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This Week (May 23-30)

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It’s hot, it’s muggy … and what’s with this rain every day? We are so looking forward to Memorial Day, darlings, and not sure how we’ll survive another full week in the office. Here are some fun things to distract you for the day-to-day and carry you through to Friday!

Looking for good cocktails without the high price tag? The Willard Hotel, whose famous patrons included Martin Luther King and Abe Lincoln, brings back its 1907 menu prices at its Occidental Grill. Now through May 21, enjoy classic cocktails like Pimm’s Cups, Old Fashioneds, and Cherry Blossoms for 18 cents with the purchase of a dish from the bar menu. 1475 Pennsylvania Ave., Washington, DC.

In keeping with the southern tradition of eating what’s in season, Eatonville hosts “Eating from the Garden” dinner, part of its Food & Folklore series. The four-course dinner highlights some of the season’s best local foods with dishes including Late Spring Soupe au Pistou, Salt-Roasted Beet Napoleon with Citrus-Pepper Mascarpone and Baby Chard, Charred Squash Caponata with Chickpea Fritters, and a Seasonal Fruit Galette. Tickets are $57.60, inclusive of tax and gratuity. 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., 2121 14th St. N.W.

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Washingtonian and Living Social host a series of “Best of Washington” happy hours this month. This week, it’s at Whitlow’s on Wilson. Enjoy complimentary drinks and appetizers. 6 – 8:30 p.m., 2854 Wilson Blvd., Clarendon, Va.

Head to Puro Café for a Night Garden Fete of performances, art, live music, and cocktails hosted by Art Soiree. The evening will feature art from the Robert Kupstas Quartet and an exhibit by artist Natalie Cartner. $10, 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., 1629 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. RSVP to [email protected]

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It’s hot and muggy out there, which means summer is official here. Celebrate summer in the city with Jazz in the Garden. Pack a picnic or pick-up some (overpriced) sangria and listen to the sounds of live jazz. Fridays, 5 – 8:30 p.m., 700 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Go down to the Bayou at Bayou Bakery for a Louisiana Crawfish Boil. Chef David Guas serves the crawfish for $15 per pound with potatoes and corn on the cob. Pair it with an Abita beer to keep the spicy flavors at bay. Saturday, 5–7 p.m., 1515 N. Courthouse Road, Arlington, Va.

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