Tuesday, February 15, 2011

To Do List: Africa Underground Event_February 18th

February 18, 2011 7-11 p.m., the Museum of African Art will open its doors after hours for the public to enjoy performances, dancing, light refreshments and drinks as well as our stunning exhibitions.
For a more in-depth look at the event please visit the Africa Underground blog.
Purchase Tickets:

Tickets are $18 online and $20 at the door ($18 for members; must present membership card)

For more information contact africanartevents@si.edu or call 202.633.4651


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Golden Globe Inspired Cocktails

I'm not a big time award show watcher. What I do enjoy is the red carpet entry- hours of beautiful hair, makeup, and dazzling gowns. Well, a girl can dream!

Whatever your reason for watching Sunday night's Golden Globes, why not do it with some yummy snacks and a tastey beverage in your hand. Stoli’s mixologist, Charlotte Voisey has come up with award-worthy cocktail recipes based on this year’s “Best Motion Picture” nominees.

Black Swan
4 parts Stoli® Blueberi™
2 parts cucumber-infused gin
1 part fresh-squeezed lemon juice
Blueberries (muddled)
1/2 part simple syrup or agave nectar
4 mint sprigs

Muddle blueberries and mint in a mixing cup
Add ice to fill and add remaining ingredients and shake vigorously
Pour contents into a Collins glass

The Fighter
2 parts Stoli® 80
3 dashes of bitters
1 part lime juice
3 parts ginger beer

Build in an ice-filled highball glass and stir
Garnish with lime and a mint sprig

1 ½ oz Stoli Vanil
1 ½ oz coconut cream
1 oz passion fruit juice
Squeeze fresh lime

Combine ingredients and blend or shake
Serve in a martini glass
Garnish with a small flower

The King's Speech Gimlet
3 parts Stoli® 80
2 parts lime juice
1 part simple syrup

Shake and pour into an ice-filled rocks glass
Garnish with several limes

The Social Network
2 parts Stoli® Gala Applik™
1 part fresh lemon juice
1 part simple syrup

Shake with ice
Strain into a chilled martini glass
Garnish with a lemon wedge

Monday, December 13, 2010

To Do List: Food and Folklore Gullah Dinner at Eatonville_ Dec 19th

Haven't heard about Eatonville's dinner series, Food and Folklore? Where in the world have you been? These events have been selling out and for good reason. Combine Eatonville's top notch menu with speakers like A'Lelia Bundles, Valerie Boyd, and Camille Akeju and you've got yourself a memorable evening.  Check out the video below for the backstory on this culinary and cultural experience.

Go here for more information and to purchase tickets.

Luna Lighting Collection at CORT Event Furnishings

Loving the Luna Lighting collection at CORT! While there's nothing new about lighted furniture, Cort's collection in a variety of colors, functions, and featuring brushed steel and acrylic tops looks more futuristic than dated. Why not break up the ho-hum holiday decor with something unexpected?  Check it out here.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ann Taylor Shopping Event_TONIGHT!

Ann Taylor
600 Thirteenth Street NW
Washington, DC 20005
6 - 8 PM
*Offer valid only at stores participating in December 9, 2010 events and listed on eventsatann.com website. 30% discount will be applied towards full-price items only. Taxes, shipping and handling fees, purchases of gift cards, charges for gift boxes and payment of an Ann Taylor or LOVE LOFT Card account are excluded from the discount. Not valid at anntaylor.com, LOFT stores, LOFT.com, Ann Taylor Factory Stores, LOFT Outlet Stores, or in conjunction with any other offer or total store promotion. Reproductions of offer are not valid. No adjustments to prior purchases. Not valid for cash.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

The 9th Annual DAR Christmas Open House_TONIGHT!

The 9th Annual DAR Christmas Open House
Tonight! Wednesday, December 8, 2010
5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

DAR Memorial Continental Hall,
17th and D Streets, NW, Washington, D.C.
6 blocks south of the Farragut West (Orange/Blue) or Farragut North (Red) Metro stations
 Free to the public. Reservations are not required.

Bring your friends and family to the ninth annual public holiday open house!

Visit the National Christmas Tree across the street at the Ellipse then get out of the cold and join DAR for refreshments, cookies and a taste of history! Experience the elegance and Christmas splendor of Memorial Continental Hall, a Registered Historic Landmark. Tour our 31 period rooms depicting scenes of early American life. Explore the DAR Museum Gallery, featuring "'A True North Britain': The Furniture of John Shearer, 1790-1820."

View other smaller exhibitions on historic Revolutionary War documents as well as famous DAR members.

Enjoy Christmas music, including caroling from area choirs and a performance from BalletNova.

Have a chance to win DAR door prizes and get a head start on Christmas shopping at the Museum Shop and DAR Store!
For Kids: Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to attend the Open House. Coloring books and crayons will be given out to children.
Video from last year's open house!

Friday, December 3, 2010

To Do List Weekend Edition: December 3-5th

Long week got you feeling a bit like a melting snowman?
Well, get up, get out and do something fun this weekend!
Image: GraceMagazine

Oh the holiday season! So much to do in so little time! Here are some holiday and not-so-holiday happenings going on in around DC this weekend... and...because I'm so full of holiday cheer... I threw in a couple other events to look forward to later this month and early next year....

Make your Friday night a festive one  with Artist Demonstrations, exhibits, and crafts at the ARTFEST 2010 Open House and Holiday Party Friday. December 3rd. TONIGHT!

Get your holiday shopping on at the Downtown DC Holiday Market Friday, December 3 through Thursday, December 23 on F Street, between 7th and 9th Streets, in front of the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM) and National Portrait Gallery or check out the Christmas Market Place at the Ward Memorial AME Church on Saturday, December 4th.

See what's on the cutting edge of hair design and fashion at Hair Gaga 2010, the Golden Scissor Awards Sunday, December 5 at the Washington Convention Center
Have tea with the Mrs. at the annual Mrs. Claus Tea at the Strathmore on Saturday, December 4th.
Catch the only showing of the City Dance Ensemble's Jungle Books at Montgomery College's Takoma Park-Silver Spring Campus Saturday, December 4th.  General admission is only $7!

Get into the holiday spirit at the 3rd Annual Merriment in Georgetown,  the holiday shopping and family event of the year in the heart of Georgetown. They'll be local celebs, complimentary horse-drawn carriage rides, live performances, hot coco, and of course Santa will be making an appearance! Sunday, December 5th.
Start a tradition at the Washington Ballet's The Nutcracker at the Warner Theater now through December 26th.

Explore Christmas at Mount Vernon , a special daytime program offered through January featuring themed decorations (including 12 Christmas trees), a gingerbread Mount Vernon, historical chocolate-making demonstrations, and 18th-century dancing! Now through January 6th!

Something to look forward to:
A Girl's Guide to Washington Politics at Woolly Mammoth Theater December 8-Jan 9th
The National Symphony Orchestra POPs Holiday Show at the Kennedy Center December 9 & 12th
Sarah McLachlan at the 9:30 Club January 10th
The 2010 Georgetown Jingle at the Four Seasons on December 12th

Tis the season!