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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

Sat • August 2, 2014

 

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"A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office (TECRO) is pleased to partner with DC Public Library to bring the “A Narrative of Light and Shadow – Female photographers from Taiwan” photo exhibition to the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library from July 26 to August 29.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

4th Annual Workhouse Clay National Ceramics Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center will be presenting the 4th Annual Clay National Ceramics Exhibition on it's campus at 9601 Ox Road in Lorton from Aug 2 to Sept 7th.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

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Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Andrew Zimmern

The Music Center at Strathmore

This "Bizarre Food" aficionado and Travel Channel star will share his globetrotting culinary adventures and his penchant for consuming delicacies he finds off the beaten track.

Categories: Food & Wine

Appetite: A Gastronomic Experience™

Strathmore Outdoor

Don't miss out on this delicious 2-day extravaganza that brings together the very best in cuisine at Strathmore.

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

Board & Beyond Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

This art exhibit showcases the artwork of three incredible Del Ray Artisans volunteers

Join us for the Opening Reception on August 1, 7-9pm. Chat with the artists in the show and other art appreciators during the reception!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Cabaret Series: Dueling Dives! live on-stage

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA as our Workhouse Cabaret Performers present our cabaret series: Dueling Divas!  Our cabaret will be presented live on-stage on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at 8:00pm and Sunday, August 3, 2014 at 1:00pm.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

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

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

DCLX Swing Dance

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

DCLX hosts a swing dance and dance lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park.

 

Categories: Dance

Defending the Caveman

Warner Theatre

The longest running solo play in Broadway history about the ways men and women relate, Rob Becker’s comedy Defending the Caveman will appear for two shows (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.) at the Warner Theatre (513 13th Street NW) on Saturday, August 2, 2014, presented by Theater Mogul. Tickets are on sale now at the Warner Theatre box office, Ticketmaster.com, WarnerTheatreDC.com, or charge by phone at 800-745-3000.

This hilariously insightful play that the Chicago Sun Times calls “An outrageously funny and surprisingly sweet exploration of the gender gap” will have both sexes roaring with laughter and recognition that only writer Rob Becker can generate. Becker’s work explores the misunderstandings between men and women observed during his three-year informal study of anthropology, prehistory, psychology, sociology and mythology.

Seen in more than 45 countries and translated into 18 different languages, Defending the Caveman continues to win the hearts of audiences all over the world. 

Theater Mogul says Defending the Caveman offers “a hysterical observation of contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zone, and has found a way to mine the common themes of relationships that goes straight to the funny bone.”

Headquartered in Reykjavík, Iceland, Theater Mogul was established in 1999. Partnering with local producers worldwide, Theater Mogul has international success with productions running in 50 countries in more than 300 cities and across six continents worldwide. The company has produced hits such as Silence! The Musical, Cavewoman and Sexy Laundry.

For more information about Defending the Caveman, visit www.defendingthecaveman.com.

Categories: Theater

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

Flora & Fauna: From Dawn to Dusk

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “Flora & Fauna: From Dawn to Dusk,” with the Garth Newel Piano Quartet and guest artists Bayla Keyes, violin and Robert Merfeld, piano, in a concert featuring the works of Dvořák, Ravel and Turina. 

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

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

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

Lobby Project: Anthony Palliparambil Jr.

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Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce our sixth Lobby Project installation entitled From the Archives by member artist Anthony Palliparambil, Jr.  Palliparambil will be exhibiting over 250 individual photos that have been created through the inputs of various social media outlets.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lydia Douglas: Cultural Reflections of the African Diaspora

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

This Maryland-based fine art photographer points her lens at people of African ancestry in a desire to create portraits “that are honest.” The photographs capture everyday people in places like Jamaica, Cuba, New York City and Maryland. The works present a globalized vision of African American history and culture—a vision that interrogates the “African” in African American and reconsiders the term “American,” to include peoples beyond our national boundaries. Museum hours: Wed-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12-5pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

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

Mount Vernon Nights presents Town Mountain bluegrass concert!

Workhouse Arts Center

Live outdoor bluegrass concert at the Workhouse Arts Center 

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

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. 

Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay -- an exhibit by mother-daughter artists, ceramicist Amy Oliver and collage artist Karen Oliver

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Ripped Paper, Burnt Clay, the August Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the energy of nature inspired ceramics by Amy Oliver and the intricate paper collage landscapes and portraits of Karen Oliver.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Southside Mt. Rainier Music & Skateboarding Series

Mt. Rainier Skate Park

Shake up your summer Saturdays at the Southside Mount Rainier Music & Skateboarding Series. Skate, watch, eat, and enjoy live music by local bands and DJs.

Sterling Playmakers Presents ANYTHING GOES

Potomac Falls High School

“IT’S DELOVELY”

SET SAIL WITH STERLING PLAYMAKERS “ANYTHING GOES”

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

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, August 3, 2014 featuring the ensemble Waltz Weavers.  

Categories: Dance

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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