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Do you have your tickets to our Summer Brunch Soiree yet? Only two weeks left! We’re busy with fashion show fittings, collecting gifts and goodies, and just generally running about in preparation to make sure it’s an awesome event. In the meantime, here’s what else is going on this week.

Monday

Tonight, more than 1,400 guests will taste dishes from 60 of the region’s top chefs, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars to support children and adults facing HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-challenging illnesses. It’s the 21st year for Food & Friends’ signature fundraiser, the Chef’s Best Dinner & Auction presented by ING. Hope you got your ticket early, as registration is now closed. The party starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Photo credit: Washington Life

Tuesday

Head to Seasons 52, a fresh grill and wine bar, which opens this week in Tyson’s Corner. The menu, orchestrated by award-winning chef Clifford Pleau, is inspired by the seasons and the fresh appeal of farmers’ markets, 52 weeks a year. The wine list is just as spectacular, with a selection of 100 wines, including more than 52 offered by the glass. The best part? Nothing on the menu is more than 475 calories. Yup, making reservations now.

Wednesday

Cori Sue and I will be at the Kennedy Center Wednesday night to catch the three-time Tony Award-winning show Next to Normal. The contemporary rock musical, starring Alice Ripley, is a story of family members torn between caring for themselves and each other. The Washington Post said it’s “a moving, blisteringly honest, and inordinately powerful new musical. It is stocked with beautiful songs that get to the heart of the story—and simply get to the heart.” We can’t wait. It runs through July 10th.

Thursday

Local poet Shirley J. Ramos will celebrate the release of her new book, “Thoughts of a Butterfly” at an Art Soiree event Thursday evening at Puro Lounge. The book of poetry chronicles Shirley’s inspirational journey after surviving a stroke at the age of 29. The event will also show original illustrations by Nena Depaz, music from DJ Fotifo, and performances. Twenty percent of profits from books sold that evening will be donated to Stroke Association. Oh, and the dress code is strictly all white. $10, 7 p.m. RSVP to [email protected]; 1529 Wisconsin Avenue NW.

Friday

Did you miss the Graffiato opening last week? Well get there this weekend. The restaurant offers procecco on tap. Yes, you heard me right. Procecco. On tap. And while they don’t serve brunch yet, we think it’s still worth a trip to the Italian-inspired restaurant. This is the first restaurant from Top Chef alum Mike Isabella, and he’ll be serving seasonal, artisanal pizzas and small plates inspired by the food he grew up eating in New Jersey prepared by his Italian-American grandmother. Yum. 707 6th St NW, Washington, DC 20001; 202-289-3600.

Photo credit: Graffiato

Sunday

National Freedom Fest begins Sunday at Yards Park and lasts until the fireworks on the Fourth of July. More than 40 bands and DJs will perform on five massive stages, plus there’s food and craft vendors, beer and wine. All this on the riverfront. Get your tickets here. Sunday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Photo credit: National Freedom Fest

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