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Going Out Guide: January, 2012

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 01/06/2012

The year ahead with the kids

Make 2012 the year you expose your kids to theater and art.

By Amy Joyce  |  11:30 AM ET, 01/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums, Events, Theater

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 01/04/2012

Arts briefs: ‘Hairspray,’ ‘30 Americans’

In the new year, go behind the scenes at Signature Theatre and learn about model-airplane building.

By Erin Williams  |  05:01 PM ET, 01/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums, Theater

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 01/03/2012

January art preview

This month ushers in a more bustling schedule of things to do and see, including a new exhibit by Annie Leibovitz.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  02:20 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Looking ahead: Restaurants

Tacos, ramen and more: The 2012 restaurant openings we’re most anticipating.

By Justin Rude  |  01:27 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

January’s best concerts

If your new year's resolution is to get out and see more live music, the first month of 2012 offers plenty of opportunities.

By David Malitz  |  09:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012

Free and easy: ‘Warhol: Headlines,’ Tres Reyes

Free this week: The National Gallery’s “Warhol: Headlines” exhibition closes, and South American singer Sofia Rei graces Millennium Stage.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 12/30/2011

The Got Plans? recap: Best and worst music of 2011

The Going Out Gurus were joined by pop music writers Chris Richards and David Malitz for a trip down music’s memory lane.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:28 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc. | Tags:  Got Plans?

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Food in focus: Mio

Tom Sietsema visited the enlivened restaurant for this week’s Sunday dining column in The Wshington Post Magazine and found a new last-meal request

By Justin Rude  |  02:29 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:12 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Looking back at 2011: Our best of lists

This week, the Going Out Gurus looked back at the year that was in arts, restaurants and bars. See all the picks for the best of the year.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  02:12 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Weekend update: 40 reasons to ditch the diet

We asked readers for the dishes that every Washingtonian has to try. In today’s Weekend section, view the scrumptious selections.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:33 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Misc. | Tags:  Weekend update

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011

Entertain the family during the long weekend

Family-friendly ideas for filling up your three-day weekend.

By Stephanie Merry  |  01:20 PM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums, Events, Holiday, Theater | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011

The Post movie critics’ four-star movies of 2011

Reviews of the 12 four-star films of 2011.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Plan your New Year’s Eve weekend: Redskins tailgate, Phil Ade

A Redskins tailgate party and a show by Phil Ade are on our list of great events for the holiday weekend.

By Brandon Weigel  |  02:03 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Art in focus: ‘Conversacion’

At the Mexican Cultural Institute, a two-photographer exhibition reveals how artists think.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums, Events

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 12/29/2011

Washington’s 40 most essential eats

The most mouthwatering sandwiches, pupusas, pizza and Indian food, courtesy of readers.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:38 PM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 11:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Looking back: Five bar trends for 2011

From local beers to rooftop bars, five trends that dominated nightlife in 2011.

By Fritz Hahn  |  11:00 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 10:37 AM ET, 12/29/2011

Your 2011 New Year’s Eve FAQ

Want free parties, fireworks or a kid-friendly celebration? Use our planner to find the right party for you.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:37 AM ET, 12/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Events, Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 07:07 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Hot Tickets: Lauryn Hill, Red Baraat

While you’re getting your New Year’s Eve plans together, don’t sleep on the chance to get tickets to see the enigmatic Lauryn Hill.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:07 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Where to eat (tacos) now: Mama Chuy

The quaint, family-owned cafe serves Jalisco-style Mexican food at affordable prices.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:39 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Looking back: Five arts moments we loved

From Warhol to water-logged theatrics, here’s a round-up of what we loved in 2011.

By Stephanie Merry and Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:11 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Museums, Theater

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 12/28/2011

Five questions for the Post’s music writers

Chris Richards and David Malitz, who will take readers’ questions in Thursday’s Got Plans? discussion, talk about their favorite albums of 2011 and D.C.’s next breakout star.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:11 PM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music, Misc.

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011

Best events for kids this week

From Kwanzaa to new year’s, we have plenty of kid-friendly events worth marking on your calendar.

By Amy Orndorff  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Events

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Theater comings and goings this week

A wordless “Romeo and Juliet” and three takes on “Christmas Carol” are four of the shows closing this week.

By Amy Orndorff  |  01:49 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Theater

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/27/2011

Looking back: Five food moments we loved

While there were a few flameouts (looking at you, Gallileo III) and unfortunate early closings (Ba Bay), for the most part we saw an influx of interesting concepts and cool kitchens.

By Justin Rude and Alex Baldinger  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011

Nightlife Agenda: Kurtis Blow, the Roots and a Black Cat happy hour

New Year’s Eve is just the beginning. This week, how about seeing a hip-hop legend or sword-swallowers or having a chance to be the DJ?

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music, Events

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Free and easy: New Year’s edition

Free this week: A concert by Hot Club of DC at the Botanic Gardens and New Year’s Eve at one of the plushest lounges in town.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011

Get out of the holiday rut with recently opened restaurants

Have friends and relatives in town who need entertaining? Looking for something new? A few new or recently refurbished dining rooms give you the opportunity to break out of your seasonal groove.

By Justin Rude  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Got Plans? Recap: New Year’s Eve and holiday fashion

We talked holiday fashion and New Year’s plans with Holly E. Thomas of Refinery 29.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Got Plans?, Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Weekend update: It’s a wrap

In today’s Weekend section: the votes were cast, and this year’s wrapping paper contest winner is 7-year-old Shivani Nelson.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:31 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 12/23/2011

Food in focus: 100° C Chinese Cuisine

Tom Sietsema gives new Fairfax restaurant 100° C Chinese Cuisine high marks for the way its food subtly blends sweet, sour and spice.

By Justin Rude  |  01:30 PM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 10:52 AM ET, 12/23/2011

New and popular DVDs

Check out this week’s new releases and see what Washington is watching.

By Stephanie Merry  |  10:52 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 08:09 AM ET, 12/23/2011

New movies: ‘Warhorse,’ ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’

In this week’s new movies, Steven Spielberg comes out with “Warhorse” and “The Adventures of Tintin,” and the highly anticipated film adaptation of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” hits theaters.

By Jess Righthand  |  08:09 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 12/23/2011

Art in focus: ‘Chul Hyun Ahn — Illuminated Void’

A Baltimore artist uses optical illusions to create sculptures with depth, in more ways than one.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  07:30 AM ET, 12/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 12/22/2011

On stage in January

This month you can catch the premiere of the romantic Civil War odyssey “Amelia,” see the musical farce “La Cage aux Folles” at the Kennedy Center and meditate on Mark Rothko at Arena Stage.

By Stephanie Merry  |  02:55 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 02:54 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Remembering Joe Strummer with music and drinks

Bars honor the late Clash frontman on the anniversary of his death.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:54 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Best D.C. music of 2011

The Caribbean, Oddisee, Ben Williams and Outputmessage are among the year’s best locals. W run down the best in rock, hip-hop, jazz, electronic and more.

By David Malitz  |  01:57 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 01:17 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Plan your holiday weekend: Wu-Tang Clan, James Brown Death-mas

A Wu-Tang Clan show, a Chinese-food-and-a-movie fete and a dozen more ideas make our list.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:17 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 12/22/2011

A new place to figure-eight: Rockville Town Square’s new ice rink

The 7,200-square-foot rink is the largest outdoor rink in Montgomery County.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:12 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Chat with us at 1 and win two Newseum passes

The Gurus are talking holidays and New Year’s Eve parties.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:06 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc. | Tags:  Got Plans?

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 12/22/2011

Lunch today: A final taste of Tomatillo Taqueria

Today is a sad one for Dupont Circle taco fans. George Grau’s Tomatillo Taqueria is closing its doors — or rather, the window at the Big Hunt — forever after lunch service today.

By Justin Rude  |  11:36 AM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 07:39 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Hot Tickets: The Bacon Brothers, Lights

What’s on sale this week.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:39 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Talking holiday fashion with Refinery 29 D.C.’s Holly E. Thomas

The one-time Going Out Guru returns to talk about holiday party attire and New Year’s Eve.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:48 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Holiday | Tags:  Got Plans?, Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:43 AM ET, 12/21/2011

Arts briefs: ‘Messiah’ singalong, Three Kings Day, ‘Virginia Reel’ dance lessons

Coming up is your chance to join in song at the Kennedy Center, paint a mural at the Smith Center on U Street and learn dance moves for a Civil War ball.

By Erin Williams  |  11:43 AM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Best events for kids this week

From a play about a lost toy to a Hanukkah kick off

By Amy Orndorff  |  03:58 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Events | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Food experts dish out New Year’s resolutions

Tom Sietsema gets some dining scene innovators to share what they’re planning to try out in 2012. See which of their ideas will land on your plate.

By Tom Sietsema  |  02:38 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:05 PM ET, 12/20/2011

New horizons for Lincoln Theatre, new digs for HR-57

Two local entertainment venues are looking at big changes in coming weeks.

By Jess Righthand and Fritz Hahn  |  01:05 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies, Theater, Music

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Five options for Christmas Day dining

You can deck the halls with General Tso’s from your family’s go-to Chinese take-out if you like, but there are plenty of other flavors to pick from on Christmas Day.

By Alex Baldinger  |  11:39 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:05 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Nightlife Agenda: Chrismukkah and James Brown

Make your holidays merry with DJs, local bands, seasonal beers, parties for charity and a Christmas Day spread of ‘80s movies, beer and all-you-can-eat Chinese food.

By Fritz Hahn  |  07:05 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music

Posted at 03:27 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Guru picks: What to do this week

The best entertainment events in D.C. this week.

By David Malitz  |  03:27 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Theater comings and goings this week

This week is your last chance to see seven area shows and your chance to get tickets to two very different shows about relationships.

By Amy Orndorff  |  03:01 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Food in focus: Pearl Dive Oyster Palace

Take a look inside Pearl Dive Oyster Palace, one of the year’s best restaurant debuts.

By Justin Rude  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:28 PM ET, 12/19/2011

Holiday beer tastings: Relax with a brew

With the holidays on the horizon, you deserve a chance to sit back, take a deep breath and enjoy good a beer. Thankfully, there are some excellent chances over the next two days.

By Fritz Hahn  |  01:28 PM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 12/19/2011

‘Sherlock Holmes’ tops box office

Domestic movie attendance fell to the lowest it’s been in 16 years this past weekend, but that didn’t stop “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows” from taking first place in this weekend’s box office.

By Jess Righthand  |  10:19 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 12/19/2011

Poll: 2011’s best new bar

Vote for your favorite new watering hole.

By Fritz Hahn  |  10:01 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/18/2011

Free and easy: Present Day, Jazz jam session

Free this week: Last chance for holiday shopping and an epic jazz jam session at Millennium Stage.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 12/16/2011

A dozen of your favorite holiday date ideas

The holidays are the perfect time for romance. Whether you’re going out for the first time or have been married for years, there are ample opportunities for seasonal dates.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:15 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Weekend update: Winter favorites

Everyone’s natural instinct in the winter is to stay at home and hibernate. In today’s Weekend section, we have 16 reasons for you to resist this urge.

By Brandon Weigel  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/16/2011

Got Plans? recap: Advice for daters

The author of “You Lost Him at Hello” joined us for an epic chat that covered dating in D.C.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:55 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc. | Tags:  Got Plans

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011

New movies: ‘Mission Impossible,’ ‘Sherlock Holmes’

In this week’s new movies, Tom Cruise returns as a perfectly coiffed agent Ethan Hunt in “Mission Impossible — Ghost Protocol,” and Jude Law and Robert Downey Jr. fare a bit better in this go-round of “Sherlock Holmes.”

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Poll: 2011’s best new restaurant

Take our poll and tell us what you think the best new restaurant of 2011 was.

By Justin Rude  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 04:02 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Best events this weekend: ‘Billy Elliot,’ Wizards Fan Fest, Fat Trel

“Billy Elliot the Musical,” a Wizards fan fest and a show by D.C.’s next rap star in waiting top our list.

By Brandon Weigel  |  04:02 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Art in focus: ‘Are We There Yet?’

Australian artists Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro raise probing questions about consumerism, space exploration and mass media in a Corcoran Gallery of Art exhibition.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Mario Batali might be close to landing a D.C. Eataly location

All We Can Eat reports that Batali may be close to securing a D.C. spot for his Eataly concept.

By Debra Leithauser  |  02:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:04 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Today’s contest: Tell us your favorite holiday date

Share your favorite holiday date ideas and win a gift card for the Palm.

By Fritz Hahn  |  01:04 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:17 PM ET, 12/15/2011

And the wrapping paper winner is . . .

Sorry, we can’t tell you just yet! But to tide you over, we offer a gallery with the judges’ thoughts about the finalists.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:17 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Embrace the season: Winter’s best

Our guide to making the most of winter: the best hot cocoa, soup, fire pits and skating rinks.

By Going Out Guide/Weekend staff  |  12:05 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Misc. | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Hot Tickets: Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw, Coldplay

Got a music fan on your shopping list? Tickets for some of summer’s biggest shows are already on sale.

By Brandon Weigel  |  08:02 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Five questions for dating experts Rita Colbert and Jess McCann

Dating coaches Rita Colbert and Jess McCann, who will be joining the Going Out Gurus for this week’s live discussion, dish about holiday dating.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Misc.

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 12/14/2011

Kennedy Center’s free MLK Day concert with Bobby McFerrin announced

The Kennedy Center announces the latest big name to perform at the annual concert.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  12:24 PM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/14/2011

This thing you should try: Duffy’s Monster Burger

From foie gras to a fried egg, you can get just about anything on a burger in this town, but you can’t get a burger on anything quite as easily.

By Alex Baldinger  |  11:11 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Bars and Clubs | Tags:  Try This

Posted at 02:55 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Donate to charity and everyone wins

Donate canned food, used clothing or new toys to a local charity, and you walk away with cheaper (or free) beer, a free snack, or even a year’s worth of free concert tickets.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:55 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Bars and Clubs, Restaurants | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Food in focus: Chameleon

On its 10th anniversary, this Baltimore charmer is still staying true to its vision of simple, seasonal Mid-Atlantic cuisine done right, says critic Tom Sietsema. Scott Suchman’s images are enough to inspire a trip up 95.

By Justin Rude  |  12:43 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 12:25 PM ET, 12/13/2011

Best events for kids this week

From a rockin’ Hanukkah concert to farm animals discovering the true meaning of Christmas, there are plenty of kid-friendly events worth marking on your calendar.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:25 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday

Posted at 11:08 AM ET, 12/13/2011

D.C. pizza: Reader faves

In Friday’s Weekend section, we picked our favorite D.C. pizza parlors and asked you to tell us what we missed. Here are your favorites.

By Justin Rude  |  11:08 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Nightlife Agenda: Fat Trel and Christmas cookies

Catch Washington’s next up-and-coming hip-hop star or celebrate the holidays with cookies and spiked eggnog at Saint-Ex.

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday

Posted at 05:55 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Blue Duck Tavern taps a top toque

The Park Hyatt Washington has hired Texas-born Sebastien Archambault to tend the wood-fired oven at Blue Duck Tavern in the West End, succeeding Brian McBride, who recently left the hotel after 25 years to go into business with his longtime friend and fellow chef Robert Wiedmaier.

By Tom Sietsema  |  05:55 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Guru picks: What to do this week

This week’s top events in and around D.C.

By David Malitz  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Restaurant Week menu sneak peeks

Tom Sietsema asks some of the top chefs in town what they’re planning to serve for the prix-fixe deal.

By Tom Sietsema  |  12:59 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Theater comings and goings this week

This week is your last chance to see three area shows and your chance to get tickets to a Christmas alternative.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:31 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 12/12/2011

Got Plans? recap: Punches and parties

The Gurus and guest Dan Searing took your questions about cocktails, holiday gatherings, shopping and a guys’ night out.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:10 PM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc., Bars and Clubs, Restaurants

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 12/12/2011

‘New Year’s Eve’ wins weekend box office

This weekend’s holiday box office numbers were even lower than in the weeks following the Sept. 11 attacks.

By Jess Righthand  |  11:55 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 09:58 AM ET, 12/12/2011

Free and easy: Chris Matthews, Holiday concerts

Free this week: Chris Matthews speaks about his new book at the National Archives and holiday concerts and caroling abound.

By Jess Righthand  |  09:58 AM ET, 12/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 12/10/2011

Where to find the best winter cocktails

As temperatures fall, we recommend the area’s top hot toddies, eggnogs and spiked ciders.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:00 PM ET, 12/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 03:48 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Toast the holidays at seasonal beer tastings

A week’s array of tastings, samplings and holiday-themed events mean Christmas comes early for beer lovers.

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:48 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Holiday | Tags:  Hoilday 2011

Posted at 01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Christmas on the Potomac at National Harbor

This year, the ice sculptures are characters from DreamWorks’ Merry Madagascar characters.

By Amy Joyce  |  01:54 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 12:49 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Weekend update: The upper crust

In today’s Weekend section, it’s Pizza Day.

By David Malitz  |  12:49 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/09/2011

New and popular DVDs

Check out this week’s new releases and see what Washington is watching.

By Stephanie Merry  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 12/09/2011

New and popular DVDs

Check out this week’s new releases and see what Washington is watching.

By Stephanie Merry  |  11:26 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011

New movies: ‘New Year’s Eve,’ ‘The Sitter’

In this week’s new movies, a star-studded cast provides canned holiday entertainment in “New Year’s Eve” and Jonah Hill plays a babysitter in “The Sitter.”

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 05:08 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Hot tickets: Black Keys, Arctic Monkeys; Wolf Trap summer ‘12

Other shows on sale soon: John Hodgman at the Birchmere, Hot Chelle Rae at the 9:30 Club and “A Prairie Home Companion” at Wolf Trap.

By Alex Baldinger  |  05:08 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Pizza showdown: Rank the D.C. area’s top pies

Pizza: You like it, I like it, and any way you slice it (in squares or triangles, of course), it’s everywhere. Now’s your chance to rank them.

By Alex Baldinger  |  04:54 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 12/08/2011

D.C. Restaurant Week set for Jan. 9-15, 2012

Deal-seeking diners, get your reservation fingers ready: The winter edition of D.C. Restaurant Week has been announced for Jan. 9-15, 2012.

By Alex Baldinger  |  03:35 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Almost all wrapped up

Our annual Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest is drawing to a close; view our adorable mention gallery and vote for your favorite of the 12 finalists.

By Amy Orndorff  |  02:24 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Art in focus: ‘Andy Holtin: A Theatre of Objects’

Andy Holtin’s exhibition at Flashpoint Gallery features three intriguing sculptural video installations.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  11:58 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 11:36 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Get a sneak peek of ‘Red’ and ‘Ann’

See what all the anticipation is about with previews of “Red” and “Ann.”

By Stephanie Merry  |  11:36 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 04:41 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Ask Tom: Tipping on wine

Tom Sietsema talked about estimating gratuity for that bottle, plus

By Justin Rude  |  04:41 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 04:12 PM ET, 12/07/2011

HBO’s “24/7” DVD awakens pangs of nostalgia for Caps fans

The Capitals team captured by HBO’s cameras is suddenly very different from the squad fans watch at Verizon Center these days.

By Alex Baldinger  |  04:12 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Carl Bernstein presages decades of Constitution Hall kvetching

One of The Post’s legendary Watergate reporters reviewed Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominee Donovan’s 1967 performance at Constitution Hall.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 12:23 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Five questions for Room 11’s Dan Searing

Mixologist Dan Searing, the guest on this week’s Got Plans? discussion, talks about his favorite cocktails, festive bars and what he wants for Christmas.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:23 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Best barbecue: And the winner is...

Based on your votes in our latest (unscientific, it must be said) poll, Smoke and Barrel is the home of the D.C. area’s best barbecue. [ Read more ]

By Alex Baldinger  |  05:00 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:44 PM ET, 12/06/2011

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas, if not December

Get ideas for unique holiday markets, offbeat events, holiday dining splurges for every budget, where to find a Christmas tree and more.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:44 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday2011

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Share your most embarrassing status update to win “e-Geaux (beta)” tickets

Win tickets to the Fringe Festival favorite by sharing your most cringe-inducing Facebook status update.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:25 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater, Free and Cheap

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Best events for kids this week

From an party with Louie the mascot to a family singalong

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:16 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Free and Cheap, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:50 AM ET, 12/06/2011

On stage in December

There’s more in area theaters this month than familiar holiday titles.

By Stephanie Merry  |  11:50 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Nightlife Agenda: Common, barhopping Santas and ugly sweaters

Go bar hopping with Santa, don an ugly sweater for Scythian’s holiday party or check out a new supergroup featuring members of Fugazi and Medications.

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson.  |  08:00 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 02:03 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Pick your favorite wrap star

We received hundreds of entries from kids in Washington, Maryland and Virginia for this year’s annual Weekend/Going Out Guide Holiday Wrapping Paper Contest. Now it’s your turn to help pick the winner.

By Jess Righthand  |  02:03 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Guru picks: What to do this week

The top entertainment options in D.C. this week.

By David Malitz  |  01:55 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:37 PM ET, 12/05/2011

Theater comings and goings this week

Theater buffs, take note: This week is your last chance to see five area productions, and your chance to get tickets to a new show.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:37 PM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater | Tags:  theater

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 12/05/2011

‘Twilight’ wins weekend box office, again

For the third consecutive week, “Twilight” beats “Muppets” and runs away with box office numbers.

By Jess Righthand  |  11:44 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 12/04/2011

Free and easy: Holiday markets, concerts and more

Free this week: A holiday market at the National Museum for Women in the Arts, a Christmas tuba concert and more.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:00 PM ET, 12/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Highlights from this week’s chat: ‘Nutcrackers’ and post-Christmas tree bars

Holiday season has arrived, judging by the questions about light displays, “The Nutcracker” and the all-important: “What bar should we go to after seeing the White House Christmas tree?”

By Fritz Hahn  |  03:10 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Last night on 18th Street: McNasty’s

The Adams Morgan bar at 2450 18th St. NW — formerly known as the Angry Inch, True Story, Draft Pix, Morgan's and the Leaky Faucet — reopened last night as McNasty’s.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:30 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Skip the Christmas tree lot for a fresh-cut fir, spruce or pine

There’s nothing like the woodsy scent of a freshly cut evergreen tree at Christmas. And for some people, picking a tree at the corner lot just doesn’t do it.

By Kathy Orton  |  01:57 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday2011

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Weekend update: Leesburg’s charm

In today’s Weekend section, explore the eclectic mix of shops, restaurants and historic sites in Leesburg. It’s a great destination for just about everyone on your holiday gift list.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011

New movies: ‘Shame,’ ‘The Other F Word’

It’s a slow week for movies. But there were two openings this week: Steve McQueen’s “Shame,” and “The Other F Word.”

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:56 PM ET, 12/01/2011

With holiday season in full swing, head to Leesburg

Get in the holiday spirit this year with our Leesburg neighborhood guide.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:56 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 03:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Art in focus: ‘On the Lakeshore . . . and Other Stories’

Photographers Iris Janke, Kaitlin Jencso and Sara J. Winston plumb the connections between people — and between mundane, seemingly meaningless moments — in the Goethe-Institut’s latest photo show.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  03:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 02:57 PM ET, 12/01/2011

A new look and a new chef for Evening Star Café

The retaurant adds a strong Southern theme with new dishes and the addition of the new chef, a Georgia native who comes to the job from CityZen.

By Tom Sietsema  |  02:57 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Plan your weekend: Santa Stumble, Oh Land

Lighted boats, the Santa Stumble and sources for creative presents make our can’t-miss events list.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Plan your weekend: The Christmas Crawl, G-Side

An ugly sweater-themed bar crawl and a show by rap duo G-Side top our list of can’t-miss events.

By Brandon Weigel  |  02:53 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 12/01/2011

December’s best concerts

Catch rap greats Wu-Tang Clan and the Roots, plus up-and-coming blues-rock gutiarist Gary Clark Jr. before he hits the big time.

By David Malitz  |  02:17 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011

No tree lighting tickets? No problem

If you didn’t win the ticket lottery for the lighting, you might be out of luck. Never fear: There are plenty of other festive happenings around town tonight to make up for it.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:07 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday2011

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011

December art preview

December offers a host of art events, and some shopping opportunities.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:41 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Steak and Cheese out, Hell Burger back in

Boy, that didn’t last long. If you loved its gooey, half-pound hoagie, here’s where you can find it now.

By Justin Rude  |  11:41 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 12/01/2011

Got holiday plans?

Join the Going Out Gurus at 1 p.m. Thursday to talk about holiday events and celebrations.

By Fritz Hahn  |  11:33 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Holiday, Events | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011

So long, Movember

Today is Dec. 1, which means gentlemen all across Washington are feeling an extra chill on their freshly-shaved upper lips.

By Alex Baldinger  |  09:00 AM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 07:50 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Hot Tickets: Jim Gaffigan, The Roots, Brad Paisley, Neil Diamond

We’ve got an all-star lineup for you this week, as some big acts announce they’re coming to town.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:50 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Pork Barrel and Memphis open; who has the D.C. area’s best ‘cue?

It’s a big week for area barbecue fans, as an already crowded meat market gets fresh competition. Vote for who has the best ‘cue cuts in the area.

By Justin Rude  |  05:40 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Coming soon to a ballet near you: the Racing Presidents

Let me cut right to the chase: The Washington Nationals Racing Presidents will perform in the the Washington Ballet’s “The Nutcracker” for one night only.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 01:21 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Five questions for chef Logan Cox

Tom Sietsema finds out the latest news from the man behind Ripple in Cleveland Park. Hint: it involves a transplant from Bar Pilar.

By Tom Sietsema  |  01:21 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 11:55 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Tom Sietsema’s holiday splurges for every budget

Just because you’re scrimping and saving for the holidays doesn’t mean you can’t afford a little self-indulgence.

By Tom Sietsema  |  11:55 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants, Holiday | Tags:  Holiday 2011

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Best events for kids

From an opera introduction to a Super Family Sunday

By Amy Orndorff  |  11:37 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 10:46 AM ET, 11/30/2011

Penn Quarter’s ‘purveyors of rounded meat’

I’ll admit to a certain degree of skepticism when I walked into Michel Richard’s newest establishment, Penn Quarter’s Meatballs.

By Alex Baldinger  |  10:46 AM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 11/29/2011

Bryan before Ryan at Strathmore Adams-off

If you order your concert tickets by calling the box office, you better enunciate very carefully when ordering tickets to these upcoming shows.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:21 PM ET, 11/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:54 PM ET, 11/28/2011

How did you entertain your Thanksgiving guests?

So you made it through Thanksgiving with the family in town, and now that you’ve had a chance to catch your breath, we want to know: What was your secret?

By Alex Baldinger  |  04:54 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:31 PM ET, 11/28/2011

In which we bid farewell to Bruce Boudreau

You need to be engulfed by the swarm of red surrounding Verizon Center only once to see just how tied to the city’s bar and entertainment scene the Washington Capitals fanbase is.

By Alex Baldinger  |  12:31 PM ET, 11/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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