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Learn about events happening in and around Washington! Local arts and cultural organizations are invited to submit events to this calendar.

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.

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

  • Through Sunday, August 17, 2014

American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) arrived in London in 1859 and discovered in its neighborhoods and inhabitants an inexhaustable source of aesthetic inspiration. His images of the city created over the next two decades represent one of his most successful and profound assaults on the contemporary art establishment

For Whom It Stands

  • Through Saturday, February 28, 2015

More than 100 works of art, artifacts, documents, and photographs reflect the breadth of American experiences. A fragment of the original Star-Spangled Banner serves as a starting point to investigate the broad history and representation of the United States flag as an icon of our nation and its people.

Thu • February 20, 2014

 

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Violet

Ford's Theatre

A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth.

Violet

Ford's Theatre

A touching story of love, hope and healing. In the early 1960s, a young woman travels across the South in search of a miracle. On her journey, she meets two young soldiers who help her learn about courage, beauty and her own self-worth.

'Frances Gallardo: Meteorology' Art Exhibition

Target Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 18th-March 2nd, 2014

Opening & Performance: Saturday, January 18th, 2-4pm.

Reception: Thursday, February 13th, 6-8pm; Curator Talk at 7pm

American Boychoir in Only 2014 Washington Performance

Bradley Hills Presbyterian Church

Critically acclaimed 35 member choir has performed with the New York Philharmonic, The Chicago and Philadelphia Orchestras, and London Sympony, and with opera singers, Katheleen Battle and Frederica von Stade, trumpter, Wynton Marsalis and Sir Paul McCartney singing selections from their 2013-2014 concert season. Tickets $25.00 (children 12 & under free!) go to www.bradleyhillschurch.org/concerts for additional information.

Beyond Words: The Artistry of Illustrated Children's Books

McDaniel College

McDaniel hosts the premiere of a major exhibition highlighting illustrations from children’s picture books. 

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors, Free

Black History Month at THEARC Theater presents "Lady Days"

THEARC

Free Black History Month programing for youth at THEARC Theater!

Black History Month at THEARC Theater presents "Lady Days"

THEARC

Free Black History Month programing for youth at THEARC Theater!

Black History Month Concert Featuring Roland Hayes Spirituals

Gaithersburg Library

The Roland Hayes program celebrates the music, life and legacy of Roland Hayes. From his 30 of My Favorite Spirituals songbook (1887-1977) A lyric tenor, considered to be the first African American male concert artist to receive wide international acclaim as well as at home. Introducing the unique arrangements of Roland Hayes' music (30 of My Favorite Spirituals) as an extended art that unites the American people all over the nation synthesizes elements of 'Negro Spirituals, Spirituals and Spiritual-like tunes. The dialogue and partnership of this music passes on the heritage and tradition that connects our diverse cultures and generations, thereby enriching and strengthening our communities.

 

 

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

Conversations with Artists: Hassan Khan

The Phillips Collection Music Room

The work of British-born Egyptian multimedia artist, musician, and writer Hassan Khan is informed by history and culture. Khan interprets personal and communal experiences through experimental video, digital animation, sculpture, text, photography, and sound. In conversation with Bibiana Obler, Assistant Professor of Art History at the George Washington University. In collaboration with the George Washington University with support from the Phillips International Forum.

Courtyard Garden Tour

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Meet in the G Street Lobby

Tour the interior plantscape of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Kogod Courtyard with horticulturists from Smithsonian Gardens. Learn about the plant selection for this indoor space and how it is designed and maintained. Our experts share tricks of the trade that you can use in your own home and provide a plant-care demonstration.

Categories: Free, Arts, Discussion

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

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

French Classes on K Street

French Classes on K Street

If you are among the many professionals and families in the DC area looking for a high quality French program, our classes might be the right thing for you.

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

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.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

The Phillips Collection

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. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Leni Stern African Trio

The Mansion on O Street

Experience first hand this jazz great and five time winner of Gibson’s Female Jazz Guitarist of the Year.

Categories: Music: Other

Opposites Attract – an exhibit by pen and ink artist Bob Friedenberg and abstract painter Kay Layne

Arts in the Village Gallery

~~Arts in the Village Gallery presents Opposites Attract, the February Featured Artist exhibit showcasing intricate, monochromatic pen and ink drawings by Bob Friedenberg and the warm, expansive abstract paintings of Kay Layne.
Join us for a free, open to the public reception on Saturday, February 15th, from 4 – 7 p.m.

 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

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.

Reflection and Response, an exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Reflection and Response, an exhibition of glass and mixed media from Feb 15th through Mar 30th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Reincarnations Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

Getting Trashed at Del Ray Artisans! Come see "REINCARNATIONS", an art exhibit of art created from salvaged discards. Artists find form and design in items that would otherwise be thrown out and headed for the landfills. Featured within this show will be select "Artcyclopedias", altered books from a set of encyclopedias that were about to be discarded. Opening reception: Friday, February 7, 7-10pm, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Show closes March 2. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org.  Gallery hours are: Thursdays, noon to 6 pm; Fridays, noon to 9 pm; Saturdays, noon to 9 pm; and Sundays, noon to 6 pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Rent

Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center

Set during the AIDS crisis, Rent highlights the power of community, love, and friendship. The rock musical is based on Giacomo Puccini's opera La bohème. It tells the story of a group of impoverished young artists and musicians struggling to survive and create in New York City's Lower East Side.

Categories: Theater

Richard III

Folger Theatre

Explore Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and dig into the truth about this king’s real nature with this celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production “in the round.”

Categories: Theater

Richard III by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

Exploring Shakespeare’s portrait of maniacal ambition and digging into the truth about this king’s real nature, Robert Richmond returns to direct the celebrated history play. For the first time in Folger history, the Elizabethan Theatre will be reconfigured to allow for a production "in the round."

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.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: History, Theater, Arts

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

Syria: Sacred Spaces. Ancient Prayers. A photographic and musical exhibition of pre-war Syria

The Gallery at Convergence

Convergence is proud to announce an exhibition of music & photography from Jason Hamacher’s Lost Origin Sound Series, and forthcoming book, Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy. From 2005-2010, Jason was granted unprecedented access to the Syrian city of Aleppo and was able to document the apex of Syria’s modernization as well as the last remnants of ancient traditions before the eruption of civil war.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Lecture

Take 5! with Chuck Redd Quartet and Pop-up Handi-hour

Kogod Courtyard, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for the Take 5! concert series with free, live jazz in the Kogod Courtyard, featuring Brazilian music and bossa-nova performed by the Chuck Redd Quartet. Bonus: Enjoy craft making during our pop-up Handi-hour in the Courtyard!

Categories: Free, Music: Other, Arts

The Art League Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

This popular annual exhibit showcases the diversity of talent at The Art League School.

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

The Individual and The Group: Encaustic Paintings by Rinat Goren

JCC of Greater Washington, Goldman Art Gallery

Rinat Goren explores the freedoms and boundaries between individuals and groups with texture, color, and depth. She expresses her ideas in encaustic collages, a technique that uses heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added. The JCCGW gratefully acknowledges The Kaplan Family Foundation for supporting this exhibit.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

The Lomax Project: Jayme Stone, Bruce Molsky, Julian Lage & Margaret Glaspy

Mansion at Strathmore

This performance will also be held on:
Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 9:30 PM

Jayme Stone, banjo
Bruce Molsky, vocals & fiddle
Julian Lage, guitar
Margaret Glaspy, vocals & guitar

Canadian artist Jayme Stone has been dubbed “the Yo-Yo Ma of the banjo” (Toronto Globe and Mail). His newest project re-imagines the archive of American folklorist Alan Lomax, whose landmark field recordings captured traditional bluegrass, blues and other indigenous American musical forms.

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: Strathmore

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

The Peacock Room Comes to America: App Demonstration

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

Join the curator of American art for a demonstration of the new iPad and iPhone app that accompanies The Peacock Room Comes to America.

Categories: Arts, Tours, Free

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

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.

World Wise Documentary Film Series: "A River Changes Course"

McDaniel College

Global Initiatives at McDaniel College presents this free World Wise Documentary Film Series, including "5 Broken Cameras," "Stealing a Nation," and "A River Changes Course."

Categories: Film, International, Free

Submit an Event

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

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