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This Week: Feb. 28 – March 6

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Gosh, those Oscars were a bore, no?

Onto March …It’s so nearly spring, I can taste it.

Monday

By way of London’s Tate Modern, Gauguin: Maker of Myth opens today at the National Gallery of Art—the sole U.S. venue for the first major exhibition of Gauguin’s work in the U.S. in some 20 years (and this art nerd is excited). His images of Brittany and the islands of the South Seas, some of the most beloved in modern art, are among 100 works by the artist on view through June 5. It’s going to be a fantastic look at his career, with examples from every period, medium and genre. Go.

Photo credit: National Museum of Art
Photo credit: National Museum of Art

Tuesday

It’s National Pancake Day! iHOP founded this epic holiday to raise money for the Children’s Miracle Network. But if you can’t find a local short stack, we encourage you to get out there and celebrate nonetheless. If you’re an early bird, Bar Pilar’s pancakes are filled to the brim with berries – raspberry, blueberry, and blackberry. If you’re a late-night owl, Open City serves pancakes at all hours. Or if you’re going to wait until the weekend’s Brunch o’ Clock, Cuba Libre‘s pancakes come with rum-molasses syrup and mango butter. Say it with me: We want pancakes!

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Thursday

We support D.C. Farm to School Network—they do tremendous things to connect our schools with healthy, local foods for school meals (and they teach kids where that food comes from and why it’s important). This Thursday, a portion of the proceeds from select restaurants will go towards this amazing cause. Participating restaurants include Bar Pilar, Eatonville, Equinox, Poste, Cafe St. Ex and Zest Bistro. Check out this map for the full list, where you can see the percentage of proceeds each restaurant will donate. Make your rezzies!

Friday

Beginning this weekend, José Andrés is bringing Brazil’s Carnaval to the District (well, Café Atlántico to be exact). The second annual event will offer specials, featured cocktails, tasting menus, samba performances and other events, and kicks off Friday with complimentary cachaça tastings. Each night through next week, dancers dressed in authentic Carnaval costumes will invade and weave their way through the dining room. There will be lots of other events and surprises, too, concluding with a final evening of Brazilian-inspired dining next Tuesday.

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