Well, kittens, fall is here, my favorite season of the year! I’ve just returned from a whirlwind weekend in New York and I’m off to Toronto for the International Film Festival with one of my best Bitches. This week in the District, there are happy hours, farm dinners, and a rock concert with tigers (for serious). Enjoy it, guys and dolls.
The weather today is beautiful. Head to P.J. Clarke’s for a welcome back patio happy hour, with 50 cent oysters and $3.50 Palm beer. 5-8 p.m. The Patio at P.J. Clarke’s, 1600 K St. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Ripple’s Executive Chef Marjorie Meek-Bradley is hosting a farm dinner to benefit the American Cancer Society’s Fit for Hope, a 12-week fitness and weight loss competition, where first rate district chefs compete against one another to support the fight against cancer. Wednesday’s dinner will begin with an amuse bouche of Rappahannock oyster, followed by the first course, a summer vegetable salad with hummus, marinated fennel, sweet and sour eggplant, radish, squash and dill granite. Known for her ability to make pasta just right, Chef will serve Cherry Glen Farms goat cheese ravioli with melted heirloom tomatoes and basil, followed by poached tilefish with leeks, potatoes, Autumn Olive Farms bacon and celery. For dessert, guests will have a satisfyingly sweet, peach dessert. Tickets, $75. 7 p.m. 3417 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Something that never gets old for me here in the District is Phillips After 5, the Phillips Collections monthly happy hour event. The evening comprises jazz, gallery talks, superb modern art, cash bar and interesting people. This month, the theme is Ellsworth Kelly’s Colors: Experience the artist’s glowing panel paintings through music, short gallery talks, a film, and a colorful Post-It poetry exercise. Tickets: $12 for adults, $10 for students, free for members. 5 p.m. 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, DC
Nerd alert: I see a party named “Rock-N-Roar” and immediately think, “I must attend.” Because what’s cooler than lions, tigers, bears, and rock music? Absolutely nothing.
The Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s annual fundraiser, Rock-N-Roar, is taking place this Friday, featuring an acoustic performance by Marc Roberge and Richard On of O.A.R., with Taylor Carson opening. Proceeds from the evening will support the Zoo’s efforts in research and wildlife conservation. Tickets, $55 for general admission, $45 for FONZ members, and $125 for VIP. 6 p.m. The National Zoo, 3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
Why not get outta down? Ingleside Vineyard, a charming little riverside winery in Oak Grove, Virginia, is hosting its annual Jazz in the Courtyard. Head there for a relaxing evening in the European-style courtyard while sipping wine and enjoying the cool sounds of live jazz music. The evening includes a winery tour, tasting, souvenir wine glass, live music and there’s also a dinner option. Tickets: $20 in advance, $25 day of event. Optional dinner for $15/person (advance only).