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This Week in DC: March 17-23

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It’s snowing in March—with another snow day for feds and contractors. It’s St. Patrick’s Day. It’s also our fourth birthday! So much to celebrate.

Snow be damned, we’ll be celebrating regardless.

Plus, we have big news: Tomorrow we’re launching the official Bitches Who Brunch e-newsletter. It will arrive in your inbox every Tuesday morning and will highlight the previous week’s best brunches, events, and fashion, and provide your social itinerary for the week ahead. You can sign up to receive Washington, D.C., New York, or both!

Which city? Or both?

So raise your mug of green beer, mimosa, or cup of coffee. Cheers to another great week in Washington. Stay warm.

Head to Piola to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. It’s not an Irish bar, but the Italian-Brazilian resto is offering a ton of great specials tonight regardless. Get Jameson Whiskey shots for $5; Irish Car Bombs for $7; and Guinness beers with any pizza for $12. Locations in D.C. on 14th Street and in Rosslyn. Details here. 

We’d venture that Irish Whiskey Public House, the popular upscale pub downtown, also has plenty leprechaun themed mischief afoot for all you revelers.

Head to the Sofitel D.C. in Lafayette Square to see an incredible photography exhibit called Deep Silence by Marcos Furer. The traveling exhibit just arrived in Washington after its stint in Buenos Aires. There are seven large photographs that capture the stunning Argentinian landscape, all on display in the Sofitel’s restaurant, iCi Urban Bistro, through March 22. Get dinner there and admire the view. 806 15th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Calling all college hoops diehards, craft beer fans, and bracket busters. City Tap House is hosting a bracket party Wednesday night and serving up two special casks of Sly Fox Brewing Company’s Odyssey Imperial IPA and Route 113 IPA. If you go, you’ll get a Bracketology Beer Club Card, which means complimentary happy hour brews for each day of the tournament as well as $4 Sly Fox cans throughout the games. Plus there will be big prizes for winning brackets. 901 9th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

New restaurant Carolina Kitchen just opened last week. So perhaps a mid-week dinner there is in order to check it out. It’s serving up authentic Southern comfort food. In fact, the menu is inspired by the chef’s grandmother’s recipes and will include a variety of appetizers, homemade soups and salads, home-style meals, sandwiches, famous fried chicken, and a number of “Ma Pearl’s” specialty entrées. There will also be a custom glass oyster bar. 2350 Washington Place N.E., Washington, D.C.

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Have a Thursday night treat at The Gibson, U Street’s speakeasy. Last week I sampled the new spring cocktail menu, which was pretty incredible. You can now get imaginative cocktails like the “Frank Underwood” or “The Blood of Kings.” 2009 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

Chef Robert Wiedmaier has been chosen as the chef from America to welcome the newest U.S. Ambassador to the U.K., Matthew Barzun, at an exclusive reception in London. To commemorate the honor, he’s whipping up a stateside preview tasting of the official dishes for Washingtonians this Friday evening. Enjoy a seven-course dinner paired with Virginia wines for $165. Tally-Ho! This is a dinner of extraordinary measures that truly defines the skills of Chef Robert Wiedmaier and his team at Marcel’s. 2401 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.

The Pizza Underground, Macaulay Culkin’s pizza-themed Velvet Underground tribute band, will be coming to Black Cat’s backstage Friday night. In case you aren’t familiar with the phenomenon of The Pizza Underground, Culkin and friends Matt Colbourn, Phoebe Kreutz, Deenah Vollmer, and Austin Kilham perform songs by the Velvet Underground with the lyrics rewritten to reference pizza. Does it sound like a Sesame Street skit? Yes. Should you pay $15 to witness Richie Rich playing a kazoo live on stage? Absolutely. 1811 14th St. N.W., Washington, D.C.

A state-of-the-art gelato factory and coffee lab, Dolcezza, is having its grand opening this weekend. Just steps from Union Market, Dolcezza will give free public tours Friday, Saturday, and Sunday at 2 and 4 p.m. Guests will also receive half-priced pre-packaged pints of their delicious gelato and sorbet. Baby Bitch Deidre got a sneak peek, click here to read it. 550 Penn St. N.E., Washington, D.C.

Saturday night, Stand for the Troops will host the Bacon Brothers and SNL comedian Jim Breuer at GWU. It’s part of a benefit event supporting SFTT’s mission to safeguard our troops’ physical, mental and emotional well-being. In addition to the performers, an Iraq war veteran will be awarded a Purple Heart. This will be a special opportunity for the public to rally around a great cause, witness a Purple Heart ceremony and enjoy fabulous entertainment. Get tickets here. GWU Mellon Auditorium

Join me and VIDA Fitness and run a 5K this Sunday for Bright Beginnings, a charity that helps homeless children and families in D.C. All proceeds from the 5K directly support programming that prepares young children for kindergarten and helps their families get back on their feet. Register here.

After that, brunch of course! Lately we’ve loved Cava Mezze, Greenhouse at the Jefferson, Mio Restaurant, and Quench.

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