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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.

Sat • September 20, 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

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.

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

The 32nd Street Farmer’s Market, a non-profit organization, returns all profits back to the Baltimore community, with over 55 vendors is the “talk of the town”. With fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants, international foods, including vegan choices and meats, as well as crafts, natural body products and specialty items, this is the place to be on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until Noon. Here is your chance to talk to the farmer or vendor about the product they have grown or made. More information is available at www.32ndstreetmarket.org

Event begins at 7:00AM

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

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

5th Annual Salsa Funtensive

Dance Studio at McLean Regency Sport and Health

7 Evening Salsa Immersion!

Come join us for a fun progressive seven evenings of Salsa! No partner or previous dance training is necessary.

A Closer Look at the Emergence of Modern Art – Lecture Series with William Kloss

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Independent art historian and scholar William Kloss presents a three-part lecture series about modern art: its controversial beginnings, experimental styles and the artists’ intentions. Space is limited; register at Closerlook.eventbrite.com.

Categories: Arts, Lecture

Art Explorers Family Studio

Glen Echo Park

Playgroup in the Park (PGiP), and Glen Echo Park Partnership present Art Explorers Family Studio for parents and children. Each week explore a new art form or theme in the Candy Corner Studio.  Drop-in only; no pre-registration.  $10 per child/parent combo. 10am to 12:30pm every Saturday.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists -- jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

Arts in the Village Gallery

Meet Dana and Mary Louise and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Worldly Inspirations,” presenting the wire wrapped jewelry of Dana Jansen and the evocative photography of Mary Louise Ravese.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ash Bash

Mt. Airy Bowling Lanes

Andy’s Safe Haven, a nonprofit whose mission is to save shelter dogs, is holding its first annual fundraiser, ASH BASH.  This bowling event will be held on September 20th from 5-8 p.m. at Mt. Airy Bowling Lanes, 304 Center St., Mt. Airy, MD.  For $25, each guest is entitled to 3 hours of bowling, 2 slices of pizza and unlimited soft drinks.  Activities will include two raffles and each ticket holder will get a grab bag of goodies.

Ballroom Dancing with a mini-lesson at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an evening of Ballroom Dancing on Sept 20th.

Categories: Dance

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

Broadway’s Next Hit Musical

Hylton Performing Arts Center

This wacky new twist on musical theater employs a loveable troupe of quick-witted improvisers who miraculously make up a whole new musical right on stage. 

Categories: Arts, Theater

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

Chef's Table cooking classes with Chef Kathleen Linton

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Chef's Table cooking classes with Chef Kathleen Linton presented on Sept 20th. 

Categories: Food & Wine, Lecture

Children's Theater "Alice in Wonderland" live at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents Children's Theater "Alice in Wonderland" live at the Workhouse Arts Center presented Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 6th through Sept 28th.

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

Dulles Day Family Festival and Plane Pull

Dulles Airport

Gather your family and friends for a fun day of competition! Full day of activities, displays, kids rides, live music and car show. The Plane Pull benefits Special Olympics Virginia- team of 25 pulling a plane while opening minds and changing hearts for Special Olympians. Anyone can participate and anyone can win-trophies and prizes are awarded. We also have a Truck Pull for the kids! Please do not bring backpacks or coolers to event, security will check all bags before entry. A shuttle bus will pick up all attendees from parking and bring to festival entrance gate. Follow airport mobile signs to "Dulles Day Festival/Plane Pull". *team entry fee for Plane Pull Event begins at 10:30AM Presented by: Special Olympics VA

Exhibition of works by Duvan "Look Again"

Dupont Circle Washington, DC

The Embassy of Colombia invites you to the amazing exhibition of works  "Look Again" by the Colombian artist,  Duvan,  at the Residence of the Ambassador.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, 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

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

House Concert: Sonya Hayes, Sean Neidlinger, Carl Banner

BannerArts

Sonya Hayes, violin, Sean Neidlinger, cello, Carl Banner, piano, perform Brahms Piano Trio #1 in B, Op. 8 and Dvorak Piano Trio Op. 90 ("Dumky") at a house concert in Takoma Park.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

J.A.M. 4ever

Anacostia Arts Center

J.A.M. the Revue, Anacostia’s exciting song and dance revue, is back! Created by choreographer Jeremy A. McShan, “J.A.M. 4ever” is a musical revue that features the hottest songs from across the years “J.A.M.med” into ONE showstopping production!
http://jam4ever.bpt.me/

Categories: Theater, Arts, Tours

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

Land Without Borders: Cultural Interaction between the Pre-Hispanic Southwest and Mesoamerica--Symposium of The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C.

U.S. Navy Memorial and Naval Heritage Center

The symposium will examine the evidence for cultural interaction between the societies of the Pre-Hispanic Southwest and Mesoamerica during their extensive prehistory.

Laugh Riot at the Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Live standup comedy show Laugh Riot at the Hyatt. Every Saturday night 8 til 10 pm. Doors open 7pm $10 CASH ONLY Admission Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Theater, Other Events

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 Drive Electric Week Baltimore

Maryland Science Center

National Drive Electric Week is a nationwide celebration to heighten awareness of today's widespread availability of plug-in vehicles and highlight the benefits of all-electric and plug-in hybrid-electric cars, trucks, motorcycles, and more.

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

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical live on-stage.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical, live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center, Fri, Sat, and Sun, Sept 12th through Oct 12th.

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. 

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

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

Tansaekhwa and the Case for Abstraction in Postwar Korea

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Professor Joan Kee examines Tansaekhwa (monochromatic painting), a movement that began in the 1960s and became the international face of contemporary Korean art.

Categories: Arts, Free

Tasting the Past: Herbal Infusions

Riversdale House Museum

Discover the long history of using herbs to flavor your own vinegar.

Categories: Food & Wine, History, Lecture

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 Beads of Courage Bead Challenge at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us on Sept 20th at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Beads of Courage Bead Challenge. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Charity Events

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."

Walking Tour: "Georgetown Heights"

Dumbarton House

Join Dwane Starlin for this delightful meander through Georgetown's "East Village" streets, circa 1800. Free!

Categories: Free, Tours, History

Walking with Woodpeckers

Robinson Nature Center

Get to know woodpeckrs with Howard County Bird Club member, John Harris, as you walk the trails at the Middle Patuxent Environmental Area (MPEA) looking for foraging species.

Wanda Sykes

Music Center at Strathmore

Maryland native turned global comedy superstar: Emmy  winner Wanda Sykes, star of movies and television, gets back to her roots in standup on the Music Center stage. She’s edgy, relevant and political, yes—but always hilariously funny.

Categories: Other Events

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

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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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