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Going Out Guide: April, 2012

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 04/02/2012

On stage in April

There’s plenty of intriguing theater in the wings.

By Stephanie Merry  |  12:28 PM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 08:09 PM ET, 04/01/2012

Pat Nixon panel discussion, Southwest Waterfront fireworks: This week’s free events

Free this week: A panel discussion on former First Lady Pat Nixon and fireworks over the Southwest Waterfront.

By Brandon Weigel  |  08:09 PM ET, 04/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Haiku of the day

Another spring haiku to round out the week.

By Amy Hitt  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/30/2012

George Washington’s whiskey distillery reopens this weekend

Our first president ran one of America’s largest distilleries in the 1790s, and you can tour a reconstructed version at Mount Vernon.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Nationals opening day, Silverdocs and more picks for spring events in D.C.

We mapped out the months of April, May and June with the biggest events coming to town.

By Brandon Weigel  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Weekend update

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Blue 44: Food in focus

In this week’s dining column, Tom Sietsema visits the new Friendship Heights restaurant Blue 44 . While he doesn’t love the entire menu, our critic fell hard for the Monday evening fried chicken plate, and he decrees that you can eat there contentedly on other days of the week, providing you know what to order.

By Justin Rude  |  01:31 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012

Bruce Springsteen at Verizon Center: Start time, lottery details

The Boss hits D.C. on Sunday night

By David Malitz  |  12:38 PM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 09:28 AM ET, 03/30/2012

‘A Dangerous Method,’ ‘Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close’ now on DVD

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

By Stephanie Merry  |  09:28 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012

‘Wrath of the Titans,’ ‘Mirror, Mirror’ and other new movies

New in theaters this week: Julia Roberts plays the evil queen in the “Snow White” adaptation “Mirror, Mirror” and a sequel to “Clash of the Titans” might make you wish you hadn’t spent your hard-earned cash to see it.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 05:51 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Sculptor Jae Ko at Marsha Mateyka Gallery: Art in focus

At Marsha Mateyka Gallery, sculptor Jae Ko harnesses the tightly coiled energy of adding machine tape.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  05:51 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 05:29 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Surprise: Bar owners in favor of extended bar hours

At a D.C. City Council hearing, bar owners support keeping bars open until 3 a.m. during the week and 4 a.m. on weekends.

By Fritz Hahn  |  05:29 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 04:40 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Blossom Kite Festival, ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and more things to do in D.C. this weekend

Going Out Guide picks Blossom Kite Festival, “Taming of the Shrew” and a dozen more can’t-miss events.

By Brandon Weigel  |  04:40 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Alegria from chef Patrick Bazin: A new place for tacos and tequila in Vienna

Chef Patrick Bazin, and his wife, co-owner, Julie, will open the new Mexican spot in Vienna in April.

By Tom Sietsema  |  12:43 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 12:20 PM ET, 03/29/2012

Komi is crammed and Ben’s Chili Bowl is backed up: Eat well and skip D.C.’s longest queues

Ben’s Chili Bowl is backed up and the cupcake line’s too long: Here’s how to eat well and skip the queue.

By Kris Coronado and Justin Rude  |  12:20 PM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Haiku of the day

Another in the Going Out Guide’s series of spring-related haikus.

By Amy Hitt  |  11:17 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012

Khepra’s Raw Food brings the uncooked trend to H Street NE

Vegan and gluten-free fare arrives in the back of a wellness shop.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 08:32 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Drake, Wolf Trap summer shows: This week’s hot tickets

Drake has established himself as one of the biggest rappers in the game, and now he’s putting on the kind of tour befitting such a lofty stature.

By Brandon Weigel  |  08:32 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 03/28/2012

2941’s music sounds like ‘80s porn, and more from Tom Sietsema’s chat

This week’s chat with Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema touched on a number of interesting issues, including where to eat and drink in San Francisco, the decline of an old favorite and the curious soundtrack choice at the recently renovated 2941.

By Justin Rude  |  02:36 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012

Jaleo reopens with a new look

The downtown Jaleo was transformed during the quick 30-day renovation.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Haiku of the day

Another poem from our haiku contest winner celebrates the season.

By Amy Hitt  |  11:56 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012

Paige Hernandez joins the Going Out Gurus in this week’s Got Plans?

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:03 AM ET, 03/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater | Tags:  Got Plans?

Posted at 04:59 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Juice Joint reopens and other restaurant news

After taking a few months off for renovations, Juice Joint Cafe has reopened its doors, instantly upgrading the neighborhood’s lunch options.

By Justin Rude  |  04:59 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Mya performs in DC Tap Fest and more arts events for April

The Washington native and former student at the Knock on Wood tap studio get back to her roots this weekend. Get the details on this event and more in these picks for March and April arts happenings.

By Erin Williams  |  02:51 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater, Free and Cheap, Museums, Misc.

Posted at 02:32 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Blossom Kite Festival, D.C. Easter egg hunts: Best events for kids this week

From egg hunts to a kite-flying festival on the Mall, there are a number of kid-friendly events to mark on your calendar this weekend.

By Amy Orndorff  |  02:32 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2012

Haiku of the day

We’re celebrating spring with daily haikus written by our haiku contest winner, Stephen McClurg, a high school teacher in Alabama.

By Amy Hitt  |  12:06 PM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012

Van Hunt, Recess for adults and karaoke for charity: This week’s Nightlife Agenda

Catch Van Hunt’s soulful funk, sing your heart out to raise money for sick children and spend Saturday night playing Twister, Jenga and other games.

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music

Posted at 06:14 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Rasika West End: What to expect from Ashok Bajaj’s latest D.C. restaurant

Rasika West End officially opens on Friday, but a soft opening us underway through Wednesday. If you managed to grab a seat, here is a look at what you might encounter.

By Justin Rude  |  06:14 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Kite festival, Basil Twist and more top events in D.C. this week

Hope for a bit of a breeze on Saturday as the Kite Festival takes over the grounds near the Washington Monument.

By David Malitz  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Catch up on our beer-themed Got Plans? with Greg Engert

The meticulous beer director of ChurchKey took reader questions last week.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:32 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs | Tags:  Got Plans

Posted at 12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2012

‘The Hunger Games’ sets record in opening weekend

Over the weekend, the much anticipated film “The Hunger Games” knocked one out of the multiplex, grossing a grand total of $155 million and breaking the record for a debut of a non-sequel.

By Jess Righthand  |  12:28 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Theater comings and goings

This week is your last chance to see “New Jerusalem: The Interrogation of Baruch de Spinoza” at Theater J, and it’s also a good time to get tickets for upcoming shows, including “God of Carnage” at Signature Theatre.

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:21 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012

Haiku of the day

Brighten your day with a bit of poetry celebrating all things spring.

By Amy Hitt  |  12:12 PM ET, 03/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Welcome blossoms with cherry beers

Local breweries celebrate cherry blossom season with special cherry beers.

By Fritz Hahn  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 03/23/2012

A bouquet of blossom-related exhibitions

After you’ve visited the Tidal Basin, check out some of these cherry blossom-related art exhibitions.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  04:42 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Roll out for sushi happy hours

Whether you prefer rolls or nigiri, you can get sushi for a song at these top area happy hours.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:34 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Passport D.C. begins May 5

It’s no substitute for international travel, but it sure is cheaper. The month-long series of embassy tours, open houses and cultural exchanges is completely free.

By Alex Baldinger  |  01:26 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Events

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2012

Weekend update: Live like an insider

Get the inside scoop on some of the area’s best restaurants, events and deals from some of the most well-known tastemakers.

By Brandon Weigel  |  12:34 PM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/23/2012

New and popular DVDs: ‘The Muppets,’ ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’

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

By Stephanie Merry  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012

New movies: ‘The Hunger Games’ and more

In this week’s new movies, the much anticipated film “The Hunger Games” finally hits theaters along with several foreign flicks. Here’s what the Post critics had to say.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Food in focus: 2941

Falls Church’s 2941 has reopened with a redecorated space and a Mediterranean-accented menu, making the restaurant’s halcyon days seem a distant memory in the process.

By Justin Rude  |  05:48 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 04:38 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Things to do in D.C. this weekend: ‘Song 1,’ ‘Mad Men’ viewing parties

”Mad Men”’ viewing parties and art projected on the Hirshhorn make the Going Out Guide’s list.

By Brandon Weigel  |  04:38 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/22/2012

Art in focus: Avery Lawrence

At Heiner Contemporary, two short films by Avery Lawrence explore the theme of transition — from one place to another and from this world to the next.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 02:33 PM ET, 03/22/2012

What’s on your D.C. wish list?

In Friday’s Weekend section, six local media types shared their tips for D.C.’s greatest hits — and what it’s missing. Add your pick for what D.C. really needs here.

By Going Out Guide staff  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Get the details on Kennedy Center’s street arts festival

“Look Both Ways” will take place May 6-12 at locations across the city, including Yards Park and Nationals Park.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  10:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012

Best Cherry Blossom Festival events this week: Blossom Bites by Bike Tour, Festival Family Days

A bike rental/tour company and DC Metro Food Tours team up for a three-hour food and bike tour with a cherry blossoms theme, and a kid-friendly event at the National Building Museum celebrates Japan.

By Kathy Orton  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/22/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Hot Tickets: The Weeknd, Zac Brown Band

Everything about the Weeknd, the avant-R&B project of Canadian lothario Abel Tesfaye, has been shrouded in mystery.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 05:44 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Get inspired by ‘Hunger Games’

Inspired by “The Hunger Games”? Here’s how to try your hand in archery and cake-decorating and start exploring the Appalachian Trail.

By Helin Jung  |  05:44 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Avoid the cherry blossom crowds

Avoid the crowds and hit the blossoms before you hit work.

By Amy Joyce  |  04:21 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Sweetlife Festival adds Zola Jesus, U.S. Royalty, Twin Shadow, Bluebrain and more

The just-announced lineup for “Treehouse Stage” features almost a dozen up-and-coming acts.

By David Malitz  |  03:26 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 03:01 PM ET, 03/21/2012

And the haiku winner is . . .

Going Out Guide announced the winner of the cherry blossom haiku contest.

By Amy Hitt  |  03:01 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 02:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Celebrate the return of ‘Mad Men’

Hit a cocktail party showing the series’ fifth season premiere or check out or list of bars and restaurants with a “Mad Men” vibe.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:59 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Ashok Bajaj’s Rasika West End nears completion

The sister restaurant to the Penn Quarter Indian staple is set to open next week.

By Alex Baldinger  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:20 PM ET, 03/21/2012

Where to watch ‘The Hunger Games’

What else could you possibly want to do at 3 a.m. tomorrow morning?

By Stephanie Merry  |  01:20 PM ET, 03/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 01:48 PM ET, 03/20/2012

Best events for kids this week: ‘MythBusters’ and cherry blossoms

From a live show with the MythBusters to a Cherry Blossom family festival, there are a number of kid-friendly events to mark on your calendar this weekend.

By Amy Orndorff  |  01:48 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 03/20/2012

A guide to cherry blossom dining

Hungry blossom-goers are left with a decision: pack a picnic or expand the usual definition of “nearby restauramt.” Either way, we have a few suggestions.

By Justin Rude  |  01:29 PM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Fiona Apple concert postponed until March 28

Tuesday concert at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue postponed due to illness.

By David Malitz  |  11:54 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012

Nightlife Agenda: ‘Mad Men,’ Tiesto and the Wedding Present

See Tiesto up close and personal, dress up and drink classic cocktails to celebrate the return of ”Mad Men” or rock out to the Wedding Present’s catalogue of turbulent love songs.

By Fritz Hahn, David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 03/19/2012

‘21 Jump Street’ skips over competition at box office

“21 Jump Street,” the movie adaptation of the 1980s TV series, has officially hit it big at the box office.

By Jess Righthand  |  12:18 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Theater comings and goings

This week is your last chance to see “Really Really” at Signature Theatre

By Amy Orndorff  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012

Food in focus: Fiola

In Sunday’s Washington Post Magazine, Tom Sietsema took a second look at Fiola and awarded the year-old Italian restaurant three stars.

By Justin Rude  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012

Free this week: Doug Aitken at the Hirshhorn and more

Free this week: the Hirshhorn gets a makeover and some lunchtime Basil Twist-inspired puppeteering.

By Jess Righthand  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012

Free and easy: Cherry blossoms, Tennessee Williams

Free this week: Writer William Jay Smith gives a reading in honor of Tennessee Williams, and cherry blossom festivities get underway in full force.

By Erica Balanc  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Tips for your cherry blossom visit: Getting there, avoiding the crowds and more

Practical advice for seeing the blossoms on the basin and beyond.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  05:00 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon brings bands, runners and traffic tie-ups

The first Rock ‘N’ Roll marathon features thousands of participants and dozens of bands perfoming along the course — and traffic headaches for D.C. drivers.

By Fritz Hahn  |  02:35 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 03/16/2012

Weekend update: Trivia nights!

In a town as wonky as Washington D.C., it’s only fitting that a great many of the bar fights are battles of wits and pop culture knowledge.

By Brandon Weigel  |  12:07 PM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 03/16/2012

The Got Plans? recap: Everything you need to know about St. Paddy’s

You asked, we answered.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:26 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Bars and Clubs

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 03/16/2012

New and popular DVDs: ‘The Descendants,’ ‘Happy Feet Two’

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

By Stephanie Merry  |  09:25 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012

New movies: ‘21 Jump Street,’ ‘Jeff, Who Lives at Home’

This week, a pair of movies about men in a stunted state of development hits area theaters.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/16/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 02:38 PM ET, 03/15/2012

It’s official: Ted’s Bulletin opening second location

The Matchbox Food Group’s announcement of a second Ted’s Bulletin location leads a collection of local food news.

By Justin Rude  |  02:38 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:11 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Test your knowledge at local trivia nights

Take a quiz with questions from local quizmasters and check out our list of some of the area’s best trivia nights.

By Stephanie Merry  |  01:11 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Art in focus: ‘Terraforming’

At Montgomery College, six artists combine text with landscape photography to alter perceptions of place.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  12:05 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012

Things to do in D.C. this weekend: ‘The Art of Video Games,’ U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary

Going Out Guide picks “The Art of Video Games” and U Street Music Hall’s second anniversary.

By Brandon Weigel  |  12:00 PM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/15/2012

Tom Sietsema sticks the knife in Caesar ... salad

Even a good Caesar salad is usually a footnote come meal’s end. But a bad Caesar salad? Memorable. On the Ides of March, Sietsema sticks the knife in Caesar.

By Alex Baldinger  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:00 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Where to watch March Madness

Take in the NCAA tourney and the unseasonably warm weather at the same time. Here’s where to go.

By Alex Baldinger and Justin Rude  |  08:00 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 07:28 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Hot Tickets: the Black Keys, UFC

Miss the bluesy rockers at the Verizon Center? Here’s your second chance to get tickets.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:28 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 12:55 PM ET, 03/14/2012

Pi Day means cheap pies — and beer — at District of Pi

District of Pi marks Pi Day with pizzas and beers for $3.14.

By Fritz Hahn  |  12:55 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Events, Restaurants

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/14/2012

D.C. bands that could get buzz at SXSW

Hume, Bluebrain, Nadastrom and Oddisee are the locals most likely to make an impact at the annual music festival in Austin.

By David Malitz  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012

How much do you know about the cherry blossoms?

Take this quiz to figure out whether you're just a tourist or could be a tour guide.

By Amy Orndorff and Erica Balanc  |  04:57 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:55 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Take our tour of the cherry blossoms on the Tidal Basin

Learn fun facts on the Tidal Basin with our walking tour for your iPod.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:55 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Savor announces 2012 dates

The annual craft beer showcase returns to the National Building Museum on June 8 and 9. But will it happen in D.C. in 2013?

By Alex Baldinger  |  03:04 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 01:58 PM ET, 03/13/2012

Finding a sports bar with good food

A reader e-mailed us asking for a place where she and her husband could watch the NCAA tournament and enjoy quality food and beer. Here’s what we said.

By Going Out Guide staff  |  01:58 PM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Best events for kids: Elephant parade and a St. Paddy party

From elephants parading through the city to a kid-friendly celebration of all things Irish, there are a number of kid-friendly events to mark on your calendar this weekend.

By Amy Orndorff  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 03/13/2012

D.C. area food trucks, in pictures

The constantly expanding fleet provides everything from halal fried chicken and oyster po boy sandwiches to crab cakes and chili mac.

By Alex Baldinger  |  10:30 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Cleveland Park’s Ripple to open market

Cleveland Park standout Ripple is set to open a small neighborhood market — complete with scratch-made sweets and sandwiches — on March 22.

By Justin Rude  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012

Nightlife Agenda: U Hall turns 2, Black Alley CD album release show

Plus: Zydeco star C.J. Chenier, The-Dream and Mick Rock’s photos

By David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 03/12/2012

What to do this week: Pi(e) Day, Environmental Film Festival, the ‘Art of Video Games’

Also this week: U Street Music Hall celebrates its second anniversary.

By David Malitz  |  04:09 PM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Theater comings and goings

This week is your last chance to see “Astro Boy and the God of Comics” at Studio Theatre

By Amy Orndorff  |  11:58 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:44 AM ET, 03/12/2012

Weekend box office: ‘Lorax’ beats ‘John Carter’

The interplanetary ad­ven­ture film “John Carter” proved no match for “Dr. Seuss’ the Lorax” at this weekend’s box office.

By Jess Righthand  |  11:44 AM ET, 03/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2012

Free and easy: Free coffee Monday a.m., St. Patrick’s Day

Free this week: IKEA serves up free coffee Monday morning and St. Patrick’s Day festivities abound.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Weekend update: All-access pass, part II

We offer more tips for preparing your tourist friends for their spring visit.

By Brandon Weigel  |  03:11 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc. | Tags:  Weekend update

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 03/09/2012

Food in focus: Maple Ave. Restaurant

In Sunday’s dining column, Candy Sagon fills in for Washington Post food critic Tom Sietsema. Sagon visits Vienna’s Maple Ave Restaurant, an imaginative, Asian-influenced, contemporary American restaurant.

By Justin Rude  |  03:02 PM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 03/09/2012

New and popular DVDs: ‘Footloose,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

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

By Stephanie Merry  |  10:44 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:30 AM ET, 03/09/2012

Black Keys at Verizon Center — set times, Metro track work, another local show?

Things you need to know before tonight’s sold-out concert at Verizon Center

By David Malitz  |  07:30 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012

New movies: ‘John Carter,’ ‘Silent House’

In this week’s new movies, a film touted as the year’s first blockbuster winds up boring and nonsensical and Elizabeth Olson stars in an outside-the-box horror flick.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 04:42 PM ET, 03/08/2012

ArtJamz pop-ups go permanent in Dupont Circle

The painting-and-drinking pop-up parties expand to include kids and private groups.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  04:42 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 04:24 PM ET, 03/08/2012

Things to do in D.C. this weekend: D.C. United home opener, Dandies & Quaintrelles River Ride

Going Out Guide picks the D.C. United home opener, Dandies and Quaintrelles River Ride.

By Brandon Weigel  |  04:24 PM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Charlie Visconage Show: Late-night chatter (and laughter) in Adams Morgan

With interviews, musical guests and silliness, a new live performance channels late-night TV.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  11:45 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Bars and Clubs

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Art in focus: ‘The Sum of the Parts’

At Maryland Art Place, Emily Barletta, Jerry Kaba, Lauren Clay and Nikki Painter use multiple small parts to create art works of unexpected grandeur.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  11:35 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Museums

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 03/08/2012

Caption this photo: Obama hoisting a Guinness

Get ready for St. Patrick’s Day and tell us what’s happening in this image.

By Amy Joyce  |  11:20 AM ET, 03/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 07:56 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Hot Tickets: Best Coast, Radiohead, Sweetlife Festival

When you mention summer, it’s hard not to think of Best Coast, the California indie pop band fronted by Bethany Cosentino and whose sun-soaked love songs on the album “Crazy for You” became hits in 2010.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:56 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 02:29 PM ET, 03/07/2012

Wax poetic on the cherry blossoms

Send us your haikus in honor of the humble bloom, and you could win a gorgeous new coffee table tome, “Cherry Blossoms,” the official book of the National Cherry Blossom Festival.

By Amy Hitt  |  02:29 PM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Avicii, Kid Cudi, the Shins headline Sweetlife Festival at Merriweather Post Pavilion

Explosions in the Sky, Fitz & the Tantrums, A$AP Rocky and Fun are also on the bill for the April 28 concert.

By David Malitz  |  10:59 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012

Pho U Vietnamese pop-up is back on at Montserrat House

The three-night-only Vietnamese restaurant, canceled in February, is set for Thursday.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  08:00 AM ET, 03/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants, Events

Posted at 04:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Space left for Jodi Picoult, Jonathan Safran Foer events at Sixth & I

Bookworms, break out your planners: There’s still space for two author events at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Misc.

Posted at 02:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Next season at the Kennedy Center: ‘Book of Mormon,’ Nordic Cool

The breakout Broadway musical, “War Horse” and more top the next season.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  02:15 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Theater

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 03/06/2012

Best events for kids: Justin Roberts and MathAlive!

From a concert with Justin Roberts to an exhibit celebrating math, there are a number of kid-friendly events to mark on your calendar this weekend.

By Amy Orndorff  |  01:27 PM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Mike Isabella announces (surprise!) two new restaurants

Isabella plans a Greek restaurant and a sandwich and small plates spot.

By Tom Sietsema  |  11:34 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

Nightlife Agenda: Niki and the Dove, Listen Local First

Electro-pop standouts at U Street Music Hall, plus local music in stores on Wednesday and at Mellow Mushroom on Thursday.

By David Malitz and Rhome Anderson  |  09:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 06:25 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Theater comings and goings this week

This week is your last chance to see “Civilization (All You Can Eat)” at Woolly Mammoth Theatre, and it’s also a good time to get tickets for upcoming shows, including “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” at Georgetown University.

By Amy Orndorff  |  06:25 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 03:10 PM ET, 03/05/2012

Jose Andres hits the street with Pepe

Pepe, the city’s newest member of the food truck fleet, hits the street tomorrow, and comes with a bit more pedigree than your typical lunch wagon: D.C. kitchen superstar Jose Andres is the man behind Pepe’s menu of Spanish accented sandwiches.

By Justin Rude  |  03:10 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 03/05/2012

What do to this week: Tequila, flamenco and samurai

The Flamenco Festival ends, but Oyamel’s Tequila and Mezcal Festival kicks off.

By David Malitz  |  01:41 PM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 03/05/2012

‘The Lorax’ wins weekend box office

Moviegoers flocked to “Dr. Seuss’ The Lorax” this weekend, paying a grand total of $70.7 million to see the adaptation of the beloved children’s book.

By Jess Righthand  |  11:53 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012

A brief history of D.C. and Radiohead and disaster

Radiohead plays Verizon Center on June 3; tickets go on sale Saturday. Prepare for the worst.

By David Malitz  |  10:33 AM ET, 03/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 04:00 PM ET, 03/04/2012

Free and easy: Fishbone documentary, Intersections

Free this week: a new, stylish ride along the Potomac, free concerts and Nat Geo and the tail end of the Intersections Festival.

By Jess Righthand  |  04:00 PM ET, 03/04/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Free and Cheap

Posted at 01:59 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Weekend update: All-access pass

In today’s issue, we help you play the perfect host and get access to D.C.’s biggest tourist stops.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:59 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events | Tags:  Weekend update

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 03/02/2012

Celebrate Read Across America Day with local book events

Browse local listings for author-related events.

By David Malitz  |  12:51 PM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 03/02/2012

Boqueria is ready to serve small plates March 15

The New York import arrives with a patio and D.C.-specific dishes. Its Dupont location will be the largest of the three restaurants.

By Tom Sietsema  |  11:29 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Restaurants

Posted at 08:54 AM ET, 03/02/2012

New and popular DVDs: ‘Hugo,’ ‘The Rum Diary’

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

By Stephanie Merry  |  08:54 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 07:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012

New movies: ‘Undefeated,’ ‘The Lorax’

In this week’s new movies, a Dr. Seuss adaptation dishes a dose of cinematic broccoli and the Oscar winner for Best Documentary earns its accolades.

By Jess Righthand  |  07:00 AM ET, 03/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 06:02 PM ET, 03/01/2012

On stage in March

March is all about movement on area stages with talented tap dancers, imaginative ballet and a rousing puppetry makeover of “Petrushka.”

By Stephanie Merry  |  06:02 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Theater

Posted at 05:10 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Art in focus: ‘She Got Game’

The theme of sports (and other forms of game playing) underlies the work in the art show “She Got Game” at the Arlington Arts Center.

By Michael O'Sullivan  |  05:10 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Museums, Events

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

White House Easter Egg Roll lottery is officially open

You have until Monday to submit your ticket requests for the April 9 event.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:03 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 01:52 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Things to do in D.C. this weekend: Trey Songz, Brewer’s Ball

Going Out Guide picks ”Star Trek”-style Shakespeare, a chocolate fest and a dozen more ideas.

By Brandon Weigel  |  01:52 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 03/01/2012

Think spring: Cherry blossoms aren’t far away

What a great day to think spring: The National Park Service today announced the best days to see the Tidal Basin’s cherry trees in full bloom -- and it will be before the end of March.

By Anne Kenderdine  |  12:01 PM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events

Posted at 10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2012

Free soup for lunch today at Ping Pong Dim Sum

The dim sum restaurant offers free to-go cups of its coconut and kaffir lime soup for lunch today.

By Jess Righthand  |  10:51 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:30 AM ET, 03/01/2012

March’s best concerts

Public Enemy headlines the Hip-Hop Gods tour, Van Halen returns to Verizon Center and D.C. gets visits from standout acts from Sweden, India, China, Mexico and more.

By David Malitz  |  08:30 AM ET, 03/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 07:55 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Hot Tickets: LMFAO, WMZQfest

The electro-pop duo brings the party to the Patriot Center this summer.

By Brandon Weigel  |  07:55 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music

Posted at 03:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Got Plans? preview: Meet Eric Channing Brewer of the Tweed Ride

Cycling’s most fashionable advocate joins the Going Out Gurus to take reader questions.

By Lavanya Ramanathan  |  03:50 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Events, Misc. | Tags:  Got Plans

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012

DC Independent Film Festival kicks off today

The annual fest promises 47 indie film premieres and a special award for documentarian Les Blank, who will join the festival as his life and work is honored.

By Amy Joyce  |  03:43 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 02/29/2012

Celebrate Leap Day with Lauryn Hill, oysters

Happy Leap Day, Washington. Or as your boss calls it: Wednesday. Celebrate with Lauryn Hill, a Leap Day oyster dinner and a strong ale tasting.

By Alex Baldinger  |  12:24 PM ET, 02/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2012

A guide to napping through the Best Picture marathon

Staying awake through almost 24 hours of non-stop nominees is no small feat, no matter how marvelous the filmmaking.

By Alex Baldinger  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Movies

 

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