New and improved.
The Howard Theatre Reopens
What: Following a painstaking $29 million renovation, the historic performance space reopens with bookable balconies and a calendar that includes Esperanza Spalding, Chuck Berry, and Underground Rebel Bingo.
Why: Go on Sunday for the weekly gospel brunch designed by consulting chef Marcus Samuelsson.
When: Performance times vary.
Where: 620 T St. NW (202-803-2899).
What: Review the work of ten nimble, thimbled designers (Hugh & Crye for gents, Ginger Root for dames) at the fifth biannual fashion fest hosted by local bloggers.
Why: Finger fabrics, meet makers, and order one-of-a-kind summer stock.
When: Tonight, 7:30-11 p.m. Early birds arrive at 6:30 p.m. for nibbles from Cafe Saint Ex, Vinoteca, and Matchbox.
Where: The Powerhouse, 3255 Grace St. NW, Georgetown. Tickets ($30-$40) online at fashion.readysetdc.com.
What: Ballston becomes ground zero for area baristas letting off steam. Watch them strive to outpress and outfoam their peers.
Why: A sugar rush, compliments of pastry whiz Tiffany MacIssac. (Preview confections on her new blog, Open Kitchen.)
When: Tonight, 9 p.m.
Where: Buzz Bakery, 818 N. Quincy St., Arlington (703-650-9676).
What: Underused storefronts in Anacostia’s Uniontown light up with inspired works by 100-plus artists and performers in an epic, day-to-evening open house.
Why: Don’t miss Amber Robles-Gordon’s installation, “With Every Fiber of My Being,” at Honfleur Gallery and a Verbal Gymnastics demo at the Big Chair.
When: Sat., noon-midnight.
Where: Map of participating locations online at lumen8anacostia.com.
A Taste of Iceland
What: A four-course, modern Icelandic dinner ($65 plus tax and tip) from a chef who sounds like a Game of Thrones extra: Thrainn Freyr, winner of the World Culinary Cup.
Why: Delicacies like slow-cooked Icelandic char with ground seaweed, rye bread baked in a geysir, and Viking-inspired tiramisu.
Where: Ris, 2275 L St. NW. Reservations (required) at 202-730-2500.
Kiehl’s Since 1851
What: The second D.C.-area outpost of the storied NYC apothecary is open at Tyson’s Corner.
Why: Old-world touches (exposed brick, crystal chandelier) get a jolt of neon, while classic elements (no-nonsense packaging, try-before-you-buy policy) remain the same.
When: Mon.-Sat., 10 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Tysons Corner Center, 1961 Chain Bridge Rd., lvl. 2, McLean (703-734-1252).
Photo: Tim Cooper / Courtesy of The Howard Theatre