Michelle Rhee, former chancellor of DC Public Schools, has only one thing on her mind, and that is giving students the best education possible. The famous education advocate may be controversial, but she continues to call for a movement that will remake American public education before it is to late. She's stopping by Sixth & I (600 I St. NW) to talk about her latest book, "In Radical: Fighting to Put Students First," where she recounts personal experiences as a former Teach for America corps member and administrator. She'll be interviewed by Richard Whitmire, author of "The Bee Eater: Michelle Rhee Takes on the Nation's Worst School District."

Tickets are $12, or receive two free tickets with the purchase of Rhee's book for $28. Purchase yours at sixthandi.org. The event starts at 7 p.m.


During the Spanish Civil War and World War II, Mexico City was the place to be for many surrealist artists. Leonora Carrington, Remedios Varo, Wolfgang Paalen and Alice Rahon migrated from Europe to the city during the war, and their work was shown side by side many famous Mexican painters, including Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Carlos Orozco Romero and Maria Izquierdo, making Mexico City the mecca of the surrealism movement.

Art critic and author Edward J. Sullivan will be lecturing Thursday evening at the Mexican Cultural Institute (2829 16th St. NW) about this very movement in Mexico during the 1940s and why it became the center of surrealist artistic invention.

His lecture, titled "Dreamscapes," is free and starts at 6:30 p.m. Go to instituteofmexicodc.org/sullivan.php to learn more.


Men, listen up. If you haven't purchased a Valentine's Day gift for your sweetheart, then we're here to help. Well, rather Urban Country is here to help. The Bethesda home furnishings boutique (7117 Arlington Road) is extending its store hours for an exclusive men's-only Valentine's shopping spree. Store associates will be lined up, ready to offer their expertise and give suggestions for those looking to buy the perfect gift for their significant other. Choose from a variety of items such as a classic piece of jewelry, decorative home accessories, sentimental Valentine's-themed keepsakes, or even bath and fragrance beauty products. And this isn't just any ol' shopping spree. Enjoy complimentary beer, wine and delicious appetizers -- all in the name of love.

Extended hours are from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday. Go to urbancountrydesigns.com for more details.