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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.

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.

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.

Fri • March 7, 2014

 

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Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland proudly presents Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, running Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  This unique and celebrated exhibition displays a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramic vessels produced for the traditional art of ikebana flower arranging. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

"Portraits of Pop Culture"

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"PORTRAITS OF POP CULTURE" art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans: From profound to profane, compelling cartoons, lampoons and caricatures of celebrities, politicians and other pop figures. Includes silent auction fundraiser. Reception: Friday 3/7 (7-10pm).

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

"Portraits of Pop Culture" art exhibit - Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"PORTRAITS OF POP CULTURE" art exhibit OPENING RECEPTION at Del Ray Artisans: From profound to profane, compelling cartoons, lampoons and caricatures of celebrities, politicians and other pop figures. Includes silent auction fundraiser.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

10 Years of Films in 100 Minutes

Atlas Performing Arts Center

After recently being named the Coolest Short Film Festival by Moviemaker Magazine, DC Shorts will present award-winning films from every year of their successful, decade-long run, over two nights with double-header events on Saturday, February 22nd and Friday, March 7th at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 

Categories: Film

2014 Biennial Ikebana Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

Art and nature come together as The Art League welcomes back the Washington, DC branch of The Sogestu School for our 15th Biennial Ikebana Show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

3rd Annual Virtue in an Age of Promiscuity Ladies Retreat

Baltimore Hunt Valley Inn

Regular registration closes January 19, 2014. Virtue in an Age of Promiscuity is an overnight retreat for ladies of all ages. Friday, March 7, 2014 at 7pm through Saturday, March 8, 2014 at 4pm. After an informal icebreaker opening on Friday night, Saturday will begin with an opening devotional, the ladies will participate in topical workshops and interactive activities on contemporary Christian themes. Registration includes dessert and coffee on Friday, and breakfast buffet and lunch on Saturday.

Bowen McCauley Dance presents From the Ground Up

Atlas Performing Arts Center/ Intersections New Art Festival

From ancient Egypt to modern day Austria, Bowen McCauley Dance explores the environment's influence on movement in Afoot in Vienna and Fire and Air. 
 
BMD's performance includes a multi-media project and a dramatic re-imagining of Shakespeare's "Antony and Cleopatra" with a rare performance by Lucy Bowen McCauley, directed by The Shakespeare Theatre's Alan Paul. Additionally, BMD shares the work of a talented young choreographer, Junichi Fukuda. 

Categories: Dance, Music: Other

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

Dance Bethesda Studio Night

Participating Downtown Bethesda Dance Studios

Dance Bethesda kicks off the weekend with free lessons and parties at downtown Bethesda dance studios from 7-10:30 p.m., Friday, March 7, 2014. Participants can learn steps and see demonstrations including ballroom, jazz, hip-hop and more dance styles.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Free

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

Double Time Jazz @ THEARC Theater presents Snarky Puppy

THEARC

Double Time Jazz at THEARC proudly presents Snarky Puppy!

Categories: Music: Other, Theater, 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

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

Joffrey Ballet: American Legends

George Mason University Center for the Arts

The Center is honored to welcome one of the world's most well-known dance companies for an outstanding evening of dazzling contemporary dance that will take your breath away. For more than half a century, Joffrey Ballet has captured the hearts and minds of audiences the world over with its exquisite choreography, expansive repertoire, and an exceptional and inclusive approach to dance that proudly reflects and represents the diversity of America. This renowned company presents an engaging program titled American Legends featuring Interplay, choreographed by Jerome Robbins, Nine Sinatra Songs with choreography by Twyla Tharp, and more. "Balletgoing rarely gets more rewarding, and the [Joffrey] dancers reach for – and often grasp – new levels of achievement." (Chicago Tribune)

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Dance

Machine Made: Tammany Hall and the Creation of Modern American Politics

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Lecture with Book Signing

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Lecture

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

McDaniel College Theatre presents "Fat Pig"

McDaniel College Theatre

McDaniel theatre arts students perform the comedic-drama “Fat Pig” written by American playwright and filmmaker Neil LaBute. 

Categories: Theater

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. 

PLUTO

Forum Theatre

A National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
 
In the wake of a violent tragedy at a local community college, a single mother attempts to reconnect with her withdrawn son. But strange forces keep interfering: the new family dog has three heads, an angry mob has gathered outside, and a chilling figure has occupied the refrigerator...
 

Categories: Arts, Theater

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

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.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Spring Maryland Home & Garden Show

Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Maryland Home & Garden Show is blooming with vibrant color—bold and beautiful flower, tree, and shrub arrangements will illuminate the Timonium Fairgrounds as inspiration for indoor and outdoor lawn and landscape masterpieces. Getting homeowners ready for spring, hundreds of landscape and home experts will display their latest designs and products just in time for the beginning of spring projects that were put off all winter.

St. Mark's Players presents "An Inspector Calls"

Lutheran Church of the Reformation

An Inspector Calls written by, English dramatist, J.B. Priestely is a classic drama, which takes place on a single night in 1912, focusing on the prosperous middle-class Birling family, who live in a comfortable home in Brumley, England. The family is visited by a man calling himself Inspector Goole, who questions the family about the suicide of a young working-class woman, Eva Smith. Join us for an evening of suspense and see how this drawing room mystery unfolds.

Categories: Theater

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

The Art of Pairing -- an exhibit by sculptor Claire Courpron and painter Karen Hutchison

Arts in the Village Gallery

In March, Arts in the Village Gallery presents The Art of Pairing: Abstract Painting & Sculpture, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the convergence of form, figure and palette -- whimsical and dramatic sculptures of Claire Courpron with the engaging, abstract paintings of Karen Hutchison.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

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

Welcome to Spring - Orfeia and Svitanya Present An Evening of Balkan Vocal Harmonies

Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater

An evening of traditional Balkan music with Orfeia Vocal Ensemble and Svitanya Vocal Ensemble with Slovak fujara player Bohuslav Rychlik.

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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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