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This Week: Feb. 25 – March 3

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Did you watch the Oscars last night? I watched them from Jenna Golden’s couch alongside a lively bunch of female food bloggers. This meant the evening was filled with amazing (Best-Picture-themed!) food, dramatic readings of hilarious tweets, and plenty of snarky red carpet judging. Now I’m ready for the week.

Yesterday I spent the day working with Cori Sue in the National Portrait Gallery atrium … errr … I mean the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard. It was the perfect spot for free wifi, plenty of Illy coffee, and some sunshine. Afterwards, I checked out the two new jacquard tapestry portraits of Obama created by the artist Chuck Close. After an hour-long photo shoot with the president last summer, Close created the works based on Polaroids, which are then woven into sprawling portraits, each nearly eight feet tall and more than six feet across. They’re only there through Friday, so make sure you visit. The National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 633-1000.


Need a spot to catch up with a friend over dinner? I do, so I’ll be heading to Policy for their all-you-can-eat mussels night. Plus, the 14th Street spot has happy hour from 5 to 8. Can’t wait to cozy up in the restaurant’s shiny red booths. Policy, 1904 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Corcoran’s Artini season is kicking off this week. In anticipation of the March event (get your tickets here!), bars around the city will host fabulous feature nights starring cocktails by their very own mixologists. If you attend all eight Feature Nights and provide proof of artini purchase, you get a complimentary 1869 Society membership. Hitting up just one or two means you’re entered into a raffle to win prizes like gift certificates, wine tastings, makeover parties, and more. First stop? This Wednesday at Daikaya, featuring mixologist Eddie Kim. Daikaya, 705 6th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Dupont Circle’s newest Russian eatery, Mari Vanna, is now fully-licensed for live music. On Wednesday the restaurant will launch its weekly KGB (Karaoke in Grandma’s Basement) series, starting at 10 p.m. Infiltrating Mother Russia is easy: Guests need only share the secret code with the hostess for directions to the third-floor cocktail lounge, where they’ll be greeted with a complimentary infused vodka shot—sounds like exactly what we need to warm up our vocal cords. 1141 Connecticut Ave N.W., Washington, D.C. (202) 783-7777.

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Thursday evening the Sigma Chi D.C., D.C. Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter and Montgomery County Phi Mu Alumnae Chapter are hosting a fundraiser for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals at Top of the Hill. Tickets are $30 in advance and $35 at the door and include heavy hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. 319 Pennsylvania Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

The restaurant group behind OYA, SEI and SAX will be throwing a month long “Gift Extravaganza” to celebrate their 10 year anniversary. Beginning Friday, customers will have several opportunities to win gifts and prizes, and will be treated to a complimentary champagne toast every evening. Moreover, every day two people will be chosen at each restaurant receive gifts including free dinners and bottles of champagne. Head to one of the restaurants in March to be eligible.

Saturday night we’ll be sipping microbrews and trying amazing food at the ninth annual Brewer’s Ball, benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. The event will also feature live entertainment and one of the region’s most memorable silent auctions. Held at the National Building Museum, this is one event for a great cause that you won’t want to miss. We can’t wait. Make sure you get your tickets here.

Engaged magazine is hosting its bridal showcase on Sunday, from 3 to 7 p.m. at three of Washington’s top wedding venues: The Willard Intercontinental Hotel, The St. Regis Hotel and the Decatur House on Lafayette Square. Brides-to-be will have the opportunity to mix and mingle with Washington’s finest wedding professionals from florists and bridal boutiques to photographers, bakeries, tablescapes, musicians, and more. The St. Regis Hotel, 923 16th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

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