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Yonghoon Lee (Radames) and Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris). Aida. photo by Scott Suchman.jpg
The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control. Enjoy a rare opportunity to engage with the cast following the show. (Image: Scott Suchman)

Out and About: Chefs cooking for equality and 6 other awesome events to know

Monday, September 18

Aida with the Washington National Opera: The timeless conflict of duty versus desire rises like a pyramid in Verdi's towering, impassioned epic. Featuring striking sets and costumes inspired by visionary artist RETNA, Aida is a love triangle for the ages, laid bare against the backdrop of two warring societies spinning out of control. Enjoy a rare opportunity to engage with the cast following the show. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 7 p.m., tickets start at $45

Tuesday, September 19

Chefs for Equality: Chefs for Equality brings together the capital region's top chefs, pastry chefs and mixologists for an evening of food, cocktails and music to benefit the fight for full LGBTQ equality. The event features savory tasting and drink stations headed by renowned chefs and mixologists from the D.C.-area, as well as eight personal chef tables -- an opportunity to dine with celebrity chefs for a lavish five-course meal in the middle of the action during the evening. Dock 5 at Union Market, 1309 5th St NE, 7 p.m., $200

Comedy at the Kennedy Center with James Veitch: Responsible for the fastest ever TED Talk to reach over 10 million views in the history of TED, UK comedian, musician and writer James Veitch has become renowned for his unashamedly nerdy and hilarious digital content. A former Apple Store Genius, Veitch’s comedy is high-tech: picking apart, parodying (and pranking) the fast-advancing and perplexing technology that surrounds us. His live shows have explored technology, retro-gaming, and finding love through troubleshooting theory. The Kennedy Center, 2700 F St. NW, 6 p.m., free (two tickets per person)

Wednesday, September 20

ELOQUII's Evening of Empowerment: ELOQUII will host an uplifting in-store panel discussion featuring a diverse group of women — activists, journalists, politicos and more — to discuss how women can encourage one another to become change agents and make a difference in the world we live in. Panelists include Crystal Patterson from Facebook, Rebecca Lee Funk from The Outrage, Ati Williams from HGTV's 'D.C. Flippers' and more. Guests will enjoy complimentary sips and light bites. ELOQUII, Fashion Centre at Pentagon City, 1100 S Hayes Street. Arlington, Virginia, 6 p.m., free

Dave Chappelle: This D.C. native returns for 17 shows this week and next at Warner Theatre, which is appropriate given that his comedy career started while he was in high school at Duke Ellington School of the Arts right here in D.C. Warner Theatre, 513 13th Street NW, 10 p.m., tickets start at $67 (only solo tickets left)

Thursday, September 21

D.C. Coffee Fest: Celebrate the District's rapidly expanding coffee scene through September 24, with Dolcezza Gelato. The weekend will include such events as the U.S. Coffee Barista Championship, an intro look at latte art, and a Despaccino (a coffee rum full of Stumptown Hair Bender Espresso and botanicals galore) tasting party. Dolcezza Gelato, 550 Penn St NE, 7 p.m., free

British Embassy Residence Garden Party: In celebration of the anniversary of the British American Business Association, you are invited to celebrate on British soil! Featuring a special British food menu, wines, musical quartet, diplomats, a departure gift and more surprises. British Ambassador's Residence at the Embassy of Great Britain, 3100 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W., 6 p.m., $170

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