Thursday, June 8, 2006; 12:00 AM
Preamble: We know people are looking for places to watch the World Cup and information on Capital Pride happy hours and events. This column lists a few of the highlights, but click on those links for longer lists of suggestions.
Thursday, June 8
Out in Arlington, there's this party that we wanna tell you about. Goes by the name of "The Big Lebowski Movie & Music Night." At least that was the handle the promoters gave it, but we never had much use for it ourselves. See, we call it "Dudefest." It includes a screening of the movie, trivia contests and guitarist Dave Jordan covering songs from the soundtrack. Sound good? Thought so. The Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse's doors open at 7:30, and if you come dressed as a character from the movie -- and we're so calling dibs on Blondie and Woo -- you get free tickets to a future show of your choice.
Make all the jokes you want about lawyers being cold and soulless and remorseless ambulance chasers -- just don't tell them at Clyde's of Gallery Place tonight. It's time for the Lawyer's Night Out, an evening that benefits a number of worthy charities under the auspices of the Give a Little Campaign, which was founded by law firm associates. Here's how it works: You donate $25 (or more) at the door, which you can direct to the American Red Cross, CARE, Doctors Without Borders or the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative. You get tickets for two drinks, complimentary hors d'oeuvres and door prize tickets. Doors open at 6:30 and the event runs until 9. While it's co-sponsored by dating Web site LawyersInLove.com, you don't have to be a lawyer to participate, and we won't tell if you don't. RSVPs are suggested; Visit www.givealittle2006.org.
On second thought, skip the lawyer jokes at Madams Organ, too. The third annual Battle of the Law Firm Bands features groups representing McDermott Will & Emery, Greenberg Traurig, LLP, Alston & Bird LLP and five other downtown practices. For one night, they're trading tasseled loafers and briefcases for Converses and Stratocasters to raise money for the charity Gifts for the Homeless. While the musical quality might not be much better than the high school "Battle of the Bands" events you'd find at your local community center, it's all for a good cause -- $30,000 was collected during last year's concert. Doors open at 7, and a $10 donation is requested.
Capital Pride's kickoff bash isn't until Friday, so get an early start with DJ Darryl Strickland at Cobalt, where domestic beers and rail drinks are $1 all night long. We're not sure how you're going to beat that one.
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society is relentless with its fundraising, thanks to the Team in Training program, but we love it when happy hours bring food and drink deals and make us feel better about hitting bars. Tonight at Porter's, a $10 donation to the charity is worth $2 Miller Lites, $3 house ales, $4 Captain Morgan drinks and $6 appetizer and dinner specials. The fun begins at 6:30.
Friday, June 9
We often hear from singles over 30 who are looking for happy hours and events that aren't overrun with interns, kickball teams and other large groups of twentysomethings. Here's one we can recommend: Pros in the City's Evening Mixer on the roof of the Hilton Washington Embassy Row. Sweeping views of Rock Creek and upper Northwest Washington make this the best place in the city to watch a sunset while sipping a drink. Targeted at singles 35-and-over, there's no loud music to worry about -- just a bar with cocktails, wine and beer, and plenty of places to relax. Doors open at 7 and there's a $10 cover.
If you're like us, then you've spent plenty of time over the past year watching hilarious videos on YouTube, all the while trying to suppress laughter so co-workers don't become suspicious. Perhaps one of those videos you stumbled across was a Norwegian trio wearing matching track suits, playing a deadly serious cover of "Total Eclipse of the Heart," using kitchen appliances as percussion. If that three minutes of "Blue Man Group-gone-indie" left you hankering for more, you're in luck -- Hurra Torpedo hits the State Theatre tonight, with ovens, washing machines and sledgehammers in tow. Perhaps the shtick will get to be a bit much over the course of an entire performance, or perhaps it will be the most unique concert of the year. Either way, you won't see anything like it any time soon.
Pride weekend officially gets underway tonight at Apex with Los Angeles-based circuit DJ Kimberly S.'s mix of house, trance and dance floor-filling anthems. Doors for the 18-and-over open at 9, and $5 of the $12 admission fee goes to Capital Pride.
Saturday, June 10
Trinidad and Tobago are no-hopers in this World Cup. In a group with England, Sweden and Paraguay, the Soca Warriors will be lucky to get one point. To bring up the old World Cup cliché, though, "The Trinidadians are just happy to be here, and win, lose or draw, they're going to party." That's the spirit at Zanzibar on the Waterfront today, where the local Caribbean community is gathering to watch T&T take on heavily favored Sweden at noon. Doors open at 10:30 a.m., and the match will be on the club's big screen televisions, but we're just as excited about the all-day party with barbecue and Caribbean food on the patio, drink specials, DJs and live music. Even better: There's no cover charge. Wear red -- the Soca Warriors' color -- and get ready to enjoy yourself.
We recently had a question in Got Plans? from someone who had never seen go-go legend, D.C. institution and, yes, Washington Post pitchman Chuck Brown in concert. For that person -- and anyone else who has never busted loose with Chuck -- get yourself out to Carter Barron Amphitheatre tonight, where the Godfather of Go-Go will kick off the venue's summer concert season. Sure, there will be other chances to see him this summer, but let's face it -- would you rather see him at beautiful, shady Carter Barron or on a hot slab of concrete surrounded by the smell of burnt meat? (Actually, that's probably pretty compelling for lots of folks.) The SOS Band is also on tonight's bill, which might appeal to the old-school R&B fan in you.