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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.

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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

US Elite Spring 5K Run/Walkathon

Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex

US Elite Spring 5K Run/Walkathon - A Community Family Theme" Bing Spring in, in a healthy way". A USATF SANTIONED EVENT Register Early via Race Website at www.uselite.org and www.eventbrite.com Date: March 29, 2014 Time:  8:00 AM Distance: 5K or 3.2 miles Location: PG Sports Complex, Landover MD Early Entry Fee: $10 pre race, $5 under 18yrs Contact: Keishia Thorpe 202.390.6224 Other info: Join us on this run/walk all athletes, masters, joggers, and walkers. USATF Sanctioned 5K event. Volunteers Needed: Up to 10 hours of community service for students All proceeds for local charity. Event begins at 7:45AM Presented by: U.S. Elite Int'l Track and Field, Inc.

"Death at the Devereux" performed live at the Workhouse Arts Center!

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Devereux Theatre's presentation of "Death at the Devereux" Written & Directed by Charlotte Yakovleff, Produced by Dianne Janczewski, Musical Direction by Maire Koneczny, presented on Mar 28th at 7:30pm and Mar 30th at 3:00pm.

Categories: Theater

"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

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

Alice in Wonderland

ArtSpace Falls Church

“Curiouser and curiouser” down the Rabbit Hole we go! Come join Alice on her fantastical journey through Wonderland. The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts…all your favorite characters will be there as our Learning Theater Ensemble puts their acting skills to the test in this classic Lewis Carroll tale. Our story will be told through the inventive musical stylings of Matt Conner and the over-the-top creative set and puppet designs of Margie Jervis. So bring the whole family for a mad, mad day at the cauldron and enjoy our fresh new look at one of the most famous and enduring children’s classics of all time. Event begins at 7:30PM Presented by: Creative Cauldron

Categories: Theater

Alice in Wonderland

ArtSpace Falls Church

“Curiouser and curiouser” down the Rabbit Hole we go! Come join Alice on her fantastical journey through Wonderland. The White Rabbit, The Cheshire Cat, The Caterpillar, the Mad Hatter, the Queen of Hearts…all your favorite characters will be there as our Learning Theater Ensemble puts their acting skills to the test in this classic Lewis Carroll tale. Our story will be told through the inventive musical stylings of Matt Conner and the over-the-top creative set and puppet designs of Margie Jervis. So bring the whole family for a mad, mad day at the cauldron and enjoy our fresh new look at one of the most famous and enduring children’s classics of all time. Event begins at 2:00PM Presented by: Creative Cauldron

Categories: Theater

Alleluia: A Celebration!

Market Square Presbyterian Church

Spring concert presented by one of Central Pennsylvania's finest choral ensembles.

Categories: Music: Classical

Bonita Lestina Performance Series Presents US Navy Band - Country Current

Old Town Hall

The City of Fairfax Commission on the Arts presents the US Navy Band - Country Current as part of the Bonita Lestina Performance Series.  Country Current is a premier country/bluegrass ensemble. Join us for this FREE event!

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

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

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

Subtle, bold, powerful.

Japan’s contemporary ceramic artists draw on traditions begun thousands of years ago as they create containers for the presentation of flowers. Inspired in part by Japan’s distinctive ikebana flower arranging styles, the extraordinary ceramics on display in Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics exist in unique harmony with these floral traditions.

Categories: Exhibits

E.E. McCollum: The Cocoon Series

The Art League Gallery

In “The Cocoon Series,” photographer E.E. McCollum artfully captures and transforms the human figure by using nylon tubing to encase the body.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: ColorField

The Art League Gallery

This exhibit honors the Washington Color School movement and its founders, many of whom taught at The Art League in the 1970s and have influenced members past and present.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, 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

Group of Four -- Large Format Photography

RIver Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Exhibit of the work of George L Smyth, Barry Schmetter, D. B. Stovall, and Scott Davis opens March 29, 2014

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Happily Ever After

Flashpoint, Mead Theatre Lab

Ambassador Theater Presents
World Premiere of
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
By Cristina Colmena 
Scenes of Love, Marriage and the Battle of Sexes

Categories: Theater, International

Highlighted Exhibitions: Women in Chinese Painting

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

through April 27, 2014

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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.

Event begins at

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.

JAM the Revue: IIIriple Threat

Anacostia Arts Center

J.A.M., Anacostia's exciting song and dance revue, is back! Created by choreographer Jeremy A. McShan, IIIriple Threat is a crowd-thrilling dance spectacular musical revue of songs from your favorite musicals!

Categories: Theater, Dance, Music: Other

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

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise

Artisphere

Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic

The Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia (JCCNV) hosts the 14th annual Northern Virginia Jewish Film Festival. Eleven contemporary Jewish-themed and/or Israeli-made feature films contribute heart, history, humor and hope. 

 

Once Upon A Mattress

Bryant Alternative High School

Everyone loves a 'happily ever after' story!

Hans Christian Andersen's classic fairytale, "The Princess and the Pea," comes to the stage as a musical comedy in MVCCT’s spring production ONCE UPON A MATTRESS. Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Musical, Mattress is a timeless tale with a spin that is as fresh and funny as ever!  ONCE UPON A MATTRESS is a hilarious show that is perfect for a family night out.  

March 21, 22, 28 & 29 - @7:30pm and March 23 & 30  - @3:00pm

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

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

Savior of the World: His Resurrection

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

This sacred musical drama depicts events surrounding the Savior's life at the time of His death and burial.

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

Split This Rock Festival

National Geographic Grovsner Auditorium

Split This Rock Poetry Festival: Poems of Provocation & Witness 2014 is four days of poetry, community building, and creative transformation. Featuring readings, workshops, panel discussions, youth programming, parties, and activism, the festival offers opportunities to speak out for justice, build connection and community, and celebrate the many ways poetry can act as an agent for social change.

Stanley Yeskel Memorial Concert Series: Aeolus Quartet

Post Hall

An exciting chamber music concert with special guests Ieva Jokubavicute and Malinee Peris.

Categories: Music: Classical

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 BSO's Music Box Series: Bugs!

Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

The music of Debussy and Mendelssohn will soar like the bees, butterflies and ladybugs when performed by a piano trio.

The Music Box Series is a unique music program for young children ages 6 months to three years old and their families. Each performance features pre-concert activities hosted 30 minutes prior to the show by the BSO and partner organization Ready-at-Five, a non-profit that works to ensure that all Maryland children are ready to learn by age five. The wide range of pre-concert activities will encourage literacy, creative play and musical skills.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

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

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church in Alexandria invites the community to help us prepare bagged meals for the homeless people living on the Route One corredor in Alexandria.

Washington Conservatory Faculty Showcase: A Celebration of Music

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

Artist faculty recital featuring piano, strings, winds.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Presented by: Washington Conservatory of Music

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

Workhouse Education Student and Teacher Exhibition

Workhouse Arts Center

This once a year exhibition showcases the art of the Workhouse education teachers, and their students from the previous year. 

The work ranges from watercolors, Oriental brush painting, and pastels, to our 3D programs such as ceramic, glass and more.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Workhouse Education Student and Teacher Exhibition, Mar 8-30, 2014.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for the Workhouse Education Student and Teacher Exhibition running from Mar 8th though Mar 30th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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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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