Get out a pen and your date book, iCal, Google Calendar or just a Post-it — there’s a lot happening around town this weekend.
Friday, January 22:
Support relief efforts in Haiti at Arlington’s Iota Club & Cafe and Local 16 in Northwest. Iota is asking for donations at the door for its concert benefiting the American Red Cross and featuring Brother Shamus, Tom McBride, The Walkaways and many more. Local 16 is asking for a $25 donation to benefit Oxfam America; with a donation, partiers can enjoy free beer until 8:00 PM, $5 and $7 specialty cocktails and a free appetizer buffet.
Budding photographers will want to join up with the Washington Photo Safari, which has lectures and photography walking tours of different parts of the city such as The White House and Its Neighbors and Presidential and War Memorials at Night. Prices range and registration is required.
Saturday, January 23:
Warm yourself from the inside out by indulging in a free wine tasting. Arlington’s The Curious Grape has a special Taste of Tuscany event, explaining the differences among the region’s famous wines. Reserations are required as space is limited. The Wine Specialist on M Street downtown has a free Remy Martin Cognac Tasting. The tasting will feature two types of Remy Martin cognac and an expert will help you decipher its richness, flavor and complexity.
What do your clothes say about you? Find out at the Textile Museum, where a special Arts for Families seminar will examine what message your clothes send. Come earlier in the afternoon for a free museum highlights tour.
Take a walking tour through downtown Washington and discover 25 of the city’s most famous espionage sites with the International Spy Museum’s Spy City Tour. Learn about the nation’s most famous (and infamous) spies before taking off on your own undercover mission. The two-hour tour, which begins at Union Station, costs $75.
Sunday, January 24:
Sundays are a great opportunity to get fresh produce and local crafts from one of the city’s numerous farmers markets. Eastern Market, DC’s oldest continually-operated fresh food public market, has nearly 200 vendors, including local farmers and artisans. Bethesda Central Farm Market is open from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and strives to provide the community with vendors committed “to preserving the land and environment, their humane treatment of animals, and their love for what they do.”
Take a guided tour of downtown Washington with the National Park service. This free tour on the National Mall, led by two NPS guides, explores the visions of George Washington and city planner Pierre Charles L’Enfant that led to the establishment of DC as a “federal city.” Reservations are required — call ranger Michael T. Kelly at 202-359-2662.
The magnificence of the British Empire come to George Mason University with a special performance by the Band of the Irish Guards and Royal Regiment of Scotland. The group, established by Queen Victoria in 1900, travels extensively around the world; during World Wars I and II, the band gave morale-boosting performances for the troops. Tickets range from $24 to $48.
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