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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.

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.

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A Midsummer Night's Dream

ArtSpace Falls Church

This Spring, the Learning Theater tackles William Shakespeare’s most popular comedy. Follow the adventures of four young lovers and a group of amateur actors and their interactions with woodland fairies. The action takes place in an enchanted forest where we encounter a handsome fairy king and queen, star-crossed lovers, a weaver who’s transformed into a half-donkey, and the mischievous Puck who proves that “falling in love makes fools of us all.”

Categories: Theater

A Rhapsodic Duo

Saint Luke Catholic Church

Enjoy an afternoon with two of the Washington, D.C. area's finest chamber musicians in a program of cello and piano duos.

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Challenge Ride

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Elite Women's Category 1-2

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Kid's Races

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Men's Pro/1

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Senior Men's Category 2-3

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

Air Force Association Cycling Classic: Senior Men's Category 3-4

Crystal City

This year's Air Force Association Cycling Classic will take place on Saturday, Sunday, June 7th/8th 2014. The Air Force Association Cycling Classic is the region's premier cycling event, open to cyclists of all abilities. 

Categories: Other Events

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

#americaninlondon

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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: One Night at the Moulin Rouge live on-stage!

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our Cabaret Series, On Night at the Moulin Rouge. 

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Capital Pride Brunch & Tour

The Mansion on O Street

Come celebrate Pride in the Nation's Capital and join us for Washington's favorite Sunday meal, brunch!

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea shows how one Chinese storage jar was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation in 16th-century Japan. Diaries of tea events reveal what the writers admired about Chigusa.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Exhibit: "Figural Fine Lines" by Susan O'Neill

The Art League Gallery

The drawings in Susan O’Neill’s “Figural Fine Lines” are inspired by the timeless beauty of the human form, articulated through a combination of both classical and contemporary interpretations.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: "Neo-Expressionism"

The Art League Gallery

In "Neo-Expressionism," juried by Kim Levin, artists will look for inspiration to the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s. Find more information on the exhibit page.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibition on Korean American Pop Art at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an Exhibition on Korean American Pop Art.  Curated by Julie Jungsil Lee, Ph.D., an adjunct professor at Towson University, MD and Corcoran College of Art & Design, Washington DC, the exhibition will run from May 10th to June 22nd.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 Exhibtion of Video Art by Brandon Morse

Captiol Skyline Hotel

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents an exhibition of video art by DC-based artist Brandon Morse at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Morse programs complex computer code to create abstract yet compelling video animation. Through rapidly changing forms, his work portrays the emergence and collapse of organized systems. This FREE exhibition is spread throughout the hotel lobby.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Glass Mind Theatre presents RSVP

Area 405

RSVP

a devised piece.
Inspired by ETIQUETTE by Emily Post
Directed by Ann Turiano

A (very) dark comedy of manners
June 6-15, 2014
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm, Sundays at 4pm

Categories: Theater, Books & Authors

HotHouse: Janet Ibrahim

Capitol Skyline Hotel

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce an exhibition my MD-based artist, Janet Ibrahim, as part of its Hothouse Exhibition Series at the Capitol Skyline Hotel.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Imperfect Vessels -- an exhibit by coppersmith Anne Jordan and pen and ink artist Jim Haller

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Imperfect Vessels, the June Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing nature inspired copper art by Anne Jordan and the provocative and beautifully detailed pen and ink drawings of Jim Haller.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, June 14th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

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

#araguler

This exhibition of never-before-shown works, curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, examines Ara Güler’s definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

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

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

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

When self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915) returned to his birthplace, which he had known as Edo, in 1874, he found a city transformed. Renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”), it was filled with railroads, steamships, gaslights, telegraph lines, and large brick buildings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Lost World: Video Art by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel

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

Lost World features video works by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel. Both artists examine the dramatic consequences of major shifts in the world’s primary natural resource—water.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Moshav Band live at Har Shalom

Congregation Har Shalom

Internationally acclaimed American/Israeli rock group Moshav, will be playing at Har Shalom on Sunday, June 8. They are well noted for their eclectic variety of sound which has gone as far as featuring collaborations with Matisyahu and tours with Alex Clare.

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

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 29-June 29.  The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top watermedia floral and landscape painters in one of the most popular public gardens in the region.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Percussionist Tom Teasley Concerts

Washington Ethical Society

Internationally acclaimed percussionist Tom Teasley to perform three spring concerts at Washington Ethical Society

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

Peruvian Gold Ancient Treasures Unearthed

National Geographic Museum

Marvel at centuries of dazzling craftsmanship in gold and silver as we explore the treasures of Peru’s rich pre-Inca heritage.

Categories: 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. 

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.

Reimagining Rosa Parks - Art Exhibit at Prince George's Community College

Prince George's Community College

Rosa Parks’ refusal to yield her seat created a clear and defining moment toward the pursuit of racial equality in the United States, and nearly 60 years later that act of civil disobedience carries a universal legacy. The exhibition, Reimagining Rosa Parks, examines and reimagines Rosa Parks' identity and Civil Rights legacy as applied to contemporary Civil Rights issues.

Reimagining Rosa Parks is an exhibition developed for the Book Bridge Project, an annual program that centers curriculum around a featured book. This year’s book is Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, which describes a different Rosa Parks—one who was keenly aware of how to engage in civil disobedience to provoke change.

Categories: 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

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

SUITES Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

SUITES Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans (June 6-29) - Experience the intriguing sights and images from area artists. This show could make you laugh, blush… or both! Reception: Friday, June 6, 7-9pm. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Symphony of the Potomac presents Russian Rhapsodies

Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College Silver Spring

Symphony of the Potomac presents Russian Rhapsodies , music of Rachmaninoff, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky June 8, 2014, 3:00 PM at the Cultural Arts Center,Montgomery College Silver Spring, MD 

Categories: Music: Classical

Tabletop Ceramics Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

For The Art League’s internationally juried exhibition “Tabletop,” ceramic artists from all corners of the United States and Canada turned out to submit various functional wares associated with eating, drinking, presenting, and enjoying food.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Capitol Symphonic Youth Orchestras Spring Follies Concert, Sunday June 8, 2014

Northern Virginia Community College (Alexandria)

Promising young musicians from the Washington area bring classical music to life, led by Artistic Music Director and Conductor Dr. Cheri Collins, performing a wide range of works, including Ravel's "Bolero," Hofeldt's "Lullaby," Dvorak's "Symphony No. 8" and Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro."  Come see for yourself why everyone is raving about TCSYO!

The NIH Community Orchestra and Chorus Present: Music for a Spring Afternoon

Haas Hall, Figge Theater, Georgetown Preparatory School

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Community Orchestra and Chorus present “Music for a Spring Afternoon.” The one-time only performance will take place on Sunday, June 8, 2014 at 4:00 pm in Haas Hall, Figge Theater, Georgetown Preparatory School, 10900 Rockville Pike, North Bethesda, Maryland. Both the concert and parking are free, though donations will be accepted to benefit the charities of the NIH.

The concert will feature popular orchestral and choral music, including selections from Bizet’s Carmen Suites No. 1 and 2, Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances op. 46, no. 4, Sibelius’ Finlandia, and Thompson’s Frostiana.

Categories: Music: Classical

The Uncommon Intersection Exhibition in NOMA

NoMa

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents The Uncommon Intersection, an exhibition featuring the work of DC

Glassworks artist Joseph Corcoran and painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. In this unique collaboration Tzu-Lan Mann’s

painted artwork seamlessly pairs with Corcoran’s blown-glass sculptures. Part of WPA’s ongoing Lobby Project, this FREE

exhibition is on display at 1200 First Street, NE, through July 18.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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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