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Join local author Jessica van Dop DeJesus to celebrate the launch of her book "Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico." (Image: Courtesy Jessica van Dop DeJesus)
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Out and About: 9 must-attend events to kick start your week

Monday, May 13

Author Talk with Kwame Onwuachi: From cooking for the "cleanup crews... in the aftermath of Deepwater Horizon" to "working for little or no pay at blue-chip kitchens like Per Se and Eleven Madison Park" to opening, and closing, his dream restaurant and beyond, Chef Kwame Onwuachi's memoir is about as personal as it gets, and he's not holding any of it back. As he says on page six, "there's a lot out there about me that's untrue," and Onwuachi is making sure his story is told correctly this time. For anyone interested in pulling the curtain back on kitchens, exploring restaurant racism and how to combat it, learning what it really takes to make it in that brutal world, and becoming truly familiar with "Chef Kwame and Kwame All Smiles (both are me, but not all of me)" Onwuachi's memoir is a must read. Free to attend.

Tuesday, May 14

Author Talk with Jill Biden: Former Second Lady Jill Biden, in Conversation with Tracy Pollan, will discuss her memoir "Where the Light Enters: Building a Family, Discovering Myself." The book explores how Biden struggled to balance her career with the role of a politician's wife, and being a mother, as well as how politics shaped her personal and family life, the pranks her family likes to play to get everyone laughing and what traditions she developed to get the family through tragedy. Tickets start at $45.

Washington National Opera's Tosca: Love gets political in Puccini’s striking drama set against 18th-century Rome. Passionate singer Tosca takes matters into her own hands when dreaded chief of police Scarpia hunts for her lover. But no one is guaranteed to get out alive. Tickets are $35.

Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico Book Launch: Join local author Jessica van Dop DeJesus to celebrate the launch of her book "Dining Traveler Guide to Puerto Rico." The event will begin with a reception with small bites by High Street Cafe, beer and wine, followed by a panel discussion with Carmen Portela, Alexandra Garcia and Natasha Marquez on the future of travel to Puerto Rico. Free to attend.

Wednesday, May 15

Handi Hour: Spring is underway both outdoors and inside the Renwick Gallery for May's Handi-hour. Make a paper flower wreath or crown, or a simple paper flower centerpiece. Enjoy beer from Denizens Brewing Co and live music by Chasing Autumn while you work. Tickets are $25.

Bourbon and Baseball: Bourbon and Baseball is returning to Nats Park after a successful inaugural event in 2018! Bourbon and Baseball is the perfect opportunity for fans to enjoy an exclusive sampling of more than ten available whiskeys before the Nationals take on the New York Mets. An exclusive pregame bourbon tasting includes 12 quarter-ounce pours such as Knob Creek Twice Barrel Rye, Woodford Reserve Double Oak, and D.C.’s own One Eight Bourbon. Tickets are $85.

Game of Stones: Head to Stoney's on P for an event that is the first of its name, Game of Stones. Breaker of trivia chains. This Game of Thrones trivia event will feature a full slate of trivia questions, costumes, giveaways and prizes all inspired by our favorite show, which will be coming to an end just a few days later. Team registration is $100.

Thursday, May 16

Rooftop Karaoke: Sing under the stars with District Karaoke at the Liaison Washington Capitol Hill, and then consider joining the league full time. Free to attend.

Profs & Pints: Profs and Pints presents: Meet the Real Indiana Jones, with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University and author of Indiana Jones in History: From Pompeii to the Moon. Grab your hat and yell Start the plane! It's time for a scholarly adventure around the world with Justin Jacobs, an expert on the history of archaeology who teaches a course dealing with the popular Indiana Jones film franchise. Tickets are $12.




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