Cori Sue is in Amsterdam this week, romping around canals and tulips, van Gogh paintings and windmills. You know. Dutch things.
Meanwhile, here in D.C., there’s plenty going on. Yours truly will be party-hopping all week long.
Tonight, Katherine Kennedy is hosting a happy hour to celebrate the launch of the Prevent Cancer Foundation Young Professionals Group. It’s a free event, and a cause that’s definitely worth getting involved in and supporting. Join her at Irish Whiskey Public House, 6 to 8 p.m. 1207 19th St. NW.
Chef Raynold Mendizabal is expanding the burger love by opening a second late-night burger joint, this time on the corner of 14th and U Street. This is fantastic news for those utterly sick of Jumbo Slice, as Black & Orange will be open until 5 a.m. I’ll be at the opening event Tuesday night. 1931 14th St. NW.
Kickball leagues are so 2009. The sold-out 2012 District Karaoke is the newest way to be social in the district. If you were lucky enough to snag a spot in the winter 2012 season, you’ll be heading to Policy Wednesday night for the pre-season kickoff party. The first night of league play will be Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. If you’re not on a team, then stop by to rate each performer on how well they sing it, bring it, or schwing it. 1904 14th St. NW.
Or head to the W to meet Simon Doonan, creative ambassador at large for Barneys New York. He’ll be celebrating his new book “Gay Men Don’t Get Fat” with book signings, tres chic prizes, drink specials, and more. It will be his only D.C.-area appearance, so don’t miss it. 7 to 9 p.m. in the Altitude Rooftop Ballroom, 515 15th St. NW.
The first Thursday of the month means live music, gallery talks, modern art, food, and a cash bar at the Phillips Collection for its Phillips After 5. It also means you get to check out the latest exhibition while mingling with a hundred other young professionals. Not a bad night out. Tickets are $12, or free for members. 1600 21st St. NW.
Two great options for dinner tonight. First, Wolfgang Puck himself is coming to The Source for a special Chinese New Year dinner this Friday. The dinner will be five courses, with dishes like lobster dumplings and Peking duck, and even homemade fortune cookies, to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. $125 per person, or $175 with wine pairings. 575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW.
If that price tag is a bit hefty, Cashion’s Eat Place is offering more fantastic food (a six-course tasting menu) for less. Two nights only, this Friday and Saturday, Chef John will be serving up his favorite dishes, plus a few surprises from the kitchen. Optional wine pairings with each course. Reservations suggested due to limited availability. $85 per person, or $105 with wine pairings. 1819 Columbia Road NW.
Port City Brewery is celebrating one year of business by releasing ONE, a Belgian Imperial Stout, simultaneously in various restaurants and bars at 6 p.m. on Friday night. They brewed only one batch, and it will be available on only one day, to celebrate the milestone for the craft brewery. The list of places that will be tapping their kegs will be posted on Port City’s Facebook and Twitter feeds this week.
Luke’s Wings will host Fashion Takes Flight, a swank and high energy fashion show featuring designs by Walish Gooshe, Streets of Georgetown, Nam Nguyen, Donovan England and Ella Rue. This year, the show will be held at one of the most unique venues in Washington, the Stars and Stripes Club of Nationals Park. Get tickets here. Save 15 percent by using the discount code “lukeswings.”
A collection of hilarious and eclectic films from past DC Shorts Film Festivals will be shown Friday and Saturday at the Riot Act Comedy Theater as part of DC Shorts Laughs. The event will feature 38 of DC Shorts’s top laugh-out-loud comedies from previous festivals along with local comedians who will perform stand-up between the films. For a complete schedule and for more information on the comedians that will be performing, click here.
After you’re done raiding Jason Wu for Target, of course, it will be time for brunch and then Super Bowl parties. We recommend you head to Hudson for its Super Bowl Owner’s Suite Party (perhaps even go there for brunch and stick around, as they’ll be serving the brunch menu until 4 p.m.). Beginning at 4:30, there will be drink specials, specialty cocktails for each of the quarters, plus $5 dishes such as sliders, wings, and more. The game will be on four large-screen TVs. 2030 M St. NW.
Have a fabulous week!