And now for some shameless self-promotion: Washingtonian.com teams up with Good Stuff Eatery for a Top Chef season-premiere watch party. Mingle with some of the show’s alums as well as your favorite Washingtonian.com writers. Free. RSVP at our Facebook page here. 9 to 11. And don’t forget to read our recaps of the show and exit interviews with eliminated contestants as well as get cocktail pairing recommendations for the winning dishes at washingtonian.com/topchefdc.
Head to the Letelier Theater in Georgetown to catch Driving Climate Change, a documentary that explores how ordinary people are taking a stand against global warming. Directed by Brian Hill and narrated by actress Tilda Swinton, the film looks at community leaders in India, Africa, Papa New Guinea, London, and Appalachia and the projects they’ve undertaken to benefit their local environments. The screening is followed by a wine reception with catering by Sweetgreen. RSVPs are required; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your seat. $20. 6:30.
The Smithsonian Young Benefactors organization turns 21 tonight and is celebrating with a birthday bash at the Embassy of Finland. Enjoy a cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres and birthday cupcakes while taking in a private viewing of the exhibition “Eero Saarinen & Washington: A Reputation for Innovation.” Click here to reserve tickets ($40 for YB members, $45 general admission); online sales only, no tickets at the door. 6:30 to 8:30.