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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

Alkemie performs "Rosa das Rosas: Songs of the Virgin Mary"

St. George's Episcopal Church (Arlington)

A program drawn from the Spanish Marian tradition featuring a variety of styles – beautiful melodies, intricate polyphony and boisterous dances – honoring and celebrating the Virgin.

Categories: Music: Classical

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

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.

Art Studio Tour

Great Falls Library

Art Studio Tour - Free self guided tour of 49 artists in 25 venues, 10 am to 5 pm each day. Tour Headquarters is Great Falls Library in Great Falls Va. GreatFallsStudios.com/StudioTour for map and information.

Categories: Arts, Exhibits, Free

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

Atlas Presents Music: Combo Chimbita

Atlas Performing Arts Center

Combo Chimbita performs an eclectic blend of traditional Columbian music and trippy jam band improvisation. Opening act: Gaiteros de Sanguashington, a DC-based band of Colombian musicians who play Vallenato, Cumbia, and Tropipop.

Categories: Music: Other

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

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

Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers Market

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

Capital Harvest on the Plaza Farmers Market

Fridays from 11am - 3pm

Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Avenue 

Washington, DC 20004

Opening Day: May 19 

26 week season

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

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.

Chinese Disco's Free Friday Comedy Night in Georgetown,DC

Chinese Disco Nightclub

FREE Live standup comedy show in Georgetown by local standup comedians $25 cash prize joke contest for non-com audience members after the show Every Friday night 8 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. FREE SHOW www.StandupComedyToGo.com Event begins at 8:00 p.m. Presented by: StandupComedyToGo.com

Categories: Free, Theater, Arts

Cocktails by Candlelight

Gunston Hall

Enjoy an evening at Gunston Hall during this special, after-hours event. Sip on period cocktails and sample 18th-century snacks in the historic area while you chat with friends and enjoy the peaceful candlelit evening.

Categories: Food & Wine, History

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

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

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium Brings Top Films to DC

Naval Heritage Center

DOUBLE EXPOSURE returns to DC for the third year with eleven of this year´s most compelling investigative documentary films and engaging conversations with acclaimed filmmakers.

ONE OF US from academy nominated directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady will open DX 2017. VOYEUR, directed by Myles Kane and Josh Koury will close the festival. Academy award winning director Alex Gibney´s NO STONE UNTURNED is the festival centerpiece. Plus eight new investigative documentaries highlighting topics from the Jim Crow era to white supremacy; violence and drugs in Mexico and Bolivia to corruption at the World Health Organization; the kidnapping of journalists covering war zones to Serbia´s tumultuous political inheritance; and the inner workings of big-time journalism.

Categories: Film, Discussion

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

Fall Dance Concert

Ohrstrom - Bryant Theatre

Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. / Shenandoah Conservatory’s Dance Division presents a dynamic evening of varied repertoire featuring contemporary, pointe, jazz, and modern works choreographed by dance faculty.

Categories: Arts, Dance, Music: Classical

Free Folger Friday: On Set with Tony Cisek

Folger Shakespeare Library

Tony Cisek joins us to discuss the design and installation of the playing space for our first production of the 2017/18 season.
 

Categories: Theater, Other Events, Free

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--Calvary Baptist Church Concert Series

Calvary Baptist Church

The Friday Morning Music Club invites you to our series of free classical music concerts at Calvary Baptist Church. All ages welcome to attend! Performances are most Fridays at noon from October through May.

Gallery 209 new art gallery opens in Rockville

Gallery 209

Gallery 209, a new art gallery, opens in the Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, MD

Categories: Arts, Exhibits

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

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

Into the Woods JR

Gaithersburg Arts Barn

Be careful what you wish for as Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine’s cockeyed fairytale, Into the Woods, comes to life October 20 through 29, 2017, at the Arts Barn.

Categories: Theater

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

Lila Downs

Music Center at Strathmore

Mexican-American Grammy Award-winning artist Lila Downs reinterprets music from the roots up. Her stunning vocals elevate her fusion of musical genres and storytelling prowess. She’s known for delivering a powerful mix of pop, Mexican, and indigenous sounds. 

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.

McDaniel Alumni Association Awards Banquet

Gill Center, McDaniel College

McDaniel College’s Alumni Association honors alumni who personify the college’s 150-year tradition of excellence with the Alumnus of the Year, Professional Achievement, College Service and Community Service awards, as well as the Green Terror Sports Hall of Fame awards. 

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.

Oxon Hill High School Class Of 1997 20th Reunion Weekend

Oxon Hill High (Various Locations)

Oxon Hill High School Class Of 1997 20th Reunion Weekend

Categories: Other Events

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

Quartet Uncorked!

Bennett Park Atrium

The Arlington Philharmonic's Quartet in Residence and Bistro 360 join together for a Continental pairing of splendid classical music and wine from Italy, Spain, and France.

Return of The Sukhishvilli Georgian National Ballert

George Washington University, Lisner Auditorium

This fall the Sukhishvilli Georgian National Ballet returns to Washington DC for another enthralling performance hosted by International Concerts. The event will take place at 8 p.m. on October 20th at the GWU Lisner Auditorium. 

Categories: Arts, Dance, Music: Other

Seen on Screen: “The Big Picture: The Changed Face of Europe”

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Through the Marshall Plan, Congress supported dramatic amounts of economic aid for European nations devastated by World War II. This film looks at the details of this historic plan and how it laid the foundation for both the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) and the later unification of Europe. Presented in conjunction with Congress and the World Wars on display in Exhibition Hall Meet in the House Theater in Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Categories: History, Family Oriented

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

Sound Czech

Garth Newel Music Center

A concert featuring the Garth Newel Piano Quartet performing the works of Josef Suk and Antonín Dvořák. 

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

St. Louis Church Concert & Artist Series: Guitar, Piano and Harpsichord Chamber Recital

St. Louis Church Concert & Artist Series

The first free chamber recital in St. Louis Church’s Concert and Artist Series season opens to the public with music by guitarist Ben Altman and Heather Adelsberger on harpsichord and piano -- playing the music of Bach, Rodrigo and Ponce -- at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Church in Clarksville, Howard County. See www.stlconcertseries.org or call 443-535-1691 for more information.

Categories: Music: Classical, Free

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

Sugarloaf Crafts Festival

Montgomery County Fairgrounds

Shop America's Handmade Market and support artist entrepreneurs this fall at the Sugarloaf Crafts Festival! Sugarloaf returns to the Montgomery County Fairgrounds in Gaithersburg, MD October 20 - 22 for a weekend of artistic appreciation and entertainment for collectors and enthusiasts of all ages.

The Course of Empires: American-Italian Cultural Relations, 1770-1980

Smithsonian American Art Museum, McEvoy Auditorium, Lower Level

Scholars seek to update and broaden our understanding of American-Italian cultural relations from the Revolutionary Era through the Cold War by encompassing a diversity of international voices and approaches.

Categories: Lecture, Arts, Free

The Exonerated

Glaze Studio Theatre

The Exonerated

Friday, October 20 at 8 p.m. / Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, “The Exonerated” tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted survivors of death row in their own words. Moving between first-person monologues and scenes set in courtrooms and prisons, the six interwoven stories paint a picture of an American criminal justice system gone horribly wrong—and of six brave souls who persevered to survive it.

Categories: Arts, Theater, Music: Other

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 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 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 Legend of Sleepy Hollow

George Mason University Hylton Performing Arts Center - Merchant Hall

Manassas Ballet Theatre presents The Legend of Sleepy Hollow.

Categories: Theater, Dance

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

Valley of the Haunted

Camp Hidden Valley

Valley of the Haunted is a one-of-a-kind haunted experience. 

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