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This Week: October 1-8

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This weather is mighty fine, isn’t it kittens? It’s the kind of weather that makes you want to play hooky on your lunch break and go read in the park, take your dog for an extra long walk, and run an extra mile just because you can. Or, on the wilder side, why not spend all evening drinking wine on the patio, stay out far too late at an outdoor bar, or kiss a handsome man under the stars.

You know, just some suggestions. In the way of more formal suggestions to do This Week, here is your weekly events calendar.

Monday
Want to do something stereotypically D.C.? Head to happy hour in Dupont Circle hosted by one of the dozens of charitable young professional organizations. Tonight, the Young Professionals Council of Starlight Children’s Foundation MidAtlantic host at Urbana in Dupont Circle with 30% of all drink sales will be donated to Starlight MidAtlantic. The evening marks the official kickoff of Dancing in the Starlight, part of Starlight MidAtlantic’s 13th annual Taste of the Stars Gala held on November 17, 2012, at The Four Seasons in Georgetown. Tickets will be available for purchase at a reduced rate exclusive to happy hour attendees. 6 p.m. Urbana, 2121 P Street N.W., Washington, D.C., 202) 956-6650

Tuesday
Tonight I’ll be at Vinoteca. (Becca went last week, read her recap). On select Tuesday nights from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Vinoteca holds wine classes for a small group in its upstairs lounge. The educational tastings are led by local wine experts. At each class there’s a selection of five to six wines that are paired with small bites created by the chef. Tonight, it’s Old World vs. New World. (Next up, on October 9, my favorite: South American Reds). Reservations required, only 20 spaces available. Call (202) 332- 9463 or e-mail [email protected] Vinoteca, 1940 11th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Wednesday

Half priced wine night at Policy. I was there for dinner on Saturday, just to remind myself how delicious their food is (my faves: truffle oil french fries, tuna tartare and beet salad with 18-year-aged Balsamic and goat cheese. To-die-for.) Moreover, we sat on the newly expanded patio, making for a perfect fall evening. Policy, 1904 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Thursday
Put on your hottest little red dress and Paint the Town Red at this appropriately titled gala hosted by the American Heart Association. Tickets, which are $95, include: dance floor (Cardio!), silent auction, live auction, date auction, moon-bounces, slip n slides (amazing), dunk tanks, food, and an open bar (of course). 7 p.m., Meridian House, 1630 Crescent Place, Washington, D.C.

Friday

First up, head to Muleh on 14th Street for Stacy London’s book-launch party hosted by Gilt City. 6-8 p.m. Muleh. Tickets, available on Gilt City include: a signed copy of London’s new book, The Truth About Style, a bookmark voucher for 20% off your next Gilt City purchase, Q&A conducted by London, stylists from Style for Hire will provide the latest tips and trends, keepsake postagram postcard photos from the event, light bites by Cork Market, and cocktails. Muleh, 1831 14th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.

Later in the evening, it’s the Washington Ballet Dracula Soiree hosted by its young professionals society, Jete. In addition to celebrating the opening of the ballet, this annual fundraiser benefits the professional ballet company and its artistic endeavors throughout the 2012-2013 year. Join the artists of The Ballet as they dress up for a gothic, goulish evening complete with imaginative cocktails, a buffet supper, live and silent auctions and performances by the ballerinas. Tickets, $200. 8 p.m. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, 1250 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C

Saturday

You were a wino earlier in the week, so take on the art of mixology this Saturday. Ripple, an amazing farm-to-table restaurant in Cleveland Park is hosting fall cocktail classes. This Saturday, it’s fat-washed cocktails, and I honestly have no idea what that means. Ripple mixologist Josh Berner will walk guests through the fat-washing process, creating sesame oil-infused gin, bacon-infused mezcal, and olive oil-washed vodka. Using these liquors, Josh will then show guests how to create three flavorful cocktails from Ripple’s menu. During the session, you’ll enjoy all three cocktails and bar snacks. After class, they can experience Ripple’s grilled cheese bar until 6:30pm. The cocktails:  Play It Sam – sesame oil-infused gin, aquavit, date reduction, Chile Manteca y Dulce (aka: a little of everything) – bacon-infused Beneva mezcal, cayenne toasted pecan, and Basil Exposition – olive oil-washed vodka, green chartreuse, white wine, basil. Tickets, $45 (all inclusive. Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Avenue N.W., Washington, D.C.

Sunday

Brunch! Lately, we’ve enjoyed brunch at Shaw’s Tavern, Juniper at the Fairmont, Ceiba, and Zaytinya.

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