Don’t let crazy politics keep you away from a weekend in Washington D.C., this spring. Awaken your senses with food and art and see what keeps the city buzzing.
What better way to explore the ethnic diversity of the capital than through your taste buds. For the adventurous, dive into Ethiopian cuisine at Ethiopic, Rasika for Indian, Little Serow for family-style Thai, or splurge at one of the epicurean marvels of iconic chef José Andrés, like America Eats (pictured).
If you haven’t had sensory overload, start your day with a bloody mary or mimosa at Perry’s, where the waitstaff is dressed in drag, or at the Tabard Inn for something more mellow. The hottest seats in the city are at Pearl Oyster Dive Palace, and you can hang upstairs at Black Jack while you wait, a given on most nights. And for oenophiles, find a favorite vintage at Proof. (Photo courtesy of Flickr/mrdestructicity)
Stimulate your vision at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden where "Song 1 | Doug Aitken" will transform the outside of the building into liquid architecture. Blending imagery through video projection, the 360-degree panorama explores the idea of pure communication though the form of the song "I Only Have Eyes For You." The installation runs nightly from March 22 through May 13. See how the handheld camera has influenced painters at "Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard" at the Phillips Collection, running through May 6.
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