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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.

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

  • Through Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry.

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. 

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Thu • June 30, 2016

 

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2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival

The National Mall, Washington DC

The 2016 Folklife Festival will take place Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, and Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10. It will be located on the National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Air and Space. Admission to the Festival is free and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Alex Tolstoy: Watermarks

The Art League Gallery

Artist Alex Tolstoy’s worlds have melded together on a sheet of watercolor paper.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

America Reads

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

Anne Smith: Post-Graduate Resident Talk

Torpedo Factory Art Center

One of the 2016 Post-Graduate residents in Studio 12, Anne Smith has focused on the Potomac River as it flows beyond the building’s walls. She’s created a series of screen prints based on her observations and research, resulting in a full interpretation about this singular spot on the riverside.

Hear her speak about how the Potomac has inspired her work, her process, and what she’s learned over the course of her time at the Torpedo Factory.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation

National Museum of the American Indian

E Mau Ke Ea: The Sovereign Hawaiian Nation takes visitors through the history of the Hawaiian Nation, from the consolidation of the islands by King Kamehameha I in 1810 and the establishment of a society based on law, literacy, and diplomacy; through the undermining of Hawai`i's independence and its annexation by the United States; to the rise of the Hawaiian rights movement in the late 1960s and the resurgence of Hawaiian nationalism today.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, EnterState: Sensing the Natural World, curated by Raquel de Anda, which will be on view from May 21 to July 9, 2016. We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Archival materials show one man’s encounter with a notable ancient site.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the June Featured Artist exhibit, It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring jewelry by lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract paintings of the beach, sea and surrounds by Karen Hutchison.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Jacob Riis: Revealing ‘How the Other Half Lives’

Library of Congress

The life of Jacob Riis, a late-19th/early-20th century newspaper reporter and writer, whose stories and photographs of the squalid conditions in New York City’s tenements led to social reform, will be explored in a new Library of Congress exhibition.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, History

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

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

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market

Rhode Island Row

On Thursday, May 12 at 4 p.m., Rhode Island Row will host the newly launched Rhode Island Row Farmers Market. Produced by Community Foodworks to meet the demand of commuters, and residents in the neighborhood, the market will open to the public at 4 p.m. and remain open until 7:30 p.m. every Thursday from May 12 until November 17 (rain or shine).

Rhode Island Row Farmers Market features vendors offering prepared foods, fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, coffee, baked goods and more.

Tabletop: A Functional Art Exhibit

The Art League Gallery

An international juried exhibit of ceramics and other functional art forms designed for food, drink & the table.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Vistaprint on the Road Washington

Art Rave DC

Vistaprint is rolling into town! Over the course of 25 weeks, Vistaprint's decked-out RV will visit over 20 cities to learn more about small businesses and what makes them tick.

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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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