What are you doing this week? We offer up our favorite picks for the five days ahead:
MONDAY, FEB. 13:
- No matter what your relationship status, Valentine's Day is almost always good for the chocolate opps alone. Buy a Week For Chocolate badge, and you'll get to redeem five different chocolate offers and enjoy events at local merchants. Offers include two large chocolate-covered strawberries and truffles at Godiva, and two cupcakes of any kind from Sprinkles. A gold badge purchase also gets the buyer two passes to the Week for Chocolate launch party at L2 Lounge (3315 Cady's Alley NW). A full list of participating merchants and offers can be found here. Silver badge $50; gold badge $85; buy online here.
- Social Media Week kicks off Monday in 21 cities across the world. In the District, activities will begin at the Pillsbury Law Office (2300 N St. NW) with a kick-off breakfast and speaker panel. Other highlights include an interactive cultural collaboration dinner at Barcode (1101 17th St. NW), hosted by Rosetta Stone, with courses determined by guests through live tweet-offs and a discussion on sex, politics and social media at the new Living Social venue (1445 New York Ave., Suite 200). Most events free; register online.
- Mothertongue's Anti-Valentine's Day Slam is taking over the backstage at Black Cat (1811 14th St. NW) for a women's spoken word slam. 8 p.m. doors; $8.
TUESDAY, FEB. 14:
- Planning on eating your feelings this Valentine's Day? Hang with other singles instead at Bar Pilar (1833 14th St. NW) for their annual anti-Valentine's Day party. Swill a bitter or sour cocktails (fitting, isn't it?) like Cupid's Broken Arrow (rum, sugarcane citrus soda, housemade bitters, citrus-pickled melon and mint), listen to breakup songs and nom on sour desserts like the Bittersweet Chocolate Terrine. No cover.
- As you wish, the Valentine's Day Wine, Comedy, & Movie Night at the Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse (2903 Columbia Pike, Arlington Va.) screens "The Princess Bride" and also includes standup comedy and an optional wine tasting. 9:50 p.m.; $8.
- Think it might be too late to book a table for tonight? Check out our Guide to V-Day Dining, complete with sample menus and links to reservation forms for the quickest way to make your dining decisions.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 15:
- Did you know that the Lincoln Memorial was almost a pyramid? Uncover the city you never knew existed at Unbuilt Washington at the National Building Museum (401 F St. NW). The exhibit features historic design projects proposed but never carried out. The exhibit and corresponding lecture shows the influence (or lack thereof) these uncompleted projects had on the design of D.C. today. 6:30-8 p.m.; $20.Prior registration required.
- Cut for a Cause at Bella Bethesda (4733 Elm St., Bethesda) is offering free cuts and styling to those willing to part with at leat 10 inches of hair for Locks of Love. Don't have enough to donate? The salon will stay open late offering appointments for 50 percent off (7-11 p.m.). All proceeds benefit Locks of Love. 8 a.m.-6 p.m. donation cuts (Feb. 13-19); 7-11 p.m. discounted appointments on Feb. 15.
- "Civilization: All You Can Eat" is a unique vaudeville-style comedy on six peoples' struggle for success in American enterprise, on stage at the Woolly Mammoth Theater Company (641 D St. NW). [And if you're otherwise not busy on Tuesday, Valentine's Day, try their Cheap Date Night option -- all tickets are $20!] 8-10 p.m.; $35-$45.
THURSDAY, FEB. 16:
- Do you think you've got what it takes to be a World Cup Tasters Champ? Up to 20 competitors will go head-to-head in this coffee tasting challenge during the World Cup Tasters' Championship at the Counter Culture Training Center (1840 Columbia Road NW, Suite 202). During eight rounds, contestants will have eight minutes to pick which coffee, out of three choices, is different from the rest. Event organizers promise "fabulous prizes" to the winner. 7:30 p.m.; $5. BYOB.
- Enjoy hors d'oeuvres and cocktails during at Ginger (7114 Bethesda Lane, Bethesda, Md.), and meet "Good in a Crisis" author Margaret Overton at a book party for her memoir on midlife. 6-8 p.m.; free admission.
- "What poetic wisdom can you impart in 140 characters or less?" That's the question posed by the Tweet Slam at the Artisphere (1101 Wilson Blvd., Arlington) as part of Social Media Week. Share your Tweets in a slam judged by local celebs, and you could win some dollars? How many? 140, of course. 9:30 p.m.; free.
FRIDAY, FEB. 17:
- Enjoy an evening of the French Short Film Festival at the Hillwood Estate, Museum and Gardens (4155 Linnean Ave. NW). Go early to explore the mansion and French art (5:30-6:30 p.m.) before catching three French shorts. Call 202-686-5807 for reservations. 6:30 p.m.
- In "Consent of the Networked: The Worldwide Struggle For Internet Freedom," Rebecca MacKinnon discusses the political, personal and economic opportunities made possible by social media, and urges caution against restrictions on digital freedom. She discusses her book at Politics & Prose (5015 Connecticut Ave. NW). 6 p.m.; event free; book is 20 percent off $26.99 during February.
- Discovery Station's Titanic Casino Night includes a black jack, craps, roulette, board games and more, plus heavy hors d'oeuvres and featured beverages. You'll also find a 50/50 cash raffle, and silent and live auctions. It's happening at the Homewood Suites by Hilton (1650 Pullman Lane, Hagerstown, Md.) to benefit Discovery Station, which has a popular Titanic exhibit. 6-10 p.m.; $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Admission includes $25 in "funny money" to use for silent auction items. More info here (PDF).
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