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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.

Sun • September 14, 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

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

Afternoon Ballroom Dancing with the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

So you think you can dance like Fred & Ginger –or maybe you’d like to learn to? Then please join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of ballroom dancing featuring a half-hour dance lesson at 3:00 pm and dancing from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at the historic Spanish Ballroom located in Glen Echo Park!

Afternoon Ballroom Dancing with the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

So you think you can dance like Fred & Ginger –or maybe you’d like to learn to? Then please join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of ballroom dancing on Sunday –featuring a half-hour dance lesson at 3:00 pm and dancing from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

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

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books, and ceramics that depict Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Chamber Jam with Classical Revolution DC!

The Mansion on O Street

When: Every Second Sunday of Every Month — 11am-2pm
Where: The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street 2020 O Street N.W., DC
Online Reservations Required: http://www.omuseum.org/jammin
Admission: FREE — donations are appreciated. Proceeds go to support the O Street Museum's Artist-in-Residence program. (https://www.omansion.com/museum/giving/artist_in_r...)

Love classical music? Join Classical Revolution DC for an inspirational, open-invitation 'Chamber Jam' session of live chamber music with a Mansion twist. Love to play? Bring your instrument and join in!

About Classical Revolution DC
Classical Revolution is a global phenomenon, revolutionizing the way live classical music is presented and heard. With more than 30 chapters worldwide, they aim to bring free, high-quality classical music to the nation's capital and the community at large via publicly-accessible, non-traditional settings.

Be sure to bring your own shopping bags. Nearly everything is for sale!

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Classical Revolution DC

Featured Artist(s): Classical Revolution

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

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.

Chinese Ceramics for Tea in Japan

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

Acquired by Charles Lang Freer, these Chinese bowls, small jars, and other ceramics were used as tea utensils in sixteenth-century Japan as part of chanoyu, or the “art of tea.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Concert: Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden Concerts

Sundays at noon and 1:00 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Made possible by support from Barbara Spangenberg

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Concert: Ricardo Marlow and Ensemble

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden Concerts

Sundays at noon and 1:00 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Made possible by support from Barbara Spangenberg

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Dailey & Vincent LIVE: A Live Recording Event

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Calling all Bluegrass fans! Dailey & Vincent have wowed audiences from Nashville to Carnegie Hall, won the hearts of our Hylton Center audience, and now have chosen the Hylton as the venue for their first “LIVE” Public Television concert taping and DVD recording.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

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

Fairfax United Methodist Church Music Ministry Celebration

Fairfax United Methodist Church

Join the directors and participants of Fairfax UMC’s various music groups for a time of food, fellowship, and fun as we celebrate the beginning of our program year. This event provides an opportunity to show our support to the music staff and volunteers that offer their musical gifts to God. Also, it is a chance to find out more about the different groups for anyone who may want to become involved in the music ministry of Fairfax UMC. Come and enjoy this fellowship meal while participating in the fun musical activities planned. 

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

Fun & Fit Health Fair

General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists

The Fun & Fit Health Fair on September 14 and 15, will feature fun activities, health screenings and healthy cooking demos. This is a free event and designed for the whole family.

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

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

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

Sidetracked

The Meeting House Gallery

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

Silver Spring Maker Faire

Veterans' Plaza Downtown Silver Spring

Robots, interactive art, flying machines, and so much to do and see –KID Museum is hosting the Silver Spring Maker Faire on Sunday, September 14th at Veteran’s Plaza and the Silver Spring Civic Building in Silver Spring, from 12:00-5:00p.m. A Maker Faire features family activities and innovative projects created by inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and do-it-yourselfers of all kinds. The festival demonstrates creative and unusual projects and pursuits to encourage attendees to explore their own curiosity and to make something new and different.

The event is free and open to all. The Faire will feature two performance stages as well as interactive activities for children and adults of all ages.  For more information visit http://makerfairesilverspring.com/

Steinway Series featuring the Verge Ensemble

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Steinway Series showcases classical chamber music performed by the finest musicians in the region in concerts featuring the museum’s Steinway Concert Grand model D piano. The Verge Ensemble’s three pianists, Jenny Lin, Lura Johnson, and Audrey Andrist, perform solo works by Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and Scriabin, as well Rachmaninoff’s Valse and Romance for piano six hands and a transcription of Stravinsky’s monumental Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring) for piano four hands. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Free, Arts

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

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 Art League's Ice Cream Bowl Fundraiser

Market Square, 301 King Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

Purchase one of 1,000+ hand-made bowls created by the talented and prolific artists of The Art League’s Ceramics Department and enjoy local artisan ice cream from Artfully Chocolate in Alexandria – all for only $15 per bowl!

The ASEAN Film Festival

Freer Gallery of Art

Films from all ten ASEAN countries screen as part of this festival, copresented with the ASEAN Women’s Circle.

Categories: Film

The National Anthem, Remixed by Shodekeh

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

To coincide with the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key’s writing the National Anthem, on September 14, 2014, beat box artist Shodekeh leads a new interpretation of the National Anthem using virtuosic vocal percussion. Performers include the Baltimore Boom Bap Society, a group that performs improvised hip hop; Embody, a series of the vocal arts; and Classical Revolution, a collection of classically-trained musicians who perform classical music in unexpected places. In conjunction with the exhibition For Whom It Stands exhibition. Included with museum admission.

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."

Virtuosity, Song & Dance

Calvary United Methodist Church

The Londontowne Symphony Orchestra begins its 2014-2015 Season, "Meet the Masters," with a program that highlights the suite from Stravinsky’s masterful ballet Pulcinella, along with Beethoven’s lighthearted and cheerful Symphony No. 8. This lively program will also feature soprano Mary Anne Barcellona in a variety of sacred and secular songs by Dvořák, Grieg, and Lehar along with some spirited brass fanfares to kick-off the new season! 

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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