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This Week (Jan. 10 – 16)

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Last week sucked for me. Sucked in a way you would not believe. I’m not going to get into the gory details, but I was in full-on crisis mode the entire week. As such, I couldn’t bring myself to even think about blogging—never mind actually sit down and put sentences together for a post. And so, the Bitches had their first sick days in the history of our Bitching (that’s right, until last week we hadn’t gone a week without a post each week day). I’m not going to apologize for taking a breather, because life happens. And besides, apologetic bloggers annoy me.

Over the weekend I escaped D.C. and went to New York to decompress and clear my head. And here we are again. Monday. Fully recharged and ready to go.

Back to the Bitching …

Eat

All this week, Deals For Deeds is donating 10% of all sales to Food & Friends, a local charity that provides home-delivered meals to people living with HIV/AIDs, cancer, and other life-challenging illnesses.  The goal this week is to raise enough money to provide a full month of meals to one client (which costs the charity $750). Log on and snag your deal with participating restaurants: Monday, Napoleon Bistro and Lounge; Tuesday, Nage Restaurant; Wednesday, Hello Cupcake; Thursday, Langston Bar and Grille; Friday, Two Leaves and a Bud.

Drink

D.C. collectively grieved when the old Dupont Brickskeller closed its doors. Now join in the collective celebration as it once again opens those doors as Bier Baron, a beer-lover’s heaven. Shiny and new, and with a 500-bottle beer list that includes rare bottles, the bar will be debuting 50 draft lines in the next few weeks. As if that isn’t enough reason to check it out, an innovative menu designed by PS7’s pastry chef also caught my eye: think pick-your-shape French fries and deep-fried cheesecake. Upgrade! 1523 22nd St., NW; Washington 20037.

Photo credit: Urban Daddy
Photo credit: Urban Daddy

See

I am a modern-art junkie, so I was surprised to learn that D.C.’s Phillips Collection was America’s first museum of modern art (who knew?!). This weekend, the beloved collection will be celebrating its 90th Birthday by swinging open its doors for a free weekend (10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday). There will also be a kick-off event featuring birthday cakes from D.C.’s best pastry chefs, art installations, champagne, films, and more. 1600 21st Street, NW; Washington, DC 20009; 202-387-2151.

Photo credit: Phillips Collection
Photo credit: Phillips Collection

Shop

This Wednesday, Georgetown boutique Urban Chic and the Children’s National Junior Council are hosting a shopping event to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. With 15% off all dresses, advice from stylist Wendy Pilck, and Georgetown Cupcakes and champagne, it sounds like a dazzling evening. Not to mention, you can enter to win a ticket to Dancing After Dark on Jan. 22. The event runs Wednesday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. 1626 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Please RSVP to Liza Tanner.

Watch

Put on your ’40s frock and wash that man right outta your hair. It’s time to head to the Kennedy Center, as it’s the last week to catch Tony Award-winning “South Pacific,” the Rodgers and Hammerstein’s classic on World War II. Tickets are still available. And BYT is offering a discount.

Photo credit: Kennedy Center
Photo credit: Kennedy Center

Dance

It’s a three-day weekend! And, with all respect to Dr. King, I will be out dancing my butt off Sunday night. Right now, Funk 4 The Dream at U Street Music Hall is at the top of my list. Featuring, Afrika Bambaatta, Asheru, Fort Knox Five, Jahsonic, Rex Riddem, Mustafa Akbar, and VideoKillers – it’ll be an unreal dance party. Get tickets in advance here.

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