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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.

Lincoln Memorial Taping with WETA

  • Through Saturday, April 19, 2014

Please join WETA at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool Steps and Plaza on Wednesday, April 16 and Saturday, April 19 to read the Gettysburg Address.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

  • Through Sunday, May 4, 2014

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Sun • January 12, 2014

 

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Abstract Expressionism Revisited

The Art League Gallery

In celebration of The Art League's 60th Anniversary in 2014, each month the Gallery will revisit and reflect upon a major art movement from over the last six decades with a special exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Saint Luke Catholic Church

Please join the Beau Soir Ensemble with special guest om boist, Wes Nichols, for their first concert of 2014!

Categories: Music: Classical

Beau Soir Ensemble Performance

Saint Luke Catholic Church

 Join us for a fantastic performance by the Washington, D.C. area's premiere flute, harp, and oboe trio: the Beau Soir Ensemble. Music from around the world will be featured: from Argentine tangos to classical works from France and Russia.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest

Bethesda Urban Partnership

As part of the 15th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine.

Black and White – an exhibit by ceramicist Melinda Croft and photographer Ken Sullins

Arts in the Village Gallery

Join us at Arts in the Village Gallery in January for striking porcelain work by Melinda Croft, and pen-and-ink style imagery from photographer Ken Sullins.

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

Chamber Jam with Classical Revolution DC!

The Mansion on O Street

When: Every Second Sunday of Every Month — 11am-2pm
Where: The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street 2020 O Street N.W., DC
Online Reservations Required: http://www.omuseum.org/jammin
Admission: FREE — donations are appreciated. Proceeds go to support the O Street Museum's Artist-in-Residence program. (https://www.omansion.com/museum/giving/artist_in_r...)

Love classical music? Join Classical Revolution DC for an inspirational, open-invitation 'Chamber Jam' session of live chamber music with a Mansion twist. Love to play? Bring your instrument and join in!

About Classical Revolution DC
Classical Revolution is a global phenomenon, revolutionizing the way live classical music is presented and heard. With more than 30 chapters worldwide, they aim to bring free, high-quality classical music to the nation's capital and the community at large via publicly-accessible, non-traditional settings.

Be sure to bring your own shopping bags. Nearly everything is for sale!

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Classical Revolution DC

Featured Artist(s): Classical Revolution

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

Countertop Ensemble & Illuminare: Expressions of Praise

The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

The Countertop Ensemble and Illuminare, two of Washington’s leading early music ensembles, join forces for a program of sacred song from all corners of Europe. Music includes plainsong and works by Antoine Brumel, Orlando Gibbons, Francisco Guerrero, and Giovanni Gabrieli. Free-will offering. Reception to follow.

Event begins at 5:00PM

Presented by: The Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

Featured Artist(s): The Countertop Ensemble and Illuminare

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Drink This! International Ceramic Cup Show at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

“Drink This!” is on exhibit January 8 through February 2, 2014 in Building 8 at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. Hours are from 11am - 5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11am to 6pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and  12-5pm on Sundays.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.

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Categories: Exhibits

Instruct(art), the 6th annual FCPS Artist-Teacher Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Instruct(art), the 6th annual Fairfax County Public Schools Artist-Teacher Arts Exhibition.

For many years a primary goal of the Fairfax County Public Schools Fine Arts Office has been to seek out and hire candidates who are not only great teachers, but also great artists. Today, there are more than 350 visual art teachers in FCPS, many of whom continue to practice art-making while sharing their expertise with students. The FCPS Fine Arts Office is proud to partner with the Workhouse Arts Center to organize an exhibition showcasing the talents and artistic achievements of these artist-teachers.
This year, 41 artist-teachers will be represented by 50 artworks in the exhibition. These artworks were selected from over 200 submissions by juror Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

The public opening reception will be held on December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
The gallery will be open Wednesday - Sunday, from 11:00am - 6:00pm.

For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/in...

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center

Featured Artist(s): Fairfax County Public Schools Artist-Teacher

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

Jazz in January with Lena Seikaly and her Ensemble

Rock Spring Congregational United Church of Christ

 The Rock Spring Recital Series is presenting Jazz in January, a concert by the preeminent jazz vocalist Lena Seikaly and her Ensemble.  Donations of ten dollars or more are recommended to defray the cost of the serie's event.
 

Categories: Free, Music: Other

Lecture and Book Signing Introducing 'Facture', a New Journal Presenting the Latest in Conservation Science

National Gallery of Art, East Building

Named for "the manner in which all things are made," Facture is a new journal from the National Gallery of Art that introduces the latest in conservation research on works in its permanent collection. On January 12 and 13, the Gallery will host a lecture about the publication followed by a book signing.

Madelle Duo

Odeon Chamber Music Series

Madelle Duo consists of Rachelle Betancourt, violin and Madeleine Kabat, cello.

Each of them are top prize winners in international competitions.  Together, they have performed in more than thirty countries.  For this program, they will perform works by Mozart, Beethoven, Glière, Kodály, and Handel.

 

Categories: Music: Classical

Mister Benny

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

The life and times of beloved comedian Jack Benny are dramatized in the Mark Humphrey play “Mister Benny,” featuring Tim Newell.

Categories: Theater

Nutritional Gifts from the Land - Natural Eating for Happier, Healthier Families

Robinson Nature Center

Three-class series on how to eat healthier without having to count calories or stick to a regimented diet.

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

Pinstripes Art Contest

Pinstripes

Pinstripes is hosting an all-ages art contest with great prizes.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, 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.

Primary Colors Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

What can be done with just red, yellow, and blue? In this all-media show artists use the three primary colors without mixing them. Opening on Friday, January 3, 7-10pm and the show runs through February 2. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, 12–6pm; Fridays, 12–9pm; Saturdays, 12–9pm; and Sundays, 12–6pm.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Del Ray Artisans

Featured Artist(s): Del Ray Artisans

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Raphael Trio

The Phillips Collection Music Room

The Raphael Trio continues its comprehensive exploration of the piano trio repertoire.

Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

George Mason University Center for the Arts

One of the most illustrious orchestras in the world returns to our stage with renowned violinist Pinchas Zukerman for an evening of unequaled classical music. Known as Britain's national orchestra, this ensemble was founded in 1946 by Sir Thomas Beecham, who envisioned an elite ensemble of the country's finest musicians. The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra flourished, first under Beecham's direction, and then under a distinguished list of conductors including André Previn, Daniele Gatti, and Charles Dutoit. For this concert, guest conductor and violin virtuoso Pinchas Zukerman leads the orchestra to perform Bach's Violin Concerto in A minor and Schoenberg's Romantic masterpiece, Verklärte Nacht (Transfigured Night) inspired by a poem with the same name and the music of the late German Romantics. Then, celebrated cellist Amanda Forsyth joins Zukerman for Brahms' Double Concerto in A minor, a remarkable work requiring two equally brilliant soloists. "Incisive, insightful, and extremely beautiful." (The Guardian)

Bach: Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041
Schoenberg: Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4
Brahms: Double Concerto in A minor, Op. 102

Event begins at 4:00PM

Featured Artist(s): Pinchas Zukerman (conductor and violin), Amanda Forsyth (cello)

Categories: Music: Classical

Solo Preview 2014

The Art League Gallery

A glimpse of the exciting exhibits at The Art League Gallery this coming year.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Land that I Love: Art Quilts by Jehudith (Diti) Lean

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Israeli fibre artist, Jehudith (Diti) Lean creates colorful, uplifting Art Quilts that depict the beautiful vistas and the flora and fauna of the land of Israel.

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Presented by: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Featured Artist(s): Jehudith (Diti) Lean

Categories: Free, Exhibits, 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

Winter Celebration

Calvary United Methodist Church

Anna Binneweg, conductor
Jo Ann Kulesza, chorusmaster

Holst, Jupiter, from “The Planets”
Lauridsen, Lux Aeterna
Hammerstein/Kern, Showboat Medley

Event begins at 3:00PM

Presented by: Londontowne Symphony Orchestra and Arundel Vocal Arts Society

Featured Artist(s): The world premier of Symphony No. 2 by Edgewater, MD, resident Hollis Thoms

Categories: Music: Classical

Workhouse Arts Center Collectors Showcase, Jan 11 - Mar 1, 2014

Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Collectors Showcase 2014, a fundraiser and exhibit, features the best in visual arts from all the Artists at the Workhouse.

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WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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