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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.

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

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.

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27th Annual Washington Craft Show

Walter E. Washington Convention Center

The Washington Craft Show returns for its 27th year, featuring work by nearly 190 contemporary craft artists from around the USA. Guest lectures and fashion shows round out the weekend.

"Three Artists, Three Visions" Art Exhibit

Prudential PenFed Realty (Old Town Alexandria Office)

Del Ray Artisans and Prudential PenFed Realty present artwork by Wendy Band, Sharon Frey, and Linda Lowery in "Three Artists, Three Visions" (6/29-10/31/2014) at Prudential PenFed Realty (300 N Washington Street, Suite 100, Alexandria). Details at: TheDelRayArtisans.org/PrudentialPenFed

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

18th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Summers Farm

Summers Farm

For homegrown fun and farm fresh adventures, visit Summers Farm cornfield maze, old-fashioned hay rides, competitive pig races, gigantic jumping pillows, farm animals, hay slides…and pick-your-own pumpkins.

Art and Story, a Del Ray Artisans Art Exhibit

Shirlington Public 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 October 5 through November 30. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

Categories: Arts

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award-Call for Submissions

Bethesda

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the inaugural Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. The competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

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

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

Sycamore Heights Farmhouse

Come experience Christmas Thyme at the 1860 farmhouse.  Enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafts by crafter in the tri-state area.  Featuring candles, country, early American, primitives, folk art, jewelry, Christmas and everyday décor.  Needful things for everyone.  Shop for all of your Christmas and gift giving needs. 

Admission is free.  Credit cards are accepted.  Crafters please inquire.

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Categories: Arts, Holiday, Free

Classical Musical Instruments as Art

Washington Convention Center

Washington, DC artist J. Thomas Wells will exhibit his new, found object assemblage works at the Washington Craft Show, booth 304, at the Washington Convention Center, October 31 through November 2. The featured work of this exhibit uses salvaged classical musical instrument parts, which he incorporates into intricate, three-dimensional wall sculptures.

A native of Washingon, DC, Wells works his craft at his studio in the Jackson Art Center, a former DC public school building on R Street, NW.  Wells’ collecting of and fascination with found objects evolved into assembly more than two decades ago. Rather than forcing the objects into pre-conceived literal forms, he allows diverse objects to develop interrelationships with one another, forming compositions that transcend predictability. The artist asserts that “No instruments were destroyed in this process. I salvage damaged items from instrument repair shops in and around DC and Baltimore."

The Washington Craft Show will be Wells’ 13th show of his assemblage, including two solo shows, since 2000. He was selected into the Maryland State Art Council’s Critic's Residency Program in 2003 and was juried into the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria in 2004.  

For more information on Tom Wells visit: http://theta-art.net/

The Washington Craft Show: http://www.craftsamericashows.com

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Fear at the Freer!

Freer Gallery of Art

Get in the Halloween spirit with a screening of the movie that inspired the American thriller The Ring. Before the film, learn about spooky objects in our collection, make your own Freer-inspired mask, and enjoy Japanese food for sale from the Tokyo in the City food truck starting at 5 pm.

Categories: Holiday, Film, Arts

Fiddler on the Roof

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American musical classic with a new, in-the-round production directed by Molly Smith. This joyful tale of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles features a jubilant score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition.”

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Fifth Annual Feminist Art History Conference

American University, Katzen Arts Center

The Feminist Art History Conference builds upon AU's legacy of feminist art-historical scholarship and pedagogy.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

In 1887, Charles Lang Freer purchased the entire Second Venice Set, 26 atmospheric etchings by James McNeill Whistler. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between collector and artist, which eventually led to the founding of the Freer Gallery, today the world’s largest and finest repository of Whistler’s works. Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

For Whom It Stands

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Named one of the nation's "Top 10 Must-See Exhibits This Summer" by USA Today. More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Categories: Arts, History, 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

Halloween Costume Party at The Mansion on O Street!

The Mansion on O Street

Join us for a halloween costume party like no other! Includes: dj, costume contest with prizes, chocolate fountain, halloween treasure hunt, cash bar. 

Categories: Holiday

Haunted Trail at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Can you survive the Horde?  Come to the Workhouse Arts Center and see if you can survive the trail.  Presented Oct 24th to Nov 1st.

Categories: Tours, 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

Joy of Motion Dance Center Presents: Thriller on H Street

Joy of Motion Dance Center, Atlas

Learn the entire Thriller dance routine from the iconic Michael Jackson music video. 

Categories: Arts, Dance, Holiday

Leslie Nolan: Beyond the Edge

The Art League Gallery

Combining confident, bold, expressive brushwork with vibrant color, artist Leslie Nolan has created a series of portraits bursting with raw emotion.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Metamorphosis! Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Metamorphosis” juried art exhibit (October 3-November 2) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Transformative art embodying ‘change’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, October 3, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Metamorphosis! Art Exhibit - Halloween Ball!

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

A Halloween Ball will be hosted during the “Metamorphosis” juried art exhibit on Friday, October 31st from 8-11pm.  Tickets: $5 each or 5 for $20. Costumes required, and free entry to those who purchase (and wear) one of the artist-decorated masks.

Del Ray Artisans hours are: Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, October 3, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Holiday

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, 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

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

The Phillips Collection

Around 1890, Neo-Impressionist painters including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Theo van Rysselberghe created pictures that accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience, approaches they shared with their contemporaries, Symbolist painters, writers, and composers in Paris and Brussels. This focus was different from Neo-Impressionism's beginnings in 1886, when the movement was hailed as an alternative to Impressionism, offering a fresh opportunity to focus on light and contemporary life. With more than 70 paintings and works on paper this exhibition demonstrates how the Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.

Categories: Exhibits

Our War

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Twenty five of America’s finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, weave together a rich tapestry of short monologues for actors and noted members of the Washington, D.C. community to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War.

Categories: Theater, History

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

Play Work Build

National Building Museum

PLAY WORK BUILD takes children and adults alike through an exploration of play with an immersive, hands-on installation featuring molded foam blocks of all shapes and sizes and an original virtual block play experience. 

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print

Target Gallery

New Exhibition at Target Gallery Examines New Frontiers in Contemporary Photography 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Rage

The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Ambassador Theater Presents US Premiere of RAGE
By Michele Riml 
Will “justifiable” violence or passive resistance win the day? Who will survive?
Directed by Helen Hayes awarded director, Joe Banno 

Featuring: Ariana Almajan as Laura Whalen and Marlowe Vilchez as Raymond Stitt

WHERE: Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint
     916 G Street NW, Washington DC
WHEN: October 22 – November 16, 2014

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Matinees: Sundays at 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $8 - $40 Online: http://www.aticc.org/home/category/get-tickets 
For 16 + Audiences
“A riveting work by the Canadian author, Michele Riml, recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award 2008!"

Categories: International, Theater

Roberto Bocci: Metrorail

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Roberto Bocci's latest body of work, entitled Metrorail, is a fascinating group of panoramic photographs and experimental videos exploring the urban environments in and around the Washington, DC, Metrorail system.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Rocky Horror Picture Show live on-stage!

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center for the Rocky Horror Picture Show presented live on-stage by the Unquiet Theater Company. Written and composed by Richard O'Brien. Directed by Katy Chmura. Choreographed by Jonathan M. Faircloth. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

St. Mark's Players present.... DRACULA by Steven Deitz

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

St. Mark's Players present.... DRACULA by Steven Deitz

Directed by Andrew Curtin

Produced by Heather Cipu

Categories: Theater, Holiday

The Corn Maze in the Plains

The Corn Maze in the Plains

Fall Fun in Northern Virginia! 5 acre corn maze, hayrides, pumpkins, animals, food, and much more!

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China: Cirque Peking

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

The National Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China is among Asia’s most acclaimed ensembles, whose artists have won countless international awards and competitions.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented

Three For a Song's Halloween Edition of "The Greatest Songs You've Never Heard"

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Musical tricks and treats from the Golden Age of American Popular Song. Costumes are encouraged and fun will be had!

Categories: Music: Other, Theater, Arts

Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Walk in Lincoln's footsteps at President Lincoln's Cottage, the summer home of the Lincoln family and "the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Finals

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Dekelboum Concert Hall

In the final round of the annual competition, students compete for the opportunity to perform as soloists with the UMD Symphony Orchestra.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

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

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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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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