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The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial opens to the public, “Handi Hour” at the Renwick Gallery, and a fall fashion preview

An artist’s rendering of how the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will look come spring. Photograph courtesy of the memorial’s Web site

Monday, August 22
Fifteen years after Congress called for the creation of a monument honoring Dr. King., the wait is finally over. Starting today, the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial (1964 Independence Ave. SW) will open to the public. The four-acre site stretches between the Lincoln and Jefferson memorials and features a 28-foot high statue of the civil rights icon. Free.

Tuesday, August 23
Indie singer Jessica Lea Mayfield will be performing at the Iota Club & Cafe tonight. The Los Angeles Times called her latest album, Tell Me, one of the best of 2011. You can listen some of her tracks here. Tickets ($15) can be purchased at the door. 8 PM.

Wednesday, August 24
Join April Yvonne, fashion stylist and founder of, for her final summer fashion series, “Fall Fashion Preview,” at J&G Steakhouse. Snack on light hors d’oeuvres while ogling the latest fall fashions from the Tysons Saks Fifth Avenue. Best of all, attendees will take home a Saks swag bag filled with goodies. For tickets ($30), go to the event Web site. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

Thursday, August 25
You’ve heard of happy hour, but what about Handi Hour? Stop by the Renwick Gallery for an evening of drinks and crafts. Channel your inner-Martha Stewart, sip on craft beers from Churckey, and enjoy live music by Zia Hassan and His Fancy Band. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt through the gallery’s permanent collection. Tickets ($15) include two drink vouchers and can be purchased at the door. Additional drinks can be purchased for $5. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

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