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This Week in DC: January 20-26

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Hello, snow bunnies! For you feds and other lucky laborers, we hope you enjoyed your three-day weekend and gave a toast to Dr. MLK Jr. As for the rest of you, I’m sorry you had a miserable Monday in the office while half your friends were off skiing, shopping, and spending time with friends. Life, sometimes, just isn’t fair. Regardless of your mood on this snowy Tuesday morning, we have a slew of funtivities available for you This Week.

Stay warm, stay positive. Make it a good one, Bitches!

Tuesday

Start your week off right by torching some calories with an interval training class at Vida Fitness. Vida has introduced two new classes to its fitness repertoire: VIDA M.I.T. and VIDA Assets. MIT is a 45-minute fusion of cardio, strength, balance and flexibility, that increases strength and heart/lung function, improves posture, and increases flexibility. The objective is to continually “shock” the body, as research demonstrates that this is the most efficient way to improve your cardiovascular system, lose weight, and build muscle. Meanwhile, Assets tones your lower half. MIT classes are available Monday 7:15 – 8:00 a.m. (U Street), Tuesday, 12:00 – 12:45 p.m. (City Vista), 4:30 – 5:15 p.m. (Verizon Center), 5:45 – 6:30 p.m. (U Street), Wednesday 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (Verizon Center), Thursday 5:00 – 5:45 p.m. (U Street), 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. (Verizon Center) 7:00 – 7:45 a.m. (U Street), Saturday 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. (U Street), Sunday 11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. (U Street), 2:30 – 3:15 p.m. (Metropole).

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Later in the evening, why not stop by J&G Steakhouse for a gourmet three-course meal at an affordable price? The upscale steakhouse is extending its restaurant week menu through the rest of the month. J&G Steakhouse, 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

In the Capital is continuing its “Get to Know Your Neighborhood” series of events, with a happy hour celebrating all of your favorite things about Columbia Heights. Your ticket to the event grants you your very own Know Your Neighborhood liter-stein and complimentary appetizers. With these special edition steins, you’ll get $6 liter-drafts of Heineken from 6-9 p.m. At the happy hour, you can meet the In The Capital writers behind the Neighborhood Guide, Anthony Sodd and Sophie Pyle. Tickets, $5. 6-9 p.m., Acre 121, 1400 Irving St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday and Thursday

Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley of Ripple is providing a sneak peak of the menu at soon-to-open Roofers Union at Ripple on January 22 and 23. Chef Marjorie will serve her creative takes on everyday food alongside her regular menu before Roofers Union opens in Adams Morgan at the end of January. The pop-up menu will feature a three-course prix fixe menu with a choice of snacks like fried Brussels sprouts, trotter arancini, and crispy pig ear. An entrée course including a smokey andouille corndog with whiz, a merguez sausage seasoned with mint and served with oranges, and spicy harissa, and a black bean quinoa burger topped with avocado; and last but not least, pretzel hot fudge sundae or Boston Crème layer cake for dessert. Diners can choose one of each for just $25. Also included in the price is one handcrafted beer from DC’s own 3 Stars Brewery. Roofers Union will be located at 2446 18th St. N.W., and Ripple is located at 3417 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Thursday

Join the charitable lads and ladies behind The Madison of DC and the SOME Junior League for a fundraising happy hour at Hill Country BBQ. The fundraiser will benefit SOME’s Affordable Housing Programs for Families and will be another opportunity for guests to gather before the annual big gala on February 7th! A $10 donation at the door will snag get you $3 PBRs, $5 well drinks, $5 house margaritas, and $20 margarita pitchers. You can also purchase individual raffle tickets for a chance to win fab goodies. Tickets, $10. 7-10 p.m. Hill Country BBQ, 410 7th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Friday

One of our favorite chefs, Chef Frederik De Pue, of Table and 42° Catering, opens Menu MBK, his Washington D.C. market, bar and restaurant, on Friday, January 24 in Penn Quarter. The first of its kind in Washington, Menu will host a bountiful local market, casual bar, and café and an intimate six-seat chef’s counter experience in the space previously occupied by Azur and Jose Andres’s Café Atlantico/America Eats. Menu Market, the ground-floor portion of the three-tiered project will be the first to open. BistroBar, a 50-seat casual space serving bistro fare, creative cocktails, and a thoughtful beer and wine selection, will open January 30. Menu Kitchen, Chef De Pue’s kitchen dining table, will open February 20. 405 8th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

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Saturday

We’ve been looking forward to Raise Your City’s next party for months now. Raise Your City is a social movement founded by two gentlemen that brings together grassroots fundraising, arts and music promotions, city partnerships all into one killer party. The group is celebrating its two-year anniversary with an epic party at 9:30 Club, featuring tunes and beats from Drop Electric, Young Rapids, The Sea Life, The Raised by Wolves, and DJ Ryan Ulbrich. Tickets, $12. 8 p.m. 9:30 Club, 815 V St., Washington, D.C.

Sunday

Getting hitched this year? Head to one of the most spectacular bridal shows of the year, Washingtonian Bride & Groom’s UNVEILED: Washington’s Ultimate Wedding Showcase. This year’s event will feature an exclusive Vera Wang bridal-gown fashion show. More than 250 brides, grooms, and members of the wedding party are expected to attend this year’s show. The area’s most renowned wedding vendors— including event planners, photographers, florists, musicians and entertainers, lighting vendors, caterers, and more—will be on hand to offer expert advice and make appointments for wedding services. While getting ready for your big day, you can enjoy champagne and sample hors d’oeuvres and innovative desserts from Blue Duck Tavern. There will also be spectacular door prizes and takeaways. Check out last year’s video. Tickets: $65 for brides, grooms, and members of the bridal party; $85 for wedding professionals. Use the code “BLOGGER10” for 10% off 11:30 to 3:30 p.m., Park Hyatt, 1201 24th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

If you haven’t caught wedding fever, then head to the next best Sunday activity: brunch. Lately, we’ve enjoyed Commissary, Copperwood, Kapnos, and Lauriol Plaza.

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