What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
- Still feeling stuffed after D.C. Meat Week? Hang with the vegan and vegetarian crowd for Meat-Free Week. Dining events are scheduled for each night of the week. On Monday night, swing by the BBQ Kick-Off Party to get a vegan cooking lesson, followed by a full barbecue meal at Sticky Fingers (1370 Park Road NW). See complete week's schedule here.
MONDAY, FEB. 6:
- Smith Commons (1245 H St. NE) hosts a Singles Sc-H-Moozarama (their choice of capitalization) for everyone who's still hoping to land a date for Valentine's Day. Go for two hours of open bar, hors d'oerves and obviously a whole lot of flirting. 6-8 p.m.; $39; register here.
- Theophilus London brings his Tour de Roses to the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW) for a night of rap, soul, pop, R&B, hip-hop... well, we could go on, but we won't. This is one not to be missed. 7 p.m.; $20.
- Bastille (1201 N. Royal St., Alexandria) presents a four-course meal with wines from northwest Oregon. In keeping with the locally grown trend, the menu is inspired by the local and seasonal ingredients of the region. Cocktails 6:30 p.m.; dinner at 7 p.m.; $50; with wine $89.
- Get your badass credentials in 2012 with a self-defense course. The YWCA (2303 14th St. NW) teaches women ages 16+ how to prevent and avoid harassment, attacks and abuse. Feb. 6-March 26; 7-8:30 pm; $199 for eight weeks.
TUESDAY, FEB. 7:
- Crystal Couture, a combination fashion show and trunk sale in Crystal City (1750 Crystal Drive, Arlington, Va.), offers up discounts and freebies for local fashionistas. Activities include free makeovers, chats with fashion consultants, drinks, runway shows and the chance to purchase discounted designer clothing from more than 40 of the area's top boutiques and designers. Participating merchants include Elizabeth St. John Collections, Stella & Dot, South Moon Under and Red Hue Boutique. Tuesday features an opening night runway show. 6-10 p.m. Tues.; event runs through Saturday; see schedule here.
- Legendary performer George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic brings the funk to the 9:30 Club (815 V St. NW). Sure, he hasn't released a new album since 2008, but who needs new material when you're working with a catalog as long as Clinton's? 7 p.m. doors; $45.
- Mayor Vincent Gray will deliver the 2012 State of the District Address at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue (600 I St. NW). Seating is on a first come, first served basis. 7 p.m.; free.
- Learn about the threats faced by Native American activists trying to protect their land in the documentary "Homeland: Four Portraits of Native Action" (2005, 88 min). It'll be screened at BloomBars (3222 11th St. NW). Stay after for a Q&A with climate activists Nils and Yiming of the D.C. Citizens Climate Lobby and Melissa Bisagni of the National Museum of the American Indian. 7-9 p.m.; $10 suggested donation; RSVP here.
- Jewelry artist Evelyn Brooks brings a trunk show to Artfully Gifts & Chocolate (506 John Carlyle St., Alexandria). Browse jewelry made with seeds collected in the forests of Peru -- and of course, sip some champagne while you do. 5-7:30 p.m.; free admission.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 8:
- You thought the 2000 election was fraught with drama? Just wait 'til you see "Electile Dysfunction" at Theater J(16th St. NW), recommended by WAMU's Sean Rameswaram: "The musical satire stars a group of drag queens vying for the Republican presidential nomination," he notes. 7:30 p.m.; $45-$55; showing through Feb. 19.
- We've heard about extreme sports and extreme couponing, but what about extreme karaoke? Join District Karaoke to kick off their 10-week competitive karaoke season at Policy (1904 14th St. NW). Six teams of eight will perform every Wednesday night to compete for the title of D.C.’s Best Karaoke Team. The league is full, but you can still enjoy the show -- and at the end of the night, put your own vocal skills to the test with an open mic session. Drink specials include Amstel Draught, Heineken Draught, Southern Comfort, Jack Daniels and Jack Daniels Honey. 7-9:30 p.m.; no cover.
THURSDAY, FEB. 9:
- The Sommelier Showdown pits five of D.C.'s top professional wine connoisseurs in a race of the taste, using logical tasting to identify wines with hidden labels. The event will also feature five of DCs most noted chefs who'll be challenged with bringing food and wine together. The event is part of the International Wine and Food Festival at the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). 7-9 p.m.; $150.
- Karl Denson's Tiny Universe re-creates the Rolling Stones album "Sticky Fingers" in its entirety at the State Theatre (220 N. Washington St., Falls Church, Va.). 6:30 p.m. doors; 8:30 p.m. show; $25 in advance; $27 day of show.
- Catch a screening of "Miss Representation" at Busboys & Poets (2021 V St. NW). The film "explores women's under-representation in positions of power and influence in America and challenges the limited portrayal of women in mainstream media."An audience discussion will follow. The night is sponsored by the Latin American Youth Center and the D.C. Prevention Center for Wards 1 & 2. 5 p.m.; no cover.
- The critically acclaimed play "Red" covers the conflict felt by famed painter (and former D.C. resident) Mark Rothko over works commissioned for New York's Four Seasons restaurant when a new assistant challenges him. The play has won six Tony awards, including Best Play. It's at the Arena Stage (1101 6th St. SW) through March 4. p.m.; $40-$85.
FRIDAY, FEB. 10:
- Celebrate La Saint-Valentin with a soiree at the Embassy of France (4101 Reservoir Road NW). Whether you're single or paired up, enjoy an open bar, pastries, live music and a silent auction. 8 p.m.; $95-$100 ($20 tax-deductible).
- A permanent but still beloved staple of D.C.'s nightlife scene, Mousetrap returns (yet again!) to the Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for Brit pop and indie dance night, featuring DJs Mark Zimin and Stereofaith. 9:30 p.m. doors; $10.
- Fall in love with something else this weekend... like cocktails! (As if you didn't already love them). Head out to Cupid's Not Stupid: Cocktails to Fall For at the Ronald Reagan Building (1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW). Kicking off the weekend of wine, food and fun is a friendly Valentine's Day-themed cocktail competition featuring five of D.C.'s top mixologists as part of the International Wine and Food Festival. 7-10 p.m.; $55.
- Open Table's new list of Most Romantic Restaurants includes three local spots. Although your hopes of a Feb. 14 reservation are likely dashed, consider making one for Feb. 10 or 11. Tell your sweetie you're just too excited to wait until next week....
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