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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.

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.

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. 

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Sat • June 25, 2016

 

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Artist Demonstrations

Torpedo Factory Art Center

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

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Bethesda Painting Awards

Gallery B

The Bethesda Painting Awards will honor eight local artists in Gallery B's June exhibition. An opening reception will be held Friday, June 10 during Bethesda's Art Walk from 6-9pm.

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

Call for Artists: “Paint the Town” Mural Project

Bethesda Metro Center

Calling all local artists to submit applications for the "Paint the Town" Mural Project at the Bethesda Metro Center. Applications will be accepted until July 18th.

Categories: Arts

Collegium Cantorum Chorale - 30th Anniversary Concert

ArtSpace Herndon

The 30th-Anniversary Musical Celebration of Collegium Cantorum, a classical chorale specializing in the great masterworks of 1600's medieval and Renaissance Europe.

EnterState: Sensing the Natural World

Washington Project for the Arts

Washington Project for the Arts (WPA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibition, EnterState: Sensing the Natural World, curated by Raquel de Anda, which will be on view from May 21 to July 9, 2016. We face a moment of global urgency. Climate change threatens the very existence of human nature and yet, despite an endless stream of empirical data that confirms this fact, we are paralyzed by a staggering fear of our uncertain future. What we need is to incite the dynamism of our emotional intelligence in ways that draw us into the pulse of our natural world and awaken our spirit. We need to examine the sounds that connect us, the rhythms we share. How are our bodies and minds enmeshed with the patterns of nature? How can we tune in to its’ tempo in order to better understand our impact on the natural world?

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

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

It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract painter Karen Hutchison

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces the June Featured Artist exhibit, It’s a Beach Thing . . . featuring jewelry by lamp-work glass artist Julie Bahun and abstract paintings of the beach, sea and surrounds by Karen Hutchison.

Categories: Exhibits, 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

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

Living the Native American Experience

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Special summer reading program for kids!

Categories: Free, Family Oriented, Arts

New! A Midnight Serenade! – Concert by Candlelight

Church of the Epiphany

Presented by Classical Movements, Inc., the highly anticipated Serenade! Washington, D.C. Choral Festival returns June 23 -27, 2016. The only summer festival of its kind featuring professional and community choirs, the 2016 festival will showcase performances by featured ensembles from the Netherlands, Latvia, the United States of America, Japan, and Italy. This highly anticipated festival is a can’t-miss event for anyone who loves the sweet harmonic sounds of the world’s exciting range of choral ensembles.

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical, Tours

Open Studio: Welcome to Murad Khani

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery

Witness how artists from Afghanistan are transforming their lives and their country during an afternoon of free family-friendly activities. Take a tour (12:30 and 2:30 pm) of the special exhibition Turquoise Mountain and then head to the ImaginAsia classroom to get creative with family and friends. All ages are welcome with adult companions.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts

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

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

Synesthetica: Music Inspired Wearable Art

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

Synesthetica: Music Inspired Wearable Art features recent work by Blair Anderson of SilverWorks, resident artist at Glen Echo Park. Anderson explores the visuals triggered by works of music to create this collection of jewelry. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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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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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