This week in Washington is bound to be a little nutty, with the Africa conference causing major road shut-downs (and also causing my State Department friends to be running about like headless chickens). But there are plenty of things happening away from Foggy Bottom, too. Here are our picks.
Tonight, content agency McMURRY/TMG is hosting a summer happy hour at Boqueria downtown to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington. Join the crew from my day job (they’re super fun, I promise!) from 6 to 8 p.m. A whopping 20% of all food and drink purchases from the bar during that time will be donated directly to the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington—a super worthy cause. There will be raffles and prizes, too. The event is open to the public and there’s no entry fee. RSVP on Facebook here.
In Arlington? Head to Copperwood Tavern for a complimentary cocktail tasting on Tuesday evening. The restaurant hosts the event the first Tuesday of every month, featuring a different theme food and drink each time. This month, they’ll be serving up moonshine. Make reservations, as RSVPs fill up quickly. Read our brunch review, here. Copperwood Tavern, 4021 Cambell Ave., Arlington, Va.
Our favorite men, the guys from UrbanStems, are co-hosting a Gentlemen’s Clinic with two other awesome D.C. tech startups, State of Affairs and Vinolovers. The first in a series of clinics will teach D.C. men the fine art of being a gentleman, starting with how to choose wine, gift, and dress to impress. RSVP for Wednesday’s evening here. Bring your man friends. UberOffices Dupont, 1200 18th St. N.W., 7th floor, Washington, D.C.
I’ll be packing a picnic basket and a bottle of Whispering Angel rosé for Thursday night outdoor movie screening with Beasley Real Estate. Kira Epstein and Tyler Jeffrey are co-hosting the screening of Pitch Perfect at 8 p.m. at St. Lukes Episcopal Church on the corner of 15th and P Street NW. It’s going to be a lovely evening; we’ll see you there.
Restaurant Week doesn’t officially start until next week, but Grillfish is happily extending it all month long by offering Restaurant Week prices of $20.14 for three-course lunches and $35.14 for three-course dinners. Grillfish has also launched a new “Off The Hook Happy Hour” with $1.50 oysters ($1 on Wednesdays & Fridays), $3 fish tacos ($2 on Mondays) $5.50 specialty cocktails and beers $6 and under. Grillfish, 1200 New Hampshire Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Make it a date night and head to see the newest Cirque du Soleil. I highly recommend “Amaluna,” which is playing now until Sept. 21 in the Big Top in National Harbor. The beautiful and seductive show is set on a mystical island. Directed by Tony Award winning director, Diane Paulus, Amaluna premiered to the world in Montréal in April 2012 and is Cirque du Soleil’s 32nd production. Per usual, the theatrics and gymnastics are astounding, and the venue makes every seat in the house a great one. Don’t miss it. Get tickets here.