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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.

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

  • Through Sunday, March 20, 2016

Irving Penn (1917–2009), known for his iconic fashion, portrait, and still life images which appeared in Vogue, ranks as one of the foremost photographers of the twentieth century. "Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," celebrates his legacy as a modern master and demonstrates the photographer’s continued influence on the medium. 

Peacock Room REMIX: Darren Waterston’s Filthy Lucre

  • Through Monday, January 2, 2017

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

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"Re-Invention" by Winston Harris

Montpelier Arts Center

By combining printmaking techniques, digital manipulation, hand-colored processes, and recycled past artwork, Winston Harris seeks to produce images that provoke and promote self-awareness and spiritual enlightenment.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Al-Mutanabi Street Starts Here

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 23, 5-8pm

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here is a book arts and cultural festival planned for January through March, 2016, throughout the Washington, DC area, organized Under the auspices of George Mason University, a charter committee of non-profit organizations including Mclean Project for the Arts, Brentwood Arts Exchange, Cultural DC, Split This Rock, Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, Martin Luther King Public Library, Arab America, and Busboys and Poets. This exhibition at the Brentwood Arts Exchange features artists’ books, broadsides, and letterpress work created for related Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here festivals in San Francisco and Boston. The art, related exhibits, programs, and events were inspired to commemorate the 2007 suicide bombing of Baghdad’s historic bookselling street by celebrating the free exchange of ideas and knowledge and standing in solidarity with people everywhere that free expression is threatened.

Categories: Arts

Arts in the Village Gallery’s February All-Artist show and Trunk Show

Arts in the Village Gallery

In February, Arts in the Village Gallery presents the all-artists exhibit, Connections, highlighting the concept of relationship or being united in cause.  The concept is also a popular one with the celebration of Valentines Day this month, and the Gallery will present a gift and jewelry Trunk Show on the weekend of February 6-7. 

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

Crosscurrents: Modern Art from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection

Smithsonian American Art Museum

An extensive collection featuring paintings and sculpture by major American and European artists. Free, no ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Free, 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 February Exhibition

Gallery B

Gallery B is pleased to present its February exhibition featuring the photography, mixed media and painting by local artists Heather Jacks, Darlene Towson and Andrew Wohl. The exhibition will be on display from February 3-27, 2016 at Gallery B each Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday from 12-6pm.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

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

Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Celebrating Irving Penn's legacy with a retrospective of his work, from street scenes to fashion photography. No ticket required.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

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

Narratives in Black Identity: Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns

Montpelier Arts Center

Montpelier Arts Center is proud to honor Black History Month through this exhibition that examines African American heritage and identity through the works of Antonio McAfee, Tiffany Jones, and Stephen Towns.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

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

Perspectives: Lara Baladi

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

Egyptian-Lebanese artist Lara Baladi (born 1969) experiments with the photographic medium, investigating its history and its role in shaping perceptions of the Middle East—particularly Egypt, where she is based. This installation centers on Oum el Dounia (The Mother of the World), a large-scale tapestry based on a photographic collage.

Categories: Arts, Free

Postwar Germanic Expressions: Gifts from Michael Werner

The Phillips Collection

Selections from an extraordinary gift of painting, sculpture, and works on paper from gallerist Michael Werner showcases the museum’s commitment to building a carefully crafted collection.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Space-Bop

The Athenaeum

Join us for a beatboxing journey to the cosmos in Space-Bop, a show for ages 0-2.

The Lost Symphony: Whistler and the Perfection of Art

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

This exhibition reconstructs how Whistler’s unrealized quest for “the perfection of art” intersected with less-rarified concerns about patronage, payment, and professional reputation.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Trending: Contemporary Art Now

Target Gallery

Target Gallery partners with the Women’s Caucus of Art to present Trending: Contemporary Art Now! The exhibition is part of WCA’s 2016 national conference in Washington, D.C.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

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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