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Art and Soul Reopens
What: Hit up Art Smith’s Capitol Hill eatery for a fresh taste of the New South. Check out the updated bar, share pots of seafood gumbo and bacon cornbread baked in a tin, and order the BLT Benedict for brunch.
Why: New menu additions on the three-course Welcome Back dinner ($35) thru Mar. 17.
When: Breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
Where: 415 New Jersey Ave. NW, b/t D & E Sts. (202-393-7777).
What: Marvel as the first-time author reads from The Twelve Tribes of Hattie, her novel about the trials of a mother struggling to raise her dozen children in the aftermath of the Great Migration.
Why: Say you saw her when.
When: Fri., 7 p.m.
Where: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, at Nebraska Ave. (202-364-1919). Admission is free.
Vigilante Coffee Pop-Up
What: Warm up to master roaster Chris Vigilante’s small-batch brews from Hawaii, Colombia, and Indonesia.
Why: Bean there. Do this.
When: Mon.-Fri., 7 a.m.-2 p.m.
Where: Hogo, 1017 7th St., b/t New York Ave. & L St. (202-393-1313).
Travel and Adventure Show
What: Come nose-to-nose with exotic creatures like a red-ruffed lemur and daredevil eater Andrew Zimmern at a showcase designed to inspire your next vacation.
Why: Hands-on activities include a free scuba lesson with wetsuits, masks, air tanks, and even hair dryers.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Where: Walter E. Washington Convention Center, 801 Mount Vernon Pl. NW, b/t 7th & 9th Sts. (202-249-3000). Admission is $10 per day in advance, $15 at the door.
Liancarlo Trunk Show
What: Imagine the big day as you try on Carlos Ramirez’s embellished wedding dresses.
Why: If you find the one, you’ll also be entered to win a trip to meet the designer during Bridal Week in NYC.
When: Today-Sat., by appt.
Where: Carine’s Bridal Atelier, 1726 Wisconsin Ave., b/t R & S Sts., 2nd flr. (202-965-4696).
Photo: Courtesy of Art and Soul