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This Week: February 21-27

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I went to Snowshoe Mountain over the weekend for some skiing, and took a nasty spill and hurt myself (of course). Now I’m under doctor’s orders to “take it easy” this week, which sucks, because there’s so much fun stuff going on in the District  …

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Clearly you’re not in London for this week’s official Fashion Week (New York wrapped up last Thursday). But don’t stress, D.C. has its very own Fashion Week with events around the city celebrating designers and their fall 2011 collections. The biggest of the shows is the grand finale, where 17 fashion labels from around the world will send their best down the runway Sunday night at the Embassy of France. The menswear collections will be at the Washington Post Conference Center Saturday night. Plus, there are other fashion events throughout the week. Click here for the full schedule.

Photo credit: DC Fashion Week
Photo credit: DC Fashion Week

Tuesday

We loved brunch at Rustico, and were tickled by their ginormous beer list. Tonight, Rustico is bringing in even more brews, this time all the way from Vermont. Long Trail Brewing Company, a fab eco-brewery, will be taking over the taps at Rustico’s Alexandria location to celebrate and officially launch its new mid-Atlantic distribution. Head honcho and brew master-in-chief Brian Walsh will be on hand, and seven different brews will be on draft. Plus, you’ll get to try two cask ales that rarely leave New England. Oh, and let’s not forget, free glassware from the brewery, until it runs out, of course. 6 p.m. 827 Slaters Lane, Alexandria; (703) 224-5051.

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Wednesday

I’ve got your Wednesday lunch plans right here. First, stop by Bourbon Steak, which is bringing back its $7 half-smoke-and-a-pint lunch special that debuted last summer. Reimagined for the season, the Smoke ‘N Stout Special will serve up a Red Apron half-smoke alongside a glass of Moo Thunder Stout from Butternuts Brewery. Then for dessert, head to Georgetown Cupcake to pick up their new line of Fashion for Paws-inspired cupcakes. They’ll be selling them through 4/9 and donating 100% of the proceeds to the Washington Humane Society.

Thursday

Have you seen this yet? The Smithsonian’s 16th annual orchid exhibition, Orchids: A View From the East, is an opportunity to nose more than 300 cattleya, brassavola, sobralia, maxillaria and nearly 50 other varieties of orchid while learning about the bloom’s ties to nobility, friendship and refinement in Chinese culture. If only they would teach you how to keep the damn things alive! Saturday is family day, so get there before the kids invade. First floor of the National History Museum.

Friday

How have I not heard of the Rock & Roll Spelling Buzz until now? Each Friday, the Rock & Roll Hotel on H Street turns the Scripps National Spelling Bee words into one massive drinking game by quizzing 20 contestants for booze and other prizes. The rules: Participants must drink a beer and a shot between rounds; the MC can tell contestants to drink; and those at the podium can tell others to drink. Sign up starts at 6 p.m. 1353 H St. NE, Washington, D.C.

Saturday

Known for being one of the more untamed parties in D.C., the Washington Ballet’s Jeté Society 10th Anniversary Dance Party, Jeté Untamed, is this Saturday night.  The Carnival-themed event will be held in a secret location on the Georgetown waterfront, and promises fire breathers, sword swallowers, carnival games and more. All proceeds benefit the Washington Ballet’s education and outreach programs. 9 p.m. Get tickets here.

Sunday

I will be glued to the Oscars Sunday night (my addiction to award shows is a real problem). But if you want to get out of the house, there are tons of viewing events in D.C. The American Red Cross will host its Fourth Annual Oscar Night America event at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. It’s the only official Academy-sanctioned Washington, D.C. viewing party, and it’s one of the major fundraising activities for the American Red Cross of the National Capital Area. VIP is $175, general admission is $100. Get tickets here. If you can’t afford that big ticket price, the Washington Film Institute is hosting an Art Soiree at L2 Lounge.You’ll be able to watch the show on five big screens, partake in the pool for winners, and join in a Best Dressed Contest for $30. Get tickets here.

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