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Posted at 2:41 PM ET, 06/26/2007

Thursday is the New Friday

By Fritz Hahn

Our Nightlife Agenda column comes out on Wednesday afternoons, but sometimes we want to give you extra warning about Thursday events -- just in case you need to cancel other plans or rearrange your schedule. Here are a few promising happy hours, parties, concerts and DJ nights for June 28, because, as you should know, Thursday is the new Friday.

As a correspondent and producer for Vice Magazine's internet television station,, Trace Crutchfield has explored Bolivia's largest coca market and the country's cocaine exports, gone shopping in the shantytowns of Rio (and been shot at for his trouble) and sipped sizzurp in Houston. Obviously, he's a man with stories to tell -- and great taste in suits -- which makes him the perfect guest for the Modernist Society's new "intelligent lounging" event at Bourbon. Every month, organizers will bring a special guest like Crutchfield for a moderated discussion and Q&A session, bookended by a happy hour (free Hendrick's gin from 8 to 9) and a dance party with DJs Neville Chamberlain and D-Mac spinning soul, deep funk and greasy R&B. "We hope to create a casual, comfortable atmosphere where we can discuss issues big and small in a frank, yet humorous tone," event founder Jason Mojica said in an e-mail. "Tongue-in-cheek pretentiousness, if you will." Think of it as a way to infuse your nightlife with some intellectual stimulation. Crutchfield and Mojica take the stage at 9 for the hour-long interview, and at least 15 minutes of that will be given over to audience questions and comments. (Watch some of Crutchfield's work here before you go.) There's no cover, and it's sure to be far more interesting than whatever you and your boys would be debating over $2 Buds at Lucky Bar.

Last month, the Alliance Francaise launched its new happy hour series, Soiree Carte Blanche, with a party at the cultural organization's Kalorama headquarters. Mixing an iPod DJ battle, spoken word poetry, video screenings, French wine and dancing to funky house music, the goal is "to provide something different," said Andoni Bérasatégui, a cultural assistant at the Alliance, and "introduce an artistic twist to the standard after-work parties." The Soiree returns tonight at the Eyebar lounge in Midtown, and organizers aren't saying what surprises they have lined up for the evening, musical or otherwise, but the iPod battles are back on the agenda. If you want to participate, it's essential to sign up early, as the limited number of slots filled quickly last time. Admission is $10 (or $8 for Alliance members) and doors open at 7 p.m.

Grits and Gravy is back again at Jin, for the Adult Mix, bringing that much-needed dose of hip-hop classics, disco, early house and stone-funky '70s soul and R&B that gets its loyal crowd grooving. Doors open at 6 p.m. for that after-work rush, and there's no cover, no dress code, no stress -- just dancing, drink specials and friendly folks chilling out.

Finally, it's a good night for do-gooders on the U Street corridor. At DC9, Wes Tucker and the Skillets' funky R&B tunes (listen) are paired with No Second Troy's hook-filled indie rock (listen) to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The Black Cat, meanwhile, hosts Banding Together, an annual event that features rock bands composed of lawyers from firms like Greenberg Traurig and Patton Boggs. The highlight of the concert has to be an appearance by Beats Workin', which features White House Press Secretary Tony Snow on guitar. (They play covers of the Stones, the Eagles and Eric Clapton, if you're interested.) Let's not let wonk-spotting get in the way of a good cause, though: The cover charge is $10, which all goes toward purchasing clothes for homeless men, women and children. Doors open at 7.

-- Fritz

By Fritz Hahn  | June 26, 2007; 2:41 PM ET
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Also Heard there is Going to be a Ed Hardy Fashion Show at 1223 in the Spank Level.

Planning on Checking it out.

Posted by: Susan | June 27, 2007 12:37 PM | Report abuse

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