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This Week in DC: April 7-13

The cherry blossoms are blooming, the Nats are playing, the sun is shining (well, it was yesterday). It’s finally spring, Bitches, and we’re loving it. Enjoy the week.

Head to our favorite Italian-Brazilian pizza shop, Piola, for “Art in Piola,” a free art exhibition highlighting local emerging artists. Tuesday night, the 14th Street location will host an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. celebrating a brilliant photographer, Luca Bartolini. Luca Bartolini lives in Washington and works as a doctor at Children’s National Medical Center. He began shooting as a hobby in teens, developing his own films and later converting to digital photography. Head there to check out his stuff. 2208 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.


Washington City Paper is hosting its Best of D.C. Fete Wednesday evening. It’s a celebration honoring the Best of D.C. as voted on by City Paper readers and chosen by writers and editors. Join more than 50 of the city’s top restaurants, artists, and entertainers. VIP Tickets purchase includes one hour early admission to the event, access to the VIP Publisher’s Party, cigar bar, and swag bag. A portion of the ticket sales will be donated to Brainfood, a nonprofit youth development organization in Washington, D.C. Use code BODCbwbVIP for $35 off VIP Tickets; BODCbwbGA for $15 off GA Tickets. Click here. 6-9 p.m. Carnegie Library, Washington, D.C.

Do a little Thursday night shopping at Dupont’s newest boutique, EmporiumDNA. The shop offers expertly curated women’s collections and accessories, including designer apparel from some of the fashion industry’s best-selling brands in a unique shop-in-shop presentation. One of the most exciting shop within a shop will be the trendy DNA 2050, a multi-brand concept where savvy shoppers will find some top brands including J Brand, Hudson, IRO, Clover Canyon, Alice + Olivia, Anglomania by Vivienne Westwood, and more. 1666 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


El Rey, the Mexican beer garden on U Street, has new weekend hours, beginning this week. Head there for a little Friday night fun. Plus, the spot is now open at noon on Saturdays and Sundays, and there are many more funtivites throughout the week. There’s a weekly Monday Domino tournament that starts at 7 p.m. and Tamale Tuesdays, offering $3 tamales all night. Mexican wrestling Wednesday will start this week, in which you can catch classic Mexican wrestling matches on El Rey’s new TVs. 919 U Street N.W.

This Saturday is your last chance to try out VIDA Fitness’ new boot camp program for free (the six-week course begins April 21). I did it last Saturday and it was thoroughly butt-kicking. The hour-long session starts at VIDA Metropole, with a jog to Logan Circle, then drills led by a strict sergeant. Meet in the Metropole lobby at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday. Sign up for the entire course here.

To celebrate Passover, DGS Delicatessen Chef/Owner Barry Koslow has planned two special events: Spit Roasted Lamb Dinner on Passover Eve and Seder at the Delicatessen all Passover week long. Sunday night’s Spit Roasted Lamb Dinner will be Passover Eve from 5 to 9 p.m. Kick off the holiday week (and the exodus from this long hard winter) with a spit roasted Shenandoah Valley lamb served with a rich cast of spring vegetables, including potato latkes with rhubarb preserves, asparagus with preserved lemon and roasted beets with spiced hazelnuts. This special Passover Eve dinner will be served family style for $35 per person. DGS, 1317 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.


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