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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.

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

  • Through Sunday, August 17, 2014

American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) arrived in London in 1859 and discovered in its neighborhoods and inhabitants an inexhaustable source of aesthetic inspiration. His images of the city created over the next two decades represent one of his most successful and profound assaults on the contemporary art establishment

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.

Wed • February 26, 2014

 

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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

'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

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

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

Getting Your Home Market Ready

Westminster at Lake Ridge

Older adults thinking of a transition to retirement living are invited to a free seminar, Wed., Feb. 26 at 1:30pm. Founders of Home Marketing Services for Seniors, Doug and Queenie Kemmerer will discuss downsizing, and successfully marketing your home. Event will be held at Westminster at Lake Ridge retirement community, 12191 Clipper Drive in Lake Ridge, VA.  RSVP to Michelle 703-496-3440, or visit wlrva.org.

Categories: Free, Lecture, Other Events

HaHa at RiRa

Ri Ra Irish Pub

FREE Live standup comedy show by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Wednesday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW HaHa at RiRa Ri-Ra Irish Pub 2915 Wilson Blvd Arlington,VA 22201 http://www.rira.com/arlington/home.html www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Theater, Free

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

Human Rights Watch Film Festival

West End Cinema

The Human Rights Watch Film Festival comes to Washington, DC with a new film screening every Wednesday from February 12 - March 12 at West End Cinema. Q&As will follow each film! Films include: THE NEW BLACK, IN THE SHADOW OF THE SUN, CAMP 14: TOTAL CONTROL ZONE, deepsouth, and RAFEA: SOLAR MAMA.

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

Music From Japan: Okinawan Fusions

Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art

Enjoy rarely heard music from Japan’s southernmost region with a blend of traditional folk elements and American popular music.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other

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

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

Panel Talk: Healthy, Healing Spaces

National Building Museum

Panelists Tama Duffy Day FASID, FIIDA, LEED AP, a director at Gensler, BJ Miller, FASID, president of Vision Group Studios (moderator), and Nancy Pallesen, executive director of the Arlington Free Clinic, consider how to design “places that flourish,” to improve the delivery of health services, increase client/physician engagement, and focus on the physical and social space of wellness. 

Categories: Lecture, Discussion

Pilobolus

The Music Center at Strathmore

Founded in 1971 as a dance collective, this extraordinary and beloved company still, to this day, wears its revolutionary stripes on its sleeves. Its signature style, eerily beautiful and witty formations and movements, contortionist gymnastics, and endlessly inventive works make lifelong fans. “This spirit of exuberant playfulness is ever present. The company set out to rouse spectators through a program of nonstop visual astonishment...and the audience was exultant” (Los Angeles Times).

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Dance, 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

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.

Event begins at

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.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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 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

The Peking Acrobats

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

These brilliant acrobats make their Hylton Center debut with a spellbinding performance jam-packed with breathtaking feats that are guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages speechless and on the edge of their seats. Boasting appearances from NBC’s New Year’s Holiday Special, to a television special with Ellen DeGeneres, to the hit film, Ocean’s 11, The Peking Acrobats also have collaborated with prestigious symphony orchestras from across the United States. Their ancient art form dates back thousands of years, but their unique acts – which include juggling, tumbling, magic and much more – are as fresh and awe-inspiring to today’s audiences as ever before. “The Peking Acrobats [are] pushing the envelope of human possibility…pure artistry!” raves The New York Post about these gifted Chinese artists.

Event begins at 7:30PM

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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