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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.

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.

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.

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Christmas with the King's Singers

Washington National Cathedral

One of the world’s most celebrated vocal ensembles, these consummate entertainers have a packed schedule of appearances spanning the globe.

Handel’s 
Messiah

The Music Center at Strathmore

The critically acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Stan Engebretson and joined by a superb cast of soloists, bring the joy, spirit and tidings of the season to you with this glorious oratorio, which includes such timeless favorites as “And the Glory of the Lord” and the “Hallelujah Chorus.”

"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

"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

3 Days ‘til Christmas! A New Holiday Musical

Northern Virginia Community College, Richard J. Ernst Community Center

This Broadway-Style holiday musical, appropriate for audiences of all ages, is packed with fun and fanciful chaos that promises to warm your heart and have your toes tapping. Glorious scenery, amazing costuming and a phenomenal cast weave a festive and touching song and dance story that will appeal to audiences young and old.

3 Days ‘til Christmas! A New Holiday Musical

Northern Virginia Community College, Richard J. Ernst Community Center

This Broadway-Style holiday musical, appropriate for audiences of all ages, is packed with fun and fanciful chaos that promises to warm your heart and have your toes tapping. Glorious scenery, amazing costuming and a phenomenal cast weave a festive and touching song and dance story that will appeal to audiences young and old.

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Torpedo Factory Art Center

Small works of art at Target Gallery reflect the zeitgeist of today in an all-media exhibition with work that is no larger than five inches in any direction.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

A Dickens of a Tour: Charles Dickens in Washington

Meets at 10th and E Streets NW (Cosi)

Ever ponder how Charles Dickens kept Christmas? Or where he went in our town? Walk in the great author's footsteps on this unusual historical, theatrical tour. Dickens came to Washington City twice in the 19th century and strolled the streets on a walking tour of his own. Led by a character from A Christmas Caroll, we'll wend our merry way past the actual buildings that Dickens visited, and see scenes from Dicken's Yuletide work played out in doorways and archways. Learn how Dickens friendship with a local family may have influenced his writing. Now in our 14th year! $12 adults, $6 under 16. Discounts for military id, gov't id and student id. Tickets online at www.historicstrolls.com or from Mrs. Cratchit at the tour (exact change welcomed with a curtsey) Portion of proceeds to So Others Might Eat Event begins at 12:00PM Presented by: Natalie Zanin Featured Artist(s): Natalie and the actors of www.historicstrolls.com

Categories: Holiday, History, Tours

A Festival of Lessons and Carols, with a Baroque twist

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

For the second consecutive season, The Scholars of St. Cecilia, Mountainside Baroque’s resident chamber choir, will “ring in” the Christmas season with a Festival of Lessons and Carols. This year the service will include a special Baroque twist: a Christmas cantata by Marc-Antoine Charpentier, accompanied by Baroque flutes, Harpsichord and viol, will be featured in addition to traditional music for the Christmas season. This ecumenical event, that will include clergy from the Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Episcopal, and Methodist traditions, as well as Cumberland Mayor Brian Grim, will take place at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Cumberland on Sunday, December 21 at 5pm. It is free and open to the public, though a free-will offering will be received.

A Tribute to Anita Reiner

The Phillips Collection

A tribute exhibition in memory of Anita Reiner, one of Washington, DC's most active art collectors and a longtime friend of the Phillips. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

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

Also Like Life: The Films of Hou Hsiao-hsien

 “I make films because I love this world and I believe in people,” notes Hou Hsiao-hsien. This retrospective of the acclaimed Taiwanese director’s work is copresented with the AFI Silver Theatre (afi.com/silver) and the National Gallery of Art (nga.gov). Visit their websites for additional schedule information.

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Categories: Arts, Film

Annual Holiday Group Show

Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier’s resident artists showcase their work in this group holiday exhibition, highlighting their diversity and talent. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Holiday

Annual Patuxent Art League Juried Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

Juried by a regional professional, this annual exhibition is organized by the Patuxent Art League and showcases work from artists 18 & older who live in Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia; it includes painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, collage, and more. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Bel Cantanti Opera - Die Csardasfurstin, "The Princess of Csardas" or "The Gypsy Princess"

The Randolph Road Theatre

Bel Cantanti Opera presents Die Csardasfurstin (The Princess of Csardas, or The Gypsy Princess), a holiday favorite across Europe, now in Bethesda for your holiday pleasure!  Fully staged and in costume.

 

 

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

Chantons Noel - Holiday Concerts "a la francaise"

National City Christian Church

Get in the true spirit of the holiday season with the angelic sounds of the Children’s Chorus of Washington with a French flair, featuring CCW’s five award-winning chorus ensembles, and the Amadeus Brass Quintet.

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

Del Ray Artisans Holiday Market

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Del Ray Artisans 19th Annual Holiday Market features handcrafted work from local artists, plus Bake Sale to benefit a local nonprofit.  December 5-7, December 12-14, December 19-21.  Fridays 6-9pm (reception), Saturdays 10am-4pm, Sunday 12-4pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/HolidayMarket

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

Holiday Open Houses

Glenview Mansion at Rockville Civic Center Park

Enjoy decoration contributed by community organizations and musical performances by local ensembles.

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

Hub Opera Ensemble presents Amahl and the Night Visitors

The Maryland Theatre

A Christmas classic! Three wise men, on their way to visit a newborn king, stop for the night at the home of the unprepared Amahl and his mother. A wonderful story of giving, healing and forgiveness.

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

Metropolitan Baptist Church Concert Series presents Handel's Oratorio: Messiah

Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church

The Metropolitan Concert Series will present Handel's Oratorio: Messiah, a Washington community holiday tradition on Sunday, December 21, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church (3401 Nebraska Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20016). 

This FREE Concert is open to the public and will feature a community chorus and four acclaimed soloists-- Brandie Sutton (Soprano), Lucia Bradford (Mezzo-Soprano), Issachah Savage (Tenor), and Kenneth Overton (Bass). 

Music at Arts in the Village Gallery – Sunday, December 21

Arts in the Village Gallery

Iridescence will present music by Yvonne Kocur (flute) and Simon Phillips (acoustic guitar) at the Arts in the Village Gallery on Sunday, December 21, from 2-5 p.m.  

Categories: Music: Other, Arts, 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

Nature Fun Club

Robinson Nature Center

Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making. Each Sunday holds a new adventure – from scavenger hunts to nature hikes and from planetarium presentations to arts and crafts projects.

Categories: Other Events

Nature Fun Club

Robinson Nature Center

Join us on the 3rd Sunday of each month to hang out with other kids that love nature and enjoy themed activities and craft-making.

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

PopUpArcadeDC

The Blind Whino

PopUpArcadeDC is here to provide the community with a much needed FUN
Free Day of Video Game Playing & A Video Game Inspried Live Art Show & Sale !!!
Full Details>> http://www.popuparcadedc.com/december-event/ 
Smash Brothers Tournament / Live Art Show & Sale

Smash Brothers Tournament / Live Art Show & Sale

…just in time for the Holidays. So weather you celebrate Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanzaa or Festivus or whatever you probably play and love video games and if you’re old enough you probably miss playing them with people in person in the arcades then this event is for you !!! Kid safe environment and all are welcome.

Sunday December 21st 2014
12pm – 8pm
Blind Whino SW Arts Club
700 Delaware Ave SW DC 20024
$FREE but donations welcome

Categories: Arts, Other Events, Free

Silvery Winter – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery

In December, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an all-artists exhibit, Silvery Winter, a showcase of artwork inspired by frosty winter mornings and moonlight across crystalline landscapes. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, December 21, 2014 featuring the ensemble Avant Gardeners.  

Categories: Dance

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 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

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

Vienna Boys Choir: Christmas in Vienna

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Few experiences capture the wonder and magic of the holiday season quite like these remarkable Austrian youngsters in their annual Christmas concert. 

Categories: Arts, Holiday, Music: Other

Voce Chamber Singers Present: The Angels Sang

Oakton United Methodist Church

Celebrate the holidays with Voce!

Categories: Music: Other

West Potomac Instrument Drive

West Potomac High School

FCPS students are in in a dire need for adaquate musical instruments to enhance their fine arts education. In the spirit of the holiday season the West Potomac chapter of the Tri-M music society is holding an instrument drive to help allieviate this issue.

Categories: Charity Events

Whitney Staiger: “Friend Me”

The Art League Gallery

Jeweler Whitney Staiger melds together her friends’ public avatars with an aspect of their private selves on her handmade brass cameos in “Friend Me,” her first solo exhibit.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Winter Term at Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School

Ottley Music School begins its 14-week Winter Term on Monday, December 1, 2014 to March 14, 2015.  Ottley Music School teaches students of all ages from 3 1/2 years to senior citizens, all races, nationalities, and goals.  It offers private lessons and classes in voice, instruments, and dance. 

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