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Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 02/22/2007

Nightlife Agenda Pick of the Week

By Fritz Hahn

The first (and only) time David saw Akron/Family was Dec. 8, 2005. Why does he remember the specific date for a random concert? Because -- and sorry to get all Zach Braff on you -- more than any other show over the past few years, that one changed his life the most. Here's why: It wasn't necessarily the best show I've seen during that stretch, although it certainly was great. It was more the circumstances surrounding it. It was a Thursday night, the forecast was calling for snow, it was a band I was into, but not all that much. Still, I felt some pull to go see this show, to support a good band that I hadn't seen before on a night when there clearly wasn't going to be much of a crowd. So I went to Iota and was rewarded with one of the most unique performances I've ever seen. The band certainly didn't care that there were maybe 30 people in attendance. It went about its business as it normally would, playing a two-hour-plus set that veered all over the map from instrument-free four-part singalongs in the middle of the audience to psychedelic noise freakouts that extended past the 10-minute mark. The band's album didn't prepare me for that second half of that equation. I was expecting mostly gentle, back-porch folk with some experimental undertones, not the second coming of Blue Cheer. It was an awesome show and it served as inspiration to check out more unknown, somewhat obscure bands on a regular basis, because you never know when you'll have your mind blown. Tonight the Family has a much more high-profile show at the Rock and Roll Hotel. Opener Kitty Hawk flies under the radar in the Federal Reserve collective, but it might just be the best of the batch, with fragile indie-folk songs that exude that most intangible of musical qualities -- honesty. Deleted Scenes rounds out the bill.

This is just one of the cool events that David, Fritz and Rhome are excited about this week; they're also looking forward to a midnight Street Fighter tournament, the Smithsonian's late-night DJs and catching live go-go at Five. Read all about it in the Nightlife Agenda column.

By Fritz Hahn  | February 22, 2007; 10:00 AM ET
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Hey GOGs,

Its pretty hard to find any way to contact you that doesn't include posting on a blog. anyhoo - today in the chat Janet missed a bunch of large wedding sites - Corcoran, National Building Museum, City Museum, Andrew Mellon, Carnegie Institute, DAR< Stephen Decatur House, the Galleria, just to name a few. Also there is the Ballroom in Bethesda and Newton White Mansion in Michellville. The Sewell Belmont House does NOT hold 200. I think I should be your wedding guru :)

Posted by: janiceelaine | March 1, 2007 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey janiceelaine, Julia here. I was the one taking a bunch of those wedding questions yesterday. Thanks for your interest in the wedding question! My fiance and I (well, let's be honest, more me than him) have been researching this a ton lately. The Building Museum and Andrew Mellon are great suggestions and big omissions on my part. Thanks for mentioning the Maryland sites as well. We didn't look anywhere in Md. so I don't know of too many sites out there.

Your other suggestions are good too, but I litterally just looked into these places so I wanted to correct a few things lest we steer some local brides in the wrong direction. Stephen Decatur only holds 150 for a seated reception. The Carnegie Institute is about the same (the guy there says he can seat 175, but it looked a little tight). The Corcoran no longer does weddings. (Also, I mentioned the City Museum yesterday, but called it the Carnegie Library.)

The Galleria is a really nice spot. We looked there, but the chatter who asked yesterday was looking for a museum-y space and being in an office building, the Galleria doesn't really fit the bill.

Anyway, sorry for the super long comment! If you think there's more stuff the City Guide could be doing for local brides, let me know! You can reach me at julia(dot)beizer(at)washingtonpost(dot)com.

Posted by: Julia | March 2, 2007 4:55 PM | Report abuse

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