5 Things To Do This Week In D.C.

D.C. Design House
A group of talented designers and architects are showcasing their work to raise money for a local charity. The team spent weeks making over a 10,000-square-foot colonial in Spring Valley for your gawking pleasure. Check out the house to score some tips for your own abode.
When: Now through May 12, Tuesdays through Fridays, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 5 p.m.
Where: 4951 Rockwood Parkway NW (between Fordham and Glenbrook roads).
100 Artists of Washington, D.C. Book Talk
Contemporary art critic F. Lennox Campello will be discussing his new book, which explores D.C.'s sometimes controversial art scene. Sip on cocktails while you learn about the District's most influential artists.
When: Tuesday, May 4, from 6 to 8 p.m.
Where: Morrison House, 116 South Alfred Street, Alexandria; 703-838-8000.
We Were Promised Jetpacks at Black Cat
Scottish rock band We Were Promised Jetpacks have a U2-like sound and tons of energy on stage. You'll have a blast jamming out to the crooners, and with tickets a mere $15, you'll have plenty of cash left over for beer.
When: Wednesday, May 2, 8 p.m.
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th Street NW; 202-667-4490.
John Legend at the Kennedy Center
You probably had no idea that this week is the 40th anniversary of Marvin Gaye's legendary "What's Going On" performance, or even that such an event existed. Regardless, you're going to love the celebration the Kennedy Center is throwing — two days of concerts featuring John Legend and friends paying homage to the R&B legend.
When: Thursday, May 3, and Friday, May 4, at 8 p.m.
Where: Kennedy Center, 2700 F Street NW; 202-467-4600.
College-Educated Speed Dating
We know it can seem impossible to meet a decent guy (or girl) in this city, especially when most of your searching is done at 2 a.m. at a bar in Adams Morgan. This speed-dating sesh may seem a little snobby, but at least it's better than spending the night watching Jersey Shore reruns, right?
When: Friday, May 4, 7:30 p.m.
Where: Topaz Hotel, 1733 N Street NW; 202-393-3000.
Photo: Courtesy of D.C. Design House

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