SWEET ENDINGS. Ever wonder what it takes to make a dessert of presidential proportions? On Tuesday night, White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses will share what he's learned making desserts for every occasion from a backyard picnic to a White House dinner. Who knows, maybe he'll even explain why the Obamas refer to him as "The Crustmaster" before he signs copies of his book "The Perfect Finish." Yosses will be at S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 for Smithsonian Resident Associate members and $25 for general admission. For more information, visit www.residentassociates.org.
OIL TALK. Only in Washington would an oil spill generate a reception. On Tuesday, the National Wildlife Federation is hosting a reception to discuss the science, policy and economic issues of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Some environmental experts will be on hand, as will actress Gloria Reuben, who is also an NWF board member. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m. in Room 385 of the Russell Senate Office Building.
DOUBLEHEADER. This week, AFI-Discovery Channel Silverdocs is screening a few movies on the government and policy. First up is Wednesday's, "Waiting for 'Superman;' " a documentary that explores the nation's education system and its flaws. The film is directed by Davis Guggenheim, who directed former Vice President Al Gore's "An Inconvenient Truth." After the screening, Davis will be joined by D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who appears in the film, to discuss solutions to academic problems. It's doubtful Davis will stray from talking about education and dish about the rumored affair between Gore and his "Inconvenient Truth" producer, but you can ask him at the AFI Silver Theatre at 8633 Colesville Road in Silver Spring, Md., at 7:30 p.m. On Thursday, the issue of net neutrality will be examined with a screening of "Barbershop Punk." This documentary follows Robb Topolski, who became an unlikely hero in the debate over Internet access after discovering his effort to share legal barbershop music was being censored. The movie starts at 4:30 p.m., but beforehand, head over to the MOCA Performing Arts Center at 7995 Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring for a discussion with the film's director and someone who is a bit of an authority on net neutrality, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. The discussion starts at 11:30 a.m.
FIESTA GRANDE. On Thursday, Salsa Labs is having a party. What is Salsa Labs you ask? Well, it's a software company that makes client-focused product development ... yeah, yeah, yeah; now about the party. The company is living up to its name by throwing a fiesta, complete with margaritas, food, and a salsa band and dancers -- Ole! The party starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre at 641 D Street, NW.
GOOD LIBATIONS. Whether you like it on the rocks or straight up, there will be plenty of whiskey from around the world on hand Thursday to quench your thirst at the annual Whiskey Classic Cruise. Sip on your choice of more than 200 whiskies while enjoying a buffet dinner aboard the Spirit of Washington. The cruise sets sail at 7 p.m. from Pier 4 at 6th and Water Street, SW. Tickets start at $85 and are available at www.whiskyguild.com/tasting_dc.html.
This article appears in the June 26, 2010 edition of NJ Daily.