Halloween on a Monday? Suckage.
If you’re up for going out tonight, there’s some fun to be had in D.C. Head to Dirty Martini in Dupont, for one. The bar is hosting a Masquerade Ball to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Open bar from 8:30 to midnight, plus food, music, raffles, and a costume contest with a $100 prize. Tickets are $45 in advance, $55 at the door. Get tickets here.
Members of Cori Sue’s Team Brunette (a la Blondes versus Brunettes powderpuff football) are still at it to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association. Tuesday night they’ll be behind the bar at Maddy’s Bar and Grille in Dupont from 6 to 9 p.m. Maddy’s is generously giving 10 percent of all food and beverage proceeds to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Famous Luigi’s Restaurant is celebrating its 68th anniversary this week. The restaurant opened its doors on 19th Street downtown in 1943—making it the oldest family-owned Italian restaurant in D.C. To celebrate, the family is donating a portion of its week’s profits to the Children’s National Medical Center. Wednesday evening, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., join them for a reception, with homemade pasta, pizza, beer and wine.
Fashion website Refinery 29 is launching in D.C. (finally). Join them for the launch party at Madewell in Georgetown, this Thursday evening from 6 to 9 p.m. RSVP here.
FotoWeek DC is kicking off Friday night with a preview opening of this year’s exhibitions at the new FotoWeek Central (1800 L St. NW, in the space that was formerly Borders Bookstore). After that, head to the Corcoran Gallery of Art as the celebration continues with FatBack DJs and monumental projections. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served at both venues. Get tickets here.
Then, head up to U Street, because DC Week is also having its opening party Friday night at the 9:30 Club. Bands and DJs will be playing from 10: 30 p.m. to 3 a.m., and they’ve all been selected by the people attending. Get tickets here.
Food Network stars Paula Deen, Giada De Laurentiis and Guy Fieri will be joined by culinary legend Jacques Pepin at the Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center this weekend. Throughout the two-day event there will be non-stop activities including a book signing pavilion, ongoing demonstrations from knife skills to holiday entertaining, a beer, wine and spirits pavilion that will highlight local mixologists, and more. Get tickets here.
I’ll be running the National Race to End Women’s Cancer this Sunday. The second annual 8k benefits the Foundation for Women’s Cancer, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary. The race raises awareness and crucial research funding to prevent, detect, treat and defeat cancers unique to women. Run it with me.