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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.

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.


Thu • January 29, 2015


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"Country House, City House" Exhibition

Octagon Museum

This exhibition, presented in conjunction with the Menokin Foundation, explores the fascinating work being done at the Menokin site to turn a preservation disaster into an incredible architectural, preservation, and interpretive opportunity.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

"The Color Pink" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“The Color Pink” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans gallery (January 2-February 1). Artists explore shades of pink. Opening reception with raffle: Friday, January 2, 7-9pm!  2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. Details:

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Arts in the Village Gallery’s January All-Artist show and Silent Auction Event

Arts in the Village Gallery

In January, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an all artist show, The Winter Palette, and a silent auction, Come in from the Cold, to benefit the Humane Society of Loudoun County.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

DAR Museum exhibition “Eye on Elegance: Early Quilts of Maryland and Virginia”

DAR Museum

DAR Museum Exhibition Has Its Eye on Elegant Historic Virginia and Maryland Quilts

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Decoding the Renaissance

Folger Shakespeare Library

During the Renaissance, the art and science of cryptography came into their own. The advent of printing, development of diplomacy, and creation of postal systems created an obsession with encryption that produced some of the period's most brilliant inventions, most beautiful books, and most enduring legacies. Featuring the best collection ever assembled of early works on codes and ciphers.

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 Bill Sherman

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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

Glancing Back & Looking Forward: 100 Years of African American Culture and History in Prince George’s County, Maryland

Montpelier Arts Center

This exhibition features information about the lives of selected Prince Georgians who had a variety of occupations and community roles. Through photographs, artifacts, and excerpts from interviews, Everyday People Making History will convey the personal stories of participants and highlight the ways in which they were and still are a part of history in Prince George’s over the past century. 

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

In The Flesh V

Target Gallery

In the Flesh V is an all-media exhibiton featuring work by artists who explore the human figure as their subject.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Interpretation of Trees

Embassy of Argentina

Exhibition of Local visual artist Felisa Federman

About trees from Argentina

Categories: Exhibits, International, Free

Nasta‛liq: The Genius of Persian Calligraphy

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition is the first of its kind to focus on nasta‛liq, a calligraphic script that developed in 14th-century Iran. More than 20 works dating from 1400 to 1600, the height of nasta‛liq’s development, tell the story of its transformation from a simple conveyer of the written word into an artistic form.

Categories: Arts, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

Richard Dana: Reverberation

The Heurich Gallery at Boston Properties

Boston Properties is pleased to announce the December 10th opening reception and artist talk forRichard Dana: Reverberation, an exhibition featuring recent work by the Washington-based artist at The Heurich Gallery. 

Reverberation, Richard Dana’s latest body of work, comprises a new series of large-scale digital pigment prints on view for the first time in this exhibition. These vibrant abstract works are the result of Dana’s distinct process that exploits chance, experimentation, and analog and digital technologies. Dana begins by creating black and white drawings or collages which he then scans into his computer. The digital images are submitted to a series of manipulations – they are bent, stretched, warped, imploded, exploded, massaged, and colored – until any trace of the artist’s hand disappears. Each intervention builds upon the previous one, resulting in a mesmerizing body of images that vibrate with rhythm and color. 

About Richard Dana

Richard L. Dana is a self-taught artist based in Bethesda, MD. Mr. Dana received an undergraduate degree in Russian Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975 and a Master's degree in International Relations from Johns Hopkin's School of Advanced International Studies in 1977. ln 1984, after years of creating art in his spare time, Dana left his position as an economist and Soviet Affairs expert in order to pursue a career in art. Dana has exhibited extensively in the United States and internationally.

Opening Reception and Artist Talk: December 10th, 5:30 - 7 pm.

Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 8 am to 7 pm and Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Oriental Carpet: Foreign Gifts and Foreign Affairs

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

Walter Denny, a leading expert in textiles of the Islamic world, speaks about his new book How to Read Islamic Carpets, which explores the history, design techniques, and craftsmanship of carpets made in the “Rug Belt” of Morocco to northern India. Presented in collaboration with the World Affairs Council—Washington, DC, the George Washington University Museum, and the Textile Museum.

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors, Free

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 Event begins at 8:00PM Presented by:

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

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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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