Modern German Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection. National Gallery of Art
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Free Events in Metro DC

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Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage
District of Columbia
Free Performances every day at 6pm. As part of the Kennedy Center's "Performing Arts for Everyone" initiative, visitors can enjoy local, national, and international artists as they showcase their talents in music, dance, theater, and more.
Free Community Day: September 2014
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sun, September 7
The first Sunday of the month is Community Day at NMWA! Visit us on Community Day for FREE admission to the museum.
ACM 47th Anniversary Community Celebration
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sat, September 13
Enjoy an indoor/outdoor celebration for the whole family that will include arts and crafts activities, live musical performances, face painting, storytelling, and more.
My Prairie Cookbook: Memories and Frontier Food from My Little House to Yours
National Archives
Sat, September 13
In My Prairie Cookbook, Melissa Gilbert, star of Little House on the Prairie, offers fans comforting family recipes and childhood favorites. From prairie breakfasts and picnic lunches to treats inspired by Nellie’s restaurant, the 80 simple and delicious dishes—crispy fried chicken, pot roasts, corn bread, apple pie, and more—let you to eat like the Ingalls family.
Constitution Day Family Activities
National Archives
Wed, September 17
Celebrate the 227th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by writing with quill pens, dressing up, craft activities, and more!
Gina Matchitt: Being There
Artisphere
Thru Sun, September 21
Matchitt uses weaving to further explore her photography, taking photographs of tourists then creating woven photographic objects using Maori techniques.
Breath of Freedom (Film Screening)
National Archives
Thu, September 25
Breath of Freedom is the story of the one-million-plus African Americans who fought in World War II. Their fight would continue back home on American soil.
2014 National Heritage Award Fellows at the Reston Multicultural Festival
Reston Community Center at Lake Anne
Sat, September 27
The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowships are the nations highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Presented annually by NEA, the fellowships recognize folk and traditional artists for their lifetime achievement, artistic excellence, and contributions to our nations traditional arts heritage.
Museum Day Live!
National Museum of Women in the Arts
Sat, September 27
NMWA is opening its doors free of charge as part of Smithsonian magazine’s tenth annual Museum Day Live! This nationwide event offers free admission to visitors presenting a Museum Day Live! ticket at a participating museum or cultural institution.
Film Event: Il Sorpasso
National Gallery of Art
Sun, September 28
Wonderfully mismatched costars Vittorio Gassman and Jean- Louis Trintignant embark on a wildly reckless ride in a Lancia Aurelia convertible from Rome to rural southern Italy.
Sue Ellen Thompson and John Gery
The Writer's Center
Sun, September 28
Sue Ellen Thompson reads from They, her new collection of poems. She is joined by John Gery, author of Have at You Now!. The reading will be followed by a reception and book signing.
The Return of Sara Baartman (2003; 90 min.)
Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum
Sun, September 28
This historical documentary examines the racism and sexism that existed for Sara Baartman, a 19th century African woman whose body was considered abnormal for a woman of her time.
Grace Hartigan: 1922–2008
Strathmore
Sat, September 6 thru Sun, November 9
Compatriot of mid-century masters Jackson Pollock, Larry Rivers, Helen Frankenthaler, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, Knox Martin and Frank O’Hara, the groundbreaking artists of the “New York School,” or as they were known then, the Cedar Tavern Circle.
Highlights
Rosslyn Jazz Festival
Sat, September 6
Gateway Park
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- Brass Quintet
Tue, September 9
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington
The Art of Suspense
Sun, September 14
The Writer's Center
NPR Berlin - Concept, Audience, Experience
Thu, September 18
Goethe-Institut
Public Art Collection Tour: Part I
Sat, September 20
Artisphere
Art on 8th: Carolyn Malachi
Thu, September 25
Arts Plaza at Monroe Street Market
United States Air Force Band Chamber Players Series- String Quartet
Tue, September 30
Jewish Community Center of Greater Washington