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Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 11/23/2011

Thanksgiving FAQ


T-minus 24 hours and counting . . . (Matthew Mead - AP)
Thanksgiving is less than 24 hours away, and we’ve been doing our best to get you prepared. In case you missed anything from earlier in the week, here’s a quick Thanksgiving FAQ:

Q: Help! I’m not very good at this whole Thanksgiving thing, and amid all of the holiday hoopla, I forgot to order a turkey. What do I do?

A: Short of loading up your musket and heading out into the wilderness, you’re going to need a holiday meal to go. Balducci’s, Harris Teeter, Safeway and Whole Foods are your best bets, but order ASAP.

Q: I have friends in town for the weekend and I want to catch up with them over dinner. Where should we go?

A: You’re in luck. With so many locals hitting the road today, many hard-to-book restaurants have limited openings tonight. Rasika, anyone?

Q: I’m vegetarian, so your turkey intel is of no interest to me. Where can I find a good meal?

A: Everlasting Life Cafe, Loving Hut and the Vegetable Garden are among the options for vegetarian thanks-givers.

Q: Before I sit around all day cooking, eating, drinking and watching football, I’d like to try to get some physical activity in but I’m not registered for any of the area’s turkey trots. Should I just do some sit-ups in my driveway?

A: Walk-up registration is available at both the Ashburn Farm Race and the Bethesda Turkey Chase. There are also plenty of studios offering Thanksgiving Day yoga classes.

Q: I’m uncomfortably full, but after a few hours on the couch I should be good to go out Thursday night, and with no work on Friday, I’m looking to let loose. Any bar specials I should know about?

A: Union Jack’s has $1 beers from 5 p.m. until close, Sticky Rice is serving $2 PBR and $5 Jameson shots all night, Meridian Pint will have new seasonal beers on tap and Nellie’s is promising free pie to every customer. But wait, there’s more!

Q: I want to dance off all that turkey weight. Any notable parties or DJs in town?

A: There’s the Thanksgiving Throwdown, a Mousetrap reunion at the Black Cat and Moombahton Massive IX at U Street Music Hall, among others. Heck, there are even free swing dance lessons at the Kennedy Center on Thursday.

Q: My extended family is sticking around through the weekend. What are some of the highlights of the days ahead?

A: Our weekend best-of list includes Mount Vernon by Candlelight, the opening of Synetic’s wordless Romeo and Juliet and ZooLights at the National Zoo. You could also check out one of the area’s best ice skating rinks.

Q: Any museum or gallery exhitions worth checking out? Particularly free ones?

A: This is Washington. Of course. Michael O’Sullivan’s Thanksgiving art suggestions include a pair of Warhol shows and the opening of Season’s Greenings at the U.S. Botanic Garden.

Q: What about new movies opening this week? Is “The Muppets” any good?

A: Yes. In fact, Michael O’Sullivan gave it 3 1/2 stars, calling it “Both a delightful family film about the Muppets and a winking, self-referential satire about how lame the Muppets are.”Other openings: Martin Scorsese’s 3D “Hugo” and “Arthur Christmas.”

Q: It’s Black Friday, but I don’t want to go anywhere near a department store or shopping mall.

A: Save it. There are plenty of unique holiday shopping destinations you can take advantage of in the weeks ahead.

Q: Now that it’s the holiday season, where can I find a listing of all the seasonal events coming up in the weeks ahead?

A: Funny you should ask. Friday’s Weekend section is a good place to start, as well as the online Holiday Guide.

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