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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.

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

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Savion Glover

The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center

Tap dancer, choreographer, and producer Savion Glover made his Broadway debut at the age of 12 in the hit show, The Tap Dance Kid. He was one of the youngest males to be nominated for a Tony for his performance in Black and Blue. Glover has performed with and was mentored by some of the world’s greatest tap dancers, including Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr. He played the Younger Jelly in the Broadway musical, Jelly’s Last Jam, opposite Gregory Hines (Jelly Roll Morton). Also on Broadway, he choreographed and starred in the hugely successful musical, Bring in ‘Da Noise, Bring in ‘Da Funk, for which he won a Tony for best choreographer. He starred in the films TAP with Gregory Hines and Sammy Davis Jr.; Bamboozled, by Spike Lee; and Happy Feet, an Academy Award-winner that he choreographed. In SoLe Sanctuary, Glover’s reverence for the art of tap is put to the stage literally in the form of a living altar, where he pays his respects to the craft he has perfected.

Tickets are $40 Regular, $38 Seniors and Students

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Montgomery College

Categories: Dance

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sidney Harman Hall

"Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone: A comedy tonight!" Directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul, this hysterical Tony Award®-winning musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and an uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. This bawdy and wild production is a gift fro the gods for anyone’s holiday season.

Categories: Theater

THE ARGUMENT

Washington DCJCC

Sophie, a charming, vibrant artist, and Phillip, a loyal, solid businessman, are a 40-something couple whose new relationship is rocked when Sophie learns she is pregnant. As each fights for the only future he or she can imagine, they are both forced to recognize the profound personal differences between them. And when the word "abortion" is introduced into the debate, all bets are off.

This newly commissioned 2013 edition of The Argument chronicles the arc of a relationship with humor, passion, brutality, and up-to-the-minute relevance.

From the co-author of the 2004 Pulitzer Prize-finalist Omnium Gatherum.

Warning: Intended for mature audiences only

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Presented by: Theater J

Categories: Theater

100 under 200, an art exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our exhibition "100 under 200", 100 artists exhibiting work priced less than $200.

This exhibition features an unrestrained gallery exhibit by the 100 Artists at the Workhouse exhibiting multiple works-of-art each priced less than $200. Free flowing and ever changing; the exhibit will have new art on view each week. Visit and bring a work-of-art home the same day - add to your home or find the perfect unique gift everyone will remember at an easy to love price.

Our Galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm. No tickets are required. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/10...

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

20th Annual Christmas Craft Show

Oakton Church of the Brethren

Oakton Church of the Brethren's 20th Annual Christmas Craft Show is a three-day event featuring a wide variety of hand-made items and craft supplies for purchase, plus a soup and sandwich lunch and bake sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

The event is a fundraiser for church projects. Admission is free.

Come browse around and find unique presents and stocking stuffers; cards and gift bags; seasonal decor; scarves, hats and other attire; jewelry; pillows and linens; ceramics and pottery; fresh-baked pies and cakes and much more!

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Oakton Church of the Brethren

Featured Artist(s): Local Crafters

20th Annual Christmas Craft Show

Oakton Church of the Brethren

Oakton Church of the Brethren's 20th Annual Christmas Craft Show is a three-day event featuring a wide variety of hand-made items and craft supplies for purchase, plus a soup and sandwich lunch and bake sale. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday and Friday, Nov. 21 and 22, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.

The event is a fundraiser for church projects. Admission is free.

Come browse around and find unique presents and stocking stuffers; cards and gift bags; seasonal decor; scarves, hats and other attire; jewelry; pillows and linens; ceramics and pottery; fresh-baked pies and cakes and much more!

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Oakton Church of the Brethren

Featured Artist(s): Local Crafters

Amy Sherald: Paintings

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Known for her life-sized fantastical portraits of African Americans, Baltimore-based artist Amy Sherald explores the construction and performance of identity within political, social, economic and cultural spheres. Her work provides social commentary with a hint of satire.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Appropriate

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

In this searing and audacious comic drama, the estranged members of the Lafayette family return to Arkansas, and their crumbling old plantation home, to settle the accounts of their recently deceased patriarch. As they sort through a hoarded lifetime of mementos and junk, they discover a gruesome relic that sends the family spiraling into a dark history of repressed memories and family secrets.

Playwright Branden Jacobs-Jenkins returns to his hometown of Washington, DC with a production that appropriates a classic trope—the great white family drama a la O’Neill or Tennessee Williams—to brilliantly subvert our assumptions, and challenge us to re-consider our own histories and souls.

Show Schedule: Wednesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 3pm & 8pm, Sunday at 2pm & 7pm from November 4 through December 1, 2013. Pay-What-You-Can performances on November 4 and November 5. There will be no performance on November 28. Tickets starting at $35. Prices subject to change.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

Categories: Theater

Artifacts: Photography by Susan Ruddick Bloom

Rice Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Artist Talk: 6 p.m.)

An exhibition of photographs by Susan Ruddick Bloom, an Art and Art History professor at McDaniel. Bloom records ephemeral moments and often her search leads her to travel to areas as different as primal swamps filled with alligators, remote villages in central Turkey, glaciers in Iceland and Dutch gardens.

Her love of drawing and painting play a part in her photographic interpretations. Although she has been involved with many mediums, she has concentrated in digital fine art photography for the past 20 years. Her work appears in several private collections and is shown regionally. She is also the author of “Digital Collage and Painting” about the fine art applications of the computer.

Bloom has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. http://www.suebloom.com

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Presented by: McDaniel College

Featured Artist(s): Susan Ruddick Bloom

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

ARTsy Holiday Boutique & Craft Show

JCC of Greater Washington

A unique shopping experience featuring original jewelry, fused glass, wearable and functional art, painted furniture, art for the walls, Judaica, ceramics, holiday items and so much more!

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: JCC of Greater Washington

Baghdad Twist and Baklava and the Meaning of Life

National Archives and Records Administration

In conjunction with the O’Brien Gallery exhibit, “Discovery and Recovery: Preserving Iraqi Jewish Heritage,” we present two short films. Featuring a unique collection of archival images, home movies and family photographs from Iraq, Baghdad Twist (2007; 33 minutes) pulls back the curtain on Iraq's once thriving Jewish community. In Baklava and the Meaning of Life (1999; 23 minutes), Iraqi-born sculptor Helene Simon discusses her life and shows us how to make her famous Baklava.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Categories: History, Film, Exhibits

Bethesda Film Fest Call for Entries

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the second annual Bethesda Film Fest. Entries must be received by January 3, 2014. Selected filmmakers will be invited to show their documentary at the formal screening on March 21-22, 2014 and will receive a $250 honorarium. Entries will be viewed by the Bethesda Film Fest selection panel, consisting of Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs in Progress; David Stern, Director of Digital Media at Imagination Stage, and members of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

Filmmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary film, 5-20 minutes in length. All topics are eligible. Films must have been completed within the last two years. Young filmmakers, under 18 years of age, may also submit work.

Filmmakers can apply by mailing a completed application and DVD including the documentary, 5-20 minutes in length, to Bethesda Film Fest c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. For an application, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301/215-6660.

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Categories: Film

Books Sandwiched In

McDaniel College

For the 22nd year, Jane Sharpe, retired associate librarian at McDaniel College, provides advice on the best books to give as holiday gifts. During this hour-long session, Sharpe covers more than 20 fiction and non-fiction titles for children and adults, including cookbooks, biographies, and picture books. Call 410-857-2281 for more information.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Categories: Holiday, Books & Authors

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

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

Sycamore Height's Farmhouse

Nov. 14th-17th and 21st-24th
Located in an 1860 farmhouse shop homemade crafts made by local crafters.
Featuring candles, primitives, country, folk art, Christmas, winter, and everyday décor.
Admission is free. Credit cards accepted. Food will be provided by the Chewsville Lions Club, weather permitting. Crafters please inquire. Please friend us on Facebook at
Sycamore Heights Craft Show.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Categories: Holiday, Free, Exhibits

Cities in the Air: Photographs by Everitt Clark

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Everitt Clark reveals how Richmond’s past and present intertwine. His solo exhibit at The Art League, “Cities in the Air,” features approximately 30, 4” x 5” black-and-white silver gelatin contact prints of Virginia’s capital city.

Exhibit dates: November 7-December 2, 2013
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Presented by: The Art League

Featured Artist(s): Everitt Clark

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Annual Student Juried Show

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Art will be displayed mid-March to end of year, 3013 and mid-March to the end of the year, 2014. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Annual Student Juried Show

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Art will be displayed mid-March to end of year, 3013 and mid-March to the end of the year, 2014. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Paho Mann-Photography

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Assistant Professor of Photography, University of North Texas, TX. “The prints are displayed as grids with accompanying image overlays. The overlays are created by stacking and averaging the color and tone of all the individual photographs from each group.” Art will be displayed in the gallery November-December 2013. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

Dance Bethesda 2014 - Call for Auditions

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is now accepting applications for Dance Bethesda 2014. Local dancers and choreographers from Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia are invited to apply. Applications must be received by Nov. 22, 2013.

Application details available here: http://www.bethesda.org/bethesda/dance-bethesda

Applicants must submit one performance piece that is 8-10 minutes in length and a $15 entry fee. Six groups will be selected to perform at the spring dance concert.

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Categories: Dance, Auditions

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

Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Show

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

The Del Ray Dozen Invitational Photography Show at Del Ray Artisans gallery (2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA) runs from November 1-December 1, 2013. Opening reception is Friday, November 1, 7-10pm. Subject matter ranges from landscapes to portraits and a little bit of everything in between. These select photographers approach their craft in different ways—as traditional film shooters, digital image-makers, darkroom junkies, print makers, and experimentalists. For more information, visit: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org. Regular gallery hours are Thursdays, noon - 6 pm; Fridays, noon-9 pm; Saturdays, 10 am-9 pm; and Sundays, 12 noon-6 pm. The gallery will be closed on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 28), but will be open 10 am-4 pm on Friday, November 29.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Del Ray Artisans

Featured Artist(s): Del Ray Artisans

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Exhibit: Small & Large Works

The Art League Gallery

The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale. Works are restricted in size but not in subject matter, skill, or wow factor. The Small Works exhibit is especially popular with holiday gift-givers and arts appreciators who know that the best gifts come in tiny packages.

Exhibit dates: November 6 - December 2
Opening reception: November 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 noon-6:00 pm

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: The Art League

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Faculty Artist Recital: Linda Mabbs remembers Britten

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center

British composer Benjamin Britten did not write music for the “cultured-few.” He believed his works should be “listenable-to,” and declared, “I write music for human beings.”

Soprano and Voice Professor Linda Mabbs is joined by UMD School of Music faculty and students in the first of several performances that commemorate the centennial of composer Benjamin Britten’s birth.

Mabbs, who knew Britten during the last year of his life, will share stories about the composer and perform his works for soprano, including On This Island and Cabaret Songs.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Classical

Fall Art Exhibition at the Edward A. Myerberg Center

Edward A. Myerberg Center

The students and faculty of the Dorothy Orfus Stein Art Program will present their latest works at the Edward A. Myerberg Center during the Fall Art Exhibition. Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastel and charcoal drawings and hand-built ceramics will be on display. Some of the original works will be available for purchase; proceeds from select work will benefit the Myerberg Center.

Event begins at 8:00AM

Categories: Arts

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 November Exhibit

Gallery B

November's Gallery B exhibition features the artwork of The Figurative Four: Nancy Abeles, Cathy Abramson, Elaine Lozier and Jan Rowland. In addition to their individual work, a collaborative piece called "ZigZag" will be on display.

Gallery hours: Wed.- Sat., 12-6pm
Opening reception: Friday, November 8, 6-9pm

For more information, please call 301/215-6660 or visit www.bethesda.org.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Bethesda Urban Partnership

Featured Artist(s): The Figurative Four

Categories: Arts

Great Falls Studios(GFS) member artists featured in Classical Realism Exhibition and host artist's talks in November 2013

Great Falls Community Library

Classical Realism Exhibition and artists talks at Great Falls Community Library in November. Featuring John McCabe, Judith St.Ledger-Roty & Hwa Crawford. Reception, Sat., Nov. 9, 5 PM - 8 PM, Artist's talks, Thurs., Nov. 7 and Thurs., Nov 14, 7 PM - 9 PM

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Presented by: Great Falls Studios

Featured Artist(s): John McCabe, Judith St. Ledger-Roty & Hwa Crawford

Categories: Arts

Here is a Play Fitted

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore how staging Shakespeare has changed over the past 400 years. More than 100 items – scripts and promptbooks; designs for sets, lights, and costumes; props, models, production photographs, playbills, letters, and reviews – highlight broad shifts in the stage productions of Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Changes made to the plays over nearly four centuries may surprise you!

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 Denise Walen

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Home for Dinner Arts Exhibition, Oct 12 - Dec 1, 2013

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our exhibition titled "Home for Dinner."

Home for Dinner is a simple phrase that can signify many things, such as family, laughter, conversation, tradition, favorite foods – just to name a few. For some individuals and families in southeast Fairfax County, “home for dinner” may not have a positive association. Perhaps the family is struggling to afford rent to stay in their home or trying to keep food on the table. The exhibit will consist of art from sixth grade students in local elementary schools.

The Lorton Community Action Center (LCAC) and the Workhouse Arts Center are collaborating on the exhibition to help raise awareness about hunger and homelessness in southeast Fairfax County. Home for Dinner will showcase how community members can make a difference, and it will provide a little friendly competition between elementary schools with a food drive. LCAC, an independent human services non-profit organization, works to prevent homelessness and to ensure that local individuals and families have food for dinner (and all other meals, too!)

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center

Categories: Free, Exhibits, 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

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.

Invitation to Attend Community Cafe Preview Day for Loudoun County School & Business Leaders

Bean Bar

Loudoun County's newest community cafe, Bean Bar, is inviting local school and business leaders to a special preview of Bean Bar - - a school and kid friendly cafe, conveniently located in The Village at Leesburg, across from King Pinz. School and business leaders are invited to stop by on Thursday, November 21st between 8 am and 2 pm to meet Bean Bar's owner, tour the kid and mom friendly space, and sample the menu. The owner would like to take this opportunity to hear how she can contribute to the community and schools in Loudoun County, and get advice from school leaders on events and charities they can collaborate on.

Event begins at 8:00AM

Landscapes and Containers: A Conversation

James McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Smithsonian American Art Museum senior curator Eleanor Harvey explores the western American landscape and its relationship to Wayne Higby’s ceramic vessels with Henry Sayre, professor of art history at Oregon State University. Together they create a dialogue between Higby’s 21st-century containers and the 19th-century painters of America’s frontier.

Event begins at 7:00PM

Presented by: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Categories: Exhibits, Discussion, Arts

Lawler & Fadoul Duo

Mansion at Strathmore

This engaging duo of flute (Lawler) and marimbas (Fadoul) showcase an unexpected mélange of classical virtuosity, lively commentary, theatrical flair and a small dose of indie rock sensibility. Their repertoire ranges from delightful arrangements of classics to newly written pieces for their unusual instrumentation. “...a great treat!” (WETA-FM).

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

November Shows at Touchstone

Touchstone Gallery

November 1 – November 24
Preview: October 30 and 31, 11am – 6pm
Opening: November 1, 6 - 8:30pm
Through A Different Lens; Touchstone member artists see the inside and outside world through many individual lenses, then express their vision in photography as well as other media: painting, sculpture, ceramics, collage, and drawing.
“Lucid Dreams” by Tré
Where we've been, where we are, and where we hope to be: lucid dreams, a spectral journey depicting the archetypes of humanity.
“SOUL FOOD” by Betsy Forster.
Pastel, oil and mixed media paintings show Forster’s deep connection to nature and to the land itself.

Event begins at 6:00PM

Presented by: Touchstone Gallery

Featured Artist(s): Tré & Betsy Forster

Categories: Arts

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

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces

National Building Museum

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces sheds light on the story of Rafael Guastavino Sr. (1842-1908), arguably the most influential architectural craftsman working in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century America. 

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.

Protest

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Ambassador Theater Presents
PROTEST
By Vaclav Havel
November 19 – December 15, 2013 at FLASHPOINT, 916 G St., NW, Washington DC 20001
Preview: Nov. 19, Opening Nov. 20 at 8 pm
Havel challenges us in this play with pertinent questions: What is the connection between the arts and social responsibility/citizenry? What choices do we make as individuals when faced with circumstances of extreme volatility—what would we do if we had to make a choice between survival, compromise or revolution? How would you act in the midst of these extreme choices?

Event begins at 9:00PM

Presented by: Ambassador Theater

Featured Artist(s): Ivan Zizek, Michael Crowley, Hanna Bondarewska and Sissel Bakken

Categories: Theater

Protest

Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint

Ambassador Theater Celebrates Life and Works of Vaclav Havel, the former president of the Czech Republic, playwright, and human rights advocate.
Havel challenges us in this play with pertinent questions: What is the connection between the arts and social responsibility/citizenry? What choices do we make as individuals when faced with circumstances of extreme volatility—what would we do if we had to make a choice between survival, compromise or revolution? How would you act in the midst of these extreme choices?
Nov. 19 - Dec. 15, 2013 Except the week of Thanksgiving

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Ambassador Theater

Featured Artist(s): Sissel Bakken, Hanna Bondarewska, Michael Crowley and Ivan Zizek

Categories: Theater

Reflections & Patterns – an exhibit by copper artist Anne Jordan and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

Arts in the Village Gallery

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents the Featured Artists exhibit Reflections & Patterns, a fusion of the artisanal copper pieces by metalsmith Anne Jordan with the contemplative “painterly” style of photography of Mary Louise Ravese in a fascinating medley of color, texture and imagery. Anne Jordan’s inviting sculpted and hammered copper bowls, trays, mirrors, fountains, and other pieces reflect nature-inspired shapes and patterns. Pieces are textured and formed by hammering and brazing, and finished with delightfully subtle hues and patinas reflecting copper’s natural beauty. With a keen eye for capturing the dramatic and beautiful, even ordinary objects and spaces take on an air of the remarkable through the lens of photographer Mary Louise Ravese. Intriguing patterns and textures are revealed in her images of colorful landscapes, nature close-ups, and abstract reflections. Each photograph is complemented with carefully chosen mats and frames that add another layer of interest and expression to the photography. Meet the artists during a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, November 16th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Arts in the Village Gallery

Featured Artist(s): Anne Jordan and Mary Louise Ravese

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Reflections: Part of FotoWeek DC

Target Gallery

Reflections: Part of FotoWeek DC
Exhibition Dates: November 9th – December 1st
Reception: Thursday, November 14th, 6-8pm; Gallery Talk at 7pm

Reflections is a media-specific exhibition with a focus on photo-based artwork examining the theme of “reflections,” both literally and metaphorically. Our juror was Lindsay Harris from the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Torpedo Factory Arts Center

Categories: Arts

Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

The perfect poetry of Shakespeare’s tragedy reveals the heart-breaking los of “star-crossed” love. Helen Hayes Award-winning director Aaron Posner leads an outstanding ensemble into the heart of this powerful, provocative play.

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

Sustainable Hamburg Exhibit and Conference

University of the District of Columbia

You are invited to attend the conference and exhibition Hamburg: Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow. HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner-city development project, is setting new standards for ecological sustainability and mixed use development along the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition features examples of IBA Hamburg and HafenCity projects. Launching the exhibit will be Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, and Karlfried Bergner, Minister, German Embassy, at an opening reception Nov. 14 at 5:00 p.m. Representatives from Hamburg and the District will discuss the similarities and sustainable initiatives during a half-day conference on Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to causes@udc.edu to attend the either. The exhibition will run Mondays through Saturdays from Nov. 15 until Dec. 6, and can be found on the A level of Building 42 of UDC’s Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. Or take the red line metro to Van Ness. Campus is closed over Thanksgiving holiday.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: The University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences & the Goethe-Institut Washington.

Categories: Exhibits

Take 5! Tony Martucci Quintet

Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Relax and Take 5! with free, live jazz in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments. For added fun, borrow a board game to play during the concert.
From the days of ragtime when Fats Waller talked of "the Latin tinge," to the early collaborations of Dizzy Gillespie with Cuban masters Chano Pozo and Machito, Afro-Latin rhythm has been an important part of the musical lexicon of jazz. In this concert, the Tony Martucci Quintet explores this rich tradition with original music and jazz standards, featuring Luis Hernandez and Jeff Antoniuk on saxophone, John Lee on guitar, Tom Baldwin on bass, and Tony Martucci on drums.

Event begins at 5:00PM

Presented by: Smithsonian American Art Museum

Featured Artist(s): Tony Martucci Quintet

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

The Peacock Room Comes to America: Exhibiting Freer’s Bibles

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

In November 1912 museum founder Charles Lang Freer put two rare biblical manuscripts on public view in his Detroit home. This special installation showcases those antique works—a parchment codex of Deuteronomy and Joshua, and the so-called Washington Codex, the third oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels—in the unexpected setting of James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. Part of the long-term exhibition The Peacock Room Comes to America, this presentation exemplifies Freer’s cosmopolitan aesthetic philosophy by juxtaposing biblical parchments with ceramics gathered from all over Asia and framed by Whistler’s brilliant blue and gold decorations.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Categories: Exhibits

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

Viennese Waltz Funtensive

McLean Regency Sport and Health

Join DanceSport Endurance for the annual fall Viennese Waltz Funtensive. This Funtensive features seven evenings of dance instruction in the elegant Viennese Waltz. Learn the dance of princes and princesses- the storyteller's dance of the ages.

Washington DC is the Mecca of Viennese Waltz for the United States. With over ten balls a year packed with waltzers and creative intrigue, how better to prepare for such a ball than to immerse yourself!
Immerse yourself in Viennese Waltz and get ready for the balls and dance events with one of DC's most popular social dances!

Students will learn to dance the Viennese Waltz over the course of seven progressive evenings. Professional ballroom dance instructors will teach the basics of several styles of Waltzing, including Smooth, Standard, and social style! By the end, you will develop skills that will enable you to function socially in any Viennese Waltz setting, and you will also make a lot of dance friends while doing so.
No partner or previous experience necessary.

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: DanceSport Endurance

Featured Artist(s): Todd Borzych and Migle Gineityte

Categories: Dance

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery. We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm. We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310.

Event begins at 6:30PM

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church, 6037 Franconia Rd, Alexandria, is part of a group of churches that serves a nutritious bagged meal to homeless people living in the woods, their vehicles, and in motels along the Route One corridor between North Kings Highway and the Fairfax County Parkway in Alexandria. All ages can help prepare and assemble the bag lunches and assist in delivery. We deliver the meals the fourth Friday of the month at 5:30 pm, and we prepare the meals on the day before (Thursdays) at 6:30 pm. Contact us at 703 971-5151 or admin@franconiaumc.org. Website: http://www.franconiaumc.org. We're at the corner of Beulah and Franconia, next to Franconia Elementary School, on Fairfax Connector buses 231, 232, and 310.

Our 2013 schedule is Jan 24 & 25, Feb 21 & 22, Mar 21 & 22, Apr 25 & 26, May 23 & 24, Jun 27 & 28, Jul 25 & 26, Aug 22 & 23, Sept 26 & 27, Oct 24 & 25, Nov 21 & 22, and Dec 26 & 27.

Event begins at 6:30PM

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