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Community Calendar

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.

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

  • Through Sunday, June 8, 2014

A student exhibit explores the question, "What does the past have to do with the future?" in the context of the Shaw neighborhood in Washington, DC.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

  • Through Sunday, May 4, 2014

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Thu • April 24, 2014

 

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Peruvian Gold Ancient Treasures Unearthed

National Geographic Museum

Marvel at centuries of dazzling craftsmanship in gold and silver as we explore the treasures of Peru’s rich pre-Inca heritage.

Categories: Exhibits

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The Threepenny Opera

Signature Theater

Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland proudly presents Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, running Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  This unique and celebrated exhibition displays a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramic vessels produced for the traditional art of ikebana flower arranging. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

"An Evening of Classical Piano Music," the 13th Annual Winners' Grand Prix Concert at the Embassy of Austria

Embassy of Austria

Under the gracious patronage of H.E. the Ambassador of Austria Dr. Hans Peter Manz, the Washington International Piano Arts Council requests the pleasure of your company at a truly unique event "An Evening of Classical Piano Music," the 13th Annual Winners' Grand Prix Concert.

Proudly presenting three First Prizewinners: Sylvan Carpentier of France; Matthias Fischer of Germany; Eberhard Zagrosek of Germany.

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Categories: Arts, Exhibits

An Evening of Music for String Quartet

Alexandria's History Museum, The Lyceum

The United States Air Force Band presents a Chamber concert at The Lyceum.

Categories: Music: Classical

Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an exhibition of Virginia high school art submitted for the Annual Congressional Art Competition from the 11th Congressional District, presented from April 12th through May 3rd.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Other Events

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Takoma Park Community Center

Beau Soir Ensemble will perform a weekday concert.  Please come out and join us.

Categories: Music: Classical

Book Talk: John Taliaferro, "All The Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt"

President Lincoln's Cottage

John Taliaferro, author of “All the Great Prizes: The Life of John Hay, from Lincoln to Roosevelt,” examines the extraordinary life of John Hay on Thursday, April 24 2014 at President Lincoln’s Cottage.

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

DAR Museum Exhibition Showcases Changes in Comfort and Convenience in the Evolution of the American Household

DAR Museum

This exhibition explores how we have evolved from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: DAR Museum

Categories: Exhibits

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

Subtle, bold, powerful.

Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years ago as they create containers for the presentation of flowers. Inspired in part by Japan’s distinctive ikebana flower arranging styles, the extraordinary ceramics on display in Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exist in unique harmony with these floral traditions.

Categories: Exhibits

Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia Group Exhibition

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

Twenty-six of Northern Virginia’s top professional artists are scheduled to exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD from April 5-27, 2014. The exhibit features a wide range of styles including abstract, impressionism, and realism in various painting mediums such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Humans to Mars Summit 2014

George Washington University

Humans to Mars (H2M) Summit is the most comprehensive Mars exploration conference to date. Explore Mars will bring together experts and space enthusiasts to discuss the possibility of putting the first humans on Mars and how to achieve this goal. 

Categories: Discussion, Lecture, Exhibits

In Focus: Ara Güler's Anatolia

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.

Event begins at

Categories: Exhibits

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

National Building Museum

Investigating Where We Live is a summer program in which teen students from the D.C. area use multimedia technology to explore, document, and interpret the built environment of local neighborhoods.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

The Phillips Collection

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise

Artisphere

Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Living Colors -- an exhibit by accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Living Colors, an April Featured Artist Exhibit by painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate in a vivid presentation of color, shape, and movement.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Napa Valley Cab Tasting at Trummer's on Main

Trummer's on Main

Join Trummer's on Main Sommelier Diana Roderique for a Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon tasting.

Categories: Food & Wine

Natalie Shudt: “Sway”

The Art League Gallery

From silk, steel, and wood, artist Natalie Shudt has created an all-encompassing environment of flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Open Life Drawing at Del Ray Artisans (January - December 2014)

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

LIFE DRAWING: Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop-in for the session and bring your supplies to draw or paint our live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. See our calendar for dates and times: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts

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. 

Pooch-A-Palooza Free Concert

Mason District Regional Park

APEX Pet Partners is sponsoring our third annual BBQ/ Party/Concert, to be held RAIN or SHINE!, in the beautiful Mason District Park. The event is free and there is ample seating. We have reserved both the amphitheater and a picnic area with tables and BBQs, but it is B.Y.O. food. Dogs must be on leash, and pooper-scooped. Beer/wine/alcohol are NOT allowed in the park. Picnic area will be open from 11AM until 7PM. Food/drinks should be enjoyed there, not in the amphitheater. Live music Noon– 6PM. Thank you & enjoy!!

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: APEX Pet Partners

Featured Artist(s): Midnight Mumblers: Mixing Bowl Musical Mahem! This homegrown group plays classic rock and some blues and jamrock. Enjoy your favorites from the Stones, Beatles, the Dead & more. Good old hard driving rock done loud & proud.

Pop Art

The Art League Gallery

The Pop Art movement originated as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In recognition of Pop Art, artists are encouraged to use everyday objects, advertising, comic books, and cultural references in their work.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

REVOLUTION: Art and Technology art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"REVOLUTION: Art and Technology" art exhibit (April 4-27) at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Artists explore their relationship with technology in 2-D, 3-D. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ridington Lecture: American Indian Art

McDaniel College

Harvey Markowitz speaks on the inter-relationships among American Indian religions, landscapes, cultures, histories and identities.

Senior Capstone Exhibition I

McDaniel College

This annual end-of-the-year exhibition showcases works by graduating art and art history majors working in digital media and graphic design at McDaniel. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Shakespeare's the Thing

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespare's 450th birthday.

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 Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Student Chamber Music Ensembles

McDaniel College

Under the direction of Linda Kirkpatrick, this concert includes performances by the Flute Choir, Flute Quartet and Woodwind Quintet.

Categories: Free, Music: Classical

Syria: Sacred Spaces. Ancient Prayers. A photographic and musical exhibition of pre-war Syria

The Gallery at Convergence

Convergence is proud to announce an exhibition of music & photography from Jason Hamacher’s Lost Origin Sound Series, and forthcoming book, Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy. From 2005-2010, Jason was granted unprecedented access to the Syrian city of Aleppo and was able to document the apex of Syria’s modernization as well as the last remnants of ancient traditions before the eruption of civil war.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Lecture

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater comes to the Folger. Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.

A full list of performances is available on our website. Ticket prices range from $30 to $72. Ask a box office associate about College Night, post-show discussions with the cast, and our open-captioned performance as well as discounts for seniors over 65, students, educators, members of the military, and groups of 10 or more.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: 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."

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

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

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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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