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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.

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.

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"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

Actually

Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

By Anna Ziegler, directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Categories: Theater

Actually

Arena Stage - Mead Center for American Theater

By Anna Ziegler, directed by Johanna Gruenhut

Categories: Theater

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

Arlington Historical Museum Open for Free Tours

Arlington Historical Museum

Walk through Arlington history and see our temporary exhibit on the men who died in WWI.

Categories: Exhibits, History, 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

Community Coffeehouse

Clay Pots... A Place to Grow

Come hang out at your community gathering spot!

Categories: Family Oriented, Free

Community Stories Festival: Closing Night

Silver Spring Civic Building at Veterans Plaza

Come see short documentaries about local people, places, and happenings from across the Washington DC Metropolitan area. Come meet the filmmakers, some of the folks featured in the films, and celebrate community stories. As the Closing Night of the Community Stories Film Festival, please join us at 7:00 pm for a joint reception with light refreshments with Silver Spring Town Center, Inc. The screening will begin at 7:30 pm.

Categories: Film, Fairs & Festivals, 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

Dozan Wa Awtar - Performing for the first time in the US!

First Congregational United Church of Christ

A benefit concert to support refugees, featuring the Jordanian singing troupe Dozan Wa Awtar!

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

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: Jordan Kitt's Music Concert Series

Jordan Kitt's Music

This is the third season of musical collaboration between Jordan Kitt’s and the Friday Morning Music Club! This recital series will feature an exciting collection of both piano, duo-piano and instrumental chamber music works. An extremely talented group of musicians will present a wonderful selection of music by a diverse collection of composers.

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

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

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

Loyola to hold panel discussion to focus on the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church

Loyola University Maryland

Loyola University Maryland will hold a panel discussion, The Sex Abuse Catastrophe in the Catholic Church: Seeking a Way Forward, on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018, at 5:30 p.m. in the Alumni Memorial Chapel. The event, which is sponsored by the Catholic Studies program and Campus Ministry, is free and open to the public.

Categories: Discussion

Lunder Conservation Center Tour

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Learn how museum conservators preserve SAAM’s artworks.

Categories: Arts, Free

Mid-day Art Break: Free Tour

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

Join us for a free tour, daily!

Categories: Lecture, Tours, Exhibits

Monster Energy Presents Consumer Winner Jesse Hebert One Million Dollar Check - Festivities will include sampling, a DJ, Monster Girls and Giveaways

7-Eleven

Monster Energy will present Jesse Hebert of Kensington, Maryland a one-million dollar check at his local 7-Eleven for winning the $1 million grand prize in the Monster Millions consumer sweepstakes last month at the Monster Energy Cup.

Festivities will include sampling, DJ, Monster Girls and Giveaways

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

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

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

Sprout Film & Art Festival

Water's Edge Events Center

The Sprout Film & Art Festival highlights the many talents of people with differing abilities, as well as other professional artists in our community. 

Categories: Arts, Film, Fairs & Festivals

Stories in the Old Senate Chamber

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center

Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 21, 28 – 10:30 a.m. Visit the historic chamber where senators debated legislation from 1810 – 1859. Learn about events that took place here. Meet in the entrance of Exhibition Hall. 30 minutes.

Storytime

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden

STORYTIME explores contemporary art through stories and movement.

Categories: Family Oriented, Arts, Tours

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 Salute to Military Spouses

Long View Gallery

On November 14, the USO will host The Salute to Military Spouses — a half-day summit in Washington, D.C.,  bringing military spouses, military-support organizations, business leaders and key USO supporters together for panels that examine key issues such as education and employment, community building, peer networking and family-strengthening programs.

Categories: Other Events

This is SamulNori Performed by SamulNori Hanullim

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

Kim Duk Soo SamulNori ensemble founded SamulNori Hanullim Performing Art Troupe in 1993 with goal of better preserving and promoting the diverse Korean traditional arts including SamulNori through performances, research, and education. Not only has reinvigorated Korea's entire tradition of folk music, this group has expanded its musical boundaries from the very tradition to the very contemporary, performing on over 3000 stages throughout the globe. Artistically directed by Kim, Duk-Soo (artistic director) and Hong,Yun-Ki(chief artistic manager) those who originated the group of SamulNori, SamulNori Hanullim Performing Art Troupe consist of SamulNori ensembles, Korean traditional performing arts troupe, and contemporary Super NanJang Band.

This is SamulNori: featuring Kim Duk Soo and SamulNori Hanullim

Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club

The Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C. proudly presents Korean master percussionist Kim Duk Soo and the renowned SamulNori Hanullim troupe as they return to the Washington, D.C. region for a special free, public concert event, This is SamulNori, at the historic Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club on Wednesday, November 14 at 7:30 p.m., hosted by the Korean Cultural Center Washington, D.C.!

Town Hall Meeting to Discuss Impending Access to In-Home Care Crisis in Maryland

American Legion Post 86

Maryland residents, elected officials, and healthcare professionals will gather to discuss the growing crisis stemming from the lack of accessibility to needed home care nursing services for children and adults with disabilities who have been prescribed and authorized for this care. We'll also discuss the barriers to accessing this care, and the challenges that arise when that care is not available. Meeting is open to the public and the media.

Tunes for Tots: ages 18 months - 3 years

Workhouse Arts Center

We’ll bounce, dance, and sing to favorite songs and lullabies!

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

Washington National Opera: Silent Night

Kennedy Center, Eisenhower Theater

On Christmas Eve at the height of World War I, a spontaneous cease-fire arises between enemy soldiers. Based on the true story and 2005 film, Silent Night features Pulitzer Prize–winning music in multiple languages, capturing humanity and hope amidst a devastating war.

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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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