Is that? Can it be? It is actually fall air? The September fashion events continue this week, and with the humidity at a less-than-soup level, that means that I might show up at them not looking like a frizz ball. Woot!
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Take it easy tonight and check out some flicks at the D.C. Shorts Film Festival, “Short and Savory” 2012 event. In its ninth year, the festival is hosting 11 days of short films from around the world—in three different venues in Washington, D.C., and at the new Angelika Film Center and Café Mosaic in Fairfax. This year, D.C. Shorts will also be pairing chefs from across the D.C. region with food-themed films. Attendees at these screenings will enjoy a complimentary snack matched to the film and prepared by a local chef (including those from Rasika West End, Bibiana, PS7, 701, Birch & Barley and more). Click here to check out showtimes.
Tuesday evening, Cori Sue and I will be scouring the racks at the District Sample Sale, which features more than 20 top designer clothing and shoe boutiques selling their end-of-season wares at liquidation-level prices. The District Sample Sale also features cocktails, hors d’oeuvres from participating restaurants, a fashion-focused silent auction, raffle, goodie bag (with VIP tickets) and more. Best of all, 100 percent of the profits are donated to charity. Mazza Gallerie, 5300 Wisconsin Ave, NW, WDC (former Filene’s Basement space), get tickets here.
Check out the new show at the Woolly Mammoth Theater, “The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity.” The play kicks off the theater’s 33rd season with a bang (or rather, a drop-kick). I saw it last night and laughed out loud at the balls-out theatrical happening set in the larger-than-life world of professional wrestling. I’ll review it later this week, but trust me: I never thought I’d be so entertained by wrestling.
Fall means all the blondes and brunettes of D.C. begin their training for the Blondes vs. Brunettes Football tourney, which raises money for the Alzheimer’s Association. This Thursday evening, a fellow brunette is hosting a fitness fundraiser to help bring in donations. “Spin to Win” during a spinning class at Revolve Studio in Clarendon at 7:30 p.m. Your $20 donation will help the charity, and there will be post-workout treats for everyone.
Friday night the second annual Party on the Potomac will cruise down our river on The Cherry Blossom, a Mississippi-style riverboat. The event will feature live music from The Morrison Brothers Band, a DJ on the top deck (weather permitting), a top shelf open bar, and hors d’oeuvres served at the start of the night. The Cherry Blossom departs promptly at 8 p.m. from the Alexandria City Marina and returns at 11 p.m. for the after-party in D.C. All proceeds benefit the American Humane Society. Get tickets here.
Saturday I’ll be at the Virginia Wine Festival with friends. The 37th annual event is the longest-running wine festival on the east coast, and it’s now held at Great Meadows. Join me at the You Be the Judge tasting tent, or the seminar tent to broaden your knowledge and understanding of wine and wine culture, or make a grand day of it with a ticket to the gourmet wine and food pairing tent. There’s live music and wine from more than 50 Virginia wineries. Get tickets here.