It’s the best week of the year! No, not because men everywhere are shaving off their Movember ‘staches. No, not because everyone is kicking off the Holidays by shopping their heads off. No, no, friends … It’s Art Basel this week!
Thursday I’ll be on a flight due south to Miami to conduct my annual binge of contemporary art. I’ll be soaking in the 75-degree weather and partying from the Design District to South Beach with artists and art nerds like me. Yes, it’s the week I look forward to the entire year (more so than Thanksgiving and Christmas even). I can’t freaking wait.
But if you’re here in D.C. this week, there’s still plenty of stuff going on so you can kick your December off in style (including a giveaway, see Friday) …
Tonight, the cast members of Jersey Boys will “Rock Like a Man” at DC Improv to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS and the local charity Food & Friends. They’ll perform hits from the ‘50s and ‘60s, and offer up a walk-on role in the DC production of Jersey Boys, private behind-the-scenes tour, and lunch with the DC performers, in the live auction. 6:30 p.m., tickets are $50; get them here.
There are tons of events this week to celebrate Movember and the official shaving of the ‘staches for cancer. We pick the Tuesday night Team MO party at Meridian Pint hosted by Flying Dog. Join the mustache contest and enter the raffle to win gift cards, tickets to shows, liquor, wine tastings, and more. 5 to 11 p.m. at Meridian Pint, 3400 11th St NW, Washington, DC 20010.
ReadysetDC has teamed up with Read’s Clothing Project and Politics & Prose to host a book swap with a twist this Wednesday. Entry is free, just donate a book at the door (all books will be donated to Books for Africa), and there will be music, a bar, and a special guest appearance by illustrator Elizabeth Graeber, whose book “An Illustrated Guide to Cocktails” will be featured at the event. 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at The Dunes Gallery, 1402 Meridian Place, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20010.
In 1923, President Calvin Coolidge walked from the White House to the Ellipse to light a 48-foot fir tree. This year’s hurricane blew that one down, but Obama (with the help of Carson Daly, sigh) will be lighting a fresh one this Thursday at the 89th National Christmas Tree Lighting on the Ellipse in President’s Park at the White House. Didn’t get tickets in the lottery? For the first time, the pre-show and lighting ceremony will be streamed live and will be available on demand. Watch it here starting at 4:30 p.m.
Or, if you’d rather stay warm inside with a brew, celebrate with Port City Brewing Company. Thursday they’re releasing their special edition Tidings Ale, a strong Belgian style blond ale made with Maryland wildflower honey and Virginia wheat, and spiced with coriander, cardamom, fresh ginger and grains of paradise. I’ve got a couple growlers of it in my fridge (my roommate pours there so I got an early taste), and I’m telling you, it’s delish. It’s available in six-packs or on tap in the brewery’s tasting room in Alexandria, or find it on tap at select restaurants and bars. See a list here.
GIVEAWAY! Need to get your holiday shopping done? The Junior League of Washington is hosting its 53rd annual weekend-long holiday shopping event at the Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. There will be special boutiques, pictures with Santa, and shopping events for three days to benefit community-based literacy programs in the Washington area. See all details here.
We’re giving away a pair of tickets, compliments of the Junior League ladies. To win, “Like” the event on Facebook, “Like” the Bitches Who Brunch on Facebook, and leave a comment on this post with what you want to buy at the Holiday Shops before Thursday at midnight, and we’ll announce the winner Friday morning. For those who don’t win, you can purchase tickets online here. Washington Marriot Wardman Park Hotel, 2660 Woodley Road N.W., Washington, D.C. 11. a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.
Join Katherine Kennedy, Elizabeth Kane, Winston Lord, and the other distinguished hosts as they Revel With A Cause Saturday night. The event is “A Christmas Performance to Fight Cancer,” featuring Christmas Revels at GW’s Listner Auditorium to benefit the Ocular Melanoma Foundation. Don your yuletide finest and attend. Get tickets here for the 7:30 p.m. performance (after party is at George).