optional; $100. Saturday: 2 p.m.; business casual;
$150 VIP. Contact Lisa Marie Ordakowski at
WASHINGTON PERFORMING ARTS SOCIETY’S ANNUAL GALA
BARBARA BUSH FOUNDATION: 2008 MARYLAND CELEBRATION OF READING
10 Expected to raise more than $900,000
for various arts initiatives, the gala
features a special guest performance (in previous
years, Yo Yo Ma and the Boys Choir of Harlem
have played). Marriot Wardman Park; 6 p.m.; blacktie;
$500; Contact email@example.com.
27TH ANNUALPEN/FAULKNER AWARDS
10This prestigious literary prize will be
presented to one of a select group of
finalists, among them, author Annie Dillard.
Folger Shakespeare Library; 6 p.m.; black tie;
$100; Contact 202-544-7077.
13Confirmed authors include Jim
Nantz, Ron Hall and Denver Moore.
Strathmore Music Center; 5:30 reception; 7 p.m.
readings with dinner to follow; $150; Contact
Muffy Buvens at 1-800-222-5652.
MCLEAN PROJECT FOR THE ARTS
Sam Gilliam, famed locally for his
expressive painting style as well as his
eccentric self-expression, will be one
of the featured artists at this evening
of idea-generating conversation and
creative cuisine. Prospect Hill; 7 - 9 p.m.; cocktail
attire; $175; Contact 703-790-1953.
FRIENDS OF ROSE PARK GARDEN PARTY
Celebrate community gem Rose
Park with cocktails and Fait Accompli
treats while supporting landscaping efforts on
behalf of this neighborhood gathering spot.
3024 Q St., NW (the home of celebrated author
Leslie Morgan Steiner and her husband, Perry
Steiner); 6 - 8 p.m.; spring attire; Contact Trish
Peva at firstname.lastname@example.org.
20TH “PERENNIAL” GARDEN PARTY TO BENEFIT WOODROW WILSON HOUSE
Fierce competition and great prizes
for the best spring hats, a silent
auction, live music, and cocktails.
Woodrow Wilson House; 6 - 8:30
p.m.; spring attire; $100; Contact
Claudia Bismark at 202-387-4062 ext. 21.
ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION’S 15TH ANNUAL GALA
14 This much anticipated event will be
hosted by the irrespressible host of the
eponymous Hardball With Chris Matthews.
Grand Hyatt D.C.; 6:30 p.m. reception; 7:30
p.m. dinner; black tie; $500; Contact Cindy
Schelhorn at 703-766-9005.
THE SONS OF ITALY 20TH ANNIVERSARY NATIONAL EDUCATION AND LEADERSHIP AWARDS GALA
Showcasing “the very best of Italian
America,” the gala features a chef expo,
silent auction, and door prize of two round trip
tickets to Italy. Joe Mantegna will act as master
of ceremonies. National Building Museum; 6:45
p.m. tasting reception; 8:00 p.m silent auction; blacktie;
$500; Contact 202-547-2900.
THE WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER’S 50TH ANNIVERSARY: GOLDEN GALA
31 Over the past six years, the hospital
center has provided more than $230
million in charity to those less fortunate in the
community. National Building Museum; 6:30
cocktails; 7:30 dinner and program; black tie; $750;
Contact Kristen Kofmehl at 202-877-5991.