The Legg Mason Tennis Classic, one of the top 20 men’s tournaments in the world, kicks off this week with last year’s champion David Nalbandian, Mardy Fish, Andy Roddick, and other tennis greats. But it’s not all tennis. There’s a packed calendar of events, such as a chef’s challenge, wine tastings, and more. The action takes place at the William H.G. FitzGerald Tennis Center in Rock Creek Park. Click here for tickets and details.
The D.C. Craft Bartenders Guild’s third annual Rickey Month contest, where local bartenders put their own creative spin on the Rickey (gin or bourbon, lime and soda water), culminates tonight at the Rickey Month party at Jack Rose. Six of the city’s best bartenders will take over the bars in the dining room and on the rooftop deck, whipping up their drinks for everyone to sample. Judges will crown the year’s best Rickey. The first “classic” Rickey is on the house; all specialty drinks are $10 all night. 2007 18th St. NW; 202-588-7388.
Citizen Effect is hosting its 2nd Annual Yoga Challenge this month and its Free Yoga in the Park event this Tuesday. The group has partnered with yoga studios around the city to give deals to anyone who signs up to raise $250 for Becky’s Fund, a nonprofit organization addressing domestic violence in the District. The goal is to raise $20,000 for Becky’s Fund while having fun and getting healthy. The free class on Tuesday is from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in Meridian Hill Park. 15th St NW and W St NW.
Though the luxury deal emails start Monday, Gilt City officially launches in D.C. Wednesday night with a Yeasayer concert at the 930 Club. I first saw Yeasayer live at Austin City Limits last October, and I’m so excited to hear the Brooklyn-based band again. Plus, I’ll be hanging out with the Gilt City D.C. team during the open bar from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. before the show. Proceeds will benefit a charity of the artists’ choice.
If you haven’t seen the Kandinsky exhibit at the Phillips Collection yet, Thursday’s After Five event is the perfect opportunity. The exhibition is a fascinating, in-depth look at Wassily Kandinsky’s creative process during the five months leading up to his 1913 masterpiece Painting with White Border (Moscow), now in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum. Enjoy the art and entertainment, along with food and a cash bar. Tickets to After Hours are $12.
The National Aquarium in Baltimore is turning 30 years old this week. To celebrate, the organization is hosting a three-day anniversary festival, beginning on Friday. There will be loads of events and entertainment in the aquarium (free with admission) and on the pier (free to the general public). If you were born in 1981, just show your ID and you’ll get in on Monday for five bucks.
Head to my favorite intersection in D.C., 14th and U Street, for the annual Dog Days of Summer sidewalk sale this weekend. All the businesses in that area put their wares, food, and services on sale, and it’s the perfect opportunity to hit them all up at once. Our top picks? Rue 14 is offering all its sale merchandise 20 percent off. Plus, vintage shop Junction will be offering a $5 rack and a $3 bin.
I’ll be at El Centro with a big group of Bitches to take full advantage of the new bottomless/endless tequila brunch, which just launched last weekend. After brunch, they’ll be putting me on a plane across the pond to England for a week of R&R. Wheo.