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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.

My Fellow Soldiers: Letters from World War I

  • Through Thursday, November 29, 2018

This centennial exhibition uncovers the history of America’s involvement in World War I through personal correspondence written on the frontlines and home front.

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

  • Through Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps.

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African American History of the Potomac River - Understanding 12 Years of Slave

Potomac River Tours

Afternoon Highlights: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Join us for a free tour, daily!

Categories: Lecture, Tours, Exhibits

Alexander Hamilton: Soldier, Secretary, Icon

National Postal Museum

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum will explore the extraordinary life of Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) through original mail sent and signed by him in his role as the first Secretary of the Treasury and through portraits of him and his contemporaries on postage and revenue stamps.

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Artists's Boutique

Montpelier Mansion

Find the perfect gift for someone special on your list. Choose among handcrafted ornaments displayed on sparkling holiday trees, and other unique gifts, all made by local artists.

Categories: Exhibits, Holiday, Free

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

National Postal Museum

Visit the National Postal Museum's unique new art exhibition highlighting the variety of flowering plants commemorated on US postage stamps during the past 50 years.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Beyond Needleart Exhibit

Montpelier Mansion

The rooms of Montpelier will be filled with fiber artwork of all kinds, from quilting to felting to cross-stitch. While here, browse for unique holiday gifts in the Artists’ Boutique, featuring handcrafted gifts and ornaments by local artists.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, History

Dawn Whitmore: A house is like a mind that holds everything

Arlington Arts Center

A house is like a mind that holds everything is a 5-channel immersive sound installation that delves into the relationship between the mind and the house as metaphorical dwellings.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Dementia Program - See Me at the National Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Please join us for an engaging 90 minute in-gallery conversation about 2-3 works of art.

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Early Fall Exhibitions

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

On view September 4: Jim Sanborn's Without Provenance: The Making of Contemporary Antiquity, Robert D'Arista: A Portrait, D'Arista Legacy, Selections from the Artery Collection, and Finding a Path, Emilie Brzezinski and Dalya Luttwak: A Conversation. The AU Museum is open 11-4PM, Tuesday-Sunday. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Free

Expect the Unexpected: Jazz & Comedy Night

Dupont Underground

Come enjoy a unique evening of jazz and comedy, in the tradition of Dupont Underground programming, where you can always expect the unexpected.

Fall Solos 2018

Arlington Arts Center

The artists of Fall SOLOS 2018 examine landscapes, investigate personal histories, and analyze the ways physical objects communicate meaning and help us understand the world. Exhibiting artists Nekisha Durrett, Zoe Friedman, Aimee Gilmore, Artemis Herber, Cindy Stockton Moore, Tristan Roland, and Julia Staples will install solo-style exhibitions in AAC’s seven main gallery spaces. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 1 p.m. Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. 45 minutes.  

Categories: Tours, History, Free

Friday Morning Music Club: Dumbarton House Concert Series

Dumbarton House

Join us on Tuesday afternoon for a free concert! The Friday Morning Music Club performs early 19th century music in the Belle Vue Room on the lower level (ADA-accessible). Extremely talented musicians will present a diverse collection of chamber music. Music lovers of all ages are wlecome to attend!

Friday Morning Music Club: Woman's Club Concert Series

Woman's Club of Chevy Chase

The largest woman’s club in the Montgomery County Federation of Women’s Clubs hosts this Tuesday noon concert with a tea reception to follow the performance. FMMC’s talented musicians will present a diverse collection of classical music.

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Tours, Arts, Free

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Friday – 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Discover the beautifully decorated Senate corridors of the Capitol in this intimate look at the work of Italian-born artist Constantino Brumidi. This 30-minute tour visits an area not included on the Capitol Tour. It does not visit the Senate Chamber.

Categories: Tours, Arts, Free

Hirshhorn/Draw

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Hirshhorn/DRAW is a free drop-in gallery sketching session that pairs an artwork with a drawing exercise.

Categories: Arts, Tours, Exhibits

Home School Day 18th Century Architecture, 21st Century Restoration

Montpelier Mansion

Learn why Montpelier is considered of the of best examples of Georgian style architecture in Maryland, and the work that goes into preserving it for generations to come.

Categories: Family Oriented, History

Hylton's Matinee Idylls: Virginia Opera: A Taste of Opera

Hylton Performing Arts Center

Join us at the Hylton Center to witness opera stars in-the-making performing highlights from Virginia Opera’s 2018/19 season.

Categories: Music: Other

Interactive Art + Tech Exhibit - New Nature by Marpi

ARTECHOUSE

This fall at ARTECHOUSE, step into a colorful digital menagerie of nature-inspired creatures and plant life that will react in real-time to your gestures and actions.

Intersections: Richard Tuttle

The Phillips Collection

It Seems Like It’s Going To Be is an elaborate installation that combines Richard Tuttle’s poetry and artwork, which ranges from intimate drawings to mixed media paintings and large sculptural assemblages. Based on his 41-verse poem, Tuttle created 41 works, one for each verse, which are presented throughout the entire second floor of the recently renovated Phillips House.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Jane Franklin Dance Forty+ Project

Theatre on the Run

If you’ve never performed, but wanted to try; if you haven’t danced since college, but would like to get back into it, this is the perfect project to step back into the joys of dance.

Categories: Dance, Arts, Theater

King John

Folger Shakespeare Library

By William Shakespeare

Directed by Aaron Posner

Categories: Theater

Late Fall Exhibitions at the American University Museum

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

View our Late Fall Exhibitions November 10-December 16, Tribe: Contemporary Photography from the Arab World and Ian Jehle: Dynamical Systems. The AU Museum is free, and open Tuesday-Sunday, 11-4PM.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Join us for a free tour, daily!

Categories: Lecture, Tours, Exhibits

Multiple Temporalities, Layered Histories: A Post-Sabbatical Solo Show by Steven Pearson

Rice Gallery

Painter Steven Pearson, art professor and chair of the art and art history department at McDaniel College, showcases his new body of work that he created on sabbatical during the spring 2018 semester. 

Categories: Arts

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 Portrait Gallery, UnSeen: Past, Present, and Future

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Roundtable discussion of the museum's special exhibition "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar." 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

National Portrait Gallery: See Me at the Portrait Gallery

National Portrait Gallery G Street Lobby

Experience an interactive and multisensory tour of the museum that is tailored to individuals with dementia and their care partners. Register at npg.si.edu/learn/access-programs.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions pays tribute to the artistic excellence of 19th- and 20th-century Nordic painters, such as Edvard Munch, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anders Zorn, and Jóhannes Sveinsson Kjarval. Celebrating the considerable artistic diversity in Nordic art, the broad spectrum of works feature both the expected (sublime landscapes and melancholic portraits) and the unexpected (abstract and conceptual art).

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

November Exhibits at Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground

Monthly Exhibit of art from local and regional artists

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

One Year: 1968, A Book Discussion Group, An Organizer's Tale: Speeches By César Chávez

National Portrait Gallery G Street Lobby

Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose commemorating the 50th anniversary of the museum and the year 1968. A Portrait Gallery educator will give a tour of the special exhibition “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey,” and a DCPL librarian will lead a discussion of a book title related to one of the portraits in the show (listed below). Reconnect with a pivotal year in American history through portraiture and the written word. Register at npg.eventbrite.com.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

Postmen of the Skies

National Postal Museum

May 15, 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the world’s first regularly scheduled airmail service. View this special centennial exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum. 

Categories: Exhibits, History, Free

Rainforest Trust’s Holiday Species Legacy Auction

Virtual

In time for the holidays, the Rainforest Trust is hosting the largest ever public auction of species naming rights.

Categories: Charity Events, Holiday

RSVP Northern Virginia holding seminar on senior volunteerism in Burke, Nov. 13

Burke Centre Library

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on senior volunteerism, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at 3:30 p.m., at the Burke Centre Library in Burke, VA. The one-hour event is free and open to the public. 

The Burke Centre Library is located 5935 Freds Oak Road, Burke, VA 22015. The event will take place in Meeting Room 116 in the library.

Categories: Free, Other Events

She Like Girls

UMBC Proscenium Theatre

A play put on my UMBC Dept of Theatre

Categories: Arts, Theater

Sketching: Draw and Discover!

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Draw inspiration from the thousands of objects on view in the Luce Foundation Center, then participate in a sketching challenge at our weekly workshop. Some materials provided; please bring a small sketchbook and pencils. All levels welcomed.

SmartTALK with Hollywood Producer Jim Wilberger

Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College

Jim Wilberger, a 1972 alumnus of McDaniel College, who has produced more than 80 movies, mini-series and television movies, speaks during SmartTALK, which brings notable alumni back to campus for an hour-long, on-stage conversation with McDaniel President Roger N. Casey on their subject of expertise.  

Categories: Arts, Other Events

The Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Loyola to host launch week

Loyola University Maryland

The Center for Innovation & Entrepreneurship (CI&E) will host a community launch week on the Evergreen campus from Nov. 12-16, 2018. 

The Wood Stove Design Challenge

National Mall

The Wood Stove Design Challenge, an international competition to showcase innovative and clean-burning wood stoves, will begin on Friday, Nov. 9 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Tuesday Talk: From Maps to Mermaids: Carved Powder Horns in Early America

DAR Museum

Explore the historical and artistic significance of these fascinating early American artifacts.

Categories: Lecture, Free, History

Veiled

District Clay Gallery

Veiled is beautifully curated exhibition that highlights 10 emerging, diverse, and provactive artists at the District Clay Gallery from November 3rd until December 27th. Chase Folsom seeks to dive deep and question reality, chance, memory, voice, reason, identity, and touch. We are the guilty witnesses and these works are a few pieces to the current puzzle that is our society.

Categories: Arts, Tours, 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.

Note: Only registered users may submit events.

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