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This Week: July 25-31

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It was too hot to do anything at all last week—though our calendars were still packed. We dragged ourselves through the humidity to various events, wearing only cotton dresses (what else can you wear in this heat?). This week will be no different, loves. Stay cool.


Beer or wine—I can never decide (unless there’s a champagne option, of course). Tonight, Kimpton Restaurants’ master sommelier, Emily Wines, and Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s beer director, Greg Engert, will go head to head in a “bottle battle.” Pair that with a gorgeous five-course dinner from chef Danny Bortnick of Firefly and chefs Kyle Bailey and Tiffany MacIsaac of Birch & Barley and it all sounds too good to be true. Even better: one hundred percent of the profits are going to the Susan G Komen Walk for the Cure. Tickets are $150, hope you got them early.


I’m a big fan and supporter of street art. So Tuesday night I’ll be in the Langston Room at Busboys & Poets for the launch of the MuralsDC 2011 program, “The Art of Vandalism,” an engaging look at D.C.’s culture of graffiti. The panel discussion will feature former taggers, artists, agencies who clean graffiti, and those who fund public art … taking a dive into the good, the bad, the beautiful, and the ugly side of this city’s street art.


Can you handle 24 courses? Chef RJ Cooper is going to serve guests a “24-act performance” from the open kitchen in the new urban fine dining spot Rogue 24, which opens tonight. Cooper will be joined by pastry chef Chris Ford, and Derek Brown, the acclaimed mixologist behind the Columbia Room, will create the avant-garde cocktail program. It’s sold out this week, but they’re taking reservations through August.

Photo credit: Greg Powers

If you write a book call “Go the Fuck to Sleep,” you’ve got to be a pretty awesome parent. The best-selling author Adam Mansbach will be signing copies at P.J. Clarke’s Wednesday from 6 to 8 p.m. It’ll be his only stop in the D.C. area, so go say hi. 1600 K Street NW.


Free gelato! Casa Nonna is bringing street-corner gelato to Dupont Circle, and to celebrate the debut of its gelato cart, is giving away scoops during the lunch rush on Tuesday. Get there fast to avoid the line. 1250 Connecticut Ave. NW.

Guest of a Guest is hosting an invitation-only Summer Social at Smith Point Thursday evening. If you were lucky enough to score an invite, you’ll get an in to the madness with no cover.


Boccato Gelato is equal parts lounge, retro ice cream parlor, and European-style espresso bar. They open this week in Old Town, so go check them out. We love the sound of full tea service, hot chocolate gelato floats, and inventive shakes like Pakistani mango and guava with bananas. 1012 King St., Alexandria.


Another restaurant opening this week is Shaw Tavern, set in a former liquor store and reggae shop, and stripped down to its original brick walls, worn wooden beams and giant picture windows. You can order pints of the Victory Hop Devil from their eight rotating taps or dishes like the flat iron steak with Yorkshire pudding and spinach potato olive oil pizza. 520 Florida Avenue NW.

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