Hello, loves. Thanks to Sandy, I’ve been stuck in Florida for a week (life is tough), but, as you read this, I am on a plane to New York. Here’s hoping I can get from the airport to Manhattan. I’ll be back in the District soon after, so here’s to a fun and semi-back-to-normal week.
It’s DC Week, or rather, the Digital Capital Festival—a 10-day event celebrating innovation and entrepreneurship. There are keynote speeches, sessions for learning, cocktail parties, even a hackathon. And, if you’re a nerd like me, you’re taking full advantage of this gathering of brainpower. Tonight, there are pub games and a face-off between D.C.’s comedy writers and technology. Check out the full schedule of events here.
Just in case you live under a rock and didn’t notice, Tuesday is Election Day. Hopefully, you’re voting (or have voted already—information about how to vote in D.C. is here). Tuesday evening, watch the results come in at one of the many (and I mean many) election-night parties at bars and restaurants around town. Art & Soul, Policy, Busboys & Poets … the options are endless. If you want something a little bigger, BYT is hosting an Election Night 2012 Spectacular at Bohemian Caverns and LIV nightclub on U Street. Tickets are $10, get them here.
Like whiskey? Even if you’re not a big fan, it’ll be worth it to head to the Washingtonian’s On the Rocks party Wednesday evening. You can sip spirits from around the world, including premium whiskey, scotch, malts, bourbon, rum, vodka, gin, tequila, and more. If you’re not completely sloshed after all that tasting, there is also entertainment and food. Held at the Renaissance Washington, D.C., Dupont Circle, tickets are $85, get them here, and use the code “BLOGGER10” to get a 20% discount.
If the recent Intermix party in Georgetown is any indication of the type of bash the retail hot spot throws, then head to its Tysons Galleria grand opening Thursday night. It will be a night of shopping some of our favorite designers, including Phillip Lam, YSL, and others. Bubbly and sweet treats will be served. The best part is 10 percent of the proceeds will go to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. RSVP to [email protected].
There are 2.6 billion people in the world without access to reliable electricity. Race in LivingSocial’s 5K Dance Party Friday night and a portion of the proceeds will go towards 1,000 renewable energy solar lanterns sent to a community in Somalia. The glow-in-the-dark fun run will have great tunes, plus participants will receive glow accessories and are encouraged to be beacons of light in the night by adoring themselves with all the glow-apparel they can get their hands on. It’s $50, register here.
Head to Urban Chic in Georgetown for a book signing and jewelry trunk show between noon and 2 p.m. Author Allie Kingsley’s debut novel, The Liar, the Bitch and the Wardrobe, styled by fashion expert Robert Verdi, is a gorgeous book. The reception will include a Cayetano Legacy Collection jewelry trunk show, featuring handmade statement accessories made with genuine, natural stones from the Philippine Islands. Urban Chic will offer complimentary bubbly and treats, as well as 20 percent off all merchandise with a book purchase.
Every year for the last three years, I’ve run in the Veterans’ Day 10k, and this year will be no exception (just need to keep it under an hour and I’ll feel OK about life). It’s a great race around Haines Point. Join me and register here.