City Smart May June


Washington, D.C.

Borrowing glam designer dresses from Rent the Runway is a well- known trick of well-heeled gala girls. But it always takes a bit of luck and guesswork. Will the dress fit perfectly? Will that color actually look as good on you? No worries—the company’s largest showroom is now up and running in Georgetown, settled in Cady’s Alley alongside other contemporary fashion retailers. Not only will you be able to try on Theia, Badgley Mischka and Christian Siriano gowns with guidance from in-house stylists; you can also rent out the store for wedding styling packages and for private events, be it your next birthday party or business meeting. And since it’s on M Street, grab a sweet treat from Georgetown Cupcake—we won’t tell.

New York City

The New York Botanical Garden is about to get an artistic makeover courtesy of Frida Kahlo. A solo exhibition of the late Mexican artist’s work, Frida Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life focuses on Kahlo’s interest in botanical imagery, as it transports visitors of the renowned tourist attraction to Kahlo’s studio and garden at La Casa Azul (Blue House)—reimagined with a flower display— where she grew up and resided in her later years. Kahlo’s gritty, feminist self-portraits are more relevant than ever before, and more than a dozen of her paintings and illustrations will be featured in LuEsther T. Mertz Library’s Rondina and LoFaro Gallery at the garden. Visitors can learn more about Kahlo’s sensational life and cultural influence through lectures, Mexican-inspired shopping and dining and hands-on art activities for kids. May 16-Nov.


The most fascinating family in U.S. presidential history, the Kennedys have graced virtually every medium in America’s cultural spectrum. If you’re looking to satisfy your Kennedy obsession with something new, go see Creating Camelot: The Kennedy Photography of Jacques Lowe at the National Constitution Center. The exhibit showcases more than 70 iconic and intimate photographs of President John F. Kennedy’s public and private life taken by his personal photographer. Photos depict everything from Kennedy’s election campaign to his home life with Jackie O. and their children, Caroline and John Jr. An original film about the German photographer’s relationship with the Kennedys is also on view, as well as a touch-screen monitor that displays Lowe’s contact sheets, which point out images he selected for media publication. Through Sept. 7.

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