Rock, paper, scissors, shoot.
What: Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave transforms painted paper into haute couture.
Why: Examine more than 25 exquisite dresses, including one commissioned by Marjorie Merriweather Post’s Rock Creek estate.
When: Sat.-Dec. 30. Tues.-Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Where: Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens, 4155 Linnean Ave. NW, at Tilden St. (202-686-5807). Admission is $15.
Lowcountry Boil & Block Party
What: Roll up your sleeves for spicy crawfish and shrimp, cornbread, and cold beers.
Why: Chef Jim Jeffords shares flavors from his childhood in coastal Georgia, but he’s keeping the recipe for his andouille a secret.
When: Sat., 1-5 p.m.
Where: Evening Star Cafe, 2000 Mount Vernon Ave., b/t E. Howell & E. Windsor Aves., Alexandria (703-549-5051).
Bloomsday Ulysses Reading
What: Tip your cap to James Joyce on the anniversary of the day (in 1904) the action takes place in his classic book.
Why: Selections read aloud before the literary mob retires to James Hoban’s Irish Restaurant & Bar.
When: Sat., 10 a.m.
Where: Politics and Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave. NW, at Nebraska Ave. (202-364-1919).
A Midsummer’s Enchantment
What: Mix up your happy hour routine with a cocktail party inspired by the books of fairy tales gifted to society bride Caroline Ogden-Jones in 1921.
Why: Vodka-thyme lemonade gives you wings.
When: Thurs., 6-8 p.m.
Where: Tudor Place, 1644 31st St. NW, b/t Q & R Sts. (202-965-0400). Admission is $15.
Photo: Courtesy of Hillwood Estate