Thursday, May 7, 2015

Sitar Arts Center’s 15th Anniversary Charity Gala

Join the Sitar Arts Center in the celebration of their 15th annual charity gala for a night of art, live music and inspired food. The 2015 Visionary Award Honorees will receive accolades for their generosity, creativity, and commitment to Sitar’s community. All of the charitable proceeds from the gala will directly support Sitar Arts Center’s programs. From 6:30-10 p.m. The Howard Theatre, 620 T Street NW, 202-797-2145; sitarartscenter.org

Friday, May 8, 2015

Children's Ball

Enjoy cocktails, dinner, a live auction, and an afterhours party with live entertainment and dancing at Children’s National Health System’s signature event. This year’s theme is “The Secret Garden.” National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, 301-565-8530

National Public Gardens Day

Visit the Tudor Place for free in celebration of National Public Gardens day from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stroll through the five and a half acre garden to take in the beauty of nature. House tours will also be available at regular price. Don’t forget to check out the special Garden Sale, just in time for Mother’s Day. 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400; tudorplace.org

Saturday, May 9, 2015

CityDance presents DREAMscape Performances

CityDance presents a night of unrivaled dance performances featuring BalletX, Bad Boys of Dance, and Charlotte Ballet among many others. The event’s proceeds support CityDance’s DREAM program to provide free after school, summer camps and performances to students. Tickets are $25-$38. Starts at 8 p.m. Historic Lincoln Theatre, 1215 U St. NW; dreamscape@citydance.net; 202-347-3909

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

For Love of Children Beyond the Classroom Luncheon

For Love of Children is hosting its Beyond the Classroom Annual Fundraising Luncheon. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the organization and its efforts to provide educational services to children from low-income families. Attendance is free, but RSVP is required. From noon-1 p.m. Email kfleischer@floc.orgRenaissance Washington, DC Downtown Hotel, 999 Ninth St. NW, 202-462-8686

Friday, May 15, 2015

Transformer DC, Collector's Series

Private collections of contemporary art will be open to the public on various dates throughout the spring and summer. Step inside the homes of a select and diverse group of Washington, DC collectors for the opportunity to speak with each host about the pieces they’ve collected. Individual tickets are $50 and a package that includes admittance to all five events is $225. Email gina@transformerdc.org for tickets. 202-483-1102; transformerdc.org

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival

Visit Virginia to experience over 200 artists from around the United States at the Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival in Reston. The two-day festival features fine art, fine craft, art activities for children and live performances. The festival begins at 10 a.m. and costs a voluntary donation of $5 per adult. 11900 Market St, Reston, VA, 703-471-9242;  northernvirginiafineartsfestival.org

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Shinola & The Washington Humane Society’s Pet Celebration

Shinola and The Washington Humane Society team up for a day of pet pampering at Shinola’s Flagship Store from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Shinola will release their newest pet items while treating furry attendees to complimentary grooming services, as well as refreshments and light snacks for humans and animals alike. Washington Humane Society’s Mobile Pet Adoption Center will be at the store for those looking to take home a new companion. Shinola Washington, DC, 1534 14th St. NW, 202-470-0200; shinola.com

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

GI Film Festival

Attend the GI Film Festival for the chance to view feature, documentary, and short films aiming to showcase the military experience in and out of the arena of war. This one-of-a-kind festival also features movie screenings by international and domestic filmmakers, an awards presentation and a kick-off cocktail party. Early Bird All-Access passes are $250 per person. Runs until May 24. Locations vary; giff15.com

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

23rd Annual Spring Garden Party at Tudor Place

Join the ranks of philanthropists, diplomats and politicians for the 23rd Annual Spring Garden Party to honor Ellen MacNeille Charles, a Board President Emeritus. The house and garden museum’s largest fundraiser promises an elegant evening in tribute to arts and museum advocacy. Gala starts at 6 p.m. 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400; tudorplace.org

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Family Matters of Greater Washington Awards Gala

Join Greater Washington at the annual Family Matters Awards Gala. Attendees will enjoy live entertainment, a silent and live auction and speakers from Family Matters clients. The John Theban Award for Meritorious Serve to Family Matters and The Mary Alice Stoddard Community Service Award will also be presented. A $250 registration fee includes an open bar cocktail reception, a three-course meal, and wine service. From 6-10 p.m. Mayflower Renaissance Hotel, 1127 Connecticut Ave., NW, 202-347-3000; marriott.com

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Georgetown Garden Treasures

Allow Director of Gardens & Grounds Gail Griffin of Dumbarton Oaks, and Suzanne Bouchard of Tudor Place to take you through a joint tour of these two DC architectural gems. From 10 a.m. to noon, learn the history and evolution of each landscape from the 1800s to now. Member tickets are $15 and non-member tickets are $20. 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400; tudorplace.org

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Style in Chinese Landscape Painting: The Yuan Legacy

This exhibit showcases an outstanding tradition dating to the third century. While surviving works from the Yuan are rare, their methods are still being followed today. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia

Travel has always shaped how we see the world and all cultures other than our own. The Traveler's Eye: Scenes of Asia showcases over 100 travel-related works created over the past five centuries across the Asian continent. 1050 Independence Ave SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Hillwood Gala

This year’s gala celebrates the opening of Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens’ latest exhibition, “Ingenue to Icon: Seventy Years of Fashion from the Collection of Marjorie Merriweather Post.” The evening includes a cocktail reception and a tented dinner. In the spirit of the exhibition, attendees are asked to wear their high-fashion finest. Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW; Adrienne Starr, 202-243-3974; astarr@hillwoodmuseum.org

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Nationals Dream Foundation Gala

Celebrate a decade of dreams with the Washington Nationals as they continue to change the lives of young children in need at the 10th Annual Dream Gala. The night begins with a cocktail reception and silent auction before a seated dinner and program. Seize the opportunity to dine with a pro as table sponsorships include a Nationals player at each table. Contact gala2015@nationals.com for more information. 901 Massachusetts Ave. NW, 202-640-7124

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Unearthing Arabia: The Archaeological Adventures of Wendell Phillips

This exhibit, which runs through June 7, highlights Phillips's key finds, bringing to life the thrill of discovery of Old Arabia. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

Chiharu Shiota's "Perspectives"

Internationally-renowned performance artist, Chiharu Shiota, titled his latest work Perspectives. The exhibit showcases discarded shoes and notes that represent intimate moments of the past. 1050 Independence Ave SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

World Central Kitchen Dine’n'Dash

Come hungry to the one of the largest culinary events in town at Penn Quarter from 6 to 9 P.M. and continue with the after-party from 9 to 11 P.M. China Chilcano, Cuba Libre and Del Campo are just a select few of the restaurants doling out specialty dishes, craft cocktails and live music throughout the night. Purchase a ticket for $129 to participate in the tour and after-party, or pay $299 for VIP access. All proceed will benefit World Central Kitchen. dinendash.info

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

DC JazzFest at Tudor Place

Kick off DC JazzFest at Tudor Place with the James King string duo at 5:30 P.M. A festival veteran, King currently performs with the Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and has previously worked with the likes of Stanley Turrentine, Shirley Horn and Gary Bartz. Refreshments, wine and other beverages will be available for purchase. Member tickets are $15 and non-member tickets are $20. 1644 31st St. NW, 202-965-0400; tudorplace.org

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Freer’s Oribe Ware: Color and Patter Come to Japanese Ceramics

Invented in Japan in 1605, the colorful Oribe ware vessels were used primarily for drinking tea and serving food, replacing Japan’s ceramics tradition of monochrome design. Freer’s Oribe Ware: Color and Patter Come to Japanese Ceramics highlights the best pieces and debuts two acquisitions on view for the first time. The exhibit is on display until June 14, 2015. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan

Between the 12th and 16th centuries, the customs of the Song, Yuan, and Ming dynasties had been assimilated into Japanese culture, emerging as chanoyu, the art of tea. Freer|Sackler’s exhibit Zen, Tea, and Chinese Art in Medieval Japan illuminate this extraordinary period of cultural exchange and synthesis. On display until June 14, 2015. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu

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