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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. 

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

  • Through Sunday, April 30, 2017

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

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Fri • February 24, 2017

 

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Capital Remodel and Garden Show

Dulles Expo Center

Featuring hundreds of vendors under one roof in kitchens and baths to landscaping and more.

Capital Remodel & Garden Show

Dulles Expo Center

Shop, compare and save with over 300 exhibitors in 500 booths for 3 days only

27th Season of Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series

Old Town Hall

Join the City of Fairfax for the 27th Season of Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, October - April.

Allegro

American University Studio Theater, Katzen Arts Center

This minimalist production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most innovative and contemporary musical explores the challenges facing an ordinary person in a chaotic modern world.

Categories: Theater

Altan

AMP by Strathmore

Altan is committed to capturing the beauty of Ireland’s traditional music with passion and virtuosic precision. These world-class musicians offer a dynamic range of styles—from heart-warming, sentimental old Irish songs to hard-hitting reels and jigs. Tickets: $30 - $45

Categories: Music: Other

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now

The Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Army Field Band Chamber Concert: Woodwind Sextet

Columbia Presbyterian Church

The U.S. Army Field Band's Chamber Music Series presents the Woodwind Sextet in a FREE recital!

Black Movements Dance Theatre: Spring Dance Concert

Davis Performing Arts Center Gonda Theatre. Georgetown University

Black Movements Dance Theatre joyously returns to the stage with their Black History Month Concert Celebration. BMDT concludes the dance season at Gonda with a thrilling program featuring both signature offerings and a newly commissioned work.

Categories: Dance

Blues in the Night

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers, this Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues through the songs of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Ida Cox and more.”

Categories: Arts, Theater, Music: Other

Chinese Disco's Free Friday Comedy Night in Georgetown,DC

Chinese Disco Nightclub

FREE Live standup comedy show in Georgetown by local standup comedians $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Friday night 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. FREE SHOW www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience aims to field a visual conversation about drawing approaches by featuring 18 selected artists.

Categories: Exhibits

Exhibition: Chinamania

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

The craze for Chinese blue-and-white ceramics dubbed “Chinamania” swept London in the nineteenth century and still endures in the West. Inspired by his travels to a major center for Chinese ceramics, contemporary artist Walter McConnell interrogates this phenomenon through an installation of Kangxi porcelains and his own monumental works.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Expert Testimony

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Capitol Visitor Center Curator Matt Field discusses Congress and Anti-Lynching Legislation during the Progressive Era.

Categories: History, Discussion, Free

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

This guided tour introduces you to four ordinary people who took on the role of freedom fighter and changed the course of civil rights history for generations of Americans.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

February Exhibits at the Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground

Monthly Exhibit by Members of the Gallery. Gallery Underground anchors the visual arts component of Crystal City’s Art Underground, and serves as the main gallery space for the 150-member Arlington Artists Alliance. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

National Museum of the American Indian

A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Horace Poolaw’s work celebrates his subjects’ place in American life and preserves an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with—the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Friday Morning Music Club: Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series

Calvary Baptist Church

It's Friday! Enjoy a relaxing classical music performance by members of the Friday Morning Music Club.

Friday Music Series: Congri Ensemble

Georgetown University, McNeir Hall

This program presents acclaimed Cuban composer Pavel Urkiza's interpretation of classic Cuban songs, performed on period acoustic instruments such as the romantic guitar, the mutto cornet, baroque flutes, and the upright bass.

Gallery 209 new art gallery opens in Rockville

Gallery 209

Gallery 209, a new art gallery, opens in the Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, MD

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Guys and Dolls

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls is the oddball romantic comedy that follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck—from the heart of Times Square and the cafes of Havana, Cuba, to the sewers of New York City.

Categories: Music: Other, Theater

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

Ipseity

Torpedo Factory Art Center

“Ipseity” is defined as individual identity or selfhood. In this all-media exhibitionTarget Galley explores this concept of individual identity through works that contextualize themes of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and other labels we might use to identify ourselves. The show includes 17 artists from across the U.S. with work in a variety of media, including photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and video.

Juried by Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot, whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important ”unit” of this artist’s work.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Late Shift at the Factory: darlingdance

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Inspired by performance art, theatre, and the storytelling nature of art, Late Shift at the Factory celebrates the live experience in all its forms. 

Categories: Dance, Discussion, Arts

Lovers Art Exhibit Exhibit Dates: February 3-26, 2017

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Lovers” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans celebrates the spirit of love and warm us up for Valentines Day. Runs through February 26

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Mobile Art Lab in the New Project Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center

In February, the Mobile Art Lab sets up in the New Project Studio (Studio 8). See displays of past events and performances and share your ideas for future activities or venues.

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

New Fiber Arts Instructors

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Focus on Fiber. This exhibition introduces Glen Echo Park's new fiber arts instructors. From knitting and quilting, to weaving and felting, there are exciting new classes and camps coming this spring/summer session. Visit the exhibition to learn more about these great new programs for children, teens and adults.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

New Post-Graduate Resident: Welcome Jay Hendrick

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Fairfax-based artist Jay Hendrick creates paintings, then analyzes their importance, worth, and merit by exposing his work to different methods, such as digitization, duplication, and performance.

During his residency, Hendrick will emulate the processes of other artists in the DMV in an effort to understand why they do what they do. He will interview each participating artist and document the project on his blog and organize a round-table discussion about painting.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Northeast Performing Arts Group presents "ColorStruck:With the Skin I'm In!"

Annabelle Ferguson Auditorium

"ColorStruck:With the Skin I'm In!" is a thought provoking dance musical wrapped in the effervescence and energy of the electrifying Northeast Performing Arts Group.

Northeast Performing Arts Group presents "ColorStruck:With the Skin I'm In!"

Annabelle Ferguson Auditorium

"ColorStruck:With the Skin I'm In!" is a thought provoking dance musical wrapped in the effervescence and energy of the electrifying Northeast Performing Arts Group.

Notions of Place: Four Alumnae, Four Interpretations

Rice Gallery

This exhibition features works by four McDaniel alumnae, including Caitlin Bennett, a 2013 graduate from Bothell, Wash., Sara Caporaletti, a 2014 graduate from Damascus, Md., Julia “Cheeny” Celebrado-Royer, a 2014 graduate from Baltimore, and chanan delivuk, a 2008 graduate from Baltimore. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Phillips Collection

This installation will juxtapose several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Perspectives: Michael Joo

S. Dillon Ripley Center

Inspired by the migration patterns of Korean red-crowned cranes, Brooklyn-based artist Michael Joo (b. 1966, Ithaca, NY) has created a monumental installation for the Freer|Sackler. The birds’ movements are visualized as lines in space in this multimedia work. On view in the light-flooded Sackler pavilion, the installation will seem to shift with the seasons, complementing Joo’s interest in the nature of change.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The 2017 Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

The Art League’s annual Student/Faculty exhibit showcases the diversity of talent in our visual arts school.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Amish Project

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Categories: Theater

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

The Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival

Georgetown University, Poulton Hall

Mask and Bauble’s third mainstage and first stand-alone production of Season 165, DBMOAF is a celebration of student-written work, exploring new forms this year. Victimology, which examines the divergence of experiences between a brother and sister years after growing up in an abusive household. 

Categories: Theater

The Thirteen Concert in Memory of Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis

St. Columba's Church

"Bach Reflections," a concert by The Thirteen Choir in memory of beloved Choral Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis.

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

The Phillips Collection

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Washington Bach Consort presents Secular Bach

First Congregational United Church of Christ

Cantatas for soprano, keyboard and ensemble - Bach at his best!

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Work-in-Progress Screening

George Washington University School of Media and Public Affairs

Watch two not-quite-finished documentaries and participate in a facilitated workshop-style feedback session with the audience. This honest and constructive feedback is aimed at helping the filmmakers get to the next stage of completing and distributing the film.

Categories: Film, Discussion

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

Library of Congress- Thomas Jefferson Building

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I will open next month at the Library of Congress.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Arts

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.

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