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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.

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.

My School DC EdFEST

  • Saturday, November 22, 2014

Explore more than 150 DC pubilc and public charter school options (PK3-12) for your child. Meet school representatives  and discover what each school offers.

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.

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Sat • November 22, 2014

 

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"Growing Dilemma" by Megan Van Wagoner

Montpelier Arts Center

Van Wagoner’s sculptural works in metals, glass, clay, and other materials reflect the changing value placed on land, agricultural practices, and food in our culture.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show" Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Nourish & Flourish: The Food Show” art exhibit (November 7-30) at Del Ray Artisans gallery. Art inspired by food. Thursday 12-6pm; Friday & Saturday 12-9pm; Sunday 12-6pm. Reception: Friday, November 7, 7-9pm www.TheDelRayArtisans.org

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

"Rescue Me" Art Exhibit

Vola Lawson Animal Shelter

“Rescue Me” 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. October 27-January 25. Reception November 14, 7-9pm. TheDelRayArtisans.org/shows/gww/

Categories: Arts, Charity Events, Free

All Hung Open Exhibition

Montpelier Arts Center Main Gallery

In the antithesis of a curated show, artists answer a general call for entries, and every piece of art is accepted and hung until the walls are full. This exhibition is open to all Maryland, Washington, D.C., and Virginia artists, ages 18 & older. To receive a prospectus, contact Montpelier Arts Center at 301-377-7800. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Art Gallery Reception for Featured Artists – glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

Arts in the Village Gallery

Meet Claire and Dana and other gallery artists during a free, open to the public reception for this month's Featured Artists' exhibit "Into the Light,” presenting the lamp-worked glass bead jewelry of Claire Nykolyszyn and the contemporary still lifes and landscapes of Dana Thompson, as both artists demonstrate how light inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Music: Other

Baltimore Symphony Orchestra presents Bernstein & Beethoven

The Music Center at Strathmore

Beethoven’s great Seventh Symphony anchors two contrasting works by Bernstein, Marin Alsop’s inspirational mentor. Both pieces occupy the fascinating nexus between Christian and Judaic liturgical traditions, the introspective First Symphony, and Chichester Psalms, with its catchy melodic and rhythmic appeal

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run this heartwarming musical is based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. 

Berenstain Bears LIVE! in Family Matters: The Musical

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Fresh from its sold-out off-Broadway run this heartwarming musical is based on three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books. 

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

Bethesda Essay & Short Story Contest

Bethesda Urban Partnership

As part of the 15th Annual Bethesda Literary Festival, the Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. (BUP) invites local writers to enter the Essay & Short Story Contest for a chance to win $500 and be published in Bethesda Magazine. The Bethesda Urban Partnership, Inc. and Bethesda Magazine have partnered to welcome adults (ages 18 and over) and high school students to write a 500-word essay and/or a 4,000-word short story about any topic, for the Essay & Short Story Contest.

Bethesda Film Festival Call for Submissions

Bethesda Urban Partnership

The Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District is accepting submissions for the third annual Bethesda Film Fest, scheduled for March 20-21, 2015.

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals, Arts

Drawing Salon: Titian’s Masterful Portraits

National Gallery of Art, West Building

Join us for sketching and conversation in the galleries.

Categories: Arts, Free, Discussion

Exhibit: Small & Large Works

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.The Small and Large Works exhibits pack a lot of talent into one gallery while drawing attention to the importance of scale.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Exhibit: “Le Temps Retrouvé / Revisiting the Past”

The Art League Gallery

Photographer Michelle Rogers blurs the line between past and present by coupling images of vintage postcards with her own photographs.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Faith & Fashion Week Baltimore-Washington

Signature Blue Events

Faith & Fashion Week is a viable forum for artist, designers, boutique owners, industry professionals and the Christian community to network and increase awareness on wholesome, yet hot, fashion trends that are often overlooked in today's society. Our 2014 Faith & Fashion Week national event will end where it all began....in the Baltimore-Washington area! There will be tons of  Tasteful fashion options showcased at this event. Join us as we conclude the 2014 Faith & Fashion Week series in the Nation's Capital.

Wednesday  Sept. 19          Workshop and Empowerment Session

Thursday  Sept  20    Emerging Designers Competition and Showcase

Friday  Sept  21    Children's Fashion Showcase

Saturday  Sept 22   Grand Finale

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

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

Gallery Exhibition "Messages from the River"

Weisser Glass Studio & Gallery

Messages from the River represents a collection of artworks including cast glass sculptures, paintings and mixed media artworks. Drawing from both the human experience and the natural experience Elizabeth Levine Braun and Tara S. Holl instinctively tell stories of familiarity both subtly and boldly through their personal artworks.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Glass Mind Theatre Presents Welcome to the White Room

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Glass Mind Theatre Presents

Welcome to the White Room
by Trish Harnetiaux

**A World Premiere**
Directed by Chris Cotterman

Three strangers are thrust into an unknown world, working towards an unknown goal. Follow their journey as they navigate the anonymous letters, The Device, The Last Deck of Cards in the World, and The Test of the Kiss — challenges meant to bring them closer to the endgame. But when this senseless world summons its puppeteer – we find out who is really in control.

Categories: Theater, Arts

Heart of Maryland Chorus Musical Show!

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

Heart of Maryland women's barbershop chorus presents ,"We've done Rockville....We're Goin' to Broadway!!" our annual show, Sat., Nov. 22, 2014, F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre, Civic Center Park, 603 Edmonston Dr., Rockville, at 1:00  pm.  Tickets $15.00.  Featuring "Afterglow Quartet". Call box office 240-314-8690 or book at Rockville.ticketleap.com.  Tickets available day of show. Visit homchorus.org or call 301 230-1444 (HOM info line).

Categories: Arts, 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

How We Got On

Forum Theatre at The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

Event: How We Got On

About HOW WE GOT ON...

Set to the music of the late 80's rap scene,How We Got On is a coming-of-age story about three suburban kids, Hank, Julian, and Luann and how they navigate tumultuous family relationships, cultural isolation, and the search for authenticity. A sultry DJ re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. 

Dates: October 30-November 22 (times vary)

Price: Tickets in advanced are $20. Tickets purchased at the door are Pay What You Want

Website: forum-theatre.com/how-we-got-on

Categories: Arts, Theater, Tours

How We Got On

Forum Theatre at The Silver Spring Black Box Theatre

Event: How We Got On

About HOW WE GOT ON...

Set to the music of the late 80's rap scene,How We Got On is a coming-of-age story about three suburban kids, Hank, Julian, and Luann and how they navigate tumultuous family relationships, cultural isolation, and the search for authenticity. A sultry DJ re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. 

Dates: October 30-November 22 (times vary)

Price: Tickets in advanced are $20. Tickets purchased at the door are Pay What You Want

Website: forum-theatre.com/how-we-got-on

Categories: Arts, Theater, Tours

Intersections: Bernardi Roig, NO/Escape

The Phillips Collection

Roig's sculptural works, installed in unexpected interior and exterior spaces, address the existential dualities of entrapment and liberation, blinding and illumination.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Into the Light -- an exhibit by glass jewelry artist Claire Nykolyszyn and contemporary oil painter Dana Thompson

Arts in the Village Gallery

In November, Arts in the Village Gallery presents Into the Light, a Featured Artist Exhibit showcasing lampworked beads in jewelry designs by Claire Nykolyszyn, and painter Dana Thompson’s contemporary still lifes and landscapes, as both artists demonstrate how light  inspires their work in this one-of-a-kind show.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical

Patrick Henry College--Townhall

Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with the musical adaptation of the beloved story, It’s a Wonderful Life, running from November 20-22 at Patrick Henry College’s Townhall. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.phc.edu/edentroupe.php or reserved by calling (406) 274-0576.

It's a Wonderful Life: The Musical

Patrick Henry College--Townhall

Come celebrate the start of the Christmas season with the musical adaptation of the beloved story, It’s a Wonderful Life, running from November 20-22 at Patrick Henry College’s Townhall. Tickets may be purchased at https://www.phc.edu/edentroupe.php or reserved by calling (406) 274-0576.

Lori Ulmer-Hanson

Montpelier Arts Center

Lori Ulmer-Hanson’s debut solo exhibition at Montpelier displays current works that reflect a passion for creating faces and figurative forms using a diverse array of media and provoking different moods—sometimes with laughter and other times, with quiet force. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Luce Artist Talk with Martine Workman

Smithsonian American Art Museum, Luce Foundation Center, 3rd Floor

View works of art in the Luce Center with D.C.-based artist Martine Workman, who utilizes a variety of artistic techniques in her art and creates works ranging from murals to “zines.”

Categories: Arts, Lecture, 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

O’Keeffe and Friends: Dialogues with Nature

The Phillips Collection

Georgia O’Keeffe’s seminal Jack-in-the-Pulpit No. IV and No. VI, on loan from the National Gallery of Art, are featured alongside landscapes in The Phillips Collection by her compatriots, including Alvin Langdon Coburn, Arthur Dove, Marsden Hartley, and John Marin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Post-Photography: Beyond the Print

Target Gallery

New Exhibition at Target Gallery Examines New Frontiers in Contemporary Photography 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Prince George’s Sampler: The 2014 Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 5-8pm

The Annual Prince George’s County Juried Exhibition returns to the Brentwood Arts Exchange with Prince George’s Sampler – an exploration of the diversity and richness within the county’s art community.  Prince George’s Sampler features visual art in all media by artists who live, work, or study in Prince George’s County, from those who forged the county’s rich traditions in the arts over the decades to those who have moved here in recent years to become a part of it.  The annual County Juried Exhibition is always a crowd favorite; this year’s is sure to not disappoint.

Categories: Arts

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Gaithersburg

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

More than 250 of the nation’s finest artisans will display and sell their handcrafted work in Gaithersburg, Maryland (outside Washington, DC) at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival, Friday, November 21, through Sunday, November 23 at the Montgomery County Fairgrounds. 

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Arts

Temple Square Flute/Harp Duo

Washington D.C. Temple Visitors' Center

Jeannine Goeckeritz and Tamara Oswald are principal flute and principal harp for the Orchestra at Temple Square in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Relax and enjoy an evening of dazzling music, inspiration, and joy, featuring selections from their album, Chanson and cherished favorites.

The Journals of Duncan Phillips

The Phillips Collection

A selection of the museum founder’s extensive journals illuminate his dreams for the museum, passion for art, and relationships with emerging and established artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

‘Nature's Beauty Below the Surface,’ New Work by Marion Griffin

The Chesapeake Framing Co.

Artist Statement: 
Griffin’s “Blooms” series was inspired by an evening walk along Carroll Creek, in Frederick. “I was struck by the beauty of the dull organic matter lying along the pond's edge." she says. “I used it as inspiration to look deeper, to find what gives life to the beautiful plants and flowers that rest gently on the surface of the water. Being a life long meditator, I am always searching for what is stagnant within and how to move the debris away. Carroll Creek became the metaphor for my most recent work." 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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