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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.


Fri • April 28, 2017


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Fun Home

The National Theatre

Based on Alison Bechdel’s best-selling graphic memoir, FUN HOME introduces us to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood.

Categories: Theater, Music: Other

18th Annual Roger Revelle Commemorative Lecture: Swells, Soundings, and Sustainability...But "Here be Monsters"!

Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History

Join Dr. Dawn Wright, chief scientist at ESRI and professor of geography and oceanography at Oregon State University, to ltake a journey of ocean mapping past and present. Today's global 3D maps hold great promise to promote ocean sustainable, but first, scientists mush overcome the dual challenges of “big data” and  “dark data.” 

27th Season of Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series

Old Town Hall

Join the City of Fairfax for the 27th Season of Bonita Lestina Old Town Hall Performance Series on the second and fourth Fridays of the month, October - April.

31st Annual Filmfest DC

Landmark E Street Cinema

The annual film festival is bringing over 70 award-winning films to Washington, D.C. 

42nd Annual Washington Antiquarian Book Fair

The Sphinx Club at Franklin Square

Offering a treasure trove of rare books, modern first editions, autographs, maps and more, the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair offers something for every interest and every price point. Plus: check out a fast-paced night of literary games on Friday, and on Saturday, get your own personalized, off-the-cuff poem, typed on a vintage machine by Typewriter Rodeo.

Andre Pater: A Matter of Light Exhibition

National Sporting Library & Museum

Works from collections across the country will be represented in the retrospective exhibition, Andre Pater: A Matter of Light. “Go beyond the mere image, and the painting becomes a ‘matter of light.’ ”

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, History

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

AUSO and AU Chorus: Lux in Tenebris (Light in the Darkness)

American University, Katzen Arts Center

The American University Symphony Orchestra and AU Chorus present a concert celebrating the 20th anniversary of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna.

Categories: Arts, Music: Classical

Balanchine, Ratmansky, Tharp

Warner Theatre

A program that combines three masters of dance from the 20th century to the present. George Balanchine is regarded as the foremost contemporary choreographer in the world. His works have become iconic in the ballet lexicon.  He believed, “Dance is a continuation. You cannot predict the signs of its evolution.” The two remaining choreographers represented in this program reflect that sentiment as their works provided a new vision for dance and they continue to propel dance into the future. Tharp is considered the high priestess of choreography and Ratmansky is regarded as one of the world’s most sought-after choreographers.

Categories: Dance, Theater, Arts

Bungalow Breeze

Muse - Gaithersburg

The Classic: Follow along with instructor or tweak/embellish however!

China, A Haven for Jewish Refugees: A Discussion and Book Signing

Confucius Institute U.S. Center

Join us as we welcome Dr. Liliane Willens for a discussion focusing on her experiences as a Jewish refugee in China during Japanese military occupation and World War II, as told in her book 'Stateless in Shanghai'.

Chinese Disco's Free Friday Comedy Night in Georgetown,DC

Chinese Disco Nightclub

FREE Live standup comedy show in Georgetown by local standup comedians $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Friday night 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. FREE SHOW Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Presented by:

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

City of Fairfax Theatre Company - Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest

Old Town Hall

The City of Fairfax Theatre Company brings Oscar Wilde's most renowned comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, to Old Town Hall during the City of Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Other Events

Cooking Up History: The Food of Jazz

National Museum of American History

Turn up the heat on food history in the museum’s demonstration kitchen with the program Cooking Up History. To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, we will explore the long history and relationship between food and jazz.

Dancing Heart Swings from Bach to Boogie in “Bach-’n-Roll”

Unitarian Universalist Church of Annapolis

Dancing Heart Bach-n-Roll: Music from Bach to Boogie

Karen Johnson, flute

Mariko Hiller, piano

Bryan Bourne, trombone

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Decorating the Corridors of Power: A Look at Constantino Brumidi

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi decorated the Senate wing of the Capitol using classical designs and American themes to emphasize the dignity and importance of Congress.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History


Torpedo Factory Art Center

The newest exhibition in Target Gallery, the contemporary exhibition space for the Torpedo Factory Art Center, presents work that is fleeting and impermanent. Ephemera features the work of 22 national and international artists who contemplate themes of nature, time, memory, and brevity. Painter/sculptor Pam Rogers juried the exhibition.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Espionage Hunt

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

As a former rooming house for J. Edgar Hoover's G-Men, The Mansion is steeped in history and intrigue. From spies to secret passageways you'll put your super sleuth skills to the test as you search the main floor for designated items found only at The Mansion.

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

Extraordinary Ordinary People: Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

This guided tour introduces you to four ordinary people who took on the role of freedom fighter and changed the course of civil rights history for generations of Americans.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

Fabbioli Cellars Wine Dinner

Salamander Resort & Spa

An exclusive dinner and wine pairing with our Executive Chef Ryan Arensdorf. 

Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival

Old Town Hall

The arts are alive in Fairfax, and nowhere is it more present than at Fairfax Spotlight on the Arts Festival, to be held from April 21 through May 9 in and around the City of Fairfax. The festival highlights outstanding music performances from leading musicians, quality arts exhibitions, dance, stimulating theater performances, community activities and more. Come to the City of Fairfax and enjoy the celebration of three decades of arts at one of Virginia’s foremost arts festivals!

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

Forgotten Kingdoms

Atlas Performing Arts Center

On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man’s father, the future of this island’s ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns into morning, the fate of David’s haunted young son becomes the biggest question of all.

Categories: Theater, International

Free Jazz Piano in LeFrak Lobby

National Museum of American History

Jazz up your afternoon with free live jazz piano performances in the museum's LeFrak Lobby as we celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month 2017. Featuring a free performance at noon over the last week of April, visitors can take a break and enjoy jazz played by talented, local musicians.

Categories: Music: Other, Free, History

Friday Morning Music Club: Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series

Calvary Baptist Church

The Friday Morning Music Club will perform classical works by Amy Beach and Brahms.

Friday Morning Music Club: Chorale Concert

Lutheran Church of the Reformation

The Chorale of The Friday Morning Music Club will perform Leavitt: Cantata Emanuel and Francis Poulenc: Gloria.

Friends of the National Arboretum (FONA) Garden Fair and Plant Sale

U.S. National Arboretum

The Garden Fair and Plant Sale is a weekend designed for gardeners of all levels in the D.C. area searching for their perfect plant. The event will also feature feature food and drink vendors, a performance by the Washington Revels, and a strawberry potting activity for children.

Gamelan Concert

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kay Theatre

The complex interlocking rhythms of Balinese music on percussive instruments, the myriad expressions and the delicate motions of Balinese dance unite in the UMD Gamelan Saraswati. 

George Condo: The Way I Think

The Phillips Collection

The Phillips presents a survey of drawings and paintings by George Condo (b. 1957, Concord, New Hampshire), a prolific painter whose career spans three decades and is best known for his rich pictorial inventions, existential humor, and imaginative portraits that incorporate a hybridization of art-historical influences, such as Goya, Velázquez, Manet, Picasso, and Guston.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Guest Artist Piano Recital

McDaniel Lounge

McDaniel's Department of Music and the Carroll County Music Teachers Association present their annual guest artist piano recital.

Categories: Music: Other

Guided Garden Tour: Historic & Growing

Tudor Place Historic House and Garden

Join us in a guided walking tour through our historic garden with one of our knowledgeable docents! 

Categories: Tours, History, Arts

Harmonious Art Group Gallery Exhibit and Artists Reception

Activity Center at Bohrer Park

The City of Gaithersburg presents the 22nd Annual Exhibition of Chinese Calligraphy and Brush Painting by the Harmonious Art Group. 

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

McLean Community Players present Shakespeare's "A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Vinson Hall Retirement Community, Community Building Ballroom

The McLean Community Players present Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Categories: Theater

Music for String Quartet and Piano

Clarendon United Methodist Church

This concert, the last of IBIS Chamber Music's free concert series for this season, features music for string quartet and piano.

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

National Postal Museum

Through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front, this centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I. The compelling selection of letters illuminates emotions and thoughts engendered by the war that brought America onto the world stage; raised complex questions about gender, race and ethnic relations; and ushered in the modern era. Included are previously unpublished letters by General John Pershing, the general who led the American Expeditionary Forces and a person who understood the power of the medium. In his postwar letter that begins “My fellow soldiers,” he recognized each individual under his command for bravery and service. My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I was created by the Smithsonian’s National Postal Museum in collaboration with the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University.

Categories: Exhibits, History, 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

Natural Causes – Earth Day Art Exhibit

Fairfax City Hall

he City of Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Committee will host the 2017 Earth Day Art Exhibit “Natural Causes!

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs

Theater J

From the celebrated American writer Neil Simon, a tender and joyful coming of age comedy. Puberty is never easy...but it sure can be hilarious.

Simon’s “funniest, richest and consequently the most affecting of his plays.” 

– New York Daily News

Opera Scene Study

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

After a year of deconstructing their craft and sculpting it from the ground up, Maryland Opera Studio first-year students are paired in operatic scenes from a wide variety of repertory.

Over There: World War I Posters of the U.S. Navy

National Museum of the United States Navy

Special exhibit at the National Museum of the United States Navy commemorates World War I centennial.

Categories: Exhibits, Free, History

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

Seen on Screen: Women in Defense

Capitol Visitor Center


Self Guided Tour of O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

The O Street Museum in The Mansion on O Street

Create your own adventure when you explore The O Street Museum and its collections. Tour through the themed rooms and search for secret doors, signed guitars (over 60 to find), memorabilia, art and much more on this one-of-a-kind journey.

Senior Capstone Exhibition II

Rice Gallery

This end-of-the-year exhibition showcases works by graduating art and art history majors at McDaniel working in a range of media from two- and three-dimensional approaches to digital and new media.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Smithsonian Craft Show

National Building Museum

The most prestigious juried show of fine American crafts in the country on display and for sale at the National Building Museum, Washington, DC. Purchase unique ceramics, glass, jewelry, decorative fiber, wearable art, among others. In addition, Faith Ringgold's narrative quilts will be exhibited.

Steven Luu: Come & Share My Feelings

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Steven Luu: Come & Share My Feelings. This exhibition is comprised of approximately 30 pieces in different media, both painting and kiln-formed glass. It will showcase Luu’s life before the military, during the military, and now.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

The Body Burlesque and Variety Show

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

The Body Burlesque and Variety Show

Presented by Akosua Johnson

Categories: Theater, Charity Events

The Magic Flute by W.A. Mozart

Ohrstrom-Bryant Theatre

Set on Shenandoah Conservatory’s main proscenium stage, this operatic fairy tale is full of beloved characters and magical journeys.

The Schooling of Bento Bonchev By Maksym Kurochkin

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Kogod Theatre

Set in the not-so-distant future where love is thought to be a myth, this Russian absurdist satire offers a truly novel take on an age-old question of the heart. 

Categories: Theater

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

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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