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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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Olga - A Musical Journey (11/23)

Kenmore Middle School

A musical journey with the WBS Orchestra - captivating music and song.

"Growing Dilemma" by Megan Van Wagoner

Montpelier Arts Center

Van Wagoner’s sculptural works in metals, glass, clay, and other materials reflect the changing value placed on land, agricultural practices, and food in our culture.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show” art exhibit (November 7-30) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Art inspired by food. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, November 7, 7-9pm www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Rescue Me" Art Exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Rescue Me” art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present animal-themed art. October 27-January 25. Reception November 14, 7-9pm. TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

Categories: Arts, Charity Events, Free

2014 “Nutcracker in a Shell - All Jazzed Up!”

Heritage High School

A shortened, jazzed-up version of the traditional "Nutcracker" produced by children for children

2014 “Nutcracker in a Shell - All Jazzed Up!”

Heritage High School

A shortened, jazzed-up version of the traditional "Nutcracker" produced by children for children

25th Anniversary of The Founder's 39th Birthday Sale!

The Mansion on O Street

It's the 25th Anniversary of the Founder's 39th Birthday and you are invited to celebrate at this once in a lifetime sale!! Beat the Christmas rush and save 25% on the most unique gifts on the planet.

Categories: Free, Other Events

All Hung Open Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

In the antithesis of a curated show, artists answer a general call for entries, and every piece of art is accepted and hung until the walls are full. This exhibition is open to all Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia artists, ages 18 & older. To receive a prospectus, contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Arabian Nights

Creative Cauldron

An enchanting Learning Theater production that will sweep you away on a magic carpet ride of invention and creativity.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

Bel Cantanti Opera: Ah! What a Wonderful World!

The Randolph Road Theatre

A benefit concert for Bel Cantanti Opera, a Thanksgiving Concert of popular opera and musical favorites.

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

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest

Bethesda Urban Partnership

As part of the 15th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine. The Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Bethesda Magazine have partnered to welcome adults (ages 18 and over) and high school students to write a 500-word essay and/or a 4,000-word short story about any topic, for the Essay & Short Story Contest.

Bethesda Film Festival Call for Submissions

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the third annual Bethesda Film Fest, scheduled for March 20-21, 2015.

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals, 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

Burke Area CROP Hunger Walk

Living Savior Lutheran Church

Join hundreds in the Burke Area CROP Hunger Walk on Sunday, November 23 at 2:00 pm to raise funds for hunger and disaster relief. 

Christmas Bazaar & Ukrainian Carol Mini-Concert

Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family

Enjoy Ukrainian-style lunch while browsing for books, music, holiday and specialty gift items, icons and religious items, traditional arts and crafts, delicious borshch, holubtsi, varenyky, kovbasa and nalysnyky (crepes) and more. Free mini-concert/sampler of Ukrainian carols in church on Sunday at 1:30 pm Event begins at 10:00AM Presented by: Ukrainian Catholic National Shrine of the Holy Family Featured Artist(s): Solomia Dutkewych, soprano; Larisa Pastuchiv-Martin, Bandura player; SPIV-Zhyttya, a capella group

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

Community Thanksgiving Potluck

Franconia United Methodist Church

Join us on Nov 23, 5-7 PM, for free Thanksgiving dinner. We'll provide the turkey and gravy. Come and if you can, bring your favorite dish to share.

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

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.

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Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Drawing Salon: Titian’s Masterful Portraits

National Gallery of Art, West Building

Join us for sketching and conversation in the galleries.

Categories: Arts, Free, Discussion

Exhibit: Small & Large Works

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Exhibit: “Le Temps Retrouvé / Revisiting the Past”

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Fictionalizing Historical Characters in The Magnificent Century

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

Fictionalizing Historical Characters in The Magnificent Century

Sunday, November 23, 2 pm

Freer conference room

In person: Günhan Börekçi, historian

The widely popular Turkish TV series The Magnificent Century (Muhteşem Yüzyıl, 2011–14) featured numerous historical characters and events in a captivating chronological storyline. As one of the show’s academic consultants, historian Günhan Börekçi shares his experiences and discusses the accuracy of its portrayals.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

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

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

Five Guys Named Moe

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

The boys are back in town, with a brand new look! The classics have been remixed in this explosive tribute to "King of the Jukebox" Louis Jordan, led by the fearless mind that stunned audiences with Bootycandy, directorRobert O’Hara (The Mountaintop). Dance the blues away as big band meets boy band in this dynamic, dazzling musical revue. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other, Dance

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

Gallery Exhibition "Messages from the River"

Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery

Messages from the River represents a collection of artworks including cast glass sculptures, paintings and mixed media artworks. Drawing from both the human experience and the natural experience Elizabeth Levine Braun and Tara S. Holl instinctively tell stories of familiarity both subtly and boldly through their personal artworks.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Glass Mind Theatre Presents Welcome to the White Room

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Glass Mind Theatre Presents

Welcome to the White Room
by Trish Harnetiaux

**A World Premiere**
Directed by Chris Cotterman

Three strangers are thrust into an unknown world, working towards an unknown goal. Follow their journey as they navigate the anonymous letters, The Device, The Last Deck of Cards in the World, and The Test of the Kiss — challenges meant to bring them closer to the endgame. But when this senseless world summons its puppeteer – we find out who is really in control.

Categories: Theater, Arts

Guitar Passions: Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo

Music Center at Strathmore

Sharon Isbin, Stanley Jordan & Romero Lubambo will be back at Strathmore to share their unusual sonic blend of Brazilian, jazz, rock, classical, and even soprano saxophone and vocals.

Categories: Music: Classical

Hansel and Gretel with the Capital City Symphony

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

The Capital City Symphony presents a semi-staged concert opera:  Englebert Humperdink's beloved Hansel and Gretel.

Full opera Saturday evening; 1-hour version for younger audiences Sunday afternoon.

Holiday Craft Fair

Temple Sinai

Holiday Craft Fair at Temple Sinai, 3100 Military Road, on Sunday, November 23, 2014 from 9 am to 3 pm.  Admission is free; join us for children's activities,Delicious homemade holiday food, Gift card drawings and 30+ exciting vendors: unique women's clothing, beautiful pottery and glassware, stunning jewelry.

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

ICE! featuring Frosty the Snowman

National Harbor

Beginning November 14, experience the Capital region's must-see, award-winning holiday attraction, ICE!, at Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, Maryland. Kept at a chilly 9 degrees, rediscover the magic of everyone's favorite holiday classic, Frosty the Snowman, through colorful, life-size ice sculptures.

Categories: Holiday, Family Oriented

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

Arts in the Village Gallery

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ji Yoon ("Jiji") Park returns to "Music with the Angels"

Church of the Holy City

Acclaimed pianist Jiji Park returns with a program of J.S. Bach, Chopin and Kapustin. The artist prepared thoughtful notes, really a story theme, to enhance understanding of her program.

La Vita Duo

Montpelier Arts Center

New York-based classical guitar and soprano duo Jeanai and Giacomo La Vita have performed in concert series throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Leading European Composers: Hans Abrahamsen

The Phillips Collection Music Room

Hans Abrahamsen (b. 1952, Copenhagen) is one of the most idiomatic composers to emerge in Denmark in recent years. He has selected the JACK Quartet, champions of his music, to present a complete cycle of his string quartets. In collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark in Washington, DC.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Montpelier Arts Center

Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s debut solo exhibition at Montpelier displays current works that reflect a passion for creating faces and figurative forms using a diverse array of media and provoking different moods—sometimes with laughter and other times, with quiet force. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Luce Unplugged with Integriti Reeves

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor

Jazz vocalist and DC native Integriti Reeves returns to the Luce Center for her second Luce Unplugged performance.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts, Free

Marine Band to Honor Adolphe Sax Bicentennial

John Philip Sousa Band Hall, Marine Barracks Annex

This concert will focus on the life of Adolphe Sax and feature saxophone ensembles from the Marine Band, Navy Band, Army Band, Army Field Band, and Air Force Band.

Categories: Music: Classical

Maryland Opera Studio: Così fan tutte

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

Does fidelity exist? When a cynical old bachelor convinces two young soldiers to test the fidelity of their fiancées, comedy comes close to catastrophe and reveals the flaws of human nature.

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

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

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

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print

Target Gallery

New Exhibition at Target Gallery Examines New Frontiers in Contemporary Photography 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Potomac River String Ensemble

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

This amazing group of violin, viola and cello student-musicians range in age from 4 to 17 years old.  They will share some of our most beloved Christmas carols along with an audience sing-a-long. 

Sacred and Profane: Free Chamber Music Concert from IBIS

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

Midway between Halloween and Christmas IBIS Chamber Music presents a program of music both spooky and reverentia for harp and strings. 

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

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Gaithersburg, Maryland (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Arts

The Epic of Everest w/ live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne

AFI Silver Theater and Cultural Center

Free Screening of the 90th Anniversary of The Epic of Everest, co-presented with the National Gallery of Art with live musical accompaniment by Stephen Horne. 

Categories: Film, Music: Other, History

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

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

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Oklahoma Twisters at the Tree of Life Cafe

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

An evening of Western Swing featuring the Oklahoma Twisters, with a cameo appearance by the Mori, Stone & Glaser Trio.  Bring your dancing shoes!

Categories: Music: Other

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

Tone of Silence

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Cafritz Foundation Theatre

Through monologue, dialogue and poetry, Tone of Silence explores how confined voices can awaken and release a powerful tone.

Categories: Theater, 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."

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen & Ettore Causa, Piano Trio + Viola

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Polinger Artists of Excellence Concert

Trio Con Brio Copenhagen & Ettore Causa, Piano Trio + Viola

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

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

Virginia Cider Week

Various (Multiple Event Venues)

Virginia Cider Week is November 14-23, 2014: celebrating hard cider, a time-honored Virginia tradition, with tastings, pairings, events, classes, and more.

‘Nature's Beauty Below the Surface,’ New Work by Marion Griffin

The Chesapeake Framing Co.

Artist Statement: 
Griffin’s “Blooms” series was inspired by an evening walk along Carroll Creek, in Frederick. “I was struck by the beauty of the dull organic matter lying along the pond's edge." she says. “I used it as inspiration to look deeper, to find what gives life to the beautiful plants and flowers that rest gently on the surface of the water. Being a life long meditator, I am always searching for what is stagnant within and how to move the debris away. Carroll Creek became the metaphor for my most recent work." 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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