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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.

America Reads

  • Through Saturday, January 21, 2017

A new exhibition at the Library of Congress, "America Reads," will celebrate the public’s choice of 65 books by American authors that had a profound effect on American life.

Turquoise Mountain: Artists Transforming Afghanistan

  • Through Sunday, January 29, 2017

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.


Sat • December 3, 2016


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A Classic Brass Christmas

Church of the Epiphany

Choralis's Annual Christmas Concert featuring The Classical Brass Quintet and James Shaffran, baritone 

An Evening with Alex Katz

American University Katzen Arts Center

An intimate evening with the artist Alex Katz to discuss his rationale for stripping color from his prints in this rare Black and White exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Arlene Shechet: From Here On Now

The Phillips Collection

New York-based sculptor Arlene Shechet is known for glazed ceramic sculptures that are off-kilter yet hang in a balance between stable and unstable, teetering between the restraint of intellect and the insistence of instinct. Her sculptures encourage circumambulation, often drawing upon Buddhist iconography for inspiration. From Here On Now at the Phillips is both a poetic beckoning and a description of the literal. The exhibition’s title also tweaks the familiar phrase “from here on out” to bring attention to the present and as a reminder that the future is an abstraction. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Bright Concepts Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

A bright and bold exhibit featuring the work of Mark Altrogge, Tony Glander, Bobbi Shulman, and Nellie Chao. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Chiarina Chamber Players present Jewish Composers: From the Classical Tradition to the Café

St. Mark's Episcopal Church

Music for Violin, Cello and Piano by Jewish Composers Mendelssohn, Bloch and Schoenfield.

Categories: Music: Classical, Arts

Eighth Biennial Faculty Art Exhibition

Rice Gallery

This biennial exhibition highlights works by McDaniel Art and Art History faculty members, including paintings by Steven Pearson, photography by Walter Calahan, paintings and sculpture by Kateryna Mychajlyshyn, ceramics by Ken Hankins, jewelry by Linda Van Hart, intermedia and digital art by Chloe Irla, among others. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

For a Love of His People: The Photography of Horace Poolaw

National Museum of the American Indian

A rare American Indian photographer who documented Indian subjects, Horace Poolaw’s work celebrates his subjects’ place in American life and preserves an insider’s perspective on a world few outsiders are familiar with—the Native America of the Southern Plains during the mid-20th century.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, 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

Gauri Gill: Notes from the Desert

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Featuring fifty-six of her prints, this exhibition showcases Gill’s work in the remote desert region and draws on her extensive archive.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Glen Echo Potters Holiday Show and Sale

George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus - Post Hall

Glen Echo Potters presents its annual Holiday Pottery Show and Sale on December 2, 3, and 4, 2016.  The sale will feature the work of 50 local potters and will present more than 4,000 unique pots of all kinds.  New location and extended sale hours.

Categories: Arts, Holiday, Free

Great Falls Studios Holiday Fest Art Market

Great Falls Grange

Unique art, cards and gifts perfect for Secret Santas, special someones and serious collectors.

Greet fiber artists, jewelry makers, painters, photographers, potters and sculptors.

Halls decked in holiday cheer.

Guise and Dolls: Melissa Ichiuji's Two-Day Doll-Making Workshop

American University Katzen Arts Center

Join Melissa Ichiuji for a two-day doll-making workshop inspired by her exhibition Make You Love Me, on view at American University Museum through December 18.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Holiday Ceramics Sale

The Art League Madison Annex

Purchase one-of-a-kind ceramic vessels and sculptures created by Art League students and ceramics associates.

Holiday Festival

Torpedo Factory Art Center

The Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Holiday Festival will be the afternoon destination for visitors after the Scottish Christmas Walk Parade in the morning and before the Holiday Boat Parade of Lights in the evening. Festivities run 2 – 6 pm, but the doors stay open until 9 pm to welcome visitors in from the waterfront. Handmade jewelry and ornaments, original ceramics, couture finds, objet d'art, and other fine works will be available to browse and buy. Special holiday promotions and discounts will be available from dozens of artists and galleries. The afternoon will also feature a children’s scavenger hunt, live music with the Alexandria Choral Society and Braddock Brass, and a visit from Santa. Admission to the Holiday Festival is free. More information can be found at

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

J.A.M. 6 Days of Christmas - A Dance Spectacular Musical Revue

Anacostia Arts Center

J.A.M. 6 Days of Christmas, is a crowd-thrilling dance spectacular created by Jeremy A. McShan that mixes your favorite Christmas carols along with some of your favorite pop songs of all time “” into one show-stopping production.

Categories: Theater, Dance, Arts

J.A.M. 6 Days of Christmas - A Dance Spectacular Musical Revue

Anacostia Arts Center

J.A.M. 6 Days of Christmas, is a crowd-thrilling dance spectacular created by Jeremy A. McShan that mixes your favorite Christmas carols along with some of your favorite pop songs of all time “” into one show-stopping production.

Categories: Theater, Dance, Arts

Jake Berthot: From the Collection and Promised Gifts

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection has long had a special relationship with Jake Berthot, whose introspective paintings have been described as visual poetry. In 1996, the museum organized an exhibition of his work, and in 2015 received a major bequest from the artist’s estate. Including promised gifts, the Phillips now holds 25 paintings, drawings, and prints by Berthot, the largest and most important ”unit” of this artist’s work.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

JRA Day Craft Artist Exhibition & Sale

The Women's Club of Chevy Chase

JRA Day Craft Artist Exhibition & Sale. FREE admission. Featuring more than 35 artists in jewelry, glass, ceramics, textiles, wood, photography, paper and mixed media – perfect for holiday shopping.

Kanika Sircar - MapQuest: New Work in Clay

Waverly Street Gallery

An exhibition of sculptural ceramic vessels and tiles

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Material as Medium

Target Gallery

From a pelt made of keys to a concrete tube lined with shag carpet, the new exhibition in Target Gallery at the Torpedo Factory Art Center turns an eye toward the future of textile art.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits


The Art League Gallery

In the only size-restricted exhibit at The Art League, artists must create work that is either very large or very small. The juror is UK-based painter Susan Ashworth.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Native Art Market

Potomac Atrium, National Museum of the American Indian

The Native Art Market offers a unique shopping opportunity for visitors to purchase traditional and contemporary works—including silver and semiprecious jewelry, ceramics, fine apparel, handwoven baskets, traditional beadwork, dolls, paintings, prints, and sculpture—by some of the finest Native American artists.

One-on-One: Enrique Martínez Celaya / Albert Pinkham Ryder

The Phillips Collection

This installation will juxtapose several paintings from the Phillips’s permanent collection by American Romantic painter Albert Pinkham Ryder (1847–1917) with a painting by Cuban-born American artist Enrique Martínez Celaya, The First Kierkegaard.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

People on the Move: Beauty and Struggle in Jacob Lawrence’s Migration Series

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips Collection reunites all 60 panels of The Migration Series, Jacob Lawrence’s seminal masterwork depicting the mass movement of African Americans from the rural South to the urban North between the World Wars.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM

National Sporting Library & Museum

The exhibition Picturing English Pastimes: British Sporting Prints at the NSLM features a selection of late 18th and 19th century prints from the NSLM permanent collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Red: Ming Dynasty/Mark Rothko

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Created more than five centuries apart, an imperial Chinese porcelain dish and a painting by Mark Rothko (1903–1970)—unexpectedly juxtaposed—reveal the immensity of the color red.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

Soomin Ham: Sound of Butterfly

The Art League Gallery

Artist Soomin Ham uses her experimental style of photography, video, and sound to reflect on her mother’s journey through life, depression, and death.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

The Art of the Qur’an: Treasures from the Museum of Turkish and Islamic Arts

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

Almost seventy sumptuous manuscripts are featured in The Art of the Qur’an, the first major presentation of Qur’ans in the United States. Celebrated for their superb calligraphy and lavish illumination, these manuscripts play a significant role in the history of the arts of the book in the Islamic world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, International

The Artistic Frame: An Inquiry into the Enhancement of Paintings

The Art League Gallery

An exhibit showcasing how artist-created frames complement and become extensions of the artist's work.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Christians

DCJCC, Theater J

This provocative new play offers an unflinching look at religion—and its universal power to unite or divide. A little play about big faith.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Music: Other

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Chronicle of the Horse in Art and accompanying catalogue will present the rich variety and depth of the classic, iconic, and contemporary American, British, and Continental art featured prominently on the front covers of The Chronicle of the Horse for almost seventy years.

Categories: Arts, Discussion

The Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show – an exhibit by the artists of Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery

In December, Arts in the Village Gallery presents an All Artists exhibit, Spirit of the Season, Small Works Show, featuring 10x10 inch original and reproduction two dimensional work including paintings, mixed media and photography, as well as ceramics, jewelry and other three dimensional items displayed in black frames and shadow boxes.

Categories: Arts, Free, Holiday

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

Whitfield Lovell: The Kin Series & Related Works

The Phillips Collection

The work of internationally recognized American artist Whitfield Lovell (b. 1959, Bronx, New York) powerfully examines “the markings that the past has made—and continues to make—on who we are.”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

Submit an Event

WETA invites local arts and cultural organizations to submit events to this community calendar. The calendar is offered as a free community service. Event listings are limited to those occurring in the Washington metropolitan area, and priority is given to performance and cultural events.

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