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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.

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

  • Through Thursday, December 1, 2016

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

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.

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Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour

Wolf Trap, Filene Center

Experience Riverdance like never before with new costumes, lighting, and the addition of a brand new number On stage at Wolf Trap, June 23 - 26.

Riverdance—The 20th Anniversary World Tour

Wolf Trap, Filene Center

Experience Riverdance like never before with new costumes, lighting, and the addition of a brand new number On stage at Wolf Trap, June 23 - 26.

Dr. Jeff Kaluyu – Book Signing & Discussion

Gaithersburg Library

Dr. Jeff Kaluyu is an accomplished scholar and an author. His bestselling books include “Succeeding In The Face of Challenge and Timing: Engaging When it Matters The Most”. This world renowned personality is also a Radio Talk Show Host - Transition Point! With Dr. Jeff; an innovative radio show meant to change people’s lives for good.

Categories: Books & Authors

A Polymer Palette: Art and Craft in Polymer Clay

Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present A Polymer Palette: Art and Craft in Polymer Clay. This group exhibition showcases the versatility of polymer clay as a medium, through wall hangings, jewelry, and sculptures.

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

Artist Talk: Carol Barsha - Between the Real and the Imagined

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artist Talk: Carol Barsha - Between the Real and the Imagined. Carol Barsha’s work consists of closely observed studies from nature that, once distilled, undergo a transformation into larger-than-life versions of themselves.

Categories: Discussion, Exhibits, Free

Avanti Masterwork Festival Orchestra

Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center

Pablo Saelzer leads the Masterwork Festival Orchestra in a performance of Copland’s Short Symphony and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7.  The Masterwork Festival is a Montgomery College and Friday Morning Music Club collaboration. This concert is in memory of Barbara Ellen Bey.

Avanti Orchestra Concert

Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College Silver Spring

Celebrating Our 130th Anniversary! Please join us for a free classical music concert performed by the Avanti Orchestra of the Friday Morning Music Club.

Baroque Bonanza II: Ensemble Gaudior and The Friends of Fasch

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Baroque chamber music by Rosenmüller, Muffat, Telemann, Schickhardt, and Fasch, performed on period instruments

Categories: Music: Classical

Beethoven's Fidelio

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

In a new English adaptation, Beethoven’s only opera tells a story of heroism and true love, set in a 20th century South American dictatorship. With 17 singers and a 14 piece orchestra.

Bethesda Painting Awards

Gallery B

The Bethesda Painting Awards will honor eight local artists in Gallery B's June exhibition. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 10 during Bethesda's Art Walk from 6-9pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Call for Artists: “Paint the Town” Mural Project

Bethesda Metro Center

Calling all local artists to submit applications for the "Paint the Town" Mural Project at the Bethesda Metro Center. Applications will be accepted until July 18th.

Categories: Arts

Collegium Cantorum Chorale - 30th Anniversary Concert

ArtSpace Herndon

The 30th-Anniversary Musical Celebration of Collegium Cantorum, a classical chorale specializing in the great masterworks of 1600's medieval and Renaissance Europe.

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Così fan tutte

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents the Ash Lawn Opera Program in a performance of Mozart’s Così fan tutte.

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

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, EnterState: Sensing the Natural World, curated by Raquel de Anda, which will be on view from May 21 to July 9, 2016. We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

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

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

Gravedigger's Tale

Folger Theatre

Join the Folger for a free, family friendly, interactive production based on Shakespeare's Hamlet. This one man play features the Gravedigger character revealing information about Hamlet through text from the play, props, and questions from the audience.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

Internet Cat Video Festival Returns to D.C.

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

The Internet Cat Video Festival is returning to D.C. after a 2015 run that was so successful it required the addition of a third showing. Sponsored by Alley Cat Allies, the live event gathers fellow feline fanatics to watch a curated collection of cat clips – from six second Vine videos to short films and everything in between – in a social environment at the AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center.

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the June Featured Artist exhibit, It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring jewelry by lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract paintings of the beach, sea and surrounds by Karen Hutchison.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Jubilee Voices at Arlington House

Arlington House, The Robert E. Lee Memorial

The Washington Revels vocal ensemble Jubilee Voices will perform as part of a reenactment of an 1826 wedding at Arlington House.

Categories: Music: Other, History, Free

June Packard Film Screenings

Packard Campus Theater

Library’s June Films Spotlight Prince, Marilyn Monroe, and more.

Categories: Film, Free, Other Events

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

Living the Native American Experience

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Special summer reading program for kids!

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

National Festival Orchestra Sibelius 2

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

More information about this performance will be posted soon. Stay tuned!

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

National Postal Museum’s Family Day with Nickelodeon’s SpongeBob SquarePants!

National Postal Museum

Come join in the adventures of the world’s most lovable sponge and his friends at the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.!

New! A Midnight Serenade! – Concert by Candlelight

Church of the Epiphany

Presented by Classical Movements, Inc., the highly anticipated Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival returns June 23 -27, 2016. The only summer festival of its kind featuring professional and community choirs, the 2016 festival will showcase performances by featured ensembles from the Netherlands, Latvia, the United States of America, Japan, and Italy. This highly anticipated festival is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves the sweet harmonic sounds of the world’s exciting range of choral ensembles.

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical, Tours

Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Take a tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the special exhibition Turquoise Mountain and then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative with family and friends. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

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

Red, White & Brew Beer and Wine Festival presented by Drink the District

The Yards Parking Lot

Show your patriotic colors when you kick back with friends, food, tunes and a sweet selection of reds, whites and brews. There’s no better way to raise a flag (and a toast) to Uncle Sam than by drinking in America’s fruits of the vine and amber waves of grain.

Red, White & Brew Beer and Wine Festival presented by Drink the District

The Yards Parking Lot

Show your patriotic colors when you kick back with friends, food, tunes and a sweet selection of reds, whites and brews. There’s no better way to raise a flag (and a toast) to Uncle Sam than by drinking in America’s fruits of the vine and amber waves of grain.

Serenade! Celebration in Washington, DC- Celebrating Women’s Voices

Church of the Epiphany

Presented by Classical Movements, Inc., the highly anticipated Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival returns June 23 -27, 2016. The only summer festival of its kind featuring professional and community choirs, the 2016 festival will showcase performances by featured ensembles from the Netherlands, Latvia, the United States of America, Japan, and Italy. This highly anticipated festival is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves the sweet harmonic sounds of the world’s exciting range of choral ensembles.

 

 

Serenade! Festival at Castleton

Castleton Festival Estates

Presented by Classical Movements, Inc., the highly anticipated Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival returns June 23 -27, 2016. The only summer festival of its kind featuring professional and community choirs, the 2016 festival will showcase performances by featured ensembles from the Netherlands, Latvia, the United States of America, Japan, and Italy. This highly anticipated festival is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves the sweet harmonic sounds of the world’s exciting range of choral ensembles.

Categories: Music: Classical, Tours

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

Synesthetica: Music Inspired Wearable Art

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

Synesthetica: Music Inspired Wearable Art features recent work by Blair Anderson of SilverWorks, resident artist at Glen Echo Park. Anderson explores the visuals triggered by works of music to create this collection of jewelry. 

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.

The Miser

Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University

Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents Molière's The Miser, whipped up with the physical flare of Commedia dell'Arte.

Categories: Theater

The Miser

Eastman Studio Theatre at Gallaudet University

Faction of Fools Theatre Company presents Molière's The Miser, whipped up with the physical flare of Commedia dell'Arte.

Categories: Theater

The Washington Ballet & Imagination Stage: The Little Mermaid

Imagination Stage

The Hans Christian Andersen classic is realized in this enduring tale of the power of love. A production that will warm the hearts of all ages.

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

Wahl Looking for Great Facial Hair at Giant National BBQ Battle

Giant National BBQ Battle

Washington D.C. is among the Most Facial Hair Friendly Cities in America. To celebrate, Wahl will be at the Giant National BBQ Battle June 25-26, 2016. A 30-foot mobile barbershop will be parked at the event, and Master barbers will be on hand offering FREE facial hair trims while seeking out the guy with the best scruff to represent the city as Wahl Man of Washington D.C.

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

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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