This week is “Eat Local DC” week, which kicks off with a “Flash Talks + Tasting Party” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, with local bevvies and passed apps from Restaurant Nora. It’s the first in a series of inspiring talks from local food movement leaders and a tasting party that looks at: Who’s innovating in the city’s food movement and where do they see opportunity? How do crops, commerce, and community shape the physical, nutritional, and economic landscape of our city? Tickets, $35. We have a 10% discount code “BITCHESEATLOCAL” for the events all week long. Get more information, here. Woolly, 641 D St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
It’s National Vanilla Icecream Day! To celebrate, Dolci Gelati is offering free toppings all day—regardless of whether you order the vanilla gelato. Dolci Gelati, 5766 2nd St. N.E., Washington, D.C.
Lots going on this Thursday. Wowza.
Head to PJ Clarke’s for the first annual Summer Lobster Feast. Enjoy a lobster dinner of twin Maine lobsters, traditionally boiled New England style with red bliss potatoes, corn on the cob, drawn butter, garlic bread; and homemade peach cobbler for dessert. Tickets, $75, and include the lobster dinner and unlimited Bombay Sapphire Cocktails and Palm Beer. A percentage of ticket sales benefit Bike to the Beach. 6-9 p.m., PJ Clarke’s, K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
There’s also an opening of a local artist, titled Paradox of Masculinity. Curated by local photographer Kate Warren and Micah Greenberg, figurative painter Martin Swift will show his provocative large scale paintings accompanied by a month of programming on the themes of masculinity and gender. Check out a short film of the project, which will be up from July 25 to August 22. 7-10 p.m., Above the Bike Shop, an alternative arts space and incubator in Adams Morga, located at 2503 Champlain St N.W., Washington, D.C.
Go pick up some new baubles for a good cause in Georgetown this Thursday. The jewelry store is hosting a “Charmed by Charity” shopping event with 15% of all sales benefiting Make-A-Wish of the Mid-Atlantic. 6-10 p.m., Alex & Ani, 3068 M Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Over at Vida Fitness’ Renaissance Location, it’s Latin Night! Enjoy complimentary sangria, appetizers, live entertainment and fitness demos, massages, facials, and spa gift bag goodies from Vida’s Aura Spa. 6-8 p.m., Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th Street N.W., 3rd floor, Washington, D.C.
Later in the evening, it’s the inaugural Smithsonian After Dark, the first Smithsonian 21+ after-hours event series—a unique mix of culture, art, history, and science, including music, a cash bar, and special access to Smithsonian exhibits, collections, and experts. Tickets, $15 in advance, $20 at the door. VIP $25, includes special talk & tasting, limited availability. 8-11 p.m., Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center, 1100 Jefferson Drive S.W., Washington, D.C.
At the same time, over in Georgetown, Sumeria and the Madison, two young professional organizations that throw parties for charity, are hosting an event at everyone’s favorite preppy watering hole, Smith Point. The event benefits Crittendon Services of Greater Washington, an organization that works to mentor at risk teen girls in academic support, career counseling, and life skills. More information, here. 8-11 p.m., Smith Point, Washington, D.C.
It’s Friday night, and time for a drive in movie! Washington, DC has never been home to a drive-in movie experience — until now. This summer, the DC Drive-In will show flicks every Friday at Union Market, and it’s a full recreation of a drive-in movie experience. Watch classic Washington-centric films on Union Market’s huge three-story wall and enjoy pre-show festivities, including live music, contests, and giveaways. And of course, dine on the fresh and fabulous offerings of Union Market’s vendors— served by rollerskating car hops! The event is free, and there’s a secured picnic area on the parking lot for bikers and walkers. This week, The American President is playing.
Start your morning off with an intense post-brunch burn outside at Vida. The U Street location is hosting an intense, interval-based 75-minute class outside on the sun deck, with a focus on muscular strength, power, and endurance while you enjoy the rhythmic ride. Enjoy the thrill of cycling outdoors with a one-of-a-kind view of the U Street Corridor. 12:30-1:45 p.m., Vida, 1612 U St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
I am very excited to be on the host committee for a wonderful party happening Saturday afternoon. The Pink Party, hosted by Charity Chicks at the Ritz Carlton Georgetown. Only 100 tickets are available for the whimsical garden party, when guests will enjoy a jazz quartet on the patio, specialty cocktails and food, and art lessons overlooking the flower garden. Tickets, $125. 5-8 p.m., The Ritz Carlton Georgetown, 3100 South Street N.W., Washington, D.C.
Updated: We’re giving away three tickets to the Pink Party. To win, follow @CharityChicksUS on Twitter and leave a comment below.
In the evening, Hinge is hosting a NeonTuxedoDisco electroformal: a swanky, black tie dance party held at the Howard Theatre featuring music from Miami Horror, Mr. JPatt of The Knocks, and Chris Burns. Tickets and more info, here. Pink party attendees can get 15% off their Neon TuxedoDisco ticket with the code “PinkParty.” Similarly, NeonTuxedo attendees may use promo code “NEONTUXEDO” for 50% off tickets the VIP Pink Party. Sounds like we need to do a double header. 8 p.m. to midnight, Howard Theatre, 620 T St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
In the afternoon, I’ll be stopping by Drink the District: Beer Edition. July 27th and 28th, Drink the District returns for the second annual Beer Edition in Mount Vernon Triangle. Starting at just $30, attendees can enjoy unlimited beer, live music, and access to food trucks at our brew-centric event. With 50+ craft beers available, come explore our flavorful variety of tastings and indulge in full pours of your old favorites. Guests have the option of choosing one of five different sessions (Saturday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., 7-10 p.m., and Sunday 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., 3-6 p.m.). 500 New York Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C.