A city of delights.
Showroom 1412 Opens
What: Interior and furniture designer Lori Graham invited frequent collaborators Lauren Gentile (contemporary art curator) and Mike Johnson (a midcentury modern magpie) to join forces in a 1,700-square-foot gallery.
Why: Swing by for a showstopping piece of furniture or art or to simply glean design advice.
When: Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.
Where: 1412 14th St. NW, at P St. (202-745-0118).
Bastille Day Street Bash
What: A day-to-night party with can-can do spirit includes a set by DJ Lady Miss Kier, a French maid race with risque costumes, and dancing on Vernon Street after 9 p.m.
Why: Snack from food trucks, sip champagne, and enter to win round-trip tickets to Paris. Marie Antoinette tosses masks into the crowd.
When: Sat., 3-11 p.m.
Where: L’Enfant Cafe & Bar, 2000 18th St. NW, at Vernon St. (202-319-1800). Admission is $5.
What: The first lady of Latin American hip-hop mesmerizes the Backstage with her blend of jazz and bite reminiscent of A Tribe Called Quest.
Why: Old-school rap never sounded so suave — or so Spanish.
When: Tonight, 8 p.m.
Where: Black Cat, 1811 14th St. NW, b/t S & T Sts. (202-667-4490). Tickets ($15) at ticketalternative.com.
Bastille Day Fete
What: Chef Christophe Poteaux impresses budget gourmands with a three-course Bastille Day menu for $29.
Why: Choose from melon salad with port gelee, fresh sardines with ratatouille, lamb chops with harissa jus, and lemon tart with lavender sorbet.
When: Sat., noon-10 p.m.
Where: Bastille, 1201 N. Royal St., at Bashford Ln., Alexandria (703-519-3776).
Del Frisco’s Grille Opens
What: The Dallas-based clubhouse for carnivores opens its D.C. doors on Saturday with truffled deviled eggs, five cuts of prime steak, veal meatloaf, smoked pork chops, and burgers that demand two hands.
Why: Say howdy to a six-layer lemon cake that’s taller than Texas hair.
When: Sat., 4 p.m.-midnight. Regular service starts Mon.
Where: 1201 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, b/t 12th & 13th Sts. (202-450-4686).
Photo: Sherry Moeller / Courtesy of Showroom 1412