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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.

Mon • December 2, 2013

 

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The Lyons

Round House Theatre Bethesda

“A funny, furious tale with honesty, savagery, humanity and wit” – New York Magazine

Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room.

Nicky Silver, the “strange progeny of a coupling between Neil Simon and Edward Albee” (New York Times), brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash that earned Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations.

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Presented by: Round House Theatre

Categories: Theater

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum

Sidney Harman Hall

"Something familiar, Something peculiar, Something for everyone: A comedy tonight!" Directed by STC Associate Director Alan Paul, this hysterical Tony Award®-winning musical features a beloved score by Stephen Sondheim and an uproarious book by Burt Shevelove and Larry Gelbart. This bawdy and wild production is a gift fro the gods for anyone’s holiday season.

Categories: Theater

100 under 200, an art exhibition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for our exhibition "100 under 200", 100 artists exhibiting work priced less than $200.

This exhibition features an unrestrained gallery exhibit by the 100 Artists at the Workhouse exhibiting multiple works-of-art each priced less than $200. Free flowing and ever changing; the exhibit will have new art on view each week. Visit and bring a work-of-art home the same day - add to your home or find the perfect unique gift everyone will remember at an easy to love price.

Our Galleries are open Wednesday through Sunday, 11:00am to 7:00pm. No tickets are required. For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/10...

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Artifacts: Photography by Susan Ruddick Bloom

Rice Gallery

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. (Artist Talk: 6 p.m.)

An exhibition of photographs by Susan Ruddick Bloom, an Art and Art History professor at McDaniel. Bloom records ephemeral moments and often her search leads her to travel to areas as different as primal swamps filled with alligators, remote villages in central Turkey, glaciers in Iceland and Dutch gardens.

Her love of drawing and painting play a part in her photographic interpretations. Although she has been involved with many mediums, she has concentrated in digital fine art photography for the past 20 years. Her work appears in several private collections and is shown regionally. She is also the author of “Digital Collage and Painting” about the fine art applications of the computer.

Bloom has a Master of Fine Arts degree from Maryland Institute College of Art. http://www.suebloom.com

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Presented by: McDaniel College

Featured Artist(s): Susan Ruddick Bloom

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

ARTsy Holiday Boutique & Craft Show

JCC of Greater Washington

A unique shopping experience featuring original jewelry, fused glass, wearable and functional art, painted furniture, art for the walls, Judaica, ceramics, holiday items and so much more!

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: JCC of Greater Washington

Bethesda Film Fest Call for Entries

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the second annual Bethesda Film Fest. Entries must be received by January 3, 2014. Selected filmmakers will be invited to show their documentary at the formal screening on March 21-22, 2014 and will receive a $250 honorarium. Entries will be viewed by the Bethesda Film Fest selection panel, consisting of Erica Ginsberg, Executive Director of Docs in Progress; David Stern, Director of Digital Media at Imagination Stage, and members of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District.

Filmmakers in Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C. are eligible to submit a short documentary film, 5-20 minutes in length. All topics are eligible. Films must have been completed within the last two years. Young filmmakers, under 18 years of age, may also submit work.

Filmmakers can apply by mailing a completed application and DVD including the documentary, 5-20 minutes in length, to Bethesda Film Fest c/o Bethesda Urban Partnership, 7700 Old Georgetown Rd., Bethesda, MD 20814. For an application, please visit www.bethesda.org or call 301/215-6660.

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

Categories: Film

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

Cities in the Air: Photographs by Everitt Clark

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Everitt Clark reveals how Richmond’s past and present intertwine. His solo exhibit at The Art League, “Cities in the Air,” features approximately 30, 4” x 5” black-and-white silver gelatin contact prints of Virginia’s capital city.

Exhibit dates: November 7-December 2, 2013
Opening Reception & Meet the Artist: Thursday, November 14, 6:30-8:00 pm

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Presented by: The Art League

Featured Artist(s): Everitt Clark

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Annual Student Juried Show

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Art will be displayed mid-March to end of year, 3013 and mid-March to the end of the year, 2014. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Annual Student Juried Show

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Art will be displayed mid-March to end of year, 3013 and mid-March to the end of the year, 2014. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

CSM Tony Hungerford Art Gallery: Paho Mann-Photography

College of Southern Maryland, La Plata Campus

8730 Mitchell Road, La Plata, MD 20646. Assistant Professor of Photography, University of North Texas, TX. “The prints are displayed as grids with accompanying image overlays. The overlays are created by stacking and averaging the color and tone of all the individual photographs from each group.” Art will be displayed in the gallery November-December 2013. The Tony Hungerford Memorial Art Gallery is open Monday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please call 301-934-7828

Event begins at 9:00AM

Presented by: College of Southern Maryland La Plata Campus

Categories: Arts

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: Small & Large Works

The Art League Gallery

The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale. Works are restricted in size but not in subject matter, skill, or wow factor. The Small Works exhibit is especially popular with holiday gift-givers and arts appreciators who know that the best gifts come in tiny packages.

Exhibit dates: November 6 - December 2
Opening reception: November 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

Gallery Hours:

  • Monday-Saturday 10:00 am-6:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am-9:00 pm
  • Sunday 12:00 noon-6:00 pm

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: The Art League

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Fall Art Exhibition at the Edward A. Myerberg Center

Edward A. Myerberg Center

The students and faculty of the Dorothy Orfus Stein Art Program will present their latest works at the Edward A. Myerberg Center during the Fall Art Exhibition. Oil, acrylic and watercolor paintings, pastel and charcoal drawings and hand-built ceramics will be on display. Some of the original works will be available for purchase; proceeds from select work will benefit the Myerberg Center.

Event begins at 8:00AM

Categories: Arts

Handel’s Messiah

The Music Center at Strathmore

Rosa Lamoreaux, sopranoMagdalena Wór, mezzo-sopranoRobert Petillo, tenorKevin Deas, bassNational Philharmonic ChoraleStan Engebretson, conductor

Begin your holidays with Handel’s 1741 perennial favorite, his masterpiece the Messiah, one of themost frequently performed works in Western choral literature. The critically acclaimed National Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale, conducted by Stan Engebretson and joined by a superb cast of soloists, bring the joy, spirit and tidings of the season to you with this glorious oratorio, which includes such timeless favorites as the “And the Glory of the Lord” and  “ Hallelujah Chorus."

Categories: Music: Classical

Here is a Play Fitted

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore how staging Shakespeare has changed over the past 400 years. More than 100 items – scripts and promptbooks; designs for sets, lights, and costumes; props, models, production photographs, playbills, letters, and reviews – highlight broad shifts in the stage productions of Othello, Richard III, Romeo and Juliet, and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Changes made to the plays over nearly four centuries may surprise you!

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 Denise Walen

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

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.

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

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces

National Building Museum

Palaces for the People: Guastavino and America’s Great Public Spaces sheds light on the story of Rafael Guastavino Sr. (1842-1908), arguably the most influential architectural craftsman working in late-nineteenth and early-twentieth-century America. 

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. 

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.

RSC Live from Stratford-upon-Avon: Richard II

Folger Shakespeare Library

The Folger hosts a special preview screening of the first ever live cinema broadcast from the stage of the Royal Shakespeare Company, captured from Shakespeare's hometown of Stratford-upon-Avon. RSC Artistic Director Gregory Doran directs this production of Richard II, starring David Tennant (Doctor Who, Broadchurch) in the title role. Event begins at 7:00PM

Categories: Arts, Theater, Film

RSC Live from Stratford-Upon-Avon: Richard II

Folger Theatre

See David Tennant’s Richard II live-streamed from the Royal Shakespeare Company’s stage in Stratford-upon-Avon in a one-night-only, DC-area premiere via “RSC Live.”

Event begins at 7:00PM

Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: Theater

Sustainable Hamburg Exhibit and Conference

University of the District of Columbia

You are invited to attend the conference and exhibition Hamburg: Building the City Anew. A Journey into the City of Tomorrow. HafenCity, Europe’s largest inner-city development project, is setting new standards for ecological sustainability and mixed use development along the Elbe River in Hamburg, Germany. The exhibition features examples of IBA Hamburg and HafenCity projects. Launching the exhibit will be Dr. Dorothee Stapelfeldt, Deputy Mayor of Hamburg, and Karlfried Bergner, Minister, German Embassy, at an opening reception Nov. 14 at 5:00 p.m. Representatives from Hamburg and the District will discuss the similarities and sustainable initiatives during a half-day conference on Nov. 15, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Please RSVP to causes@udc.edu to attend the either. The exhibition will run Mondays through Saturdays from Nov. 15 until Dec. 6, and can be found on the A level of Building 42 of UDC’s Van Ness Campus, 4200 Connecticut Ave., NW. Or take the red line metro to Van Ness. Campus is closed over Thanksgiving holiday.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Presented by: The University of the District of Columbia's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences & the Goethe-Institut Washington.

Categories: Exhibits

The Peacock Room Comes to America: Exhibiting Freer’s Bibles

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

In November 1912 museum founder Charles Lang Freer put two rare biblical manuscripts on public view in his Detroit home. This special installation showcases those antique works—a parchment codex of Deuteronomy and Joshua, and the so-called Washington Codex, the third oldest parchment manuscript of the Gospels—in the unexpected setting of James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room. Part of the long-term exhibition The Peacock Room Comes to America, this presentation exemplifies Freer’s cosmopolitan aesthetic philosophy by juxtaposing biblical parchments with ceramics gathered from all over Asia and framed by Whistler’s brilliant blue and gold decorations.

Event begins at 10:00AM

Categories: Exhibits

The Silver Anniversary of “A Labor of Love” AIDS Benefit

Howard Community College, Smith Theatre

In times of crisis, art can stimulate change, educate people and, at the very least, deal with personal grief. Once again, dozens of performing artists will gather at the Howard Community College Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center on Monday, Dec. 2nd to deal with the AIDS crisis in the way that they know best: singing and dancing.

Event begins at 7:30PM

Presented by: A Labor of Love

Featured Artist(s): Robin Baxter, Rob Bowman, Ric Ryder,Megan Lawrence, Betsy True,Tico Wells, Marc Staggers

Categories: Charity Events

Touchstone December Holiday Shows

Touchstone Gallery

November 29 - December 29, 2013
Preview: November 27, 11-6pm
Opening Reception: Friday, December 6, 6-8:30pm
“Deck the Walls” with Art from Touchstone; a festive holiday all-media exhibit of affordable art in all sizes and shapes. 45 Touchstone members offer gifts of peace and good will through artistic expression.
"INTERPLAY" by Georgia Nassikas
New series of paintings by Georgia Nassikas
Touchstone Foundation for the Arts presents Art Enables artist show “The 28th Century: The Work of Charles E. Meissner”

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Touchstone Gallery

Featured Artist(s): Georgia Nassikas & Charles E. Meissner

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Vinoteca's Holiday Mystery Gift Giveaway

Vinoteca

Gifts with a twist

Categories: Food & Wine

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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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