From specialty food tastings at embassies to quirky lectures at museums, D.C. offers its dwellers a constant crop of out-of-the-ordinary cultural events. One such standout is PM at the TM — a themed soiree at the (vastly underrated) Textile Museum, where you can partake in cocktail hour and view the museum's current exhibition. In honor of last month's cherry blossoms and their Japanese heritage, tonight's theme is "Bento Box Office," and it involves a screening of a contemporary Japanese film in the garden and dinner offerings from Kushi. Attendees can bring a blanket (or traditional Japanese mat, if you have one...) for the outdoor entertainment portion of the evening, and can check out the museum's temporary Japanese collection, Woven Treasures of Japan's Tawaraya Workshop, before the movie begins. We should mention that the film is a 2011 release called A Honeymoon in Hell: Mr. and Mrs. Oki's Fabulous Trip, and revolves around a married couple's bizarre vacation to... hell. Call us crazy, but we think viewing an oddball foreign comedy on gorgeous museum grounds is a much cooler itinerary than hitting up our go-to dive bar. And to help motivate you, we've picked out a Perfect Outfit for the cultured outing — now, all you need to do is scoop a ticket at the door. From left: Wet Seal Diamond Cut Necklace, $9.50, available at Wet Seal; H&M Dress, $34.95, available at H&M; NARS Thakoon Nail Polish in Kutki, $18, available at Nordstrom; Badgely Mischka Platinum Label Nathalie Smooth Clutch, $295, available at Saks Fifth Avenue; Nine West Lookglobal Sandal, $89, available at Nine West. When: Today, May 3, drinks at 6 p.m; movie at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Textile Museum, 2320 S Street NW; 202-667-0441. A $15 ticket includes one drink and access to the museum's collection.
Photo: Courtesy of the Textile Museum