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The Weekend Guide

mari vanna!

Only fools Russian.

PARTY
Mari Vanna
What:
Relax under chandeliers in the three-story, neo-rustic restaurant and bar where snow queens wear Rag & Bone. Here, servings of beef stroganoff are as big as the Kremlin.
Why: True to its Russian heart, the bar serves infused vodkas from cranberry to horseradish.
When: Mon.-Fri., 4 p.m.-midnight; Sat. & Sun., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 1141 Connecticut Ave. NW (202-783-7777).

MEET
Bil Donovan
What:
Come face to face and away with a sketch by Dior Beauty’s first official illustrator-in-residence.
Why: Meet the man who honed his talent at Vogue and Italian Elle.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Saks Fifth Avenue, 5555 Wisconsin Ave., Chevy Chase (301-657-9000). To make an appointment (required), call 240-497-5258.

GROOVE
Lalah Hathaway
What:
Encounter the First Daughter of Soul in a palace worthy of her talents.
Why: Talk about pipe dreams — Hathaway can hold one note for seventeen seconds.
When: Fri., 8 p.m.
Where: The Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW, b/t 7th & Wiltberger Sts. (202-803-2899). Tickets ($55) at ticketmaster.com.

CELEBRATE
Let Freedom Ring
What:
Smokey Robinson lifts his timeless voice in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Why: Free tickets will be distributed (two per person in line) in the Hall of Nations beginning two hours before the show starts.
When: Sun., 6 p.m.
Where: The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, 2700 F St., at Virginia Ave. (202-467-4600).

EXHALE
Civil Cigar Lounge
What:
W. Curtis Draper, the oldest full-service tobacconist in the District (and the third oldest in the US of A) unveils a clubby warren of leather chairs complete with the Maserati of air filters.
Why: Puff ’n’ stuff includes food from Bryan Voltaggio’s neighboring Range.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.; Fri. & Sat., 10 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., noon-2 a.m.
Where: 5335 Wisconsin Ave. NW, in Chevy Chase Pavilion (202-364-0800).

RETHINK
Meet the Artist: Vito Acconci
What:
The father of performance art gets real about his friend and creative co-collaborator in honor of the retrospective Ai Weiwei: According to What?
Why: This talk will be much tamer than Acconci’s overtly sexual Seedbed.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Independence Ave. SW, at 7th St. (202-633-4674).

Photo: Travis Vaughn / Courtesy of Mari Vanna

LOCATIONS
1141 Connecticut Ave NW
@ DeSales St
Washington, DC 20036
202-783-7777
5335 Wisconsin Ave NW
in Chevy Chase Pavilion
Washington, DC 20015
202-364-0800
620 T St NW
bt 7th & Wiltberger Sts NW
Washington, DC 20001
202-803-2899
Saks Fifth Avenue
5555 Wisconsin Ave
Chevy Chase, MD 20815
301-657-9000
700 Independence Ave SW
@ 7th St
Washington, DC 20560
202-633-4674
2700 F St NW
@ Virginia Ave
Washington, DC 20037
202-467-4600
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