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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.

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.

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.

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50+ Expos

Ballston Common Mall

The Beacon 50+Expos — free annual events featuring expert speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education and entertainment for older adults and their families — will take place at two locations this fall: on Sunday, October 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, Md., and on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 4 p.m., on the third level of Ballston Mall in Arlington, Va.

"All Creatures Great and Small" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“All Creatures Great and Small” art exhibit at the Vola Lawson Animal Shelter in Alexandria, Virginia. Del Ray Artisans and the Animal Welfare League of Alexandria present animal-themed art, through October 26. Details: TheDelRayArtisans.org/AWLA

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Play" by Stephen Boocks

Montpelier Arts Center

In this exhibition of acrylic paintings, works on paper, and sound, Boocks explores the dynamics of time, pattern, and how we process works of art.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Tarnish" by Barbara Talbott

Montpelier Arts Center

The need to replicate the texture and surface of an object propels Barbara Talbott to discover new ways to use materials and processes in everything she makes. In Tarnish, every dent, every scratch, every layer of patina builds upon each other to create the fabric of the surface; it tells the story of a life lived. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

18th Annual Fall Harvest Festival at Summers Farm

Summers Farm

For homegrown fun and farm fresh adventures, visit Summers Farm cornfield maze, old-fashioned hay rides, competitive pig races, gigantic jumping pillows, farm animals, hay slides…and pick-your-own pumpkins.

50+ Expos

Silver Spring Civic Center

The Beacon 50+Expos — free annual events featuring expert speakers, health screenings, informative resources, technology education and entertainment for older adults and their families — will take place at two locations this fall: on Sunday, October 19, from noon to 4 p.m., at the Silver Spring Civic Center in downtown Silver Spring, Md., and on Sunday, October 26, from noon to 4 p.m., on the third level of Ballston Mall in Arlington, Va.

Afternoon Ballroom Dancing with the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

So you think you can dance like Fred & Ginger –or maybe you’d like to learn to? Then please join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of ballroom dancing featuring a half-hour dance lesson at 3:00 pm and dancing from 3:30 to 6:00 pm at the historic Spanish Ballroom located in Glen Echo Park!

Afternoon Ballroom Dancing with the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

So you think you can dance like Fred & Ginger –or maybe you’d like to learn to? Then please join the Hot Society Orchestra of Washington for an afternoon of ballroom dancing on Sunday –featuring a half-hour dance lesson at 3:00 pm and dancing from 3:30 to 6:00 pm.

Agatha Christie's "Murder on the Nile"

Aldersgate Church Community Theater at Aldersgate United Methodist Church

Mixing romance, money and betrayal together on an exotic cruise is a recipe for .... MURDER. Agatha Christie is the Queen of who-done-its and the twists and turns in this plot will keep audiences of all ages on the edge of their seats.

Categories: Theater

Anthony McGill, clarinet & Christopher Shih, piano

Mansion at Strathmore

Metropolitan Opera, Anthony McGill has performed around the world. Physician and pianist Christopher Shih excels at two incredibly demanding careers. Together these award-winning musicians execute an astonishing program of Poulenc, Debussy, Weber and Brahms. 

Categories: Music: Classical

Art and Story, a Del Ray Artisans Art Exhibit

Shirlington Public Library

“Art and Story” art exhibit at Shirlington Library (4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington VA). Del Ray Artisans presents artworks illustrating the power of art and story, from October 5 through November 30. Details: www.TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

Categories: Arts

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Ein Heldenleben: A Hero’s Life

The Music Center at Strathmore

In his grandiose, tongue-in-cheek, autobiographical tone poem, Ein Heldenleben, Richard Strauss expresses his devotion to his wife Pauline in lush melodies and orchestral writing, while waging war with his nemeses, the music critics! Both Rouse's Rapture and Scriabin's most famous and transcendent Poem of Ecstasy are bathed in spiritual intensity. Indulge yourself!

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Beau Soir Ensemble in Concert

Washington Museum of Fine Arts

The Beau Soir Ensemble will perform Debussy's Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Elegiac Trio by Bax, No Exit by acclaimed film composer, Don Davis and Baroque Composer Jean LeClair.

 

Categories: Music: Classical

Bel Cantanti Opera - Massenet's Cendrillon (Cinderella)

Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington

A French operatic version of the Cinderella fairy tale.

Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Award-Call for Submissions

Bethesda

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District announces the inaugural Bethesda Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards. The competition is seeking the best, up-and-coming, local songwriters. The adjudicated contest will award a talented songwriter a grand prize of $10,000.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

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

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

Sycamore Heights Farmhouse

Come experience Christmas Thyme at the 1860 farmhouse.  Enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafts by crafter in the tri-state area.  Featuring candles, country, early American, primitives, folk art, jewelry, Christmas and everyday décor.  Needful things for everyone.  Shop for all of your Christmas and gift giving needs. 

Admission is free.  Credit cards are accepted.  Crafters please inquire.

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Categories: Arts, Holiday, Free

Enchanted Forest Trick-IN-Treat for Tots

Robinson Nature Center

Enjoy a stroller-friendly Halloween trick-or-treating adventure through Robinson Nature Center’s indoor exhibits and along paved portions of the trail. Each stop offers fun activities and interpretations for younger children and, of course, a goodie to take home. Wear your favorite costume and we’ll wear ours!

Categories: Family Oriented, Holiday

English Country Dance

Dumbarton House

Come dance like Jane Austen with English Country Dance in DC! 

Fairfax UMC 2014-2015 Concert Series: The U.S. Army Strings

Fairfax United Methodist Church

The U.S. Army Strings, a premier ensemble of the U.S. Armed Forces, provide a musical backdrop for many of the country’s most notable events. Their mission is to serve as musical ambassadors for high-level military and government events at home and abroad, as well as to perform in concert for public audiences. The elite musicians that comprise this ensemble have been trained at the most prestigious music conservatories and universities in the country. This versatile ensemble performs as The U.S. Army Strolling Strings, mixed chamber ensembles, and The U.S. Army Orchestra.

Family Fall Festival

Franconia United Methodist Church

Join us on Oct 26, 3:30-5:00 PM, for our free annual tradition! Children, accompanied by an adult, wear a family-friendly costume (nothing scary or inappropriate) and join in on the fun.

Fine Impressions: Whistler, Freer, and Venice

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

In 1887, Charles Lang Freer purchased the entire Second Venice Set, 26 atmospheric etchings by James McNeill Whistler. This marked the beginning of a long and fruitful partnership between collector and artist, which eventually led to the founding of the Freer Gallery, today the world’s largest and finest repository of Whistler’s works. Fine Impressions shows how Freer’s acquisition of the Second Venice Set came to shape his legacy as a connoisseur and collector.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

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

From the East

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “From the East,” a concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing the works of Božičević, Ravel & Yi. 

From the Old World to the New - A Musical Journey from Portugal to Brazil

George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus - Post Hall

Join the GW Department of Music as piano professor and Warsaw's International Chopin Competition prize-winner, Malinee Peris, takes her audience on a musical journey from Portugal to Brazil. Drawing from her time spent living in Portugal, and her extensive international travel, 'From the Old World to the New' features Peris performing the works of Carlos Seixas, Joao Domingos Bomtempo, Luis de Freitas Branco, Armando Jose Fernandes, Oscar Lorenzo Fernandez, Claudio Santoro, Heitor Villa-Lobos, M. Camargo Guarnieri, and Ernesto Nazareth.

Categories: Music: Classical

Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Choose a venue near you to view feature-length films that make real the stories of immigrants from Ireland, Central America, India, Palestine, Syria and Senegal.  Meet Muna and Fadi who win the US lottery for Green Cards, Megha, an ambitious software engineer, and others who come to our shores for the same reasons as our grandparents and ancestors.

Greater Washington Immigration Film Fest

GALA Hispanic Theatre

Choose a venue near you to view feature-length films that make real the stories of immigrants from Ireland, Central America, India, Palestine, Syria and Senegal.  Meet Muna and Fadi who win the US lottery for Green Cards, Megha, an ambitious software engineer, and others who come to our shores for the same reasons as our grandparents and ancestors.

Halloween Party - Waterfront Church

Courtyard Marriott (Capitol Hill/Navy Yard)

Join us for an evening of good, clean fun including bounce houses, games, pumpkin painting, candy and more! Come enjoy a safe, fun, local, and free event for kids. You won't want to miss it!  

When: Sunday, October 26 from 5-7pm 
Where: Courtyard Marriott, 140 L Street SE, 2nd floor, Washington, D.C. 20003

Additional details may be found on Facebook and the Waterfront Church website.

Heralds and Heraldry in Shakespeare's England

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the colorful world of heralds and their rivals, all competing to profit from the craze for coats of arms that seized England under Elizabeth I. Books explaining heraldry's complex rules, manuscripts illustrating actual coats of arms, and documents from professional heralds attempting to regulate heraldic practice show an ambitious world eager to display success and status.

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.

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Presented by: Folger Shakespeare Library

Featured Artist(s): Curated by Nigel Ramsay

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

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

Jazz Talk: “The Evolution of Modern Jazz” with Willard Jenkins

Montpelier Arts Center

Jenkins discusses the evolution from the creative restrictions of 1940s big band to improvisational modern jazz that grew out of Harlem and extends to today.

Categories: Lecture, Music: Other, Free

John Tartaglia: ImaginOcean

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia takes young audiences on a magical under-the-sea adventure in this one-of-a-kind live glow-in-the-dark musical!

John Tartaglia: ImaginOcean

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Tony Award nominee John Tartaglia takes young audiences on a magical under-the-sea adventure in this one-of-a-kind live glow-in-the-dark musical!

KID Museum Grand Opening

KID Museum

KID Museum, a new interactive children's museum focusing on art, science and technology will have its grand opening on Sunday, October 26 from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at its new location at Davis Library in Bethesda, MD. 

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Leslie Nolan: Beyond the Edge

The Art League Gallery

Combining confident, bold, expressive brushwork with vibrant color, artist Leslie Nolan has created a series of portraits bursting with raw emotion.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Metamorphosis! Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Metamorphosis” juried art exhibit (October 3-November 2) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Transformative art embodying ‘change’. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, October 3, 7-9pm. www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Music for Dance

Washington-Lee High School Auditorium

Join us for the opening concert of our 2014-2015 season, “Music for Dance!” Repertoire includes a variety of dance pieces by Fauré, Kodály, Handel, and Saint-Saëns, and features DC-based violinist Emil Chudnovsky performing the celebrated Tchaikovsky violin concerto.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, 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

Neo-Impressionism and the Dream of Realities: Painting, Poetry, Music

The Phillips Collection

Around 1890, Neo-Impressionist painters including Georges Seurat, Paul Signac, and Theo van Rysselberghe created pictures that accentuate subjectivity and an inner world of experience, approaches they shared with their contemporaries, Symbolist painters, writers, and composers in Paris and Brussels. This focus was different from Neo-Impressionism's beginnings in 1886, when the movement was hailed as an alternative to Impressionism, offering a fresh opportunity to focus on light and contemporary life. With more than 70 paintings and works on paper this exhibition demonstrates how the Neo-Impressionists employed stylization and a deliberate orchestration of color to create landscapes and figures that went far beyond observed nature.

Categories: Exhibits

New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra Presents Handel's "Acis and Galatea"

The Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall and Arts Center

New Dominion Chorale and Orchestra under the baton of Artistic Director Thomas Beveridge opens its 24th season with a performance of G.F. Handel's pastoral opera "Acis and Galatea" featuring finalists from the 2013 Washington International Competition: soprano Abigail Mitchell as the water nymph Galatea and tenor Allan Palacios Chan as her star-crossed lover, the shepard Acis.  Other soloists include bass Jeffrey Tarr in the role of the monster Polyphemus and tenor Matthew Hill as the shepard Damon. 

Categories: Music: Classical

No Boundaries: "Staged Reading of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapukasing"

Studio Theatre at the Katzen Arts Center

As part of the No Boundaries series, the Theatre/Musical Theatre Program presents a staged reading of Tomson Highway's companion piece to The Rez Sisters – Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapukasing.

Categories: Theater

Opera with a Twist

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

“Opera with a Twist” will feature arias of love gone awry and on the rocks. It may also feature drinks with a twist, drinks made with rye, and drinks on the rocks.

Our War

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

Twenty five of America’s finest playwrights, including winners of the Pulitzer Prize, Tony Award and Olivier Award, weave together a rich tapestry of short monologues for actors and noted members of the Washington, D.C. community to explore the repercussions of the U.S. Civil War.

Categories: Theater, History

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

Petit Mort

The Washington Ballet

Petite Mort is Jiri Kylián’s masterwork. Haunting, joyfully witty and provocative

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. 

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print

Target Gallery

New Exhibition at Target Gallery Examines New Frontiers in Contemporary Photography 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Rage

The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint

Ambassador Theater Presents US Premiere of RAGE
By Michele Riml 
Will “justifiable” violence or passive resistance win the day? Who will survive?
Directed by Helen Hayes awarded director, Joe Banno 

Featuring: Ariana Almajan as Laura Whalen and Marlowe Vilchez as Raymond Stitt

WHERE: Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint
     916 G Street NW, Washington DC
WHEN: October 22 – November 16, 2014

Wednesdays – Saturdays at 8:00 pm; Matinees: Sundays at 2:00 pm

TICKETS: $8 - $40 Online: http://www.aticc.org/home/category/get-tickets 
For 16 + Audiences
“A riveting work by the Canadian author, Michele Riml, recipient of the Jessie Richardson Award 2008!"

Categories: International, Theater

Sinuous Synthesis – a solo exhibit by painter and ceramicist Carol-Clay-Ward

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Sinuous Synthesis, a solo Featured Artist Exhibit by Carol Clay-Ward, in a show that demonstrates Carol’s love of nature  and her wide range of artistic talent

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Smithsonian Craft2Wear Show

National Building Museum

A show and sale of wearable art featuring jewelry, clothing and accessories featuring over 50 American craft and wearable art designers, all previously juried into the Smithsonian Craft Show.

Categories: Arts, Other Events

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

The Corn Maze in the Plains

The Corn Maze in the Plains

Fall Fun in Northern Virginia! 5 acre corn maze, hayrides, pumpkins, animals, food, and much more!

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."

UMD Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Preliminaries

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Which School of Music student will be the next featured soloist with the UMD Symphony Orchestra? In the preliminary round of the annual UMSO Concerto Competition, students perform excerpts of a concerto or concert piece for an independent jury panel.

Categories: Free, Music: Classical

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

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

Wendell Phillips, a young paleontologist and geologist, headed one of the largest archaeological expeditions to remote South Arabia (present-day Yemen) from 1949 to 1951. Through a selection of unearthed objects as well as film and photography taken by the expedition team, the exhibition highlights Phillips’s key finds, recreates his adventures, and conveys the thrill of discovery on this important archaeological frontier.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Voce Chamber Singers - Honor and Remembrance

St. John Neumann Church

Honor and Remembrance

Voce is proud to open its 26th season, now under the artistic direction of Richard Giarusso, with a program featuring the Musikalische Exequien of Heinrich Schütz, and the Requiem by Herbert Howells. 

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

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