Nightlife Agenda: Lalah Hathaway and Beaujolais Nouveau


Lalah Hathaway at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz from Newtown on August 27, 2010 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Gallo Images/Getty Images)
November 18, 2013

Every Tuesday, the Going Out Guide highlights the week’s best DJs, bands, dance nights and parties. Find a longer list of events, including much more Beaujolais Nouveau-related, at www.goingoutguide.com.

Lalah Hathaway

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.

Wednesday at 8 p.m. Howard Theatre, 620 T St. NW. 202-803-2899. www.thehowardtheatre.com. $60.

Beaujolais Nouveau release party

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.

Thursday at 12:01 a.m. Bistrot du Coin, 1738 Connecticut Ave. NW. 202-234-6969. www.bistrotducoin.com. Free.


Customers clamor for free wine at Bistrot du Coin’s Beaujolais Nouveau party. (Courtesy Bistrot du Coin)
Typhoon Haiyan fundraiser

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 on the Going Out Guide), 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.

Thursday at 8 p.m. Science Club, 1136 19th St. NW. 202-775-0747. www.scienceclubdc.com. $10 donation requested.

H Street Movemberfest

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 bar crawl. 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.

Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. Begins at the Big Board (421 H St. NE) and the Queen Vic (1206 H St. NE). www.hstmovemberfestii.eventbrite.com. $12 in advance or $15 at the door.

Fritz Hahn and Rhome Anderson

Fritz Hahn has written about bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. A product of Prince George's County public schools, Fritz majored in journalism at the University of Maryland and lives in the District.
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