Today and Tuesday wrap up a week’s worth of Mardi Gras celebrations. Tonight, grab your best beads and head to D.C.’s favorite New Orleans-style spot, Acadiana, for bar specials. $5 cocktails and punches, plus New Orleans treats like cracklins, popcorn shrimp, and frogs legs for all. 901 New York Ave. NW (at 9th St.); 202-408-8848.
Keep the Fat Tuesday fun flowin’ at the annual Parade in Clarendon. Don’t feel like trekking to NOVA? D.C.’s Bayou is wrapping up its Mardi Gras celebrations with live music, food and drink specials, beads, games, and giveaways. The Cajun Experience will be hosting its first all-you-can-eat crayfish boil until 11 p.m. (make reservations at 202-670-4416). Or, if you’re feeling classy, go Michel Richard Central for its fourth annual Mardi Gras Celebration, featuring live music and amazing food and drinks.
Have you seen the new Philip Guston exhibit at the Phillips Collection yet? For the first time ever, 39 paintings from his “Roma” series are being shown together as a group. They were created during the year he spent in Rome when he abandoned abstraction—a huge turning point in his career. The exhibit also, randomly, shows sculptures by David Smith. 1600 21st Street, NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-387-2151.
Twice weekly, there are photo essays in the New York Times that double as cultural anthropology. Photographed by Bill Cunningham, “On the Street” makes a case for the fashion trend of the moment, and “Evening Hours” covers power brokers, swells, and celebs. This Thursday evening, the Hirshhorn is screening a film on Cunningham, and it’s said to be a beautiful, quirky look at the man behind the lens. (Also, it’s free.)
Try the region’s best handcrafted microbrews at this Saturday night’s 7th Annual Brewer’s Ball benefiting the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. On tap will be Cabot Creamery, Dogfish Head, Gordon Biersch, Heavy Seas Beer, Hops Grill and Brewery, Mon Ami Gabi, Port City Brewing Company, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co., Starr Hill Brewery, Vintage 50, and others. In addition to all the great beer, there will be food from local restaurants, live entertainment, and a silent and live auction. Held at National’s Park, the Stars and Stripes Club, click here to get tickets.
This Sunday at 9 a.m., Cori Sue will be running (and likely winning) the St. Patty’s Day 8k. Join her, or head to Pennsylvania Avenue to cheer her on. It’s the 22nd year of this race, which benefits the D.C. Special Olympics and Back on My Feet.