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Posted at 03:35 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Guru picks: What to do this week

The Dance Party is among the local bands performing at a farewell show for Gold Leaf Studios, one of D.C.’s coolest arts spaces. (Michelle Musikantow 2010
Every Monday, the Going Out Guide publishes an e-mail newsletter with our recommended events for the week ahead. If you don’t subscribe, here’s a peek at what you’re missing. If you’d like to sign up, you can do that on’s Newsletters page; the Going Out Guide is listed under the “Local & Sports” header.

Starting Monday

Restaurant Week

The massive annual promotion returns, as over 200 dining rooms across the area offer $20.12 fixed price lunches and $35.12 dinners through Dec. 15.


Music writing, explained

New Yorker music critic Alex Ross and music scholar/author Daphne Carr discuss the new anthology “Best Music Writing of 2011,” which they both edited, at Politics and Prose.


The voice of Vader

Having a voice like James Earl Jones gives an actor something no academy or method coach can teach: endless gravitas. The voice of Darth Vader joins Shakespeare Theatre’s Artistic Director Michael Kahn to discuss his career on screen and on stage at 8 p.m.

Laugh till you cry

Faction of Fools’ 70-minute Commedia dell’Arte rendition of “Romeo and Juliet” adds a heavy dose of slapstick humor to Shakespeare’s tragedy.


From East London to U Street

Get ready for transatlantic dance floor awesomeness: D.C. DJ supergroup Volta Bureau hosts trendsetting London electro/indie/synthpop DJ Rory Phillips.


Goodbye, Gold Leaf

One of the last shows at D.C.’s most happening art space features a stacked lineup of local bands — Publicist, Edie Sedgwick, the Dance Party, Alex, the State Department — that will make it a party to remember.

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