FYIDC: Best Bets

by Editorial

Ditch the barbecue. Love, music and art are in the air this Labor Day weekend.

By Anne Kim-Dannibale

Mouton Noir Wines

Mouton Noir Wines

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.

U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble (Photo by United States Navy Band via Flickr)

U.S. Navy Commodores Jazz Ensemble (Photo by United States Navy Band via Flickr)

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
Free, 202-289-3360

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.

Hopper Groundswell (Photo courtesy Corcoran Gallery of Art)

Edward Hopper “Groundswell” 1939 oil on canvas. Museum purchase, William A. Clark Fund, 1943. (Courtesy photo)

Free Summer Saturdays
Saturday, Aug. 31
10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
500 17th St. NW
Free, 202-639-1700

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.

(Photo courtesy hankjames215 via Flickr)

(Photo courtesy hankjames215 via Flickr)

Whiskey Cellar Series
Thursday, Sept. 5 through Saturday, Sept. 7
6 p.m.-midnight
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's "Epaulet" (Courtesy photo)

Bella Russia’s “Epaulet” (Courtesy photo)

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
Tickets, phone

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.

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