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Fri., March 27, 7–11 p.m.

La Maison Francaise, 4101 Reservoir Road, Washington, DC

Get ready for a spectacular party with a French accent. The annual Francophonie Cultural Festival spotlights the music, art, literature, film, cuisine, and customs of French-speaking countries and regions from across the globe, and its closing celebration is always magnifique.

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The Smithsonian Enid A. Haupt Garden at Night


RamenHow Ramen Went Global: From Meal-in-a-Cup to High-Style Cuisine
Monday, March 16, 6:45 p.m.

Tonight, George Solt shows ramen's transformation from a food custom into a worldwide phenomenon. Hosted at the restaurant BUL, the program includes a three-course dinner prepared by Sakuramen, a ramen bar in Adams Morgan. Buy tickets>>


PhilosophyPhilosophy on Tap: What Does it Mean To Live a Good Life?
Monday, March 16 to April 27, 7 p.m. (six sessions)

Spend six informal Monday evenings enjoying discussion, reflection, camaraderie (and beer) at Hill Country Barbeque Market as you explore how some of history’s most influential thinkers have approached one of the central questions of the Western philosophical tradition. Buy tickets>>


Tim GunnTim Gunn: How To Navigate Your Personal Runway
Wednesday, April 8, 6:45 p.m.

The beloved fashion guru from Project Runway (and D.C. native), talks about his career, what he’s learned about mentorship, and holding your own in a tough business—and in life. Buy tickets>>


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