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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 University's Public Relations Student Society of America Presents Icons of DC

Abramson Family Recital Hall at the AU Katzen Arts Center

Join us with honoring a few D.C. Icons through an awards ceremony and conversation.

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

Black Uhuru at The Howard Theater

The Howard Theater

Reggae Masters Black Uhuru Back with First Album in Fifteen Years and US Tour

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

Eat, Drink, and Be Merry Art Exhibit

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Eat, Drink, and Be Merry” celebrates the way food and drink bring people together and joy to our lives. Art inspired by food, real or metaphorical, that nourishes the viewer is exhibited. This exhibit (September 7-30, 2018) combines a national ceramic show focused on vessels for the table with a regional art exhibit. Opening Reception: Friday, September 7, 7-9pm.View at Del Ray Artisans Gallery, 2704 Mount Vernon Avenue, Alexandria.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

Edgar P. Richardson Symposium: New Perspectives on Portraiture

Smithsonian’s American Art Museum and Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

The National Portrait Gallery’s 50th anniversary provides an opportunity to assess the study of portraiture. Recent scholarship has revived an interest in analyzing a genre clearly distinct in many ways from other art forms.

Categories: Lecture, Arts, Discussion

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

Family Thursdays and Saturdays

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Thursdays at 1:30 p.m., Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

In recognition of Constitution Week, create an original mobile about the three branches of government. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Free Parking: D’Arista Legacy

American University Museum at Katzen Arts Center

Join former students of Robert D’Arista, his family, friends, and his fans, for this salon-style conversation in the Alper space. This event is free and open to all, please RSVP at: tinyurl.com/AlperTickets

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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.

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

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, History, Arts

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, History, Arts

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

Joint Tours of the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum

National Portrait Gallery F Street Lobby

Portrait Gallery and American Art docents team up to present tours of both collections. All joint tours begin at 1 p.m. and last approximately 60 to 90 minutes.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

Jokes That Give Back: A Standup Comedy Show

DC Drafthouse Comedy Theatre

On the third Thursday of every month, Baltimore's Nicki Fuchs and D.C.'s Becca Lundberg bring you Jokes That Give Back: a standup comedy show starring stellar comics from the DMV and beyond dedicated to helping charities in the community. A portion of proceeds from this month's show go to Women Involved in Reentry Efforts - The WIRE.

Categories: Charity Events, Arts, Theater

Live! Concert Series on the Plaza

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

Free lunchtime performances featuring the area's most talented entertainers. 

Categories: Free, Music: Other

Macbeth

Folger Shakespeare Library

As adapted and amended by Sir William Davenant

With music by John Eccles and others performed by Folger Consort

Directed by Robert Richmond

Categories: Theater

Music at 1310 Kitchen & Bar

1310 Kitchen & Bar

Come join us at 1310 Kitchen & Bar every Thursday night for Live Music!

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

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

Opening Reception for Repurposed with Purpose: Meaning in the Materials of Making

Maryland Art Place

Repurposed with Purpose: Meaning in the Materials of Making

Curated by Doreen Bolger

On View: September 20 - November 10, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, September 20, 6-9pm

Join us for the opening reception of Repurposed with Purpose: Meaning in the Materials of Making! 

Categories: Arts, Free, Exhibits

Outdoor Concert by Karen Collins and the Backroads Band

Grace Episcopal Church (Georgetown)

On Thursday, September 20, at 6:00 pm Karen Collins and the Backroads Band will perform a concert of honky-tonk country music on the lawn of Grace Episcopal Church in Georgetown.

Portrait Insight

National Portrait Gallery G Street Lobby

Listen to vivid verbal descriptions in a program well suited to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Open to all.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Tours

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

RSVP Seminar on Senior Volunteerism in Reston, Sept 20

Cornerstones

RSVP Northern Virginia will hold a seminar on senior volunteerism, Thursday, Sept. 20, at 10:00 a.m., at the offices of Cornerstones in Reston. The one-hour event is free and open to the public.

The event will be held in training room B at Cornerstones’ office located at 11150 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 210, Reston, Va., 20190. Free parking is available.

Categories: Free

SOAR Community Summit

WUSA9

3rd Annual SOAR Community Summit - Business Growth Strategies, Leadership Development, Corporate Culture, Social Impact, Marketing & Branding

The Hunter and the Hunted: Made to Measure

Rice Gallery

McDaniel College Assistant Professor of Art Chloe Irla showcases site-specific work created for this exhibition, such as monumental quilts made from hunting and camping textiles, lenticular prints, projected animated GIFs and a window installation. 

Categories: Arts

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Kennedy Center

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Kennedy Center

At the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Family Theater
2700 F St NW, Washington, DC.
Based on the book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen, adapted and directed by Hershey Felder.

Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked

National Portrait Gallery G Street Lobby

Discover people and faces from American history that you might not know—but should! 

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Discussion

United by the Appalachian Trail Photo Exhibit

Rotunda, Russell Senate Office Building, Capitol Hill

A special photo exhibit in the Rotunda of the Russell Senate Office Building September 17-21 displays 17 photographs by various artists which showcase the renowned Trail, the longest hiking-only footpath in the world.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

US - Emerging Voices in Clay

District Clay Center

This exciting and expansive exhibition, curated by Roberto Lugo, Ceramic Artist of The Year, showcases emerging women artists from across the country and their revolutionary pieces that reveal their personal journeys and experiences in this fragmented, and at times perplexing world. Their work looks at the difficulties we encounter, the places we create to shelter and nurture ourselves and the political and cultural winds that buffet us.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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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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