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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.

House and Home

  • Through Monday, May 1, 2017

Take a tour of houses both familiar and surprising, through past and present, which challenge our ideas about what it means to live at home in America. 

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

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Sat • August 1, 2015

 

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"Under a Summer Sun" exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present “Under a Summer Sun” exhibit at the animal shelter.  May 31-September 27, 2015.  Tours and artist talk during reception: Friday, June 19, 7-9pm.  www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/GWW

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

34th Annual Invitational Sculpture Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

This annual exhibition will take place in the Main Gallery at Montpelier Arts Center. Check back in the spring for related programming! 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Abbas Kiarostami: Five Dedicated to Ozu

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

Presented as a single-screen projection, Five Dedicated to Ozu (2003, 74 minutes) by celebrated director Abbas Kiarostami pays tribute to Yasujirō Ozu, the renowned Japanese filmmaker whose work has deeply influenced Kiarostami’s films. Through a characteristic attention to the power of simple mise-en-scène and sound, the inherent drama and subtle humor of nature unfurls before the viewer in five long shots taken near the sea.

Categories: Arts, Free

Andrei Trach

Montpelier Arts Center

Through the tactile nature of thick, action-filled paint strokes, Andrei Trach expresses moods and ideas through color, texture, and movement. Each work is a distinct orientation, enabling the viewer to see an optical mix of colors and textures. Three-dimensional aspects accent the dramatic and the bold in his paintings, which are a visceral response to and expression of his world. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Art of the Gift: Recent Acquisitions

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

Art of the Gift celebrates some of the recent and promised gifts made to the museums and archives. Objects on view range from centuries-old Buddhist sculptures from Japan, Southeast Asia, and Tibet to lacquer ware and contemporary photography from Iran.

Categories: Arts, Free

Bold and Beautiful: Rinpa in Japanese Art

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

This exhibition features 37 works by Rinpa artists and those inspired by Rinpa design, and is complemented by a gallery of tea ceramics influenced by Sōtatsu’s collaborator Hon’ami Koetsu.

Categories: Arts, Free

Chinese Ceramics: 13th–14th Century

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

A selection of Chinese ceramics from the Freer collection shows highlights of Yuan ceramic styles and complements the exhibition Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Enigmas: The Art of Bada Shanren (1626–1705)

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

As a painter and a calligrapher, Bada Shanren (1626–1705) developed a unique visual vocabulary full of intriguing symbolism and artistic gestures. This exhibition showcases an impressive selection of his painting and calligraphy, including some of his most daring and idiosyncratic works from the 1660s through the early 1700s.

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector. 

Categories: Arts, Free

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

Freer and Whistler: Points of Contact

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

A new rotation of Points of Contact features fourteen of the Freer Gallery’s most iconic paintings by the American expatriate James McNeill Whistler.

Categories: Arts, Free

Gateway to Health: Summer Splash Party at Gateway DC!

Gateway DC

Continuing the 2015 Gateway to Health summer series at Gateway Park and Pavilion, Saturday August 1 will feature a fun summer festival with water activities, live music, and a health fair.

Leigh Merrill: Cloud Seeding

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Acclaimed Dallas-based artist Leigh Merrill creates fictional realities assembling different images in the this video and photography exhibition. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Persons of Interest: an exhibit by sculptor Claire Courpron and oil painter Marcia Klioze

Arts in the Village Gallery

In August, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Persons of Interest, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing the feminine sculptures of Claire Courpron and the oil paintings of Marcia Klioze.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Seasonal Landscapes in Japanese Screens

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

Cherry trees bloom in this selection of folding screen paintings from the Freer Gallery. These landscapes from the sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries combine ink-painting techniques assimilated from China with the vibrant color and gold of traditional Japanese painting in a new style and grand scale.

Categories: Arts, Free

Young Athletes Summer Program

Vienna Community Center

Children with Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities Ages 2-7 are Invited to Participate in Special Olympics Virginia's Young Athletes Program.

Young Athletes introduces children with intellectual disabilities and their families to the world of Special Olympics by pursuing the following goals:

1) Engage children through developmentally appropriate play activities designed to foster physical, cognitive and social development.

2) Welcome family members of children with intellectual disabilities to the Special Olympics network of support.

3) Raise awareness about the abilities of children with intellectual disabilities through inclusive peer participation, demonstrations and other events.

Pre-Registration Required to pre-register for this event please email Veronica Jennings at vjennings@specialolympicsva.org

Free event

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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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