THEATRICS If you’re still energized from all the parties for the White House Correspondents’ Association dinner Saturday, don’t hang up that tux just yet. Tonight, Washington honors its theatrical community with the Helen Hayes Awards. The awards honor local productions, as well as traveling performances and the competition is pretty tight: Nine plays have been nominated for best new play or musical. The city’s version of the Tony Awards will be handed out tonight at 8 p.m. at the Warner Theater. Tickets start at $300 and are tax deductible. To buy a seat, visit www.helenhayes.org
SHAKEN AND STIRRED The martini shows off its versatility Wednesday at the 1869 Society’s “Artini” competition. For the past month, 15 restaurants in Washington have added new libations to their menus, all vying for the title of “most artistic martini.” And like “American Idol,” the public has decided the victor by casting votes online. Unlike “American Idol,” this competition is actually interesting. Who will win? Will it be Bobby Van’s Steakhouse with its “Mary with a Cherry,” Napoleon Bistro’s “Bonapartini” or Hudson’s “Jostedels Deconstructed Potato Martini?” (That’s the most analytical name for a vodka martini we’ve ever heard.) To see which cocktail is crowned the most creative, and to sample each, show up at the Corcoran Gallery of Art at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $60 for members, $80 for nonmembers, and can be purchased by calling (202) 639-1753.
HATS OFF The Many Hats Institute is hosting a fundraiser this week. No, it’s not a millinery museum but a nonprofit dedicated to bringing athletic, dance and nutrition programs to youth throughout the world. The organization gets its name from taking “advantage of the many hats that people wear.” However, it is connected to fashion, somewhat. At least it will be this Wednesday when Many Hats hosts its Fashion + Futbol fundraiser. Models from local shops will strut across the catwalk, and cocktails and hors d’ouvres will be served. A donation of $40 is recommended at the door. The benefit starts at 7 p.m. at L2 in Georgetown at 3315 Cady’s Alley, NW. For more information, visit the charity’s Web site at www.themanyhats.org
FRENCH NOIR The Washington D.C. International Film Fest wraps up Sunday, which means you have all week to indulge in as many foreign films as you want. If it’s French films you fancy, swing by the French Embassy Wednesday for a special screening of “Tell No One.” And while it sounds like it could be a documentary about gays in the military, “Tell No One,” is actually a thriller about a pediatrician who is falsely accused of murdering his wife. But unlike “The Fugitive,” this physician is not only trying to prove his innocence, but also that his wife is still alive. The movie starts at 6:30 p.m. and is followed by a reception. Tickets cost $15 and can be bought at www.filmfestdc.org.
This article appears in the May 3, 2008, edition of NJ Daily.