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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.

Beautiful Blooms: Flowering Plants on Stamps

  • Through Sunday, July 14, 2019

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.

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.

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

Potomac River Tours

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

American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era

The Society of the Cincinnati at Anderson House

Drawn from his new book, American Honor: The Creation of the Nation's Ideals during the Revolutionary Era, Dr. Craig Bruce Smith, Massachusetts Society of the Cincinnati fellow of 2011, explores how the ethics of the Revolution were incorporated into the new republic, and how new understandings of honor were created in reaction to the Society of the Cincinnati.

Categories: Lecture, History, Free

Autumn Colors

Park View Gallery at Glen Echo Park

The Glen Echo Park Partnership is pleased to present Autumn Colors, a mixed media exhibition exploring the brilliance of the season.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, 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

Book Talk - Game Faces: Early Baseball Cards from the Library of Congress

Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Whittall Pavilion

Game Faces showcases rare and colorful baseball cards from the Library of Congress's Benjamin K. Edwards Collection, bringing to life an era of American history that saw the game explode in popularity.

Bouquets and Bubbles Flower Arranging Event

Tulips

Join us for a night out where you will create a fabulous floral arrangement while sipping on BOTTOMLESS champagne in our lounge! 

Categories: Food & Wine, Arts

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

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

Exhibition: In a Fertile World

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artists Sharon Fishel, Susan Hostetler and Nancy Sausser, investigate the various manifestations of fertility, including the airborne, the interior and the aqueous. In a Fertile World presents their shared interest in the patterns and cycles of the natural world.

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Exhibition: Lost Time

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Artist Matt Pinney seeks to represent the systems that inform and classify how we communicate. He looks at the various elements that can shape our understanding of what we see: scientific reasoning, social media, politics, and the divine. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts, Discussion

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: History, Tours, Free

Front Window Featured Artist: Joan Dreyer

Brentwood Arts Exchange

Joan Dreyer uses hi-tech and traditional tools to create freestanding three-dimensional forms and contemporary art quilts. 

Categories: Exhibits, Arts

Gallery Clarendon Features October Fall Show

Gallery Clarendon Art Experience

Reception and meet the artists - October 12  5-8PM

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Halls of the Senate

U.S. Capitol Visitors 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, History

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: Arts, Tours, Holiday

History Jargon Jeopardy

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

History Jargon Jeopardy

Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 – 1:30 p.m. Become a contestant and test your knowledge of Congress, the separation of powers, and the history of the Capitol. Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall.

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

Arlington Cultural Affairs Center

Jane Franklin Dance presents the Fall session of the Forty+ Project. 

Categories: Dance

Mid-Day Art Break: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

To participate, meet a Gaggery Guide at the Information Desk in the Lobby.

Categories: Tours, Exhibits

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

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.

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

Nordic Impressions

The Phillips Collection

Nordic Impressions is a major survey of Nordic art spanning nearly 200 years. It features works by 62 artists from Denmark, Iceland, Finland, Norway, and Sweden, as well as the self-governing islands of Åland, Faroe, and Greenland.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

One Year: 1968, A Book Discussion Group, Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race, By Margot Lee Shetterly

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

Outdoor Tour of the Capitol Grounds

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Monday through Saturday – 1 p.m. Explore the beautiful Capitol Grounds on this 50-minute guided walking tour. Meet outside the north entrance of the Capitol Visitor Center. No passes needed.

Categories: Tours, History, Free

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

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018

Volunteer Fairfax Office

Registration has begun for VolunteerFest 2018, an annual family-friendly celebration of volunteerism that mobilizes hundreds of volunteers of all ages to help local nonprofits accomplish tasks that they typically would not have the time or resources to do.

To view the entire list of VolunteerFest 2018 opportunities and to register, please visit www.volunteerfest2018.org. Registration closes Oct. 19, 2018.

Categories: Free, Other Events

Shape Note Singing

Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

Monthly community singings of early American hymns, anthems, and fuguing tunes in unaccompanied four-part harmony. Sing from Sacred Harp (1991) & Shenandoah Harmony tunebooks. Newcomers and beginners welcome to come and sing or listen. Loaner tunebooks available.

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.

Staged Reading of The Children's Hour

Washington Stage Guild

The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts' Acting in a Professional Production class presents a free staged reading of The Children's Hour on October 16th at 6:30pm at the Washington Stage Guild. This performance is directed by Melissa Baughman with guest artist Tonya Beckman.

Categories: Arts, Theater

Storytime

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

A kid-friendly, active and educational look at contemporary art for all ages and their families.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts, Free

Tackling White Fragility

Calvary Episcopal Church

A discussion group for Robin DiAngelo's new book, "White Fragility"

Categories: Books & Authors

Taking Time: An International Video Exhibition on Democracy

Rice Gallery

This international video exhibition focuses on the theme of democracy. It is organized by Izabel Galliera, assistant professor of art at McDaniel and director of the college’s Rice Gallery, and curated by Kati Simon of Berlin and Hungarian-basedVásárhelyi Zsolt.

Categories: Arts

Teatr-Pralnia with CCA Dakh

The Kennedy Center Millenium Stage

Kurbasy (Lviv, Ukraine/U.S. debut) Tight vocal harmonies, resonant lyrics, and phantasmagoric imagery from the Carpathian Mountains.

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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