This Week: April 16-22

Emancipation Day, Tax Day, Earth Day, oh my!

Monday

One of our favorite brunch spots, Lincoln, is celebrating one year in business tonight with a bash that coincides with Emancipation Day. The celebration will feature cocktails, food, live music, and Abe himself—in wax—lended by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum for just one evening.

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Keep your eyes peeled for the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Truck around D.C today. It is touring the country this summer, and the District is its first stop. It’ll be giving out free scoops of the new Greek frozen yogurt. Check Twitter to see its location.

Tuesday

Yeesh … it’s tax day. After you’ve filed your life away and are ready to hit the bottle, head to Casa Nonna or BLT Steak to drink it off. The sister restaurants are giving away all their booze half off for one night only.

Wednesday

I give you three options for Wednesday evening: shopping, fitness, or philanthropic fun.

Shopping: The Georgetown Boutique District is hosting the Georgetown Sip & Sample Sale, a premiere shopping event with markdowns, cocktails, food, live music, and prize giveaways Wednesday evening at the Georgetown Courtyard (behind Café Milano).

Fitness: Get over your fear of Pilates machines. Mint is hosting an open house with its Pilates instructors Wednesday evening. Head to one of Mint’s two locations to meet the instructors, check out the equipment and learn basic exercises.

Philanthropic Fun: Help Shaw Main Streets’ celebrate the Shaw neighborhood’s revitalization with its 2012 gala, Shaw in Bloom, at Long View Gallery Wednesday night. There will be a live auction hosted by Town Dance Boutique’s famous drag queen hostess, Lena Lett; the evening’s master of ceremonies is Paul Wharton, TV fashion and lifestyles guru and “Real Housewives” star; beer, wine and a signature-crafted cocktail by The Passenger’s expert mixologist, Derek Brown; live, acoustic jazz performances by 1905 Bistro regulars, Laissez Foure. Tickets are $75, get them here.

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Thursday

A month before Joan Miro’s work gets a major retrospective at the National Gallery of Art, the Kreeger Museum’s complete Miro holdings have gone on display. “The Mallorca Suite,” a collection of 36 etchings Miro created in honor of his beloved island retreat, is the centerpiece of the exhibition. The museum is open Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesday through Thursday by appointment. 2401 Foxhall Road, NW; Washington, D.C.

Joan Miro

That night, join Cori Sue and the other 99 ladies of The Madison for their annual Party on the Patio at Smith Point. Featuring an open bar from 9 to 10 p.m. with Madison guest bartenders. They will be accepting $10 donations at the door to benefit No Greater Sacrifice.

Friday

The Board of Trustees and the Women’s Committee of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design present the 57th Annual Corcoran Ball this Friday. This year, guests will join Honorary Patron His Excellency François Delattre Ambassador of France to the United States and Madame Delattre, as well as Honorary Chair and internationally acclaimed artist Sam Gilliam. Get tickets here.

Corcoran Ball

Don’t miss The Water St. Project, an 11-day flash art exhibition and temporary gallery from No Kings Collective. The Georgetown space under the Whitehurst Freeway will become a premier cultural anchor for 11 days and will feature a variation of pop-up projects as well as semi-permanent installation pieces, bringing art, music and fashion together. The opening event is Friday night. The exhibition runs through Sunday, April 29th, with a variety of different music and entertainment programming every night. See the full rundown here.

Friday night is also the American Museum of Natural History’s One Step Beyond bash, held in the main hall of the Rose Center for Earth and Space. The new monthly dance party will feature Brooklyn’s own DJ Nickodemus and Bonobo, a laser light show and other artsy visuals. Get tickets here.

Saturday

Chef Jamie Leeds and her Hank’s Oyster Bar is hosting its fifth annual Oyster Fest this Saturday from 11 to 3 at both locations. Get all-you-can-eat oysters, draft beer from several breweries, and fun door prizes to be raffled off throughout the event. Get tickets early; they always sell out. $80, get them here.

Sunday

Celebrate Earth Day in the great outdoors—listening to fabulous jazz on the steps of the Jefferson Memorial. A variety of jazz musicians will be performing Thursday through Sunday, celebrating the final weekend of the National Cherry Blossom Festival. We hear Loide Jorge, a D.C. based jazz vocalist, who will take the stage at 1:15 on Sunday, is particularly amazing. See the full lineup here.

Of course, don’t miss brunch. Lately we’ve loved Southern Hospitality, Station 4, and Cedar. The Collective Action for Safe Spaces is also hosting brunch this Sunday at Coco Sala. The group fights against the sexual harassment of women in public places, and was recently in the news for working with WMATA to do a PSA campaign about sexual harassment and assault on Metro. Help support them and get a three-course brunch; get tickets here.

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