

Corner of Norfolk and Auburn Avenues

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

Categories: Film, Free

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

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

Building + Art

Art in the Park(ing lot)

Building + Art

Join local artists for interactive projects and help us beautify the Park(ing lot)!

Saturdays July 16, 23, 30 | 10am-12pm 

Categories: Arts, Free, Other Events

Capital Fringe Festival 2016

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

Capital Fringe Festival: July 7 - 31, 2016

Clown N Around Live! presents "The Magical Brunch with Friends"

Washington DC Convention Center

Fun filled day with over 20 of your child's favorite characters and much more!

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

From Russia to Spain, with Love

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “From Russia to Spain, with Love,” a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, Emerging Artist Fellow, Shawn Puller, tenor and Bayla Keyes, violin, performing the works of Sergei Prokofiev, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Fernando Obradors, Enrique Granados and Dmitri Shostakovich. 

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

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

HOAX

14k Cabaret

An event combining magic and theater, join us as reformed criminal Maxwell Fink reveals the tricks of his trade. Everything isn't always as it seems. 

Categories: Theater

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

Jade Jones presents "Jazzed and Jaded"

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Jade Jones is a long-time performer with DC’s own La-Ti-Do, the Signature Idol of Signature’s 25th Anniversary Open House, and a Helen Hayes Awards-Nominee for her performance in Creative Cauldron’s Once On This Island. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

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

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.

Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life

Parkview Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life by Heidi Sheppard. 

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

New Project Studio Presents The Silent World

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Isabel Cureux developed The Silent World as a way to explore what happens to the creative human mind as we grow older. Inspired by Jacques Cousteau's television series, The Silent World asks people to perform a simple task: Make something that’s never been seen before that you think lives in the deep ocean.

In the space, learn about CRAVE, a community micro-granting initiative developed by the Torpedo Factory Art Center and the Convergence Arts Initiative.

The New Project Studio is an initiative designed to test new program ideas, spotlight underrepresented voices, and enhance community engagement.

Categories: Arts, 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

Office: Twenty-First Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

National Museum of American History

Based on a popular stage play by Sylvia Chang, Office uses sparkling song and dance numbers to tell the stories of a financial firm’s staff during 2008’s economic turmoil.

Categories: Film, Arts

Oliver the Musical

Potomac Falls High School

Sterling Playmakers' summer musical "Oliver!" opens July 29th

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

Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM features a selection of late 18th and 19th century prints from the NSLM permanent collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Rising Scaffold: Sondra Arkin

Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Rising Scaffold by Sondra Arkin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 Dizzy Feet Foundation Announces 7th Annual National Dance Day on July 30

John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

The Dizzy Feet Foundation (DFF) is proud to announce that the 7th annual National Dance Day will take place on Saturday, July 30 in Washington DC from 1pm to 11pm.

Categories: Arts

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.

To the Finish: The Art & Process of Greg Montgomery

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition of thirty-five fine art prints and preparatory materials features Greg Montgomery's early serigraphs (silkscreen prints), drawings, and cut-paper studies as well as giclées.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Touchstone Gallery Artist Talk: Saturday July 30, 2 - 4pm Meet the artists: Lina Alattar and McCain McMurray

Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery Artist Talk: Saturday July 30, 2 - 4pm Meet the artists: Lina Alattar and McCain McMurray

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Triple Vision: Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

This exhibition features works from Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller.

Categories: Arts

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

Weekly Zouk and Kizomba dance social at Glen Echo Park

Back Room at Glen Echo Park

Kizoukchata Nights presents a weekly Saturday evening social featuring Zouk and Kizomba dances with a Bachata chaser. We are now offering expanded dance lessons prior to the social!

Categories: Dance

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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