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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.

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.

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.

Sat • July 19, 2014

 

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Cavalleria Rusticana & I Pagliacci

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theater

Maryland Lyric Opera presents in concert “Cavalleria Rusticana” and “I Pagliacci” with soloists, orchestra and chorus.  Their mission is to provide summer concert opera performances with a concentration on the classical vocal art form highlighting the individuality of the singer.

2001: A Space Odyssey

Wolf Trap, Filene Center

The ground-breaking 1968 film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick still retains its allure and mystery. The NSO performs the score live as the enigmatic and compelling film is screened in the house and on the lawn. The film is presented by arrangement with Warner Bros., Southbank Centre London, and the British Film Institute.

"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

32nd Street Farmers Market in Waverly

The 32nd Street Farmer’s Market, a non-profit organization, returns all profits back to the Baltimore community, with over 55 vendors is the “talk of the town”. With fresh fruits and vegetables, dairy items, fresh baked goods, flowers and plants, international foods, including vegan choices and meats, as well as crafts, natural body products and specialty items, this is the place to be on Saturday morning from 7 a.m. until Noon. Here is your chance to talk to the farmer or vendor about the product they have grown or made. More information is available at www.32ndstreetmarket.org

Event begins at 7:00AM

Categories: Fairs & Festivals

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

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

After arriving in London in 1859, American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) found an enduring source of inspiration in the rapidly changing urban environment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

#americaninlondon

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Art Explorers Family Studio

Glen Echo Park

Playgroup in the Park (PGiP), and Glen Echo Park Partnership present Art Explorers Family Studio for parents and children. Each week explore a new art form or theme in the Candy Corner Studio.  Drop-in only; no pre-registration.  $10 per child/parent combo. 10am to 12:30pm every Saturday.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Ballroom Dancing with a mini-lesson at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an evening of Ballroom Dancing on July 19th.

Categories: Dance

Baseball Family Festival

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Play Ball with the American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery! Tour the galleries to find some of the best names in the game, then enjoy baseball-themed crafts, a book signing of Becoming Babe Ruth by author Matt Tavares, and appearances by local team mascots.

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

Bubble Days

Maryland Science Center

Who: Families & Kids, Members
Where: Maryland Science Center
When: July 19 & 20, Noon-4pm
How Much? Free with paid admission

Come see the sudsiest spectacle of the summer at the Maryland Science Center’s 9th annual Bubble Days. The fun will be bubbling up all over the building—and outside too!

 

Categories: Family Oriented

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

C-ing Music

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “C-ing Music,” with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet, guest artist Fritz Gearhart, violin and the Young Artist Fellowship Participants along with Visual Artists Jennifer Coats & David Humphrey in a concert featuring the works of Brahms & Terry Riley. 

Castleton Festival: Love In Music

Castleton Farms

"Love in Music" will be the theme for the third symphonic concert presenting arias and duets from beloved operas such as La Boheme and Eugene Onegin, Tchaikovsky’s Rococo Variations (with famed cellist Alisa Weilerstein), and Faure’s Pelleas et Melisande. Maestro Maazel will conduct this concert with some selections guest conducted by Malko Competition winner Rafael Payare. 

Celebrate America

DAR Constitution Hall

A celebration of America as she turns 238 years old. We will commemorate the Declaration of Independence and what the Constitution of the United States has meant to this land. We will celebrate the heritage of America and our Founding Fathers who acknowledged "firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence." We will remember the Great Spiritual Awakenings of this land, the impact they made, and The Great Awakening that is soon to come.

Chef's Table cooking classes with Chef Kathleen Linton

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Chef's Table cooking classes with Chef Kathleen Linton.

Categories: Food & Wine, Lecture

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea shows how one Chinese storage jar was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation in 16th-century Japan. Diaries of tea events reveal what the writers admired about Chigusa.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Clifton Film Festival at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Clifton Film Festival on Saturday, July 19th.

Categories: Arts, Film, Fairs & Festivals

Dakshina Presents: an evening of Anna Sokolow's Choreography

Dance Place

This performance will feature three pieces choreographed by early modern choreographer Anna Sokolow: "Frida," based off the life of Frida Kahlo, "September Sonnet," which portrays a couple finding peace and the comfort of love over a lifetime, and "Magritte Magritte," a series of seven vignettes based off of paintings by Belgian surrealist Rene Magritte.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Theater

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

David Alfuth: “The Adventure”

The Art League Gallery

Sculptural collage artist David Alfuth constructs intimate dreamlike worlds and architectural structures with his paper relief and 3D works.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

DC Rollergirls Suburban Brawl

Capitol Clubhouse

19 July 2014, 7pm

 

The DC All-Stars are hosting the Suburban Brawl, down from Yonkers, New York. But wait! For the price of one ticket, you get a doubleheader! That's right, after the All-Stars, see the the battle of the B-Teams. Your DC National Maulers face the Backyard Bullies.

 

This event is BYOC (Bring Your Own Chair) if you'd like to sit track-side!

 

This bout will be held at the Capital Clubhouse, in Waldorf, Maryland. Tickets are $15 for adults ages 12 and up, $6 for skater tots age 6-11, and future rollerbabies under 6 are FREE!

 

Brown Paper Tickets

http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/767523

 

Doors open at 3pm and wheels roll at 4pm.

 

**Please note that NO OUTSIDE FOOD OR DRINK is permitted in the facility.**

DC Rollergirls http://www.dcrollergirls.com/

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

Flower Ave House Concert

BannerArts

Washington Musica Viva presents another concert in its Flower Avenue House Concert series, featuring Piano Trios by Brahms (#3 in C minor, Op. 101) and Shostakovich (#2 in E minor, Op. 67). Performers are Sonya Hayes, violin, Sean Neidlinger, cello, and Carl Banner, piano.

Categories: Music: Classical

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 "Art of Movement" Exercise Classes at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for free exercise classes, or as we refer to them, " The Art of Movement"!  The classes are every Saturday from June 7th to August 30th at 8:00am.

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

Glass Unpolished: an Exhibition on Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a glass art exhibition entitled Glass Unpolished: Explorations of Time, Nature, and Technology from July 12th to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

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

#araguler

This exhibition of never-before-shown works, curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, examines Ara Güler’s definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Categories: Arts, 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

Japanese Screens: Landscapes and Waterscapes

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

Surrounded by seas, the Japanese islands are permeated by bays, rivers, and lakes. Water appears in nearly every landscape, a reminder of its dominance in the natural and human worlds. A highlight of the works on view in this installation is Maruyama Okyo’s Geese Flying over a Beach, a masterpiece of ink painting and a favorite of museum founder Charles Lang Freer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

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

When self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915) returned to his birthplace, which he had known as Edo, in 1874, he found a city transformed. Renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”), it was filled with railroads, steamships, gaslights, telegraph lines, and large brick buildings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Laugh Riot at the Hyatt

Hyatt Regency Bethesda

Live standup comedy show Laugh Riot at the Hyatt. Every Saturday night 8 til 10 pm. Doors open 7pm $10 CASH ONLY Admission Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Theater, Other Events

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

Mestey Films Productions presents Live Onstage: The Ice Queen at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Mestey Films Productions presentation of The Ice Queen, every Saturday from June 21st through August 9th at 1:00pm.

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

Parlor Room Theater Presents "The Nerd" By Larry Shue

Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Theater

What lengths would you go to repay a man who saved your life? "The Nerd" A side-splitting comedy by Larry Shue showing for three weekends 7/17-8/3 Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30 pm, Sun. at 2 pm at Bishop McNamara Fine Arts Theater in Forestville MD.

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. 

Prestige Pom Dance Team Auditions!

MPDC Sixth District

CALLING ALL YOUNG LADIES AGES 7-17 IN THE DC METRO AREA!!!

We invite you to participate in the Prestige Pom Dance Team Audition!
Prestige Pom is a newly formed competition dance team in the DMV Area!

Steven Walls: Transient States

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Steven Walls' large-scale figurative paintings capture the space between perception and reality in this Target Gallery exhibition.

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

Summer Visions

Gallery B

Summer Visions is a group exhibition featuring work by Shaune Bazner, Judy Gilbert Levey, Donna K. McGee, Patricia Zannie and Michele Zugrav...

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."

Ultimate MegaMAZE

National Building Museum

Families work together to build the Ultimate MegaMAZE in the Great Hall. Construct a cardboard maze with twisting paths, towers, and dead ends. Then have fun exploring and finding your way through the maze. Bring boxes of any size and shape or use ones provided. 

West African Bazaar

St. Alban's Episcopal Church

The West African Bazaar is a celebration of the countries, culture, heritage, and people of West Africa!  Join us for a day of music, food, kids carnival, and shopping marketplace!  Proceeds from this event benefit Mission to Sierra Leone, the West African mission of Genesis 12 Christian Fellowship Church of Annandale, Virginia.

With the Grain -- an exhibit by wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents With the Grain, the July Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing artistic and functional pieces by wood turner Harriet Maloney, and richly detailed landscapes and historical architecture photographs by J Riley Stewart.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, July 12th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

With the Grain -- an exhibit by wood turner Harriet Maloney and photographer J Riley Stewart

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents With the Grain, the July Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing artistic and functional pieces by wood turner Harriet Maloney, and richly detailed landscapes and historical architecture photographs by J Riley Stewart.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, July 12th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Submit an Event

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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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