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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 • April 13, 2014

 

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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

Brief Encounter

Lansburgh Theatre

Based on the iconic 1945 movie and Noël Coward’s play Still Life, Brief Encounter switches seamlessly between live theatre and projected film footage, taking audiences to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Categories: Theater

Brief Encounter

Lansburgh Theatre

Based on the iconic 1945 movie and Noël Coward’s play Still Life, Brief Encounter switches seamlessly between live theatre and projected film footage, taking audiences to a bygone age of romance and the silver screen.

Categories: Theater

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

Bach Mass in B minor

Music Center at Strathmore

The magnificent Mass in B minor, Bach’s sacred magnum opus, glorifies voice and instruments with brilliant harmonies and a depth of sound.

Categories: Music: Classical

2014 Smithsonian Craft Show

The National Building Museum

Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft.  122 distinguished craft artists will offer one-of-a- kind or limited edition works in 12 different media—from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art.  

 

Categories: Arts, Charity Events

2014 Smithsonian Craft Show

The National Building Museum

Widely regarded as the country’s most prestigious juried show and sale of fine American craft.  122 distinguished craft artists will offer one-of-a- kind or limited edition works in 12 different media—from furniture and ceramics to glass and wearable art.  

 

Categories: Arts, Charity Events

A Polish Renaissance: Music of Poland's Golden Age

Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Consort performs the rarely heard, extraordinary music of Poland from the late 15th to the late 16th century, including songs and sacred music of Polish composers Mikołaj Zieleński and Wacław z Szamotuł. With bagpipe, viols, cornetto, lute, organ, and trombone accompanying vocal ensemble The Western Wind. Concert performances are Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 5pm and 8pm, and Sunday at 2pm.

Tickets: $37

An Early Music Seminar will discuss the planned music pieces and their history in depth, on Wednesday, April 9 at 6pm.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Folger Consort

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

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Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an exhibition of Virginia high school art submitted for the Annual Congressional Art Competition from the 11th Congressional District, presented from April 12th through May 3rd.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Other Events

Award-winning Film Screening: Adrift in Tokyo

Meyer Auditorium at the Freer Gallery of Art

Join director Satoshi Miki screening his award-winning film Adrift in Tokyo.

Categories: Film, Free, Exhibits

Bach: "St. John Passion"

Washington National Cathedral

J.S. Bach’s most starkly dramatic oratorio fills the Cathedral nave on Palm Sunday with some of the Baroque era’s finest choral music. This musical masterpiece follows the Gospel of John’s account of Jesus Christ’s final days on earth, poignantly depicting the sorrow of his family and friends.

Bethesda Literary Festival

Throughout Downtown Bethesda

Downtown Bethesda celebrates the diversity of modern literature by presenting the 15th annual Bethesda Literary Festival: Friday, April 11 – Sunday, April 13, 2014.  Managed and organized by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival will feature an array of local and national authors, journalists and poets, as well as writing contests and children’s events. All events are held throughout downtown Bethesda and are free. 

For more information and the complete schedule of events visit http://www.bethesda.org/specialevents/litfest/litf....

Categories: Books & Authors, Free

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

Chamber Jam with Classical Revolution DC!

The Mansion on O Street

When: Every Second Sunday of Every Month — 11am-2pm
Where: The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street 2020 O Street N.W., DC
Online Reservations Required: http://www.omuseum.org/jammin
Admission: FREE — donations are appreciated. Proceeds go to support the O Street Museum's Artist-in-Residence program. (https://www.omansion.com/museum/giving/artist_in_r...)

Love classical music? Join Classical Revolution DC for an inspirational, open-invitation 'Chamber Jam' session of live chamber music with a Mansion twist. Love to play? Bring your instrument and join in!

About Classical Revolution DC
Classical Revolution is a global phenomenon, revolutionizing the way live classical music is presented and heard. With more than 30 chapters worldwide, they aim to bring free, high-quality classical music to the nation's capital and the community at large via publicly-accessible, non-traditional settings.

Be sure to bring your own shopping bags. Nearly everything is for sale!

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Classical Revolution DC

Featured Artist(s): Classical Revolution

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

Choral Evensong

Christ Church, Georgetown

Christ Church, Georgetown continues its Choral Evensong series on Palm Sunday,  April 13 at 5 p.m. with the music of William Wmith, George Dyson, and William Byrd.  Sung by the professional Choir of Christ Church, this series is free and open to the public as a gift to the community.  For information call 202-333-6677.

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

Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia Group Exhibition

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

Twenty-six of Northern Virginia’s top professional artists are scheduled to exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD from April 5-27, 2014. The exhibit features a wide range of styles including abstract, impressionism, and realism in various painting mediums such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Geocaching: an introduction

Charles Beatley Central Library

Looking for an outdoor activity the whole family can enjoy? The Northern Virginia Geocaching Organization will present an overview of geocaching, a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices on Sunday, April 13 from 2-3pm.

Handel's "Messiah" Concert

The National Presbyterian Church

The National Presbyterian Church Festival Choir & Orchestra present “Bethlehem to Jerusalem: Our Savior and the Way of Salvation" in Handel’s Messiah.

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

Imaginasia: Illuminated Nights

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Saturdays, April 5 and 12; Sundays, April 6 and 13; 2 pm

Sackler sublevel 2

 

Categories: Arts, Lecture

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.

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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

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

Living Colors -- an exhibit by accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Living Colors, an April Featured Artist Exhibit by painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate in a vivid presentation of color, shape, and movement.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Love Song Waltzes

Post Hall on Mount Vernon Campus

Join the Department of Music for stunning evening of chamber music. The program includes the GW Chamber Choir, under the direction of Neil Weston, performing Brahms' 'Libeslieder Walzer' (Love Song Waltzes) along with performances from several of the Department's instrumental chamber groups.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Natalie Shudt: “Sway”

The Art League Gallery

From silk, steel, and wood, artist Natalie Shudt has created an all-encompassing environment of flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall.

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

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.

Pop Art

The Art League Gallery

The Pop Art movement originated as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In recognition of Pop Art, artists are encouraged to use everyday objects, advertising, comic books, and cultural references in their work.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

Pre-film gallery talk: Kiyochika: Master of the Night

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Filmmaker Satoshi Miki’s vision of Tokyo in his picaresque comedy Adrift in Tokyo is similar in sensibility to Kobayashi Kiyochika’s depictions of the city made nearly 150 years ago. Miki joins Jim Ulak, curator of Kiyochika: Master of the Night, to discuss the intriguing links between these two artists’ perceptions of Tokyo.

Categories: Film, Discussion, Exhibits

REVOLUTION: Art and Technology art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"REVOLUTION: Art and Technology" art exhibit (April 4-27) at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Artists explore their relationship with technology in 2-D, 3-D. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze a Circus Engineered by The Greatest Show On Earth® Comes to Fairfax, VA Area

The Patriot Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes.

Categories: Family Oriented

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze a Circus Engineered by The Greatest Show On Earth® Comes to Fairfax, VA Area

The Patriot Center

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, is an extraordinarily engineered circus experience where Children Of All Ages® find out what it takes to build The Greatest Show On Earth®. The foundation is set and the rising anticipation of high-energy, high-jinx and hilarity is ready to be transported by colorful circus machinery and unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes.

Categories: Family Oriented

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

Smithsonian at Little Washington

The Theatre at little Washington

Music of Bach

Categories: Music: Classical

Steinway Series with Irena Koblar

James McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Pianist Irena Koblar performs works from Mozart, Scarlatti and Beethoven, as well as Brahms’s Six Pieces for Piano, Op. 118, dedicated to Clara Schumann.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, Free

TAO: Phoenix Rising

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

This explosive ensemble has brought its mind-blowing taiko drumming to more than five million spectators worldwide in the last decade, and now it makes its Hylton Center debut with Phoenix Rising. In this electrifying new production, athletic bodies, innovative choreography, and traditional Japanese drumming combine to create an experience that will take your breath away. The performers of TAO undergo rigorous training in drumming, exercise, and meditation at a Japanese mountain compound to reach the highest level of virtuosity. These drummers, both male and female, draw upon their diverse backgrounds as rock musicians, gymnasts, and composers to create a fresh, new interpretation of this ancient art form. “Extraordinarily talented…incomparable muscular zeal.” (Chicago Tribune)

Event begins at 4:00PM

Virginia Ballet Company and Impact Dance spring program A Gracious Evolution

Ernst Theater, NVCC Annandale Campus

VIRGINIA BALLET COMPANY AND SCHOOL and IMPACT DANCE will present their spring program, A Gracious Evolution, on April 12-13, 2014.  The program includes Firebird, Tarantella and La Sylphide Act II excerpts. 

Virginia Opera: Carmen

George Mason University Center for the Arts

Virginia Opera presents Georges Bizet's sultry tragedy about opera's most famous femme fatale. Thrilling audiences for well over a century, this classic story follows Don José and his ill-fated obsession with the alluring gypsy, Carmen. When Carmen tosses aside the naive soldier for the handsome toreador, Escamillo, José's jealousy destroys them both. Filled with passion, betrayal, and jealousy, this heartrending tale - with its beloved melodies, including the well-known Habañera, and its fiery title role - is one of the most popular works in opera literature. Don't miss this electrifying Virginia Opera production of Bizet's sizzling opera. Sung in French with English supertitles.

Event begins at 2:00PM

Wentz Juried Undergraduate Exhibition

McDaniel College

This annual exhibition highlights the best undergraduate works. 

Categories: Free, Arts

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