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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.

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. 

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.

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19th Annual Race for Hope – DC 5K Run/Walk

Freedom Plaza

Join us in our nation's capital for the 19th Annual Race for Hope - DC 5K Run/Walk, the largest national fundraiser to benefit the brain tumor community!

Amadeus Orchestra with the Children's Chorus of Washington and the Children of the Gospel Choir

Lincoln Theater

Amadeus Orchestra with the Children's Chorus of Washington and the Children of the Gospel Choir

Amram Scholar Series Presents Alon Gratch

Washington Hebrew Congregation

The Israeli national character, emerging from the depth of Jewish history and the drama of the Zionist struggle, presents a compelling if disturbing portrait, according to Alon Gratch. Dr. Gratch, an Israeli-American clinical psychologist and author, is our Amram speaker for Sunday, May 1 at 10:30 am at Washington Hebrew Congregation.

Art and Me: Become a Conservator!

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Visit our immersive installation Filthy Lucre and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then, return to the ImaginAsia classroom and work with a Freer|Sackler conservator to learn about the process of repairing a work of art. This program is designed for children ages 3–5 with adult participation.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

Art and Me: Become a Conservator!

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Visit our immersive installation Filthy Lucre and explore how art and science collide when conservators preserve precious works of art. Then, return to the ImaginAsia classroom and work with a Freer|Sackler conservator to learn about the process of repairing a work of art. This program is designed for children ages 3–5 with adult participation.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

Bach In Baltimore In Memoriam Concert

Towson United Methodist Church

Haydn's Missa Sancti Nicolai and John Rutter's Requiem are featured in Sunday's Bach In Baltimore program. Tickets are still available for this unique selection of work not offered elsewhere this season.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Cabaret National Tour

France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, Hippodrome Theatre

The acclaimed Broadway classic returns to Baltimore for a limited time, April 26th-May 1st

Categories: Arts, Theater, Dance

Cabaret National Tour

France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, Hippodrome Theatre

The acclaimed Broadway classic returns to Baltimore for a limited time, April 26th-May 1st

Categories: Arts, Theater, Dance

Claremont Trio, Piano Trio

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Part of the Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert Series, a piano trio performance. 

Categories: Music: Classical

Classical Ballet Theatre presents its 2016 Children's Series!

Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale), Ernst Community Theater

Enjoy two 1/2-hour performances designed specifically for young children and their families!

Classical Ballet Theatre presents its 2016 Children's Series!

Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale), Ernst Community Theater

Enjoy two 1/2-hour performances designed specifically for young children and their families!

Classical Ballet Theatre presents its 2016 Children's Series!

Northern Virginia Community College (Annandale), Ernst Community Theater

Enjoy two 1/2-hour performances designed specifically for young children and their families!

Containment/Release

Glen Echo Park

Containment/Release is by Judith Pratt and Fabiola Yurciscin. Yurcisin’s woven structures, cages, and installations present objects that question our concept of beauty and waste, as well as challenge our view of cultural norms. Pratt’s wall installations, fragments, and totems combine utilitarian materials that produce an unconventional sense of gesture and movement.

Categories: Arts, 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

Emperor's Nightingale

Adventure Theatre

This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom.

Categories: Family Oriented, Theater

Exhibit: Next Level Craft - Cutting Edge Handicraft from Sweden

House of Sweden

A mesmerizing handicraft exhibit with its own music video and soundtrack

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival

Old Town Hall

The arts are alive in Fairfax, and nowhere is it more present than at Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts, to be held from April 15 through May 9 in and around the City of Fairfax. The festival highlights outstanding music performances from leading musicians, quality arts exhibitions, dance, stimulating theater performances, community activities and more.

Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen

BlackRock Center for the Arts

Since Frank Solivan left the Alaska for the bluegrass hotbed of Washington, DC, he’s built a reputation as a monster mandolinist – and become a major festival attraction with his band, Dirty Kitchen. The group simmers a bluegrass/newgrass stew from instrumental, vocal and songwriting skills so hot they’ve been named Washington Area Music Association’s Best Bluegrass Band of the Year for four consecutive years.

Categories: Music: Other

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

Jennifer Koh, Ursula Oppens, Frederic Rzewski

The Phillips Collection

75th Anniversary Commission

Jumanji - A World Premiere Play

Adventure Theatre

When Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game, they play it, hoping to alleviate their boredom. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and a dozen destructive monkeys later, the children are no longer bored.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

Listen to Your Mother DC Show

Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre

Join us for the fifth annual performance of Listen to Your Mother DC - a stage show featuring live reading from local writers and storytellers on the subject of motherhood.

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 Dominion Chorale Presents "Carmina Burana"

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center at NVCC Alexandria

New Dominion Chorale ends its 25th Anniversary season with a performance of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana," Johannes Brahms' "Liebeslieder Waltzes," and the Washington premiere of NDC's Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge's "General William Booth Enters into Heaven."

Categories: Music: Classical

Orbit

The Art League Gallery

A juried exhibit of artwork in all media showcasing movement, cycles, and revolutions.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Our Town

Rockville Civic Center Park, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

Our Town presented by Rockville Little Theatre

Categories: Theater

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

Peter Kepharts' FirePaintings

Zenith Gallery

Burn a hole in your pocket the right way with Peter Kepharts' elemental FirePaintings. Come join us at Zenith Gallery for a weekend of opening receptions and artist demonstrations as Peter Kephart transforms a plain piece of cotton rag paper into a completely unique work of art by combining fire with other elemental forces of water, earth and wind.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

Portrait Story Days: Albert Einstein

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Young visitors and their families may drop by to listen to a story about Albert Einstein and complete an art project.

Rescue 1 Run & Kids' Ambulance Chase

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad

Bethesda-Chevy Chase Rescue Squad’s 3rd annual Rescue1Run 8K & Kids’ Ambulance Chase, Sunday, May 1, 8:00am. Check out www.rescue1run.com, for details on registration and volunteering. 

Rodgers and Hammer[steins]

The Black Squirrel

Join the Choral Arts Young Patrons for an evening of Broadway show tunes... performed by you! That's right, we're hosting a karaoke night with some of your favorite show tunes - think The Sound of Music, Wicked, Phantom of the Opera, and Rent - with a live pianist and backup singers from Choral Arts. Anyone is welcome - the only requirement is an appreciation for show tunes! 
The full bar at Black Squirrel will be available. Participants should purchase their own beverages.

Sea & Sky – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and mixed media artist Karen Watson

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the May Featured Artists exhibit, Sea & Sky, reminiscent of days unfolding under cloudless skies, sunrise walks, and wind swept dunes.  The exhibit features the sculptural copper designs of Anne Jordan, and the richly textured mixed media paintings of Karen Watson, in this illustration of our long-standing and enthralling relationship with the Sea & Sky.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, MD

Maryland State Fairgrounds

Enjoy the work of 250+ artisans with your family and friends at the 38th Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium, MD!
 

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Sunday Afternoon Waltz with a beginner & intermediate lesson. Wonderful live music, a friendly group of dancers, and a beautiful location. Come join us! No partner required.

Sunday Sketch

National Sporting Library & Museum

Each month a local art teacher or artist leads a sketching session in the art galleries, guiding participants on style, composition, or another aspect of drawing at the National Sporting Library & Museum.

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

Teresa Oaxaca: Misfits

The Art League Gallery

Teresa Oaxaca’s recent paintings explore themes of clowns, dolls, human effigies, and painted faces.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 Target Gallery Presents Lisa Kellner: Always into Now

Target Gallery

Lisa Kellner’s site-responsive Paintings in Space use the room as a canvas. She creates organic, ethereal forms from silk. Viewers experience the intimacy of being absorbed with a room-sized painting. This is the first exhibition as part of the Target Gallery’s New Media Invitational and is funded, in part, by March150 participants.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Washington Chorus Presents "Parisian Spring"

Kennedy Center Concert Hall

Join us for an evening filled with glorious gems of the French repertoire, including At the Lighting of the Lamp by TWC's Music Director Julian Wachner. The program showcases the sumptuous Requiem of Maurice Durufle, recognized as one of the great choral masterworks of all time.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

UMD Chamber Singers University Chorale The New Choral Masters

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The UMD Chamber Singers and University Chorale showcase their repertoire in a program headlined by the music of pre-eminent Scottish composer James MacMillan.

UMD Symphony Orchestra The President's Own Marine Band Music in Mind: Remembering WWI

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

The UMD Symphony Orchestra and The President's Own Marine Band combine for a concert that commemorates World War I. 

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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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