The Weekend Guide

colorful realm!

Natural selection.

Colorful Realm
What: The Japanese imperial family lends an 18th-century masterpiece — a collection of 30 silk scrolls depicting nature.
Why: Bold designs and minute details (try to spy the baby octopus) make these paintings all but come alive.
When: Fri.-Apr. 29.
Where: National Gallery of Art, 6th St. NW, at Constitution Ave. (202-737-4215).

George Washington’s Distillery & Gristmill Reopens
Tour the largest still in 18th-century America. Ye olde liquor lovers (in traditional dress) lead the curious through the whiskey-making process.
Why: We cannot tell a rye.
When: Sat.-Oct. 31. Daily, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: 5514 Mount Vernon Memorial Pkwy. (703-780-2000). Admission is $4.

Giada De Laurentiis Book Signing
The pint-size principessa sits down with Washington Post food editor Bonnie Benwick to spill the beans about quick family meals.
Why: Hear her pronounce “pro-sciut-to” in person.
When: Sat., 8 p.m.
Where: Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW (202-408-3100). Admission ($35) includes a copy of Weeknights with Giada.


Carine’s Bridal Atelier Sample Sale
Up to 75 percent off gowns at the Georgetown bridal boutique’s annual spring sample sale.
Why: Take home one of 50 couture dresses by the likes of Oscar de la Renta, Marchesa, Monique Lhuillier, and Carolina Herrera.
When: Thurs., 5-8 p.m.
Where: Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave. NW, 2nd flr. (202-965-4696).

Rasika West End Opens
Ease into the second incarnation of Ashok Bajaj’s four-star Indian restaurant. Book one of the private booths styled like a palanquin and lined with cerulean pillows, and sip cocktails infused with cardamom and saffron.
Why: Go in for a (palak) chaat and curry favor with Beard-nominated chef Vikram Sunderam.
When: Opens Fri.
Where: 1177 22nd St. NW (202-466-2500).

Photo: Courtesy of National Gallery of Art

George Washington's Distillery & Gristmill
5514 Mt Vernon Memorial Hwy
Mt Vernon, VA 22309
1177 22nd St NW
@ New Hampshire Ave NW
Washington, DC 20037
Sixth & I
600 I St NW
bt 6th & 7th Sts
Washington, DC 20001
1726 Wisconsin Ave NW
bt R & S Sts, 2nd flr
Washington, DC 20007
6th St NW
@ Constitution Ave
Washington, DC 20565