The Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial officially opens to the public today, and there’s a slew of events this week to celebrate “the man, the movement, and the message.” The week culminates with the official dedication on Sunday, co-hosted by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Jr., George Lucas, Jamie Foxx and Clarence Avant. Obama is expected to speak, too, marking the 48th anniversary of the March on Washington and Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech. Check out the full list of events and activities here—or, stop by for a visit. The crescent-shaped memorial is aligned on the axis of the Jefferson and Lincoln Memorials, on the Tidal Basin in West Potomac Park.
Reggie Watts—hailed by GQ magazine as “the coolest comedian on the planet” and handpicked by Conan O’Brien to open Conan’s entire North American tour—will be performing at the Woolly Mammoth for only four nights this week. The comedian and musician is known for disorientating and spectacularly original performances featuring anything from bumbling speeches in a British accent, to beat boxing, to improvised raps, Bill Cosby impressions, and everything in between—all created on-the-spot so no two performances are ever the same. Get tickets here.
Head to the recently opened Nectar Skin Bar in Georgetown to shop for Fashion For Paws, with 10 percent of your purchase benefitting the Washington Humane Society. 6-8 p.m., 1633 Wisconsin Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
ArtJamz returns to the Corcoran this week, with three evenings of painting and music. Two of the three nights are sold out, but there are still a few tickets left for Thursday’s fun. The “Artjamz: Painting Big” sessions will prompt participants to think big on 22 x 28 inch canvases like Chris Martin does on his larger-than-life canvases, currently on display in the Corcoran. ArtJamz participants will enjoy all they can drink Heineken Light, wine, vitaminwater, hors d’oeuvres, and music in Gallery 31, the Corcoran’s free exhibition space, along with access to paint brushes, acrylic paints, and a blank canvas. Click here for tickets.
I’ve got a Friday night dinner or happy hour spot for you. Why not check out Hank’s Oyster Bar’s new lounge, which officially opened last week. It’s right next door to Hank’s Oyster Bar in Dupont Circle, but the expansion doubled the restaurant’s size, incorporating a 1,800-square foot space with 68 seats inside and an additional 40 seats on the outdoor patio. Plus, there are now two bars and a cozy lounge area. Sounds to me like Friday night will be cocktails and oysters. P.S., it’s open until 3 a.m. on the weekends.
Head north this Saturday for the Fifth Annual Columbia Heights Day, featuring two stages of live music, arts, and performances. There will be morning yoga, a dog parade, food trucks, contests, raffles, and more. Plus, an after hours party post-festival. Sounds like a perfect Saturday afternoon to me.
Brunch, of course. Try Lavagna, the new Italian spot on Capitol Hill. Lavagna (Italian To English: blackboard, slate) is the newest addition to charming Barracks Row. It just kicked off brunch last weekend, and while we haven’t tried it yet, we heard it’s simple, delicious Italian food. Plus, everything is super fresh—just check out the blackboards for each day’s specials. 8th St. SE Washington DC 20003
All This Week: Volunteer Opportunity!
Sign up to volunteer for the D.C. Farm to School Network, a very worthy nonprofit that raises awareness about healthy food and its sources, and establishes innovative connections between sustainable local farms and schools. This fall, the organization will host groups of up to 30 students from Washington, D.C., schools on its farm two days a week for hands-on educational programming. The Arcadia Farm, located on the historic Woodlawn estate in Alexandria, aims to demonstrate environmentally and economically sustainable growing practices through community engagement.
They’re looking for volunteer Field Trip Assistants, who will help to make field trips to Arcadia Farm safe, educational and fun. Field Trip Assistants will help monitor the space, provide instruction and supervision, and assist with general garden maintenance. Volunteers must attend a 1 hour on-site volunteer training session on August 30. Volunteers must commit to one Tuesday or Thursday from 9:30am to 1:30pm per week for the duration of the program, which runs from September 1 to October 20. For more information, reach out to Farm to School Program Assistant Liz Whitehurst at [email protected] by Friday, August 26.