Nightlife Agenda: Free wine, Movemberfest and legit moonshine

November 19, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week's best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Before we get started: If you're looking for a list of Beaujolais Nouveau celebrations, we've collected them in one handy (but separate) blog post.


Lalah Hathaway, the daughter of soul legend Donny Hathaway, brings her amazing voice to the Howard Theatre on Wednesday. (2010 photo by Duif du Toit/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Tuesday, November 19
A&D Neighborhood Bar had so much fun moonlighting as A&D Raw Bar back in August that they're doing it again: Travis Croxton and Bernie Murphy of Rappahannock River Oysters and Union Market's popular oyster bar are joining forces with A&D's staff for Shawshuck Redemption II on Tuesday. In August, the team shucked 518 oysters in an hour. This time, there will be 1,000 Olde Salt and Rappahannock oysters ($11 for a half-dozen, $21 for 12) and specialty cocktails ($8) from 7:30 p.m. on. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required.

Slayer's first tour since the death of founding guitarist Jeff Hanneman brings them to the Fillmore tonight. A previously announced highlight -- and something sure to get lighters in the air in Hanneman's memory -- will feature the thrash metal titans performing a special "old school Slayer" set of songs recorded between 1983 and 1990.

Wednesday, November 20
Beaujolais Nouveau is not a great wine. It's bright, acidic and fruity. But because French law stipulates that this harvest wine cannot be sold before 12:01 a.m. the third Thursday in November, it's a great excuse to stay up late and drink wine. Bistrot du Coin has been throwing an all-you-can-drink Beaujolais Nouveau party since 2000. After dinner, servers remove tables to create a dance floor, and once the ceremonial first bottle is uncorked at midnight, the party really begins: Free wine flows at the bar, a DJ spins high-energy tracks, laser lights flash overhead and stilt dancers entertain. No wonder the restaurant is usually at capacity by 10 p.m., with a line snaking down the block. Our best advice: Show up about 1 a.m., when lines are shorter.

When your father is one of the most beloved voices in soul music history, you have to be really discerning about whether it's wise to follow in his footsteps. In the case of Lalah Hathaway, the daughter of '70s soul legend Donny Hathaway, it was the perfect career move. Her unique vocal prowess places her among the elite of today's female soul divas, and she recently reached a massive wave of new fans thanks to a YouTube video of a performance with jazz fusion outfit Snarky Puppy. Hathaway cracked a million views with a virtuosic vocal performance in which she hit multiple notes simultaneously, generating a three-note chord from one voice box. This amazing voice will be on display at the Howard Theatre.

"A night of gambling, games and gigglejuice" is the theme for the Samuel Adams Fall Gala at Jack Rose, which includes 20 Sam Adams beers on tap, hors d'oeuvres and mock gambling at craps, roulette and blackjack tables. The $30 advance ticket includes unlimited beer and sparkling cider.

It has been 50 years since Italy's Peroni beer was introduced in the United States, and they're celebrating at Penn Social. The centerpiece is a Wednesday night bocce tournament, with a $4 advance registration fee for teams of two to four people. Don't want to play? A DJ starts spinning at 7:30 p.m. and Peroni drafts cost $3 all night.

Thursday, November 21
There have already been a number of happy hours and fundraisers for the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines (there's a long list of events elsewhere on this blog), but here's one worth your attention: The Science Club is hosting a party with DJs John Jazz and Double 07 spinning funk and house on two floors from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. A $10 donation to CARE and Feed the Hungry is good for admission, and there will be discounted drinks until 10 p.m. Bring your friends: The International Monetary Fund's IMF Civic Program is providing a matching grant.

Milestone anniversaries for seminal hip-hop albums are hitting fans fast and furious these days. With two classic albums released in 1990 and 1993, Brand Nubian has to be celebrated among a crowded field of those influential records. Its debut and sophomore releases covered a span in hip-hop between the East Coast's conscious era and its hardcore follow-up, and the singles stand as landmark songs for both styles. From the knowledge of "Wake Up" to the aggression of "Punks Jump Up to Get Beat Down," Brand Nubian made its mark. The trio performs at Liv along with Tracey Lee and support from DJ RBI. Tickets are $20 in advance.

Friday, November 22
If you've watched the Discovery Channel's "Moonshiners," which follows the bumbling adventures of a couple of moonshiners in rural southwestern Virginia, you've probably argued about whether the show is documentary or fake. (For its part, the state of Virginia says it's fake.) That's becoming a moot point now, as "Moonshiners" star Tim Smith, a self-proclaimed third-generation bootlegger, has gone fully legit. He's bringing his Climax Moonshine to Libertine and the Black Squirrel, where he'll sign autographs and talk about the spirit, beginning at 7 p.m. (Unlike old moonshine, this stuff won't make you go blind: It's only 90 proof.)

Saturday, November 23
With three weeks of Movember over, we hope your 'stache is looking pretty sweet. Show off your new facial hair - or peach fuzz - at the H Street Movemberfest. Purchase a wristband to take advantage of food and drink specials at 13 bars and restaurants on the strip from 1 to 9 p.m., including the H Street Country Club, the Argonaut, Cusbah and Dangerously Delicious Pies. There will be free activities for kids at the Big Board all day, and the crawl concludes at a late-night dance party with the funky Sinister Sound Set at the new RedRocks. All proceeds from ticket purchases benefit Movember and its partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and Livestrong. Buy tickets online to save $3, then pick them up Saturday at Big Board or the Queen Vic.

Georgetown's Malmaison has the menu, decor and clientele of an upscale lounge without all the stuffiness. But head up a few stairs from its dining and bar area, and you'll find a dancefloor flanked by one of the best custom sound systems in the city. House music god Ron Trent is responsible for creating that expertly designed space, which is devoted to the finest in soulful and deep dance music. He'll be joining New York's Funmi Ononaiye on Saturday night for a spiritual Afro-house excursion as a companion to a screening of Andrew Dosunmu's film "Restless City" at the National Gallery of Art earlier in the afternoon.

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