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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.

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.

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.

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"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Look at me": An Art Exhibition on how Veterans View Themselves.

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for "Look at me", an exhibition on how veterans view themselves.  Veterans and Service members were challenged to create a portrait of how they view themselves. All media was welcome; mixed media, photography, painting, print making techniques or sculpture. The art is as rich and varied as the identities of those serving today.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

2014 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival Concert

St. Paul's Episcopal Church (Old Town Alexandria)

Produced by Classical Movements, Inc., the Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is held every year at the end of June and features youth and adult choirs at free concerts in prestigious venues all over the Washington, D.C. metro area.  Called a "true harmonic convergence" by The Washington Post, the festival provides multiple opportunities to enjoy music from around the world. This concert features the Konevets Quartet (Russia), Ondrasek Czech Youth and Children's Choir (Czech Republic), and Insingizi (Zimbabwe).

2014 Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival Concert

Damascus United Methodist Church

Produced by Classical Movements, Inc., the Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival is held every year at the end of June and features youth and adult choirs at free concerts in prestigious venues all over the Washington, D.C. metro area.  Called a "true harmonic convergence" by The Washington Post, the festival provides multiple opportunities to enjoy music from around the world. This concert features the Fairfield County Children's Choir (USA), Arishi (Georgia), Les Petits Chanteurs de Laval (Canada), and Wishful Singing (The Netherlands).

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

#americaninlondon

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

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

After arriving in London in 1859, American artist James McNeill Whistler (1834–1903) found an enduring source of inspiration in the rapidly changing urban environment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Bountiful Waters: Aquatic Life in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features a selection of prints, paintings, illustrated books, and ceramics that depict Japanese appreciation for the beauty and variety of fish and other species.

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea

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

Chigusa and the Art of Tea shows how one Chinese storage jar was transformed into a vessel worthy of display, adornment, and contemplation in 16th-century Japan. Diaries of tea events reveal what the writers admired about Chigusa.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Chinese Ceramics for Tea in Japan

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

Acquired by Charles Lang Freer, these Chinese bowls, small jars, and other ceramics were used as tea utensils in sixteenth-century Japan as part of chanoyu, or the “art of tea.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Cool Cow Comedy presents Comedian Ryan Conner live on-stage

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA as host and comedian Rahmein Mostafavi presents our headliner Ryan Conner!

Categories: Theater, Other Events

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: "Figural Fine Lines" by Susan O'Neill

The Art League Gallery

The drawings in Susan O’Neill’s “Figural Fine Lines” are inspired by the timeless beauty of the human form, articulated through a combination of both classical and contemporary interpretations.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Exhibit: "Neo-Expressionism"

The Art League Gallery

In "Neo-Expressionism," juried by Kim Levin, artists will look for inspiration to the Neo-Expressionist movement of the 1980s. Find more information on the exhibit page.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

For Whom It Stands

Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History and Culture

Named one of the nation's "Top 10 Must-See Exhibits This Summer" by USA Today. 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.

Categories: Arts, History, 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 Outdoor Shakespeare

Grace Episcopal Church (Georgetown)

The Fat and Greasy Citizens Brigade (FGC), a Washington, DC based theatre company, is bringing back free outdoor theatre to the city for its second year. This summer we will be mounting our production of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” with performances running for two weekends on June 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28, 2014.

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Healing Wars

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

World premiere created and directed by MacArthur “Genius” Fellow Liz Lerman
Featuring Bill Pullman
June 6–29, 2014 in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle
A pioneer in the world of contemporary dance, Liz Lerman’s newest theatrical dance piece explores the experiences of the healers tasked with treating the physical and psychic wounds of battle. Joined by Bill
Pullman (Independence Day, 1600 Penn), an ensemble of dancers represent medics and soldiers from the Civil War to today. Called “the source of an epochal revolution in the scope and purposes of dance art” (Washington Post), Lerman’s work has been performed throughout the U.S. and abroad. After 34 years as founding artistic director of Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, Lerman presents her singular aesthetic to audiences in this exciting world premiere about how we experience and recover from war.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Arts

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

Imperfect Vessels -- an exhibit by coppersmith Anne Jordan and pen and ink artist Jim Haller

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Imperfect Vessels, the June Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing nature inspired copper art by Anne Jordan and the provocative and beautifully detailed pen and ink drawings of Jim Haller.

Free, open to the public reception on Saturday, June 14th, from 5 – 8 p.m.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

In Focus: Ara Güler’s Anatolia

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

#araguler

This exhibition of never-before-shown works, curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, examines Ara Güler’s definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Japanese Religious Art

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

This exhibition focuses on paintings depicting the Historical Buddha Shakyamuni; his disciples, or arhats; and his attendant bodhisattvas, Fugen (Samantabhadra) and Monju (Manjushri).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Japanese Screens: Landscapes and Waterscapes

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

Surrounded by seas, the Japanese islands are permeated by bays, rivers, and lakes. Water appears in nearly every landscape, a reminder of its dominance in the natural and human worlds. A highlight of the works on view in this installation is Maruyama Okyo’s Geese Flying over a Beach, a masterpiece of ink painting and a favorite of museum founder Charles Lang Freer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased announce the June 11th opening at The Heurich Gallery of Jayme McLellan: Pleasing Nature, an exhibition featuring photographs by the Washington-based artist.

On View: June 11th – September 2nd, 2014, Monday – Friday, 8 am - 7 pm and Saturday, 9am - 4pm. Opening Reception and Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 11th, 2014, 5:30 – 7pm.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Kiyochika: Master of the Night

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

When self-trained artist Kobayashi Kiyochika (1847–1915) returned to his birthplace, which he had known as Edo, in 1874, he found a city transformed. Renamed Tokyo (“Eastern Capital”), it was filled with railroads, steamships, gaslights, telegraph lines, and large brick buildings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Live! Performances on Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Woodrow Wilson Plaza

Back for another season, Live! on the Woodrow Wilson Plaza brings together the best of jazz, blues, dance and salsa. Don’t miss out on this free summer concert series!

Categories: Free, Music: Other

Lost World: Video Art by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel

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

Lost World features video works by Charles Lim and Gideon Mendel. Both artists examine the dramatic consequences of major shifts in the world’s primary natural resource—water.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Off the Beaten Path: Early Works by James McNeill Whistler

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

These early works by Whistler documented his adventures and shaped his approach to composition, light and shadow, and perspective.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Old Town Plaza Concert Series - Fairfax-Mclean Brass & Drums

Old Town Plaza Fairfax

Fairfax-Mclean Brass & Drums performs in our Old Town Plaza Summer Concert series! Enjoy Fairfax's Downtown restaurants while listening to FREE, live music.

Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists

Green Spring Gardens

Green Spring Gardens will host Paintings of the Potomac Valley Watercolorists, on exhibit throughout the Garden’s Horticultural Center and Historic House from April 29-June 29.  The exhibition brings together some of the area’s top watermedia floral and landscape painters in one of the most popular public gardens in the region.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Perspectives: Chiharu Shiota

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

Japanese performance and installation artist Chiharu Shiota installs a monumental yet intimate work in the Sackler pavilion this summer.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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. 

Ravel's "L'Enfant et les Sortileges" (The Child and the Magic Spells)

The Randolph Road Theatre

Bel Cantanti Opera Summer Opera Festival presents Maurice Ravel's opera-fantasy.

Tickets online and at the door, $15 - $25.

Reimagining Rosa Parks - Art Exhibit at Prince George's Community College

Prince George's Community College

Rosa Parks’ refusal to yield her seat created a clear and defining moment toward the pursuit of racial equality in the United States, and nearly 60 years later that act of civil disobedience carries a universal legacy. The exhibition, Reimagining Rosa Parks, examines and reimagines Rosa Parks' identity and Civil Rights legacy as applied to contemporary Civil Rights issues.

Reimagining Rosa Parks is an exhibition developed for the Book Bridge Project, an annual program that centers curriculum around a featured book. This year’s book is Jeanne Theoharis’ The Rebellious Life of Mrs. Rosa Parks, which describes a different Rosa Parks—one who was keenly aware of how to engage in civil disobedience to provoke change.

Categories: Arts

SkateFest | Sk8 For a Cause

Audrey Moore Recreation Center at Wakefield Park

Skaters from all over Virginia, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and other east coast states are invited to Wakefield Skate Park June 27 and 28 to participate in the 8th Annual SkateFest. The festival celebrates National Go Skateboarding Day and raises funds for Children's National Medical Center in Wash., D.C. SkateFest has activities for everyone: from skating for a cause to participating in the skate competition or simply enjoying the festival supporting Children's National.

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Song Legacy

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

This exhibition showcases a group of the Freer’s best Song dynasty landscape paintings along with later works that illustrate the evolution of six different styles.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

SUITES Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

SUITES Art Exhibit at Del Ray Artisans (June 6-29) - Experience the intriguing sights and images from area artists. This show could make you laugh, blush… or both! Reception: Friday, June 6, 7-9pm. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tabletop Ceramics Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

For The Art League’s internationally juried exhibition “Tabletop,” ceramic artists from all corners of the United States and Canada turned out to submit various functional wares associated with eating, drinking, presenting, and enjoying food.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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 Uncommon Intersection Exhibition in NOMA

NoMa

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) presents The Uncommon Intersection, an exhibition featuring the work of DC

Glassworks artist Joseph Corcoran and painter Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann. In this unique collaboration Tzu-Lan Mann’s

painted artwork seamlessly pairs with Corcoran’s blown-glass sculptures. Part of WPA’s ongoing Lobby Project, this FREE

exhibition is on display at 1200 First Street, NE, through July 18.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Tour of President Lincoln's Cottage

President Lincoln's Cottage

Walk in Lincoln's footsteps at President Lincoln's Cottage, the summer home of the Lincoln family and "the Cradle of the Emancipation Proclamation."

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church in Alexandria invites the community to help us prepare bagged meals for the homeless people living on the Route One corredor in Alexandria.

“Bite of Music” Noontime Concerts

Montgomery College Department of Music Music Building Recital Hall

“Bite of Music” Noontime Concerts @ Montgomery College

Pablo Saelzer, Director

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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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