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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.

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

  • Through Sunday, April 3, 2016

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection features stellar paintings and sculpture by major American artists Alexander Calder, David Hockney, Roy Lichtenstein, Georgia O’Keeffe, Wayne Thiebaud and others alongside European giants such as Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró.

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 • February 6, 2016

 

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Mozart’s Haffner Symphony

The Music Center at Strathmore

Rossini and Mozart

Categories: Music: Classical

Al-Mutanabi Street Starts Here

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 5-8pm

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March, 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area, organized Under the auspices of George Mason University, a charter committee of non-profit organizations including Mclean Project for the Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Cultural DC, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Martin Luther King Public Library, Arab America, and Busboys and Poets. This exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange features artists’ books, broadsides, and letterpress work created for related Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here festivals in San Francisco and Boston. The art, related exhibits, programs, and events were inspired to commemorate the 2007 suicide bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street by celebrating the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and standing in solidarity with people everywhere that free expression is threatened.

Categories: Arts

All-Screened Video Fest at the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Video Fest is an open-call feature of short film and video work by regional producers, Saturday, February 6, 12 pm

Categories: Arts, Free, Family Oriented

Ars Nova Chamber Orchestra presents Dvorak 8!

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

ANCO will present a concert of works by Beethoven, Ravel, Corigliano, and Mahler on Saturday, February 6 at 7pm at the Lyceum in Old Town Alexandria.

Arts in the Village Gallery’s February All-Artist show and Trunk Show

Arts in the Village Gallery

In February, Arts in the Village Gallery presents the all-artists exhibit, Connections, highlighting the concept of relationship or being united in cause.  The concept is also a popular one with the celebration of Valentines Day this month, and the Gallery will present a gift and jewelry Trunk Show on the weekend of February 6-7. 

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

Breakfast with the Princesses

Adventure Park USA

Come join us for a magical morning of enchantment while you enjoy a breakfast meet and greet with the Princesses you know and love.

ClaudiaG Handbags New Line Unveiling and Career Opportunity Event

Travinia Kitchen & Wine Bar

ClaudiaG Collection, a brand of beautifully handcrafted and sophisticated handbags, versatile accessories and on-trend jewelry, is launching its Spring & Summer Collection. Local women are invited to see and ship the new styles, and learn about the unique chance to join the growing company. Women who join the day of the event get extra complimentary accessories & jewelry in their starter kits. Register for the free event at: www.cgevolution.eventbrite.com.

Categories: Free, Free, Free

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Concerto and Aria Competition

American University, Katzen Arts Center

The AU Symphony Orchestra hosts the annual Concerto and Aria Competition, open to all AU undergraduate students. Held in two rounds, the competition is a celebration demonstrating AU’s talented students. The winner will perform as soloist with the AU Symphony Orchestra in a public concert.

Free and open to the public.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Smithsonian American Art Museum

An extensive collection featuring paintings and sculpture by major American and European artists. Free, no ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

DC Mardi Party

RFD Washington

Join us as some of Chinatown’s top bars into a wild festival of fun.

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

Fairfax Symphony Orchestra presents Piano Prodigy George Li

GMU Center for the Arts Concert Hall

The FSO presents the third in their series featuring all of Beethoven's Piano Concertos on Saturday, February 6.  Program also includes Mozart's "Jupiter" Symphony.

Categories: Music: Classical

Festa di Carnevale 2016 - "Costumi di Carnevale"

Casa Italiana Language School

Join the Abrruzo and Molise Heritage Society (AMHS), the Lucchesi nel Mondo-Tuscany Club, and Passatempo Meetup for Carnevale 2016 at Casa Italiana (595 1/2 Third Street NW, Washington, DC) on March 6 (6:00 PM to 10:00 pm)! This year's theme is "Costumi di Carnevale", or costumes from Carnivals in Italy and throughout the world.

Foon Sham: Culture House

Workhouse Arts Center

Reception: Saturday, February 13, 2016 from 6-9pm.  As part of the Workhouse 2nd Saturday Art walk.

Within the Fairfax and Falls Church area, 34% of people speak a language other than English at home (2007-2012 ACS PUMS).  Data from the Fairfax County Public School shows that nearly half the students enrolled in elementary school speak a language other than English at home including 170 languages.  Within the past 25 years, the non-white/minority off Fairfax County, including Black, Asian/Pacific Islander and Hispanic, has gone from 25% to well over 50% of the population (U.S. Census Bureau, 1990, 2014 American Community Survey).   Data clearly indicates that Fairfax County, Virginia’s most populous county and 5th richest county in America (Forms, America’s Richest Counties 2014) is growing in diversity and leading the region.

Free Concert: Alexander Paley, Piano

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

Back by popular demand, Paley returns for his yearly Washington, D.C.-area concert, performing a dynamic program of works by Chopin, Medtner, Vladigerov, and Rachmaninoff. Admission is 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

Gallery B February Exhibition

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its February exhibition featuring the photography, mixed media and painting by local artists Heather Jacks, Darlene Towson and Andrew Wohl. The exhibition will be on display from February 3-27, 2016 at Gallery B each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Free, 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

Hybrid Fiction

The Writer's Center

We sometimes think of literary fiction as sophisticated and serious, while genre fiction (mysteries, romance, sci-fi or fantasy) is reserved for beach reads and fun. Today, some best-selling authors have discovered the joy (and profit) of combining the best of both worlds.

Categories: Books & Authors, Arts

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Celebrating Irving Penn's legacy with a retrospective of his work, from street scenes to fashion photography. No ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Kay WalkingStick and Jeff Chang: A Conversation

Rasmuson Theater, National Museum of the American Indian

Cherokee artist Kay WalkingStick and Jeff Chang, author of Who We Be: The Colorization of America and executive director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts at Stanford University, engage in a lively dialogue about contemporary American art and culture.

Categories: Discussion, Exhibits, 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

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

Kensington Arts Theatre Presents The Laramie Project

Kensington Arts Theatre

Kensington Arts Theatre presents The Laramie Project February 5-20, 2016 at the Kensington Town Hall.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Lunar New Year Celebration

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ring in the Year of the Monkey with art and family festivities.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

Lunar New Year Celebration

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ring in the Year of the Monkey with art and family festivities.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

McLean Community Players present "1776"

Alden Theatre, McLean Community Center

The McLean Community Players present 1776, the award-winning musical about the drafting and signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Categories: Theater

Monsters of the Villa Diodati

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

January 28 - February 21, 2016

A bold new musical by Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith

While a storm was brewing outside their villa on Lake Geneva, the famous writers inside entertained one another with ghost stories. Lord Byron, their host, offered a challenge: produce the perfect tale of terror.  A musical premier exploring the minds that created Gothic literature!

Categories: Theater

Monumental Works, Miniature Instrumentation

Levine Music, DC Campus: NW

Fill your ears and soul with the complexity and fullness of monumental Brahms works presented in a chamber setting.

Motor Trend International Auto Show in Baltimore

Baltimore Convention Center

Spoiler Alert! The 2016 Motor Trend International Auto Show revs up for a weekend of high performance fun at the Baltimore Convention Center. Over 500 of the hottest new cars and trucks will be in one place.

Categories: Family Oriented

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

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

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

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage.

Categories: Arts, Free

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips Collection

Selections from an extraordinary gift of painting, sculpture, and works on paper from gallerist Michael Werner showcases the museum’s commitment to building a carefully crafted collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips presents recently acquired gifts of German and Danish art to the museum’s permanent collection, generously given by art collector and gallerist Michael Werner.

Public Reception: "Re-Invention" by Winston Harris

Montpelier Arts Center

By combining printmaking techniques, digital manipulation, hand-colored processes, and recycled past artwork, Winston Harris seeks to produce images that provoke and promote self-awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Public Reception: Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns

Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this exhibition that examines African American heritage and identity through the works of Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery

International Spy Museum

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed.

The Winding Stream

BlackRock Center for the Arts

The Winding Stream tells the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and the Cashes, tracing the influence of their music from the 1920s through the present day. It is the story of the American roots music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their decades-long influence on popular music. 

Categories: Film

Trending: Contemporary Art Now

Target Gallery

Target Gallery partners with the Women’s Caucus of Art to present Trending: Contemporary Art Now! The exhibition is part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Two Israeli Films to be Screened at Tikvat Israel in Rockville: The Farewell Party Jan 30 and Cupcakes Feb 6

Tikvat Israel Congregation

On January 30, Tikvat Israel will screen “The Farewell Party,” a dramedy about a group of friends at a Jerusalem retirement home.

Then on February 6, we will screen “Cupcakes,” an upbeat musical that follows 6 friends who find themselves participating in the UniverSong competition.

Trailers for both films can be found here.

Young Athletes Alexandria Program

St. Stephens & St. Agnes Middle School

Children with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Ages 2-7 are Invited to Participate in Special Olympics Virginia's Young Athletes Program.

Young Athletes introduces children with intellectual disabilities and their families to the world of Special Olympics by pursuing the following goals:

1) Engage children through developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster physical, cognitive and social development.

2) Welcome family members of children with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support.

3) Raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation, demonstrations and other events.

Pre-Registration Required to pre-register for this event please email Josh Bauman at jbauman@sssas.org The registration deadline is Friday, January 29, 2016.

Free event

Zombie Prom: The Musical

Greenbelt Arts Center

It's the atomic 1950's at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy.

Categories: Theater

Zombie Prom: The Musical

Greenbelt Arts Center

It's the atomic 1950's at Enrico Fermi High, where the law is laid down by a zany, tyrannical principal. Pretty senior Toffee has fallen for the class bad boy.

Categories: Theater

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