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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.

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.

Sun • September 21, 2014

 

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"All Creatures Great and Small" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“All Creatures Great and Small” art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present animal-themed art, through October 26. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AWLA

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Play" by Stephen Boocks

Montpelier Arts Center

In this exhibition of acrylic paintings, works on paper, and sound, Boocks explores the dynamics of time, pattern, and how we process works of art.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Put a Bird on It" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"Put a Bird on It!” juried art exhibit (Sept 5-28) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Artists repurpose objects or artworks, incorporating a ‘bird’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: 9/5, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

18th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Summers Farm

Summers Farm

For homegrown fun and farm fresh adventures, visit Summers Farm cornfield maze, old-fashioned hay rides, competitive pig races, gigantic jumping pillows, farm animals, hay slides…and pick-your-own pumpkins.

41st Annual School Fair

Washington DC Convention Center

BLACK STUDENT FUND (BSF) in partnership with LATINO STUDENT FUND(LSF) IS HAVING A SCHOOL FAIR!

On October 5, 2014 from 2-5pm (A FREE EVENT)

Representives from over 65 Day and Boarding Schools will be in attendance.  This is a family event for the DC METRO AREA!   For more information please call BSF- 202-287-1414 OR LSF - 244-3438.

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

5th Annual Salsa Funtensive

Dance Studio at McLean Regency Sport and Health

7 Evening Salsa Immersion!

Come join us for a fun progressive seven evenings of Salsa! No partner or previous dance training is necessary.

Bel Cantanti Opera - Coffee Cantata and La Serva Padrona

The Randolph Road Theatre

Francois Loup, a renowned Swiss bass-baritone, whom many of you remember as our Don Pasquale in 2008, is starring as Schlendrian, a “StarBachs” owner. He does not approve of his daughter’s addiction for coffee and even threatens to forbid her to marry, if she does not give up her obsession for coffee. Lieschen, Meghan McCall - a soprano well known to BCO followers, responds to her father’s threats: “Ah! How sweet coffee tastes, more delicious than a thousand kisses, milder than muscatel wine!”. She tricks her father and marries a man who loves coffee as much as she does.

Meghan McCall also performs in Pergolesi’s “La Serva Padrona” as an ambitious secretary trying to marry her boss Uberto, by becoming a boss herself. The role of Uberto is sung by a talented bass, Andrew Potter, whom you remember as the general Ariodate in Bel Cantanti’s recent performance of Handel’s “Serse.”

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Benefit Concert for FRESHFARM Markets: A very special evening with American icon Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain

FirstCUCC Sanctuary Concert Hall

Benefit Concert for FRESHFARM Markets Matching Dollars Program: A Very Special Concert with American composer Mr Philip Glass and violinist Tim Fain. These two remarkable musicians will perform on piano and violin for an intimate performance, with a Q & A session moderated by Sam Fromartz. Following the concert, tickets are available in advance for an exclusive sit-down dinner with Philip and Tim, at Proof restaurant. For much more information, visit freshfarmmarkets.ejoinme.org/PhilipGlass

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award-Call for Submissions

Bethesda

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the inaugural Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. The competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

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

Children's Theater "Alice in Wonderland" live at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents Children's Theater "Alice in Wonderland" live at the Workhouse Arts Center presented Saturdays and Sundays, Sept 6th through Sept 28th.

Concert: Seldom Scene

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden Concerts

Sundays at noon and 1:00 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Made possible by support from Barbara Spangenberg

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Concert: Seldom Scene

National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden

Sculpture Garden Concerts

Sundays at noon and 1:00 p.m. in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Seventh Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC
Made possible by support from Barbara Spangenberg

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Davies Concert Series

Davies Memorial Unitarian Universalist Church

The Davies Concert Series Presents Rusticway Chamber Group in a performance of romantic, classical, and 20th century masterpieces by Ralph Vaughn Williams, Gordon Jacob and Carl von Dittersdorf. 

Categories: Music: Classical

DC Shorts Film Festival 2014

E Street Cinema

This year the DC Shorts Film Festival features great storytelling from around the world-- 135 films, 5 screenplays, several genres, from 25 countries. And if you come to the opening weekend showcases, stay for the Q&A sessions with visiting filmmakers and sicvoer the backstories you won't find anywhere else. 

Categories: Film, Arts

Destination ARTS!

Downtown Waynesboro PA

Enjoy world-renowned artists, local craftsman, hand thrown pottery, arts classes and demos, and live music in charming historic Waynesboro. Free live performances and children's activities offered every weekend from June to October

Donna Clark - Mindscapes

Live An Artful Life Gallery

August 31 - September 28, 2014, “Donna Clark - Mindscapes”  A unique solo exhibit by acclaimed regional artist Donna Clark.  Opening reception on Sunday, September 7, 5:00 - 7:00PM.   Painting demo, September 14 at 2:00PM.  This is a great opportunity to watch her paint and ask questions of this very talented artist.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dreams, Hallucinations, and Nightmares: The Films of Pen-ek Ratanaruang

Freer Gallery of Art

One of Thailand’s most acclaimed directors, Pen-ek Ratanaruang mixes humor, fantasy violence, and the supernatural. He visits the Freer to present three of the films in this retrospective, cosponsored by the Royal Thai Embassy.

Categories: Film

Eclectic Mix at the Tree of Life Cafe

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Rockville

Ayreheart, Lisa Moscatiello, and Rachel Levitin open the new Tree of Life Cafe season with an eclectic mix of folk, Celtic, country and blues.

Categories: Music: Other

English Country Dance

Dumbarton House

Come dance like Jane Austen with English Country Dance in DC! 

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

Hacking Objects of Desire

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Three indigenous Norwegian artists examine pertinent question about commercialism and globalism as they re-appropriate everyday objects to reflect the worldview of the Sámi people. The exhibition features photographs, sculpture, and video. 

Categories: Arts, International, Exhibits

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England under Elizabeth I. Books explaining heraldry's complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents from professional heralds attempting to regulate heraldic practice show an ambitious world eager to display success and status.

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 Nigel Ramsay

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

Influence & Inspiration: The Art League Faculty Celebrates 60 Years

The Athenaeum

Showcasing extraordinary works of art, “Influence and Inspiration” highlights The Art League’s finest past and present faculty in the historic Athenaeum space.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Italian legacy in the development and growth of the United States Marine Band

Casa Italiana Language Schoo;

HOLY ROSARY CHURCH/CASA ITALIANA, in association with The Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society of the Washington, DC Area, The Lido Civic Club of Washington, DC, and The Lucchesi nel Mondo-Tuscany Club are sponsoring a program on the Italian legacy in the development and growth of the United States Marine Band by Marine Historian, Gunnery Sergeant Kira Wharton, United States Marine Corps at 4:00 p.m. on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2014, at Casa Italiana (595 3rd Street, NW, Washington, DC). Admission is FREE.

 

The program will also include a performance by the Marine String Quartet and light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the program.

Categories: Music: Other, History, Free

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

Keyboard Conversations® with Jeffrey Siegel: Classics Go Pop!

George Mason University's Center for the Arts

Jeffrey Siegel opens his season of Keyboard Conversations with a stellar program of well-loved and familiar compositions by some of the world’s most gifted composers. 

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

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

Open Life Drawing at Del Ray Artisans (January - December 2014)

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

LIFE DRAWING: Looking for a chance to hone your figure drawing skills? Del Ray Artisans offers a range of open life drawing sessions for just this purpose. Just drop-in for the session and bring your supplies to draw or paint our live models. Fee ranges from $8-$12. All skill levels are welcome. Del Ray Artisans is located at 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. See our calendar for dates and times: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical live on-stage.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Pandemonium Theatrical Productions presents "Edgar Allan Poe" the musical, live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center, Fri, Sat, and Sun, Sept 12th through Oct 12th.

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

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. 

Ralph Nader To Speak on Bipartisan Effort to End Corporatism

RIver Road Unitarian Universalist Congregation

Ralph Nader will speak on his new book “Unstoppable: The Emerging Left Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State”  – a path for liberals and conservatives to work together to stop the growing power of “corporatism”.   

Robinson Nature Center Anniversary Open House

Robinson Nature Center

 Come see what’s new, including our river pavilion and our nature art installations. Enjoy live animal presentations, guided nature walks, face-painting, crafts, and shows in our planetarium.

September at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center: Community events for artists, dog lovers and foodies

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

After hosting several international events in August as part of the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit, September events at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (RRB/ITC) take on a local flavor with a series of community-based programs.

Shakespeare's Globe's King Lear

Folger Theatre

Renowned classical actor Joseph Marcell (TV’s The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Folger Theatre’s As You Like It) plays the title role in this stunning production by Shakespeare’s Globe On Tour.

Categories: Theater, International

Sidetracked

The Meeting House Gallery

"Sidetracked" features Al Biegel, Pete McCutchen, Allson Pasarew and Richard P. Weiblinger.

Steven Williams

Montpelier Arts Center

Williams draws, paints, and constructs paintings, which depend on elements of surprise and surrealism to inject humor into what would otherwise be a relentless descent into the shadow side of human life. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and waltz lesson in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park on Sunday, September 21, 2014 featuring the ensemble Blue Bamboo.  

Categories: Dance

The 2014 Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards Exhibit

Gallery B

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District and the Bethesda Urban Partnership will showcase the work of the nine finalists for this year’s The Trawick Prize: Bethesda Contemporary Art Awards in a group exhibition. The exhibit will be on display September 3 – 27, 2014, at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists"

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists" at the Workhouse Arts Center, Wed-Sun, Sept 13th through Oct 25th.

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."

UNCENSORED: Banned Books Week

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The DC Public Library’s celebration of Banned Books Week featuring art installations exploring the concept of censorship and celebrating the freedom to read.

Virginia Opera Children's Program - The Empress and the Nightingale

Stacy C. Sherwood Community Center

The Empress and the Nightingale is an adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic children’s story of a small bird sharing her gift of song with the ruler of China in ancient times. With a cast of three performing original music, this opera vividly teaches the value of music performed live versus machine-made art.

Web Bryant: “Washington From Light to Night”

The Art League Gallery

Avoiding the cliché depictions of monuments and cherry blossoms in favor of the often overlooked and underappreciated aspects of DC, Bryant's oil paintings focus on highlighting the play of light on Washington’s structures.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Worldly Inspirations -- an exhibit by jewelry artist Dana Jansen and photographer Mary Louise Ravese

Arts in the Village Gallery

In September, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Worldly Inspirations, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing intricately wrapped stone pendants and earrings by jewelry artist Dana Jansen, and evocative images captured by photographer Mary Louise Ravese, in a show that draws on inspiration, materials, and imagery from across the globe.

Categories: Arts, Free, 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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