Nightlife Agenda Update
This week's Nightlife Agenda column was jam-packed with events -- if you haven't read it yet, you should do so now -- but we've still got even more ideas for your weekend, including not one but two date auctions, an arty get-together for International Surfing Day, a farewell party for a local DJ and hot jazz on U Street.
If you see people wandering around on the Metro wearing boardshots today, it's not because of the 80-degree temperatures -- it's because today is International Surfing Day. And in honor of this momentous holiday, the Art Whino Gallery is hosting "Ripple: Art Affecting Oceans," an art show and event that benefits the Surfrider Foundation. Browse the groovy, stylish paintings by California-based graphic designer Erik Abel, dance to live reggae from the Oasis Band, sample free California wines (plus beer, soda, etc. at a cash bar) and bid in a silent auction that includes five days at a surf camp in El Salvador, a week's stay in Costa Rica, hotel packages good anywhere in the U.S. and dinner at local restaurants. Proceeds go to Surfrider, a nonprofit group that works for clean water and beaches around the world. The dress code tonight is "black tie and baggies" -- just dress up your usual beachwear. The party runs from 8 to midnight, and a $10 donation is requested. RSVP on the Surfrider DC site.
In a town as wonky as Washington, it's not surprising that there's a group called "Young Professionals in Foreign Policy." It's hosting a fundraiser tonight at the City Tavern Club called "Affairs of State" that features a date auction, concert and, most importantly, a silent auction where you can win an off-the-record lunch with some really heavy hitters, including former Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz; former Clinton White House chief of staff John Podesta; 9/11 Commission co-chair Lee Hamilton; and author, former Time Magazine editor and Aspen Institute president Walter Isaacson. Okay, it's not all that serious and/or stuffy. The date auction features young singles from the pages of Washington Life -- including former Miss D.C. Kate Michael, and local cover band Sick Feed -- as comfortable aping Skynyrd as Kelly Clarkson -- is performing. Tickets are $35 in advance from the Young Professionals in Foreign Policy Web site and they include an open bar from 8:30 to 9:30; proceeds go to various charities, including the Refugee Assistance Program.
Unless you're a New York electro aficionado, the name Pat Mahoney atop a flyer probably doesn't mean much to you. But Mahoney is the man charged with laying down funky beats for LCD Soundsystem, and he just compiled a mix CD for the much-vaunted Fabric DJ series with LCD vocalist James Murphy. Mahoney brings his mix of disco, funk, disco funk, rare grooves and electro to the 9:30 club tonight, where he's joined by Will Eastman (Bliss), Chris Burns (Disco City) and local pop-rock band the Dance Party (listen). Drink a few Red Bulls before you go out: The party goes until 3:30 a.m.
The Islander Restaurant has been popping up in Got Plans? recently, mostly because of its Caribbean delicacies (oxtail stew, spicy curry goat) and tasty Dark and Stormy rum cocktails, concocted with house-made ginger beer. What you might not know, however, is that the restaurant hosts live music on the weekends, making it a great pit stop along U Street. Tonight's concert features Donvonte McCoy, whose smooth, passionate trumpet playing we've enjoyed at Eighteenth Street Lounge and HR-57. The music kicks off at 8 and goes until midnight.
As we mentioned in our preview of the Hirshhorn After-Hours, DJ People's Champion is leaving D.C. to return to the bright lights of Berlin. But the man who brought us See You Next Tuesday at Wonderland and Transatlantic at DC9 couldn't take off without a farewell blowout, and it's one of the sickest DJ lineups we've seen in a while, a veritable who's-who of the D.C. electro DJ scene, most of whom have been featured in this column at one time or another. Taking turns on the decks are Dave Nada, Gavin Holland (Nouveau Riche), Will Eastman (Bliss), Chris Burns (Disco City), Matt Nordstrom (Sleaze), Stereo Faith (Sorted) and People's Champion himself. Things are going to be running pretty loose, since it's a going-away party, but we can tell you that it's starting at 9 at Station 9 and will cost $5 to get in.
A dozen eligible bachelors and bachelorettes are putting themselves on the block at the Clarendon Grill tonight to raise money for the Alzheimer's Association, and hey, if you hit it off with one of them, more power to you both. The even starts at 6 with happy hour (drinks for $1.75!), raffles for gift certificates from local restaurants and a silent auction with prizes ranging from theater and concert tickets to an autographed D.C. United jersey. The date auction begins at 9, and you can get a preview of all the participants. Admission is $10 in advance (from that Web site) or $15 at the door, and it includes three raffle tickets. One hundred percent of the sales -- and proceeds from auctions -- goes to charity.
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