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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.

Building Zone

  • Through Friday, July 31, 2015

The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors.

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

  • Through Sunday, May 10, 2015

Man Ray's inquisitive spirit and mastery of transforming three-dimensional objects into two-dimensional imagery is revealed in this exploration of the intersections of art and science.

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Shakespeare's Birthday Open House

Folger Shakespeare Library

Join the Folger for this beloved annual tradition to celebrate the birthday of the Bard with a day full of festivities.  From family festivals to performances to birthday cake, from lectures to scholarly conferences to poetry readings and more, there's something for everyone—including cake!

Howard University's Afro Blue

Metropolitan African Methodist Episcopal Church

Spirituals, jazz, and the premiere of RISE - a new work on civil rights from Selma to Ferguson and beyond

"Paws 'N Claws for Art" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Paws ‘N Claws for Art” exhibit at Vola Lawson Animal Shelter (2/21/2015-3/31/2015). Del Ray Artisans and Animal Welfare League of Alexandria show animal-themed art with UpCycle’s Fur-Vor student-created dog art. Reception: February 27, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Partners in Crime" presented by FilmFest DC and TECRO

Landmark E Street Cinema

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States will join FilmFest DC in presenting Partners in Crime. The screenings will be held both on Saturday, April 18, at 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday, April 19, at 3:00 p.m. at the Landmark E Street Cinema (555 11th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004).

Categories: Film, Other Events

"Visages/Vignettes" by Wayson R. Jones

Montpelier Arts Center

Wayson R. Jones explores the idea of implicit association between imagery, memory, and emotion through manipulation of texture, shape, and color (or lack thereof). His new work evokes abstracted figures, imaginary landscapes, faces, and objects. They represent the “vignettes”: subjective snapshots of events, persons, or objects in motion, and “visages”: abstract faces combined with objects that symbolize parts of childhood. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

18th Annual Student Art Exhibition

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Come view the work of talented student artists from T.C. Williams High School at the 18th Annual Student Art Exhibition (April 10-26, 2015) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Opening Reception: Friday, April 10, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Free

6th Annual Car, Truck and Motorcycle Super Show

Adventure Park USA

Enjoy hundreds of cars, trucks and motorcycles polished to perfection.  Vehicles entered into show are free for all to admire. Online discount on all-day attraction passes. Food special will be available in the Chuck Wagon Cafe. New roller coaster opens this spring.  Portion of proceeds benefits New Market Volunteer Fire Co.

Amadeus Winds

Saint Luke Catholic Church

Amadeus Winds

Categories: Music: Classical

April Show

Touchstone Gallery

Gallery A: Touchstone Gallery Member Show

Gallery B: "Connect/Disconnect" New Paintings by Marcia Coppel

Gallery C: "Slow Walking in NY" Photographs by Michael Lang

Categories: Arts

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

Please join the Beau Soir Ensemble for an afternoon of chamber music for the flute, viola and harp.  They will perform Debussy's Sonata, "Eye of the Night" by David Bruce and other pieces that showcase the variety of music written for this chamber ensemble. 

Categories: Music: Classical

Building Zone

National Building Museum

Building Zone long-term Monday through Saturday: 10:00am - 4:00 pm; Sunday: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm Ages 2-6 with adult supervision The Building Zone introduces children to the building arts through play in an interactive gallery of hands-on activities for the Museum's youngest visitors. The National Building Museum gratefully acknowledges The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation for its support of the Building Zone. Project Playhouse is sponsored by HomeAid and built by Pardee Homes. Event begins at Presented by: National Building Museum

Categories: Family Oriented

Children's Chorus of Carroll County Directed by Diane Jones

Baker Chapel, McDaniel College

The Children’s Chorus of Carroll County will perform its annual spring concert Sunday, April 19 at 3:00 p.m.

Categories: Music: Other

DCFlutes

Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church

DCFlutes, under the direction of Aaron Goldman, will offer a free concert.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free, Arts

Diana C. Suttenfield: The Subject is Light

Washington County Museum of Fine Arts

Artist, Diane Suttenfield, celebrates the land and architecture of the place she has called home since 1962, Shepherdstown, West Virginia, with luminous paintings and intricate drawings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ellyn Weiss

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

With monoprints, acrylics, encaustic paint, oil bars, and other media, Ellyn Weiss strives to create art that speaks directly to the heart without mediation or explanation. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: Bits & Pieces

The Art League Gallery

An exhibit featuring art made of or about found objects.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Experimentation: an exhibit by ceramicist Melinda Croft and painter Alice Mullen

Arts in the Village Gallery

Join us in April as Arts in the Village Gallery presents Experimentation, a Featured Artist Exhibit by ceramicist Melinda Croft and artist Alice Mullen as they share some of their recent experiments and latest creations.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Global Youth Services Day

Various (Multiple Event Venues)

The worldwide service extravaganza Global Youth Service Day.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

Global Youth Services Day

Various (Multiple Event Venues)

The worldwide service extravaganza Global Youth Service Day.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

Great Falls Studios presents Colvin Run Elementary School Art at Great Falls Starbucks through June 2015. Reception Tues., April 14, 5 PM - 6:30 PM

Starbucks Great Falls, VA

Great Falls Studios proudly sponsors the art of local elementary school students at Starbucks Great Falls.  Colvin Run Elementary School is on exhibit through June 2015.  A reception on Tuesday, April 14. 5 PM - 6:30 celebrates the artists and their families.

Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms / Mathematical Models

The Phillips Collection

Photographic works and sculptures by Hiroshi Sugimoto, one of Japan’s most important contemporary artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Holocaust Remembrance in Northern Virginia

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The Jewish Community Relations Council (JCRC) of Greater Washington leads the local Holocaust Observance for Northern Virginia on Sunday, April 19 on behalf of more than 100 synagogues, houses of worship and non-profits and in recognition of Holocaust Remembrance Day, which occurs on Thursday, April 16, 2015.  Details available at (www.jcouncil.org/Holocaust)

Categories: Free, Arts, Holiday

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

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Popular Piano Classics

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Jeffrey Siegel returns to the Hylton Center with a collection of some of the best-known and most beloved melodies in classical music. 

Man Ray—Human Equations: A Journey from Mathematics to Shakespeare

The Phillips Collection

Featuring over 100 pieces, this Man Ray exhibition displays side-by-side for the first time the original mathematical models, his inventive photographs of the objects, and the surrealist-inflected Shakespearean Equations, connecting his approach to geometric forms with his other works that relate inanimate objects with the human body.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Meet the Archaeologist

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

Dig deeper into the field of archaeology by asking questions about the methods, tools, and technologies used to uncover artifacts today and on Wendell Phillips’s expedition in the early 1950s. Presented in connection with Unearthing Arabia.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Film

Miniature Masterworks - Small Works of Art

Live An Artful Life Gallery

A celebration of small works of art.  The show will feature a group of talented artists residing in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. who have submitted small paintings for exhibit and sale.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 Orford String Quartet

The Phillips Collection

The New Orford String Quartet carries the same artistic excellence and integrity into today’s concert circuit. They perform quartets by Haydn and Beethoven, as well as a new String Quartet by Canadian composer Tim Brady.

NIH Community Orchestra Presents: European Potpourri

Bradley Hills Prestyberian Church

Come enjoy “European Potpourri,” presented by the NIH Community Orchestra. This free concert will feature timeless orchestral music including Verdi’s La forza del destino Overture, Beethoven’s Coriolan Overture, Sibelius’ Karelia Suite, and selections from Dvorak’s Symphony No. 6. Parking is free, and no tickets are required. Donations are welcome to benefit the NIH charities.

For more information, visit http://www.nihco.org.  

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, Free

Open Life Drawing at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Life Drawing: Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions to hone your figure drawing skills. Just drop-in with your supplies to draw our live models. Fee: $8-$12. View the calendar: calendar.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Passport to the World: Hui O Ka Pua 'Ilima

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

A Live Music Performance 

Categories: Music: Other, Theater, Arts

Patrick Cromwell

Montpelier Arts Center

Intaglio printmaker Patrick Cromwell presents his first solo show at Montpelier Arts Center with works from his time at Yale University and in the studio at Montpelier. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Pay What You Can: Swing Time -- The Musical!

Navy Memorial Heritage Center - Burke Theater

Pay what You Can show of a musical revue set in a World War II era radio studio. This lively musical revue features a group of friends who are working together to put on their live, war bond radio broadcast. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, Dance

Peacock Room Shutters Open

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

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

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Russian National Ballet Theatre: The Sleeping Beauty

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Brought to life by one of Moscow’s finest ballet companies, this enchanting tale is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score. 

Categories: Arts, Dance

Stefan Scaggiari presents an “I Love Paris” concert on piano

Montpelier Arts Center

Stefan Scaggiari puts together an assemblage of Frédéric Chopin, Maurice Ravel, and George Gershwin, all of whom studied, lived, or worked in Paris. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

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

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Freer

A tradition dating to the third century, landscape painting is one of the most outstanding achievements of Chinese culture. Key styles in this genre emerged during the Yuan dynasty (1279–1368) and are still followed today. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, whenever possible, this exhibition includes the earliest work in the F|S collections together with later examples tracing the characteristics and evolution of six of these styles.

Categories: Exhibits

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg, MD

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

250 artists celebrate spring with fashion, décor and fine art

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, April 19, 2015 featuring the ensemble Addison Bleufonte.  

Categories: Dance

Swing Time -- The Musical!

Navy Memorial Heritage Center - Burke Theater

Set in a World War II era radio studio, this lively musical revue features a group of friends who are working together to put on their live, war bond radio broadcast. http://www.swingtimethemusical.com/

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, Dance

Swing Time -- The Musical!

Navy Memorial Heritage Center - Burke Theater

Set in a World War II era radio studio, this lively musical revue features a group of friends who are working together to put on their live, war bond radio broadcast. http://www.swingtimethemusical.com/

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, Dance

Tempo & Pause New Art Exhibition and Reception

Principle Gallery

An exibition highlighting newest the newest cityscape paintings by Greg Gandy and Valerio D'Ospina. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals spanning three decades illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Exhibits

The Originalist

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (Red) stars as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in a daring world premiere about the brilliant, but polarizing justice, his bright, new, liberal clerk, and their clash over one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court.

Categories: Theater

The Reading Room Comedy Show

Petworth Citizen

Join host Chris Brandt and the funniest comedians in DC for a free show at the unique, intimate confines of the Reading Room, a free library, at the Petworth Citizen.

Categories: Other Events

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

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

The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia

November 22, 2014–May 31, 2015

Sackler

#travelerseye

Travel shapes how we perceive the world. Long after a trip has ended, images made to guide, track, and represent travelers and their journeys continue to influence our views of other cultures and our own cultural identities. Featuring more than 100 works created over the past five centuries, The Traveler’s Eye: Scenes of Asia provides glimpses of travels across the Asian continent, from pilgrimages and research trips to expeditions for trade and tourism.

Categories: Exhibits

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Winner of the 2013 Tony Award for Best Play, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is a “sunny new play about gloomy people” (New York Times). Satirizing characters and themes from Chekhov’s classics, Christopher Durang’s latest madcap masterpiece serves up family drama with comic savagery.

Categories: Theater

“Art and Story” art exhibit

Shirlington Library

“Art and Story” art exhibit at Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA). Del Ray Artisans presents artworks illustrating the power of art and story, from March 29 through April 26, 2015. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

”Of the Earth” Gallery Open House

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery will open it’s doors to welcome Spring and celebrate Earth Day in a special Gallery Open House event -- “Of the Earth.” Enjoy several live demonstrations by our artists and view art inspired by Mother Nature. Visitors will have the opportunity to enter our “What Makes Mom Special” drawing...

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