Here is a list of free arts and culture events from CultureCapital.com! This site is a fantastic resource for free and ticketed events presented by nearly 300 Metro DC Arts Presenters. For quick way to find even more FREE arts and culture events check out the Free events in Metro DC page on CultureCapital.com.
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Note: New Format! All events below are FREE and organized by date and by start time. Be sure to click through the links for time, location and event details. Some may require advance RSVP. All of the events below are in DC unless otherwise noted
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Thursday, June 2
- Thursdays at Noon: Slow Looking at the National Portrait Gallery in Chinatownat 12:00pm. "Slow looking encourages visitors to slow down and take a look at a single artwork in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection. Writing, sketching, music, movement and other activities may be added to enhance the experience. Sketch and discuss with educator Blair Kirkbaumer at Nelson Shanks’s painting of Denyce Graves."
- U.S. Constitutional Amendments at the National Archives at 2:00pm, Free but RSVP is required. Co-curator Christine Blackerby will discuss the records in our new exhibit, “Amending America,” which celebrates the 225th anniversary of the ratification of the Bill of Rights.
- Happenings Happy Hour at Shakespeare Theatre Company's Sidney Harman Hall in Chinatown at 6:00pm, Free but RSVP is required. Happenings Happy Hour will take place in the Mezzanine Lobby. In Conversation with The Taming of the Shrew: Jeremy Garcon, Boy I Adore. Poet Jeremy Garcon reads from his book. "His poems and prose touch on gender roles, wealth disparity, societal expectation and the intricate, complex, comedic, and sometimes tragic make up of romantic relationships. Listen, drink and join the conversation about relationships, sex, power and social convention."
- Jueves de Luna (En Español) / Thursdays at La Luna (In Spanish) with Teatro de la Luna at Casa de la Luna at 7:00pm. Note: Event will be in Spanish. Teatro de la Luna will showcase video highlights from its first 25 years. Works scheduled to be presented include: “El Día que me Quieras”; “Venecia”; “Las Quiero a las Dos”; “FRIDA Kahlo, la Pasión”; “Cuentos de Hadas”; “Volvió una Noche”; “Tango Turco”; “Rosa de Dos Aromas”; “Amor al Aire Libre”; “Justo en lo mejor de mi vida”).
Friday, June 3
- View From Within: Solo Show by Anna Young Schalk Opening Reception presented by Arlington Artists Alliance at Gallery Underground located at the Crystal City Shops in VA, right by the Crystal City Metro, from 5:00pm - 8:00pm.
- Jazz in the Garden: Deanna Bogart at the NGA Sculpture Garden from 5:00pm - 8:30pm. This week features Deanna Bogart, winner of 20 Wammies (Washington Area Music Awards). Bogart incorporates musical influences from New Orleans, Memphis and Chicago, setting herself apart from other contemporary blues artists by blending country, swing, jazz and rock into her barrelhouse/boogie blues piano style of "Bluesion."
- Art on 8th: ASA! Kelenya "Get warmed up for DanceAfrica, DC 2016 with this keep-fit dance phenomenon" presented by Dance Place at Busboys & Poets - Brookland at 6:30pm.
- Art Walk in the Park at Glen Echo Park in MD (Note for those without cars, this is not the easiest place to reach without a car but there is a bus that goes there. See metro trip-planner for directions). "Every First Friday, May through September from 6:00pm - 8:00pm, the Glen Echo Park Partnership for Arts and Culture hosts open studios and artist demonstrations in Glen Echo Park's many visual arts studios and galleries. Each month features different activities."
- Talk of the Hill with Bill Press: Alan Furst at DC's newest bookstore, East City Bookshop near the Eastern Market Metro at 7:00pm. "Hill Center and Bill Press welcome Alan Furst, today’s premier writer of historical espionage thrillers about his new book A Hero of France, a tale of the French resistance in Nazi occupied Paris. No spy author “is better at summoning the shifting moods and emotional atmosphere of Europe before the start of World War II than Alan Furst,” said the The Wall Street Journal. Bill Press is host of the nationally syndicated "Bill Press Show" on talk radio, and his weekly column is distributed by Tribune Media Services."
- DC Jazz Festival: Jazz 'N Families Fun Days: Michael Thomas Quintet, Mario Laginha Trio & More at The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle from 10:00am - 5:00pm. "A free, fun family weekend (see complete lineup of events all weekend) with live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including the Eric Byrd Trio, Noble Jolley Trio, Todd Marcus, U Street Collective, BJ Simmons Quartet, Washington Performing Arts Capital Jazz Youth Ensemble, Howard Franklin Quartet, Mario Lagina Trio, David Schulman, Michael Thomas Quintet, Herman Burney Trio featuring Jazzin’ at Sitar students, Lori Williams Quartet, and the Rob Levit Trio."
- Art on 8th: GET CREATIVE Enjoy Arts & Crafts activities for families at Dance Place in Brookland at 1:30pm
- I Don't Belong Anywhere: The Cinema of Chantal Akerman at the National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium at 2:00pm. Washington premiere of the restorations. (Marianne Lambert, 2015, DCP, subtitles, 67 minutes)
- Chantal Akerman: News from Home National Gallery of Art, East Building Auditorium at 3:30pm (1977, 35 mm, subtitles, 85 minutes)
Sunday, June 5
- DC Jazz Festival: Jazz 'N Families Fun Days: Eric Byrd Trio, Noble Jolley Trio, Todd Marcus & More at The Phillips Collection in Dupont Circle from 12:00pm - 7:00pm. "A free, fun family weekend (see complete lineup of events all weekend) with live jazz music featuring the finest talent in the region including the Eric Byrd Trio, Noble Jolley Trio, Todd Marcus, U Street Collective, BJ Simmons Quartet, Washington Performing Arts Capital Jazz Youth Ensemble, Howard Franklin Quartet, Mario Lagina Trio, David Schulman, Michael Thomas Quintet, Herman Burney Trio featuring Jazzin’ at Sitar students, Lori Williams Quartet, and the Rob Levit Trio."
- Artist Talk: Jess T. Dugan “The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today” Discuss Self-Portrait (Muscle Shirt) with artist Jess T. Dugan. Meet at the exhibition entrance inside of the National Portait Gallery in Chinatown at 2:00pm
- Open Door Reading: Herb Guggenheim, W. Luther Jett, and Richard Seldin at The Writer's Center in Bethesda, MD from 2:00pm - 4:00pm
- Crescendo: Romantic Russians features movements by romantic Russian composers Tchaikovsky, Glazunov and Rimsky-Korsakov presented by the Youth Chamber Program Arlington Philharmonic at the Barcroft Community House in Arlington, VA at 4:00pm
- Lectures and Book Signings: Black Diaspora Art in our Global Contemporary Moment: Some Reflections in the East Building Auditorium at 2:00pm. Kobena Mercer, professor, history of art and African American studies, Yale University. Book signing of Travel & See: Black Diaspora Art Practices Since the 1980s follows.
- Winners of the 2016 Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition at 4:00pm in the West Building, West Garden Court. The Misbin Family Memorial Chamber Music Competition is a partnership between Washington Performing Arts and Levine Music.
- Film Series: The Vision of Ousmane Semb`ne: La Noire de . . . (Black Girl) preceded by Borom Sarret at the East Building Auditorium at 4:00pm. Washington premiere of the restorations.
- Herbert Hoover in the White House: The Ordeal of the Presidency Author Talk & Book Signing at the National Archives at 12:00pm, Free, RSVP Required. In his book, "Charles Rappleye draws on rare and intimate sources—memoirs and diaries and thousands of documents kept by members of his cabinet and close advisers—to reveal a very different figure than the one often portrayed."
On view through Saturday, June 4
- Atmosphere Mixed Media Work by Shelley Lee Marie and Kaleidoscopes: 200 Years at the Strathmore Mansion in MD, near the Grosvenor Metro. "The Brewster Kaleidoscope Society (BKS) returns to Strathmore with a juried exhibition celebrating 200 years since the terrific tube’s invention and features fabulous kaleidoscope designers and superb ‘scope-inspired art."
- Brian Davis: Try And Try Again " an experiment in sculptural systems" at Flashpoint Gallery in Chinatown
- Nancy McIntyre: Rhythms of Time at The Art League in the Torpedo Factory by the Waterfront in Old Town Alexandria, VA
- Lisa Iglesias: ROUT ROWT at VisArts at Rockville, in Rockville Town Center, MD walking distance from the metro
- The Art of Freedom: War, Peace, and Everything in Between at the Prince George's Sports & Learning Complex. "The exhibition will showcase artwork by veterans and the military community using the creative process to promote healing, and provide insight into artistic expression as a tool for understanding the transition from military to civilian life."
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