Where & When: What to Do This Week

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

By: Samantha Miller

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
MEMORIAL OPENING:
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
MUSIC:
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
FASHION:
Join April Yvonne, fashion stylist and founder of MYDCStyle.com, 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
HANDI HOUR:
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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