Ma Petite Liste ~ May 13 to May 20, 2012

Stay zen! D.C. Yoga Week is upon us… From May 13th to the 20th, enjoy free or reduced priced yoga and mediation classes at participating studios culminating with Yoga-on-the-Mall Saturday. And I know I said this last week, but now it’s actually your last chance to catch Song 1, Aitken’s 360 degree projection at the Hirshhorn, so don’t forget to check it out.

MONDAY MAY 14
Start yoga week in the right state of mind with Monday Night Mindfulness (7-8:30PM) at Circle Yoga at 3838 Northampton Street, NW. No fees, donations welcomed.

TUESDAY MAY 15
My country officially has a new president today. We may not be known as the most efficient country, but when it comes to elections, we waste no time. Hollande defeated Sarkozy just 10 days ago, today he’s moving into l’Elysee and Friday he’s traveling to D.C. to meet with Obama… Meanwhile, D.C.’s own local food zine The Runcible Spoon is launching a swimsuit-themed summer issue and celebrating with a bubblegum blowing contest at Shaw’s pop-up coffee shop Blind Dog Café (6:30-8:30PM, 944 Florida Avenue NW. Don’t forget your Bubblicious gum!)

WEDNESDAY MAY 16
Last week’s Backyard Bash at Hotel Helix was rained out so keep your fingers crossed for better weather this time around. The Logan Circle area hotel offers Washingtonians without a patio or backyard the opportunity to get their grill on every Wednesday throughout the summer. For $7, urbanites like myself can fill up on the Helix Burger Bar’s offering which include a choice of beef, chicken breast, turkey or vegetarian patty, toppings and a bag of potato chips (cheese and other artisan toppings are available for an additional $1 each) and $2 PBR cans… and if the weather is not good enough for grilling, head indoors to Chef Geoff‘s Bacon Bar. A special pork-y menu is offered every Wednesdays and Thursday, with special appetizers, mains, desserts and libations picked out.

THURSDAY MAY 17

Stay zen, yes, but stay green too. Starting today, Dupont residents and businesses celebrate sustainable living with Dupont Green Week.  Foodies won’t want to miss a panel on “Food and Sustainability” hosted at Google’s D.C. Headquarters and featuring speakers from Kraft, Google, the World Resources Institute and local restaurant and foodtrepreneur Nora Pouillon (4-5:30PM, 1101 New York Avenue NW). Then rush over to Elizabeth’s Gone Raw for the social event of Green Week showcasing the role of women in the green economy (6:30-9PM, 1341 L Street NW). More information (and tickets) for these events and the rest of Green Week is available here.

FRIDAY MAY 18
Don’t forget to bike to work today!! You can even bike to Beacon Bar and Grill in the evening, and celebrate the 65th Cannes Film Festival with Art Soiree’s Palme d’Or Rooftop Party (tickets $15.) Of course, it’s not just about Cannes and another festival, local this time, is also celebrating its opening tonight, here in the District. Well, Virginia really, so you may not want to bike to this one. Artomatic is finally back at its new home in Crystal City. It’s about time 😉

SATURDAY MAY 19
I’m in Puerto Rico for work this weekend (tough job, I know, but someone’s gotta do it), so of course there’s a million fun things I’d love to do back in D.C. From the Midcity Artists Studio open house tour to the Best of Ripple Countdown to the Rammys party (tickets available on Gilt, snag them now before they’re gone) or yoga on the mall, the all-canadian university alumni association alumni event at the spy museum (why yes, i graduated from the Havard of Canada), the Montana State Society’s 8th Annual Testicle Festival (with all you can drink beer and all you can eat “Rocky Mountain Oysters”) and the Bitches Who Brunch present a Trina Turk Trunk Show Brunch at Urban Chic (featuring mimosas, brunch bites from Patisserie Poupon (j’adore!) and 15% off your purchases…) there’s a litle something for everyone happening this weekend.  Oh well, I’ll just have to drown my sorrows in mucho bacardi mojitos 😉

SUNDAY MAY 20
Think and drink pink! Join Au Domaine, the cutest little wine store in Alexandria, at A La Lucia from 2-5PM for their annual Drink Pink Fête featuring Rosés from all over France, cheese and charcuterie. The cost of the event is $45 per person, with $10 of it going to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Email info@audomaine.com to make your reservation. Go pink or go Italian…  les ritals are taking over Woodrow Wilson Plaza and Aria Pizzeria and Bar to celebrate their culture. As much as I hate their football players, I do love my southern neighbours, their food, their wine… and the fact that they always know how to have a good time! A perfect way to wrap up a fun-filled the week… 

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