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Going Out Gurus: September 28, 2008 - October 4, 2008

Breaking News: Oktoberfest Crackdown

If you're looking forward to sampling beers from 40 different breweries at the Capitol City Brewing Company's Oktoberfest in Shirlington tomorrow, be warned: The days of unlimited tastes are over. For the last five years, attendees paid one price for...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 3, 2008; 4:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (15)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Five Questions for the New Kids Fan

I pinned these as loyal fans. (Photos by Lavanya Ramanathan) Last night, nearly 15 years after calling it quits, the New Kids on the Block returned to Washington to play Verizon Center, no longer kids but men 35 to 39...

By Anne  |  October 3, 2008; 9:59 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Music  
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Taste of the Towns

Everybody's hungry for the Taste of Bethesda. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post) "Taste of [Insert Neighborhood Here]" events are now common around the area, but Taste of Bethesda and Taste of Georgetown are a pair of the longest-running and most well...

By Julia Beizer  |  October 2, 2008; 5:57 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Get in to Madame Tussauds for a Song

At Madame Tussauds, feel free to kiss, hug, touch and otherwise have your way with wax celebrities. (Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) For me, Madame Tussauds, with its nearly $20 price tag, has been the one museum best left to the tourists...

By Anne  |  October 2, 2008; 5:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Museums  
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Jazz on the Mall Schedule

There are plenty of great shows during this year's Duke Ellington Jazz Festival, but Sunday's Jazz on the Mall is the best of the bunch. The free concert features a host of top acts, including blues singer Taj Mahal, renowned...

By David Malitz  |  October 2, 2008; 4:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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October Mixtape

McCoy Tyner plays a free show on the Mall as part of the Duke Ellington Jazz Festival. (Gene Martin/The Washington Post) A couple of very different festivals -- Sonic Circuits DC and Duke Ellington Jazz Festival -- highlight the picks...

By David Malitz  |  October 1, 2008; 5:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Debate Viewing, Round 2

So last week we did a big rundown of all the debate-watching events around town. With two debates taking place over the next week -- vice presidential candidates on Thursday, then the presidential candidates on Tuesday -- you won't be...

By Fritz Hahn  |  October 1, 2008; 3:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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Nightlife Agenda

Swedish rockers Division of Laura Lee are just one of the attractions at the House of Sweden of Friday -- there's also a fashion show and roofop DJs. (Joshua Kessler/Courtesy of Burning Heart Records) A diverse Nightlife Agenda column includes...

By Fritz Hahn  |  September 30, 2008; 5:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Olsson's, Gone For Good

I made a rare trip outside the office today to pick up some lunch across the street at Corner Bakery. The restaurant is attached at the hip to a shrunken Olsson's Books and Records location and I noticed a sign...

By David Malitz  |  September 30, 2008; 4:53 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (12)
 
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Up Next: October Arts

Lino Tagliapietra's blown glass will be on display at the Renwick this month. (Photo by Greg R. Miller) Everything from political works to glass sculpture and cartoons to ancient artifacts are headed our way this month. Here's a sampling...

By Stephanie Merry  |  September 30, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Onstage in October

MacHomer mixes the Simpsons and Shakespeare this month at Woolly Mammoth. (Photo by Michael Cooper) Fall is officially here. Pumpkins are showing up at farmers markets, leaves are falling off trees, the sun is setting earlier and earlier and...

By Stephanie Merry  |  September 30, 2008; 9:06 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Theater  
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Free and Easy Events

French-born harmonica wiz Frederic Yonnet performs at final Jazz in the Garden concert of 2008 on Friday. (Frank Jackson) Every week, the Going Out Gurus suggest ways to enjoy Washington's cultural scene without spending any money. Have an idea for...

By Fritz Hahn  |  September 29, 2008; 11:57 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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On Violence in Nightlife Districts

Last night violence gripped the Adams Morgan and U Street neighborhoods with two shootings. The first occurred at approximately 4:20 p.m. in an alley near 14th and T streets NW; the Adams Morgan shooting took place around 11 p.m. inside...

By Julia Beizer  |  September 29, 2008; 11:03 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (18)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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