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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.

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.

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.

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Gil Shaham, violin

The Music Center at Strathmore

As a proud media partner of Gil Shaham, Classical WETA afternoon host Nicole Lacroix will be introducing the performance from the stage. Before the concert be sure to stop by and say hello to FM Host Nicole Lacroix at the Classical WETA Table!

Categories: Music: Classical

National Symphony Orchestra: Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto No. 3

Kennedy Center, Concert Hall

Acclaimed pianist Denis Kozhukhin makes his NSO debut playing Rachmaninoff’s striking Third Piano Concerto in a program conducted by Carlos Miguel Prieto. The concert will also feature Copland’s El Salón México and Revueltas’s La noche de los Mayas, pieces both closely associated with Prieto's birthplace of Mexico.

Categories: Music: Classical

Josh Groban: Bridges Tour w/ special guest Idina Menzel

Capital One Arena

Josh Groban is an American crossover vocalist and songwriter covering classical, contemporary and pop styles. Josh enjoyed tremendous chart and critical success almost from the very start of his career with numerous gold- and platinum-selling records and worldwide tours in the 10-plus years he has been on the world stage. Blessed with a highly versatile voice that can range from upper baritone into the tenor range, Josh's unquestionably impressive vocals has made him one of the most popular crossover classical singers of the last 20 years.

"Peter Pan" presented by the Association of Russian Theatres

F Scott Fitzgerald Theatre

Presented in Russian

"Rayceen, Fix Me Up!" Pre-Holiday Mixer

Watha T. Daniel - Shaw Library

Join host Rayceen Pendarvis for a special pre-holiday mixer at Shaw Library on November 15, presented by Team Rayceen, Jay Walking Productions, and Rainbow History Project Foundation.

This event is for LGBTQ people and allies age 18 and over. It is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Are you new to the DC area? Are you seeking new friendships and social connections? Are you trying to figure out what to do for the holidays? Please come to our event! Meet new people in a casual, friendly atmosphere. 

Arrive by 6:30 to receive a free raffle ticket for our giveaways. 

Shaw Library is located at the corner of 7th St NW, R St NW, and Rhode Island Avenue NW, not far from the U Street Corridor and Logan Circle. It is across R St from the Shaw-Howard Metro Station. The building and the Meeting Room on the lower level are wheelchair accessible. 

Free mixer for LGBTQIA+ people and allies

Categories: Free, Other Events

"Spring Awakening" presented by McDaniel College Theatre

WMC Alumni Hall

This Tony Award-winning rock musical explores the journey from adolescence to adulthood in a powerful celebration of youth and love. 

Categories: Theater

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Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

By Anna Ziegler, directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Categories: Theater

Africa's Legacy Global Dinner

Decker Center Forum, McDaniel College

Sample African dishes and learn more about the African continent at this global dinner organized by McDaniel’s Africa’s Legacy student organization. 

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

Books Sandwiched In

McDaniel Lounge

For the 27th year, Jane Sharpe, associate librarian emerita at McDaniel College, provides advice on the best books to give as holiday gifts. 

Categories: Books & Authors

Christmas Thyme at Sycamore Heights Farmhouse Craft Show

Sycamore Heights Farmhouse

Come experience Christmas Thyme at the 1860 farmhouse.  Enjoy a wide variety of handmade crafts by crafter in the tri-state area. Featuring candles, country, early American, primitives, folk art, jewelry, Christmas and everyday décor. Needful things for everyone. Shop for all of your Christmas and gift giving needs. 

Admission is free. Credit cards are accepted. Crafters please inquire.

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Danika & The Jeb

BlackRock Center for the Arts

DANIKA & THE JEB are a dynamic and soulful combination of artfully written songs and powerful musical phrasing. While Jeb crafts a story with six strings, Danika’s raspy yet warm voice hits the heart.

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

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

Family Thursdays and Saturdays, November 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

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

Write letters to soldiers serving the country today and make a poppy while learning about the history of Armistice Day, the national holiday we now call Veterans Day. Learn about messages and symbols from the World Wars. 30 minutes.

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: Old Town Hall Concert Series

Old Town Hall

FMMC's monthly concert series on Thursday afternoons features a diverse collection of classical works performed by an accomplished group of musicians. Music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend!

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

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

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

McDaniel College Flute Choir/Small Ensembles Concert

McDaniel Lounge

The Flute Choir and small ensembles formed from the Flute Choir perform under the direction of Linda Kirkpatrick, senior lecturer in music.

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: 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

National Portrait Gallery: Strike a Prose: Create Vivid Characters

National Portrait Gallery

In this creative writing workshop inspired by “Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now” we will focus on writing characters that breathe, move and feel.

National Portrait Gallery: 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

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

On Fly in The Salt

National Sporting Library & Museum

On Fly in the Salt: From the Surf to the Flats is a curated journey through time, filled with the people, places, and innovations that have made saltwater fly fishing one of the fastest growing sectors of the exciting and dynamic angling industry.

Categories: Exhibits, History

Opioids: Communities Fighting Back

National Law Enforcement Museum

Join the National Law Enforcement Museum to hear from three experts dealing with the opioid crisis. Each expert will speak about the different paths their communities have taken to aid families affected by opioids and prevent further damage from these drugs.

Categories: Discussion, Exhibits

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

She Like Girls

UMBC Proscenium Theatre

A play put on my UMBC Dept of Theatre

Categories: Arts, Theater

Take 5! Nicole Saphos

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Relax and “Take 5!” with a free, live performance from jazz bassist and singer-songwriter Nicole Saphos in the stunning Kogod Courtyard. Stop by the Courtyard Café for refreshments, and for added fun borrow a board game to play during the concert.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free, Arts

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 Doors of Make Room Art Reception

National Museum of Women in the Arts

The Doors of Make Room art reception will celebrate the success of the public art exhibition that included 11 doors around Washington, DC during National Month for Renters in September. Now, The Doors will be auctioned off and every dollar raised will go toward Make Room’s public education efforts as well as advancing public and private sector solutions to ensure all renters have access to a quality home they can afford.

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

Women in Film Gender Redefined Film Series: Sofia Coppola's The Beguiled

the Brentwood Arts Exchange

Coppola's version is a quietly unnerving Southern Gothic revival of sex and power that, though set during the Civil War, is eerily prescient.

Categories: Film, Free

“Connecting Threads” Art Exhibit November 2 - 25, 2018

The Del Ray Artisans Gallery

“Connecting Threads” art exhibit celebrates fiber and how it connects us. The exhibit features the work of regional artists showcasing traditional and non-traditional ways to manipulate fiber and highlights narratives where textiles and fiber trigger nostalgia. Opening Reception: Friday, November 2, 7-9pm. See the exhibit and donate new towels for Carpenter’s Shelter from November 2-25 at Del Ray Artisans.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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