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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.

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 


Tue • October 25, 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.

"Birdhouses of Del Ray" Silent Auction

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans' Birdhouses of Del Ray silent auction runs October 7-25, 2016 during the Local Flavor exhibit; local artist-created unique birdhouses are on display at the DRA gallery; proceeds benefit DRA.  Gallery hours: Thursdays 12-6pm, Fridays and Saturdays 12-9pm, Sundays 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

'Ein Liederabend:" benefit concert of classical music

Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

Choral selections and double piano concerto in a benefit concert featuring music of Schubert, Schumann, Mendelssohn and Brahams.

Categories: Music: Classical

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.

An Evening with Victoria Browning Wyeth

yellow barn gallery

Friends of the Yellow Barn Studio is proud to present Victoria Browning Wyeth.

Annual Nova Chorus Alexandria Benefit Concert: Ein Liederabend

Schlesinger Concert Hall

The NOVA Community Chorus (Dr. Mark Whitmire, Director) will present its Annual Chorus Benefit Concert on Tuesday, October 25, at 7:30 p.m. in Schlesinger Concert Hall (AL). 

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now

The Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

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

Fall Festival on Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Enjoy a week of harvest-themed activities and fall treats at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center's Woodrow Wilson Plaza.

Friday Morning Music Club: Dumbarton House Concert Series

Dumbarton House

The Friday Morning Music Club performs early 19th century music in the Belle Vue Room on the lower level (ADA-accessible). 

From the Border Wall to the Voting Booth: Immigration and the 2016 Election

University of Maryland

Join the University of Maryland Center for Global Migration Studies and the Latin American Studies Center for an evening discussion with immigration and policy experts as we explore the role migration, immigration, and human rights plays in the 2016 United States Elections.

Gauri Gill: Notes from the Desert

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Featuring fifty-six of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill’s work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

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

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.

Light Into Dark

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the October Featured Artists Exhibit Light into Dark, a show exploring light and line exclusively through shades of black and white.  Featuring the ceramics of Carol Clay-Ward, and the photography of Mary Louise Ravese, join us at the Gallery to experience this unique show.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Medical Museum Science Cafe: "The Hard Science of the "X-Files""

National Museum of Health and Medicine

Gene editing technology is on the frontier of medical advancements, but it’s already part of sci-fi lore. How? Anne Simon, a virologist at the University of Maryland and science advisor to the “X-Files”, will share her experiences as the sci-fi show’s science advisor and how she “nudged” producers to include scientifically-accurate storylines.

Categories: Discussion, History, Free

Mustache Madness Hunt

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

Get your mustache on (don't worry we'll give you one) and join in the fun on this zany hunt around The Mansion. You'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search for designated items found only at The Mansion. 

Categories: Tours, Exhibits, Arts

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

One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Phillips Collection

This installation will juxtapose several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits


The Art League Gallery

Juried by photographer David Bellard, this exhibit challenges artists to share their personal voice and create artwork that provokes a reaction.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Passages DivorceCare

Vienna Presbyterian Church

15-week DiovrceCare program for those suffering from separation or divorce.  

Categories: Discussion, Other Events

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

People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection reunites all 60 panels of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence’s seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Processed Entropy: Isabel Gouveia

Open Gallery at Montgomery College

Gouveia uses digital printer manipulations as a metaphor for human manipulations of the environment. The result is a series of distorted photographs, as beautiful as they are jarring.

Categories: Arts, Free

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko (1903–1970)—unexpectedly juxtaposed—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

School of Music Guest Artist: Miriam Fried, Violin

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Miriam Fried has played with virtually every major orchestra in the United States and Europe and has been a frequent guest with the principal orchestras of Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, New York, Philadelphia and Pittsburgh, as well as with the Israel Philharmonic, the London Symphony, the Royal Philharmonic and the Vienna Symphony.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Stewards of the Sea: Defending Freedom, Protecting the Environment

National Museum of the United States Navy

Naval Museum to Host Environmental Stewardship Exhibit
Traveling Exhibit Offers Interactive Experiences for Visitors

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

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

Tiny Dancer: Photographs by Ruth Marie Carl

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The exhibition will showcase black and white photographs that explore the romantic interplay of the dancer’s body, form and frozen movement within both negative space and nature.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past

National Museum of the United States Navy

Tom Freeman: Illuminating the Past Exhibition Celebrates Naval History
Exhibit Opens on the United States Navy’s Birthday on October 13

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Transformations: Tapestries in Glass

The Art League Gallery

Anita Bucsay Damron’s vibrant mosaics, inspired by the tapestries of India.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tudor Tots: Tuesdays

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Toddlers get active in mind and body while learning about the world around us in weekly sessions featuring songs, stories, crafts, and movement.

Turnout 2016

Hill Hall at McDaniel College

The McDaniel College English and Art and Art History departments collaborate to present, "Turnout 2016."  This interdisciplinary exhibition will be on display in the Hill Hall Lobby area from October 24 through November 18. 

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Discussion

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

Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series & Related Works

The Phillips Collection

The work of internationally recognized American artist Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959, Bronx, New York) powerfully examines “the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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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