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This Week in DC: February 17-23

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Happy Monday, snow angels! Who is sick of the cold? Not me, as I spent the weekend ice skating and skiing. If you have the day off work, start the week off right with brunch. I’ve gotten out of bed solely to provide you with a list of restaurants open—now that you have it, I’m going back to bed.

Make it a good one, kids.

Monday

Happy President’s Day! Naturally, we would expect you to make use of the holiday for brunch. Restaurants we know are serving brunch today are: Ambar, Commissary, El Centro, Marvin, and The Pig.

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Later in the day, Lincoln and Teddy & The Bully Bar will feature special menus to celebrate President’s Day. Each restaurant will highlight three menu items inspired by some of America’s most popular presidents with ingredients sources from regional farms in Pennsylvania, North Carolina, and Virginia. At both restaurants, the lunch menu is $20.16 and the dinner menu is $35.16. Lincoln, 1110 Vermont Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. Teddy & the Bully Bar, 1200 19th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Tuesday

Having a rough start to the week after a long weekend? Head to Piola for Aperitivo Italiano. Available from Monday to Friday, 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the bar, Aperitivo Italiano at Piola features drink specials—$4 beers, $5 house wine, $6 special drinks—and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Along with those cocktails, snack on their delicious, affordable pizza and make it a great start to the week.  Piola has locations at 1550 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., and 2208 14th St N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you’re looking for culture, head to Bistro Bohem at 7 p.m. The Shaw restaurant is hosting a beer and Czech comedy film series, presenting School is the Foundation of Life (Škola základ života). The plot of the Czech film with English subtitles centers on a student magazine that publishes an essay criticizing a teacher and conditions at the school, and the faculty vowing to get to the bottom of it. 600 Florida Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Wednesday

Enjoy a midweek lunch at one of our favorite brunch spots, nopa Kitchen + Bar. Now, every Monday through Friday, from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the American brasserie serves up a delicious, wallet friendly lunch menu of an entree and a glass of wine for $17. The six crowd-pleasing, lunch choices are: chicken cobb salad, NoPa burger, honey-nut chicken salad sandwich, sautéed gnocchi, Croque Monsieur, or a fried codfish sandwich. 800 F St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday evening, head to the Corcoran for Corcoran Uncorked! for a night of suspense, Hollywood glamour, and  Hitchcock classics. At this installation of the museum’s monthly series, you can watch Hitchcock’s spine-tingling masterpieces The Birds and Rear Window on the Corcoran’s big screen; try your hand at screen printing and create your own vintage movie poster; tour the exhibition, Alex Prager: Face in the Crowd to learn how the Hollywood heroines of  50s and 60s cinema influenced her work. Last but not least, if you’re competitive, compete against other film buffs in movie trivia, or just sit back and enjoy popcorn tastings at the Muse Café. 500 17th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday

Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but love is still in the air at the next installment of ArtJamz’s Pick Your Own Canvas Artz Bazaar! Your ticket gets you 3.5 hours of studio time, one complimentary cocktail, and access to paints and art materials. The ArtJamz Artz Bazaar features creative cocktails featuring flavored Van Gogh vodkas with additional bevies available for purchase. In addition, KidRobot DIY street art dolls will be discounted to $10, live painters, a human canvas, our killer DJ, and a collection of artwork from ArtJamz staff and local artists will be on display for purchase. Tickets, $15. 1742 Connecticut Ave N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Friday

Chef Frederik De Pue, chef and owner of my favorite brunch spot, Table, opens the second floor of his three concept space, Menu, with Menu Kitchen on February 20. Menu Kitchen, a six-seat dining counter, is located on the second floor of the building and overlooks the gallery where Chef De Pue and Chef De Cuisine Keith Cabot prepare the food for all three of Menu MBK’s concepts. Also opening is BistroBar, a 50-seat casual space serving bistro fare, creative cocktails and a thoughtful beer and wine selection. So, whether you’re looking for an intimate, culinary experience or a great place for drinks, Menu offers both, and we have no doubt the food will be spectacular. Menu, 405 8th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Saturday

During the day, head to the Brixton for a pie party. The British restaurant and pub will host a Pie Fest, featuring the city’s top pie pushers including Pie Sisters, Dangerously Delicious Pies, Danielle’s Desserts, Teeny Pies, Satellite Room, Connecticut Copperthiete, Blind Dog Café, and The Brixton. You can sample unlimited slices for just $10. Purchase tickets in advance, here. The Brixton, 901 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Head to the City Tavern Club to enjoy poker tournaments, cocktails and conviviality for a great cause. RedPeg Marketing is throwing the 9th Annual Chance For Life. The evening will feature a poker tournament, wine and champagne tasting, silent auction, and an after party. The evening’s motivation is 13-year old Kennedy Snyder, who has lived with spinal cord cancer for the last nine years. She continues to battle this incurable disease but still enjoys life with a positive attitude. 100% of the evening’s proceeds will benefit the Spinal Cord Tumor Association. City Tavern Club, Georgetown, Washington, D.C.

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Sunday

Brunch, Bitches. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Commissary, Kapnos, Marvin, and Water & Wall.

After brunch, we will be heading to the National Portrait Gallery for the exhibit we’re dying to see, American Cool, an exhibit featuring portraits of the most famous Americans known for being cool, like James Franco, Marlon Brando, Billie Holiday, and others. To be selected, the portrait subjects had to possess at least three elements of this singular American self-concept: (1) an original artistic vision carried off with a signature style, (2) cultural rebellion or transgression for a given generation, (3) iconic power, or instant visual recognition, and/or (4) a recognized cultural legacy. The exhibit is showing February 7 through September 7. 8th and F St. N.W. Washington, D.C.

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