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This Week: November 4-10

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We had an action-packed weekend with appearances at MetroCooking DC (interviewing celebrity chef Rocky Fino!) followed by a blissful spa day and brunch at the Four Seasons in Baltimore.

This week will be just as exciting. Stay warm, kittens.

Monday
We know it’s fall, but we’re already itching for spring and the cherry blossoms. Tonight, get a preview of the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival at an event at Arena Stage. The National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Embassy of Japan, and others from the 2014 festival will be on hand for performances, the official artwork unveiling, and more. 1101 6th St. S.W., Washington, D.C.

Also today, the W Washington D.C. hotel launched its Living Room SIP, the hotel’s version of happy hour. Now, every day from 4 to 7 p.m., you can enjoy $10 bites and cocktails and $8 spirits and wine, and $5 beer in the Living Room. As cocktails are normally $15, this is a steal. You can also reserve space in the Living Room to host your own group, somewhat private, happy hour. Email [email protected] to book a spot. 515 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

POV

Tuesday
While barely out of college, Alexis Ohanian and Steve Huffman founded reddit, the online discussion board that calls itself “the front page of the Internet.” After selling reddit for millions, Ohanian came to personify the college-age tech entrepreneur, founding ventures like hipmunk and breadpig, and investing in dozens of other tech startups. In his first book, Without Their Permission: How the 21st Century Will Be Made, Not Managed, Ohanian shares his ideas for harnessing the disruptive power of the Web for good. He’ll be at Eighteenth St Lounge Tuesday night to celebrate the launch of the book. If you’d like to attend, please email [email protected] 1212 18th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday
Hassan Melehy, Professor of French at Cori Sue’s alma mater, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Joyce Johnson, author of the recent Jack Kerouac biography The Voice Is All, will discuss Kerouac’s life and work with an emphasis on his career-long cultural and linguistic transitions between French and English. Attendees will enjoy scenes from the National Film Board of Canada’s documentary Jack Kerouac’s Road: A Franco-American Odyssey, readings of his work, and previously unseen photos of this literary iconoclast. Sip some beer and explore one of the lesser-known aspects of a pionnier de la Beat Generation. Tickets, $25. 7 p.m. at the S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday
We’re going to be celebrating fall with our favorite realtors from Beasley Real Estate this Thursday evening at a private happy hour. Want to get on their list? Get in touch with Tyler Jeffrey and start adding open houses to your weekend agenda.

Friday
Friday night, “Walk This Way” with Becky’s Fund. The annual event features professional athletes on the fashion runway taking a stand against domestic violence and pledging a commitment to promote and engage in healthy relationships. Proceeds from the fashion show will help support the organization’s program, “Men of Code” an initiative that uses education on domestic and dating violence to transform young men involved with athletics into allies and leaders in the movement to end intimate partner violence. Tickets, $100. 6:30 p.m., Italian Embassy, 3000 Whitehaven St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Saturday
Twenty-six District bars are teaming up to bring an epic beer adventure to the nation’s capital for a tasting tour of twenty-six craft and premium beers during the Second Annual D.C. Beerathon on Saturday. With your ticket, you’ll receive a different 12-ounce pour of a craft or premium brew as they journey from venue to venue. And a portion of ticket sales will benefit Ranger Lead the Way Fund and Dreams For Kids DC. Check out @DCBeerathon on Facebook and Twitter for more beers and venues. Tickets and more information are available at www.DCBeerathon.com.

Sunday
Ovvio Osteria has partnered with Village Yoga to provide a discounted health and wellness package at Halstead Square. Every Sunday, guests can take in a 10 a.m. yoga class for the discounted price of $10, normally $18 per person. After class, yogis can enjoy 10 percent off brunch, which features items like fresh squeezed organic juices, farm to table salads and light, refreshing brunch entrees like the spinach omelet with heirloom tomatoes and fresh mozzarella. Ovvio embraces fresh, seasonal ingredients, as evidenced by the menu of antipasti, pastas, pizzas, entrees, and breads. 2727 Merrilee Drive, Merrifield, Va.

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