The Smithsonian Craft Show is like the mecca of all craft shows. Every year, 120 distinguished craft artists come together and showcase their creativity and technical mastery. We're talking basketry, ceramics, decorative fiber, furniture, metal, mixed media, paper, wearable art -- you name it, it's there for you to buy. We're also happy to announce that 40 new artists will be joining the crew, which means more one-of-a-kind and limited edition works.

The show is produced by the Smithsonian Women's Committee, which supports education and outreach at the Smithsonian Institution. Now in its 31st year, the show will kick off Thursday at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW) at 6:30 p.m. Come mingle with the artists, sip cocktails and shop! The show goes through Sunday. For more information and to get tickets, go to smithsoniancraftshow.org.


If you're not crafted out from the Smithsonian Craft Show, we suggest that you head over to the University of Maryland for its annual ArtWalk UMD on Thursday evening. There are actually five art galleries on campus, each containing its own exciting missions and exhibitions. The two-hour walk will take you through each one, and you'll get to admire works from various U.Md. art students through all different kinds of mediums. The whole purpose of the tour is to raise awareness of the university's impressive art program.

The tour begins with a reception at the Stamp Gallery (Stamp Student Union, College Park) at 6 p.m. You'll then walk through Kibel and Linear galleries, Herman Maril Gallery, Art Gallery at the University of Maryland, and the David C. Driskell Center.

This event is free so bring your artsy friends!


As far as we're concerned, Grammy award-winning, multiinstrumentalist Sam Bush is the father of newgrass. The veteran musician bought his first mandolin at the tender age of 11 and later won first place three years in a row in the junior division of the National Oldtime Fiddlers Contest in Idaho. He was inspired by newgrass, a progressive bluegrass style that incorporates instruments you typically wouldn't pair with the genre, such as electric guitars, drums and the piano. He is the co-founder of the New Grass Revival and is constantly in demand for his jaw-dropping mandolin skills and his vocals, which he won a number of Grammys for in the 1990s.

He'll be performing his most-recent solo album at the Hamilton (600 14th St. NW) on Thursday evening, and you'll get to hear an inspiring mix of bluegrass favorites. Tickets are $56 at thehamiltondc.com.