The Weekend Guide

writers on the row!

The write stuff.

Writers on the Row
A food, fashion, fiction, and fact fest kicks off with a signing of the True Blood cookbook by D.C.’s Karen Sommer Shalett. Nibble plates from the book prepped by Vapiano, then pucker up for Bluemercury’s blood red lipstick bar.
Why: Readings hosted by conspiracy theorist Richard Belzer (Dead Wrong) and pregnancy author Rosie Pope (Mommy IQ).
When: Tonight-Sun. Opening event, tonight, 7-9 p.m. Schedule online.
Where: Bethesda Row, Bethesda Ln., b/t Elm St. & Bethesda Ave.

The meisters behind ChurchKey and forthcoming Bluejacket brewery unleash unlimited samples of 153 artisan craft brews from across the nation, Germany, France, and Austria; arrive early to solve brew’s queues.
Why: The waterfront brewhaha, named for a mythical Maryland monster, supports Arcadia Center for Sustainable Food and Agriculture.
When: Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Yards Park, 300 Water St. SE, at 3rd St. Advance tickets ($25-$50) at snallygasterdc.inticketing.com or $5 at the door.

Diva It Up: Put on Your Opera Face
Learn the secrets of theater makeup from the pros at a hands-on class.
Why: Pancake. No longer just for breakfast.
When: Sat., 2-3:30 p.m.
Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Hall of Nations, 2700 F St. NW, at Virginia Ave. Tickets ($15) at 202-467-4600 or kennedy-center.org.

Jens Lekman
The Swedish indie rocker mines bleak scenarios, singing sweetly, if deeply, about persevering through tough situations, like not being able to find a cab after a rough night out.
Why: Because he retired from a bingo hall and became a star.
When: Fri., 6 p.m.
Where: 9:30 Club, 815 V St. NW, at 9th St. (202-265-0930). Tickets ($30) at ticketfly.com.

Afternoon Tea at the Fairmont Hotel
There are two kinds of biscuits at this classic English affair; some for humans and some for your four-legged wagamuffin, who is welcome to join in the airy Loggia Lounge.
Why: Sit. Stay. Earl Grey.
When: Sat. & Sun., noon-3 p.m.
Where: 2401 M St. NW, at 24th St. (202-429-2400). Cost is $35 for adults, $10 for dogs.

Cocktail Class: Fatwashing Infusions
What: Mixologist Josh Berner spills the secrets of cutting-edge concoctions shaped by sesame oil-infused gin, bacon-washed mezcal, and olive oil-washed vodka.
Why: Fats add flavor; that’s a fact.
When: Sat., 3:30-5 p.m.
Where: Ripple, 3417 Connecticut Ave. NW, b/t Ordway & Macomb Sts. (202-244-7995). Reservations (required) to josh@rippledc.com. Cost is $45.

Photos: Dean Alexander / Courtesy of Writers on the Row; Courtesy of Chronicle Books

300 Water St SE
@ 3rd St
Washington, DC 20003
Fairmont Hotel
2401 M St NW
@ 24th St
Washington, DC 20037
3417 Connecticut Ave NW
bt Ordway & Macomb Sts
Washington, DC 20008
Bethesda Ln
bt Elm St & Bethesda Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
2700 F St NW
@ Virginia Ave
Washington, DC 20037
815 V St NW
@ 9th St
Washington, DC 20001