Things to do for March 23, 2012

The Weekender

George Washington, Don Draper and Other Weekend Companions

The weekend has plenty of shining moments.

Friday
Hugh & Crye Debuts New Pocket Squares
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Hugh & Crye Debuts New Pocket Squares

We’ll wager that you’ve got all kinds of interesting things in your pockets right now. What you don’t have: these new cotton pocket squares from the Georgetown shirtmakers. They’re block-printed by hand, with names like Seuss, Gehry and Rorschach. Yes, it’s a test.

A Giant Party at the French Embassy
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A Giant Party at the French Embassy

The French Embassy is throwing open its doors to 35 chefs from French-speaking nations. And, well, to you. You’ll wend your way through food and drink from each country and dance until midnight. They even promise a concert by an “artist from the French-speaking world.” No, it’s not Celine Dion.

Saturday
Six Rum Punches at Gadsby’s Tavern
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Six Rum Punches at Gadsby’s Tavern

You love the Founding Fathers: their valor, their intellect, their big bowls of punch. This colonial tavern (where, yes, George Washington hung out) is pitting six distillers and restaurants against each other for rum-punch supremacy, and you’ll sample from each. Powdered wig optional.

Sunday
Brunch. In an Empty Building.
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Brunch. In an Empty Building.

You’ll brunch just about anywhere, including nowhere. Like this one-time event at an empty building in Dupont. You’ll get brunch from the Grids Waffles truck and two brunch cocktails while you check out local art, listen to DJs and hear from some mystery speakers. Expect echoes.

Mad Men Watch Party at Bourbon Steak
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Mad Men Watch Party at Bourbon Steak

We know you like to watch Mad Men at home, so you can fill out your wall-sized plot flowchart in real time. Here’s another idea: ’60s cocktails, a throwback menu including Waldorf salad and beef Wellington, and a private screening of Don & Co., complete with truffled popcorn. Do it for Sterling.

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