It's your last chance to see the Museum of National History's Nature's Best Photography exhibit. Featured photographs (left) by Tom Warren and (right) Richard Rothstein
Thursday, September 22
WINE: Raise a glass to DC's furry friends during the National Zoo's Grapes With the Apes event. Sample wines from vineyards, including Barefoot Bubbly, Linganore Winecellars, Narmada Winery, and Vino50: The Grape American Road, to name a few. Plus, attendees will get exclusive after-hours access to the Great Ape House. Proceeds will support animal care and conservation efforts at the zoo. Tickets ($40 members, $55 nonmembers) include a commemorative glass and can be purchased through the zoo's Web site. 6 to 9 PM.
OPERA: Baseball may be America's favorite pastime, but the Nationals Park is trading bases for baritones during tonight's Opera in the Outfield. Stop by the stadium at 7:30 PM (gates open at 5:30) for a live broadcast of Puccini's Tosca. Plus, there will be performance from the award-winning Yorktown High School marching band, Taratibu Pan-African Step Team, and Greenbelt SITY Stars double-dutch team. Free.
ART: Don't miss opening night of the (e)merge Art Fair at the Capitol Skyline Hotel. Conner Contemporary Art, Pulse Contemporary Art Fair founder Helen Allen, and collector Mera Rubell are just a few of the minds behind the collection, which will showcase contemporary works by unrepresented artists. Tonight's opening reception includes a concert by the pool with LouLou and the Dispappointer Sisters—featuring members of Thievery Corporation, Fugazi, French Toast, and The Deadmen. Tickets ($25 for the opening reception; $10 students and seniors, $15 for everyone else) can be purchased through the fair's Web site. The fair runs through Sunday, September 25.
Wednesday, September 21
SIGNING: Renowned chef and Food Network star Bobby Flay is stopping by the Sixth & I Synagogue to sign copies of his new book, Bobby Flay’s Bar Americain Cookbook. Tickets ($40) include one copy of the book and can be purchased through TicketFly. 7:30 PM. And in case you missed it, be sure to check out our interview with Flay.
MUSIC: In honor of the 50th anniversary of the Peace Corps, Senegalese vocalist and activist Youssou N’Dour will be performing at the Kennedy Center. The Grammy Award winner has worked with artists including Bob Marley, Peter Gabriel, Wyclef Jean, and Sting. Chris Hedrick, the Peace Corps country director in Senegal, will also speak during the program. Free; 6 PM.
ART: Art buffs won’t want to miss Fakes, Forgeries, and the Art of Deception at the S. Dillon Ripley Center. Independent curator and researcher Colette Loll Marvin will provide a brief history of deception and deceit in the art world, the strategies and techniques of criminal deception, and the extraordinary lengths to which art forgers will go. Tickets ($27 to $40) can be purchased through the Smithsonian’s Web site. 6:45 PM.
Monday, September 19
BOOKS: The Fall for the Book festival returns to George Mason University with more than 150 authors. This year’s literary extravaganza features readings and discussions from writers of all genres—from poetry and cooking to politics and science. Noted authors include Amy Tan, Stephen King, and Abraham Verghese. The festival runs through September 23; Click here for the complete schedule. Free.
Tuesday, September 20
MUSIC: Tristan Prettyman is dropping by the Iota Club and Cafe tonight. The acoustic songwriter has collaborated with Jason Mraz and G Love. You can listen to some of her tracks here. Tickets ($18) can be purchased at the door. 8 PM.
Wednesday, September 21
BENEFIT: Tonight, the St. Baldrick’s Foundation is hosting its second annual 46 Mommas: Shave for the Brave benefit at Union Station. Forty-six moms will shave their heads to honor children fighting cancer, the survivors, and those who have been lost. Free, although donations are recommended; 5 to 9 PM.
Monday, September 12
FILM: The DC Shorts Film Festival is well underway, and tonight’s eclectic showcase at E Street Cinema features a Wiccan teen, the sex lives of the elderly, and an alien abductor-in-training. And be sure to read our introduction to the festival. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the festival’s Web site or at the box office ($15). 9 PM.
Tuesday, September 13
KID-FRIENDLY: The DC Anime Club is hosting a Sailor Moon book party at the Georgetown Barnes and Noble. After a six-year hiatus, the popular anime series is returning to the US, and to celebrate, the club is pulling out all the stops. Channel your favorite character during a costume photo shoot, play Sailor Moon-themed games, and munch on small snacks. Free; 5 to 8 PM. To RSVP call 202-262-2083.
Tuesday, September 13
MUSIC: Mulebone and Jackson Edwards of The Weathervanes are dropping by the Iota Club & Cafe tonight. The band have won blues artist of the year awards from radio stations across the country. You can listen to some of Mulebone’s tracks here. Tickets ($12) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM. Editor's Note: We originally said this concert was scheduled for Wednesday. We apologize for any confusion.
"Real Housewives" Mary Schmidt Amons and Lynda Erkiletian made an appearance at last year's Fashion's Night Out. Photographs courtesy of GeorgetownDC's Flickr account
Thursday, September 8
FASHION: Can’t make it to New York City Fashion Week? Well don’t worry, because Washington’s second annual Fashion’s Night Out is taking over the city. Some of our favorite stores—including Hugh & Crye, BlueMercury, Get Hitched in Georgetown, and Neiman Marcus—are staying open late, offering discounts and gifts, and serving some bubbly. Check out our style blog for a list of highlights from participating venues.
SIGNING: Thomas Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum will be signing copies of their new book, That Used to Be Us, at Sixth & I Synagogue. In the book, the New York Times columnist and foreign policy expert explore hot-button topics like globalization, information technology, energy consumption, and the nation’s chronic deficits. Tickets ($12) can be purchased through Politics and Prose’s Web site or at the door for $15; Or receive one free ticket with the purchase of the title ($28). 7 PM.
BEER: Meridian Pint is hosting a DC release party for North Coast Brewing Co.’s Grand Cru. This is the first time the Belgian Pale Ale is being imported to the District, so Doug Moody, the brewery’s co-founder, is coming along for the ride. Ten additional brews from North Coast will be available, including Acme IPA, Pranqster, Red Seal, and Blue Star. 5 PM to close.
Tuesday, August 16
FILM: Bride & Groom readers won’t want to miss tonight’s free screening of Bride Wars at Bethesda Row. In a hilarious turn of events, best friends Emma (Anne Hathaway) and Liv (Kate Hudson) become “frenemies” after their respective weddings are scheduled on the same day. You can watch the trailer here. Redwood will be serving complimentary popcorn and $5 glasses of sparkling wine. This screening is part of Bethesda Row’s Movies Under the Stars Series. 8:30 PM.
MUSIC: Bob Dylan, arguably the most influential songwriter of recent history, is coming to the Merriweather Post Pavilion tonight. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and honorary Pulitzer Prize winner has played more than 2,300 concerts in the last 20 years alone. He’s been hailed by Time magazine as a “master poet, caustic social critic, and intrepid, guiding spirit of the counterculture generation.” Tickets ($40 to $77.50) are still available through Ticket Fly. Doors open at 6 PM.
Get your food truck fix at Friday's mouth-watering Truckeroo Festival. Photographs courtesy of the event's Web site
Thursday, August 11
SHOPPING: Round up the ladies for a night of shopping, dining, and live music at the Pentagon Row’s Girl’s Night Out. A slew of local stores and restaurants are offering discounts and free goodies. Plus, attendees can enter for a chance to win an iPad 2. Participating venues include Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and Salon, Jouvence Aveda, and Lebanese Taverna, to name a few. Free; 6 PM.
COMEDY: It’s about time another comedy club took root in Washington—Riot Act (801 E St. NW, Washington) is celebrating its grand opening with the help of their favorite comedian, Charles Fleischer. You may recognize him as the voice Roger Rabbit or from his recent cameos in Rango and Zodiac. Tickets for the show ($17) can be purchased at the event Web site. 8:30 PM.
SIGNING: Dating and relationship coach Amy Schoen will be signing copies of her book Get it Right This Time at the Chevy Chase Bloomingdale’s. Best of all, 10 percent of Bloomindale’s sales and 25 percent of book sales will benefit Dress for Success DC, a nonprofit that provides professional attire to disadvantaged women entering the workforce. To buy tickets ($20 donation), go to the event Web site. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, August 9
FILM: The Capital Irish Film Festival is hosting a free screening of The Secret of Kells at the Dupont Renaissance Hotel. The Oscar-nominated film follows a young boy's quest to complete a magical book filled with secret wisdom and power. You can check out the trailer here. Complimentary popcorn will be served. The film begins at 7 PM, but seats are limited, so get there early.
MUSIC: The Steve Miller Band are bringing their classic rock 'n' roll hits to the Wolf Trap tonight. Known for chart-toppers such as "The Joker" and "Fly Like an Eagle," the band's latest album, Let Your Hair Down, was nominated for the Blues Rock Album of the Year. You can listen to one of the new singles here. For tickets ($25 to $45), go to the event Web site. 8 PM.
Everyone's favorite dance festival is back with a weekend of hip-hop performances. Photograph courtesy of the DC ARTS
Thursday, July 21
WINE: Toast to a good cause during the Catoctin Creek Tasting at Dickson Wine Bar. Attendees will sample three organic spirits by the distillery, along with Dickson cocktails and appetizers. All ticket sales will benefit One Home Many Hopes, an organization that rescues, houses, and educates orphaned Kenyan girls. Tickets ($40) can be purchased at the event Web site. 6 to 8 PM.
MUSIC: Alternative hip-hop artist Richard Terfry, who goes by the stage name Buck 65, is performing at the Iota Club & Café tonight. You can sample tracks from his latest album, 20 Odd Years, here. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door. 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, July 12
DOGGIE YOGA: The pose “downward dog” takes on a whole new meaning at tonight’s Doggie Happy Hour Yoga Session. Bring Fido and a yoga mat to the Jackson 20 courtyard for a free session with Pure Prana Yoga. Afterward, you can enjoy drink specials at the bar, along with plenty of water and biscuits for your four-legged date. Yoga begins at 6 PM; Happy hour from 5 to 8 PM.
BEER: Craft beer connoisseurs won’t want to miss Jolly Pumpkin Cask Night at Churchkey. Some of the brewery’s rarest Artisanal Ales—Luciernaga (The Firefly) and Bam Noire—will be on cask. Plus, they’ll be pouring a slew of Jolly Pumpkin beers on draft including Oro de Calabaza, Madrugada Obscura, Maracaibo Especiale, Luciernaga (The Firefly), and ES Bam. The event is free, but beers will be priced individually. 6 to 8 PM.
MUSIC: Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces is dropping by the Black Cat to promote her first solo album, “Last Summer.” The album, which comes out today, fuses indie rock with hints of pop to create the perfect summer soundtrack. You can sample a few of her tracks here. Tickets ($10) can be purchased at the event Web site. Doors open at 8:30 PM.