The Weekend Guide

nat geo travelers of the year!

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National Geographic Travelers of the Year
Meet seven globe trekkers who combine their passions for exploring with a dedication to conservation and cultural preservation.
Why: Honorees like Molly Burke and Muyambi Muyambi (who distribute bicycles to low-income entrepreneurs in Uganda) inspire us to add more stamps to our passport.
When: Tonight, 7 p.m.
Where: National Geographic Museum, 1145 17th St. NW, at M St. (202-857-7700). Tickets ($30) at tickets.nationalgeographic.com.

The Download
What: Seventeen glorious ways to laze away.
Why: Shop Fashion Week from home, preview Oscar-nominated short films, and sneak-peek St. Vincent’s new album.
When: You’ve no place to be.
Where: At dailycandy.com.

Fashion Week at W Washington D.C.
Scope models in Bloomingdale’s fashions and stream runway shows as they happen (Diane von Furstenberg, tonight; Tory Burch, Feb. 11; Hugo Boss, Feb. 12; DKNY, Feb. 13) — all while getting primped by pros from Nectar Skin Bar and IPSA for Hair in the Living Room.
Why: Toast the collections with a Runway Rose ($10), a mix of Hendrick’s gin, Aperol, bubbly, and Lillet.
When: Thru Feb. 13. Tonight, 6-8 p.m. 
Where: 515 15th St. NW, at Pennsylvania Ave. (202-661-2400).

American Cool
 Master photographers (Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon) capture Jay Z and 99 more enigmatic, homegrown legends.
Why: Debate the merits of Johnny Depp and Miles Davis with co-curator Frank Goodyear when he leads a tour (Sat., noon).
When: Fri.-Sept. 7. Daily, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m.
Where: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 800 F St. NW, at 8th St. (202-633-8300). Admission is free.

Mari Vanna
s Olympic Menu
What: Sample the flavors of the Sochi games with Georgian specials that include spicy-sour solyanka soup; beef shish kebabs; and khachapuri, a warm, cheesy bread.
Why: Toast the opening ceremony during happy hour (Fri., 6-9 p.m.) with a free vodka shot and pirozhki tasting.
When: Fri.-Feb. 23.
Where: 1141 Connecticut Ave. NW, at DeSales St. (202-783-7777).

Ri Ra Irish Pub Opens
Modern Irish cuisine, a wide range of draft lagers, and a century’s worth of the brown stuff (in a dedicated whiskey room) in the center of Georgetown. Details like coffered ceilings and a carved St. Patrick statue are pure Dublin.
Why: The corned beef is brined in-house for fourteen days.
When: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Fri., 4 p.m.-3 a.m.; Sat., 10 a.m.-3 a.m.; Sun., 10 a.m.-2 a.m.
Where: 3125 M St. NW, b/t 31st St. & Wisconsin Ave. (202-751-2111).

Photo: Cade Martin / Courtesy of National Geographic Traveler Magazine

3125 M St NW
bt 31st St & Wisconsin Ave
Washington, DC 20007
1141 Connecticut Ave NW
@ DeSales St
Washington, DC 20036
515 15th St NW
@ Pennsylvania Ave
Washington, DC 20004
1145 17th St NW
@ M St
Washington, DC 20036
800 F St NW
@ 8th St
Washington, DC 20004