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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.

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

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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

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest

Bethesda Urban Partnership

As part of the 15th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine.

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

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

Elvis' Birthday Fight Club

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sucker punches, burlesque, and below-the belt comedy celebrate the King of Rock n' Rolls birthday. For a fourth year, this show comes out swingin' with flim-flam fisticuffs. The show includes six rounds of ridiculous bouts; color commentary from co-hosts "Elvis" and Kittie Glitter; Elvis-themed burlesque performances by The Rev. Valentine, Candy Del Rio, and Kay Sera; contests and more. It's a birthday party fit for The King.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Other Events

Elvis' Birthday Fight Club

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Sucker punches, burlesque, and below-the belt comedy celebrate the King of Rock n' Rolls birthday. For a fourth year, this show comes out swingin' with flim-flam fisticuffs. The show includes six rounds of ridiculous bouts; color commentary from co-hosts "Elvis" and Kittie Glitter; Elvis-themed burlesque performances by The Rev. Valentine, Candy Del Rio, and Kay Sera; contests and more. It's a birthday party fit for The King.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Other Events

Free Live Music

St. Elmo's Coffee Pub

If you're looking for a fun, but inexpsensive night out check out some live music at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub. We feature local and national (and sometimes even international!) musicians Wednesday through Saturday, every week. For the past 16 years the Not So Modern Jazz Quartet + has been playing every Thursday at St. Elmo's. These seasoned regulars play Dixieland/New Orleans-style jazz and kick off their set around 7:30 p.m. All other days (Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday) music begins at 8 p.m. and goes to about 10 p.m. With a range in musical styles, there's surely something on our calendar for anyone who enjoys music. Besides jazz, we also feature folk, rock, blues, pop, experimental, country, bluegrass, and more! As always, the live music we offer is free (but tips are encouraged for the artists). "Come on out to St. Elmo's and enjoy a relaxing evening with coffee, great food, music, and friends. A night out at St. Elmo's gives you the opportunity to support local business and local/national musicians, and it is a less expensive alternative to a night at the bar." - Charity Meals from the Arlington Coffee Shop Examiner.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other, Free, Arts

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

By Todd Kreidler / Based on the screenplay by William Rose / Directed by Kenny Leon
November 29, 2013–January 5, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage
Broadway and Arena Stage favorite Kenny Leon (every tongue confess) returns to direct a new adaptation of the beloved film Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner. A progressive white couple’s proud liberal sensibilities are put to the test when their daughter, fresh from an overseas romance, brings her African-American fiancé home to meet them. Personal beliefs clash with the mores of the late 60’s in this warm and witty exploration of family and culture and knowing which of them has the greater hold on our hearts.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Featured Artist(s): Malcolm-Jamal Warner

Categories: Arts

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.

Event begins at

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

Impart Ceramics Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

The Art League’s IMPART Ceramics Exhibit showcases work by eight new ceramic artists, all of whom are part of the League’s IMPART Project — a unique collaboration between The Art League and the Wounded Warriors at Ft. Belvoir Military Base that offers the creative outlet of the visual arts to recently Injured Military Personnel.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

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

Instruct(art), the 6th annual FCPS Artist-Teacher Exhibition

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Instruct(art), the 6th annual Fairfax County Public Schools Artist-Teacher Arts Exhibition.

For many years a primary goal of the Fairfax County Public Schools Fine Arts Office has been to seek out and hire candidates who are not only great teachers, but also great artists. Today, there are more than 350 visual art teachers in FCPS, many of whom continue to practice art-making while sharing their expertise with students. The FCPS Fine Arts Office is proud to partner with the Workhouse Arts Center to organize an exhibition showcasing the talents and artistic achievements of these artist-teachers.
This year, 41 artist-teachers will be represented by 50 artworks in the exhibition. These artworks were selected from over 200 submissions by juror Sarah Eckhardt, Assistant Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Art.

The public opening reception will be held on December 14 from 6:00 to 9:00pm.
The gallery will be open Wednesday - Sunday, from 11:00am - 6:00pm.

For more information, please visit: http://www.workhousearts.org/events/visual-arts/in...

Event begins at 11:00AM

Presented by: Workhouse Arts Center

Featured Artist(s): Fairfax County Public Schools Artist-Teacher

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

Notre Dame Organist Johann Vexo in Recital

St. Paul's Parish, K Street

Recital this Friday to benefit Renowned Music Program by Notre Dame Organist Johann Vexo

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

Pinstripes Art Contest

Pinstripes

Pinstripes is hosting an all-ages art contest with great prizes.

Categories: Arts, Family Oriented, Free

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.

Primary Colors Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

What can be done with just red, yellow, and blue? In this all-media show artists use the three primary colors without mixing them. Opening on Friday, January 3, 7-10pm and the show runs through February 2. Gallery hours are: Thursdays, 12–6pm; Fridays, 12–9pm; Saturdays, 12–9pm; and Sundays, 12–6pm.

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: Del Ray Artisans

Featured Artist(s): Del Ray Artisans

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Primary Colors Art Exhibit Opening Reception

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

What can be done with just red, yellow, and blue? In this all-media show artists use the three primary colors without mixing them. Opening on Friday, January 3, 7-10pm. Runs through February 2.

Event begins at 7:00PM

Presented by: Del Ray Artisans

Featured Artist(s): Del Ray Artisans

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Spirituality and Health Lecture

Ingleside at King Farm

Dr. Christina Puchalski, Director of the George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health will discuss her pioneering work integrating faith and medicine. The free event on Friday, Jan. 3 at 2pm is sponsored by Ingleside at King Farm, 701 King Farm Blvd., Rockville. RSVP to Chelsea, 240-499-9019, or visit inglesidekingfarm.org.

Categories: Lecture, Discussion

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

The Land that I Love: Art Quilts by Jehudith (Diti) Lean

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Israeli fibre artist, Jehudith (Diti) Lean creates colorful, uplifting Art Quilts that depict the beautiful vistas and the flora and fauna of the land of Israel.

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Presented by: The Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

Featured Artist(s): Jehudith (Diti) Lean

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

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 Street Sense Project: Portraits by Thien-Kim Pham

The Art League Gallery

Artist Thien-Kim Pham captures the emotions and personalities of the many faces who call the streets home in her somber, charcoal drawings on canvas. The Street Sense Project, at The Art League Gallery this December, forces the viewer to contemplate the lives of street workers and dwellers through large-scale portraits.

Pham has experienced the pain of those living on the street within her own family. As a result, she began to build relationships with many street-workers (some homeless, some not), to learn their stories and create their portraits as a way to call attention to the many individuals in this situation.

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

Presented by: The Art League

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Arts

Welcome to the Speakeasy live at the Workhouse Arts Center

Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Welcome to the Speakeasy", a raucous ramble through the Jazz Age as our talented performers tackle the tunes inspired by the gin-joint atmosphere.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Winter Harmonies from the Balkans - Orfeia Vocal Ensemble and Svitanya Vocal Ensemble

Creative Alliance at the Patterson Theater

Enjoy a winter evening of exquisite traditional harmonies from the Balkans.

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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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