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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.

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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Sun • April 30, 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

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

Washington Bach Consort presents Messiah

National Presbyterian Church

Handel's choral masterpiece - timeless at any time of year 

22Elephantine Times

MUSE GAINESVILLE

The Classic: Follow our skilled instructor to paint this or tweak/embellish however you want! Lead Instructor: TBD

31st Annual Filmfest DC

Landmark E Street Cinema

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

Aladdin and The Wonderful Lamp at Adventure Theatre

Adventure Theatre

This is Aladdin as you’ve never seen it before feathuring an ethnically diverse cast of beloved characters. 

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

Arlington Chorale "Summer is a-comin' In" Concert

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington

The Arlington Chorale, formerly The Metropolitan Chorus, continues its 51st season with a concert entitled “Sumer Is Icumen In.”  

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

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

Bead, Jewelry & Textile Bazaar

Bohrer Park Activity Center

Explore & enjoy an eclectic collection of ancient, antique, ethnic, designer & contemporary beads, jewelry, textiles and related books.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Arts

Cattail Sunset

Muse - Gaithersburg

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

Cherry Blossom Lantern

Muse - Gaithersburg

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

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

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

Ephemera

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

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 Quartet-in-Residence Recital

Bennett Park Atrium

Free recital to be performed by the Arlington Philharmonic's Quartet-in-Residence this Sunday, April 30 at the Bennett Park Art Atrium

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

Happy Nappy Storytelling

Sankofa Video Books and Cafe

Happy Nappy Storytelling is free children's literacy program designed to encourage a love for reading. Each week we go on a storytelling adventure that invokes the full use of our imaginations and leaves us with a meaningful life lesson. 

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

Ice Carving in April with Tatyana Schremko

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Join us for a Sunday afternoon ice carving demonstration and talk with Torpedo Factory sculptor Tatyana Schremko (Studio 32).

Categories: Arts, Free, Lecture

Luce Artist Talk with Blair Murphy

Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Independent curator Blair Murphy will discuss her exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery that explores how artists have made spaces for themselves in Washington, DC, and how the city, in turn, has made space for artists.

Categories: Arts, Lecture, Free

LUNAFEST Fairfax 2017, Presented by BB&T Insurance Services

Angelika Film Center & Cafe at Mosaic

Join Girls on the Run of NOVA for LUNAFEST -  a traveling short festival of award-winning short films by, for, and about women & help raise funds to support Girls on the Run of NOVA as well as the Breast Cancer Fund. 

Categories: Film, Charity Events

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

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

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

O'Sullivan's Sunday Funnies-Free Comedy in Arlington,VA

O'Sullivan's Irish Pub

Live Standup Comedy Show featuring local Northern Virginia area standup comedians.

Categories: Theater, Free, Other Events

Open Door Reading-Poets from Broadkill Press & Broadkill River Press

The Writer's Center

Poets recently published by the Broadkill Press and Broadkill River Press will read. BPR has been publishing now for six years. The journal’s pages have included work by international authors and is distributed to around 10,000 readers in Australia, New Zealand, Southeast Asia, China, Pakistan, India, the Middle East, Eastern Central, and Western Europe, Canada, the Caribbean, and the U.S.

Categories: Books & Authors, Free

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

Public Education at a Crossroads

Beth Am Synagogue

UMBC President Dr. Freeman Hrabowski and Baltimore City Public Schools CEO Dr. Sonja Brookins Santelises will discuss how our city, state, and nation require well-prepared citizens and workers while public education faces substantial political and financial hurdles. The event is free and will be followed by a reception.

Categories: Lecture

Quatuor Danel

The Phillips Collection

Formed in 1991, the Quatuor Danel has been acclaimed for its fresh and exciting interpretations of the classics and its dedication to new music. 

Ring in Spring

Capital Fringe Trinidad Theatre

Ring in Spring

Presented by Agora Dance

Categories: Dance, Charity Events

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.

Singing on Stage

WMC Alumni Hall

Music and theatre arts students at McDaniel perform selections from renowned operas and Broadway musicals under the direction of Kyle Engler, senior lecturer in music. 

Categories: Music: Other

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.

Spotlight: A School of Music student showcase

Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center, Gildenhorn Recital Hall

An eclectic mix of solo and ensemble performances that showcase the incredible range and diversity of student talent at the School of Music, with repertoire to be chosen from among classical, jazz, world music, and popular genres.

Tekalli Duo

St. Patrick's Episcopal Church in Falls Church, VA

These siblings, both prize winning prominent musicians, dazzle the audience with their deep musicality and superb technique. Please do not miss! 
Program: 
Sonata K.526 in A major / Mozart
Violin Sonata No. 2 op. 94 / Prokofiev
Violin Sonata / Debussy
Tzigane / Ravel 
and more

Categories: Music: Classical

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

Washington Sculptors Group: Sculpture REMIX 2017: Craft/Technology/Art

Glen Echo Park Popcorn Gallery

This exhibition brings together the diverse work of 20 artists from around the D.C., Maryland and Virginia area. The exhibition, juried by Allison Nance, highlights both materials and the process.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

WHC Mitzvah Day

Washington Hebrew Congregation

Mitzvah Day represents the culmination of Washington Hebrew Congregation's year-long focus on community service and our long-standing commitment to helping the homeless, sick, hungry, and underprivileged in the metropolitan Washington, D.C. community.

Categories: Charity Events

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