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The Capital Wine Festival, indie pop group Veronica Falls at the Black Cat, and Meklit Hadero at the Artisphere. By Samantha Miller

Singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero. Photograph by Rus Anson.

Wednesday, February 8

Singer-songwriter Meklit Hadero performs at the Artisphere tonight. “Hadero’s sound is a unique blend of jazz, Ethiopia, the San Francisco art scene, and visceral poetry; it paints pictures in your head as you listen,” says NPR. Tickets can be purchased online for $15 or at the door for $18. 8 PM.

MUSIC: Indie pop group Veronica Falls are dropping by the Black Cat. Their self-titled debut was released in September of last year; listen to some of their songs here. The London natives will be joined by Brilliant Colors. Tickets ($10) can be purchased online. Doors open at 8 PM.

WINE: The Capital Wine Festival returns to the Fairfax with a Heitz Wine Cellars dinner. The four-course spread includes pan-seared crabcake, wild mushroom risotto, mint-glazed lamb chops, and black cherry crème brûlée. Each course will be paired with a Heitz wine. Tickets ($125) can be purchased through the event’s website. 7 PM.

SHOPPING: The Crystal Couture Show and Sale returns with discounted offerings from more than 30 boutiques. In addition to savings up to 50 percent, shoppers can enjoy fashion shows, complimentary drinks, hair and makeup consultations, music by DJ Neekola, and more. The sale runs through February 11.

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For those of you flying solo this year, we’ve compiled a roundup of the best Valentine’s day events for singles. So grab a friend (or five) and prepare for the greatest Valentine’s yet. By Samantha Miller

Looks like this single critter had a blast at last year’s Woo at the Zoo. Photograph by Mehgan Murphy/National Zoo.

Saturday, February 11

SCAVENGER HUNT: Track down naughty novelties during the Watson Adventures’ Naked Scavenger Hunt at the American Art Museum. Items include a tempting she-devil, a giddy drinker, and a startling Lite-Brite picture. And yes, clothes are required. Tickets ($24.50) can be purchased through the event’s website. 1 PM. The scavenger hunt runs through February 12.

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Free on-demand book printing at Politics and Prose, the Czech Embassy’s Christmas Market, and rock trio Girl In a Coma at DC9. By Samantha Miller

Phanie Diaz, Nina Diaz, and Jenn Alva of Girl in a Coma. Photograph by Josh Huskin

Wednesday, November 9

BOOKS: Up-and-coming novelists can finally publish a copy of their masterpiece during Politics and Prose’s free book printing demonstration. The bookstore has acquired an on-demand machine that prints, binds, and trims paperbacks in minutes. Plus, one of the machine’s creators will be on hand to answer questions. Next stop—the New York Times bestsellers list. 7 PM.

SHOPPING:
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping during the Czech Embassy’s Christmas Market. Guests can enjoy complimentary mulled wine and pastries while perusing handmade ornaments, Bohemian crystal, and more. The market runs through November 10. Free. 3 to 7 PM. E-mail czech_events@yahoo.com to RSVP.

MUSIC: Alt-rock group Girl in a Coma are dropping by DC9 tonight. The San Antonio trio have “a knack for impressing their elders,” says Rolling Stone.Morrissey hand-selected them to open for him during his 2007 tour, and they impressed prima punker Joan Jett so much, she signed them to her Blackheart Records.” You can listen to some of their songs here. Tickets can be purchased through DC9’s Web site for $10 or at the door for $12. Doors open at 8 PM; the show starts at 8:30.

KID-FRIENDLY:
Little ones will have a blast at Puck Puppet Theatre’s The Book of Apolodor at the Kennedy Center. The Romanian story follows a talented penguin’s adventure around the world. This performance is part of the Kids Euro Festival, which runs through November 10. Free. 6 PM.

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FotoWeek DC returns, the Phillip Collection throws a 90th-birthday bash, and celebrity chefs Paula Deen and Giada De Laurentiis come to town. By Samantha Miller

This photograph by Cade Martin, who shot the Summer/Fall 2011 cover for Washingtonian Bride & Groom, won first place in FotoWeek DC's "commercial" category.


Thursday, November 3

HAPPY 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 craft beers from ChurchKey, and enjoy live music by Brad Pugh. Plus, there will be a scavenger hunt through the gallery’s permanent collection. Tickets ($15) include two drink vouchers; additional drinks can be purchased for $5. 5:30 PM. 21 and up.

MUSIC: Don’t miss opening night of pianist Peter Serkin’s concert with the NSO at the Kennedy Center. The Grammy Award–winning artist has been called “utterly modern and thoroughly engrossing to hear” by the Washington Post. Conducted by Oliver Knussen, the program will feature works by Stravinsky and Messiaen. Tickets ($20 to $85) can be purchased through the KenCen’s Web site. 7 PM. The show runs through November 5.

ART:
Phillips After 5, a popular after-hours event at the Phillips Collection, is back with jazz performances, modern art, magic demonstrations, and more. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Tickets ($10 for students, $12 for adults, free for members) can be reserved through the gallery’s Web site. 5 to 8:30 PM.

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The 18th annual Taste of Georgetown, G Love and Special Sauce at the 9:30 Club, and the star-studded Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial dedication. By Samantha Miller

Taste of Georgetown is back this Saturday with culinary treats from 30 of Georgetown's hottest restaurants. Photographs courtesy of Taste of Georgetown

Thursday, October 13

MUSIC:
Elton John fans won’t want to miss the BSO SuperPops’s tribute concert at Strathmore. Vocalist and pianist Michael Cavanaugh will perform some of the pop star’s greatest hits, such as “Tiny Dancer,” “Candle in the Wind,” and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” Hailed by Billboard as the “new voice of the American rock and roll songbook,” Cavanaugh recently starred in Broadway’s Movin’ Out. Tickets ($28 to $88) can be purchased through the Strathmore’s Web site. 8 PM.

FILM: Halloween may be a few weeks away, but scare-seekers can get a jump start on the festivities with tonight’s free screening of Ringu —the Japanese horror film that inspired The Ring. All month long, the Japan Information and Culture Center (1150 18th St., NW) will celebrate All Hallow’s Eve with spooky Japanese cinema. The events are free, but attendees must RSVP by calling 202-238-6900. 6:30 PM.

DRINKS: Stop by the Arlington Arts Center for tonight’s Fall Happy Hour. Explore the facility’s new exhibition, “Fall Solos 2011,” which features seven Mid-Atlantic artists’ solo shows and was put together by DC collector and curator Michael Pollack and independent international curator Melissa Keys, formerly of the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA). Nibble on artisanal cheeses, spreads, and cured meats, and sip on seasonal wines from Café Caturra while viewing the works, which range from David D’Orio’s knife-brandishing toys to Chloe Watson’s depictions of the 17 bedrooms she’s lived in—and 73 jerks she’s encountered—throughout her life. Tickets can be purchased for $10 through the AAC’s Web site or for $15 at the door. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

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The Crafty Bastards Art Fair returns, Madeleine Peyroux at Strathmore, and two ways to get your food festival fix By Samantha Miller

Where can you find whimsical felt creatures and glitter-encrusted darts? At Saturday's Crafty Bastards Art Fair, of course! Photographs courtesy of Horrible Adorables (left) and Something's Hiding In here (right)

Thursday, September 29

MUSIC: Elvis Costello and the Imposters are dropping by the Warner Theatre tonight. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has brought us hits including “Pump It Up,” “Alison,” and “Radio Radio.” You can listen to some of his songs here. Tickets ($69.50 to $125) can be purchased through Live Nation. 8 PM.

DRINKS: Join Fashion Fights Poverty at the Gibson for an evening of fashion-inspired cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and tunes spun by DJ Soul Call Paul. All proceeds will benefit FFP, a nonprofit dedicated to the spread of ethical fashion practices. Tickets ($15) can be purchased through PayPal.

FOOD: Mon Ami Gabi is celebrating the Jewish New Year with a special Rosh Hashanah menu. The spread includes traditional favorites such as challah bread with apples and honey, homemade gefilte fish, matzo ball soup, braised brisket, and more. For reservations ($34.95, $16.95 for children under 12) call 301-654-1234.

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A Bright New Boise at Woolly Mammoth, synth-pop group Ladytron at the 9:30 Club, and the Passport to Style shopping extravaganza By Samantha Miller

Synth-pop group Ladytron are performing at the 9:30 Club Tuesday. Photograph courtesy of Ladytron

Monday, October 10

THEATER:
Don’t miss the local premiere of A Bright New Boise at the Woolly Mammoth. Directed by Samuel D. Hunter, the quirky comedy follows an evangelical believer who tries to connect with the son he put up for adoption by getting a job at an Idaho craft store. New York magazine called the production a “simple, superb little heartland heartbreaker.” Monday and Tuesday’s performance don’t require pre-purchased tickets; just stand in line and pay what you can. The box office opens at 6 PM; The show is at 8. If you’re interested in seeing the performance after Tuesday, tickets ($35 to $68) can be purchased through the Woolly Mammoth’s Web site. The play runs through November 6.

Tuesday, October 11

MUSIC:
Synth-pop group Ladytron are dropping by the 9:30 Club tonight. The European import’s “shadowy sound has been compared to that of electroclash groups like Fischerspooner and to the darker work of New Order,” according to NPR. You can listen to some of their tracks here. Opening bands will be VHS or Beta and Sonoio. Tickets ($30) can be purchased through Ticketfly. Doors open at 7 PM.

Wednesday, October 12

WINE: Expand your palate during the Washington Club’s Gourmet Harvest wine tasting. Enjoy vintages from Loudoun County’s Fabbioli Cellars and North Gate Vineyard, along with gourmet appetizers from Club 15. Tickets ($20) can be purchased through Instant Seats. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

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Diamonds and Denim at Lost Society, opening night of Les Misérables at the Kennedy Center, and the new “Warhol: Headlines” exhibit at the National Gallery of Art By Samantha Miller

The Tony Award-winning musical Les Misérables is coming to the Kennedy Center. Photograph courtesy of Les Misérables

SHOPPING: Stop by Lost Society—where we threw our Style Setters party—for their Diamonds and Denim event. Enjoy personalized consultations from the Blue Jeans Bar, a diamond concierge by Mystique Fine Jewelry Designs, cocktails, and treats from Cupcake Wishes and Birthday Dreams. Plus, there will be giveaways by Coach, Essie, Shoe Dazzle, and more. Tickets ($13) can be purchased through Eventbrite. 6:30 to 8:30 PM.

THEATER: Don't miss opening night of Les Misérables at the Kennedy Center. The 25th-anniversary production of the Tony Award-winning musical will feature new staging inspired by Victor Hugo's paintings. The show runs through October 30. Tickets ($39 to $155) can be purchased through the Kennedy Center's Web site. 7:30 PM.

ART: If you haven't already, check out one of the two new Andy Warhol exhibits. The National Gallery of Art's "Warhol: Headlines" collection explores the artist's fascination with New York tabloids and features more than 80 works. Click here to read our preview. Free; the exhibit runs through January 2. The Hirshhorn Museum's "Andy Warhol: Shadows" collection showcases 102 silkscreened and hand-painted canvases. Check out our preview here. Free; the exhibit runs through January 15.

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Haute deals at the District Sample Sale, pop artist Romero Britto’s new exhibit at Skynear Desgins Gallery, and Ray LaMontagne at Merriweather By Samantha Miller

Ray LaMontagne will be performing at Merriweather Post Pavilion this Thursday, September 29. Photograph courtesy Schaefer + Company Communications, LLC

Monday, September 26
SHOPPING:
The District Sample Sale is back with haute deals from more than 20 clothing and accessory designers. Stop by 1919 M Street, Northwest, for an evening of cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a silent auction, and, of course, fashion. Proceeds will benefit Weave, a program dedicated to the aiding victims of domestic abuse. Tickets ($40) can be purchased through Event Farm. 6:30 to 9 PM.

Tuesday, September 27
ART:
Don’t miss opening night of Skynear Designs Gallery’s new Romero Britto exhibit. The Brazilian artist combines elements of cubism and pop to create pieces bursting with “warmth, optimism, and love—Matisse channeling Picasso by way of Hello Kitty,” according to the New York Times. AM Wine Shoppe will be serving wines from around the world. Tickets (free) can be reserved though Eventbrite. 5:30 to 7:30 PM.

Wednesday, September 28
THEATER:
Tonight is the opening night for Studio Theatre’s newest production Lungs, in which a couple struggles with bringing a child into a world with climate change. Tickets ($20) can be purchased through the theater’s Web site. The play runs through October 16. 7:30 PM.

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Fashion’s Night Out, the Adams Morgan Day Festival, and Remembrance Day commemorative events By Samantha Miller

"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.

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