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Who isn’t a fan of Ashley Judd? The brilliant actress has been busy getting her master’s at Harvard and penning a memoir about her travels as a global ambassador for PSI/Youth AIDS. Judd will be at Sixth and I tonight to talk about her new book, called All That is Bitter and Sweet, and sign copies. Tickets are $14, or get a free ticket with the purchase of the book.


Sensorium, chef Byron Brown’s pop-up culinary experience, hosts its first dinner tonight in the geodesic dome just built at Yards Park on the Capitol Riverfront. A 12-course tasting menu will be served theatrically—meaning each of the courses will unfold alongside visual and performing arts, enveloping all your senses. Tickets are required for seating, and each seating is limited to 30 people. You can get tickets here.

Sensorium. Photo credit: Justin Rude, Washington Post.


Get a free burger from Spike Mendelsohn’s Good Stuff Eatery by donating $25 to a very worthy cause. Lifting Voices, a nonprofit organization that reaches 200 under-served young people in D.C., is currently at work on Counter Culture, a big, beautiful coffee-table book that shares 10 kids’ food histories in words and images. Culinary masters José Andrés, Robert Egger, and Spike Mendelsohn are contributors. They need to raise $5,000 by April 29 to publish the book.  Donate here and get your burger.


You and 499 other stylish D.C. people should be at Longview Gallery this Thursday for fashion:district Spring/Summer 2011, a celebration of style, design and entrepreneurship in the District. After two successful shows, ReadysetDC presents the third installment with a full-length runway show, pop-up shops and musical performances, putting the spotlight on influential and innovative designers and local boutiques. Doors open at 7, show begins at 9. Proceeds benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Get tickets here.


FOTO DC is closing its “Flash” exhibit with a Flash Dance Party Friday night. Celebrate 55 D.C. photographers, check out the photos if you haven’t already, and wrap up the gorgeous show by dancing to the sounds of DJ Fatback. Bites and drinks. 2450 Crystal Drive in Arlington. Get tickets here.


On Saturday, Hank’s Oyster Bar is offering the perfect way to usher in spring with its forth annual Hank’s Oyster Fest. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., it’s all-you-can-eat oysters washed down with a selection of premiere beers. Hank’s will donate five percent of the total sales to Women Chefs and Restaurateurs. Offered at both Hank’s Oyster Bar locations, 1624 Q Street NW in DC, and 1026 King Street in Alexandria, tickets are $75 per person. Call (202) 462-4265 or (703) 739-4265 or click here.

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