Friday, January 14 from 9:00 – 11:00 PM, join hip hop mogul and fashion icon Russell Simmons for a special Book Signing at STROGA The Mansion, 1808 Adams Mill Rd NW. During this special happy hour, Simmons will sign books while DJs Dirty Hands and Spinster Tracy will provide music. General: $20 or VIP: $40, info.
Friday, January 14 beginning at 7:00 PM, Cheeky Sasso Entertainment Presents: Pretty Girl Rock Celebrating 103 years of Pink & Green a special live performance by Dwele at the Park at 14th. Doors Open @ 5pm, $5 cocktails from 5-8pm; complimentary admission until 10p with rsvp.
Friday, January 14 at 7:30 PM, join Prince and Princess Nicholas Romanoff, for the 41st Russian New Year's Eve Ball benefitting The St. Petersburg Clinical Hospital Center for Children at The Renaissance Mayflower Hotel Grand Ballroom, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW. Performance by the Russian Dance Troupe, music by Sydney's Orchestra. Attire: White/Black tie/Russian costumes, info.
Saturday, January 15 from 12:00 – 3:00 PM, join Girl Up for the Girl Up Pep Rally with a special appearance by Nigel Barker at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Great Washington FBR Branch @ The Arc, 1901 Mississippi Ave. SE, rsvp.
Saturday, January 15 from 5:00 – 9:00 PM, celebrate Paradise Springs One Year Anniversary with a tasting of unreleased wines, champagne toast, a preview and guided tour of the winery. Tickets: $15/person – includes one glass of Hot Mulled Wine, Fire Pits and discounts. No reservations required, info.
Saturday, January 15 beginning at 6:30 PM, join artist Andy Moon Wilson for the Opening Reception of DEBT, at the 1515 Art Gallery Building on 14th Street NW (next to Studio Theater - 2nd floor), info.
Saturday, January 15- Sunday, January 16 from 11:00 Am – 6:00 PM, celebrate “90 Years of New”, enjoy a special Cake Competition, Celebrating 90 Years of Modern Art at the reopening of the original Phillips House at The Phillips Collection, 1600 21St NW. Free admission on Jan. 15 (10am - 5pm) and 16 (11am - 6pm), special installations, tours, complimentary champagne tasting, and a display of birthday cakes from DC’s top chefs. info.
Saturday, January 15 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM, visit the opening reception of Ryman + Morse at Conner Contemporary Art, 1358 Florida Avenue, NE. These two concurrent solo exhibitions feature painted sculptural assemblages by Cordy Ryman and real-time generative digital work by Brandon Morse – both in attendance, Info: 202.588.8750 or www.connercontemporary.com.
Sunday, January 16 from 11:30 AM – 2:30 pm, enjoy an MLK Film Festival at The Frederick Douglas National Historic Site, 1411 W St. SE. Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on this weekend by viewing films featuring the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights movement. Free and open to the public, http://www.nps.gov/frdo
Sunday, January 16 beginning at 3:00 PM, visit the 2nd Annual Quill Cocktail Competition, at The Jefferson Hotel, 1200 16th St. NW. The area's most talented mixologists will be challenged to create an original drink around Jefferson's Bourbon. Seven judges will score drinks according to creativity, taste and appearance. $50/person, info/tickets
Friday, January 28 at 7 PM, join The Washington Ballet at the US Chamber of Commerce, 1615 H St. NW, for the 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction. Under the patronage of the South African Ambassador and South African Airways, guests will savor fine wines, cuisine and entertainment, and bid on exotic vacations, entertainment art, and dining packages. Tickets start at $175 per person. Info