After a Saturday night running amok on H Street and a Sunday night hosting an Oscars party, I need a few days to recover. So I will be taking it easy at the beginning of this week: a low-key dinner with Cori Sue and Meg of Mimi + Meg and perhaps some time working out at Mint, which is my new happy place. I’ll dive back in on Wednesday. Promise.
Watched the Oscars last night and decided you need to get to the cinema more? West End Cinema is conveniently showing all the nominated Documentary Short Films through Thursday. Get tickets here.
Happy National Pancake Day, brunch fanatics! For the record, we love the pancakes at Bourbon, Jaleo, Daily Grill and Bar Pilar. If you’re looking to make some yourself, check out our pumpkin pancakes recipe. If you’re looking for some complimentary ‘cakes, IHOP is serving up free flapjacks all day long. There are Columbia Heights and Arlington locations, for deets, check the website.
It’s Leap Day! If you’re a Leap Day Baby, tough for you three out of four years but this year you can get lots of specials and surprises around town. Sprinkles is giving away free cupcakes to Leap Day babies. Z Burger is giving away free burgers and fries, too.
Wednesday night I’ll be at the Warner Theatre to see the fabulous miss Lauryn Hill sing live. Ever since her Miseducation, she’s been on my must-see bucket list (along with Madonna, duh). Get tickets here. I cannot wait.
Get ready for spring with makeup tips from celebrity make up artist Annette Queen and accessories from Shayne IndianFashion this Thursday evening at Puro Café. The event showcases the light candy hues and soft palette shades seen on the Spring 2012 runways in New York. Don your mango sorbet attire and celebrate International Women’s Day. There will be delicious mango cocktails and sorbet for all. The event is 6:30 to 10, with the fashion show starting at 8:30 pm. Tickets are $10. RSVP here.
If you’re dining or bar-hopping around H Street on Friday night, stop in to the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s Sprenger Theatre to join DCypher Dance Presents Access Granted. The high-energy dance show will feature choreography by Laurence Agenor, Jason Anderson, Gary Beauford, Nikki Gambhir and DCypher Company members. Special guest performances by Vizion Performance Team of Howard, Phunktions of UMD, and more! Dance party with DJ RBI to follow. 9:30 p.m. $20 in advance, $25 day of show.
Brunch with Taste of the Nation DC this Saturday at Jack Rose. A group of chefs, mixologists and baristas will come together to create everything on the brunch table, all with the united goal to raise additional funds and awareness towards ending childhood hunger in America. Tickets are $45 and are available for purchase here. 100 percent of the ticket proceeds from this event will support Share Our Strength’s efforts to end childhood hunger in DC and around the U.S.
That night, head to the annual Brewer’s Ball at the Stars and Stripes Club at Nationals Park. The formal event, a benefit for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, will feature 19 beermakers. But it has a strong local flavor (DC Brau, Chocolate City, Port City and Lost Rhino are all listed as participants) and it’s a rare opportunity to catch brewers in evening wear instead of their usual T-shirts and rubber boots. Tickets cost $115. Check out the Web site for more information.
Get your Sunday Funday on. We recently brunched at Lincoln, Ben’s Next Door, Station 4, and Graffiato. Reviews to come this week!