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Posted at 1:28 PM ET, 05/30/2008

Nightlife Agenda Update

By Fritz Hahn

Max Scozia mixes up flavored martinis at Skye Lounge (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

Sometimes, one Nightlife Agenda column just isn't enough. If you're looking for ideas beyond the live music, bar crawls and DJ nights we suggested earlier in the week, here are some more events to help you with your weekend planning.

Friday, May 30
We'll be the first to admit we recommend some pretty out there stuff at the Velvet Lounge. Stuff that many people could listen to and say, "I can't find any discernible talent in the noise these people are creating." Tonight's show is not one of those occasions. Jack Rose (listen) is a guitar player of immense talent, precision and grace, one who could fit in just as easily opening at the Birchmere for Leo Kottke as playing at the Velvet. His playing can induce a trance-like state, although things are bound to be a little more lively tonight as he performs with the Black Twigs (listen), who play classic roots music. A trio of similarly virtuosic pluckers -- Glenn Jones (listen), Fern Knight (listen) and Alexander Turnquist (listen) -- round out one of the club's strongest bills of the year.

Subdued, trance-inducing acoustic music might not be your idea of a good time on a Friday night, so if you're looking to keep things more rowdy we'll recommend a longtime NA favorite, Baltimore's J. Roddy Walston and the Business (listen) at Iota. We've never been disappointed by the roadhouse rock energy the Charm City quartet brings to the stage. And while some bands get by purely on energy, Walston and his gang craft memorable songs with sing-along choruses, bouncy piano and screaming guitar solos. The band just scored a nice gig opening for the Hold Steady during Brooklyn's popular free concert series at McCarren Park Pool, so you might be seeing its name more places than just in this column in the near future.

The Washington Redskins' Santana Moss turns 29 on June 1, so there are a couple of celebrity-studded birthday bashes going on this weekend. Even if you can't get into the VIP with the ballers, there's still plenty for you to enjoy. Tonight at Ibiza, it's the Celebrity White Party -- guess what the dress code is -- with the legendary hip-hop DJ and producer Pete Rock spinning on the rooftop deck and Roc-A-Fella house producer Just Blaze providing beats on the club's main level. It should be crucial for hip-hop heads and club kids alike. Admission is free with this flyer and an email to by 5 p.m. today with your name and e-mail address. Doors open at 8; arrive by 10. (There are rumors of an open bar, too.)

Also celebrating a birthday this weekend is D.C. house legend Sam "The Man" Burns, one of the deans of the local DJ scene, whose soulful house grooves have kept dancers ecstatic from the early days at long-gone venues like the Clubhouse through weekly stints at Red, Dragonfly and Eighteenth Street Lounge in recent years. He's celebrating tonight at Mirrors with DJ Divine, spinning the way that only Sam can. The party begins at at 10. Admission is $7 before midnight, $10 after, and this party is going to go late.

Saturday, May 31
Looking to see "Sex and the City" with your girlfriends but think that picking a theater and cocktail destination is just too much work? Pros in the City have the solution with the "Sex and the City" With Cosmos package: admission to the sold-out 7 p.m. screening of "Sex and the City" at the AMC Loews 14 in Georgetown, followed by cosmos -- on the house -- at Tony and Joe's, an outdoor bar across the street at Washington Harbour. The evening also includes a "Sex and the City" trivia contest with prizes. Tickets are $35 in advance, and may sell out.

Last week, Fritz wrote about the new Skye Lounge downtown, which has a large outdoor patio and some tasty South American cocktails, though the after-dark events were pretty hit-or-miss. Tonight, Skye unveils Summer Sunsets, a guest list-only party with DJs spinning mashups, hip-hop and Top 40. Much of the outdoor seating will be reserved for bottle service (go figure), but there are chances to sit outdoors and enjoy drink specials, beginning at 7 p.m. There's no cover when you hit the Mink Events site to RSVP.

Spot the contradiction: Anyone can RSVP for free admission to Santana Moss's Private Celebrity Birthday Event tonight at Pose Ultra Lounge, the new nightclub at National Harbor's Gaylord National Resort. The "Host Committee" includes Clinton Portis, Carlos Rogers, Sinorice Moss and Edgerrin James. DJ DNA is on the turntables and admission is free before midnight if you send your full name and e-mail address (and the names/e-mail address of your friends) to Doors open at 9, and early arrival is suggested.

-- Fritz Hahn and David Malitz

By Fritz Hahn  | May 30, 2008; 1:28 PM ET
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music  
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