Thursday, March 10, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Join the Corcoran’s 1869 Society at ARTINI Feature Nights every Tuesday through Thursday of March leading up the big event on April 2. Sample artinis created by 12 of the city’s best restaurants and lounges inspired by works in the Corcoran’s collection and vote for your favorite starting on March 8. www.corcoran.org/artini.
Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, celebrate the launch of Haughty Cosmetics at Hudson Restaurant & Lounge,2050 M St. NW. Proceeds from the event will benefit Becky's Fund for the Education and Prevention of Domestic & Dating violence. Tickets: $40/person, www.beckysfund.org.
Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, join the Tigerlily Foundation for its Annual Spa for a Cause Kick-off at Current Lounge, 1215 Connecticut Avenue, NW, #1, to raise funds for young women living with breast cancer. Ticket includes appetizers and mini spa treatment. First 50 people to purchase tickets get a swag bag! Tickets: $25 at www.tigerlilyfoundation.org.
Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 – 10:00 PM, visit Rat Pack Night at Dirty Martini, 1223 Connecticut Ave. NW. enjoy live jazz and 1/2 price select bottles of wine all night! Specialty martinis include Up in Smoke, Blood & Sand, The Vesper, The Aviation, and Sazerac. Free and open to the public, www.dirtymartinidc.com
Thursday, March 10 from 6:30 – 9:00 PM, visit Critters and Couture for the Cure Fashion Show at Bloomingdales Chevy Chase, 5300 Western Ave. Fashion show, cocktails, appetizers, a luxury raffle, live auction, and shopping! Raise awareness and funds for women’s cancer. Tickets: $75/general or $150/VIP, info.
Thursday, March 10 at 8PM. Washington Improv Theater's Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament returns for it's fifth year! 47 teams. Single-elimination competition decided by an audience more fickle than Simon Cowell on a bender. 1 team will win. Info
Thursday, March 10 from 9:00 – 11:59 PM, BYT presents SXSW Music Kick Off at POV at the W Hotel, 515 15th St. NW. Performance by ESL Music artists Ancient Astronauts and Frank Mitchell JR. Free and open to the public info.
Thursday, March 10 from 5:30 – 7:30 PM, visit the opening reception of Reflections at WVSA ARTs Connection, 1100 16th Street NW. Free and open to the public, 202.261.0204 or info.
Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, Athletes for Hope presents DC Sports for Good at Buffalo Billiards, 1330 19th St NW. fun filled evening that brings together DC area teams, athletes, and fans to highlight their charitable work. All night, "Pros" will compete against regular "Joes" in a variety of fun bar games including Pool, Darts, Shuffleboard, Cornhole, Wii. All proceeds support AFH’s GOOD GAME program. Tickets: $40/person, info.
Friday March 11 from 7:00PM - Midnight, join the Prevent Cancer Foundation for its 17th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum to raise money for cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach. Cocktails, dinner and dancing. Tickets: $1000, advance purchase only, rsvp
Friday, March 11 from 6:00 – 9:00 PM, visit Midnight at the Oasis, Dress up in your brightest and escape the grey days of winter for a world of color at the Silk Road in The Textile Museum. Jewel-toned ikat garments made in Central Asia, inspired food, happy-hour priced drinks, music in the garden, gallery tours, a scavenger hunt (with prizes!) and hands-on art. Tickets: $15/ person, info.
Friday, March 11 from 7:00 – 10:00 PM, visit Art Soiree’s Permanence vs. Transience at L2 Lounge, 3315 Caddy’s Alley, NW. Artist Johanna Rodriguez as seen through the complex relationship between nature and man’s imposition on it. Fashionable cocktail attire. $10/person from 7pm-10pm and $30 after 10pm, rsvp.
Friday, March 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM, visit the opening reception for Image/Fame/Memory at the Irvine Contemporary, 1412 14th St. NW. brings together photographs of Curtis Knapp, Gerard Malanga, Billy Name, and Kate Simon. Free to the public, info
Friday, March 11 from 8:00-10:00 PM, check out some of the hottest Asian-American comedians at the Cocky Asians Comedy Tour at the U.S. Navy Memorial & Naval Heritage Center, 701 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Proceeds go to the artists and non-profit organizations Kollaboration DC and NAAAP-DC. Ages 18 and over. Tickets: $15/presale, $20/door, info.
Friday, March 11 starting at 7:00 PM, join Jeff Greenfield for a book signing at Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW. The CBS News senior political correspondent discusses his new book, Then Everything Changed: Stunning Alternate Histories of American Politics: JFK, RFK, Carter, Ford, and Reagan, with a book signing. Info: 202-364-1919, www.politics-prose.com.
Saturday, March 12 from 3:00-8:00 PM, shave your head (or just have fun) at the St. Baldrick’s Children’s Cancer Fundraiser at Fado Irish Pub, 808 7th St. NW. Help St. Baldrick’s Foundation give hope to people fighting childhood cancer, info.
Saturday, March 12 from 6:30 PM - Midnight, attend SELECT: Washington Project for the Arts 2011 Art Auction and Gala on the top floor of 700 Sixth Street NW, an Akridge property. Three course seated dinner, performance art and silent auction of 113 contemporary works selected by 8 nationally-renowned curators. Tickets: $300, info.