What You're Doing This Weekend
Taste of Arlington, Nats vs. Orioles, The Front Row, Preakness
What are you doing this weekend? We offer you a starting point:
FRIDAY, MAY 18:
- The Front Row's three days of fashion events continues a book signing from Andy Cohen, host of Bravo's "Watch What Happens Live." He'll be signing his book, "Most Talkative," in front of Redwood (Bethesda). The Front Row's signature event, a runway show, follows, with stores staying open late so you can shop the looks you just saw. 5 p.m. book signing; 7:30 p.m. runway show. Through Saturday, May 19; see complete schedule here.
- Artomatic returns for a month of art events "by artists, for everyone." Located in a former office building (1851 S. Bell St., Arlington) slated for demotion, Artomatic offers 10 floors of art by more than 1,000 artists, plus performances, live music, film, fashion, workshops and seminars. Opens 6 p.m. Friday; free; through June 24.
- Celebrate the 65th annual Cannes Film Festival here in D.C. at the Palme D'Or sunset soiree on the rooftop of the Beacon Hotel's Sky Bar (1615 Rhode Island Ave. NW). 7 p.m.-midnight; $15 online only.
SATURDAY, MAY 19:
- It’s a battle of the hometown teams! The Nats and Orioles go head-to-head at Washington Nationals Park (1500 S. Capitol St. SE) in the second of this three-game series. The first 30,000 fans in attendance will receive a Nationals script cap. It’s also Miller Light party night at the Miller Lite Scoreboard Walk Bar, so head over there to join in on the fun! 7:15 p.m.; $24 and up.
- The GI Film Festival offers a salute to military spouses at the Naval Heritage Center (701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). The evening features two movies, "Memorial Day" and "High Card Trumps" during a special red carpet event. Following the screening, there will be a VIP reception and an award presentation, with "Army Wives" castmembers Sally Pressman and Brian McNamara set to receive the GI Family Award. 7 p.m.; $55.
- The 137th Preakness kicks off at Pimlico Raceway (5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore, Md.), beginning with the InfieldFest party before the Running of the Preakness Stakes (of course). Place your bets and get ready for a good time. Musical performers including Maroon 5 and rapper Wiz Khalifa. Keep your eyes out for the "mythical" Keagsus, too. 8 a.m. gates; 6:19 p.m. rate; $25 general admission; $67.50 for InfieldFest through Ticketmaster.
- Support local businesses and 30+ charities during the Boutiques Give Back Day in Old Town Alexandria. Each shop is donating something different to a charity of their choice. Retailers will offer either an activity or promotion to benefit the chosen charity. Participating stores include Apple Seed (115 S. Columbus St., Alexandria, Va.), Treat (103 S. Saint Asaph St.) and Pretty People (108 N. Patrick St.). See full list of stores and donations here.
SUNDAY, MAY 20:
- Taste of Arlington (outside the Ballston Common Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd., Arlington), offers noshes from 35 participating spots, including Jaleo, Rustico, Ted's Montana Grill and Bayou Bakery. You'll also find live entertainment and kids' activities. Noon-5 p.m.; free admission; tasting tickets eight for $25 online or $30 at the event.
- This is your last chance to see SONG 1 at the Hirshhorn -- the 360-degree projection was extended from its original ending date of May 13. Created by Doug Aitken, the video makeover completely covers the exterior of the museum and includes a soundtrack as well. Free; after dark.
- Sound Bites at the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) offers "a night of music, food, and change" with Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, and Bone, Fur, and Feathers, Archives, and Nappy Riddem. All proceeds benefit DC Central Kitchen. You'll also find the Mixology Madness Competition, hosted by Samy K from Hot 99.5. 5 p.m.; $40 includes food.
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