Artists' materials ranging from art instruction manuals to trade catalogs enable scholars and conservators to better understand the physical attributes of the artworks they study and preserve. "In the Library: The Intersection of Commerce and Instruction in Art" presents approximately 50 examples of trade literature, from handwritten and early printed manuals containing formulas for various dyes, varnishes, and inks to illustrated trade catalogs and instruction manuals on techniques. Organized by the National Gallery of Art Library, this exhibition is on view in the East Building, Ground Floor, Study Center. 6th & Constitution Ave NW, 202-737-4215; www.nga.gov
This exhibition showcases a significant body of work that includes print, photography, sculpture, and installations. Cardillo creates site-specific pieces as well as photo and film-based documentary work related to collaborations in entomology and archaeology. Through his explorations of the Amazon, the Hudson Valley, the estancias of northern Uruguay and southern Paraguay, remote regions of Brazil, and Argentina, his work reflects his concern over the demise of native people, fauna and flora. The opening reception for this exhibit will be on March 24 at 6 p.m. 201 18th St. NW, 202-370-0147; museum.oas.org
The Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) at the National Gallery of Art has announced that Vidya Dehejia, Barbara Stoler Miller Professor of Indian and South Asian Art at Columbia University, will give the 65th annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, entitled The Thief Who Stole My Heart: The Material Life of Sacred Bronzes in Chola India, c. 850–1280. Dehejia will discuss bronze temple sculptures from the Chola dynasty, the dominant political and cultural force in South India for a period spanning 400 years. Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. through May 8. 4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW.; nga.gov
The National Sporting Library & Museum (NSLM) is pleased to announce the return of Open Late, the free summer concert series that takes place once a month from April through August. The event series features regional performers, craft beers, and local wineries, and guests can stroll through the art Museum from 6-8 p.m. Open Late is a free, public event. Picnics are welcome and a cash bar will be available. 102 The Plains Road, Middleburg; nationalsporting.org
Collector's View attendees are invited to the home and studio of Carol Brown Goldberg and Hank Goldberg. Their home contains their personal collection of paintings, drawings, and sculpture. Concentrating on original works from mid 20th century, the collection weaves from 192 Max Weber through Masson, Leger, Picasso to Rothko, Reinhart, and Gottlieb. This view provides a unique look at both the artist and her process, as well as the collection that grew out of her inspiration and passion for creating art. This exhibit will be in Chevy Chase, MD from 6-8 p.m. 202-483-1102; transformercv2016.eventbrite.com
Please join CityCenter DC and the National Retail Federation for the second annual Retail's Night Out. This one-night-only event will feature pop-up shops, food trucks, music discounts and giveaways. Enjoy 20 percent off at Lilith, gift with purchase at Zadig & Voltaire, whiskey tasting at David Yurman, free mini ice cream cones at RareSweets, 10 percent off at The Great Republic, packing event at TUMI, dining specials at Fig & Olive, and more. 825 10th St. NW; citycenterdc.com/events
With warm summer weather approaching, patrons will be able to delight in weekly outdoor concerts in downtown Bethesda. This series, produced by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, will feature free Thursday evening concerts during May, June, and July. The concerts offer a diverse range of music including rock, funk, jazz, swing, and reggae. The concerts take place on Thursday evenings, from 6–8 p.m. in Veterans Park, located at the corner of Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues. 301-215-6660; bethesda.org
Each spring, gardening and flower aficionados throughout the mid-Atlantic flock to Flower Mart to see the exhibit, which features floral creations from more than 20 embassies. This year, Flower Mart will include numerous vendors of artisanal gifts, festival foods, international musical and dance performances, children’s rides, and Cathedral and garden tours. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. May 6-7. 3101 Wisconsin Ave NW; allhallowsguild.org
This curated wine and music festival will be headliner Jon Batiste's first show in the DC area in over three years and will be sure to draw from his local fanbase. The VinoFest stage will also showcase Bob Marley's original band, The Wailers, with reggae beats to complement the afternoon of wine tasting. Featured vineyards will include Justin Vineyards, One Hope Wine, Da Luca, House Jam, Seven Sisters, Trump Winery, Gerard Bertrand, Lobetia Organic, with more local DMV area vineyards to be added in the coming weeks. Food offerings from local favorites Milk Bar, Toki Underground, Maketto, Timber Pizza, and Puddin will satiate the wine drinker. 3-10 p.m. 355 Water St. SE; vinofest.co
Susan G. Komen is taking over the National Mall and turning D.C. pink. Join the biggest, most exciting Race for the Cure—in the heart of our nation’s capital. Walk, jog, or run the iconic route at your own pace with as many friends and family members as you like; the more the merrier. There’s nothing quite like the well-marked, spacious, and scenic 5K route through the National Mall full of people who share a common cause of ending breast cancer. Since its inception, funds raised from this fun, celebratory, and inspirational Susan DC race, and other events, have provided more than $36 million for breast cancer health services, education, and outreach programs in the National Capitol Region. 703-416-7223; komendcrace.info-komen.org
Participants travel the globe at the Around the World Embassy Tour as they experience the food, art, dance, fashion, music, innovations, and manufactured goods from different countries. More than 40 embassies will open their doors to visitors, allowing guests to pet alpacas, taste international cuisines, learn indigenous dances, and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. culturaltourismdc.com
This Mother’s Day, join Eddie V’s for jazz brunch (available from 11am to 3pm, $49 adults, $15 children). Or enjoy exceptional seafood and USDA Prime steaks artfully prepared from the Dinner menu, available from 11am – 9pm. eddiev.com
Paul Mellon was one of America's greatest art collectors and remains one of the Gallery's leading benefactors. Timed to coincide with the Gallery's 75th anniversary, a special exhibition features 80 of the finest pastels, watercolors, drawings, prints, and illustrated books selected from his donations, celebrating both his wonderful generosity and his distinctive approach to collecting. May 8-September 18. 4th St. & Constitution Ave. NW, 202-737-4215; nga.gov
The Pittsburgh Symphony Quartet - violinists Noah Bendix-Balgley and Shanshan Yao, violist Meng Wang, and cellist David Primo - discovered their exceptional musical connection as players in the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. With two members now at the Berlin Philharmonic and New York Philharmonic Orchestras, they remain dedicated collaborators and champions of the chamber music repertoire. They make their debut at Evermay with masterworks of the string quartet form. 7:30 pm. 1623 28th St. NW; sandr.org
Carole Feld and David C. Levy have created a home that is testament to their belief that art is not for collecting, it is for living. The objects in the Feld/Levy house reflect both the art and collections of Levy's artist parents, Edgar LEvy and Lucille Corcos, his godparents David Smith and Dorthy Dehner and the work of friends like Larry Rivers, Philip Pearlstein, John Henry, and James Wines. They also include the expansion of collections begun by Levy's parents who were among the first Americans to recognize the importance of African art. This exhibit will be in Kalorama, DC from 6-8 p.m. 202-483-1102; transformercv2016.eventbrite.com
Presented by Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church of Potomac, MD, the three-day festival spans an entire weekend with traditional Serbian dishes, beverages, dance and music performances, gifts and boutique items and family-friendly activities. In addition, admission and parking are free, an indoor setup has been arranged in case of inclement weather, and all a la carte food item proceeds benefit Saint Luke Serbian Orthodox Church. May 13-15. 10660 River Road, Potomac; serbfestdc.com
We’re pleased to announce the return of Sweetgreen’s annual sweetlife festival, a one-day event that brings together the best in music, food, and community. Now in its seventh year, we have an exciting new line up of some of today’s most in-demand and up-and-coming artists, including: The 1975, Blondie, and Prinze George. The festival will take place at Merriweather Post Pavilion. In addition to the outstanding musical acts, the festival curates the best in food for a true taste of the sweetlife. Festival-goers can fuel up with elevated concert concessions from local restaurants, food trucks, farmers and renowned chefs who share sweetgreen’s commitment to sustainability, transparent values and, most importantly, community. Tickets can be purchased here and will range from $100-$150. 10475 Little Patuxent Pkwy, Columbia, MD.
45 years ago, the DC Preservation League (then known as Don't Tear It Down) marched on the Old Post Office to prevent its demolition. Since then, DCPL has advocated for the preservation and protection of more than 25,000 historic resources in the District of Columbia, serving as the only non-profit solely dedicated to preservation in our nation's capital. The evening will be creative black tie and will include a live band and dancing, open bar, and heavy hors d' oeuvres. Purchase tickets here. Contact Mary-Margaret Hasslocher at email@example.com for more information. Pennsylvania Ave between 11th and 12th Sts. NW.
The European Union Delegation to the U.S. and the embassies of the 28 EU Member States invite visitors to experience the authentic music, dance, food, film, and art of these distinctive nations. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. The complete list of the participating embassies is available online at euopenhouse.org.
Pam and Jay Bothwell's unique Dupont Circle townhouse features a collection that includes a number of well-known, established DC artists such as John Dreyfuss, Sam Gilliam, Robin Rose, and Tom Green and many emerging artists. This exhibit will be in Dupont Circle, DC from 4-6 p.m. 202-483-1102; transformercv2016.eventbrite.com