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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.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

  • Through Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.

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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Cyrus Field and the Transatlantc Telegraph Cable

Smithsonian National Museum of American History

This display commemorates American businessman and financier Cyrus Field's accomplishment in laying the first successful transatlantic telegraph cable in July 1866. 

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.

"Beautiful You", Women's Ministry Fashion Show

Columbia Baptist Church

Beautiful You Women's Ministry Fashion Show, Preview Chico's Fall Collection, Tips by Personal Stylist, 7pm-9:30pm, cost $12

"FUN-derful" Art Exhibit (August 5-28) at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Join us for “FUN-derful: The Main Attraction” (August 5-28), featuring humorous FUN art, plus a Sideshow FUN-raiser of affordable artworks donated by artists to benefit Del Ray Artisans. Reception: August 5, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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.

Autumn Educational Workshops Registration Open

The Washington Revels

Register now for the Revels after school workshops! 

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

Capital Harvest on the Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Capital Harvest on the Plaza (CHoP) is returning for another season on Friday, May 13. CHoP, now in its 8th season, is downtown DC’s busiest weekday farmers market.

Chinese Disco's Friday Comedy Night

Chinese Disco Nightclub

FREE Live standup comedy show in Georgetown by local standup comedians $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Friday night 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  FREE SHOW www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Conversation Circles

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Fridays, Aug. 5, 12, 19 and 26, 10 a.m. to noon

Fridays, Sept. 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 10 a.m. to noon
G Street Lobby

Categories: Arts, Tours, Family Oriented

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

Garden Therapy with Growers

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Help us nurture your local community garden and get some garden therapy after a long day at the office. We will meet at The Brig and walk next door to our community garden where we will water our vertical towers full of strawberries, basil, peppers and more! We will meet at The Brig located at The Brig - 1007 8th Street Southeast, Washington, DC 20003

Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Pause for a relaxing guided tour of the garden, offered every fourth Friday.

Hot & Cool, showcasing the red hot dichroic fused glass designs of Dave & Dale Barnes juxtaposed with the cool and reserved acrylic abstracts of painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the August Featured Artist exhibit, Hot & Cool, showcasing the red hot dichroic fused glass designs of Dave & Dale Barnes juxtaposed with the cool and reserved acrylic abstracts of painter Kay Layne, for a truly well-balanced exhibit for your summer viewing pleasure.

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

Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’

Library of Congress

The life of Jacob Riis, a late-19th/early-20th century newspaper reporter and writer, whose stories and photographs of the squalid conditions in New York City’s tenements led to social reform, will be explored in a new Library of Congress exhibition.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, History

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.

Materialized Magic: Mythical Creatures in a Yarn Artistry Habitat.

Torpedo Factory Art Center

A handmade habitat that features large-scaled mythical fiber creatures will be on view in the New Project Studio at the Torpedo Factory through August. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Open Late Concert Series: Tara Mills and Jimmy Stelling

National Sporting Library & Museum

Please join us for great music, local wine & Virginia craft beer on one Friday of the month, April - August, 2016 at the National Sporting Library & Museum.

Opening - Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten

Smithsonian American Art Museum

This installation features thirty-nine images by author and social commentator Carl Van Vechten (1880–1964), who began taking photographs in 1932. Over the next three decades he made portraits of writers, musicians, athletes, politicians and others, many of them central figures in the Harlem Renaissance, whose accomplishments dazzled contemporary audiences and, ultimately transformed American culture in the mid-twentieth century.

Categories: Arts, 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: 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

Razzle Dazzle Open House Indoor Yard Sale

The Mansion on O Street

Once every summer, we open The Mansion and fill it with one-of-a-kind items donated by our members, friends, neighbors and guests to browse and buy!

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 Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

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

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

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

Submit an Event

WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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