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|Monday, April 7: Now, we're not going to speculate on who will win tonight's NCAA championship game -- our brackets are in the toilet, anyway -- but if you're looking to watch the game outside of your living room, you won't find a bad seat in the house at Sterling Cinema Draft. The final will be shown on all three 25-foot screens at this converted movie theater, and door prizes will be given away at every commercial break. But arrive early: Doors open at 5 and there's no reserved seating.|| |
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Thursday, April 3
If you didn't win tickets to see reggae superstars Sean Paul and Wayne Wonder at WPGC's Spring Jam, you still can see the duo. After they perform for loyal listeners at Nation, they're heading to the VIP Club to do it again. There are no guarantees about how long the pair will be onstage, but if you want to take a chance, doors open at 9 p.m.
In the past 12 months, the Reef has become a fixture in Adams Morgan, from its rooftop deck to the bar's excellent draft beer selection. Tonight at 9, the Reef celebrates its first birthday with specials -- including $1 off all drinks -- and a gathering of all the regulars. It's a great opportunity to find out why you should become one, too.
Friday, April 4
It wouldn't be spring in Washington without the cherry blossoms, and it definitely wouldn't be spring in social Washington without the Cherry Blossom Princesses. See, each U.S. state and territory nominates a young lady to join the court, come to Washington and go on tours and stuff. The highlight is the black-tie Grand Ball, where the princesses are presented and (we're not making this up) "one princess's life will change, with the spinning of a wheel." No talent competition, no swimwear, no platform of world peace -- just some Vegas-style action to select the queen. It sounds like a major letdown, but these balls are a huge event. You, too, can go meet the princesses, taste some fine sushi and dance the night away. Tickets are $125 each and can be purchased by phone; call 800-494-8497.
With her beaming smile, high-wattage stage presence and aggressive throaty vocals, Ms. Spice has netted adoration in D.C.'s go-go community for her female-fronted band. Particularly because of their appearance at Ladyfest DC, this Washington Area Music Award nominee has also succeeded in spreading the Beat to audiences that wouldn't usually go to a go-go show. Ms. Spice plays to what will likely be a packed house tonight at the Black Cat, along with the Deep Six and Del Cielo.
Saturday, April 5
For a long time, we've thought that Ortanique would be a great place for late-night lounging; but with the exception of Friday's salsa events, the stylish Caribbean restaurant and bar closes early. That's about to change with the introduction of Solaris, a new club night with DJs, dancing and, of course, Ortanique's delicious rum cocktails.
Thirteen downtown bars are scheduled to participate in today's Cap City Bar Crawl. Many are the usual suspects -- Rumors, Madhatter, the Bottom Line and Mackey's, to name a few -- and proceeds raised go to benefit Martha's Table, a charity that works with homeless and low-income children and families. Sign-up begins at noon and you can wander between bars for drink specials until 9.
The Borders Books & Music chain is a special little secret for lovers of live music. Over the past few years, area stores have landed some great jazz, soul and folk acts in their intimate spaces, and -- here's the best part -- the performances are always free. Artists like Julie Dexter have breezed through and later gone on to international acclaim. This afternoon at 2, local funk-rock outfit OKTBRWRLD makes an appearance at the Pentagon City location.
Sunday, April 6
In the past, we've chronicled the growing opportunities for female DJs in D.C. While the city's turntables are still primarily worked by men, the First Ladies DJ Collective has been taking every opportunity to shift that balance. You can now catch one of the collective's principal members, Christine Moritz, at Gazuza every Sunday. From 9 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., selector Moritz spins downtempo, funky breakbeat and "happy charm fool dance music" (a style of Japanese pop of which she is fond).
Monday, April 7
Now, we're not going to speculate on who will win tonight's NCAA championship game -- our brackets are in the toilet, anyway -- but if you're looking to watch the game outside of your living room, you won't find a bad seat in the house at Sterling Cinema Draft. The final will be shown on all three 25-foot screens at this converted movie theater, and door prizes will be given away at every commercial break. But arrive early: Doors open at 5 and there's no reserved seating.
Tuesday, April 8
If the '80s nights around town are starting to get that "been there, done that" feeling, then you haven't been to Cobalt for Solid Gold Tuesdays. DJ Jason Royce spins disco, new wave and '80s pop for a gay crowd that's only too happy to dance and sing along. The drink prices seem to be retro as well: Draft beers and rail drinks are $2 all night.
Wednesday, April 9
Flirt, the long-running Wednesday night hip-hop party, has moved back to MCCXXIII, with the same specials that it offered the first time around: an open bar from 6 to 10 and a free dinner buffet that lasts until the food disappears. As the night wears on, there will be plenty of African American professionals getting their groove on to mainstream and old-school hip-hop and R&B tunes. Tonight, the guest host is one Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, so arrive early or be prepared to wait. And remember: It's very necessary you don't rock the Sean John with a nice throwback and your Air Force Ones. "Dress to Impress" doesn't mean have to bring the white linen, but do yourself a favor and look good.
Fritz Hahn is the Bars and Clubs editor of washingtonpost.com and a Going Out Guru. Rhome Anderson is a Going Out Guru and performs around town under the name DJ Stylus.
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