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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.

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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"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

An Evening of Comedy with Annabelle Gurwitch

Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia

Known as the co-host of TV’s “Dinner and a Movie,” Annabelle Gurwitch is a Jewish mother, a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist, and the author of the new book I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Sur­vival Stories from the Edge of 50.

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

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

Cantare!

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

Cantare! expresses the natural synergy between music and visual art. This interdisciplinary program entitled “All American” pairs the artwork of contemporary visual artist Patrick Delaney with the music of American composers: Leslie Adams, Jake Heggie, Scott Joplin, Camille Nickerson, Frank Proto and Gene Scheer.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts, Free

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 B Announces October Exhibit

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its October exhibition, featuring paintings by Gongsan Kim and Chris Luckman, and sculptures by George Tkabladze. The group exhibition will be on display from October 1 -25 at Gallery B, located at 7700 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite E, Bethesda, MD.  Gallery hours are Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm.

This exhibition’s opening reception will coincide with the monthly Bethesda Art Walk on Friday, October 10th from 6-9pm.

 

The Bethesda Urban Partnership and Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District opened Gallery B in October 2011 with the support of Bethesda Place Limited Partnership.Gallery B serves as the flagship of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District. The mission of the Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District, Inc., 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, is to create and implement arts and entertainment projects that contribute to the artistic, cultural and economic growth of downtown Bethesda.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Gin Dance Company Presenting 'East Meets West'

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater
Categories: Dance, Arts, Family Oriented

Gin Dance Company Presenting 'East Meets West'

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

This special evening will premier Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff’s newest works ‘Face to Face’, which explores how technology has changed the way we all interact and connect with each other and a fun and light hearted piece ‘That’s Mozart’ in which Shu-Chen creates and shapes the movements into Mozart’s humorous and playful music notes.  We are very excited to have GDC’s very own Elizabeth Lucrezio create a brand new work for the company called ‘Just One’ which explores the impact a simple, seemingly insignificant act can have… an act that may not change the world, but may mean the world to Just One.  We will also be performing GDC’s signature piece ‘The Teller’ which the character of a Chinese fortune teller will be portrayed throughout the dance. This work delivers an awakening message for people to take charge and tell your own story. Come join us and let us take you on a journey from the East to the West!

Categories: Dance, Arts, Family Oriented

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

Late Great Bach: Mass in B Minor

Cultural Arts Center at Montgomery College Silver Spring

Bach Sinfonia opens the 20th season with J.S. Bach’s monumental Mass in B Minor which many consider to be among the greatest works in all music history. 

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

Meditations on Ecclesiastes

F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

The NSS, a symphonic string orchestra, is back following our enthusiastically received premiere performance this past spring! This time, we present Norman Dello Joio’s Meditations on Ecclesiastes, a reflective work based upon the famous passage “To Everything There is a Season.” Awarded the 1957 Pulitzer Prize for Music, this composition is a musical interpretation of the opening chapter of the Biblical Book of Ecclesiastes.

Twenty-one string musicians will also perform Gustav Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Paul Lewis' Rosa Mundi, Gareth Walters’ Divertimento, and Edward Elgar’s Serenade. The Holst and Elgar pieces will be familiar to many concert-goers, while the rarely heard gems by Lewis and Walters are sure to delight experienced and novice listeners alike.

There will be one 15-minute intermission.

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

Musical Mavericks

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “Musical Mavericks,” a concert featuring the Aeolus String Quartet performing the works of Bartók & Debussy. 

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 Chamber Ensemble - Night of Italian Opera

Rosslyn Spectrum Theater

The National Chamber Ensemble, together with the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute present Night of Italian Opera! Enjoy a glorious night of instrumental music, arias and duets with opera stars soprano Yana Eminova and baritone Anton Belov. Some of the exciting operatic music of the evening will include duets from great operas: I Pagliacci, Don Giovanni and La Traviata.

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

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

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 Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists"

The Workhouse Arts Center

The Potomac Valley Watercolorists present the exhibition "40 years of Potomac Valley Watercolorists" at the Workhouse Arts Center, Wed-Sun, Sept 13th through Oct 25th.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, A New Musical

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

American University's Department of Performing Arts presents Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the musical based on the foreign film by Pedro Almodóvar.

Categories: Theater, Arts

Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, A New Musical

Harold and Sylvia Greenberg Theatre

American University's Department of Performing Arts presents Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown, the musical based on the foreign film by Pedro Almodóvar.

Categories: Theater, Arts

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