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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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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

"A Prelude to Spring Piano Concert" at the Embassy of Bulgaria

Embassy of Bulgaria

Friday, February 28th, 2014 at 7:00pm
Cocktails, Piano Concert and Reception
The Embassy of Bulgaria

 

$ 75- Cocktails, Concert and Reception

With the gracious patronage of Her Excellency, the Ambassador of Bulgaria Elena Poptodorova and Mr. Georgi Petrov, Washington International Piano Arts Council (WIPAC) proudly presents this celebration of music in the capital city of Washington. A Cocktail Reception precedes the concert, which will feature a Bulgarian-born American Concert Pianist and GWU professor of music TZVETAN KONSTANTINOV.   Mr. Konstantinov pursued an international career as a virtuoso with repertoire ranging from Bach to Moderns. Mr. Konstantinov is Co-Founder, President and CEO of The "Leopold Godowsky" International Master Institute of Music, Inc.

 

 

Categories: Music: Classical

'Frances Gallardo: Meteorology' Art Exhibition

Target Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 18th-March 2nd, 2014

Opening & Performance: Saturday, January 18th, 2-4pm.

Reception: Thursday, February 13th, 6-8pm; Curator Talk at 7pm

10th Annual Showcase of Academy Award®–Nominated Documentaries and Short Subjects

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

The National Archives hosts the tenth annual free screenings of the Academy Award® Documentary and Animated Short Film nominees. The screenings are presented by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in partnership with the Charles Guggenheim Center for the Documentary Film and the Foundation for the National Archives.

Categories: Free, Film, Exhibits

Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children's Books

McDaniel College

McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books. 

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors, Free

Bonita Lestina Performance Series Presents Ismar Gomes & Wan-Chi Su

Old Town Hall

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts presents the Ismar Gomes & Wan-Chi Su as part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series.  The program is titled "Classics for Cello and Piano." Join us for this FREE event!

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

Folger Friday: Mimi Yiu

Folger Theatre

Mimi Yiu, an early modern scholar in the English department at Georgetown University, will discuss the connections between early modern architecture and staging in the context of the in-the-round staging for the Folger Theatre’s production of Richard III. Advance online registration is recommended for this free event.

Categories: History, Lecture, 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

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.

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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

Korean Art: Bridging the Gap: Exhibition Opening Reception

Korean Cultural Center Washington DC

Join us to for the opening of Bridging the Gap, a new group exhibition of three promising Korean women artists exploring issues of Korean identity, ties to ones mother country, and the diversity of immigrant experiences in New York City.
Artists Hyo Jeong Nam, Suyeon Na, and Jin-Kang Park each completed their undergraduate degrees in Korea before completing graduate studies in New York, where they now pursue professional creative work as artists in their 30s. Working in a variety of visual and textile thread installation art mediums, each presents her  own reflections and personal expressions of an ongoing life journey. This exhibition will remain on display through March 21.
 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Moch Pryderi

ArtSpace Falls Church

Moch Pryderi (Welsh for “Pryderi’s Pigs”) is a six piece Welsh-American band from Fredericksburg Virginia. The band formed as a result of the Fredericksburg Welsh festival in 1998 and has been together since.

Categories: Music: Other

Opposites Attract – an exhibit by pen and ink artist Bob Friedenberg and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

~~Arts in the Village Gallery presents Opposites Attract, the February Featured Artist exhibit showcasing intricate, monochromatic pen and ink drawings by Bob Friedenberg and the warm, expansive abstract paintings of Kay Layne.
Join us for a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, February 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m.

 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990

National Building Museum

Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future, 1940–1990 traces the city’s transformation into an internationally recognized destination with its own design vocabulary, canonized landmarks, and coveted way of life. 

Categories: Exhibits, 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.

Reflection and Response, an exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Reflection and Response, an exhibition of glass and mixed media from Feb 15th through Mar 30th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Reincarnations Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Getting Trashed at Del Ray Artisans! Come see "REINCARNATIONS", an art exhibit of art created from salvaged discards. Artists find form and design in items that would otherwise be thrown out and headed for the landfills. Featured within this show will be select "Artcyclopedias", altered books from a set of encyclopedias that were about to be discarded. Opening reception: Friday, February 7, 7-10pm, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Show closes March 2. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.  Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 6 pm; Fridays, noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, noon to 9 pm; and Sundays, noon to 6 pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Rent

Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center

Set during the AIDS crisis, Rent highlights the power of community, love, and friendship. The rock musical is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side.

Categories: Theater

Richard III

Folger Theatre

Explore Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and dig into the truth about this king’s real nature with this celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production “in the round.”

Categories: Theater

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

Exploring Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and digging into the truth about this king’s real nature, Robert Richmond returns to direct the celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production "in the round."

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.

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Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: History, Theater, Arts

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.

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Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Spektral Quartet

Mansion at Strathmore

Aurelien Fort Pederzoli, violin
J. Austin Wulliman, violin
Doyle Armbrus, viola
Russell Rolen, cello

With its innovative programming that leaps from Haydn to George Crumb to Astor Piazzolla, this forward-looking quartet has established itself as one of Chicago’s most intrepid and adroit ensembles. “Spine-tingling… hands down one of the most impressive performances of the year” (Time Out Chicago).

Supported in part by the Randy Hostetler Living Room Music Fund

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

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 Art League Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

This popular annual exhibit showcases the diversity of talent at The Art League School.

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

The Creation

Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community

The Creation by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free, Arts

The Individual and The Group: Encaustic Paintings by Rinat Goren

JCC of Greater Washington, Goldman Art Gallery

Rinat Goren explores the freedoms and boundaries between individuals and groups with texture, color, and depth. She expresses her ideas in encaustic collages, a technique that uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The JCCGW gratefully acknowledges The Kaplan Family Foundation for supporting this exhibit.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Tree of Life Cafe -- Heartfelt Acoustic Songs

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

Heartfelt songs and an evening of true acoustic music from David Potts-Dupre and the duo of Paul Loether and Rich Weil.

Categories: Music: Other

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

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

Workhouse Arts Center Collectors Showcase, Jan 11 - Mar 1, 2014

Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Collectors Showcase 2014, a fundraiser and exhibit, features the best in visual arts from all the Artists at the Workhouse.

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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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