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My very British and very fabulous mother is in D.C. this week. That, of course, means lots of art exhibits, plays, shopping and fabulous dinners out. Like mother, like daughter.

Monday

What’s better than a swanky D.C. restaurant? How about three swanky restaurants, all competing for charity. Tonight, Washington’s finest restaurants and chefs will gather for the sold-out Taste of the Nation, a cooking competition to raise money and awareness to help end childhood hunger through Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. The live culinary battle will be at the National Building Museum and will feature the creations of Bibiana’s Nicholas Stefanelli, PS 7’s Peter Smith, and BLT Steaks’ Victor Albisu, in addition to dishes and cocktails from more than 60 local restaurants.

Tuesday

There are no Black Swans at the New York Ballet. Instead, they perform three mixed repertory programs of Balanchine’s “black and white” ballets with the New York City Ballet Orchestra at the Kennedy Center this week. Get tickets here.

Wednesday

Start Bitchin’ in the Kitchen with Barton Seaver, Esquire’s 2009 Chef of the Year and a National Geographic Oceans Fellow, who will be hosting a first-class tasting experience of sustainable seafood and wine this Wednesday evening at the Nat Geo headquarters. Seaver is on a personal mission to make sustainable seafood the new delicious—read more about him here—and will be cooking from recipes in his new book, For Cod and Country (available for sale and signing after the presentation). Get tickets here.

Photo courtesy: Barton Seaver
Photo courtesy: Barton Seaver

Thursday

This year marks the 25th anniversary of the DC International Film Festival. Celebrate at the opening gala this Thursday at the Lincoln Theatre on U Street. You’ll also get to see the D.C. premiere of “Potiche,” a delightful French comedy featuring Catherine Deneuve, Gerard Gepardieu and directed by Francois Ozon. Get tickets here.

Friday

Celebrate spring and the new spring collections at Rue 14 boutique Friday after work. There will be a DJ set by US Royalty front man John Thornley. Plus, you can sample a spirit or two from West Virginia distillery Smooth Ambler. Free gift with any purchase. 1803A 14th Street N.W.

Saturday

A fantastic group of men and women have been raising money all year long for Fashion For Paws—and Saturday is the big night! The models and their pups will parade down the runway at the National Building Museum, all to benefit the Washington Humane Society. It’s said to be the fashion event of the season, so don’t miss it. The tickets are sold out except for VIP tables, get them here.

Sunday

The Cherry Blossom Festival is winding down, and the first annual Blossom Kite Festival is on Sunday. There will be lots of presentations, including a “Hot Tricks Showdown” and a “Rokkaku Battle.” Bring your own hand-made kites or buy the official kite of the Blossom Kite Festival to fly on the Public Field on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

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