This Week: February 14-20

Felt a little whiff of spring in the air over the weekend. Bring it on.

Monday: Love

Can you feel the love? No? While nearly every D.C. restaurant is celebrating Day o’ Schmoopy with prix fixes and specials, there are plenty of anti-Valentine’s celebrations happening, too. Bar Pilar is offering cocktails like The Bitter End, The Hater, and The Pierced Heart. Againn will be serving an entire anti-Valentine’s menu and playing movies such as “So I Married an Axe Murderer.” And The Black Cat will let you shake it off at their 12th annual Valentine’s Day Rock n’ Roll Dance Party.

Tuesday: Support

Top female chefs from around the Washington area will gather together to Turn up the Heat at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance gala. Led by Ris Lacoste of Ris, the women behind the plates Tuesday evening are a force to be reckoned with. Plus, the special guest of the night is Bonny Wolf, food critic, foodie author and NPR Weekend Edition commentator. Tickets are $250, get them here.

Wednesday: Kick Off

Did you know The National Mall is considered the country’s most visited national park? I didn’t until the the L’Enfant Society told me so. The group of young professionals raises funds to restore the mall and build awareness of its current state. This Wednesday they’re kicking off the campaign towards their biggest event, Ball on the Mall, with a happy hour at Cities. $25 for nonmembers, get tickets here. 919 19th Street, NW.

National Mall at night

Wednesday: Vote

The Washington City Paper is kicking off its 2011 Best of D.C. Awards by taking votes in more than 100 categories. Can’t decide the Best Food, Best Drink, Best Entertainment? Head to their party Wednesday night at Tony & Joe’s on the Georgetown waterfront to try ‘em all (and discuss amongst yo’selves). From 6 to 8:30, there will be lots of free apps and drink specials. RSVP on ze Book of Face. 3000 K Street NW; (202) 944-4545.

Thursday: Listen

I’m a huge street art fan, so I flipped when I heard Roger Gastman will be in town to give a talk at the Corcoran Thursday evening. Gastman founded and published two of America’s most respected underground culture magazines and has produced over a dozen art books on graffiti. He co-curated  MOCA’s upcoming exhibition, Art in the Streets, the first major museum retrospective of graffiti and street art, and was recently featured in Banksy’s documentary film, Exit Through the Gift Shop (my new fav movie). Get tickets here.

Friday: Eat

Get yur shuckers out! More than 10 types of oysters are being shipped in from around the world for this weekend’s Chesapeake Oyster & Beer Festival at National Harbor. This Friday evening and all day Saturday, get raw, steamed, roasted, grilled, Rockerfellered … you name it, it’s all you can eat and drink for the price of a ticket. Plus, live music, seafood, exhibits and more. Get tickets and info here.

Saturday: Dance

One of my favorite DJs, ESL’s Nickodemus, will be in town spinning at Eighteenth Street Lounge Saturday night. Go see him, and Mi Swing Es Tropical!

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