There are some great events happening along U street this weekend. Here’s the rundown:

  • Vonn Sumner's Pink Moon

    On Friday, Morton Fine Art will unveil its innovative art lab at 18th and U. The first show, “Small Works on Paper” will be open from 6-9. Featured artists will be Vonn Sumner, Rosemary Feit Covey, and Laurel Hausler. This exhibit is also a part of the pop-up project, which is unrelated to the Pop-up Living stuff we saw on U street recently.
  • On Saturday, Eatonville is hosting a charity event called Broken Gulf, benefiting the Louisiana Bucket Brigade. Tickets are $10 and available online or at the door. From 4-6 there will be poetry, live music, and a raffle. The event will feature the DC Youth Slam Team, DC Poets Sonya Renee, Chris August, and Kyle Dargan, and Mississippi Poet Angela Ball. Raffle items from Fiddleheads, ACKC, and a Mississippi eco-friendly clothing artisan. Lousiana Bucket Brigade is a grassroots environmental health and justice organization that has been helping residents living near refineries fight air pollution and is now helping those residents track and respond to the BP Oil Spill Disaster.

Two holidays, worthy of celebration, are coming up in the next week: Mardi Gras and Valentine’s Day. Here are two worthy/fun events worthy of your time.

First: Mardi Gras! The place to be is Eatonville. There are events starting this Thursday, from happy hour’s to live jazz to eating of King Cake. Then the big event is a Food and Folklore series on Fat Tuesday, featuring John Franklin and Nona Martin, the former who will talk about African culture and cuisine and the latter, who is a New Orleans native, will talk about the history and culture of the city as well as of Mardi Gras. The dinner will feature a pre-fixe menu for $45/person.

Also, check out Social 14‘s party on Fat Tuesday. From 7pm to Midnight, there will be $4 Hurricanes and free gumbo in the Cellar (free gumbo!). They recommend coming in costume or simply wearing Mardi Gras purple, gold and green.

Next: Valentine’s Day. Get some flowers for yourself or your sweetheart. Petals for the People, a flower subscription service, will be set up pickups at Stem, at 14th and U. And if you want to arrange your own bouquet, you can attend their flower arranging workshop on February 13th, at 16th and O, for $55, participants get enough flowers to make two arrangements.

If you know of any other good Mardi Gras/Valentine’s events, let me know in the comments (I tend to stay away from Valentine’s Day dining and probably won’t post about it, just to let you know.)

Eatonville, courtesy of Zagat Buzz (Flickr)

Eatonville, courtesy of Zagat Buzz (Flickr)

There was very few things not to like about Eatonville after I visited it back over the summer. And now, here’s another reason to visit the restaurant: they’re hosting a monthly series called “Food and Folklore,” featuring storytelling, to honor the inspiration of the restaurant, Zora Neale Hurston. They’ll also be serving their Eatonville-inspired food.

The first event will be this Friday at 6:30, featuring Hurston biographer Valerie Boyd. Each Food and Folklore event will feature a special prix fixe menu, and a conversation with the writer. The price will be $45/person. Reservations are required so definitely call to make them if you want to attend. I don’t think I’m going to make it this month, but I hope to check it out soon and let you know what I think.

Because it’s all I can muster after hours of packing and yelling at various people on the phone to make sure everything will be ready:

See you in a few days for some real blogging once I’m moved into my new place (2 more days left!).

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