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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.

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

  • Through Saturday, September 1, 2018

Nation to Nation presents the story of the treaties that lie at the heart of the relationship between Indian Nations and the United States.

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Halls of the Senate Tour

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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.

Categories: Arts, Tours, History

150 Years on The Hill: An Art Exhibition

Rice Gallery

In conjunction with McDaniel College’s 150th anniversary celebration, this timeline exhibit highlights each decade of the college’s 150-year history. 

Categories: Arts

30 Years of Vision Exhibit

Arts in the Village Gallery

Arts in the Village Gallery announces a very special Artists’ Reception for Loudoun Art Council’s October Installation: 30 Years of Vision Exhibit.  The Reception will be hosted at the AitV Gallery on October 14th from 4:30 to 7:00 p.m. and will feature two-dimensional and three-dimensional artwork from local artists from all over Loudoun County. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Alma Selimovic: Moving Lightly

Prince George's Publick Playhouse for the Performing Arts

Exhibition open to the Public September 15 - November 10, 2017. Public Reception Thursday, October 19, 2017  7-9pm 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

Altered Realities: MAP's Fall Benefit Exhibition

Maryland Art Place

Altered Realities is an exhibition featuring work that illustrates dreams, envisions the future, conveys fantasies, other realms, and worlds beyond our own.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

An Evening with Sergio Mendes

The Music Center at Strathmore

Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova, samba, and pop have come to define Brazilian music. His classic song “Mas Que Nada” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s US Pop chart, making Mendes one of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time.

Categories: Music: Other

Antony and Cleopatra

Folger Shakespeare Library

Torn between his military duty to Rome and his passionate love affair with Cleopatra, Antony finds himself engaged in both war and romance.

Arts on the Horizon presents "Drumming with Dishes"

The Lab at Convergence

What happens when you invite someone very different from you to come over to play? Just such an adventure awaits an adventurous child when she introduces her shy imaginary friend to a very special kitchen, where instead of food, they'll cook up beautiful music!

Categories: Theater, Family Oriented

Call for Songwriters- 2018 Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards Application

Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District

MD/DC/VA songwriters are invited to apply to the fourth annual Bernard/Ebb Songwriting Awards

Categories: Music: Other

Captured Beauty: A Photography Exhibition at Del Ray Artisans Gallery (October 6–29, 2017)

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Captured Beauty” exhibition showcases fine art photography and how artists communicate their vision through a camera. The exhibit runs October 6–29, 2017 with an Opening Reception: Friday, October 6, 7-9pm. www.DelRayArtisans.org/exhibits

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Cards and Clubs

Top Golf Alexandria

This is a fun team building and networking event. It is all inclusive and perfect for making valuable connections or bonding with your colleagues.

Categories: Other Events

CarnEVIL Halloween Festival at Merriweather Park

Chrysalis, Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods

CarnEVIL is a Halloween Festival in  downtown Columbia on 10/13–15, 10/19-22, 10/26-29, 10/31, 11/4-5. The woods come alive with horrifying sideshow freaks, demented clowns & escaped circus animals, all to raise money for first responders & disaster preparedness.

Culture Shock

Torpedo Factory Art Center

Target Gallery’s newest exhibition, Culture Shock, explores socio-political issues through the lens of graffiti, street, and pop art.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Dr. Neal Barnard and CarbonWorks at E Street Cinema

Landmark E Street Cinema

Join world-renowned health expert and musician Dr. Neal Barnard for a commentary on medicine and music

Duck

Highwood Theatre

Duck explores the internal dissolution of an American patriot, one who did the right thing and played by the rules, rising to become a decorated hero for his work for the CIA. However, the more Duck devotes himself to his clandestine work, the deeper becomes his internal sense of horror, with himself and the world.

Categories: Theater, Arts, Discussion

EDGE Ensemble: Songs without Words

Bright Box Theater

Thursday, October 19 / Join EDGE Ensemble as it explores new worlds of twenty-first century lyricism; featuring the music of Karen Tanaka, Marti Epstein, Shulamit Ran, Meredith Monk and the winner of the 2017 Averitt Prize for Excellence in Composition.

Categories: Music: Other, Arts

Family Thursdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Through an interview with the “Bill of Rights,” learn about the freedoms our country’s founders wanted to guarantee. 30 minutes. Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall.

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This 45-minute program includes a visit to the historic Old Senate Chamber, a room not included on the Capitol Tour.

Categories: Arts, History, Tours

Freedom Fighters in the Capitol Collection

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Meet four ordinary Americans whose extraordinary actions changed the course of our civil rights history. This 45-minute program includes a visit to the historic Old Senate Chamber, a room not included on the Capitol Tour.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

Friday Morning Music Club--Old Town Hall Concert Series

Old Town Hall

The Friday Morning Music Club invites you to our series of free classical music concerts at the Old Town Hall in Fairfax City. We welcome music lovers of all ages to attend! These concerts are on Thursdays and open to the public.

Gallery B October Exhibit: Sent & Received

Gallery B

Sent & Received will feature artwork by service members, veterans and military caregivers that explores the tradition of care packages. The exhibit will also include Combat Paper, works made on paper made from military uniforms. 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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.

Categories: Arts, History, Tours

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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.

Categories: Arts, History, Tours

Halls of the Senate Tour

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

History & Hops hosted by Greg Kitsock

Christian Heurich House Museum

History & Hops takes on Heroes and Villains with Greg Kitsock

On Thursday, October 19th from 6:30-8:30pm, Greg Kitsock will host History & Hops at the Heurich House Museum, featuring beer from Virginia brewery Heroic Aleworks.

Categories: Tours, History, Food & Wine

Honor, Courage, Commitment: Marine Corps Art, 1975-2015

National Museum of the Marine Corps

The first exhibition in the National Museum of the Marine Corps' Combat Art Gallery honors Marines who have served in the Corps during the last 40 years and echoes the core values of the Marine Corps:  honor, courage, and commitment.  One hundred works of art by 22 artists are divided among three themes.

   Every Clime and Place illustrates Marines as they conduct training and engage the enemy in a variety of settings and situations around the globe.
 
   No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy captures Marines meeting the enemy with unmatched ferocity and then rendering aid to civilians under the most dire of circumstances.
 
   The Price reminds us that war is all-consuming.  Marines willingly accept the risks associated with their missions, and families shoulder the burdens of uncertainty, loss, and grief.
 
The works in this show have been drawn, painted, or sculpted by individuals who are Marines first and artists second.

 

Categories: Arts, History, Free

I Am Exhibition

American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center

This touring peacebuilding exhibition features the work of 31 Middle Eastern women artists from 12 countries. Designed to address stereotypes and challenge misconceptions of the "other”, the I AM exhibition is a visual celebration of the crucial role that Middle Eastern women play as guardians of peace, celebrating their strengths and rich and diverse contributions in the enduring global quest for a more harmonious and peaceful future.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Join us for the third edition of Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium in Washington, D.C., October 19-22

National Union Building

Join us for the third edition of DOUBLE EXPOSURE Investigative Film Festival and Symposium in Washington, D.C., October 19-22. Uniquely among film festivals, DOUBLE EXPOSURE pairs four days of the most exciting new investigative works on film with a symposium custom-built to advance collaboration between investigative reporters and filmmakers.

Categories: Fairs & Festivals, Film, Arts

Lo How a Rose E'er Blooming

Folger Shakespeare Library

Folger Consort celebrates the season with evocative Advent and holiday music from Germany—from the medieval majesty of the 15th-century Glogauer Liederbuch to the flower of the 17th-century German Baroque.

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

October Exhibits at the Gallery Underground

Gallery Underground

Monthly exhibit of Artworks by juried artists of Arlington Artists Alliance.

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Outdoor Capitol Grounds Tour

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance to the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Outdoor Capitol Grounds Tour

U.S. Capitol Visitors Center

Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance to the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Painting Shakespeare

Folger Shakespeare Library

Discover the paintings collection at the Folger - its stories, its glories, and Shakespeare's power to inspire visual artists.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Other Events

Paula Cole

AMP by Strathmore

Paula Cole, singer of hits like "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?" and "I Don't Want to Wait," takes the stage at AMP with her powerful voice and presence. 

$30 - $40

 

Categories: Music: Other

Sahaja Yoga Meditation

Oakton Library

The Sahaja Yoga Meditation workshop is perfect for the modern individual! Inspiring, rejuvenating and soothing, it is a treasure house of meditative peace and inner knowledge. Learn to connect within, feel your own spirit and achieve a state of complete peace without the constant traffic of thoughts and worries. In this silence, inner joy flourishes and brings balance and harmony in everything we do. So how does that happen? Come attend our workshop and see for yourself.

Categories: Other Events, Free

Sergio Mendes

Music Center at Strathmore

Mendes’ signature mix of bossa nova, samba, and pop have come to define Brazilian music. His classic song “Mas Que Nada” is the first Portuguese language song to ever hit Billboard’s US Pop chart, making Mendes one of the most successful Brazilian artists of all time.

Sotto Voce

Theater J

An exquisite love story by Pulitzer Prize-winner Nilo Cruz, inspired by the plight of the passengers of the SS St. Louis, a ship of refugees that was turned away from America’s shores during WWII.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Spirit of Autumn: Immersive & Interactive Experience for All Ages

ARTECHOUSE

Oct 1 - Nov 5

Immerse into a dreamlike landscape of digital FALL at ARTECHOUSE’s new seasonal interactive installation - SPIRIT OF AUTUMN. Inspiring creativity, imagination, and play, this multi-sensory installation encourages children and adults alike to engage and collaboratively transform the exhibit space into a digital fall playground. From 270 degree wall projections to moving floor pieces activated with the footsteps to augmented-reality powered experiences, and more.

For Tickets & Details visit: https://artechouse.com/tickets

Daytime Admission (Open to All Ages): 10am-4pm

Evening Admission (21+): 5pm-10pm

Stephanie George: Dream Visions

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Stephanie George: Dream Visions. This exhibition features hand-painted monoprints by Stephanie George, an artist whose work has been exhibited widely in the Washington, DC area. George has always been a vivid dreamer. Some years ago, she started journaling her dreams when she woke up. George was fascinated at the bizarre images that came to her, like people having a conversation at a table in the middle of the road. Sometimes it’s a whole scene or narrative, sometimes it’s just a word or two, and other times it’s just an image. While initially for her own contemplation, gradually George began using these images in her work, which conveys their primitive, primal and naïve nature. After painting on canvas for years, George decided to try capturing these fleeting images in hand-printed monoprints; this method seemed more in keeping with the essence of dreams and their ephemeral quality.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience

Lake Fairfax Park

Upon opening, on October 6, THE GLOW will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets start at just $16, and are on sale now at glowdc.tixr.com. 

Categories: Family Oriented

The Glow: A Jack O'Lantern Experience

Lake Fairfax Park

Upon opening, on October 6, THE GLOW will run every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday night in October. Tickets start at just $16, and are on sale now at glowdc.tixr.com. 

Categories: Family Oriented, Holiday

The Horse and the Camera, From the Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr. Photography Collection

National Sporting Library & Museum

Come view our newest exhibition, The Horse and the Camera, 1870 to 1960, From the Judith and Jo Tartt, Jr. Photography Collection.

Categories: Arts

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art Exhibition

National Sporting Library & Museum

The Horse in Ancient Greek Art exhibition features Greek vases and sculpture from the 8th through the 4th centuries BCE drawn from a private collection, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and other museum collections.

The Mistress Cycle

Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church

The Mistress Cycle is an intelligent new musical work that tells the story of five women. Though they come from different times and cultures, they share a sisterhood.

Categories: Theater, Arts

U.S. Air Force Band Chamber Players Series

The Lyceum

Join the U.S. Air Force Band for Chamber Players Series performances at The Lyceum: Alexandria's History Museum, located at 201 S. Washington Street, Alexandria, VA 22314 on Thursdays at 7:30 p.m., September 21 through October 26.

Why North Africa? An American Invasion

United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Public Program United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Categories: History, Free, Lecture

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