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I did not realize how packed my calendar is until I wrote this. Scary.


Two big food events begin today. First, José Andrés and his team at Jaleo will be paying tribute to La Tomatina, the famous tomato battle that takes place in Buñol, Spain, with a variety of tomato specials and tasty tomato-based cocktails. The dishes, ranging in price from $8 to $12, will be on the menu through October 2.

Or, if you prefer seafood to tomato-y tapas, head to Legal Sea Foods. Today marks the beginning of the restaurant group’s Oyster Festival. You can score half shells for $2.50 a pop, $13.95 for a half dozen or $26.95 for a dozen, through October 16.


I’ll be donning my best pink attire at Dirty Bar Tuesday night to help Pink Jams launch its campaign for Pink Rocks the Runway. The big event, which will be October 21, will feature Project Runway star Christian Siriano showcasing his spring collection. Breast Cancer survivors will be rocking the runway as well. You can get your tickets to the event at Tuesday’s launch party, plus $1 from each cocktail and $2 from each ‘Rock the Pink’ cocktail will benefit Pink Jams and their breast cancer awareness efforts.

Christian Siriano
Photo courtesy: Pink Jams


The Hill newspaper will kick off its “A Healthy America” series with a cocktail reception at the National Archives. During the reception, guests will have an opportunity to explore the exhibit: “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam: The Government’s Effect on the American Diet.” Stop by.


Check out Submerge, a four-day flash art exhibition from No Kings Collective, in its temporary space on the Shaw Main Street Corridor. An abandoned Douglas Development property will be converted for the art exhibition, with special guest artists and emergent musical acts until 2 a.m. each night. Runs through Sunday; check out all the details and events here.

Work by Brandon Hill
Work by Brandon Hill

Afterwards, head to Policy for Seven Minutes of Madness. At an undisclosed, totally random time a horn will sound, a timer will be set, and there will be seven minutes of free beer, rail drinks, and shots. The party starts at 10pm with DJ Jerome Baker III.


Friday night, Cori Sue and I will be at Tysons Galleria for All Access Fashion. The three-day fashion event (which actually begins on Thursday) is a series of fashion shows and parties to celebrate the fall and winter collections. Friday’s night red carpet runway presentation will be at Saks Fifth Avenue, showcasing designer eveningwear. A silent auction and cocktail reception will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. If you can’t make it Friday night, Saturday is packed with shows. Check out the full lineup here.

All Access Fashion
Photo courtesy: All Access Fashion


Bright and early, Cori Sue and I will be running the Prevent Cancer 5k, beginning at West Potomac Park. The race will raise vital funds for the Foundation’s support of cutting-edge cancer prevention and early detection research, community outreach, and educational programs. Register here and join us.

During the day, we’ll be stopping by the D.C. VegFest, a free outdoor festival celebrating the very best of everything vegetarian. This year’s celebration, on the GW campus, features 10 speakers and more than 75 exhibitors, including 19 food vendors.

That night, I’m planning on checking out the inaugural Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC. The free, all-night exploration and celebration of contemporary art will stretch from the heart of Chinatown to the Shaw neighborhood, from 7 p.m. to 3 a.m. Indoor and outdoor venues will showcase work, plus there will be vibrant visual arts, street performances, live music, and DJs.

Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC
Photo courtesy: Art All Night: Nuit Blanche DC


Cori Sue and I will be at the wheel of a 1975 Ford school bus parked outside of Policy on 14th Street from 1 to 3 p.m. We’re the guest hosts for Venga’s “Stuff the Bus” campaign, which has been touring sites in D.C. raising money and awareness for DC Central Kitchen. Stop by and say hello. Bring canned food or buy from the bus’ virtual farmers market. 100% of the food and proceeds will be given to DC Central Kitchen, a community kitchen that provides scratch-cooked meals to thousands of local at-risk individuals while offering culinary job training to once homeless and hungry adults.

Afterwards, we’re going to visit Andy. Two Warhol exhibits open on Sunday: at the National Gallery of Art, “Warhol: Headlines,” featuring 80 works showcasing Warhol’s minor obsession with tabloid news. And just a few blocks away at the Hirshhorn is “Andy Warhol: Shadows,” a large installation of 102 canvases that mimic the style of the abstract expressionists, in classic Warhol style.

Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978-79. Dia Art Foundation. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Photo: Bill Jacobson.
Andy Warhol, Shadows, 1978-79. Dia Art Foundation. © The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Photo: Bill Jacobson.

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