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Get your calendars out, because you won't want to miss these seven events! (Image: Dan Jackman/

Out and About: From French wines to the queen of R&B, this week is lit

Monday, May 22

Rhône Valley Wine Dinner: DBGB DC will host a four-course wine pairing dinner event complimenting the wines of Yves Cuilleron, paired by DBGB DC Sommelier Andrew Wooldridge. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a reception with a selection of canapés, followed by a 7:30 p.m. seated dinner. Tickets are available for $95 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, guests can call DBGB DC directly.

Andrew Evans Book Talk: Growing up gay in a tradition-bound Midwest Mormon community, Evans took solace in the wider world National Geographic showed him. Now a professional journalist, Evans has reported from all seven continents for the magazine and is also the author of Bradt travel guides to Iceland and Ukraine. His book recounts the adventures, conversations, surprises, and more from his 12,000-mile journey through every landscape imaginable on his long quest to balance identity and family, love and faith. He'll be speaking on his latest book "The Black Penguin" at Busboys and Poets' 14th street location at 6:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23

JFKC Exhibit: In celebration of President Kennedy’s Centennial, the Kennedy Center is proud to feature a special, limited engagement display of an original Elaine de Kooning charcoal sketch of John F. Kennedy. Completed in 1963, this charcoal on paper sketch was one of several completed by de Kooning as a study for what would become her official portrait of President Kennedy. This stunning piece of art will be exhibited in the Opera House Lobby during the celebration's Centennial Week. The exhibit opens at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 24

Senator John McCain In Conversation with Leon Wieseltier: The U.S. Senator from Arizona and Chairman of the Senate Committee on Armed Services sits down with Leon Wieseltier, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, for the Jewish Primary Day School of the Nation’s Capital Yitzhak Rabin Memorial Lecture. The conversation, held at Sixth & I, will begin at 7:30 p.m.

Embassy Chef Challenge 2017: Taste authentic dishes from more than 30 embassy chefs in a friendly, delicious culinary competition. Take a culinary journey around the world at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center where you will taste each bite and sip every cocktail to vote for the People's Choice Award winner! Come hungry at 6:30 p.m.

Thursday. May 25

The Washington Ballet Presents Tudor, Ashton, World Premiere: Artistic Director Julie Kent's first-ever commissioned work, Frontier (working title) will be choreographed by Ethan Stiefel for The Washington Ballet. The work is inspired by President Kennedy and his aspirations for America to be a leader of artistic, cultural, and intellectual excellence. Curtain rises at 7:30 p.m.

Mary J. Blige at Wolf Trap: “The queen of R&B” (SPIN) known for her Grammy-winning, soulful tunes like “Family Affair,” “Real Love,” and “Thick of It” (from her upcoming album, Strength of a Woman) takes the Wolf Trap stage for a heartfelt and forceful performance. The show starts at 8 p.m.