Thursday, June 14
GALA: No offense, but the Georgetown Waterfront is usually a little too stuffy and bland to be worth sticking around after lunchtime. That changes tonight at the Art Metamorphosis Gala, when 26 artists paint live, video screens show off art installations, and live musicians and deejays make you dance. Nick’s Riverside Grille and Tony & Joe’s Seafood will be serving up apps all night. Presale tickets are sold out, but there may be last-minute tickets available at the door. Free. 6 PM.
LATIN CULTURE: Fujimar restaurant and
IberoAmericaCulturaDC present a night of Latin American dancing and drinks, featuring an open bar with pisco punch, rum, wine, and beer; a deejay
blasting cumbia, salsa, and merengue; and a silent auction. $30 at the door. 8 PM.
Friday, June 15
LOBSTERS: The Maine lobby must be pretty imposing, because Friday is National Lobster Day. Celebrate with a date at the Palm, where you can split a gigantic four-pound Nova Scotia lobster (that’s why I stay out of Canadian waters), two starters, and two sides for $99.
FOOD FESTIVAL: For a kinda cookie-cutter suburb (look, I’ve been there, okay?), Reston has lots of good restaurants. So tonight’s Taste of Reston is certainly worth the trip—you’ll get baklava from Midtown Kabob, sliders from the Counter, pollo a la brasa from Pollo Peru, and lots of other things. And what would a suburban food fair be without some mac and cheese from a little hole in the wall I like to call UNO Chicago Grill? Bring your children or that kid you’re babysitting—there’s going to be a carnival. Oh, and beer and wine tastings, too. Hope the kid knows how to drive. $20 for 24 tastes. 3 to 11 PM; continues Saturday.
DANCING: If you were of dancing age and in Washington between 1996 and 2005 (I was not), you probably checked out Red, a bangin’ club that played disco, house, and lots of other stuff. I dunno, I wasn’t there—but it’s got a great reputation, and some of its most notable deejays, including Doug Smith, Sam “the Man” Burns, and DJ Kostas spin tonight at U Street Music Hall, trying to bring back the magic. Free before 11 PM; $5 after. 10 PM.
Saturday, June 16
ART FAIR: Dupont is having a craft fair, so you know what that means: time to deck out your house with novelty salt shakers, lampshades with attitude, and end tables made from salvaged barn doors. Expect local artisans, junk dealers, and organic farmers at this too-cool-to-be-called-a-flea-market. 1440 P Street, Northwest. 10 AM to 7 PM.
GATSBY: We know that Great Gatsby trailer with Jay and ’ye got you pumped and jealous you didn’t know any mysterious millionaires back when you were a young whippersnapper on Long Island in the 1920s. Well, luckily, you look like you haven’t aged a day—the International Club of DC is hosting a Great Gatsby Ball at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Wear your flapper dress, 1920s suit and top hat, or whatever else you can scrounge up from the era. Tickets ($75) are available online. 9 PM.
POOL PARTY (JUST KIDDING): Personally, I think the best part of a pool party is, you know, the pool. But Town Tavern is offering a free open bar from 8 to 10 PM, so I’ll allow their pool-less pool party to fly. Grab your bikini and/or board shorts and get there for specials on beers, mixed drinks, and poolside standbys like frozen margs and Jell-O shots. Free. 8 PM.
VARIETY SHOW: The DC Arts Center’s monthly variety show is Saturday night. This month, you get four local comedians, including Will Hessler and Kyle Martin, who are veterans of the local scene, plus the Deb Felz Band, who sound kinda like Alanis Morissette. Tickets are $10 online or $15 at the door. 10 PM.
Sunday, June 17
PIG ROAST: 14th Street’s the Heights is hosting a pig roast on its outdoor patio. You know what that means: pulled-pork sandwiches, gobs of coleslaw, and . . . pulled-pork pancakes? Sounds weird but potentially delicious. Better be safe and try it out. 11 AM until the pig runs out.
KNITTING: Everyone I know who knits always makes crappy, shapeless hats, or maybe a sock every now and then if they’re feeling crazy. But I know you’re different. If you want a relaxing Sunday, head to the Textile Museum for Worldwide Knit in Public Day, which is apparently a thing. Anyway, the weather is supposed to be nice and you can learn how to knit or share secrets with other knitting-needle experts. Free. 1 PM.
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