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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.

Sun • March 16, 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

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

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

Columbia Pro Cantare Sings Rutter Requiem

First Evangelical Lutheran Church

On March 16, 2014, at 3 pm, Columbia Pro Cantare will perform the lyrical Requiem by British composer John Rutter at First Evangelical Lutheran Church, Ellicott City.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Escolania de Montserrat

Music Center at Strathmore

Serenade! International Choral Series, produced by Classical Movements, Inc., is presenting the Escolania de Montserrat, an 800-year-old boy choir, as part of their inaugural tour to the continental United States.  The boy choir was founded in the 13th century in the Benedictine abbey and Sanctuary of Santa Maria de Montserrat near Barcelona, Spain.  The Basilica of Montserrat has been an important pilgrimage site for centuries and is visited by thousands every year.  The boys will be singing the program, "Montserrat and Cataluna: A Thousand Years of Music," which includes music from the Basilica of Montserrat spanning 800 years, including music by Pablo Casals and other notable composers.

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

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

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.

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

Leahy

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day in Celtic style! This fantastic family band from Canada explores their Irish and Scottish roots with a triple threat of fierce fiddle music, stellar step-dancing, and spectacular singing. This raven-haired octet of brothers and sisters grew up on the family farm in Ontario — where their Irish ancestors settled nearly two centuries ago — learning to dance and play the fiddle and an assortment of other instruments at an early age. They have since captured the hearts of countless fans across the globe with their unbridled passion, awe-inspiring talent, and jubilant performances that always leave audiences wanting more. “A tonic for the spirit.” (Los Angeles Times)

Event begins at 4:00PM

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

Mouse in House

The Athenaeum

This family-friendly performance is adapted from the book by Elizabeth Spires, The Mouse of Amherst.  A mouse forms an unlikely friendship with reclusive 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson. Emily’s evocative words capture her own feelings and the mouse becomes determined to be a poet herself. Young audience members will love this tale told through theatre, dance and music about a common mouse who is capable of creating beautiful poetry.
 

New West Guitar Group

The Theatre at little Washington

New West is making its mark as a guitar ensemble, performing popular covers, jazz standards, and original songs.  Jeff Stein, John Storie and Perry Smith, guitarists.

Categories: Music: Other

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

Reston Community Orchestra Innovation! A Tribute to Robert E. Simon

Reston Community Center, Hunters Woods

The Reston Community Orchestra is honoring Reston’s founder Robert E. Simon’s 100th birthday by presenting a concert of contemporary music which Mr.Simon favors. 

Categories: Free, Music: Classical, 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

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

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance in the Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park  featuring the ensemble Some Assembly.  This versatile band will provide a lively mix of folk waltzes with a few other couple dances, including Hambo, Schottische, Swing, Tango, and Polka. The 45-minute dance lesson begins at 2:45 p.m. with a half-hour introductory Waltz workshop and a more advanced move presented the last 15 minutes. 

Categories: Dance

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 Chieftains

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Begin your St. Patrick’s Day celebrations at the Center for the Arts with these Celtic music pioneers. These six-time Grammy Award-winners take our stage for the first time in a lively concert that captures the profound beauty of the Emerald Isle. The Chieftans have uncovered centuries of Irish song and made these traditional works their own through the inimitable style that has won them countless fans over the decades. Their iconic sound has become synonymous with the revival of traditional Irish music. This legendary band has collaborated with countless stars of the music world including The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Doc Watson, and Luciano Pavarotti; and has performed for both Pope John Paul II and Queen Elizabeth II.

Event begins at 4:00PM

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

Third Practice: Sweet Lovers Love the Spring

St. Mary's Episcopal Church

Join vocal ensemble Third Practice for an evening celebrating love, both new and old, gained and lost. Our concert will feature solo and ensemble works based on the themes of romance and springtime.

Music by Macmillan, Tedesco, Monteverdi, and Le Jeune.

Categories: Music: Classical

Two by Two

Latvian Lutheran Church

Pianist Michael Adcock and Li-Ly Chang perform duet music by Mozart,Ravel, , Dvorak & solo music of Bach, Chopin and premieres. Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: Musical Arts International, Inc.

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

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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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