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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.

Thu • September 18, 2014

 

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"All Creatures Great and Small" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“All Creatures Great and Small” 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, through October 26. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AWLA

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"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

"Put a Bird on It" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"Put a Bird on It!” juried art exhibit (Sept 5-28) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists repurpose objects or artworks, incorporating a ‘bird’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: 9/5, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

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

41st Annual School Fair

Washington DC Convention Center

BLACK STUDENT FUND (BSF) in partnership with LATINO STUDENT FUND(LSF) IS HAVING A SCHOOL FAIR!

On October 5, 2014 from 2-5pm (A FREE EVENT)

Representives from over 65 Day and Boarding Schools will be in attendance.  This is a family event for the DC METRO AREA!   For more information please call BSF- 202-287-1414 OR LSF - 244-3438.

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Axis

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 6, 5-8pm

Axis is an exhibition of visual and literary arts created by 13 artists linked into an alliance by the common experience of having been fellows at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. The title “Axis” suggests a center or core that is capable of connecting, changing, and moving things, people and ideas to create a multitude of possibilities and alliances; it is a crucial transformative concept at this point in history.  Fitting with the title, this exhibition brings together contemporary artwork by artists from across the United States whose work connects in spirit while it diverges in form.

Categories: Arts

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Beethoven's Violin Concerto

The Music Center at Strathmore

What better way to open the season than with Baltimore native and superstar violinist, Hilary Hahn? Joining forces with Marin Alsop and the BSO, Hahn performs Beethoven’s Violin Concerto, which is widely considered the pinnacle of the violin literature.

Categories: Music: Classical, 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

Bring Ten Thousand Villages to D.C.!

Auto Alliance Rooftop Terrace

Drinks, food, and conversation...

A celebration of Ten Thousand Villages, how far we've come, and where we're headed.

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

DC Shorts Film Festival 2014

E Street Cinema

This year the DC Shorts Film Festival features great storytelling from around the world-- 135 films, 5 screenplays, several genres, from 25 countries. And if you come to the opening weekend showcases, stay for the Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and sicvoer the backstories you won't find anywhere else. 

Categories: Film, Arts

Destination ARTS!

Downtown Waynesboro PA

Enjoy world-renowned artists, local craftsman, hand thrown pottery, arts classes and demos, and live music in charming historic Waynesboro. Free live performances and children's activities offered every weekend from June to October

Donna Clark - Mindscapes

Live An Artful Life Gallery

August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes”  A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  Opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.   Painting demo, September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Freer Gallery of Art

One of Thailand’s most acclaimed directors, Pen-ek Ratanaruang mixes humor, fantasy violence, and the supernatural. He visits the Freer to present three of the films in this retrospective, cosponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy.

Categories: Film

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

Great Falls Studios (GFS) "A Sea of Sticks and Stones" juried member exhibit @ USGS

US Geological Survey National Center

Opening September 3:  "A Sea of Sticks and Stones", a juried exhibition of artworks by 34 Great Falls Studios (GFS) members at the US Geological Survey National Center, 12201 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, VA 20192.  Continues through September 29.

Friday, September 5.  4 PM - 6:30 PM Opening Reception.  Free and open to the public.

Walt Bartman, founder of the Yellow Barn Studio and Gallery at Glen Echo, Maryland served as juror and will be on hand at the Opening Reception to offer his comments and announce prizes totalling $1000.

The exhibition can be enjoyed in the Art Hall, adjacent to the USGS Visitors Center, in September, Monday through Friday.  8 AM - 5 PM.  Visitors must bring photo identification and pass through a metal detector.  No packages or laptaps allowed.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Hacking Objects of Desire

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Three indigenous Norwegian artists examine pertinent question about commercialism and globalism as they re-appropriate everyday objects to reflect the worldview of the Sámi people. The exhibition features photographs, sculpture, and video. 

Categories: Arts, International, Exhibits

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

Influence & Inspiration: The Art League Faculty Celebrates 60 Years

The Athenaeum

Showcasing extraordinary works of art, “Influence and Inspiration” highlights The Art League’s finest past and present faculty in the historic Athenaeum space.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Itsy Bitsy Infants

Maryland Science Center

Join the Kids Room staff in the Room to Grow for a program designed for our smallest scientists, 0 to 24 months with their adult caregivers. 

Japanese Religious Art

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

This exhibition focuses on paintings depicting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni; his disciples, or arhats; and his attendant bodhisattvas, Fugen (Samantabhadra) and Monju (Manjushri).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Nate Smith + KINFOLK

Mansion at Strathmore

Renowned drummer Nate Smith leads KINFOLK: Kris Bowers on keys, Fima Ephron on bass, Jeremy Most on guitar, Jaleel Shaw on saxophone, and Amma Whatt on vocals. This is what happens when R&B and jazz collide, then decide to chill out for an evening of popflavored grooves.

Categories: Music: Other

Northern Virginia Community College hosts NLM exhibit The Henkel Physicians: A Family's Life in Letters

Medical Education Campus, Northern Virginia Community College

Northern Virginia Community College’s Medical Education Campus  and Woodbridge Campus Libraries will be hosting the exhibit, The Henkel Physicians: A Family’s Life in Letters. The exhibit documents the daily lives of a family of Virginian physicians during the 19th century, serving in their community, on the battlefield, and in the nation's courts of law.

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler

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

These early works by Whistler documented his adventures and shaped his approach to composition, light and shadow, and perspective.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Open Mic Hosted by Free

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Share your words and art form with others in the community at Clay Pots' Open Mic hosted by Free. The Open Mic will be held during Clay Pots' community Coffeehouse.

Categories: Arts

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. 

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

September at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center: Community events for artists, dog lovers and foodies

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

After hosting several international events in August as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, September events at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) take on a local flavor with a series of community-based programs.

Shakespeare's Globe's King Lear

Folger Theatre

Renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell (TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Folger Theatre’s As You Like It) plays the title role in this stunning production by Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour.

Categories: Theater, International

Sidetracked

The Meeting House Gallery

"Sidetracked" features Al Biegel, Pete McCutchen, Allson Pasarew and Richard P. Weiblinger.

Steven Williams

Montpelier Arts Center

Williams draws, paints, and constructs paintings, which depend on elements of surprise and surrealism to inject humor into what would otherwise be a relentless descent into the shadow side of human life. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Take 5! Grant Green on Blue Note

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Relax and “Take 5!” with free, live jazz in the museum courtyard. The museum’s celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of Blue Note Records continues as Pete Muldoon and group pay homage to jazz composer and guitarist Grant Green. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments and borrow a board game to play during the concert. Feeling inspired to create? Local printmakers create a temporary studio, offering a free opportunity to make your own print to take home.

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

The 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit

Gallery B

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of the nine finalists for this year’s The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in a group exhibition. The exhibit will be on display September 3 – 27, 2014, at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Topaz Thursday Comedy Night

Topaz Hotel

FREE Live standup comedy show in Dupont Circle by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Thursday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036-2801 www.TopazHotel.com www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, 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."

VMFA Lecture Series: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us on Sept 18th at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Lecture Series: Buddhist Art and Pilgrimage. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Lecture

War, History, and Memory in the Life and Works of Jacob Lawrence and Horace Pippin

The Phillips Collection

Taking inspiration from the lives and works of Jacob Lawrence and Horace Pippin, Dr. Celeste-Marie Bernier traces the experiences of World War I African American combat soldiers alongside the social, political, and historical realities confronting African American women, men and children living in the no man's land of early 20th century America. Coming to terms with Pippin's powerful conviction, "I cannot forget suffering and I will not forget sunset," Dr. Bernier examines these artists' paintings and drawings to shed new light on Lawrence's declaration, "Struggle is a beautiful thing." Dr. Bernier is Professor of African American Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK, and Associate Editor of the Journal of American Studies. Free.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

Web Bryant: “Washington From Light to Night”

The Art League Gallery

Avoiding the cliché depictions of monuments and cherry blossoms in favor of the often overlooked and underappreciated aspects of DC, Bryant's oil paintings focus on highlighting the play of light on Washington’s structures.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Worldly Inspirations -- an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

Arts in the Village Gallery

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Submit an Event

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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