It’s a short week, kittens, but it’s a busy week! This week begins with Fat Tuesday, ends with the Oscars, and offers DC Fashion Week in between. There’s plenty to keep you busy, happy, stylish and intoxicated. Here’s what we suggest.
Celebrate Fat Tuesday Mardi Gras style. There are events all around town. If you’re looking to get raunchy, head to the Bourbon Street Bash at Rumors. For something more upscale, enjoy a Venetian-style masquerade four-course dinner with live music for $85 at fabulous Italian restaurant Fiola. If you’re looking for something more relaxed, skip Fat Tuesday all together and enjoy Fitzgerald and Hemingway themed cocktails at Tabbard Inn’s “The Lost Generation” cocktail event.
Why not take a break from all the hussle-and-bussle with happy hour? Last week, I tried Zengo, which is owned by Richard Sandoval of El Centro and Masa 14. They have $5 small plates, glasses of wine, and cocktails from 5-8 p.m. Best of all, it’s located right next to the Gallery Place metro station, perfect for meeting up with friends from different metro lines. Zengo, 781 7th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s the first Thursday of the month, which means it’s time for the Phillips After Five. It will be a Parisian-themed evening with shadow puppet show inspired by Parisian cabaret Le Chat Noir, and a Edgar Allan Poe Eureka play set to a live performance by songwriter Ellen Cherry. Tickets are $12, $10 for students and elders, and free for members. Cash bar. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Haven’t had enough art? Then head to Arlington.
Remember that spectacular Salma Hayek movie Frida? Well, it’s based on talented Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, and her husband Diego Rivera. There will be an exhibition of the artist’s work for the first time ever in the United States at Artisphere in Rosslyn. In partnership with the Frida Kahlo Museum, the Embassy of Mexico, the Mexican Cultural Institute and Arlington County, Artisphere will display 259 photographs from her collection of nearly 6,500 images. The free opening party is Thursday from 7- 10 p.m. Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd., Rosslyn, V.A.
DC Fashion Week culminates with the Emerging Designer Showcase & Concert. Up-and-coming designers from Washington’s top universities put together a showcase accompanied by live music performances. Doors open 6:30 p.m., fashion show at 7 p.m. Tickets are $25-45, online. The Washington Post Conference Center, 1150 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Later that evening, hit up L2 for the Arts for Autism Gala Launch Party. At the event, guests will nominate models for the Arts for Autism runway show, held this upcoming fall. Tickets are $15. 8-10 p.m., L2, 3315 Cady’s Alley N.W., Washington, D.C.
Want to watch the Oscars from somewhere other than your couch? Head to the Hamilton for Art Soiree’s third annual Oscars party. Expect a red carpet, limos, paparazzi and Academy Awards themed cocktails. Black-tie recommended but not required. Tickets are $25. The Hamilton, 600 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
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