August 25, 2015
August 25, 2015
Blue Duck Tavern will be pouring a specially selected rare magnum which is not found on the restaurant’s featured wine list, for a "taste" as a part of the “Blue Duck Uncorked” series. This experience is exclusively available on Tuesdays and the selection of fine wines is chosen by Blue Duck Tavern General Manager Joseph Cerione. It is a rare opportunity to taste these vintages by glass, with each pour priced at $30. The Magnums have all been selected for Tuesday service from July 14 through September 22, from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. www.blueducktavern.com; 1201 24th St NW.; 202-419-6755
As summer comes to a close, The Embassy Row Hotel will be hosting one of the hottest Labor Day Weekend parties in Washington, DC. Join HOT 99.5 at 2 PM for an afternoon of sun, music, cocktails, and panoramic views. Tickets include admission to the rooftop and live music to soak up the last weekend of summer. The bar will be open and the grill fired up! As the only rooftop pool and bar in Dupont Circle, The Embassy Row Hotel’s Hot 99.5 Labor Day Weekend Rooftop Pool Party is sure to be one of the best parties in town. Tickets are priced at $45 per person and are available for purchase online here. 2015 Massachusetts Ave NW
The romantic adventures of two cousins from different backgrounds, one overly feminine (Sophia Loren) and the other overly plain (Franca Valeri), engage the distinctive talents of several key Italian comic actors of the day. A dapper Vittorio De Sica appears as a silver-tongued (but perpetually lira-sponging) poet, Alberto Sordias a fast-talking stolen car salesman, and Raf Vallone as astraight-arrow fireman whom Valeri loses to Loren even after she's backed him in a fender-bender dispute. Starts at 1 p.m. Sixth and Constitution Ave NW.
A new documentary on the iconic career of Alberto Sordi - Italy's most beloved comic actor of the mid-twentieth century - provides an amusing yet in-depth account of his career in cinema through clips, photographs, interviews, and testimonials in the spirit of his brilliant life in the arts. A performer of incredible range, Sordi (1920 - 2003) also had a forceful dramatic presence and, in later years, directed many productions. Screening will begin at 3 p.m. Sixth and Constitution Ave NW.
The shepherds of Sardinia have remained at the core of the island's traditional society for thousands of years. Bandits of Orgosolo, the story of one rough-hewn shepherd wrongly accused of a crime and pursued by thuggish carabinieri, picks up on this ancient theme in a starkly neorealist tale, without melodramatic sentiments. Poetically severe in spite of its picturesque landscapes, the film's tough reality is conveyed through minimal dialogue and nonprofessional actors. De Seta's tour de force, considered a masterpiece, has now been largely forgotten. Starts at 2 p.m. Sixth and Constitution Ave NW
The third feature directed by Francesco Rosi presents brilliant comic actor Alberto Sordi in an unusually serious role. As "I Magliari" develops themes of the immigrant worker, organized crime, and Europe's north-south problem, its narrative (set in Hamburgand Hannover, Germany) develops around a group of Italians selling inferior textiles to susceptible Germans at inflated prices. The combined effect of Rosi's elegant direction, Suso Cecchi D'Amico's inspired screenplay, and Gianni di Venanzo's location shooting inwintry northern surroundings marks this film as an overlooked, early masterwork. Starts at 4 p.m. Sixth and Constitution Ave NW.
The tickets for The Washington Ballet’s newest season will go on sale. Subscriptions are available for purchase. The Washington Ballet, 3515 Wisconsin Ave. NW; washingtonballet.org
This exhibit, running until September 6, will show cherry trees landscapes from the 16th and 17th centuries, created by mixing Chinese techniques with the gold and colors of traditional Japanese paintings. 1050 Independence Ave. SW, 202-633-1000; asia.si.edu
The bold, colorful works on view in this exhibition are monoprints, meaning only one impression was produced from the printmaking plate. Blurring the lines between painting, printmaking, and collage, Goldman’s and Lewis’ work represents a joyous exploration of color and form, which will be displayed at the Heurich Gallery. 505 Ninth St. NW
Every Thursday, starting September 10: Just in time for International Fashion Weeks in Milan, Paris and NY, the month-long series is a celebration of local design talent that will allow hotel guests and area residents to celebrate the new fashion identity of DC, shop the collections of local designers and mingle with the city’s fashion community. This event will take place every Thursday from 6-9pm, starting with womenswear. Following weeks will include menswear, accessories and more! 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW.
The Rosslyn Business Improvement District will host the 25th Anniversary its Annual Rosslyn Jazz Festival in Gateway Park. This year's event will feature food truck row, an expanded beer and wine garden, and a variety of onsite fashion trucks. Locally, nationally, and international acclaimed artists headlining the festival include The Funk Art, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Debo Band, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, and many more! 1300 Lee Hwy., Arlington, VA
Benefting St. Jude Children’s Hospital, Neiman Marcus presents a fabulous fashion show by an exclusive designer, as well as a preshow reception, silent auction, Champagne, and brunch bites. Neiman Marcus, Mazza Gallerie, Marisa Petrozza,
Shop with a purpose when you visit Tysons Galleria for an exciting afternoon where ballet and fashion unite, presented by Tysons Galleria and The Washington Ballet. See dancers from The Washington Ballet perform live, enjoy music, food, giveaways, and more. Children can get their face painted and hair styled like a ballerina. 10% of purchases from ALL day sales will benefit The Washington Ballet at participating retailers: Aram Boutique, Comfort One, Porsche Design, Lilly Pulitzer, Elie Tahari, Vilebrequin, Mulberry, Ralph Lauren, Cole Haan, Tory Burch and Vineyard Vines. The first 100 guests that RSVP will get priority access and receive an On Pointe with Fashion swag bag! Runs from 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 2001 International Dr., McLean, VA; tysonsgalleria.com
Fleeing to her native South, from Rome and the Allied bombing, Sophia Loren and her daughter Eleonora Brown find friendship with the local intellectual Jean-Paul Belmondo, but soon discover which is worse, the retreating Germans or the advancing Allies (Moroccan Goumiers). In a complex role originally meant for Anna Magnani, the twenty-six-year-old Loren became the first Oscar winner in a foreign-language film. Adapted from a novel by Alberto Moravia, "Two Women" is based on the lives of actual Marocchinate. Begins at 4 p.m. Sixth and Constitution Ave NW.
701 Restaurant will host a celebration for one of the world’s leading Champagne houses, Champagne Lanson. Guests will enjoy Executive Chef Benjamin Lambert’s five-course feast while Enguerrand Baijot, the director of Champagne Lanson North America, will orchestrate pairings of Champagne Lanson Black Label Brut NV, Rose Label Brut, White Label and “Gold Label” Vintage Brut 2002. Event starts at 7:30 p.m. 701 Restaurant, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, 202-393-0701; www.701restaurant.com
The District of Columbia Arts Center Presents the 2015 Experience Auction in the Club + Banquet Hall of the Kennedy-Warren. Show your love for DC’s most alternative and cutting edge arts organization not by buying art, but by experiencing it. This event provides an extraordinary opportunity for participants to bid on a series of one-of-a-kind adventures and happenings created for the occasion by some of DC’s most talented tastemakers, musicians, filmmakers, artists, actors, chefs, and a host of other donors. Each and every “item” will be genuine, exciting, and valuable beyond any measure. From 7-10 pm. 3133 Connecticut Ave. NW; experienceauction.com
Paul Pfau, award-winning singer-songwriter, will be performing as part of the CityCenterDC Concert Series. Paul’s debut album, Happy to Be, won a WAMMIE in 2013 for Debut Album of the Year. Performance from 6-8 p.m. The Plaza at CityCenter, 825 10th St. NW; citycenterdc.com
Join Diego Downtown and The DC Fashion Fool as they celebrate amazing talent in DC with a menswear pop-up at the Renaissance Dupont Circle Hotel. The event will be held from 6:00pm-9:00pm. Rensaissance Dupont Circle Hotel, 1143 New Hampshire Ave. NW; gregslistdc.com
The Wolf Trap Ball is a black-tie evening of dinner and dancing alongside members of the diplomatic corps, the president’s cabinet, and the US Congress, as well as prominent leaders from a range of industries. Proceeds beneft the Wolf Trap Foundation and its performing arts and education programs. Wolf Trap’s Filene Center, 703-255-4030; wolftrap.org/ball
D.C. Actors for Animals, in partnership with CityCenterDC, is hosting the third annual mega adoption event, Beltway Barks. Some of the D.C. area’s most talented performers will be playing as they introduce animals available for adoption. The event will also include a raffle, retail vendors, and food. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Park at CityCenter, 825 10th St. NW; citycenterdc.com