FYIDC: Best Bets

End-of-summer cookouts and a little bit of history round out the week ahead.

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Smithsonian Libraries, from the original at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy and Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy

Smithsonian Libraries, from the original at the Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy and Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities; Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Italy

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds
Friday, Sept. 13-Tuesday, Oct. 22
10 a.m.-5:30 p.m.
Smithsonian Air and Space Museum
Independence Ave. at 6th St. SW
202-633-1000
Free, but timed tickets must be reserved in advance for Sept. 13-19 viewings. Available at 866-868-7774 and here.

A rare chance to see Leonardo da Vinci’s prescient writings on the possibility of human mechanical flight. Expressed in over 35,000 words with 500 sketches written in 1505-1506, these marked the beginnings of airplanes.

Transformer

Eric Fleischauer, Universal Paramount, archival inkjet print, Community Supported Arts Chicago, Spring 2011

“A Modest Occupation” Opening
Saturday, Sept. 14
6 p.m.-8 p.m.
Transformer Gallery
1404 P St. NW
202-483-1102
Free

The proliferation of consumer-driven art businesses and its effect on art itself is the focus of this intriguing and timely exhibit featuring works from artists in San Francisco, Chicago and New Orleans, with guest curator Abigail Satinsky of Chicago’s Threewalls.

86Summer-web

“86” summer with chefs for a good cause. (Courtesy photo)

Rooftop Cookout with D.C. Chefs
Tuesday, Sept. 17
6 p.m.-11 p.m.
BLT Steak
1625 I St. NW202-689-8999
$86 per person, unlimited food and drink; 202-689-8989

Five of Washington’s best chefs are making it easy to bid farewell to summer with a special rooftop barbecue to benefit Children’s National Medical Center. BLT Steak’s , Rogue 24’s R.J. Cooper, Bayou Bakery’s David Guas, 1789’s Anthony Lombardo and Green Pig Bistro’s Scot Harlan throw down for the best end-of-summer dish, along with cocktails by mixologist .

The Source “Duck Duck Grey Goose”
Wednesday, Sept. 18
7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
The Source
575 Pennsylvania Ave. NW
202-637-6100
$99 per person, available here

And if a summer barbecue with chefs isn’t enough, how about duck and Grey Goose martini bar with eight D.C. chefs? Participating chefs are of Red Apron Butchery, of 2941, of Rogue 24, of The Source by Wolfgang Puck, of Daikaya, of Graffiato/Kapnos/G, of Table/Azur and  of Mina Group.

And with that, we’re stuffed.

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