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Community Calendar

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.

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

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.

Thu • January 23, 2014

 

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'Frances Gallardo: Meteorology' Art Exhibition

Target Gallery

Exhibition Dates: January 18th-March 2nd, 2014

Opening & Performance: Saturday, January 18th, 2-4pm.

Reception: Thursday, February 13th, 6-8pm; Curator Talk at 7pm

2014 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show

Baltimore Convention Center

As Mid-Atlantic families brace for frigid forecasts, the 2014 Progressive Insurance Baltimore Boat Show, celebrating its 60th anniversary,transforms the Baltimore Convention Center at Baltimore’s Inner Harbor into a boater’s paradise Thursday-Sunday, January 23-26.

Abstract Expressionism Revisited

The Art League Gallery

In celebration of The Art League's 60th Anniversary in 2014, each month the Gallery will revisit and reflect upon a major art movement from over the last six decades with a special exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

Black and White – an exhibit by ceramicist Melinda Croft and photographer Ken Sullins

Arts in the Village Gallery

Join us at Arts in the Village Gallery in January for striking porcelain work by Melinda Croft, and pen-and-ink style imagery from photographer Ken Sullins.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Catherine Sullivan

The Phillips Collection

Originally trained as an actress, Catherine Sullivan stages elaborate filmed and live performances that use historical references to address societal structures. 

Categories: Arts, Theater, Discussion

Conversations with Artists: Catherine Sullivan

The Phillips Collection

Originally trained as an actress, Catherine Sullivan stages elaborate filmed and live performances that use historical references to address societal structures. In conversation with Klaus Ottmann, Director of the Center for the Study of Modern Art and Curator at Large, The Phillips Collection. In collaboration with the George Washington University with support from the Phillips International Forum.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

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

Drink This! International Ceramic Cup Show at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

“Drink This!” is on exhibit January 8 through February 2, 2014 in Building 8 at Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, Virginia. Hours are from 11am - 5pm on Mondays and Tuesdays, 11am to 6pm Wednesdays through Saturdays, and  12-5pm on Sundays.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

FREE U.S. Navy Concert Band Performance in Chantilly, Virginia

Westfield High School

The U.S. Navy Concert Band will perform at Westfield High School on Thursday,  January 23, 2014 at 7:00p.m. As the premier wind ensemble of America’s Navy, the Concert Band has a rich history serving the Navy and the nation for over 85 years.  Today’s Concert Band performs an eclectic mix of wind ensemble repertoire, symphonic transcriptions, military band music, patriotic favorites and special arrangements and original compositions written especially for the band.

 

French Classes on K Street

French Classes on K Street

If you are among the many professionals and families in the DC area looking for a high quality French program, our classes might be the right thing for you.

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.

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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

Lewis Black One-Act Plays

James Lee Community Center

Zemfira Stage presents world premieres of One-Act Plays by world-renowned comedian Lewis Black:  “L.A. Freewheeling,” “The Outer Banks” and “Crossing the Crab Nebula,”  7:30 p.m. Jan. 15-17; Jan. 23-25; Jan. 30-Feb. 1; and at 2 p.m. Jan. 26 and Feb. 2, at the James Lee Community Center Theater, 2855 Annandale Rd., Falls Church, Va. Evening tickets are $18; and $12 for students, seniors, and retired and active military. Matinees are $12. Call 703-615-6626 or write ZemfiraStage@gmail.com for tickets and information.
 
 

Categories: Arts, Theater

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

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

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

Solo Preview 2014

The Art League Gallery

A glimpse of the exciting exhibits at The Art League Gallery this coming year.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The 2014 Washington Auto Show - Jan 23 - Feb 2

Washington DC Convention Center

The Washington Auto Show®, the largest public show held in Washington, D.C., will take place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center from Thursday, January 23 through Sunday, February 2, 2014. A complete line-up of the latest vehicles and technologies, including some regional reveals, will be on display at this year’s show. In addition, there will be a full schedule of entertainment, activities and celebrity meet-and-greet sessions. Please visit the show's official website, http://www.washingtonautoshow.com for more information and to buy your tickets today.

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.

Event begins at

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 Rape of Europa

National Archives and Records Administration- William G. McGowan Theater

Screening of the 2006 documentary about Nazi Germany's plundering of Europe's great works of art during World War II and Allied efforts to minimize the damage. (117 minutes.)

Categories: Free, Film, Exhibits

Topaz Thursday Comedy Night

Topaz Hotel

FREE Live standup comedy show in Dupont Circle by local standup comics $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Thursday night 8 to 10 pm FREE SHOW Topaz Hotel Bar 1733 N Street NW Washington, DC 20036-2801 www.TopazHotel.com www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Workhouse Arts Center Collectors Showcase, Jan 11 - Mar 1, 2014

Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for Collectors Showcase 2014, a fundraiser and exhibit, features the best in visual arts from all the Artists at the Workhouse.

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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