We're ringing in another anniversary celebration, this time at Jaleo in Gallery Place, and founder Rob Wilder and chef Jose Andres haven't spared any expense to make this anniversary a memorable one. The corner tapas restaurant opened its doors 20 years ago and quickly transformed downtown D.C. into a growing, vibrant neighborhood. It revolutionized Spanish cuisine in America, as well as Andres' own cooking career.

To celebrate, the team at Jaleo is throwing a party that will start Friday and run through the remainder of 2013. It will include several exclusive wine dinners, a first-ever foosball tournament and special guest chefs that will be cooking for Jaleo's Annual Paella Festival in June.

Stop by any of Andres' restaurants Friday and enjoy a complimentary glass of cava with your meal. To learn more about the events, go to jaleo.com.


The District's very own painter-turned-performance artist Iona Rozeal Brown has been making waves in the painting community for the last decade. She started painting in her late 20s and found her inspiration from Kabuki theater, a classic Japanese dance-drama often referred to as avant-garde. Her work has been featured in a number of different venues, including the Studio Museum in Harlem, N.Y., and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland.

She will be extending the allegories of her paintings in her first live performance, called "Battle of Yestermore," at 7 p.m. Friday. Originally a part of the Performa 2011 festival in New York, the performance draws from Kabuki, hip-hop and voguing. Her work will be translated by dancer Monstah Black, who will dance from the Corcoran Gallery of Art (500 17th St. NW) to the Tidal Basin's cherry trees.


We are incredibly excited to announce the return of DC MEETMarket, a monthly outdoor festival that brings together the District's most creative individuals. (Yes, we do have an abundance of creative people in this city, believe it or not!) The market launched in July 2012 and takes place on the first Saturday of every month. It spotlights 42 local -- and very talented -- vendors such as vintage jewelry-makers Diament Designs, clothing brand Sharp Shirter, Baltimore-based Open Eyes Press and artisan salsa-maker Mexican Flavor Collective.

The festival will take place this Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the heart of the Logan Circle neighborhood (15th and P streets NW). Check out the entire list of vendors and find out what it takes to feature your own craft goods at dcmeetmarket.com. We'll see you there!