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Charity Angel Dawson, Desi Oakley and Lenne Klingaman in the National Tour of WAITRESS  Credit Joan Marcus 0769r.jpg
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Waitress is in town at the National Theater from May 15- June 3.(Image: Joan Marcus)

Out and About: 11 events to perk up your work week

Monday, May 14

April Showers Bring May Flowers Pop-Up: For the latest installment of its monthly “Royal Knights” spirits and cocktail exploration series, Royal is serving floral cocktails inspired by the city’s beautiful blooms. From 9 p.m. to 1 a.m., the one-night cocktail pop-up will feature four creative $8 edible flower-infused-and–topped tipples from guest bartender Emily Filkins (Republic Restoratives) in collaboration with Royal’s head bartenders Jake Kenny and Alonzo Freeman. Free to attend.

Arte Y Moda Fashion Show: Celebrate the art and style of Cuba with a dazzling fashion show. This extraordinary combination of imagination, fine art and design features costumes created by Cuban designers who take their inspiration from paintings and sculptures by Cuban visual arts masters. Free to attend.

Tuesday, May 15

Waitress Opening Night: You know we love a good theatrical experience, especially when it involves music from Sara Bareilles! Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, WAITRESS tells the story of Jenna – a waitress and expert pie maker – who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. Waitress is in town at the National Theater from May 15- June 3. Tickets start at $48.

Wednesday, May 16

Caps Game 3: Cheer on the Washington Capitals as the take on the Tampa Bay Lightning for game three of the Eastern Conference Finals, and the first home game of the series. Tickets start at $149.

Spring and Swing: Celebrate spring in the Wilson House Garden with live Jazz by the Foggy Bottom Whomp Stompers, cocktails and vintage games. The evening will feature historical and musical experts, such as renowned saxophonist Davey Yarborough. Wear your best bonnet or crazy Derby hat to compete in the popular hat competition. Tickets start at $35.

Thursday, May 17

Zoofari: More than 100 of Washington, D.C.'s best restaurants will descend upon the Smithsonian's National Zoo for ZooFari: Dine for Wildlife, the area's longest-running food and drink tasting event. At ZooFari, you'll be able to sample delicious food, wine and cocktails, participate in live and silent auctions (including animal-made artwork), meet a naked mole-rat and watch Food Network star DJ Chef spin beats while preparing eats! Tickets start at $160.

Rebloom on the Roof: Join Co-Hosts Barry Dixon and Will Thomas for the Fourth Annual Rebloom on the Roof cocktail fundraiser at Fathom Gallery. Celebrate the power of design to change lives for survivors of domestic violence, and enjoy light fare from Casa Luca's Fabio Trabocchi. Tickets start at $100.

Embassy Chef Challenge: Taste the world in one night at the 10th annual Embassy Chef Challenge! Enjoy authentic dishes from more than 25 embassy chefs in a friendly and delicious culinary competition. Try and sample each bite and sip every cocktail to vote for the People's Choice Award winner. Tickets start at $90.

Stoller Winery Tasting: The month of May is Oregon’s official Wine Month, and in celebration Jug & Table will be hosting a special Stoller Family Estate Winery Tasting in partnership with the notable Oregon vineyard. Wine Director Ezra Rosenberg and featured guest Bill Bourque from Stoller Family Estate Winery will walk guests through special flights of the vineyard’s selections, while discussing sustainable winemaking practices and the unique Oregon terroir. Flights of three wine pours (3 oz. each) will be $20, with featured wines also available by the glass and rotating selections of Oregon wines available at Jug & Table through the rest of May. Free to attend.

Noches Cubanas: Head to the Atrium at 9;30 p.m. for free live entertainment with one or more of the artists featured during the Artes de Cuba festival held at the Kennedy Center through May 20. Purchase a cocktail at the Atrium bar, explore the visual art installations, and mingle with guests in this exciting late-night lounge atmosphere. Free to attend.

Wines over Washington: Enjoy sunset over the Potomac River with a glass of wine in hand and live music on top of BLT Steak's downtown rooftop. Beverage Director James Nelson will take guests on a journey through various regions, varietals and winemakers. Wines Over Washington, a five-part event series, returns to D.C. one Thursday a month now through September, with future classes on June 21, July 19, August 16 and September 20. Tickets are $65 per class or $275 for all five.