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You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough.    --  Joe Lewis     

My only regret in life is that I didn't drink enough Champagne.    --John Maynard Keynes

Summer Restaurant Week Monday, August 28 - Sunday, September 3, 2023

Summer Restaurant Week, presented by Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), returns as the biannual celebration of the region’s spirited restaurant industry. Restaurant Week invites everyone to close out summer with the return of one of the area’s most anticipated food-related summer celebrations. This year’s cycle leads into exciting happenings like DC Jazz Fest and Labor Day Weekend. Additionally, the summer promotion will include a selection of restaurants located at Ronald Reagan Washington National and Washington Dulles International Airports further expanding the promotion to all that arrive and depart our region.


Participating restaurants will offer multi-course brunch and lunch menus for $25 per person, and multi-course dinner menus for $40 or $55 per person for on-premises dining. Many restaurants will also offer cocktail, wine, and non-alcoholic pairings, giving diners wanting to partake in the program a variety of beverages to choose from.


Visit www.rwdmv.com for links to participating restaurants, special menus, contact information, and hours of operation. Participating restaurants will be added to the website as they join the promotion.

8/28 - 9/3: Metropolitan Washington Summer Restaurant Week 

Strathmore Music Center

Featuring Dee Dee Bridgewater, Kurt Elling, Lakecia Benjamin, Christian Sands, Yasushi Nakamura & Clarence Penn
Thu, April 20 | 8pm

The longest continuously running jazz festival in the world celebrates its 65th year with a must-hear ensemble directed by visionary pianist Christian Sands, featuring Tony and Grammy Award-winning NEA Jazz Master vocalist Dee Dee Bridgewater, Grammy Award-winning vocalist Kurt Elling, critically acclaimed rising star saxophonist Lakecia Benjamin, bassist Yasushi Nakamura, and drummer Clarence Penn.


Fri, April 21 | 8pm

After a 14-year hiatus, one of the greatest icons of Brazilian music returns to the US for a major tour. Four-time Latin Grammy-winner Djavan presents a brand-new show with his full band, featuring songs from his 25th studio album “D” as well as major hits from his 45-year career. Co-presented by EducArte.


Wed, April 26 & Thu, April 29 | 8pm

Australian contemporary circus company Gravity & Other Myths presents A Simple Space, a simultaneously frantic yet delicate performance. Acrobats are pushed to their physical limits, propelled by the driving sound of live percussion in a playful, intimate setting.


Sat, April 29 | 8pm

Experience the world’s most iconic band in a performance that takes audiences back time with early Beatles favorites and songs from Abbey Road and their famous 1969 rooftop concert.


Tue, May 2 | 8pm

The small but mighty ukulele holds its own in the hands of this virtuosic group from across the pond. Reinventing entire genres with only their ukes and their voices, The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain covers Tchaikovsky to Nirvana via Otis Redding and Spaghetti Western soundtracks.

Grammy-winning duo Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer host a Pre-Show Ukulele Strum Along . open to both ukulele players and auditors who want to learn more about this guitar-like instrument.


Sat, May 20 | 11am

Young people with autism or sensory sensitivities are invited backstage at the Concert Hall for a small-group tour. Children and teens can play instruments on the stage, see the artists’ dressing rooms, learn how the lights and sound work, and so much more.

All children and teens must be accompanied by an adult and have a ticket.


Do The Loop 

Saturday, April 22nd, 2023 from 11:00am-4:00pm 


American University Museum at the Katzen Art Center, The Kreeger Museum, Dumbarton Oaks, Jackson Art Center, Addison/Ripley Fine Art, Washington Printmakers Gallery and Klagsbrun Studios collaborate for Do The Loop, a free day of indoor and outdoor art programming complete with shuttle service provided between locations. Do the loop on Saturday, April 22, 2023 from 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Stay up to date on the day’s events by visiting dotheloopdc.org and following @dotheloopdc. 

The Phillips Collection CALENDAR | July 2022

 Opening July 23: Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop

Reserve Timed Tickets

Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop

JULY 23-OCTOBER 9, 2022


Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop reexamines the history and legacy of the Dupont Center, an artist’s museum founded in Washington, DC, in 1969. Under the visionary collaboration of curator Walter Hopps and artist Lou Stovall, the Dupont Center advanced a new, innovative model for the museum as a place for exhibition, art-making, and community-building.   Learn More

Special Installation: Tobi Kahn



The Phillips Collection’s Kahn “unit” of seven works is currently on display in the permanent collection galleries. What makes New York-based painter and sculptor Tobi Kahn so singular is that while his paintings have formal relationships to American modernists like Arthur Dove, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Marsden Hartley, his paintings and objects are closely linked to his religion and its ceremonies.  Learn More

Portraits of Resilience



Portraits of Resilience features images of survivors of torture from around the world who fled their home countries seeking safety, recovery, and political asylum. The ongoing photo series is presented in collaboration with British photographer Jonathan Banks, the survivors, and Torture Abolition and Survivors Support Coalition (TASSC) International.  Learn More

Intersections: Marta Pérez García



Restos-Traces, the 31st project of The Phillips Collection’s ongoing Intersections contemporary art series, features Puerto Rican, DC-based artist Marta Pérez García. Her work in this project, created during the COVID-19 pandemic, addresses the troubling yet rarely discussed increase in domestic violence due to stay-at-home orders, especially toward women and children.  Learn More

Art + Music: More than a Feeling

Printmaking with Washington School for Girls

JULY 23-OCTOBER 9, 2022


For this project, seventh and eighth graders at Washington School for Girls worked with Phillips educators to listen to music and explore rhythm, repetition, tone, and mood. Then they created a visual representation of a song with the help of professional printmaker Gail Shaw-Clemons. The finished prints are the result of revisions over two days of reflection. 




A Phillips Educator leads a 15-minute spotlight talk on one work of art. No reservations required. Meet in the museum lobby.


Guided Meditation



Join us for a free, 30-minute weekly meditation led by local yoga teacher Aparna Sadananda via Zoom. Inspired by an artwork from our permanent collection, we will practice techniques for mindful looking and thinking that we can carry with us wherever we are. 



The Phillips Plays: Exploring Printmaking with Sam Gilliam

JULY 16, 2022, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM & 2:30-4:30 PM


As we explore the possibilities of printmaking without a press, we will honor the legacy of Sam Gilliam (1933-2022), a DC artist who enlivened and enriched the local, national, and global arts scene with his daring innovations. Inspired by Purple Antelope Space Squeeze, we will practice and combine printmaking methods to create a layered composition that evokes emotion.   Learn More


The Meaning We Make



In this week-long teacher institute, in collaboration with The Phillips Collection and University of Maryland, explore how we each bring our own perspectives to everything we do. Engage in critical thinking exercises, slow looking at art, and artmaking activities to inspire meaningful personal connections when teaching with art. Inspired by Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop, participate in a printmaking workshop. Learn More


The Phillips Plays: Exploring Printmaking with Lou Stovall

JULY 16, 2022, 11:30 AM-1:30 PM & 2:30-4:30 PM


As we explore printmaking without a press, we will celebrate the work of Lou Stovall, a DC artist whose work is on view in Lou Stovall: The Museum Workshop. After looking closely at Stovall’s music-infused artworks in the exhibition, we will practice a variety of printing methods in the art workshop. Learn More

JxJ Jewish Film + Music Festival

May 12 - 22, 2022


For 50% off tickets use promo code: JxJFLASH50 

*Offer ends May 10th for the below concerts & film screenings*


JxJ returns with an all new lineup of international films, concerts, and artist conversations, presented throughout DC, Bethesda, and Silver Spring! The 2022 slate includes 60 films from 15 countries, ranging from comedies to documentaries and period dramas; alongside 10 concerts with musicians hailing from Israel, Canada, Ethiopia and the US.


JxJ Festival Events: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/



Promo code: JxJFLASH50



Saturday, May 14 7:30PM at Edlavitch DCJCC

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/betty/ 


Fronted by African-American singer Alyson Palmer and queer Jewish sisters Elizabeth and Amy Ziff, BETTY’s distinct vocals have been heard for 35 years on radio, film, TV, and the internet, including: the Michael J. Fox holiday classic Life With Mikey; HBO’s Encyclopedia and Real Sex; Showtime’s The L Word; Pringles ads nationwide; and ten albums.


BETTY’s heartfelt feminist passion and international appearances as Arts Envoys for the US State Department led Gloria Steinem to suggest they create The BETTY Effect, a non-profit for their ongoing work on behalf of women, girls, and LGBTQ+ people.



Sunday May 15 3:00PM at Edlavitch DCJCC

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/ghetto-tango/


Ghetto Tango is a moving and inspirational concert that highlights the songs and music performed in the underground cabarets, which sprang up in the Jewish ghettoes in Nazi-occupied Europe. The concert features Zalmen Mlotek, Daniella Rabbani and Avram Mlotek. Avram Mlotek is a rabbi, cantor, actor and author. A grandchild of Holocaust survivors and Yiddish cultural leaders, he is the author of Why Jews Do That or 30 Questions Your Rabbi Never Answered and Passover in a Pandemic, both books illustrated by students of his from Base, a millennial outreach project he co-founded.



Sunday, May 15 7:30PM at Edlavitch DCJCC

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/socalled-sings-di-frosh/


Socalled (Josh Dolgin), “the mad wizard of Yiddish hip-hop,” goes back to his roots in this ground-breaking program. Featuring accompaniment by the Bachanalia Chamber Players, the program presents songs from the Yiddish theatre, Hasidic melodies, klezmer, folksong, songs from the Holocaust and from Israel, and even some original numbers.


The program is funny, sad, beautiful, and dark, with a diverse range of styles, colors, keys, modes, and moods. The Yiddish revival is over and it’s the Yiddish era again, so let’s dig deep and let’s celebrate and explore the riches of this extraordinary culture.



The Songs of European Jewish Composers from the Golden Age of Film

Tuesday, May 17 7:30PM at Edlavitch DCJCC

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/karyn-levitt-on-hollywood-and-weimar/


Many of Hollywood’s greatest film scores were written by émigré and exiled composers who fled Nazi Europe for Southern California. Kurt Weill, Max Steiner, Erich Korngold, Dimitri Tiomkin, Miklós Rózsa, and other European composers brought from their respective homelands the highest level of culture, which they poured into American movies.


On Hollywood and Weimar celebrates the blending of the old world and the new to produce the uniquely hybrid sound of Hollywood’s Golden Age. From dusty westerns and sweeping romances to the thrillers of Alfred Hitchcock, soprano Karyn Levitt and pianist Jed Distler perform songs ranging in style from Weimar cabaret, musical theater, and country-western to operetta, art song, and jazz.



Promo code: JxJFLASH50



Tuesday, May 17 7PM at Bethesda Row Cinema

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/a-jewish-life/


Marko Feingold used to say: “nothing can hurt those who already died once.” He himself had died several times over, as a survivor of four concentration camps: Auschwitz, Neuengamme, Dachau, and Buchenwald.


From the moment of his liberation to the day he passed away in September 2019 at the age of 106, he dedicated his life to helping tens of thousands of survivors on their arduous journeys to Palestine, and later channeled his efforts into Holocaust remembrance. Feingold, who later became the President of the Jewish Community in Salzburg, Austria, gives his testimony with breathtaking clarity.


Director Florian Weigensamer in conversation following the screening. 




Tuesday, May 17 6:15PM at Edlavitch DCJCC

Tickets & Info: https://www.jxjdc.org/events/jews-and-the-blues/


Filmmaker, musician, and talk show host Drew Stone travels to Israel in search of the connection between Jews and the Blues. Along the way he discovers how deeply embedded its melodies and stories are to the mix of cultures that inhabit the Holy Land.


A fascinating history emerges, with roots in Arab, Jewish, Ethiopian, and Moroccan traditions, all filtered through the contemporary Israeli experience. Featuring interviews with—and a sizzling soundtrack from—leading contemporary Israeli musicians, including Ori Frank, Ravid Kahalani, and 2022 JxJ headliner, Gili Yalo.


Director Drew Stone in conversation with musician Gili Yalo following the screening. Moderated by guitarist, band leader, and music teacher Brian Gross.

Pablo Picasso's Blue Period (1901-04) and the Legacy of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes

The Phillips Collection: Exhibit runs February 26 - June 12, 2022

Event on March 9, 2022, 6:30 pm | Free/online/open registration
Co-presented by New York Studio School and The Phillips Collection


Dr. Susan Behrends Frank, Curator, The Phillips Collection

Aimée Brown Price, Faculty, Art History, New York Studio School

Kenneth Brummel, Associate Curator, Modern Art, Art Gallery of Ontario

Picasso: Painting the Blue Period is co-organized by The Phillips Collection and the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada) with the exceptional support of the Musée national Picasso-Paris.


The Phillips Collection, America’s first museum of modern art, was founded in 1921and houses one of the world’s most celebrated Impressionist and American modern art collections. 


Download the free Bloomberg Connects app to learn more about artworks and hear from artists.

The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009


Constellation Theater Company presents longtime collaborators Tom Teasley, Allison Stockman and A.J. Guban who are joined by Chao Tian in this original piece exploring ancient spiritual literature, poetry, and folklore from around the globe. Following their Helen Hayes Award-nominated collaboration on 2019’s The White Snake, the award-winning musical duo of Teasley and Tian will compose and perform a propulsive new soundscape powered by a cross-cultural fusion of exuberant percussion and Chinese dulcimer.

Live Stream Opening Night October 23 at 8 PM - Ticket: $20 (+ $3.00 in fees)

Video On Demand Ticket: $20 (+ $3.00 in fees)  Only 1 ticket needed per household.


In-Person Performances: October 14th - November 7th
Video On Demand: November 2nd - November 21st

Constellation Theater Company performs at Source Theatre 1835 14th St NW
Constellation Theatre Company | Northwest Washington | Theatre Tickets 

photo credit: Donna Christenson

October is Virginia Wine Month.

Pick a vineyard . . . or several! Plot out the perfect itinerary or follow wherever the road takes you to choose among hundreds of events including harvest festivals, wine tastings and dinners, picnics, wine hikes, live music . . . and the best of Virginia's wonderful wines! 

Virginia Wine Month | Virginia Wine

DC Wine Fest - Saturday, October 16th  
DOCK 5 @ Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, Washington, DC 20002
Tickets at www.dcwinefest.com 

The much loved Fall edition of the DC Wine Fest !
Sample premium varietals from some of the best wineries around the world, all while music performers keep the party lively during this all-day, all night wine experience. 
Included in your ticket: wine tastings from great wineries, musical guests, and more!  Cheers! 

Session 1 Early Admission: 12:00pm - 1:00pm (includes admission during GA), Session 1 GA: 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Session 2 Early Admission: 3:30pm - 4:30pm (includes admission during GA),  Session 2 GA: 4:30pm - 6:30pm

Session 3 Early Admission: 7:00pm - 8:00pm (includes admission during GA),  Session 3 GA: 8:00pm - 10:00pm


  We are thrilled to announce the launch of Winternational's first Virtual Embassy Marketplace. Our extraordinary city is home to the largest, most influential diplomatic community in the world -- What better place to do your holiday shopping! Not only will you discover one-of-a-kind gifts, but you will be supporting native artisans from around the world. You are just one click away from discovering exciting treasures. Please join us--let’s Shop the Embassies over the holidays together!  



🎁 PRESS RELEASE: Click here


 Happy Shopping! Thank you in advance for helping us spread the word!

National Museum of American History  
and National Museum of the American Indian

Reopening September 25

The National Museum of American History, along with the National Museum of the American Indian, reopens to the public on Friday, September 25. They will reopen with new health and safety measures due to the COVID-19 pandemic and with reduced days and hours. Please visit our website or read below to learn more about planning your visit.

Here’s Which D.C.-Area Restaurants Are Offering Takeout, Delivery, And Alcohol During The Coronavirus Pandemic

DCist has posted a list that is being regularly updated as businesses announce more changes.  To jump to restaurants offering carryout/delivery/alcohol, click here. To see which restaurants are closed, click here.

In mid-March, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser ordered restaurants and bars in the District to close down to dine-in patrons. For many restaurants, this is an extremely hard pill to swallow. While it’s understood this is what’s needed to “flatten the curve,” it doesn’t make the reality any easier. Owners and managers have had to cut hours or simply lay-off workers in an effort to stem the losses.

For the updated list of restaurants and bars, go to DCist    [For the latest coronavirus updates, see here.]

 March arts and culture tips

Great suggestions from Ronn and the the ArtHouse MeetUp group.  Join the group or just go on your own, noting reservation or ticket requirements.  

March on!  Here's a sampling of cool events taking place.

Theater - On TodayTix Pipeline finishes at Studio today. 39 Steps continues at the wonderful Constellation on 14th. Look for the free lottery for Guys and Dolls at Fords. Silent Sky is very good there right now. Merry Wives finishes at Folger as they start their renovations. Today Tix is a good app.

1. PEREFECT ATMOSPHERE. The Environmental Film Festival March 12-22 is now live. There are still tickets for the closing night film that we posted about Jane Goodall. There are also films at the Embassy of the Netherlands, Canada, the Austrian Embassy and the French Embassy (Wine Calling – how appropriate). So many highlights! An Ethiopian film called Anbessa at AFI 3/16 and Jaclyn tells me not to miss Kifaru from Kenya on 3/20. Solas Nua also hosts the Capital Irish Film Festival next weekend at AFI. Opening Reception on thursday.

2. ROSE BLOOMS. This Friday, artist, muralist (RBG), community organizer Rose Jaffe gives a talk at and Community Workshop at one of our favorite places, The Washington Studio School (take one of their classes!). It’s free. Following the lecture and conversation, Rose will guide participants through the process of using images and text to create a simple but powerful poster to convey each unique idea. Light refreshments and all materials will be provided. Register here

3. FRENCH KISSES. The Francophonie Festival arrives in March. It looks like they are still tweaking the schedule – usually ends with the Grand Fete at the French Embassy. Stay tuned. The Embassy of the Ivory Coast has a Cultural Diversity Day next Saturday. Register here. The New African Film Festival takes place at AFI from March 5-19 - Always really interesting fare.

4. AMEN CORNER. While a spectacular production of The Amen Corner continues at Shakespeare Theater, The National Museum of African American History and Culture will host Amen, Brother Baldwin: Explorations Of The Religious And Performative Dimensions Of James Baldwin on March 8. Tickets are free here. On March 19 they will hold a A Seat At The Table: A Conversation About Food Equity And Sustainability. It’s a community dinner and discussion - $25 for members or $35. Sounds pretty cool - tickets here. And the esteemed Berkley Center holds a lunch at Georgetown U on Tuesday. Register here.

5. CZECHS AND BALANCES. Delve into and evening of "Bohemian Stories," an illustrated history of Czechs in the United States, with author Renáta Fučíková, March 5 at the Czech Embassy. Register here. Ever been to an opening at the Korean Cultural Center? A little crowded but they manage to feed everyone. Register here for March 6. 

6. GALLERIES. On Wednesday the beautiful new Goethe Institut at 14th and R hosts the closing for its bauhaus.photo exhibit: A Special Selection of Photos from the Bauhaus-Archiv Berlin. Register here. Both Addison Ripley and Watergate have receptions next Saturday at 5. Mark your calendars for AU Katzen on April 4. Printmakers in Georgetown displays next on March 14. 

7. COOL EVENT. On March 22, The EDCJCC hosts THE 21%: THE LIVES OF ARAB CITIZENS OF ISRAEL. There will be a film, a conversation and some tastings. Dr. Nof Atamna-Ismaeel—the first Muslim Arab to win Israel’s MasterChef—is on a quest to make social change through food. And so, she founded the A-sham Arabic Food Festival, where pairs of Arab and Jewish chefs collaborate on traditional dishes. Get Pay what you choose tickets here. EDCJCC’s JxJ has a wonderful new cinema showing awesome independent films. See schedule here.

8. EARLY MOTHERS DAY. I’ll always do anything at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. On March 11, they will have Motherhood Redux, a poetry reading and wine reception for just $15, $12 for members. Listen to Camille Dungy, Tina Chang, and Beth Ann Fennelly read their work about motherhood. Get your ticket here.

9. MORE MORAN IS BETTER. The Kennedy Center continues to have lots of cool stuff. They will celebrate the director Ana Duvernay in March with a bigtime showing of 13th with Jason Moran doing live music on March 9. A Wrinkle in Time will be free on March 14 at the awesome Reach. Selma will play on March 15. Moran also hosts a Fats Waller Dance Party on April 25 that we might do a meetup for.

10. WOMEN AND MIGRATION. On March 10, Join NYU Washington, DC in welcoming NYU Tisch's Deb Willis and Ellyn Toscano for this special DC Dialogue on Women and Migration(s). This panel’s perspective on migration seeks to capture a breadth of experience: an account of the migration of women is the totality of many stories. Register here. Free.

Enjoy and come on out!



March 1st – March 6th

Ginworld is taking over Washington DC for the 4th year with gin education and cocktail events around the District to showcase the exciting spectrum that is Gin.

https://ginworld.com/  or https://www.facebook.com/events/504134183838915/

Sunday March 1st  – Ginworld Kickoff Party at Service Bar DC

Monday March 2nd - Monday March 2nd 11am - 5 pm at Hook Hall Ginworld Symposium USA. - day long symposium showcasing some of the best minds in the industry and the category of gin. 

Tues March 3rd Casino Royale Themed Ginworld Pop Up at the Gibson DC

Weds March 4th Ginworld Martini vs Negroni Takeover at The Gin Joint

Thurs March 5th  Ginworld Gin Rickey Takeover at Wisdom DC’s Original Gin Bar

Friday March 6th   Gin Tastings at Batch 13  Friday March 6th  6-8pm  - 1724 14th St NW, Washington D.C. 


The Critics are RAVING about 

Le Cabaret de Carmen!

"Le Cabaret de Carmen is a haunting, beautiful spin on the popular tragedy... entrancing from its languid opening to its dramatic finale."  -Rachael Goldberg, Broadway World 

 "It is opera for those unafraid of art's raw power."  -Whitney Fishburn, DC Metro Theater Arts 

 "A Carmen for our time, the production... must be seen."  -Susan Galbraith, DC Theatre Scene 

Bizet’s opera comes to life in a unique and intimate tango-cabaret experience. As audiences sit at tables with performers, a tango-ensemble brings a beloved music to life up close and personal, and the ultimate femme-fatale begins her intoxicating and immortal chanteuse performance. Performed in a breath-taking and unforgettable 90 minutes, an evening of laughter surrounds this darkly unfolding tragedy loved the world over.

All performances at Source Theatre 1835 14th St NW

January 10 at 8 pm - IN & OUT Pride night with champagne toast; 6:30 inclusive introductory tango class and on-stage dancing

January 11 at 8 pm - 6:30 introductory tango class and on-stage dancing

January 12 at 3 pm

January 17 at 8 pm - 6:30 advanced tango class and on-stage dancing

January 18 at 3 pm and 8 pm 

January 19 at 3 pm


 with pre-show tango lessons and on-stage dancing.


Complete your evening out at LE CABARET DE CARMEN with a pre-show tango lesson and dancing on stage. All lessons start at 6:30 pm at SOURCE (1835 14th Street NW). $10 suggested donation taken at the door.

 1/10 - Inclusive beginner lesson by Tango Mercurio in celebration of IN&OUT Pride Night (use code PRIDE for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)

 1/11 - Beginner tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket puchase)

1/17 - Advanced tango lesson (use code TANGO for $5 off your CABARET DE CARMEN ticket purchase)

IN Series: Opera that Speaks. Theater that Sings

202-204-7763 | inseries@inseries.org | wwww.inseries.org 

MetroCooking DC

Calling all DC foodies! Martha Stewart, Wolfgang Puck, Lidia Bastianich and Myron Mixon are headed to town THIS WEEKEND for MetroCooking DC! Join them Saturday and Sunday, Nov 16-17 at the Washington Convention Center for the top culinary event of the season! Get your tickets at MetroCookingDC.com or check Groupon for discounted tickets.  There’s also a BBQ Bash, a Grand Tasting Pavilion and a Beer, Wine and Spirits Garden; separate tickets to these events include General Admission for that day to a full schedule of activities at MetroCooking DC.   

 PostClassical Ensemble Offers Three Concerts combining 

Classical and Native American Music and Dance

 On Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7:30 pm at the National Cathedral (The Great Nave)   PostClassical Ensemble, along with the musicians from the Lakota Music Project (South Dakota), the Cathedral Choir conducted by Michael McCarthy, Bryan Akipa, Dakota flute, Emmanuel Black Bear, singer, William Sharp, baritone Netanel Draiblate, violin, Emanuele Arciuli, piano, PCE conductor Angel Gil-Ordóñez will present a performance of Native American music and dance, highlighting composers that have been influenced by the culture and music. 

On Saturday, October 19, 2:00pm at the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian members of SDSO and the Lakota Music Project will present a performance featuring Lakota singer Emmanuel Black Bear singing with hand drum and NEA National Treasure Bryan Akipa, Dakota cedar flutist. 

On Monday, October 21, 7:30pm – at the National Cathedral, Bethlehem Chapel members of SDSO; The Dakota String Quartet, Dakota Wind Quintet and the Lakota Music Project perform in the final performance of the Post-Classical Ensemble’s Native American Festival.

Washington National Cathedral,  3101 Wisconsin Ave., N.W.,  Washington, D.C. 20016

 Details and Tickets




Oct 12th, 2019

Wine Tastings Noon to 5 PM

Italian Food Served Throughout Afternoon

Tasting Over 75 Italian Wines, Limoncello, Liqueurs, Prosecco, Bellinis

Italian Trivia Contests for Prizes * Artisan Italian Cheese Tastings

Other Foods for Tasting from Shop * Live Italian Music & more

Bocce Ball * Columbus in Person – Come Meet Him!


Discounts in List of St. Michaels Shops Provided at Event with Wristbands

$35/ Person Per Day includes Wine & Food * $10 Designated Drive * Kids Free

Under Tents at 104 Railroad Ave 

 Simpatico1@verizon.net or 410-745-0345

Purchase tickets on www.simpaticostmichaels.com/Events or www.localwineevents.com



Theatre Week Kickoff Party - Free Event

 45+ Theatre Organizations, Performance All Day, Children’s Programming  

on the SouthWest Waterfront at Arena Stage

 Washington, DC – August 26, 2019 – The 2019 Theatre Week Kickoff Party celebrates the launch of the 2019-2020 theatre season and the start of Theatre Week in the Washington region. The event will take place on Saturday, September 7, 11am-4pm at Arena Stage Mead Center for American Theater. It is a free event and tickets are available through the TodayTix app and website.  More details on DCdigest's Theater & Music 

Virginia Wine Festival NEW LOCATION  - One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!

VIP Tickets Nearly Sold Out....

Taste & Purchase 200+ VA Wines

- VA Wineries & Cideries Listed Below 

44th Annual Virginia Wine Festival®

The East Coast's Longest Running Wine Festival

One Loudoun, Ashburn, VA!

October 19th & 20th, 2019

Fresh VA Oysters Shucked Fresh...

Schlurp Them Down with Cold VA Wines!

VA Craft Brews and VA Oyster Pavilion

Presented by Atlantic Seaboard Wine Association

Check Out the Website: http://virginiawinefest.com/

Twisted Melodies

now thru July 21st 

Mosaic Theater Company

performing at

Lang Theater 

at the

Atlas Performing Arts Center

located at 1333 H St. NE



 Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company 

May 27 - 30, 2019: Pay What You Will and other preview performances 

Describe the Night runs from May 31 - June 23, 2019

In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to a low-level KGB agent who may or may not be Vladimir Putin? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies, and blood.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939

641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004


  Judy Harris Cooking School

 2402 Nordok Place ,  Alexandria, VA 22306   Website: judyharris.com  





Each 3 hour class includes:  

* Intro hors d'oeuvres and wine 

* Full Participation class 

* Leisurely sit down multi course dinner with wine 

* Lots of chef's tips, secrets and more   

* Recipe booklet

*All levels

Register Now!   Hurry! Classes fill fast

Fun Cooking Class Dinners & More

*Classes on Schedule  *Wine Dinners  *Your Private Party  *Your Team Building Event  *Gift Certificates



Saturday, June 1     6 PM      $75

Entertain this Spring & Summer with our super collection of prepare-ahead hot and cold treats: Award-Winning Hot Pepper Jelly Cheesecake, Skewered Caribbean Meatballs with Sweet Sour Apricot Dip, Grilled Shrimp and Pineapple in Peanut Sauce, Crispy Cinnamon Pecans, Sesame Crisps with Arugula Cannellini Dip, Warm Artichoke Parmigiano Gratin with Blue Tortilla Chips and more. Your friends will think your party was catered! Learn pretty platter presentations, garnishing tips, easy shopping hints and much more. Perfect to bring to potlucks and for picnics too. We'll sit down to a bountiful Hors D'oeuvres Buffet with some Sparkling! Participation.



Saturday, June 29     6 PM      $170/couple

By popular demand! 

Bring along your favorite partner - friend, colleague, spouse, or parent - for a great evening of cooking and fun together: 

Seared Rib Eye Steaks with Bearnaise Tarragon Garlic Butter, Grilled or Broiled Sesame Rosemary Shrimp Brochettes, Smashed Red Skin Potatoes with Pick Your own Garden Chives and Chocolate Ice Box Cake with Creme Chantilly Swirls, warm Belgium Chocolate Sauce and Chocolate Mint Springs. Wow! All toasted with wine! Tour our culinary herb and edible flowers garden. Pick your own bouquets of herbs to take home for your home cooking. Participation.  




judy@judyharris.com 703 768-3767 

Watch for our exciting New Schedule Autumn 2019  


Curated Previous Events Listed Below

Republic Undone

Tickets now available for DC & Virginia performances!

We live in a Wilsonian America. We began with a Madisonian America. Against the backdrop of World War I, John Henry’s Republic Undone dramatizes the conflict over the meaning of the American Revolution -- what it means to be an American.

May 18th: Stone Hill Amphitheater. At 7 p.m. George Mason's Green Machine Band will perform a pre-show musical assortment. Etlan Little Country Store BBQ truck. The play begins at 8 pm and runs a little more than an hour.

 Tickets VA May 18th   

May 21st: Hosted at the Woman's National Democratic Club. Cocktail bar open at 6:30 pm, light snacks included. The performance begins at 7 pm.

 Tickets DC May 21st    

More details on DCdigest Theater page


Meet our ZooFari: Bite Night celebrity chefs!

ZooFari: Bite Night, a benefit for wildlife at the National Zoo on May 16! 

ZooFari is the longest-running gourmet tasting event in D.C. Show your support for FONZ and the Zoo's species-saving mission while sampling delicious food and wine, visiting the animal houses after-hours, bidding on items at the silent auction tent, and more!



Thursday, May 16

6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Exclusive pre-party 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

General Admission Tickets

FONZ members: $175

Non-members: $225

VIP Packages

VIP packages include access to the VIP Lounge, hosted by Charles Schwab & Co., special parking, and much more.

Click here for more info.

ZooFari is a 21+, rain or shine event. No babies, children, or strollers will be allowed to enter.

Friends of the National Zoo helps the Smithsonian's National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute save species by raising funds to support its mission, providing educational and fun experiences, and inspiring our members and guests.

Smithsonian's National Zoological Park | 3001 Connecticut Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20008

Reading & Art Exhibit

at The Arts Club of Washington


The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning



Exhibit of Pieces from



Thursday, May 9 at 6:30 pm



Followed by

$40  DINNER RECEPTION (optional)

Includes wine bar & buffet dinner

6:30 pm. Reception and Art Exhibition

7:00 pm  Reading by Author plus Q&A by Sandra Beasley

8:00 pm  Reception Dinner


Enjoy a reading from Joram Piatigorsky new book The Open Door, and Other Tales of Love and Yearning, his new book of short stories, released April 2nd by Adelaide Books. 

He also will present part of his Inuit art collection (one of the largest in the U.S.) – which served as the inspiration for many of the whimsical, artistic, and inviting stories that will greet you at The Open Door.

Inuit art refers to artwork produced by Inuit people, that is, people of the Arctic. The Inuit, through their artistic works, which include carvings and sculptures, express their culture and the natural beauty of the Arctic. Inuit Art Carvings often depict the animals of the Arctic or figures that represent Inuit folklore, mythology and religion, which took the form of nature worship. Read more on Joram’s Inuit Beautiful Blog.

Joram is the son of the Cellist Gregor Piatigorsky and Baroness Jacqueline de Rothschild. His recent memoir, “The Speed of Dark”, which blends a lifetime in science studying eyes and genetics with the mystery and beauty of art, will also be available for purchase.

Arts Club’s well known writer and former Literary Events chair Sandra Beasley will be conducting an interview with Joram about his writing.

 “Joram Piatigorsky audaciously weaves the fantastic with the familiar to show what love can do to those who yearn for it.

Nothing is impossible in the worlds he creates, while the characters who experience the startling transformations that occur could be ourselves.

Surprise and recognition are the hallmarks of these utterly original and delightful stories.” 

                – Kate Blackwell, author of You Won't Remember This: Stories

 “The prose is precise, and their characters surprise with their longing to change their lives, when they struggle to make sense of their histories, and when they find beauty in uncommon places and persons.”

·        –        Sergio Troncoso, author of The Last Tortilla and Other Stories

 “The stories in Joram Piatigorsky’s The Open Door are full of imagination, curiosity, and human longing.  A lively, engaging read.”

                                – Elizabeth Poliner, author, As Close to Us as Breathing

 Events and more about author : https://www.jorampiatigorsky.com/



MEMBER RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 0

PUBLIC RSVP WITH DINNER $40 - due now: $ 40


RSVP on Club website link above.


In conjunction with the first museum retrospective of Zilia Sánchez, The Phillips Collection has organized a symposium to discuss Sánchez’s work in a broader context. The first part, In Context, features presentations by prominent art historians that frame Sánchez’s work within the trans-national development of modernism in Cuba, the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean. The second part, Curatorial and Scholarly Perspectives, discusses the positioning of Sánchez’s work in museum collections and scholarly research. The third part, Legacy, introduces Sánchez’s former students (and now accomplished artists), sheds light on the preservation and conservation of the artist's stretched canvases, and touches on current issues in the field of Latin American art.

Ticket reservations for the symposium include untimed exhibition entry to Zilia Sanchez: Soy Isla, along with regular entry to the permanent collection, and can be redeemed for general entry anytime during museum hours on the date of the lecture. 


Vesela Sretenović, curator of Zilia Sánchez: Soy Isla (I Am an Island)




Alejandro Anreus, William Paterson University 

Edward J. Sullivan, New York University

Susana Torruella Leval, Director Emerita, El Museo del Barrio 




Susanna Temkin, El Museo del Barrio

Benigno Trigo, Vanderbilt University

Kelly Baum, The MET Breuer

Moderator: Abigail McEwen, University of Maryland 




Carlos Enrique Rodríguez, NYC-based artist 

Jorge González, San Juan-based artist 

Irene Esteves, University of Puerto Rico

Michele Greet, George Mason University 

Moderator: Taína Caragol, National Portrait Gallery


Saturday, April 13

2-5 pm


The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street, NW.

Metro: Dupont Circle (Q Street exit)

Tickets for the symposium include admission to the museum all day. Get them at  https://www.phillipscollection.org/events/2019-04-13-symposium

 See photos from the exhibit on the DCdigest page at https://www.dcdigest.com/museums-zoos-galleries   

photo by Donna Christenson

The Peculiar Patriot

Now Playing thru April 20, 2019

Written and Performed by Liza Jessie Peterson

Directed by Talvin Wilks

Presented in association with National Black Theatre and Hi-ARTS

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

woollymammoth.net // 202.393.3939

641 D Street NW Washington, DC 20004


more details on DCdigest Theater page 



 The blistering comedy follows a Bieber-esque pop star from Toronto as he tries to shed his squeaky-clean image by hiring up-and-coming Chicago rap duo Petty Young Goons (P.Y.G.) to school him in the history, culture, and vernacular of hip-hop… all before the hungry eyes of the viewing public on reality television. Drawing inspiration from Shaw’s Pygmalion (which inspired the musical My Fair Lady) and the voyeurism of MTV’s The Real World, Chisholm ruminates on the power of transformation and narrative ownership as his characters take turns trying to cash in on the other’s cultural currency, whether it be street cred, public visibility, or crossover potential. 

Runs April 3 – April 28, 2019 

Studio Theatre

1501 14th Street NW

Washington, DC 20005

https://www.studiotheatre.org/   Box Office - 202.332.3300

Scena Theatre 



by Samuel Beckett (Ireland) and Harold Pinter (UK) 

directed by Robert McNamara (DC / US)

Previews: Fri April 5 (8 pm) | Sat April 6 (3 & 8 pm) | Sun April 7 (3 & 7 pm) 

Performances: April 8 – May 5, 2019

$15 – $45 | Mon – Sat 8:00 pm | Sat & Sun 3:00 pm & 7pm

Atlas Performing Arts Center   1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 

Don't miss this series of bold, short plays by two theatre giants. 

Celebrate two theatre giants & Nobel Prize winners in a trio of plays by both—now playing in Rep. Ireland’s Beckett is the architect of absurdism. His brazen form of black comedy rages on with three of his most riveting classics in “Beckett Trio, Part 2”: Ohio Impromptu, Come and Go, and Catastrophe. Then, on separate nights, we present “Pinter Rep” by the master of modernism, London’s Pinter and it includes: One for the Road, Mountain Language, The New World Order, and The Pres and An Officer. Political at times, both legends will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions. Catch our month-long tribute to the greatest Thespians of the 20th Century.



11th Annual Events DC Embassy Chef Challenge presented by TCMA 

Date & Time

Tuesday, Apr. 02, 2019



Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20004

Details on DCdigest Food and Wine page.