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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.

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. 

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

  • Through Sunday, September 18, 2016

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.

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2016 GI Film Festival

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic

Described as “Sundance for the Troops”, the GI Film Festival (GIFF) is the nation’s only military film festival and is returning to the District May 21st – 29th, 2016.  This year’s 10th annual event is bigger than ever, with more than 75 films, red carpets, parties, celebrity guests and more hosted by the Angelika Film Center in Merrifield, VA at Lee Highway and Gallows Road. 

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals

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

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger

Montpelier Arts Center

Cianne Fragione and Seth Adelsberger push the limits of their respective media to reveal the immediacy and spontaneity involved in the creative process.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Dominie Nash

Montpelier Arts Center

Working in a collage-like manner, Dominie Nash builds up layers of fabric to create a sense of mystery and depth. Using both abstract and representational forms, Nash invites the viewer to return and see different things at each viewing.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

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

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, EnterState: Sensing the Natural World, curated by Raquel de Anda, which will be on view from May 21 to July 9, 2016. We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Healing Through the Arts: Artist Books by ESOL Students

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Healing Through the Arts: Artist Books by ESOL Students is a show that displays hand-made books that students from Einstein and Sherwood High School have made.

Categories: Books & Authors

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

Highest Honor: Site-Specific Sculpture

Torpedo Factory Art Center

In collaboration with military veterans from The Art League’s IMPart program, artist and League instructor Andy Yoder will construct a site-specific, suspended, 25-ft triangular banner for the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s atrium.

Categories: Arts, Free, History

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

In Honor Of

Howard University, Armour J. Blackburn Center, Ballroom

Join the Emergence Community Arts Collective (ECAC) on May 24 at "In Honor Of" for an evening of storytelling! Liturgical dancers and storytellers will help ECAC honor six community members who have shown a devotion to service at the annual banquet and fundraiser. 

Categories: Charity Events, Arts, History

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

Medical Museum Science Cafe: Advances in Combat Casualty Care

National Museum of Health and Medicine

U.S. Air Force Col. Todd Rasmussen, director of the Combat Casualty Care Research Program at Fort Detrick (MD). Col. Rasmussen will share how the CCCRP optimizes the survival and recovery of U.S. service members in current and future operational scenarios, with a focus on treating bleeding control and traumatic brain injury.

Categories: Exhibits, Lecture, Discussion

Memorial Day Kick-Off featuring a Bourbon Tasting on Capitol Hill

The Capitol HIll Club

Join us for the Fifth Annual Memorial Day Kick-Off and Tribute to Veterans and Veterans Serving in Congress. The event will feature brief remarks by members of Congress, as well as a bourbon tasting, open bar and hors d'oeuvres just blocks from the U.S. Capitol. 

Nancy McIntyre: Rhythms of Time

The Art League Gallery

Silkscreens and paintings that “treasure the local, the small-scale, the eccentric, the ordinary.”

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

Passages DivorceCare

Vienna Presbyterian Church

If you are experiencing the pain of separation or divorce, the caring community at Vienna Presbyterian Church invites you to attend Passages DivorceCare. This 14-week program offers a path toward healing.

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

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

Pop Quiz: Let's Get Physical

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Friends can test their knowledge of sports stars in honor of National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Pop Quiz can be played individually or in teams. Food and drink is available for purchase from the Courtyard Café.

Categories: Arts, Other Events, Free

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

Self Guided Tour of O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street

Create your own adventure when you explore The O Street Museum and its collections. Tour through the themed rooms and search for secret doors, signed guitars (over 60 to find), memorabilia, art and much more on this one-of-a-kind journey.

Singing Workshop with InToneNation, Blair High School's A Cappella Ensemble

Washington Revels Rehearsal/Performance Space

A 90-minute singing workshop with with InToneNation, the student-run a cappella group from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Singing Workshop with InToneNation, Blair High School's A Cappella Ensemble

Washington Revels Rehearsal/Performance Space

A 90-minute singing workshop with with InToneNation, the student-run a cappella group from Montgomery Blair High School in Silver Spring, Maryland.

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 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

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

VA StrEats Fest

Gar-Field High School

This year's festival will feature the area's BEST trucks over TWO days!

When We are No More

Library of Congress, Madison Building, Mumford Room

Books & Beyond program. Historian Abby Smith Rumsey will discuss and sign her new book When We are No More: How Digital Memory is Shaping Our Future (Bloomsbury Publishing, PLC, 2016).

Whistler at Work

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

What happens when an artist decides to reinvent himself? Time-travel to the late 1860s with Robyn Asleson, co-curator of The Lost Symphony, for a glimpse of Whistler at work in his London studio. Learn how a painting that was never completed altered the course of the artist’s career.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

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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