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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.

Peruvian Gold Ancient Treasures Unearthed

  • Through Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Marvel at centuries of dazzling craftsmanship in gold and silver as we explore the treasures of Peru’s rich pre-Inca heritage.

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.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

  • Through Sunday, May 4, 2014

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Fri • April 25, 2014

 

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Peruvian Gold Ancient Treasures Unearthed

National Geographic Museum

Marvel at centuries of dazzling craftsmanship in gold and silver as we explore the treasures of Peru’s rich pre-Inca heritage.

Categories: Exhibits

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The Threepenny Opera

Signature Theater

Mack the Knife is back in town! The MAX Theatre transforms into London’s gritty underworld in this reimagined futuristic dystopia inspired by A Begger’s Opera.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics

The Walters Art Museum

The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore, Maryland proudly presents Designed for Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Ceramics, running Sunday, February 23 through Sunday, May 11, 2014.  This unique and celebrated exhibition displays a wide range of contemporary Japanese ceramic vessels produced for the traditional art of ikebana flower arranging. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

"The Fantasticks" live on-stage at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for a live presentation of the Fantasticks, the world's longest running musical - running for over 52 years in Manhattan and entrancing generations of audiences the world over!

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

13th Annual DCLX Swing Dance Weekend

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

DC Lindy Exchange is hosting their 13th Annual DCLX Weekend on April 25-27, 2014.  The events are open to the public.  No partner required.  There are seven dance opportunities throughout the weekend, daytime, evening, and late-night. 

For more information on the events and pricing go to www.DCLX.org, email info@DCLX.org, or contact Robert Patch at 301-674-0080.  

Categories: Dance

An American in London: Whistler and the Thames

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

#americaninlondon

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Annual Congressional Art Competition at the Workhouse Arts Center

The Workhouse Arts Center

Join us at the Workhouse Arts Center, 9601 Ox Road, Lorton, VA for an exhibition of Virginia high school art submitted for the Annual Congressional Art Competition from the 11th Congressional District, presented from April 12th through May 3rd.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Other Events

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

Camp David

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

World Premiere by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright / Directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith
March 21–May 4, 2014 in the Kreeger Theater
Sixty-two miles north of Washington, D.C., nestled in Catoctin Mountain Park, lies the clandestine retreat known as Camp David. For 13 tumultuous days, President Jimmy Carter and his wife Rosalynn host Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat in an attempt to create the impossible: peace in the Middle East. How could such a massive thing be done in such a short amount of time? Artistic Director Molly Smith directs the world premiere of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Lawrence Wright’s incredible new play based on incredibly true events. Camp David is part of Arena Stage’s distinctive American President’s Project, which investigates the lives and legacies of our nation’s Presidents and their families.

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Arts

DAR Museum Exhibition Showcases Changes in Comfort and Convenience in the Evolution of the American Household

DAR Museum

This exhibition explores how we have evolved from the fireplace and washing clothes by hand to the many conveniences we take for granted today like automated electric appliances, plumbing and central heating. Over sixty objects dating from the late eighteenth to the early twentieth centuries will be on exhibit showing the “latest” devices that no one could live without. In the final analysis, however, did these devices actually save time or did they create more work?

Event begins at 9:30AM

Presented by: DAR Museum

Categories: Exhibits

Double Time Jazz @ THEARC Theater presents Bobbi Humphrey

THEARC

"First Lady of the Flute” Bobbi Humphrey LIVE at THEARC as a part of the Double Time Jazz concert series! 

Categories: Music: Other, Theater, Arts

Fine Art Professionals of Northern Virginia Group Exhibition

Delaplaine Visual Arts Center

Twenty-six of Northern Virginia’s top professional artists are scheduled to exhibit at The Delaplaine Visual Arts Education Center in Frederick, MD from April 5-27, 2014. The exhibit features a wide range of styles including abstract, impressionism, and realism in various painting mediums such as oils, watercolors, acrylics, and pastels.

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

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

In Focus: Ara Güler's Anatolia

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Ara Güler, the “Eye of Istanbul,” is famous for his iconic snapshots of the city in the 1950s and '60s. But with an archive of more than 800,000 photographs, Güler's body of work contains far more than these emblematic images. In December 2013, the Freer and Sackler Galleries will open an exhibition of never-before-shown works by the legendary photographer. Curated by Johns Hopkins University students in partnership with the museums, the installation will examine Güler's definition of himself as a photojournalist through the presentation of his photographs.

Featured are photographs of medieval Seljuk and Armenian buildings that Güler took in 1965. The exhibition therefore brings images of important Anatolian monuments to an American audience, highlighting Turkey's cultural history. Beyond appreciating their subject matter, the display asks visitors to think critically about the way images were created. Pushing the boundaries of traditional curatorial practice, this exhibition guides viewers into a critical debate about photography: documentation versus art.

Event begins at

Categories: Exhibits

Investigating Where We Live: Recapturing Shaw’s Legacy

National Building Museum

Investigating Where We Live is a summer program in which teen students from the D.C. area use multimedia technology to explore, document, and interpret the built environment of local neighborhoods.

Jean Meisel: 50–65 Horizon Line

The Phillips Collection

50–65 Horizon Line brings together more than 50 of Jean Meisel’s small watercolors of horizon lines displayed in an intimate alcove of the Phillips house. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jessica van Brakle: Industrial Paradise

Artisphere

Free opening reception: Thu Mar 20 / 6–8pm; Artist talk / 7pm

Industrial Paradise combines man-made structures with natural organic elements to examine the complex relationship between man and nature.  

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Lincoln's Briefcase

President Lincoln's Cottage

The briefcase that held Abraham Lincoln’s handwritten notes returns to Washington, DC for an exhibit at President Lincoln’s Cottage at the Soldiers’ Home.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Living Colors -- an exhibit by accomplished painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery presents Living Colors, an April Featured Artist Exhibit by painters Evelyn Lopez de Guzman and Sandra Iafrate in a vivid presentation of color, shape, and movement.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Made in the USA

The Phillips Collection

Made in the USA is the most comprehensive presentation of The Phillips Collection's American art in nearly 40 years!

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Made in the USA: American Masters from the Phillips Collection, 1850-1970

The Phillips Collection

Following an acclaimed worldwide tour, the Phillips’s renowned collection of American masterworks returns to the museum. The exhibition tells the story of American art from the late 19th-century to the mid-20th century when American art became a significant global force after World War II. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

MOMIX Botanica

GW Lisner Auditorium

The internationally renowned company of dancer-illusionists presents Botanica.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Family Oriented

Natalie Shudt: “Sway”

The Art League Gallery

From silk, steel, and wood, artist Natalie Shudt has created an all-encompassing environment of flowing botanical sculptures anchored to the floor and wall.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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. 

Pooch-A-Palooza Free Concert

Mason District Regional Park

APEX Pet Partners is sponsoring our third annual BBQ/ Party/Concert, to be held RAIN or SHINE!, in the beautiful Mason District Park. The event is free and there is ample seating. We have reserved both the amphitheater and a picnic area with tables and BBQs, but it is B.Y.O. food. Dogs must be on leash, and pooper-scooped. Beer/wine/alcohol are NOT allowed in the park. Picnic area will be open from 11AM until 7PM. Food/drinks should be enjoyed there, not in the amphitheater. Live music Noon– 6PM. Thank you & enjoy!!

Event begins at 12:00PM

Presented by: APEX Pet Partners

Featured Artist(s): Midnight Mumblers: Mixing Bowl Musical Mahem! This homegrown group plays classic rock and some blues and jamrock. Enjoy your favorites from the Stones, Beatles, the Dead & more. Good old hard driving rock done loud & proud.

Pop Art

The Art League Gallery

The Pop Art movement originated as a reaction to the Abstract Expressionist movement. In recognition of Pop Art, artists are encouraged to use everyday objects, advertising, comic books, and cultural references in their work.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, Arts

Radical Responsibility & Awakened Leadership

Center for Built Environmental and Infrastructure Studies, Morgan State University

Radical Responsibility, a forthcoming book by Fleet Maull, challenges us to awaken from the fog of victimization, blame, and self-imposed limitations in order to achieve genuine personal freedom and create authentic and powerful relationships in our personal and professional lives. 

Categories: Discussion, Other Events

REVOLUTION: Art and Technology art exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

"REVOLUTION: Art and Technology" art exhibit (April 4-27) at Del Ray Artisans, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria. Artists explore their relationship with technology in 2-D, 3-D. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Senior Capstone Exhibition I

McDaniel College

This annual end-of-the-year exhibition showcases works by graduating art and art history majors working in digital media and graphic design at McDaniel. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Shakespeare's the Thing

Folger Shakespeare Library

Explore Shakespeare’s influence on visual art, performance, and scholarship through treasures from the Folger collection hand-picked by Folger staff, including a special look at how fans have celebrated Shakespeare from his time to ours. Marking Shakespare's 450th birthday.

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 Georgianna Ziegler

Categories: Free, Exhibits, Tours

Smokey Joe’s Café—The Songs of Leiber and Stoller

Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater

By Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller / Directed by Randy Johnson
April 25–June 8, 2014 in the Fichandler Stage
Featuring E. Faye Butler and Nova Y. Payton
Staged by Randy Johnson, the visionary behind One Night with Janis Joplin, Smokey Joe’s Café—The Songs of Leiber and Stoller transports us to the Golden Age of Rock, Rhythm and Blues showcasing nearly 40 popular hits from Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame legends Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. Bursting with infectious tunes like “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” “Stand By Me,” “Love Potion #9” and “On Broadway,” it’s no wonder this electrifying show received seven Tony Award nominations and became the longest-running musical revue in Broadway history. Get ready to raise the roof at Smokey Joe’s Café!

Event begins at 8:00PM

Categories: Music: Other

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Timonium

Maryland State Fairgrounds

The Sugarloaf Crafts Festival comes to the Maryland State Fairgrounds in Timonium!

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Arts

Syria: Sacred Spaces. Ancient Prayers. A photographic and musical exhibition of pre-war Syria

The Gallery at Convergence

Convergence is proud to announce an exhibition of music & photography from Jason Hamacher’s Lost Origin Sound Series, and forthcoming book, Aleppo, Syria: Witness to an Ancient Legacy. From 2005-2010, Jason was granted unprecedented access to the Syrian city of Aleppo and was able to document the apex of Syria’s modernization as well as the last remnants of ancient traditions before the eruption of civil war.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Lecture

Take 5! An Evening with Ella

James McEvoy Auditorium of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

During Jazz Appreciation Month, join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a special evening performance by The Bohemian Caverns Jazz Orchestra as we celebrate the First Lady of Song’s birthday. The Orchestra will highlight Ella Fitzgerald’s collaborations with big bands, including the Count Basie Orchestra and the Duke Ellington Orchestra. Enjoy Pop-up Art Making while you listen!

Categories: Music: Other, Arts, Free

The Capitol Steps

Amphitheater of the Ronald Reagan Building

The Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who set out to satirize the very people and places that employed them.

The group was born in December, 1981 when some staffers for Senator Charles Percy were planning entertainment for a Christmas party. Their first idea was to stage a nativity play, but in the whole Congress they couldn't find three wise men or a virgin. So, they decided to dig into the headlines of the day, and they created song parodies & skits which conveyed a special brand of satirical humor

We perform every week in Washington, D.C. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in the Amphitheater with shows every Friday and Saturday year round at 7:30 PM!

Event begins at 7:30PM

Categories: Music: Other

The Intergalactic Nemesis

Artisphere

A live-action graphic novel in celebration of 1930’s radio serials, comic book culture, Star Wars and every other adventure story you loved as a child (or adult)! Three actors, a Foley artist, a keyboardist and 1,250 two-story-high, hand-drawn, blow-your-mind comic-book images. Are you ready for the adventure?

The Sixth Generation live in concert featuring 1960s Sock Hop

The Workhouse Arts Center

Attention all Baby Boomers and Bobby Soxers! Join The Sixth Generation for a special concert in 60's Dance Hall Style at the Workhouse Arts Center on April 25th at 7:30pm!

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

The Two Gentlemen of Verona by William Shakespeare

Folger Theatre

New York’s inventive Fiasco Theater comes to the Folger. Fiasco Theater has established its reputation for bringing Shakespeare’s most whimsical and timeless tales to the stage. This dizzying romantic adventure is a comedy filled with bandits, mistaken identity, and also the “sourest-natured” dog Crab.

A full list of performances is available on our website. Ticket prices range from $30 to $72. Ask a box office associate about College Night, post-show discussions with the cast, and our open-captioned performance as well as discounts for seniors over 65, students, educators, members of the military, and groups of 10 or more.

Event begins at

Presented by: Folger Theatre

Categories: Theater, Arts

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."

University of Mary Washington Philharmonic Spring Concert

Dodd Auditorium, University of Mary Washington

 Classical music conert performed by the UMW Philharmonic in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

Volunteers Needed - Phoenix Rising Meal Program

Franconia United Methodist Church

Franconia United Methodist Church in Alexandria invites the community to help us prepare bagged meals for the homeless people living on the Route One corredor in Alexandria.

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