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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.

Community Coffeehouse

  • Through Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Stop by Coffeehouse for conversations, a good read, quiet space, free wi-fi, refreshments, impromptu and scheduled artist performances, and more. Plus check out the latest art exhibit!

National Symphony Orchestra: Urbański conducts Tchaikovsky's Fourth / De la Salle plays Chopin

  • Through Saturday, November 2, 2019

In his much-anticipated return to the NSO, electrifying young conductor Krzysztof Urbański unleashes the full force of Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony.

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Sun • October 20, 2019

 

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Brahms Symphony No. 4

The Music Center at Strathmore

Marin Alsop leads the Orchestra in the Prelude and Liebestod to Tristan und Isolde, Wagner’s path-breaking expression of love that can only be fulfilled in death. Paul Hindemith’s one-act operatic shocker, Sancta Susanna, depicts two nuns visited by alluring temptations to cast away their vows and live a life of the flesh.

29Rooms

DC Armory

Refinery29 is taking its annual immersive festival of style, culture and creativity, 29Rooms, on a five-city tour including its first international showing. The 29Rooms: Expand Your Reality experience will bring the iconic immersive event to new audiences with tickets now on sale for the event’s first time in Washington D.C. from October 18 – 27. Buy your tickets here: https://tickets.29rooms.com/city/washington-d-c

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

2nd Annual Sugarloaf Crafts Festival in Chantilly

Dulles Expo Center

Annual festival featuring handmade fine arts & crafts. Showcasing over 300 talented artists in a fun and engaging shopping experience.

Categories: Arts, Fairs & Festivals

5th Annual Purple Runway

Mercedes-Benz of Arlington

Purple Runway is an annual runway event designed to raise awareness and funding to help support those who have endured domestic and intimate partner violence and are determined to overcome the resulting trauma, depression, and emotional distress.

Art Inspired by The Twilight Zone Exhibit October 4–27, 2019

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Art Inspired by The Twilight Zone” will take you on a journey through a wondrous land of imagination with a collection of art influenced by Rod Serling’s classic television series. Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, October 4 from 7-9pm. The exhibit runs from October 4-27, 2019 at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria VA. 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Beauty and the Beat - Jane Franklin Dance

Downtown Cultural Arts Cetner

Beauty and the Beat is sure to kick up recollections of neighbors, roommates, landlords or lane-changing experiences of vying for a parking space.  

Categories: Dance

Beauty and the Beat - Jane Franklin Dance

Downtown Cultural Arts Cetner

Beauty and the Beat is sure to kick up recollections of neighbors, roommates, landlords or lane-changing experiences of vying for a parking space.  

Categories: Dance

Beauty and the Beat - Jane Franklin Dance

Downtown Cultural Arts Cetner

Beauty and the Beat is sure to kick up recollections of neighbors, roommates, landlords or lane-changing experiences of vying for a parking space.  

Categories: Dance

Beauty and the Beat - Jane Franklin Dance

Downtown Cultural Arts Cetner

Beauty and the Beat is sure to kick up recollections of neighbors, roommates, landlords or lane-changing experiences of vying for a parking space.  

Categories: Dance

Boo at the Zoo

Smithsonian's National Zoo

At the 21st annual Boo at the Zoo, sponsored by Mars Wrigley Confectionery, your fearsome cubs (or princesses, or robots) will have the chance to trick or treat at more than 40 stations, sing their hearts out to Halloween’s grooviest karaoke tunes and show off their costumes on a spooky fun catwalk.

Chiarina Chamber Players: A Poet's Love

St. Mark's Episcopal Church - Capitol Hill

Featuring baritone Randall Scarlata singing Schumann’s Dichterliebe

Categories: Music: Classical

Choralis presents The Maestra's Eclectic Requiem

National Presbyterian Church

All of us have moments of music we live to hear or sing. Maestra Kuhrmann has long wanted to present an “eclectic” Requiem, featuring movements of various Requiems that particularly speak to her. She has chosen Mozart’s Introit, Kyrie, and Recordare; Duruflé’s Introit, Kyrie, and Sanctus; Verdi’s Libera Me; Fauré’s Pie Jesu, Britten’s Agnus Dei; Vogler’s Benedictus, and Movement VI from Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. To honor Choralis’ twenty-year legacy, previous assistant conductors, conducting fellows, keyboard artists, singers, and board members will participate in this concert.

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

DAUGHTER and SON-days I

Garth Newel Music Center

Live Music, gourmet dining, music education, historic, natural beauty, weddings, retreats, classical, lodging, cooking classes, food.

Early Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

Grace Hartigan and Helene Herzbrun: Reframing Abstract Expressionism 

Topographies of Life: Pam Rogers, Lynn Sures, Mel Watkin
Presented by the AU Museum Project Space

Moves Like Walter: New Curators Open the Corcoran Legacy Collection 

Prints & Artists: WD Printmaking Workshop 1970-Present
Presented by the Alper Initiative for Washington Art

Our World Above: Monoprints and Glass by Annette Lerner

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

EVENT: OCT 20: JK Community Farm Barn Dance

Sylvanside Farm

Sylvanside Farm in Purcellville is hosting a Barn Dance with games, dancing and barbeque to raise funds to expand the hunger fighting efforts of non-profit JK Community Farm.

Everybody

Lansburgh Theatre

Life is Funny

Categories: Theater

Exhibit reception & discussion: "Call & Response: Transmogrify"

Fenwick Gallery

Call & Response is an annual exhibit of collaborations between writers and visual artists, in which one calls and one responds. Join us on Thursday, Oct. 10 at Fenwick Library for an opening reception and panel discussion with the contributors and curators.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Fall Family Camp Weekend

Camp Friendship

Lodging, meals, and campy activities included. All ages welcome. Kids under 4 stay free! $200 per person

Categories: Family Oriented

Fall Farm Days: Rest and Rejuvenation Weekend

Sky Meadows State Park

Make a s'more at our fire-pit, and try pumpkin and corn treats cooked over the hearth.We also offer Mount Bleak House Tours, blacksmith demonstrations, a children's play area, live music, delicious food and drinks for sale, and, of course, the pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Categories: Family Oriented

Fall Festiv-All at Adventure Park USA!

Adventure Park USA

Enjoy all your favorite attractions and discover new ones at Adventure Park USA's Fall "Festiv-All"!

Glassworks: A 10 Year Retrospective

Popcorn Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership presents Glassworks: A 10 Year Retrospective, celebrating the 10th anniversary of artist collaborations in glass with resident artist Paul Swartwood, director of the Park’s glassblowing studio.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Gustafer Yellowgold

The Music Center at Strathmore

Gustafer Yellowgold is a funny and touching multimedia performance filled with music, animation, and storytelling.

Halls of the Senate Tour

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Discover the beautifully decorated corridors of the U.S. Senate in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

Immersive Multimedia Exhibition: Lucid Motion by Rhizomatiks Research

ARTECHOUSE

Explore ARTECHOUSE’s newest exhibition, Lucid Motion, by globally renowned Japanese artist group Rhizomatiks and Daito Manabe.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Dance

In the Night Garden

Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Amy Sabrin’s bravura approach to color is on full display in her new exhibition, In the Night Garden. 

Categories: Arts

JGSGW Presents Telling Your Story, Leaving a Legacy with Anne Bolen

Bnai Israel Congregation

JGSGW October 2019 Meeting and Program

Categories: Lecture, Family Oriented

Music and The Great Migration: Movin' On Up

Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

The Coalition for African Americans in the Performing Arts is back for an encore performance of this historically relevant musical presentation.

October Exhibitions at Touchstone Gallery

Touchstone Gallery

October 2 - 27, 2019

 

Art Reception: Friday, October 11, 6 - 8:30pm

Meet the Artists - Timothy Johnson and Claudia Samper: Saturday, October 26, 2 - 4pm with Artist Talk at 3pm

 

Spotlight Art Series@Touchstone Guest Artist

“ABOUND” by Hsin-Hsi Chen

Using new materials and a novel modular approach, Chen’s “ABOUND” reflects on adaptability, connection, and the escalating impacts and inevitable affects of human activity on the planet.

 

GALLERY A

Touchstone Gallery Member Show

 

GALLERYB

“Fables of Decapitation: I knew I would die long ago” by Timothy Johnson

A little waltz with the macabre…this new series paints tales of grim death and grisly decapitation, but with wry humor and cleverness, all captured in brilliant colors and composition.

 

GALLERY C

“Urban Nest” by Claudia Samper

"Urban Nest" is a series of drawings, transparencies, and 3D representations seeking to explore the perception of our urban landscape through the interaction of people, nature, and concrete.

 

Categories: Arts

On the Funny Side of the Street: dinner and political comedy show

Arts Club of Washington

On the Funny Side of the Street is a four-person musical comedy with sketches and songs ripped from breaking news headlines. From rivalry duets between Democratic presidential contenders to ragtime songs about clerical misbehavior, enjoy witty tunes over a three-course dinner and cocktails for an all-inclusive entertainment experience.

Portrait Discovery Kits

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Pick up an activity kit that guides you through the museum with games and puzzles, and learn more about the people who have made American history.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

Portrait Discovery Kits

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

Pick up an activity kit that guides you through the museum with games and puzzles, and learn more about the people who have made American history.

Categories: History, Exhibits, Free

Portrait Story Days: Pedro Martinez

National Portrait Gallery Education Center

Listen to a story and create art inspired by someone in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

Categories: Free, Arts, Exhibits

Premiere Screening: "I Am More Than My Hair"

AFI Silver Theatre and Cultural Center

AC Media will host the premiere film screening on Sunday, October 20, 2019 from 5-7PM at AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, MD. Directed and produced by Alyscia Cunningham, the documentary film short, I Am More Than My Hair, features interviews with females who've experienced hair loss and the connection of their emotions to the media's standards of beauty. 

Rachel Naomi Kudo Piano Recital

Saint Patrick's Episcopal Church in Falls Church

Odeon's 20th season celebration continues with another remarkable pianist who has entertained our audience many times! Rachel was one of the finalists in the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw. She won the first prize of the 2018 International Bach Competition in Leipzig. Don’t miss this chance to hear this exceptional artist.

Categories: Music: Classical

School Girls; Or, The African Mean Girls Play

Round House Theatre Bethesda

The Hit Off-Broadway Comedy

Categories: Theater

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Atlas Performing Arts Center

INspired by Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST, the story of colonization and subjugation is retold from the perspective of Sycorax, mother of Caliban and mistress of Ariel. Without voice in the original, here she has the agency to present her own journey. Told with the music of Billie Holiday (My Man, Strange Fruit, Don’t Explain, God Bless the Child), in poetic-prose written by Sybil Williams, this cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat explores the experience of peoples enslaved by privilege and even love.

Sunday Afternoon Waltz

Spanish Ballroom at Glen Echo Park

Join us for a Waltz Dance and lesson at Glen Echo, always with live music! No partner required.

Categories: Dance, Music: Other

Sunday Kind of Love Reading & Open Mic

Busboys and Poets (14th and V)

Hosted by Rasha Abdulhadi, this month's featured poets are Kathi Wolfe and Cyree Jarelle Johnson. Be sure to bring a poem to share at the open mic. Tickets are $5.

Categories: Arts, Books & Authors

Toast for Tusks: Brunch to Benefit Elephants

Conrad Washington

Champagne brunch featuring gourmet Toast Bar, silent auction and talk with founders of Wildlife SOS. 

UMBC Jazz Ensemble

Earl and Darielle Linehan Concert Hall at UMBC

The Department of Music presents UMBC Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Matthew Belzer.

Categories: Music: Classical

Wheaton Conversation Concert with Bach's Jesu, meine Freude

Hughes United Methodist Church

Annual English/Spanish event with the professional classical ensemble ChorSymphonica at Hughes United Methodist Church/El Buen Samaritano in Wheaton.

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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