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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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From the Top

GW Lisner Auditorium

From the Top, hosted by acclaimed pianist Christopher O’Riley, celebrates the amazing performances and captivating stories of America’s best pre-college classical musicians.

"Play" by Stephen Boocks

Montpelier Arts Center

In this exhibition of acrylic paintings, works on paper, and sound, Boocks explores the dynamics of time, pattern, and how we process works of art.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Tarnish" by Barbara Talbott

Montpelier Arts Center

The need to replicate the texture and surface of an object propels Barbara Talbott to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes. In Tarnish, every dent, every scratch, every layer of patina builds upon each other to create the fabric of the surface; it tells the story of a life lived. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"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.

Absolutely! {perhaps}

Source

In this brilliant comedy, Nobel Prize Winner and colorful absurdist Luigi Pirandello dances the fine line between reality and illusion and reveals just how difficult it is to ever know the truth. Presented by Constellation Theatre Company.

Categories: Theater, Arts

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

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Off the Cuff: Ein Heldenleben

The Music Center at Strathmore

If musicians have a favorite orchestra showpiece, this just might be it. Richard Strauss’ tone poem Ein Heldenleben (A Hero’s Life) is a masterpiece for the ages. Who is the hero portrayed in this stunning work? What journey must he overcome? It might take some serious brass to create the sounds of battle, bravery and heroism, but Strauss’ score exploits the full instrumental range of the BSO in one epic punch.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Bel Cantanti Opera - Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

A French operatic version of the Cinderella fairy tale.

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

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

District5 Wind Quintet

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

District5 is a wind quintet of dynamic personalities who embark on a mission of creative and virtuosic programming as the newly formed Graduate Fellowship Quintet at the University of Maryland. With several collaborative events already in the works, District5 strives to bring excitement and passion to every performance.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

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

Friday Night Stargazing

Maryland Science Center

Come See the Stars

The Observatory is open to the public every Friday through October 24 from 7:00 pm to 10:30 pm, weather permitting. 

Categories: Exhibits

From the Top

Washington Performing Arts

A radio experiment in 2000 quickly became one of the most popular weekly classical music programs on public radio.

Gallery B Announces October Exhibit

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its October exhibition, featuring paintings by Gongsan Kim and Chris Luckman, and sculptures by George Tkabladze. The group exhibition will be on display from October 1 -25 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD.  Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

This exhibition’s opening reception will coincide with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk on Friday, October 10th from 6-9pm.

 

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District opened Gallery B in October 2011 with the support of Bethesda Place Limited Partnership.Gallery B serves as the flagship of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The mission of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Choose a venue near you to view feature-length films that make real the stories of immigrants from Ireland, Central America, India, Palestine, Syria and Senegal.  Meet Muna and Fadi who win the US lottery for Green Cards, Megha, an ambitious software engineer, and others who come to our shores for the same reasons as our grandparents and ancestors.

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

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England under Elizabeth I. Books explaining heraldry's complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents from professional heralds attempting to regulate heraldic practice show an ambitious world eager to display success and status.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is open to the public 10am to 5pm Monday through Saturday, with special exhibition viewing hours on Sundays from 12pm to 5pm. Free, docent-led tours are available Monday through Friday at 11am and 3pm, Saturdays at 11am and 1pm, and Sundays at 1pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Nigel Ramsay

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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

It's Kismet

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “It’s Kismet,” a concert featuring the Aeolus String Quartet performing the works of Mozart & Borodin. 

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

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

Petit Mort

The Washington Ballet

Petite Mort is Jiri Kylián’s masterwork. Haunting, joyfully witty and provocative

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. 

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

Spooktacular Pipe Organ Concert

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church

Get ready for a spine-tingling performance of Bach's Toccata and Fugue in d minor, Chopin's "Marche funebre," Correll's Dracula Suite, and more, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in Herndon, Virginia.

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

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

This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer’s best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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 Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists"

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists" at the Workhouse Arts Center, Wed-Sun, Sept 13th through Oct 25th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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."

U.S. Navy Band's Skipjack Quartet

Old Town Hall

 The Skipjack Quartet specializes in elegant jazz and Latin stylings of the Great American Song Book, derived from Broadway and popular songs of a bygone era.

Categories: Free, Music: Other

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

Urban Agriculture Symposium and Farm Tour

University of the District of Columbia

The Urban Agriculture Symposium will bring together thought leaders to discuss critical components of today’s food economy - from urban food production to preparation and distribution. Day 1 (9:00 a.m. - 4:15 p.m.) will feature keynotes and breakout sessions, while Day 2 (10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.) will feature tours of of the urban agriculture initiatives at Washington Parks & People and the UDC Muirkirk Research Farm. FREE.

Veronneau

Montpelier Arts Center

This international band has captivated audiences in North America and Europe with their unique world jazz sound, blending bossa nova, gypsy jazz, samba, and swing.

Categories: Music: Other

Voce Chamber Singers - Honor and Remembrance

St. John Neumann Church

Honor and Remembrance

Voce is proud to open its 26th season, now under the artistic direction of Richard Giarusso, with a program featuring the Musikalische Exequien of Heinrich Schütz, and the Requiem by Herbert Howells. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church in Alexandria invites the community to help us prepare bagged meals for the homeless people living on the Route One corredor in Alexandria.

Washington Bach Consort presents "The Intimate Bach"

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Enjoy a program of vocal and instrumental music featuring the superb artistry of members of the Consort chorus and orchestra. In addition to a sampling of many of the composer’s most popular arias and choruses, the ensemble will also showcase some of the timeless treasures in the purely instrumental genre including music for solo harpsichord, solo cello and solo violin. It’s a fun evening where the Joy of Bach really resonates.

Categories: Music: Classical

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, A New Musical

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

American University's Department of Performing Arts presents Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the musical based on the foreign film by Pedro Almodóvar.

Categories: Theater, 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.

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