Ditch the barbecue. Love, music and art are in the air this Labor Day weekend.
By Anne Kim-Dannibale
Love Drunk Happy Hour
Friday, August 30
5 p.m.-7 p.m.
Hank’s on the Hill Oyster Bar
633 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Start Labor Day off right with $5 glasses of Hank’s 6 liter bottle of 2012 Mouton Noir Love Drunk Rose, a fruity rosé from the Willamette Valley. Topped off with $1 oysters, it’s a match made in summertime heaven.
Bruno Nasta and the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble
Friday, August 30
5 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
6th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Catch jazz violinist Bruno Nasta in what is sure to be an energetic outdoor performance with the U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble amid the National Gallery of Art’s sculptures. Bring a blanket and feast on gelato and sangria while recapping what always feels like a short-lived summer.
Free Summer Saturdays
Saturday, Aug. 31
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
This weekend is your last chance to catch “War/Photography: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath” and “Ellen Harvey: The Alien’s Guide to the Ruins of Washington, D.C.” for free.
Whiskey Cellar Series
Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7
Jack Rose Saloon
2007 18th St. NW
Free admission, 202-588-7388
As part of the saloon’s new monthly expert series, meet John Vickersmith of Jim Beam’s Maker’s Mark Bourbon to discuss all things whiskey and try some of Jim Beam’s specialties on tap, including Jim Beam Black Label and Basil Hayden Small Batch. Vickersmith will also personally hand-dip complimentary Maker’s Mark glasses in red wax, just for fun.
Bella Russia Endurance Performance/EP Release Party
Saturday, Sept. 7
Noon-8 p.m. Endurance
8 p.m.-11 p.m. Release Party
1101 Wilson Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22209
Art joins musical expression this Saturday as indie instrumental/experimental band Bella Russia perform for eight hours straight to mark the release of the trio’s new EP titled “Epaulet.” Join in the fun after the band’s marathon session for a proper album release shindig.