Oct
18
to Jun 1

What Absence Is Made of

What does absence look like? How can loss—of objects, of memory, of yourself—become a tool for artistic expression? In the face of today’s increasingly noisy consumer culture, What Absence Is Made Of answers these questions and more as it mines the Hirshhorn’s extensive collection in search of the mind-bending ways that artists surmount the limits of the material world.

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Dec
15
to Nov 12

Portraits of the World: Switzerland

  • National Portrait Gallery (map)
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"Portraits of the World: Switzerland" is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an international artist affiliated with the lending country. The featured work for 2017-18 is Femme en Extase, a portrait of the Italian dancer Giulia Leonardi by the great Swiss painter Ferdinand Hodler, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva. Hodler's experimentation with the abstract elements of color, line and expression created a vibrant new mode of Swiss art at the dawn of the twentieth century. December 15th - November 12, 2018.

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Jan
4
to Oct 28

Jackson Pollock's Mural

  • National Gallery of Art, East Building (map)
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A special installation in the Gallery’s East Building features Mural (1943) by Jackson Pollock, on loan from the University of Iowa Museum of Art. Originally commissioned by Peggy Guggenheim for her New York City townhouse, the early painting is Pollock’s largest work at nearly 20 feet long, and represents a major turning point in the seminal artist’s career and style. On display until October 28, 2018.

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Jan
18
to Dec 31

Americans

American Indian images, names, and stories infuse American history and contemporary life. The images are everywhere, from the Land O’Lakes butter maiden to the Cleveland Indians’ mascot, and from classic Westerns and cartoons to episodes of Seinfeld and South Park. American Indian names are everywhere too, from state, city, and street names to the Tomahawk missile. And the familiar historical events of Pocahontas’s life, the Trail of Tears, and the Battle of Little Bighorn remain popular reference points in everyday conversations. Americans highlights the ways in which American Indians have been part of the nation’s identity since before the country began. It will surround visitors with images, delve into the three stories, and invite them to begin a conversation about why this phenomenon exists. Pervasive, powerful, at times demeaning, the images, names, and stories reveal the deep connection between Americans and American Indians as well as how Indians have been embedded in unexpected ways in the history, pop culture, and identity of the United States.

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Feb
7
to Oct 14

Orchids at the US Botanical Garden

Come immerse yourself in our annual orchid show, presented in collaboration with Smithsonian Gardens. Found on every continent except Antarctica, orchids showcase a wide spectrum of diversity in color, shape, size, habitat, scent, and many other aspects. Visit the USBG Conservatory to explore thousands of amazing orchid blooms arranged in captivating displays, and appreciate many unique, rarely seen orchids from the USBG's and Smithsonian Gardens' extensive plant collections. January 31st - October 15th, 2018.

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May
4
to May 28

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

For more than forty years, Sally Mann has made experimental, elegiac, and hauntingly beautiful photographs that explore the overarching themes of existence: memory, desire, death, the bonds of family, and nature's magisterial indifference to human endeavor. Organized into five sections-Family, The Land, Last Measure, Abide with Me, and What Remains-and including many works not previously published or publicly shown, the exhibition is the first major survey of the artist's work to travel internationally. On display until May 28, 2018.

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May
4
to Jul 22

A Sporting Vision: The Paul Mellon Collection of British Sporting Art from the VMFA

The National Sporting Library & Museum is the opening venue for the major traveling exhibition of eighty-four paintings organized by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (VMFA) with representative masterpieces of the genre-including works by George Stubbs, Sir Francis Grant, John Frederick Herring, Benjamin Marshall, and George Morland- celebrates Paul Mellon's gift of British sporting art to the VMFA. It also proposes a fresh look at sporting art within wider social and artistic contexts, including the scientific and industrial revolutions of the 18th and 19th centuries, the transformation of the British countryside, the evolutionary history of the horse and other animals, and society's changing habits and customs.

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May
19
to Jun 16

rebirth::Washington, DC 50 Years After 1968

The 1960s was a decade of upheaval. Post-World War II suburbanization had left American cities economically fragile and socially stratified. An unpopular and seemingly endless war in Vietnam was fueling dissent. And racial inequality remained despite the continuing struggle for civil rights. rebirth::Washington DC 50 Years after 1968 examines architecture's role in the city's rebirth. Organized geographically by neighborhood and chronologically by completion, it presents significant projects in each area that have served as catalysts for change. Through June 1st, 2018.

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May
21
to May 31

Americans and the Holocaust Exhibition

Five years in the making, the Museum is opening a groundbreaking exhibition, Americans and the Holocaust. This exhibition is a portrait of American society in the 1930s and '40s that shows what shaped Americans' responses to Nazism. We ask why, if Americans knew so much, rescuing Jews didn't become a priority, except for a few who went against the grain to help.

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May
28
10:00 AM10:00

National Memorial Day Parade

The National Memorial Day Parade, held annually along Constitution Avenue in our nation's capital - Washington, DC - shares the story of American honor and sacrifice from across the generations. The parade, commemorating its fourteenth year, is our nation's largest Memorial Day event, drawing hundreds of thousands of spectators to the National Mall to pay tribute to those who have served, are serving, and most importantly those who have made the ultimate sacrifice while in service to our country.

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May
23
6:00 PM18:00

26th Annual Spring Garden Party

Tudor Place's most significant fundraiser and a glamorous "must" on the local calendar. Chairs Amy Gross and Megan Paleologos invite you to an elegant party on the South Lawn to support Tudor Place and to honor the memory of Elizabeth Powell, their friend and a friend to the museum. Elizabeth Powell called Tudor Place her "backyard before she had a backyard." She spoke fondly of the fun she and her children enjoyed exploring it. Creative and selfless, Elizabeth brought extraordinary verve and dedication to the Tudor Place Board when she joined it in 2012. She and her husband Jeff were faithful supporters of the museum and its Garden Party, which she chaired in 2015. Her enthusiasm helped the museum reach new audiences and supporters, emphasizing its value to the community. The Spring Garden Party is Tudor Place's most significant annual fundraiser, helping fund education, operations, and preservation of the historic house and its 5½-acre landscape.

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May
22
4:00 PM16:00

The Fashionable Life of Dina Merrill

Marjorie Merriweather Post's youngest daughter, Nedinia Marjorie Hutton, known professionally as "Dina Merrill" began her career as a fashion model working for Vogue during the 1940s and 1950s. Frequently working with photographers John Rawlings and Richard Avedon, Merrill appeared in countless editorials and features throughout her life. As a film actress, Merrill was dressed by top costume designers including Helen Rose and Charles Le Maire. Later, Merrill entered the beauty and cosmetics industry with a vested interest in creating products for others suffering from sensitive skin. Though she adhered to a simple idiom: "I like clothes that I wear-that don't wear me," Dina Merrill remains entwined with twentieth century Fashion as she epitomized American elegance and ease in her public wardrobe.

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May
20
12:00 PM12:00

Taste of Arlington

Ballston's 31st Annual taste of Arlington is the largest food, beer, music, kids & dog festival showcasing the diversity of Arlington's food scene and attracting nearly 25,000 people. The exciting and highly anticipated festival transforms downtown Ballston into a family-friendly street festival with dining, music, and entertainment for all ages. Taste of Arlington is located along Wilson boulevard from N. Randolph Street to N. Lincoln Street.

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May
18
4:00 PM16:00

Jazz in the Garden

The free concert series features jazz artists performing a wide variety of styles-Traditional New Orleans jazz, blues, swing, Ska, Funk, Blues, Pan-Caribbean salsa, boogaloo, Go-go, and more. During jazz concerts, the Pavilion Café offers a special menu of creative American cuisine and refreshments. Alcoholic beverages may not be brought into the Sculpture Garden but may be purchased at the café. Jazz in the Garden takes place in the Sculpture Garden on the grounds of the National Gallery of Art every Friday evening May 18 - August 24, 2018, 5:00pm - 8:30pm.

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May
17
4:00 PM16:00

Embassy Chef Challenge

The 10th anniversary Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA celebrates culinary diplomacy and provides a uniquely DC opportunity to taste authentic food & drinks from embassy chefs representing all regions of the world. An array of international performances including musicians and dancers provide the entertainment throughout the evening. In no other city can you experience in a single evening the array of delicious, authentically-prepared global cuisine and diverse, live cultural performances. Cultural diversity and inclusion are at the forefront of the Challenge. Attendees must bring an empty stomach, open mind and be prepared to take a journey around the world.

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May
15
10:00 AM10:00

Concert Series: Friday Morning Music Club

oin the Dumbarton House on Tuesdays at noon for free chamber music concerts presented by the Friday Morning Music Club. Concerts are held in the museum's Belle Vue Room, which can be accessed through the lower terrace off the parking lot. Groups are welcome. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis. RSVPs encouraged, but not required.J

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May
12
10:00 AM10:00

Georgetown Garden Tour

The tour will take place on Saturday, May 12, 2018, and features some of Georgetown's most intriguing gardens, open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The Garden Tour has featured a wide variety of gardens from spacious sweeping lawns and majestic trees to intimate outside rooms

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May
11
4:00 PM16:00

The Wiz

Ease on down the road with Dorothy and her friends Scarecrow, Tinman and Lion on their quest to meet The Wiz. In this adaptation of L. Frank Baum's magical novel, Dorothy is whisked away by a tornado to the fanciful land of Oz. There, she and her sidekicks encounter Munchkins, flying monkeys and a power-hungry witch named Evillene who vows to destroy them. Winner of seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score, "The Wiz" is a musical feast featuring soul, gospel, R&B and pop. Rediscover the power of courage, heart, brains and friendship.

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May
10
4:00 PM16:00

Arena Stage Gala

Broadway's Maurice Hines and singer-songwriter Mary McBride will join this gala event, at which Mayor Muriel Bowser will receive the Beth Schwartz Award in recognition of her commitment to and support of the arts. All proceeds from the event, which will include a cocktail reception and a seat dinner, support Arena Stage's award-winning artistic productions and community engagement programs.

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May
5
9:00 AM09:00

Virginia Gold Cup

The legendary annual Virginia Gold Cup steeplechasing classic, now run before a sellout crowd of over 60,000 people, comes from much simpler beginnings. Steeplechasing in Virginia has been a way of life since early Colonial times when the horse was the primary way of transportation, farming and war. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson met in sporting competition over fences. Organized steeplechase races have run in Fauquier County since 1844 originally at White Sulphur Springs then a fashionable spa near Warrenton

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May
4
to May 5

The Phillips Collection's Annual Gala: 2018 Contemporaries Bash

The Phillips Collection and the Embassy of Australia invite you to the 2018 Contemporaries Bash: Bondi Beach. Inspired by Sydney's world-famous beach, the 2018 Contemporaries Bash brings the Australian waterfront city's surf culture to Dock 5 in one sensational night of cocktails, music, food, fashion, and dancing. Come connect with The Phillips Collection's dynamic community of art-lovers, creative thinkers, and philanthropists. The Annual Gala and Contemporaries Bash raise critical resources for the museum's award-winning education programs that inspire creativity, foster a greater understanding of our world, and provide lifelong learning experiences for art-lovers of all ages in the Washington, DC, community and across the country.

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

Artes de Cuba Festival: Opening Performance

The festival's opening event brings the vibrant culture of Cuba center stage with performances by the Latin Grammy Award®-winning "Diva of Buena Vista Social Club" Omara Portuondo, Cubadisco Award-winning pianist Rolando Luna, the Havana Lyceum Orchestra, jazz composer and dazzling pianist Aldo López-Gavilán, acclaimed composer and musician Yosvany Terry, piano sensation Jorge Luis Pacheco, the renowned Orquesta Miguel Faílde, and Grammy®-nominated Aymée Nuviola.

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May
4
to May 6

Royal Shakespeare Company: Hamlet

The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge. A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted, who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? For its 2016 world premiere in Shakespeare's home of Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role and directed by Simon Godwin, this critically lauded production won raves for both Godwin's vision of Hamlet's Denmark as a state in west Africa and Essiedu's revelatory portrayal. May 2nd - 6th, 2018.a

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

Titanic: The Untold Story

Discover the surprising link between a top secret Cold War mission and the 1985 discovery of the sunken Titanic by legendary oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer-at-Large Robert Ballard in our new investigative exhibition. Presented in partnership with the National Archives and the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, "Titanic" reveals the remarkable-and only recently declassified-story behind this historic discovery. May 30th - December 31st, 2018.

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

Washington National Opera: Candide

In Leonard Bernstein's funny, philosophical, and fast-paced take on Voltaire's biting satire, very bad things happen to very good people (and plenty of bad ones too) as a terrific ensemble cast quick-change their way through an effervescent score that includes such classic tunes as "Make Our Garden Grow" and "Glitter and Be Gay.

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May
4
to May 20

Waiting For Godot

Lingering by the side of the road, killing time with hat tricks and half-remembered stories, Estragon and Vladimir dawdle through one of the greatest dramas of the 20th century. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett's absurd, anarchic exploration of time, life is vaudeville and tragedy, philosophy and confusion, teetering on the edge of despair, yet tuned with Beckett's unique blend of poetry and humor. April 17 - May 20th, 2018.

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May
4
4:00 PM16:00

National Symphony Orchestra: National Memorial Day Concert

On the eve of Memorial Day, a star-studded lineup will grace the stage for one of PBS's highest-rated programs. For over 25 years, this multiple-award-winning television event has honored the military service and sacrifice of all our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Details on the guest artist lineup and program to be announced soon!

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May
4
to May 6

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival

The Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival has grown from a one-day affair to a spectacular nine-day celebration. All of the events, whether dating back to 1924 or evolving more recently, have become part of a tradition that celebrates the arrival of spring and the pink-and-white apple blossoms. The success of the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival is the result of thousands of committed volunteers and a staff of four full-time professionals who bring this Festival to fruition. The first Festival was pulled together in eleven days; however, today, work on the next Festival begins the day following the previous. Plan to attend the Apple Blossom Festival in The Land of Pink & Green. April 27 - May 6th, 2018.

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Feb
24
12:00 PM12:00

Fire & Ice Festival

Some like it hot, some like it cold-and we have an exciting event for all. Join us for our inaugural Fire & Ice Festival, and warm yourself at the blazing bonfires while you admire the glistening ice sculptures on the piers. Live performances will include fire spinning and ice sculpting, as well as live music. While you're here, treat yourself to an amazing meal at our world-class restaurants and enjoy hot or cool drinks at our bars and taverns.

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Feb
22
to Feb 25

Architecture & Design Film Festival

  • The National Building Museum (map)
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Architecture and Design Film Festival (ADFF) is the nation's largest film festival devoted to the creative spirit that drives architecture in design. Over the course of four days, the Festival screens films that explore the life and work of architects such as Rem Koolhaas and Bjarke Ingels, and journalist, author, and activist Jane Jacobs, and timely topics such as design for positive social change and generative healthcare design. February 22nd - February 25th, 2018.

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Teach For American 2018 DC Region Gala

  • The Ritz-Carlton, Washington D.C. (map)
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Join Teach For America as we celebrate and honor the spirit of partnership that brings our communities closer to One Day. The annual Teach For America - DC Region gala is an exceptional evening where passionate leaders, educators, and supporters join together to strengthen our community while educating and inspiring our family to become champions for educational equity. Over the past seven years, we have raised more than $8 million to support Teach For America's transformational mission to provide life-changing educational experiences for students in DC and Prince George's County. This funding enables our corps members and alumni to impact more 50,000 students in our region's low-income communities every day. We are on the path to eliminating education inequity and hope you will join us this year.

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Feb
20
4:00 PM16:00

Lecture: The Seabird's Cry

Author Adam Nicolson's newly released and critically acclaimed book, The Seabird's Cry, focuses on the plight of 10 species of seabirds, and their challenges to survive. Join him as he shares his insights on these creatures in an evening blurring the lines between science and poetry

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Feb
19
4:00 PM16:00

Washington's Birthday Celebration

Witness a presidential tribute featuring honored guests and a wreathlaying at the Washington's Tomb. Listen to George Washington and esteemed speakers during the Official Observance Ceremony of George Washington's Birthday on the east lawn. Watch Continental soldiers conduct a marching drill, fire their guns, and charge at their enemy in an exciting military demonstration on the bowling green. After the smoke clears, listen to the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps play patriotic music. Throughout the day, #PoseLikeThePrez in the Education Center Lobby and enjoy character performances around the estate. Admission is FREE! Visit the Washington Library for the rare opportunity to tour the reading room and examine replica documents. Learn about the Library's collections and programming from its staff.

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