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Going Out Gurus: August 13, 2006 - August 19, 2006

Expanded Week-ness

I just returned from vacation and, while I had the time of my life romping around and trying new dishes including kudu and ostrich, I was sorry to have missed a huge portion of Restaurant Week. For those of you...

By Erin  |  August 18, 2006; 10:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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The 'Snakes' Are Here

Let's get one thing straight: "Snakes on a Plane" is a not a great movie. The acting is consistently one-dimensional. The premise, as the title suggests, is beyond ludicrous. And the musical score is so unsophisticated that it makes the...

By Jen Chaney  |  August 18, 2006; 12:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (66)
Categories:  Movies  
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Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

Combining zany activities and philanthropic work is all in a day's work -- or in a day's drinking -- for SMASHED. Best known for the Idiotarod, which had teams of twentysomethings racing through D.C.'s streets pulling shopping carts sled-dog style,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  August 17, 2006; 10:30 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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New Kids on the Block

Anyone wondering what's new on the contemporary art scene need look no further than three Washington galleries this month. Work by newly minted BFA and MFA graduates are on view at Irvine Contemporary, Project 4 and Conner Contemporary. There are...

By Julia Beizer  |  August 16, 2006; 8:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Museums  
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'Plane' Prep

Only two more days until what has to be the most anticipated snake-related event in human history: The release of the movie "Snakes on a Plane." Rumors are swirling about big groups descending on the first screenings on Thursday night....

By Jen Chaney  |  August 15, 2006; 11:42 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
Categories:  Movies  
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Popularity Contest

You voted in droves, and today we announced the winners of our fifth annual Best Bets awards, the contest where readers name their favorite places in 48 categories. In a blog post after last year's contest, we addressed the fact...

By Anne  |  August 14, 2006; 5:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (13)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Sophistication on the Cheap

In my line of work, "happy hour drink specials" usually means discount Miller Lite or rail vodkas that are closer to paint stripper than Snow Queen. When wine is marked down, it's often from one of those commercial Australian wineries...

By Fritz Hahn  |  August 14, 2006; 1:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Don't Believe the Hype

Here's a cautionary tale for interns and happy hour fans, especially those who read today's Metro section story about young people networking at happy hour while seeking out $2 beers. To find the best deals, they pass around an Excel...

By Fritz Hahn  |  August 14, 2006; 11:23 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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