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Spring Social

It’s springtime in the city, and there’s no shortage of events that will have you remembering why you love the nation’s capital. From designs to dinners to discussions on innovative art, here are the five things you’ll want to know about this weekend.

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Prize Fight
Pulitzer Prize winner Jon Robin Baitz takes audience members on an emotional roller-coaster ride in his drama, Other Desert Cities. Conflict arises when character Brooke Wyeth returns home for the holidays with news of her upcoming tell-all memoir, exposing her family’s darkest secrets. April 26-May 26. $55-$85. arenastage.org

Dinners by Design
Chat with five of Washington’s highly coveted designers, including David Mitchell, Andrew Law and Camille Saum, who invite you into their dapper digs for an evening of dinner and cocktails. All proceeds benefit the Smithsonian Craft Show, one of the country’s most prestigious juried exhibitions. April 27. Bidding starts at $200. smithsoniancraftshow.org

Mama Drama
In celebration of Mother’s Day, this single show will feature readings from 15 local writers about the humor, heartbreak and horror of maternity. A portion of ticket sales will benefit Rachael’s Women’s Center in Washington, DC. April 28. 2-3:30PM. $20. synetictheater.org

Home Sweet Home
The National Building Museum debuts its latest engaging exhibition this Sunday with House & Home, which looks at the evolving idea of what it means to be home in America. With an array of photos, models, films and Please Touch interactive walls, visitors will get to learn about how a house becomes a home. April 28-May 1. Free. nbm.org

Arlington Arts
Check out 16 emerging and unrepresented local artists’ creations at the 15th iteration of Options, the biennial exhibition from the Washington Project for the Arts. Expect to see thought-provoking and vibrant works that define the region’s underground contemporary art scene. Through June 9. Free. arlingtonartscenter.org