Just off a blissful weekend of Cherry Blossoms, we’re now facing two unfortunate events: Tax Day and the possibility of snow (yes, snow!) tomorrow. Keep your chin up and make it a great one, regardless, Bitches.
Start the week off right with a workout followed by girls’ night. (At least, that’s what I’ll be doing.) I’m heading to a great workout class at my neighborhood VIDA, followed by half-priced wine night at Piola, a casual, delicious pizza spot with a wide assortment of pies and fresh salads. Half-priced wine night starts at 7 p.m. Piola has locations in Rosslyn at 1550 Rosslyn Blvd., Arlington, and on U Street at 2208 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Feeling gluttonous? Head to Farmers, Fishers, Bakers for a five-course farm-inspired menu with craft beer pairings from Devils Backbone’s craft beers. Representatives from the Virginia-based brewery will be in attendance to provide tasting notes and insight into the brewing process. The meal begins with a mushroom kettle corn, sweet and sour tomatoes and pimiento cheese and BBQ spiced peanuts with golden raisins. Then, spicy tender wings with a black pepper lime soy glaze. Next up, grilled cheese and tomato soup. The third course brings a marinated steak with Chimichurri sauce and deconstructed street corn. Dessert is a pear lager paired with a farmhouse shortcake: a fluffy table biscuit with fresh berries and whipped cream. Tickets, $65. The evening begins promptly at 6:45 p.m. Farmers, Fishers, Bakers, 3000 K Street NW, Washington, D.C. (202) 298-8783.
Go celebrate my favorite neighborhood at the 2014 Shaw Main Streets Gala: A Toast to Shaw. The beverage-centric gala will highlight Shaw’s notable mixologists, brewers and pourers, from the following Shaw spots: All Souls, Baby Wale, Beau Thai, Bistro Bohem, Dacha Beer Garden, Dino’s Grotto, Eat The Rich, La Colombe, Mockingbird Hill, Right Proper Brewing Company, Southern Efficiency, and Thally. There will be canapes, cocktails, and samples all evening long. Tickets, $75. 7 p.m., Long View Gallery, 1234 9th St. N.W.,
Today marks the start of the ten-day Washington International Film Festival. Celebrating its 28th and final year, Film Fest DC brings more than 80 features, documentaries, comedies, shorts, award winners and discoveries, played at theaters across D.C.: E Street Cinema, Bethesda Row Cinema, AMC Mazza Gallerie, the Goethe-Institut Washington, the Embassy of France, and others. Best of all, there are a few romantic, foodie films being played, including Love & Lemons, a Swiss film about a heartbroken lass who starts a restaurant, and Romantic Brasserie, a Dutch film about a forty-something woman running a brasserie on Valentine’s Day, when a former love steps in. Forty-something Pascaline runs a brasserie and her exquisite dining room is fully booked for Valentine’s Day. For more details on films, times and dates, visit the website.
Also this evening, the W Hotel is hosting a Rooftop Riviera party to celebrate the launch of POV’s Spring cocktail menu. Tickets are $55, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting The Washington Ballet. The ticket includes five cocktails at destination-themed bars, interactive entertainment, access to beauty stations from bliss spa and more. The W Washington D.C., 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Hierarchy is at it again, bringing in well-known LA artist Mathew Curran for SHRED, for a solo exhibition opening on April 19. Through his work, Curran brings stencil to life, creating unique large-scale murals in a process where he cuts away, shredding his chosen medium to get to the root of his art. As spaces become more urbanized with new homes and longer streets, wildlife and nature have receded. Hierarchy is a special exhibition venue and project from Washington, DC based artist group No Kings Collective in partnership with Napoleon Bistro—it’s located in the basement. For a sneak peek at Curran’s work, check out this Vimeo. Gallery hours are 12-5 p.m. and the exhibit runs through May 11. Hierarchy, 1841 Columbia Road, NW.
Or, if you’re craving carbs, check out our handy dandy Waffle Guide. And, watch out, this week marks International Eggs Benedict Day. A holy holiday we’ll be honoring by providing you with a guide to the best Benedicts in the District.