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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. 

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

  • Through Sunday, September 18, 2016

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry.

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An Evening in Vienna

Garth Newel Music Center

Garth Newel Music Center in Hot Springs, VA presents “An Evening in Vienna,” a concert featuring the Parker Quartet performing the works of Ludwig van Beethoven and Franz Schubert.

Artist Demonstrations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Saturdays through September 3
11 am, 1 pm, 3 pm

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Body of Devotion: The Cosmic Buddha in 3D

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

A sixth-century sculpture meets new technology in this interactive installation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Building + Art

Art in the Park(ing lot)

Building + Art

Join local artists for interactive projects and help us beautify the Park(ing lot)!

Saturdays July 16, 23, 30 | 10am-12pm 

Categories: Arts, Free, Other Events

Capital Fringe Festival 2016

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

Capital Fringe Festival: July 7 - 31, 2016

Dancing through Color . . . featuring fabric sculptor Claire Courpron and mixed media painter Ann Marie Williams

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the July Featured Artists Exhibit Dancing Through Color, a collaborative exhibit of two and three dimensional work by fabric sculptor Claire Courpron and mixed media artist Ann Marie Williams. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Drawing on History

Riversdale House Museum

A day of sketching inside and outside the museum.

Drawing on History: A Day of Drawing at the Riversdale House Museum

Riversdale House Museum

The Riversdale House Museum and the Brentwood Arts Exchange are partnering to encourage history enthusiasts and artists of all levels to draw inside the Riversdale House Museum.

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

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

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 July Exhibition

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its July exhibition, Manifestation of Abstract and Realism, featuring artwork by Maryland artist Antonio Scott. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Heart of an Empire: Herzfeld's Discovery of Pasargadae

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Archival materials show one man’s encounter with a notable ancient site.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Jumanji

Adventure Theatre

On a dull day, Judy and Peter find a mysterious old board game. One live lion, an erupting volcano, and some destructive monkeys later, the children are plunged into an experience they’ll never forget. Will they ever finish this mysterious magic game and claim Jumanji?!

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

Kathleen Best Gillmann: Vision at Water's Edge

The Art League Gallery

Whether she’s rendered ominous skies or bright sunlight, Gillmann’s paintings evoke a sense of peace and tranquility.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist

Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian

Kay WalkingStick: An American Artist is the first major retrospective of the artistic career of Kay WalkingStick (b. 1935), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and one of the world’s most celebrated artists of Native American ancestry. Featuring more than 65 of her most notable paintings, drawings, small sculptures, notebooks, and the diptychs for which she is best known, the exhibition traces her career over more than four decades and culminates with her recent paintings of monumental landscapes and Native places.

Categories: Arts, Free

Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life

Parkview Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Movement and Balance; Abstract Drawings of an Internal Life by Heidi Sheppard. 

Categories: Arts, Free

Not a Box

The Art League Gallery

“Not a Box” is an exhibit of installation art. Artists will transform a dedicated space in the gallery.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

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

Peacock Room REMIX centers on Filthy Lucre, an immersive interior by painter Darren Waterston. 

Categories: Arts

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Enjoy traditional Kabuli songs called ghazals performed by vocalist Humayun Khan in our Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Based on romantic Persian poetry, ghazals were cultivated in the courts of old Kabul beginning in the eighteenth century.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

Performance: The Art of Afghan Music

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Enjoy traditional Kabuli songs called ghazals performed by vocalist Humayun Khan in our Turquoise Mountain exhibition. Based on romantic Persian poetry, ghazals were cultivated in the courts of old Kabul beginning in the eighteenth century.

Categories: Arts, Music: Other, Free

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

Rising Scaffold: Sondra Arkin

Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Rising Scaffold by Sondra Arkin.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Symbolic Cities: The Work of Ahmed Mater

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

From abandoned desert cities to the extraordinary transformation of Mecca, Symbolic Cities presents Ahmed Mater’s observations on economic and urban change in Saudi Arabia.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Target Gallery Presents Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Pennsylvania-based Wade Kramm plays with perception in Dotted Space. Chosen as the 2016 Open Exhibition solo artist, Kramm creates with dotted lines that suggest planes and three-dimensional shapes. His invisible outlines are simultaneously perceived both as closed forms as well as mere empty space.

Kramm was selected by jurors Phil Hutinet, publisher of East City Art, and photographer Victoria Milko.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Mermaid: Twenty-First Annual Made in Hong Kong Film Festival

National Museum of American History

A mermaid is sent to assassinate an entrepreneur, but instead she falls in love. This wild ride covers all the comedy bases but carries a sincere environmental message at its heart.

Categories: Film, Arts

Triple Vision: Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

This exhibition features works from Mimi Betz, Marylouise Roach, and Madeleine Schaller.

Categories: Arts

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Dedicated to teaching young artisans traditional crafts, Turquoise Mountain is reviving Afghanistan’s proud cultural legacy. This exhibition transforms the International Gallery into a visit to Old Kabul.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Vladimir Goes for the Gold!

The National Theatre

Meet Vladimir Cashewninski: Champion Badminton player, and sole athlete from the tiny People’s Republic of Insurgistan, as he prepares to compete at the Olympic Games. The night before his big day, he has an enthralling dream that takes him to Ancient Olympia, where he meets the Olympic Herald and teams up with the audience to explore the first Olympic Games.

Vladimir Goes for the Gold!

The National Theatre

Meet Vladimir Cashewninski: Champion Badminton player, and sole athlete from the tiny People’s Republic of Insurgistan, as he prepares to compete at the Olympic Games. The night before his big day, he has an enthralling dream that takes him to Ancient Olympia, where he meets the Olympic Herald and teams up with the audience to explore the first Olympic Games.

Wade Kramm: Dotted Space

Target Gallery

Dotted Space features installations and artist pop-up books that use dotted lines to demarcate rectilinear spaces. When viewed from a particular angle, the lines seem to create three-dimensional shapes, some of which appear to penetrate and continue through the gallery walls. By materializing planes and spaces out of the void, he invites viewers to reassess the very confines of the built environment. Kramm was selected as the 2016 winner of the Target Gallery’s prestigious Open

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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