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Going Out Gurus: March 30, 2008 - April 5, 2008

April Mixtape

It's a month of impressive double bills. Les Savy Fav + the Dodos, the Dirtbombs + Kelley Stoltz, the Felice Brothers + Justin Townes Earle and Monotonix + Dark Meat account for almost half of this month's songs. Also be...

By David Malitz  |  April 4, 2008; 5:58 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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Portrait of a D.C. Institution: Ben's Chili Bowl

The lunch rush was in full swing at Ben's Chili Bowl today. A long line snaked into the back room, half-smokes were flying off the grill and cooks could be heard crooning old-school R&B. In other words, the atmosphere at...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 4, 2008; 3:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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At One With the 'Zillas

If you've got bride-phobia -- and if today's Got Plans is any indication, many people do -- you'll want to steer clear of the Tysons Filene's Basement tomorrow. It's time for the Running of the Brides. At 8 a.m., hundreds...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 3, 2008; 3:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Riding the Kegbus to the Ballpark

"Take public transportation to Nationals Park." We've been hearing that over and over, from Metro's spokesPeeps to the Nationals' own shuttle service, which will ferry fans from RFK's vast parking lots to the front door of the new stadium. Personally,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 3, 2008; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Bring on the Carbs

I signed up for the Cherry Blossom Ten Miler in the same way you might casually agree to meet someone for drinks after work. Some friends encouraged my fiance and me to try it. We paid our $30 fees the...

By Julia Beizer  |  April 2, 2008; 5:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Chasing Down the Green Fairy

Lately, Got Plans? readers have been asking about bars serving absinthe. It's showing up in more and more places throughout the area, though I'm still looking for one that prepares its absinthe using the traditional ceremony. In the meantime, if...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 2, 2008; 3:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Nightlife Agenda

There are no excuses for not catching some great local rock on Friday night; bars (and Clydesdales) celebrate 75 years of legal beer drinking; hip-hop legends Biz Markie and Slick Rick perform; Sasha and Digweed bring their reunion tour to...

By Fritz Hahn  |  April 1, 2008; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Music  
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Free and Easy Events

Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an idea for us? Send it to events@washingtonpost.com. Monday Los Gringos at the Millennium Stage George Washington University's Latin music group specializes...

By Fritz Hahn  |  March 31, 2008; 2:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc.  
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