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Smithsonian Craft Optimism

Smithsonian

Online Craft Show Is a Curated, Climate-Conscious Makers’ Market.

Carousel Story Time: A Carousel Tale by Elisa Kleven

Join us as we read "A Carousel Tale" by Elisa Kleven Ernst loves the carousel near his house, and his favorite animal is the dog. When the dog's wooden tail comes loose just before winter, Ernst is given the important job of keeping it safe until springtime. But the tail looks sad sitting on Ernst's […]

Free

Maryland Day 2021

University of Maryland, College Park 7736 Baltimore Ave, College Park

Maryland Day is streaming from College Park to wherever you are, so participate in demonstrations, tour our beautiful campus, conduct science experiments with everyday household items, get up and dance and even meet baby lambs. You'll also see Testudo—Maryland Day would not be complete without him!

Free

Cultivating Vision

Kadampa Meditation Center Online 1200 Canal Street SW, Washington

Our imagination creates our reality. Everything we do, everything we are, starts in the imagination. We can use the power of imagination as a foe or a friend. In this special Saturday morning talk and meditation we will look at how to cultivate a positive vision of ourself and others and harness the power of […]

$6.00 – $12.

Architecture Tour of Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House 2715 Q Street Northwest, Washington

April is National Architecture Month! Celebrate by learning about how Dumbarton House and its surrounding landscape have changed over the past two-hundred years, since it was built in 1799. Explore the site and imagine what it might have looked like with 8.5 acres of open land, multiple outbuildings, and a view down to the Potomac […]

$10

Reel Georgetown: Movies and Movie Theaters Virtual Walking Tour

Dumbarton House 2715 Q Street Northwest, Washington

Warm up for the Oscars by joining Dwane Starlin, member of the Guild of Professional Tour Guides & former SAG-AFTRA actor, for a tour of Georgetown when the neighborhood was teeming with movie screens & settings for movie shots. Reminisce of Georgetown’s role in popular cinema productions from “The Exorcist” to “Wonder Woman, 1984.”

$8 – $10

Mother Tongue Film Festival 2021: Conversation with the Director – The Forbidden Strings

Online

Soori, Hakim, Akbar, and Mohammed have a collective dream: to travel from Iran to their parents’ homeland of Afghanistan and play their first rock concert. Discussing their feature-length film "The Forbidden Strings," director Hasan Noori and producer Afsaneh Salari will explore the intricacies of production with the National Museum of Asian Art film curator, Tom […]

Free

Exhibit – Kathleen Rountree

The McLean Textile Gallery 6819 Elm Street, McLean

View stunning wall quilts made with vintage linens and lace. Kathleen incorporates an array of materials with modern quilting styles to create beautiful works of art.

Free

NIGHT BOATS at Studio Gallery

Studio Gallery

APRIL 28 - MAY 22 Curator: Aneta Georgievska-Shine 2108 R Street NW, DC 20008 In the spirit of Spring and hope, I am excited to be able to show my new work in person, and to invite you to visit this exhibition. After a year of being confined to virtual reality, it is a thrill […]

Great Ladies Symposium & Virtual Event

Virtual

Join us on Wednesday, April 28 at 11:00AM for the Eleventh Annual Great Ladies Symposium and virtual event. The Great Ladies event has informed and educated us about the path to a cure over the years. From First Lady Nancy Reagan in 2011 to Coach Pat Summitt, Sharon Percy Rockefeller, Meryl Comer and Washington Capitals […]

Poetry Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry + Angela Davis 

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Wednesday, April 28; 12:30 p.m.–1:30 p.m.  Participants can deepen their NMAAHC collection experience and let it inspire their writing in this virtual ekphrastic poetry workshop. Ekphrastic poetry responds to a work of visual art—generally a painting, sculpture or photograph. During the workshop, attendees will look at examples of ekphrastic poems and spend time composing an […]

Georgetown University Film Festival

Online Join by link, Washington DC

Since 2015, The Georgetown University Film Festival has been orchestrated by a group of student film lovers as a celebration of film—both novice and acclaimed. This year, GUFF is going virtual, from April 29th through May 2nd! Starting Thursday, 4/29 at 10 PM EDT, we will have nine programs of short films available to watch […]

Free

Livestream Lecture | Female Collectors of Porcelain Flowers and Floral Painting from the 18th-20th Centuries

Hillwood Museum 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, Washington

Livestream Lecture | Female Collectors of Porcelain Flowers and Floral Painting from the 18th-20th Centuries Thursday, April 29, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Dr. Rebecca Tilles, associate curator of 18th-century French and Western European fine and decorative arts, traces the female passion for porcelain flowers and floral painted decoration from the 18th through the 20th centuries. www.HillwoodMuseum.org  4155 Linnean Avenue, […]

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Artist Conversation with Lauren Fensterstock

Virtual Event

Thursday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. ET Discover the wonders of the celestial world with Lauren Fensterstock, one of the artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Fensterstock is joined by guest curator Emily Zilber to discuss her large-scale installation at the Renwick Gallery. Learn more about Fensterstock’s creative process and how the sixteenth-century German manuscript, The Book […]

Historically Speaking: Buses Are a Comin’: A Conversation with Freedom Rider Charles Person 

National Museum of African American History and Culture

Thursday, April 29; 7 p.m.–8 p.m. Freedom Rider and author Charles Person discuss his new book, Buses Are a Comin’: Memoir of a Freedom Rider, which provides a personal view of the U.S. civil rights movement in America. At 18, Person was the youngest of the 13 people who boarded two buses in Washington, D.C., to head […]

Reconnect with the Sacred Landscapes We Call Home

Zoom 1 Westmoreland Circle Northwest, Bethesda

This seven-week study, led by the Rev. Rachel Cornwell, is meant to awaken the visceral knowledge of the Creator through the creation, reconnect us with the sacred landscapes we call home, encourage us to provide space and time for spiritual reflection in nature and live in greater harmony with God's Earth. Each session will include a […]

Free

Women’s Leadership Breakfast (Junior League of Washington)

The Junior League of Washington’s (JLW) Women’s Leadership Breakfast is a can’t-miss opportunity to learn how to lead confidently from women who have successfully overcome obstacles to make a positive impact for their companies and communities. The 2021 Women’s Leadership Breakfast will be held virtually on Friday, April 30, 2021 from 8 – 10 a.m. […]

$50

Alzheimer’s Association Brain Ball (Virtual)

Virtual Event

This year’s virtual Alzheimer's Association Brain Ball is free and open to all. Join us from the comfort of your own home for a memorable evening hosted by Doreen Gentzler, Anchor, News4 at 6 and News4 at 11, NBC4 Washington to benefit the care, support and research efforts of the Alzheimer’s Association! The evening will […]

Free

Story of the Tabla: Zakir Hussain and Masters of Percussion

Online

Longtime WPA audience favorite Zakir Hussain is the “indisputable tabla maestro” (Gramophone): an artist who has not only taken his instrument to its limits within its original discipline, Indian classical music, but who has vastly expanded the presence of both his instrument and musical heritage within other genres—including jazz, rock, and Irish and American folk […]

$25

2nd Annual DMV Trails Tour

Jafe Cycling

In honor of National Bike Month, the second annual DMV Trails Tour hosted by Jafe Cycling will be held on Saturday, May 1, starting at 7 a.m. The tour will consist of four trails located throughout the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia territories. The event has partnered with the micromobility mapping navigation app, ScootRoute, to […]

The Story of the Lūʻau: Dance and Cooking Demonstration

May 1 – 31; on demand Explore the story of the Native Hawaiian tradition of lūʻau and learn why it plays such an important role in Hawaiian culture featuring Vicky Holt Takamine, renowned kumu hula (master teacher of Hawaiian dance), and ʻūniki (graduated) as a kumu hula from hula master Maiki Aiu Lake. As part […]

Virtual May Day Family Celebration

Online

Celebrate spring and learn more about art and environmental conservation with our virtual May Day family program. Explore how the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s team of art conservators preserve and protect works of art in a sustainable way. Then join the musical group Bash the Trash and get tips on how to reduce, reuse, and […]

Free

Virtual May Day Family Celebration

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Virtual May Day Family Celebration Saturday, May 1, 10 a.m. ET Celebrate spring and learn more about art and environmental conservation with our virtual May Day family program. Explore how the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s team of art conservators preserve and protect works of art in a sustainable way. Then join the musical group Bash the […]

Round House Theatre – Throw Me on the Burnpile and Light Me Up

Virtual Event

By Lucy Alibar Directed by Ryan Rilette MAY 3 – MAY 30, 2021 A small Florida farmhouse on a watermelon field may not seem like much, but for one little girl, it’s where magic happens. It’s where her father runs with her every morning, plays Sam Cooke on the radio, and defends death row inmates […]

$30

Throw Me on the Burnpile & Light Me Up at the Round House Theatre

Round House Theatre 4545 East West Highway, Bethesda

By Lucy Alibar Directed by Ryan Rilette MAY 3 – MAY 30, 2021 A small Florida farmhouse on a watermelon field may not seem like much, but for one little girl, it’s where magic happens. It’s where her father runs with her every morning, plays Sam Cooke on the radio, and defends death row inmates […]

Woolly Mammoth Virtual Free Gala

Virtual Event

Our annual gala returns virtually on Monday, May 3, 2021 at 8pm ET with a very “Woolly” interpretation on the rite of spring cleaning! SOAPBOX: A MAMMOTH SPRING CELEBRATION is free and online. Join Artistic Director Maria Manuela Goyanes and Managing Director Emika Abe for dynamic performances, special sneak peeks into next season, and a rousing celebration of […]

See Me Online at SAAM 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wednesday, May 5, 2 p.m. ET Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a virtual program designed for art lovers with mild to moderate dementia and their care partners. Enjoy an opportunity to discuss and engage with artworks from SAAM’s collection. Space is limited, and registration is required; email access@si.edu or call 202.633.2921 to register. Location: Online Tickets: Free […]

New Writings in American Art: Virtual Conversation with Adair Margo 

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wednesday, May 5, 7 p.m. ET Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a virtual conversation featuring author and arts leader Adair Margo. Learn more about Margo’s most recent publication, Voices of La Lydia: The History of Lydia Patterson Institute (2020), which details stories of success and perseverance from the more than 100-year history of the Lydia Preston […]

(At Home) On Art and Other Senses: Artist Talk With Anicka Yi

Virtual Event

Wednesday, May 5; 7 p.m. ET Free, registration required for Zoom. Live stream also available on YouTube and Facebook Live. Anicka Yi will join Hirshhorn associate curator Anne Reeve for an important exploration into the artist’s groundbreaking conceptual work highlighting key intersections of art, science and humanity. Over the past year, many people have wondered how art fits into their lives as […]

New Writings in American Art: Virtual Conversation with Adair Margo

Online

Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a virtual conversation featuring author and arts leader Adair Margo. Learn more about Margo’s most recent publication, Voices of La Lydia: The History of Lydia Patterson Institute (2020), which details stories of success and perseverance from the more than 100-year history of the Lydia Preston Institute. A Methodist […]

Free

The Story of the Lūʻau

Online

Explore the story of the lūʻau and learn how it showcases the music, the hula and traditional food preparation, and the importance of sharing these traditions through the generations. This three-part series explains why the lūʻau holds a unique position within Hawaiian celebrations and significant events, such as births, graduations, weddings and many more ‘ohana […]

Free

Mother’s Day Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont

Fairmont Washington DC

WASHINGTON, DC – April 16, 2021 – This Mother’s Day Weekend, Fairmont Washington, D.C., Georgetown’s Royal Afternoon Tea makes all mothers Queens for a day in its royally decorated Queen of Hearts Lounge. The exclusive and private Queen of Hearts Lounge, located on the hotel’s 9th floor, will feature Royal Afternoon Tea favorites on Friday, May […]

Floral Design How-To | Celebrate Beauty

Virtual Event

Floral Design How-To | Celebrate Beauty Friday, May 7, 2021, 1:30-2:15 p.m. Ami Wilber, floral and event décor designer, shares how to create a stunning pink arrangement featuring garden roses, ranunculus, and hydrangeas, just in time for Mother’s Day. www.HillwoodMuseum.org  4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Abiding in Wisdom

Kadampa Meditation Center 1200 Canal Street SW, Washington

https://meditation-dc.org/abiding-in-wisdom-may-7-8/ online only The Four Seals of Mahamudra Mahamudra is a sanskrit term composed of two parts: ‘maha’ meaning ‘great’ and ‘mudra’ meaning ‘seal’. The Four Seals are four special insights into reality that enable us to experience the liberating wisdom of Mahamudra, the true nature of things. During this special event with guest teacher, […]

$1 – $45

Alisa Weilerstein

Online

Performing in the beloved chamber-music setting of the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, MacArthur “Genius Grant”–winner Alisa Weilerstein gives a Home Delivery Plus recital that showcases both the sonic range of the cello and her own mastery of the instrument, in solo works including Bach’s immortal Suite No. 3 and Kodály’s exhilarating and technically daunting solo […]

$20

Opening of Mazes & Maps

Mazes and Maps An Exhibition Inspired by Digital and Analog Gaming Opens In-Person and Online 5/29 (Hyattsville, MD) For many of those who sheltered in isolation or in a small group this pandemic year, playing games has been a much needed source of entertainment and socialization. MAZES AND MAPS celebrates the importance of the game […]

Mother’s Day Love Hunt

The Mansion on O St.

Mother's Day Love Hunt Reserve: omuseum.org/mothersday Tickets: $45/person Where: O Museum in The Mansion, 2020 O Street NW When: 5/8 & 5/9 Spread the love as you search for special heartfelt items found only at O Museum in The Mansion on this heart centered treasure hunt. We have over 100 rooms and 70 secret doors (yes […]

$45

Mother’s Day Weekend Champagne & Chocolate

The Mansion on O St.

Mother's Day Weekend Champagne & Chocolate Reservations Required: omuseum.org/mothersday Tickets: $45/person Where: O Museum in The Mansion, 2020 O Street NW When: 5/8 & 5/9 Spread the love as you search for special heartfelt items found only at O Museum in The Mansion on this heart centered treasure hunt. We have over 100 rooms and 70 […]

How to Dance in the Landscapes of Your Mind

Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812 7300 MacArthur BLVD, Glen Echo

Mixed Media art exhibit by Montgomery County artist Bill Johnson.

Free

100 Years In The Present

Popcorn and Stone Tower Gallery at Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo

Glen Echo Park Partnership Galleries presents 100 Years In The Present, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Park's iconic Dentzel carousel. This exhibition honors the historic origins of Glen Echo Park as a theme park--exploring feelings of nostalgia, outdoor recreation, nature, and play. A year unexpectedly spent indoors has reminded us what we miss about […]

Free

Mother’s Day Brunch aboard City Cruises

Pier 4 at The Wharf 580 Water Street SW, Washington D.C.

City Cruises announced today its Washington D.C. port will be offering specialty cruises celebrating Mother’s Day. Sweep mom off her feet this Mother’s Day with an elegant brunch cruise while sailing along the Potomac. Gather the entire family and enjoy a delicious meal on board while taking in unmatched views of the monuments and the […]

$94.90

Mother’s Day Brunch at Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Golf Resort, Spa and Marina 100 Heron Blvd. at Route 50, Cambridge

Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay will provide a socially-distanced Mother’s Day brunch at its Water’s Edge Grille on Sunday, May 9. The menu will feature a variety of delicious dining options including a mesquite-smoked sea salt-crusted prime rib, whole mahi mahi, steamed blue crab, fresh local oysters, and more. Guests can also enjoy a variety of […]

Adventure Theatre Celebrates Mother’s Day

Adventure Theatre

GLEN ECHO: This week, Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday free digital production will celebrate Mother’s Day with a digital reading of two plays written and directed by mothers. Local actor and recent Theater Washington Helen Hayes Award winner Regina Aquino joins writer/director/creator Ayesis Clay as they share their unique stories celebrating motherhood, directed by Ali Oliver-Krueger. Adventure Theatre […]

Enduring Images: Enslaved People and Photography in the Antebellum South

Virtual Event

  Tuesday, May 11, 5 p.m. Online via Zoom Closed captioning provided Presented by Matthew Fox-Amato, Assistant Professor of History, University of Idaho From the 1840s to the end of the Civil War, some enslaved people paid to have their photographs taken and then used these portraits to shape their identities and social ties. Slave narratives, newspapers and […]

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

Virtual Event

Tuesday, May 11, 5:30-7 p.m. Online via Zoom The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about power, gender and collective memory. Join us as we analyze portraits from the exhibition “Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States” and discuss the related book “Rodham” by Curtis Sittenfeld. Participants are […]

Smithsonian American Art Museum Virtual Fellows Lectures

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Wednesday, May 12, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Thursday, May 13, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Friday, May 14, 2:30–5 p.m. ET Join the 2020–2021 class of Smithsonian American Art Museum research fellows as they present new scholarship on a range of topics and time periods, media, and messages. This series of lectures presented entirely online highlights a new […]

Innovative Lives: Sarah Will and Mike Schultz

Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation

May 12; 4 p.m. Free registration: invention.si.edu/events Sarah Will, Paralympic skier and accessibility advocate and Mike Schultz, inventor of the Moto Knee and Versa Foot, will come together to talk with NMAH sports curator Jane Rogers about their respective careers and overlapping interests in advocacy for accessible sports and the history of and ongoing technology innovations in adaptive […]

(At Home) On Art and the Improbable: Artist Talk With Diana Al-Hadid

Virtual Event

Wednesday, May 12; 7 p.m. ET Free, registration required for Zoom. Live stream also available on YouTube and Facebook Live. Diana Al-Hadid will join Charlotte Burns to discuss her work for the U.S. Embassy in addition to her experimental practice. The artist has described her practice as “getting a material to misbehave.” Her sculptures and wall panels draw influence from her Middle […]

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Virtual Event

Thursday, May 13, 5 p.m. Online via Zoom Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. Why is it important to have agency […]

Art Signs Online: Artful Conversations in ASL

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, May 13, 5:30 p.m. ET Curious about American art? Join us for a 30-minute gallery conversation about selected works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection. This program is presented in American Sign Language (ASL) with voice interpretation for participants who are deaf or hard of hearing. Zoom link provided via email upon registration. […]

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Conversation Series: Creating in a Digital Sphere

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday, May 13, 6:30 p.m. ET The digital realm defines a new chapter of Chicanx graphics. Artists use technologically based artwork to critique Big Tech, as well as distribute digital graphics across social media networks as a unifying call for social justice. This virtual conversation features artists from ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of […]

Livestream Lecture | Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion

Virtual Event

Livestream Lecture | Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion Thursday, May 13, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Colleen Hill, curator of costume and accessories at The Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (MFIT), explores the significant inspiration roses have provided to fashion designers and shares a look at the upcoming exhibition Ravishing: The Rose in Fashion, opening at […]

¡Printing the Revolution! Virtual Conversation Series: Creating in a Digital Sphere

Online

The digital realm defines a new chapter of Chicanx graphics. Artists use technologically based artwork to critique Big Tech, as well as distribute digital graphics across social media networks as a unifying call for social justice. This virtual conversation features artists from ¡Printing the Revolution! The Rise and Impact of Chicano Graphics, 1965 to Now who use digital strategies as a […]

Free

Smithsonian American Art Museum Reopening

Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum and its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery, reopen to the public Friday, May 14. This is the second reopening of the museum following closures on March 14, 2020 and on Nov. 23, 2020 as a public health precaution due to the COVID-19 global pandemic. The museum has negotiated extensions into […]

Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021

Virtual Event

Richmond, VA: March 5, 2021 -- The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2021 and the Richmond Symphony announced today that the Competition, originally scheduled to bring 44 of the world’s most talented young violinists to Richmond in May of 2020, will take place virtually from May 14-23, 2021. The Menuhin Competition distinguishes itself among competitions not only with the high level […]

Spring Makers Market

Dumbarton House 2715 Q Street Northwest, Washington

Tired of online shopping and jamming your recycling with more Amazon delivery boxes than you count? Join DC vendors and small businesses on the grounds of Dumbarton House for outdoor shopping! Vendors will be spaced throughout the grounds with everything from candles to home goods and more. Come on out, enjoy a beautiful spring day, […]

Pay-what-you-wish donation

Rug and Textile Appreciation Morning: Good, Better, Best

GW Museum & Textile Museum 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Panelists Ben Evans, editor, Hali Publications Detlef Maltzhan, managing director and proprietor, Rippon Boswell & Co. Mary Jo Otsea, former worldwide director of rugs and carpets, Sotheby’s  Wendel Swan, museum trustee and collector (moderator) How to Participate You can register for this program online. After you register, we will email you a link and instructions for joining online via Zoom. Simply […]

Native American Code Talkers

Virtual Event

May 19, 2 p.m. EST An illustrated talk by author and historian William C. Meadows followed by audience Q&A. Check the museum’s website for updates and Zoom link.

Native American Code Talkers: A Lasting Legacy

Online

During World War I and World War II, American Indians made a unique contribution to the U.S. Armed Forces by using their tribal languages in secret battle communications. Watch author and anthropologist/historian William C. Meadows of Missouri State University revealing how these Native American “code talkers” played a key role in important battles and campaigns—and […]

Free

Youth in Action: Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities

Online

Indigenous coastal Pacific communities have respected and protected their homelands’ ocean resources for thousands of years. Listen to a conversation with young Indigenous activists from across the Pacific who are utilizing traditional knowledge to inform environmental work within their communities. Moderated by Gabbi Lee (Kanaka ʻŌiwi). Panelists include Franceska De Oro (Chamoru/Taotao Tåno Ginen Guåhan), […]

Free

Youth in Action: Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities

Virtual Event

Youth in Action: Ecological Knowledge in Pacific Coastal Communities May 20; on demand Indigenous coastal Pacific communities have respected and protected their homelands’ ocean resources for thousands of years. Listen to a conversation with young Indigenous activists from across the Pacific who are utilizing traditional knowledge to inform environmental work within their communities. Youth in […]

Celebration of Community Champions

Virtual Event

Join the Greater Washington Community Foundation for an hour of inspiration at the Celebration of Community Champions on Thursday, May 20 at 6 p.m. This virtual celebration will recognize and honor the everyday heroes who stepped up to help our community navigate the pandemic and economic crisis. You will enjoy exclusive performances from local arts […]

Free

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Studio Tour with Rowland Ricketts 

Renwick Gallery

Thursday, May 20, 7 p.m. ET Enjoy a behind-the-scenes virtual studio tour and artwork demonstration by Rowland Ricketts, one of the artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Discover more about Ricketts’s work and his holistic creative process. From farming his own indigo to dyeing and aging the fabric, Ricketts looks to nature for inspiration […]

Renwick Invitational 2020 Virtual Studio Tour with Rowland Ricketts

Online

Enjoy a behind-the-scenes virtual studio tour and artwork demonstration by Rowland Ricketts, one of the artists featured in Forces of Nature: Renwick Invitational 2020. Discover more about Ricketts’s work and his holistic creative process. From farming his own indigo to dyeing and aging the fabric, Ricketts looks to nature for inspiration and material when constructing […]

Free

20th Annual National Bike to Work Day 2021

Washington, D.C. (March 1, 2021) – After a year of unprecedented change, Commuter Connections and the Washington Area Bicyclist Association (WABA) are excited to announce that registration for the 20th Annual Bike to Work Day (BTWD) event has opened. The event will take place on Friday, May 21, with pit stops in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. The […]

NEXT 2021 at the Corcoran

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design 1918 F Street, NW, Washington

This year, for the first time in its history, NEXT will be a hybrid virtual and physical experience, with outdoor installations on GW’s Foggy Bottom campus that will be on view until May 31, as well as a website (next.corcoran.gwu.edu) where theater, dance, music and art enthusiasts can virtually view student projects—from research papers to series of […]

Horticulture How-To | Pollinator-Friendly Container

Virtual Event

Horticulture How-To | Pollinator-Friendly Container Friday, May 21, 2021, 1:30-2:30 p.m. Join Jessica Bonilla, head of horticulture, via Zoom to create your own beautiful container of flowering plants that attract butterflies, birds, bees, and other pollinators. www.HillwoodMuseum.org  4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Evgeny Kissin, Joshua Bell, & Steven Isserlis

Online

Three masters of classical music unite in the magisterial space of the Kennedy Center Concert Hall for an emotionally powerful and musically diverse presentation focusing on themes of vibrant Jewish life, memory and loss. The first half of the Headline Artist program includes works inspired by Jewish folk songs and liturgical melodies. It will feature […]

$30

Carousel Family Day: Carousel Crafts

Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812 7300 MacArthur BLVD, Glen Echo

Join the Glen Echo Park Partnership for the first Carousel Family Day as part of the celebration of the carousel’s 100th anniversary. Pre-registered participants will be able to celebrate the Carousel's 100th birthday by creating their own carousel to take home, as well as decorating a birthday hat to wear and a birthday card for […]

Free

Award-Winning iSing Silicon Valley Girlchoir Spring Concert Choosing Harmony

Virtual Event

iSing Silicon Valley is pleased to announce its eighth annual Spring Concert, which will premiere on Saturday, May 22, at 4:30pm PT/7:30pm ET on YouTube (free). Choosing Harmony features 250 iSing girls joined by the St. Lawrence String Quartet, Amaranth Quartet, and other guest artists. Choosing Harmony is the virtual concert premiere of iSing’s first […]

Free, please RSVP to receive viewing link

Beyond the Studio Virtual Workshop: Watercolor Illustration with Marcella Kriebel 

Luce Foundation Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum F St NW &, 8th St NW, Washington

Sunday, May 23, 1–2 p.m. ET Venture beyond the studio with DC artist Marcella Kriebel. Register now for this engaging Zoom workshop and learn the basics of watercolor and illustration techniques, then try your hand at making your own masterpiece. Kriebel is known for her culinary watercolor paintings and murals throughout DC, which include collaborations with […]

Celebremos Nuestras Historias!

Online

GLEN ECHO: Tune in this Sunday, May 23, for another episode of Celebremos Nuestras Historias! Host Andrea Sarralde and her special guests read their favorite children’s books with their families as Adventure continues to celebrate Mother’s Day. Andrea will read El Principito with her daughters, followed by the Parra Zeeb family reading El Renacuajo Paseador together, and Teresa Giral […]

Watercolors in the Garden with Justine Swindel

Georgetown Garden 1533 Wisconsin Ave. NW, Washington

The DC area has more than 41,000 homes listed as historic many dating back to development in the mid-1700s.  Join artist/illustrator Justine Swindell to watercolor paint and learn about these classic styles and which neighborhoods you find them in! This class will be held outside at the Georgetown Garden, and drinks will be available for […]

Black Wall Street: The Hidden Economy

National Archives 701 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington

After Reconstruction, the Black community built its own financial engine to give each other much-needed economic support and opportunity. This effort faced political and legal intimidation as well as violent and deadly attacks, like the Tulsa Race Massacre in 1921. Join the National Archives Foundation as we explore the development of Black wall streets, how […]

Free

Livestream Discussion with Artist Vladimir Kanevsky

Virtual Event

Livestream Discussion with Artist Vladimir Kanevsky Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Join Wilfried Zeisler, chief curator, and Vladimir Kanevsky, artist, for a behind-the-scenes look of the exhibition The Porcelain Flowers of Vladimir Kanevsky. Explore Kanevsky’s home studio before asking questions in real time. www.HillwoodMuseum.org  4155 Linnean Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008

Music for the Moment: An Asian American Offering

Online

A performance featuring Asian American women musicians and performers who draw on deep cultural heritages and contemporary genres—from performance art and ritual to hip-hop, rock, and pop. Streaming on Facebook and YouTube. Co-presented by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, and the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.Accessibility services provided.

Free

Fashion on Film: Renegades of Fashion: Vivienne Westwood

GW Museum & Textile Museum 701 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052

Join Librarian Tracy Meserve for a conversation about “Renegades of Fashion: Vivienne Westwood,” a short film on legacy of the revolutionary British designer. About the Film Punk. Designer. Rebel. Millionaire. All of these words describe Vivienne Westwood, the influential British designer who embodied the rebellion behind the punk movement. In an industry predominantly created to […]

DC Punch Needle Class with Wendy Galietta Williams

Shop Made in DC 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, Washington, DC

3-THURSDAY, MAY 27th 2021 (IRL @ Georgetown Garden – 1533 Wisconsin Ave NW) DC Punch Needle Class – Wendy Galietta Williams : $60 / Person – 7-8:30PM SIGN UP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/dc-punch-needle-class-with-wendy-galietta-williams-tickets-152095865829 If you love textiles and texture, you owe it to yourself to play in the cozy art of punch needle!  Our goal is for you to […]

Podcast Release: Luce Listening Party with Hometown Sounds and Yasmin Williams 

Friday, May 28 Luce Unplugged has gone digital! SAAM’s Luce Foundation Center has teamed up with Paul Vodra, and Anthony Porecco of local music podcast Hometown Sounds to feature music and conversations from DC artists. Tune in for an episode featuring the experimental guitar melodies of DC musician Yasmin Williams. Williams is known for her unique, fingerstyle acoustic guitar and for her […]

Veronica Swift

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With a repertoire running the gamut from swing to bebop to the Great American Songbook, Veronica Swift is a young but fully fledged star on the international jazz scene. Boasting a clear and lilting tone and radiant stage presence, Swift is also a master of rigorous vocal techniques like vocalese and scat. Having first gained […]

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At the Movies 2021: Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance

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(USA, 2017, 70. min.) Director: George Colburn Follow the return of six Navajo Code Talkers to the five Pacific Island sites where their unbreakable secret code, based on the unwritten Navajo language, helped US forces overcome Japanese expansion in the Pacific theater during World War II. The code was never broken. The highly personal reflections […]

At the Movies 2021: Navajo Code Talkers: A Journey of Remembrance

National Museum of the American Indian Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W., Washington

  May 29–31; on demand  americanindian.si.edu/online-programs (USA, 2017, 70. min.) Director: George Colburn Follow the return of six Navajo Code Talkers to the five Pacific Island sites where their unbreakable secret code, based on the unwritten Navajo language, helped US forces overcome Japanese expansion in the Pacific theater during World War II. The code was […]

National Chamber Ensemble – The Remarkable Four Seasons Of Vivaldi

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(Concert links will go out on May 29 and will allow our audience 12 days to enjoy the concert at their convenience, the audience will also receive an invitation to a live virtual reception and conversation with the artists on Sun, June 6 at 4 PM) The exciting presentation of Vivaldi’s “The Remarkable Four Seasons” […]

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PBS National Memorial Day Concert

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PBS’ NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT: A NIGHT OF REMEMBRANCE RETURNS WITH PERFORMANCES AND TRIBUTES FROM WASHINGTON, D.C. AND AROUND THE COUNTRY HONORING ALL OF OUR AMERICAN HEROES   All-Star Line-up Hosted by Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise with General Colin Powell, Gladys Knight, Vince Gill, Sara Bareilles, Alan Jackson, Denyce Graves, The Four Tops, Steve Buscemi, […]

Moment of Reflection with the NMAAHC

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Moment of Reflection Tuesday, June 1; 12 p.m. ET The public is invited to join NMAAHC and Smithsonian museums for a digital commemoration of Tulsa Race Massacre centennial that took place May 31 – June 1, 1921. The moment of reflection, taking place across the museum’s social media channels, is a time to honor the […]

34th Annual DanceAfrica Festival

Dance Place

WHAT: DanceAfrica, DC 2021 WHEN: June 1 - 6th, 2021 WHERE: FREE virtual festival found at danceplace.org/dadc2021 and a physically distant outdoor gathering* location TBD *In-person events are pending based on local and federal health regulations May, 2021 (Washington, D.C.) -- Dance Place hosts the 34th annual DanceAfrica, DC festival; Together Again: Celebrating Life, Love, […]

On Juneteenth

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In On Juneteenth, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Annette Gordon-Reed tells the sweeping story of Juneteenth’s integral importance to American history and provides a historian’s view of the country’s long road to Juneteenth, recounting both its origins in Texas and the enormous hardships that African-Americans have endured in the century since, from Reconstruction through Jim Crow and […]

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Historically Speaking: In Remembrance of Greenwood

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Wednesday, June 2; 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m. NMAAHC and Smithsonian magazine join forces in a virtual program to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre. A panel discussion explores the development of Tulsa’s Greenwood District, the events that led to its Black residents being the target of racially motivated violence, and the community’s resilience and regrowth. […]

Viewfinder Virtual Film Series: Chitra Ganesh on Dreaming and Refusal

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Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum for a virtual film screening featuring the work of artistic duo Girl. Made up of the Brooklyn-based artists Chitra Ganesh and Simone Leigh, Girl created the collaborative video My Dreams, My Works Must Wait Till After Hell (7:14 mins., 2011). Set to a haunting score of Japanese flutes and […]

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Hand Lettering Happy Hour—Good Letters Design

Shop Made in DC 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, Washington, DC

4-THURSDAY, JUNE 3rd 2021 (VIRTUAL) – Hand Lettering Happy Hour – Good Letters Design : $40/person – 6:30-8PM SIGN UP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/hand-lettering-happy-hour-tickets-142795764977 Pour yourself your preferred beverage and join Madelyne Adams, the hands behind the hand lettering of Good Letters Design, for a hand lettering happy hour. This workshop will cover the basics of hand lettering and […]

Trivia in the Garden

Dumbarton House 2715 Q Street Northwest, Washington

Join Dumbarton House for an outdoor trivia night on the grounds of the museum! Topics will include DC History, Geography, Movies, Plants and Animals, and Political History. Light refreshments will be available for purchase. Teams are limited to 6 people and attendees must provide their own picnic blankets or lawn chairs for seating.

The Art of Fugue: Schaghajegh Nosrati

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Making her Washington Performing Arts debut, German pianist and 2021 Hayes Artist Schaghajegh Nosrati comes to Home Delivery Plus from the stage of the Kennedy Center Terrace Theater, performing a cornerstone of her repertoire, The Art of Fugue by J.S. Bach. Following an attention-getting second prize award in 2014’s International Bach Competition in Leipzig, Nosrati […]

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Virtual Drag Queen Story Time with Ruth Allen Ginsburg

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Join the Smithsonian American Art Museum online for our annual Pride festivities and celebrate inclusivity and love for all. Enjoy a lively story time performance with beloved DC drag queen Ruth Allen Ginsburg. Ruth brings fun for the whole family as she reads classic nursery rhymes and tales for children. Then, continue the party by […]

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Outdoor Marketplace at Glen Echo Park

Glen Echo Park 7300 MacArthur Blvd Glen Echo, MD 20812 7300 MacArthur BLVD, Glen Echo

The marketplace will take place throughout the park outside several of our resident artist's studios. Presented by the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture, this outdoor sale features the work of Glen Echo Park resident artists and includes works in a wide range of artistic media, including: • Ceramics • Blown Glass • […]

Black Lives Matter Plaza One-Year Anniversary

Black Lives Matter Plaza K St. NW, Washington

Join Fit DC on Black Lives Matter Plaza on June 5 at 11:30AM About this event Join Fit DC on Black Lives Matter Plaza. When: Saturday, June 5 at 11:30am Where: Black Lives Matter Plaza Featuring: Workout led by Gym Jonez (Free BLM Plaza workout mat for first 100 participants) Performance by Backyard Band Refreshments […]

Embroidery 101 with Hayley Hassan

Shop Made in DC 1330 19th St NW, Washington, DC 20036, Washington, DC

5-SATURDAY, JUNE 5th 2021  (IRL @ Georgetown Garden – 1533 Wisconsin Ave NW) – EMBROIDERY 101 – Hayley Hassan : $75/person – 2-4PM SIGN UP HERE: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/embroidery-101-tickets-152158844199 Embroidery Artist Hayley Hassan will teach you IRL the fundamentals of embroidery with a female inspired class!  She will teach a simple pattern of the female sign, as well as teach […]

I AM WOMAN

Washington Printmakers Gallery 1641 Wisconsin Ave, NW, Washington

I AM WOMAN June 5 - June 27, 2021 I AM WOMAN: Coming soon Artist Linda Behar is speaking at the Washington Printmakers Gallery on Saturday, June 5th, from 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm to open her show, I AM WOMAN. Behar will discuss her life, her career as an artist, and will demonstrate the […]

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Virtual Concert | Congressional Chorus presents ¡VIVA LA MÚSICA! The Sounds of Latin America

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The Congressional Chorus is excited to premiere our final virtual concert of the 2020-2021 season - ¡Viva La Música! The Sounds of Latin America - available to stream on Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 8PM ET on our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/congchorus. Performed by the Congressional Chorus and a host of collaborators, this end-of-season celebration will […]

Free; suggested donation.

Exterior Tour of Dumbarton House

Dumbarton House 2715 Q Street Northwest, Washington

Come learn about how Dumbarton House and its surrounding landscape have changed over the past two-hundred years since it’s construction in 1799. Explore the site and imagine what it might have looked like with 8.5 acres of open land, multiple outbuildings, and a view down to the Potomac River. This tour will last approximately 45 […]

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BLACK MALE POWER AND “THE TALK”: A TOWN HALL BASED ON BLACK PANTHER: TALES OF WAKANDA

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BLACK MALE POWER AND “THE TALK”: A TOWN HALL BASED ON BLACK PANTHER: TALES OF WAKANDA WHAT: The recent police killings and harassment of unarmed Black men have shed light on “The Talk,’’ the discussion Black American fathers have with their sons about how to behave and protect themselves during a routine traffic stop by law […]