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“Vanishing Traditions: Textiles and Treasures From Southwest China”

February 21 - July 9
George Washington University Museum, 701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052 United States

The traditions in question be-long to several Chinese minority groups, including the Miao and Dong people, whose distinct cultures this exhibit aims to spotlight and preserve. Highlights include intricate metal jewelry, handwoven baby carriers, and elaborate festival garb embroidered with images depicting centuries-old legends.

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Free

“Emilio Cavallini”

May 4 - May 27
IA&A at Hillyer, 9 Hillyer Court, NW,
Washington, DC 20008 United States

Cavallini is a fashion designer whose creations have been worn by Beyoncé and Madonna. In 2010, he shifted focus from clothing to art. The result is these fascinating objects, which he spins out of fabrics and thread.

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Artes de Cuba

May 8 - June 3
Kennedy Center, United States

This two-week extravaganza brings 400 Cuban and Cuban-American artists to town for a ridiculously broad array of events—from dance lessons to films to cocktail tastings (prices vary). Read about La Dame Blanche and four others we can’t wait to check out. Manuel Mendive May 8–20 The renowned Afro-Cuban visual artist is displaying an assortment of […]

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Free

“World on the Horizon: Swahili Arts Across the Indian Ocean”

May 9 - May 31
National Museum of African Art, 950 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States

If you’ve ever seen a gorgeously carved Swahili door, you understand why the wooden wonders are so renowned. If not, you’ll find several at this exhibit of more than 160 artifacts from the Swahili Coast of East Africa, which has a rich history as a center of global trade among Asia, Africa, and Europe. Also […]

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Free

“Outbreak: Epidemics in a connected World”

May 18 - May 31
National Museum of Natural History, 10th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530 United States

Our condolences to germophobes who accidentally wander into this look at deadly pathogens such as Ebola, Zika, and HIV. You will definitely be freaked out as you walk through a reconstruction of an Ebola field hospital in West Africa and learn about how killer illnesses originate in animals and then spread to humans around the […]

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Potomac Hunt Races
40-250

Potomac Hunt Races

May 20 at 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
Kiplinger Estate, 14401B Partnership Road
Poolesville, MD 20837 United States

Held in the heart of Montgomery County's horse country, the Potomac Hunt Races is an annual tradition of steeplechase racing. Amidst the thrill of thundering hooves and soaring horses, race day festivities include Vendor Village, a Kid Zone, mounted police demonstrations, and a car display. Enjoy the camaraderie of friends and colleagues, the beauty of nature, and […]

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27th Annual Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

May 20 at 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Reston Town Center, 11900 Market Street
Reston, VA 20190 United States

More than 200 artists from across the nation will present their original works in 16 categories of paintings, mixed-media, sculpture, photography, jewelry, and fine craft for 3 full days, Friday-Sunday, in an 11-block show and sale at the unique outdoor environment of Reston Town Center. Over the weekend there will be more to see and […]

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Colonial Market Fair

May 20 at 11:00 am - 4:30 pm
Claude Moore Colonial Farm, 6310 Georgetown Pike
McLean, VA 22102 United States

Celebrate spring at the first Market Fair of the season. Purchase herb and flowering plants and shop for the latest fashions in clothing, jewelry, potions and lotions. Play games and watch a children’s puppet theatre. Order nails from the Blacksmith or make your own Corn Husk Doll to become your new best friend. Lunch might […]

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The Regional Landscapes of Benson Bond Moore

The Regional Landscapes of Benson Bond Moore

May 20 at 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Studio Antiques & Fine Art, 524 N. Washington Street
Alexandria, VA 22314 United States

Studio Antiques is hosting a major exhibition and sale of the local landscapes of Benson Moore, an artist in the Washington area in the first half of the 20th Century. Over seventy paintings and numerous natural history prints from the estate of a private collector will be on display. Examples include views of Washington D.C., […]

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$65 to $120

Snow Child

May 20 at 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Arena Stage, United States

Eowyn Ivey’s 2012 novel, The Snow Child, might seem like odd source material for a musical. Homesteaders struggling in 1920s Alaska? Not exactly Cats. But this world premiere warms up its icy premise with Alaskan roots music, and intriguingly, it’s a collaboration with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, founded by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith before […]

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$48 to $108

Waitress

May 20 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Theatre, United States

This hit Broadway musical has a tragic backstory: It’s based on a film directed by Adrienne Shelly not long before she was murdered in 2006. The charming tale of a pie-making waitress who dreams of escaping her small town and strained marriage, Waitress benefits on-stage from inspiring original music by Grammy-nominated pop singer Sara Bareilles.

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Bedlam’s SAINT JOAN
30-70

Bedlam’s SAINT JOAN

May 20 at 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Folger Theater, 201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States

Joan of Arc defeated the English, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, put on trial, and burned at the stake—all by the age of 19. Four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam’s riveting, stripped-down production of Shaw’s classic play, Saint Joan declared as “a production to be treasured” (New York Times). Directed by […]

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$20 to $50

Vietgone

May 20 at 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005 United States

Finding love in a refugee camp has never been so . . . funny? Playwright Qui Nguyen describes his latest work—loosely based on how his parents met in an Arkansas relocation camp shortly after the Vietnam War—as a sex comedy. Characters rap and dance their way through the play, clapping back at Asian stereotypes with […]

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COLIN: Son, Marine Hero

May 20 at 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Hylton Performing Arts Center – Merchant Hall, 10960 George Mason Cir
Manassas, VA 20109 United States

Manassas Ballet Theatre closes our 2017-18 season with an original and very personal ballet, Colin: Son, Marine, Hero. MBT is proud to once again present this full-length ballet, showcasing the story of Artistic Director Amy Grant Wolfe’s son Colin, who lost his life in Iraq to a roadside bomb in 2006. Colin debuted in November […]

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$38 to $78

Brandi Carlile

May 20 at 6:30 pm - 11:00 pm
The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street SW
Washington, DC 20024 United States

We could write a bunch of words about all the reasons you should go see singer/songwriter Brandi Carlile on this tour for her latest album, By the Way, I Forgive You: her stunning voice, her moving material, and so forth. But really, just find a clip of her recent Late Show With Stephen Colbert performance, […]

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Bedlam’s SAINT JOAN
30-70

Bedlam’s SAINT JOAN

May 20 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Folger Theater, 201 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, DC 20003 United States

Joan of Arc defeated the English, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, put on trial, and burned at the stake—all by the age of 19. Four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam’s riveting, stripped-down production of Shaw’s classic play, Saint Joan declared as “a production to be treasured” (New York Times). Directed by […]

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$65 to $120

Snow Child

May 20 at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Arena Stage, United States

Eowyn Ivey’s 2012 novel, The Snow Child, might seem like odd source material for a musical. Homesteaders struggling in 1920s Alaska? Not exactly Cats. But this world premiere warms up its icy premise with Alaskan roots music, and intriguingly, it’s a collaboration with Juneau’s Perseverance Theatre, founded by Arena Stage artistic director Molly Smith before […]

Find out more »
$48 to $108

Waitress

May 20 at 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
National Theatre, United States

This hit Broadway musical has a tragic backstory: It’s based on a film directed by Adrienne Shelly not long before she was murdered in 2006. The charming tale of a pie-making waitress who dreams of escaping her small town and strained marriage, Waitress benefits on-stage from inspiring original music by Grammy-nominated pop singer Sara Bareilles.

Find out more »
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