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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.

World War I: American Artists View the Great War

  • Through Saturday, May 6, 2017

An exhibition showing how American artists galvanized public interest in World War I.

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

  • Through Sunday, April 30, 2017

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

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Sat • February 25, 2017

 

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Capital Remodel and Garden Show

Dulles Expo Center

Featuring hundreds of vendors under one roof in kitchens and baths to landscaping and more.

Antigoni Goni, John E. Marlow Guitar Series

Westmoreland Congregational United Church of Christ

The Greek guitarist, Antigoni Goni enjoys a truly international career, having performed throughout the Europe, the US and Japan, from Carnegie Hall to the Bolshoi Theater, from Wigmore Hall to the Odeon of Herodes Atticus in Acropolis (Athens).

Capital Remodel & Garden Show

Dulles Expo Center

Shop, compare and save with over 300 exhibitors in 500 booths for 3 days only

Community Tax Assistance Day

Fairfax SkillSource Center, Heritage Center,

Deloitte presents Community Tax Assistance Day--Free Tax Preparation for Qualified Clients

Categories: Free

A Chamber Music Concert

Studio 39

Londontowne Symphony Orchestra presents: 

A Chamber Music Concert

Anna Binneweg, conductor

Categories: Music: Classical

A Treaty of Peace and Amity: The Treaty of Ghent and the War of 1812

Octagon Museum

Visit the Octagon Museum for this FREE, family-friendly event! Learn about the celebrations in Washington after President Madison signed the Treaty of Ghent in the Octagon in February, 1815.

Allegro

American University Studio Theater, Katzen Arts Center

This minimalist production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most innovative and contemporary musical explores the challenges facing an ordinary person in a chaotic modern world.

Categories: Theater

Allegro

American University Studio Theater, Katzen Arts Center

This minimalist production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's most innovative and contemporary musical explores the challenges facing an ordinary person in a chaotic modern world.

Categories: Theater

Anacostia Delta: Home of the World's Great “Unknown” Guitarists

AMP by Strathmore

AMP presents a sneak preview of the new, full-length documentary concert film Anacostia Delta: Home of the World's Great “Unknown” Guitarists. Meet the filmmakers and musicians, and hear a live Anacostia Delta performance at this special screening. Tickets: $25 - $35

Categories: Film, Music: Other

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

Artist Talk: Drawn Out: A Conversation about Expanding the Boundaries of Drawing

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Please join Brentwood Arts Exchange for a performance by artist and musician Michael Pestel followed by a panel discussion featuring artists from Drawn Out, Drawn Over.

Categories: Other Events

Black Movements Dance Theatre: Spring Dance Concert

Davis Performing Arts Center Gonda Theatre. Georgetown University

Black Movements Dance Theatre joyously returns to the stage with their Black History Month Concert Celebration. BMDT concludes the dance season at Gonda with a thrilling program featuring both signature offerings and a newly commissioned work.

Categories: Dance

Blues in the Night

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers, this Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues through the songs of Bessie Smith, Duke Ellington, Ida Cox and more.”

Categories: Arts, Theater, Music: Other

Catch Me - The Magic Duel

The Mayflower Hotel

Two skilled magicians compete live, on stage to become "DC's Best."  Audience members pick magic categories to compete in, vote for their choice, and participate onstage in the funny, amazing show.

Categories: Theater

Catch Me - The Magic Duel

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Two sleight-of-hand masters compete live, on stage to win "DC’s Best Magician." The audience chooses different magic categories and votes for their choice in the 5 star rated comedy/magic show.

Categories: Theater

Catch Me - The Magic Duel

Renaissance Mayflower Hotel

Two sleight-of-hand masters compete live, on stage to win "DC’s Best Magician." The audience chooses different magic categories and votes for their choice in the 5 star rated comedy/magic show.

Categories: Theater

Catch Me - The Magic Duel

The Mayflower Hotel

Two skilled magicians compete live, on stage to become "DC's Best."  Audience members pick magic categories to compete in, vote for their choice, and participate onstage in the funny, amazing show.

Categories: Theater

DC Rollergirls 2017 Season Opener

DC Armory

The DC Rollergirls will kick off the league’s 2017 season on February 25th, when the league's B-team, the National Maulers, take the track against Free State Roller Derby's Black-Eyed Suzies.
The action begins at 4 p.m. with a 30-minute expo game featuring skaters clad in the colors of DCRG's traditional home teams, followed by a full-length game. Doors open at 3 p.m., so arrive early to snag a seat close to the action.

Categories: Other Events

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Drawn Out, Drawn Over: Mapping the Territory of Experience aims to field a visual conversation about drawing approaches by featuring 18 selected artists.

Categories: Exhibits

Ella Enchanted the musical

Adventure Theatre

Baby Ella of Frell is given the “gift” of obedience by Lucinda, a misguided fairy, and thus cannot disobey any direct order.

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

Family Day: African American Pioneers in Aviation and Space

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, National Air and Space Museum

Celebrate the many accomplishments of African Americans in the fields of aviation and space exploration. 

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

Guys and Dolls

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls is the oddball romantic comedy that follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck—from the heart of Times Square and the cafes of Havana, Cuba, to the sewers of New York City.

Categories: Music: Other, Theater

Guys and Dolls

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre

Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy, Guys and Dolls is the oddball romantic comedy that follows two small-time gamblers as they pursue love and luck—from the heart of Times Square and the cafes of Havana, Cuba, to the sewers of New York City.

Categories: Music: Other, Theater

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

Ipseity

Torpedo Factory Art Center

“Ipseity” is defined as individual identity or selfhood. In this all-media exhibitionTarget Galley explores this concept of individual identity through works that contextualize themes of race, gender, sexuality, ethnicity, religion and other labels we might use to identify ourselves. The show includes 17 artists from across the U.S. with work in a variety of media, including photography, mixed-media, sculpture, and video.

Juried by Jessica Kallista, founder of Olly Olly alternative art space in Fairfax, Virginia.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Jaimee Paul Sings Tribute to the Great Ladies of Jazz

Lincoln Theater

Known for her best-selling recording of At Last , Jaimee Paul and her band join PASO in a special tribute to the women icons of jazz and blues, such as Ella Fitzgerald, Etta James, Lena Horne, Judy Garland, Billy Holiday, and other greats of the American Songbook.

Categories: Music: Other

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

Kids in the Kitchen

YMCA Anthony Bowen

The Junior League of Washington (JLW) is proud to host once again its fun-filled, family-friendly nutrition fair, Kids in the Kitchen. In its 11th year in the District of Columbia, this free event brings local restaurants, nonprofits, and nutrition and fitness experts together for a day of games, crafts, hand-on learning, and exciting prizes to celebrate and promote better nutrition education and a healthy lifestyle.

Categories: Family Oriented

Laugh Riot at Positano-Live Comedy Show Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Positano Italian Restaurant

Laugh Riot at Positano (formerly “Laugh Riot at Hyatt”)

Live Standup Comedy Show

Saturday Nights in Bethesda

Lovers Art Exhibit Exhibit Dates: February 3-26, 2017

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Lovers” art exhibit at Del Ray Artisans celebrates the spirit of love and warm us up for Valentines Day. Runs through February 26

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Magic of Spying: Tradecraft Trickery

International Spy Museum

In the real-life world of espionage, spies often call upon the art of magic and illusion to distract the enemy, make evidence disappear, and escape unnoticed. Join professional magician, Peter Wood, as he demonstrates the art of misdirection, sleight of hand, and other illusions used by skilled spies.

Mobile Art Lab in the New Project Studio

Torpedo Factory Art Center

In February, the Mobile Art Lab sets up in the New Project Studio (Studio 8). See displays of past events and performances and share your ideas for future activities or venues.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

National Museum of the American Indian Exhibit “Nation to Nation: Treaties Between the United States and American Indian Nations”

National Museum of the American Indian

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States. The story includes the history and legacy of the U.S. and American Indian diplomacy from the colonial period through the present. 

Categories: Exhibits, Free

New Fiber Arts Instructors

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Focus on Fiber. This exhibition introduces Glen Echo Park's new fiber arts instructors. From knitting and quilting, to weaving and felting, there are exciting new classes and camps coming this spring/summer session. Visit the exhibition to learn more about these great new programs for children, teens and adults.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

New Post-Graduate Resident: Welcome Jay Hendrick

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Fairfax-based artist Jay Hendrick creates paintings, then analyzes their importance, worth, and merit by exposing his work to different methods, such as digitization, duplication, and performance.

During his residency, Hendrick will emulate the processes of other artists in the DMV in an effort to understand why they do what they do. He will interview each participating artist and document the project on his blog and organize a round-table discussion about painting.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

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

Specific Gravity

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Exploring experiences of displacement through circus, science, and spoken poetry

Categories: Theater, Arts, Dance

The 2017 Student/Faculty Show

The Art League Gallery

The Art League’s annual Student/Faculty exhibit showcases the diversity of talent in our visual arts school.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Amish Project

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Categories: Theater

The Amish Project

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Categories: Theater

The Big Meow at Atlas Intersections - Jane Franklin Dance

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Specially adapted for young audiences, Jane Franklin Dance offers a family‐friendly performance of The Big Meow. Little Cat is taunted by neighborhood felines because his meow is just too darn loud. The movement‐based theatre performance is adapted from the children's book by Baltimore author Elizabeth Spires and tells the story of an ever‐hopeful orange fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a "loud as a lion's roar" meow.

The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging. These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

How’s your meow? Find out and demonstrate your inner cat!

The Big Meow is the story of an ever-hopeful fluffball who desperately wants to belong to the band of neighborhood cats, but is ostracized for a “loud as a lion’s roar” meow.  The Big Meow is a story of hope, disappointment, courage and the need for belonging.  These simple themes are part of every neighborhood, but in this wonderful tale told through the experiences of  Little Cat, a potential weakness is a unique strength.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Family Oriented

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 Donn B. Murphy One Acts Festival

Georgetown University, Poulton Hall

Mask and Bauble’s third mainstage and first stand-alone production of Season 165, DBMOAF is a celebration of student-written work, exploring new forms this year. Victimology, which examines the divergence of experiences between a brother and sister years after growing up in an abusive household. 

Categories: Theater

The How and the Why

DCJCC, Theater J

An exhilarating and keenly perceptive new play about womanhood, family, and survival of the fittest. From the writer of the hit TV shows The Affair and House of Cards.

Categories: Arts, Theater

The Northern Virginia Camp & Summer Fun Expo

Dulles Town Center Mall

Free family fun all under one roof!

Meet with camp representatives to plan your 2017 summer while enjoying performances, collecting giveaways and winning prizes.

The Thirteen Concert in Memory of Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis

St. Columba's Church

"Bach Reflections," a concert by The Thirteen Choir in memory of beloved Choral Conductor, J. Reilly Lewis.

The Washington Sängerbund's Prize Masquerade Ball

Arlington-Fairfax Elks Lodge

Prize Masquerade Ball with German Food, Music, and Dancing, organized by the Washington Sängerund, the oldest German singing society in DC.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Food & Wine

Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque

The Phillips Collection

 This special exhibition presents, for the first time in the United States, one of the foremost collections of the Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec's prints and posters.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Trek (The Migration Project) at Atlas Intersections Festival - Jane Franklin Dance

The Atlas Performing Arts Center - The Lang Theater

Trek explores flight through stories of relocation. Whether it is a family history dating back multiple generations, or a recent relocation, something is shared through the ‘pull’ to find better opportunity or the ‘push’ to leave because of no choice. Trek features stories of relocation alongside excerpts from Black Ice, tracing the movement of animals, birds, climate and the changing environment.

Walt Bartman: Journey

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Walt Bartman: Journey.

Categories: Arts

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Winter White Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

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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