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Tornados and humidity and heat in October? Oh my; I’m confused! Here’s to a week of fall-ish events. Have a great one, Bitches!

Northern Virginia’s Open Kitchen, a cute little bistro and wine bar, is celebrating its four-year anniversary by giving back. Tonight only, the restaurant is donating 50 percent of its sales to support Slow Food DC’s The Ark of Taste Garden program. The money donated will be used to plant gardens at local public schools. Make a reservation for dinner! 7115 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, Va.

Did you know today is the anniversary of Edgar Allen Poe’s death? To commemorate, Dames d’Escoffier is hosting a barhopping fundraiser, Craft Spirit of Poe. Bartenders around the D.C. area created Poe-inspired cocktails just for the occasion. Head to Ripple, Daikaya, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Room 11, The Gibson, The Green Pig, Vinoteca, or 8407 Kitchen & Bar. Get tickets here.


Get a Tuesday night massage or facial at the new Aura Spa at VIDA U Street. On Tuesdays, VIDA members receive 15 percent off select services. Located on the first two floors of VIDA U Street, Aura spa has four treatment rooms and private access to the steam room and sauna. We love the signature therapeutic massages and detoxifying body treatments. Make an appointment here. 1612 U Street N.W., Washington, D.C.Treatment room

Our favorite fashion rebel, Man Repeller, is down from her native New York Wednesday evening for a special party at the W’s POV Rooftop Lounge. Leandra Medine will be signing her debut book, “Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls.” Special guest DJ Hannah Bronfman will be spinning, and there will be beauty stations from Nectar Skin Bar and IPSA. It’s a private event, but try to snag an RSVP by e-mailing [email protected] 515 15th Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


Join Raise Your City, UnSectored, and DC Entrepreneurship Week on Wednesday for a panel discussion and after-party on the top floor of Mari Vanna. The groups will be celebrating social entrepreneurship, and profits from the event will benefit BUILD (DC Metro), a high-impact non-profit committed to fostering the entrepreneurial spirit for disadvantaged or disengaged students. Get tickets here.

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Policy is serving up “THINK PINK” sangria all this month. The cranberry-apple sangria made with Stoli apple, white wine, oranges, granny smith apples, and lemon is only $8, and with each drink purchased the restaurant is donating $1 to breast cancer research. Every Thursday from 8 to 9 p.m., Policy will donate 100 percent of proceeds. 1904 14th St N.W., Washington, D.C.

We love this now-annual event, the Washingtonian’s Whiskey on the Rocks party. For one night, the regional magazine takes over the Powerhouse and serves up amazing whiskey from all over the world. It’ll be a blast. Get tickets early and use the promo code “BLOGGER10” for an extra discount.


Georgetown’s newest fall event, FAD Georgetown, will be a weekend of fall style and culture. This weekend, the event will showcase over 90 of Georgetown’s fashion and home stores, art galleries, design showrooms, salons and restaurants with innovative style, design and art happenings. For a listing of participating businesses and schedule of events, click here.

Executive Chef Anthony Lombardo is welcoming guests into his kitchen at 1789 Restaurant to share secrets for tempting dishes incorporating fall squash and mushrooms. The class will be held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and is priced at $115 per a person (tax and gratuity included.) It also includes a family-style lunch following the cooking session showcasing the dishes prepared in the class, paired with wine from 1789’s award-winning list. Reservations are required by calling 202-965-1789.

Van Gogh Repetitions will open at The Phillips on Saturday and run through January 26. With 30 van Gogh paintings, plus photographs and drawings, the exhibit will examine the Dutch master’s meticulous painting process. Can’t wait to see this. The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.C.


DC Wine Week kicks off this Saturday night with an invitation-only party. The annual vino week has a ton of great events lined up. Don’t miss Sunday’s Yoga & Wine event at VIDA Fitness, Columbus Day at the Coupe, Oysters and Wine, Vino & Bocce, and more. There’s a wine event for everyone’s taste. Get the full lineup and details here.

It’s Columbus Day! Several restaurants are serving brunch, including The Pig, Logan Tavern, and all three locations of Hank’s Oyster Bar.

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Next Friday, Betsy Fisher boutique is throwing a happy hour fashion show featuring clothing from Hilton Hollis and shoes from Coye Nokes. The event will benefit Suited for Change. a $100 ticket includes a $50 store credit, a $30 donation to Suited for Change, heavy hors d’ouevres, champagne, cocktails, and dessert. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 1224 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.(202) 785-1975.

All weekend long, there is a trunk show featuring Coye Nokes footwear at Betsy Fisher.


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