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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.

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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

"Tarnish" by Barbara Talbott

Montpelier Arts Center

The need to replicate the texture and surface of an object propels Barbara Talbott to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes. In Tarnish, every dent, every scratch, every layer of patina builds upon each other to create the fabric of the surface; it tells the story of a life lived. 

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

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.

Absolutely! {perhaps}

Source

In this brilliant comedy, Nobel Prize Winner and colorful absurdist Luigi Pirandello dances the fine line between reality and illusion and reveals just how difficult it is to ever know the truth. Presented by Constellation Theatre Company.

Categories: Theater, Arts

Art and Story, a Del Ray Artisans Art Exhibit

Shirlington Public Library

“Art and Story” art exhibit at Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA). Del Ray Artisans presents artworks illustrating the power of art and story, from October 5 through November 30. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

Categories: 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

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 “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Empty Bowls an Interfaith Works Community Gathering

Julia Bindeman Suburban Center

Join Interfaith Works for a festive Community gathering to celebrate the dedicated volunteers and partners.

Festival Pablo Casals Prades Collective

Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art

On their first-ever tour of the United States, top musicians from the venerable Pablo Casals Festival perform an Asian and French program.

Categories: 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

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

Gallery B Announces October Exhibit

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its October exhibition, featuring paintings by Gongsan Kim and Chris Luckman, and sculptures by George Tkabladze. The group exhibition will be on display from October 1 -25 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD.  Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

This exhibition’s opening reception will coincide with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk on Friday, October 10th from 6-9pm.

 

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District opened Gallery B in October 2011 with the support of Bethesda Place Limited Partnership.Gallery B serves as the flagship of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The mission of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Choose a venue near you to view feature-length films that make real the stories of immigrants from Ireland, Central America, India, Palestine, Syria and Senegal.  Meet Muna and Fadi who win the US lottery for Green Cards, Megha, an ambitious software engineer, and others who come to our shores for the same reasons as our grandparents and ancestors.

Hannibal’s Campaign Against Rome

JCC of Greater Washington

From the 2014-2015 Biblical Archaeology Forum Series: Hannibal stopped at the gates of an unprotected Rome. Learn why he stopped, among other details of this historic campaign.

Categories: History, Lecture

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.

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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

Leslie Nolan: Beyond the Edge

The Art League Gallery

Combining confident, bold, expressive brushwork with vibrant color, artist Leslie Nolan has created a series of portraits bursting with raw emotion.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lincoln and the Power of the Press: The War for Public Opinion by Harold Holzer

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Tonight’s talk and conversation will focus on press and politics in the age of Abraham Lincoln, including Lincoln’s dabbling in journalism, and his use of political patronage  to secure and maintain press support.  Lincoln scholar Harold Holzer, author, co-author or editor of over 40 books will participate in a discussion including the publishing giants who dominated Civil War journalism.  A book signing will follow the program.

Categories: Free, Discussion, History

Metamorphosis! Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Metamorphosis” juried art exhibit (October 3-November 2) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Transformative art embodying ‘change’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, October 3, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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 Broadway Chorus Presents: Rise Up Singing! live in concert.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center for National Broadway Chorus' presentation of Rise Up Singing live in concert on Thurs, Oct 23rd.

Categories: Music: Other

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

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

NPGC Mocha Moms Open House

Glenn Dale Community Center

Mocha Moms, Inc. is a national nonprofit organization founded in PG county Maryland 1997. The Northern PG County Chapter is the flagship and is dedicated to family, community, and sisterhood. At the end of our summer hiatus, we are hosting a series of Open Houses, starting Sept. 11, every 2nd and 4th Thursday during our daytime meetings at Glenn Dale Community Center from 11am-1pm. Ladies who join on site will receive a gift from our leadership team!!!

Our War

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Twenty five of America’s finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, weave together a rich tapestry of short monologues for actors and noted members of the Washington, D.C. community to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War.

Categories: Theater, History

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

Petit Mort

The Washington Ballet

Petite Mort is Jiri Kylián’s masterwork. Haunting, joyfully witty and provocative

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. 

Pompeii from the British Museum

AMC Mazza Gallerie

This encore presentation of an event first shown in 2013, will offer an exclusive private view of the British Museum’s blockbuster show Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

Rage

The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Ambassador Theater Presents US Premiere of RAGE
By Michele Riml 
Will “justifiable” violence or passive resistance win the day? Who will survive?
Directed by Helen Hayes awarded director, Joe Banno 

Featuring: Ariana Almajan as Laura Whalen and Marlowe Vilchez as Raymond Stitt

WHERE: Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint
     916 G Street NW, Washington DC
WHEN: October 22 – November 16, 2014

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Matinees: Sundays at 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $8 - $40 Online: http://www.aticc.org/home/category/get-tickets 
For 16 + Audiences
“A riveting work by the Canadian author, Michele Riml, recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award 2008!"

Categories: International, Theater

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

Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent

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 Jayhawks @ The Mansion on O Street

The Mansion on O Street

Come see The Jayhawks in concert at the Mansion on O Street!

Categories: Music: Other, Tours, Arts

The Map Thief: The Gripping Story of an Esteemed Rare-Map Dealer Who Made Millions Stealing Priceless Maps by Michael Blanding

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Maps have long exerted a special fascination on viewers—both as beautiful works of art and as practical tools to navigate the world. But to those who collect them, the map trade can be a cutthroat business. Author Michael Blanding, in his book The Map Thief, describes the life of E. Forbes Smiley, a once considered respectable antiquarian map dealer, who spent years doubling as a map thief—until he was finally arrested for slipping maps out of books in the Yale University library. A book signing follows the program.

Categories: Free, Lecture, History

The Moon & Seven Stars: Ronn McFarlane, lute & Mindy Rosenfeld, flute

Mansion at Strathmore

Elegant, ethereal, and practically eternal—the music of this duo spans the centuries from the Renaissance to the Baroque period to the Celtic folk era.

Categories: Music: Classical

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."

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

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 Alexandr ia, 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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