Sangria toast @danahotel #art of a drink
courtesy of Megan Larsen
When you’re technically on Spanish soil, the parties instantly improve.
This Saturday, May 19 at 8:30pm, Things to Do DC is hosting a black tie cultural gala for young professionals at the Embassy of Spain’s Former Ambassador’s Residence.
$109 ($65 if affiliated with Capital Hill) gets you a flamenco show, open bar (where the specialty will be, of course, sangria), dessert buffet, DJ and dancing. An optional film on Spain and fine art pieces provided by the Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain will offer more insight about your embassy hosts. The VIP pass adds a dinner buffet and champagne reception.
‘House of Sweden Podium’
courtesy of ‘Mr. T in DC’
Awesome food in an awesomely designed embassy…. You can’t go wrong with that.
Cultural Tourism DC and the Embassy of Sweden present the Embassy Chef Challenge 2010 on Thursday from 6:30 to 10:00. Watch 12 embassy chefs representing Belgium, Hungary, Korea, Panama, Israel, Qatar and more take on hors d’oeuvre in this delicious (and friendly) challenge. I also hear that there will be some celebrity chef judges in the audience (hint, hint: Chef Carla Hall and Michel Richard to name a few) so to all of our foodie friends out there, you won’t want to miss this.
Tickets are available online or by calling 202-661-7581.
‘Passion, lower section’
courtesy of ‘lepiaf.geo’
Looking for something new and different to do tonight?
Head to the French embassy starting at 6:45 for a Midsummer Night’s Parisian Dance Soiree, where you can learn to tango (yep, it takes two, but you don’t need to bring a partner) and dance the merengue and Viennese waltz. And of course they’ll have French wine, to make that dancing thing a little easier.
Advance tickets are required.
‘Broken ice sheet’, courtesy of ‘another sergio’
This Wednesday, while the Environmental Film Festival has DC thinking green, the French Embassy will hold a talk on Polar Deserts and their Secrets.
They’ll discuss research being done in Antarctica on climate change, biodiversity, and human adaptation. In fine French form, they’ll follow the 6 p.m. lecture with cocktails. (RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org)
That’s the spirit! Let’s hear more bad news about the planet, then steady our nerves with a drink.
Congo Embassy by maxedaperture
The Democratic Republic of Congo has finally decided to do some repairs on their dilapidated embassy. Located on the corner of New Hampshire Avenue and S Street NW, it has been a bit of an eyesore in the Dupont Circle neighborhood. Because the city has very little control over what a country can and cannot do with their embassy, this particular one has sat in neglect and abandonment for many years, becoming a home to squatters and rats.
According to Rob Halligan (who used to hold the position of ANC Commissioner) and his sources, the work permits “call for window replacement, stucco repair, roof replacement, including revising existing terra cotta tiles, and driveway replacing.” There is no word about whether the embassy will remain vacant after the repairs are complete.
With these improvements and a new dog park in the works, the neighborhood is really shaping up for the better.