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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.

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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Il Divo - a Musical Affair

DAR Constitution Hall

Founded in 2004 via the evil genius that is Simon Cowell, Il Divo is a supremely talented British-based international pop opera foursome comprised of French pop singer Sébastien Izambard, Spanish baritone Carlos Marín, American tenor David Miller, and Swiss tenor Urs Bühler. Cowell had a desire to bring classical and opera to a commercial audience and spent two years searching for and developing talent for a project that has enjoyed unparalleled international success.

Categories: Music: Classical

The Threepenny Opera

Signature Theater

Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

A Nation of Immigrants: How They Have Shaped America, Presented by the National Archives and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Pulitzer-prize winning journalist and author Nick Kotz will moderate a panel, A Nation of Immigrants: How They Have Shaped America, in the William G. McGowan Theater at the National Archives Building on Wednesday, May 14 at 7 p.m. Presented by the National Archives and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington in commemoration of Jewish American Heritage Month, the discussion will feature New York Times bestselling author Steve V. Roberts, and president of Goucher College and author Sanford J. Ungar.

Aaron Grad & Gus Mercante

Mansion at Strathmore

Aaron Grad, electric theorbo
Gus Mercante, countertenor

This adventurous artist premiered his composition The Father Book at Strathmore in 2011, to praise from The Washington Post. Now Grad returns with new music and an entirely new instrument that he invented—the electric theorbo—in his newest work, Old-Fashioned Love Songs, commissioned in part by Strathmore.

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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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

Carlo Grante, Pianist

The Kennedy Center Terrace Theater

Esteemed Italian pianist Carlo Grante to make Washington, D.C. debut

Categories: Music: Classical

Courtney Hengerer: Playground

The Art League Gallery

Painter Courtney S. Hengerer is an artist who allows her subconscious to guide her hand in the creation of her artwork.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Exhibition on Korean American Pop Art at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an Exhibition on Korean American Pop Art.  Curated by Julie Jungsil Lee, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at Towson University, MD and Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC, the exhibition will run from May 10th to June 22nd.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Farmers Market every Wednesday at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

On Saturday, May 14th from 3:00pm to 7:00pm, the Farmers Market returns to the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA.  The Farmers Market will run every Wednesday until November 5th.

For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/general-events...

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 May Exhibit

Gallery B

The May exhibition at Gallery B features seven fine art photographers. 72 Grams Per Pixel, on display from May 1-24 at Gallery B, is a group exhibition curated by ISProductions. Participating artists include: Joe Cameron, Stephen Crowley, Muriel Hasbun, Laurie Hatch, Raul Jarquin, Pablo Ortiz Monasterio, and Terri Weifenbach. Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

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.

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise

Artisphere

Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Kate Samworth: Aviary Wonders Inc.

Artisphere

Aviary Wonders Inc. is a recently published dark-humored catalog and instruction manual inspired by Kate's awareness of the environmental challenges surrounding various bird populations. Patrons will have the opportunity to use templates designed by the artist to create their own bird.

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

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

Masterworks 2014: A shared Vision (5/3- 6/1)

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Pottery will present a ceramics exhibit entitled “Masterworks 2014: A Shared Vision” at Glen Echo Park’s Popcorn Gallery, May 3-June 1, 2014.

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 29-June 29.  The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top watermedia floral and landscape painters in one of the most popular public gardens in the region.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

Power Lunch at the Mansion!

The Mansion on O Street

Have Lunch at the Mansion on O Street! Every Monday and Wednesday from 12pm-2pm.

Reimagining Rosa Parks - Art Exhibit at Prince George's Community College

Prince George's Community College

Rosa Parks’ refusal to yield her seat created a clear and defining moment toward the pursuit of racial equality in the United States, and nearly 60 years later that act of civil disobedience carries a universal legacy. The exhibition, Reimagining Rosa Parks, examines and reimagines Rosa Parks' identity and Civil Rights legacy as applied to contemporary Civil Rights issues.

Reimagining Rosa Parks is an exhibition developed for the Book Bridge Project, an annual program that centers curriculum around a featured book. This year’s book is Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, which describes a different Rosa Parks—one who was keenly aware of how to engage in civil disobedience to provoke change.

Categories: Arts

Romantic Chamber Music for Piano & Violin

Mt Olivet United Methodist Church

1500 N. Glebe Rd.

Arlington, VA  22207

703-527-3934

7:00 PM, Wednesday May 14th, 2014

Young and internationally acclaimed classical musicians, Bobby Mitchell (piano) and Eugene Feygelson (violin), will present an evening of chamber music classics from the romantic era.  Central in the program are masterpieces by Johannes Brahms and Richard Strauss as well as some shorter pieces. A friendly introduction will be given by the musicians before each piece of music.  Feygelson and Mitchell are graduates of the prestigious Eastman School of Music and co-founders of the music improvisation i=u Festival in London and Brooklyn, NY (http://www.iequalsufestival.com/).  Expect an entertaining and informal evening of musical classics.  Free admission and donations will be kindly accepted to support the artists and the church community.

Categories: Music: Classical

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Marks World Trade Month with Featured International and Trade Events in May

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) will recognize World Trade Month by highlighting a wide array of international and trade-related events the facility will host in May. As the World Trade Center Washington, DC (WTCDC), the RRB/ITC regularly promotes events that focus on trade and business. The building’s Office for Trade Promotion (OTP) spearheads this year-round effort by working with different organizations, embassies, trade associations, think tanks and educational institutions to offer a mixture of signature programs. The OTP frequently collaborates with clients to achieve their strategic goals and objectives by providing event coordination, promotion and coverage. Developing these key partnerships helps to foster international dialogue, generate business opportunities and raise public awareness of the economic benefits that can be realized through trade. 

Sam Abell: Window on the World

Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership presents an exhibition of documentary images by renowned National Geographic photographer Sam Abell. Sam Abell will present an Artist Talk on Saturday, April 26.  The Artist Talk and exhibition are inspired by our Capture the Moment Gala in the Park on May 17, 2014.

Senior Capstone Exhibition II

McDaniel College

This annual end-of-the-year exhibition showcases works by graduating art and art history majors working in studio art at McDaniel. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater comes to the Folger. Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.

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: Theater, Arts

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."

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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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