It’s finally fall; isn’t the cooler weather lovely? Cori Sue is gallivanting about Morocco this week like she’s Ingrid Bergman, so I’ll be holding down the fort. Here’s what’s up, Bitches.
PS. Don’t miss a fab ticket giveaway to D.C. Wine Riot, below!
The Mashable Social Good Summit is in New York this week, and Malala Yousafzai will help kick it off by hosting a Twitter chat today at 2:30 p.m. EST via @MalalaFund. This is Malala’s first time on Twitter and comes as she prepares to officially launch the Malala Fund and release her book “I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban” on October 8. Use #MalalaFund to join the discussion and ask questions.
As part of an international wine program that debuted earlier this year, Sofitel is launching “Sofitel French Wine Week” at all of its 120 hotels worldwide. This week, events at the Lafayette Square hotel will be entirely dedicated to French. Tonight, join the launch reception in the Presidential Suite; tomorrow, the Roux Pere and Fils dinner; Wednesday, a macaroon and chocolate wine pairing class; Thursday, Coup de Coeur selection tasting; Friday, a live molecular cuisine experience. 806 15th St NW; (202) 730-8800.
Start your Tuesday at our favorite Italian restaurant, Lavagna, for happy hour at the bar. From 4:30 to 7:30, get $4 local craft beer and $7 craft cocktails, plus 25 percent off all wines by the glass. Plus, stay for dinner and check out the new fall menu. From the starters to desserts, Lavagna crafts everything from scratch in house with local raw ingredients. Try the Rhode Island mussels, the Hilton Bros. filet, or the Cape Cod Rockfish Romesco. 539 8th St SE.
Don’t miss the District Sample Sale Tuesday night. It’s the biggest and best high-end bargain shopping event in D.C., and it’s all for a great cause. The DSS features over 25 top designer clothing and shoe boutiques selling their end-of-season wares at liquidation-level prices, with many previewing their upcoming season looks at DSS-exclusive pricing. Plus, cocktails, hors d’oeuvres from participating restaurants, a fashion-focused silent auction, raffle, goodie bag (with VIP tickets) and more. 100 percent of proceeds benefit N Street Village. Tickets are $40 General Admission, $100 VIP; get them here.
The gorgeous J&G Steakhouse in the W Hotel just got a bit of a makeover. Now that renovations are complete, the restaurant is ready to introduce its fresh new look, and new perks like a martini cart (so Mad Men), cocktails from Domingo and menu items from Chef Philippe. Go check it out this week. 515 15th Street NW.
The Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company’s newest show, a Pulitzer Prize finalist and one of the New York Times top 10 plays of 2012, is Lisa D’Amour’s “Detroit.” It’s said to be an explosive dark comedy that brilliantly captures our economic moment. Ecstatic and dangerously funny, “Detroit” rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream. The show runs through Oct. 6. Get tickets here.
Joy of Motion, a nonprofit community dance center, is hosting a fashion show fundraiser and cocktail event at Neiman Marcus Thursday evening. The runway-style fashion show will showcase Neiman Marcus’ largest selection of designer gowns. Plus, get cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $50 get them here.
Wine Riot DC is back—and we’re giving away a pair of tickets! With two parts education and one part revolution, Wine Riot has reinvented “wine tasting” for the thirsty and curious. Grab a glass and hit the floor; it’s you unleashed against 250 wines from across the globe. Fueling your night of conquest is a tireless DJ, photo booth, temporary tattoos, and a few thousand of your closest friends. The event is Friday, Sept. 27 and Saturday, Sept. 28 at The Sphinx Club. Tickets are $60; get them here.
GIVEAWAY! Follow @BtchesWhoBrunch and @SecondGlass on Twitter, leave us a comment (bonus points if you Tweet at both!) about your favorite kind of wine and why, and we’ll pick a winner on Wednesday and give you two pairs of tickets to either the Friday or Saturday party.
Later Friday night, I’ll be dancing the night away at Echostage with Sebastian Ingrosso, one-third of arguably dance music’s biggest trio of all time (Swedish House Mafia, duh). Ingrosso was an accomplished DJ/producer who quickly rose the ranks of EDM. The formation of Swedish House Mafia with Steve Angello and Axwell took them and dance music to the top of music on a global level. He’ll be spinning with Pete Tong, who needs no introduction. Tickets are $40, get them here.
Bar Dupont’s third annual Oktoberfest is back by popular demand this weekend. In true German tradition, the popular Dupont Circle bar will transform its beloved outdoor patio into a Biergarten serving German favorites like Paulaner Hefeweizen, Oktoberfest, and Pilsner as well as Spaten. Enjoy German specialties from the grill like soft pretzels, sausages and mustards, and traditional garnishes. To accompany the Oktoberfest ambiance, live German bands Liab Und Schneid, The Polka Brothers and Continentals will play. 1500 New Hampshire Ave NW.
No Kings Collective, a D.C.-based arts collective, and the District of Columbia Arts Center (DCAC), are partnering to present The 25 Project, celebrating the center’s upcoming 25th year serving the emerging arts community D.C. This weekend, they unveil their brand new collaboration, a curated multidisciplinary “flash” exhibition featuring 25 current D.C. artists and DCAC alumni, one artist representing each active gallery year. The grand opening will be Friday night, but you can check out the art all weekend. Get details here. 1805 7th Street NW.
Brunch, of course. Lately we’ve loved Murphy’s Irish Pub, U Street Café and the new Ted’s Bulletin. We also hear that Et Voila is debuting four new bottomless brunch cocktails ($12) and a new menu with Belgian staples. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday from 11 to 2:30 p.m. 5120 MacArthur Blvd. NW.
Or head out to Falls Church for the Fall Harvest Festival at 2941 Restaurant. From 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., enjoy fall-inspired fare and beverages from Executive Chef Bertrand Chemel, Pastry Chef Caitlin Dysart, and Sommelier Jonathan Schuyler. Think Oktoberfest by way of Alsace, France, compliments of French native Chef Chemel. $65 per person. Visit www.2941.com or call 703-270-1500. 2941 Fairview Park Drive, Falls Church, VA.