By Amy Moeller | January 6, 2017 | Lifestyle
Happy New Year! 2017 is off to the races; there are already so many fun and interesting things to do this month. If you don’t have time to do them all, don’t worry—we’ve narrowed the list down to the ones you really shouldn’t miss.
This year’s theme, “The Art of Style,” lends itself to a particularly interesting series of events. You should try to catch them all, but if you have to choose, we absolutely adore fashion designer Lela Rose, who will be on hand as a guest lecturer for Friday’s luncheon. January 13.
People will flock to DC in droves for the inauguration of the 45th president. Love him or not, it’s an historic event. Back in July, we researched ways to experience the weekend like a VIP. There are still reservations to be had, so check it out. January 20.
While we await the opening of some highly anticipated restaurants in the area, it’s a great time to check out some old favorites. Restaurateur Ashok Bajaj has rolled out a collection of brand new three-course menus at some of his top spots: 701 Restaurant, Ardeo + Bardeo, nopa Kitchen + Bar, Bibiana Osteria-Enoteca and The Oval Room. The pre fixe menus created by Bajaj and his team combine offerings that would normally cost $110 per person, and packaged them into a $60 deal. For that price, you can taste your way through all of them this month. Check in with each restaurant for reservations and details. January 6-26.
The latest—and perhaps the most highly acclaimed—example of a hot fusion dance trend hits DC this month when the internationally renowned break-dancing group, Flying Steps, brings their show, choreographed to Johann Sebastian Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, to Warner Theater. Combining “classical music with urban culture,” the tour has received rave reviews around the world and is high on our list of must-see shows this year. January 6-8.
One of the oldest and biggest car shows in the country, The Washington Auto Show, celebrates its 75th anniversary this year. The family-friendly event takes place at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and features more than 600 new models from more than 35 manufacturers. Take a VIP tour and don’t miss the show’s second annual ART-of-Motion exhibition, touted as an “avante garde design experience,” in which a team of artists will paint cars (Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid, Jaguar XE, Kia Cadenza, Toyota Prius, Jaguar XE, and more) and murals in real time. January 27-February 5.
Photography courtesy of Washington Auto Show; facebook.com/lelarose