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Going Out Gurus: November 2, 2008 - November 8, 2008

The Inauguration: The Planning Begins

The U.S. Capitol, awash in flags and dignitaries for the 2005 inauguration. (Robert Deutsch/USA Today/Pool) The questions everyone's asking this week are about planning for January. While many of the specifics are still up in the air -- the bipartisan...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 7, 2008; 3:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
Categories:  Events , Inauguration  
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Art and Aspirations

It's too early to say whether the next president will appoint a new White House chef, but a new restaurateur in town, Art Smith of the fledgling Art and Soul on Capitol Hill, has a resume that could serve him...

By Anne  |  November 6, 2008; 2:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Cheaper Theater

It turns out the economic downturn has a (small) upside. It seems like sales are going on everywhere, and Arena Stage is jumping on the bandwagon. The 24-hour sale starts at midnight on Thursday, Nov. 13 Friday, Nov. 14 --...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 6, 2008; 2:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Theater  
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Q&A: Dan Deacon

Baltimore electronic musician/indie-kid ringmaster Dan Deacon rose to prominence in 2007 when he released a fantastic party record, played countless major festivals and won blog-world praise ("Dan Deacon changed my life!") for his thrillingly interactive live show. In 2008, the...

By David Malitz  |  November 6, 2008; 10:16 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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You Rocked the Vote, Now Rock the Parties

We were hoping to take a break from politics for a while after Tuesday night but we're getting a number of announcements about "Obama Victory Parties" scheduled for this weekend. Some of these are already-scheduled parties that, as of this...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 5, 2008; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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November Mixtape

Featured on this month's mixtape are recap rockers Previously on Lost, a pair of wonderful weirdos (Jim White and Robyn Hitchcock) and a pair of young jazz stars to keep your eye on (Lafayette Gilchrist and Christian Scott). First five...

By David Malitz  |  November 5, 2008; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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Dinner and Door Prizes at Willow This Weekend

So, I was going to write about two good-cause foodie events this Sunday, but alas, one of two sold out this week, while I was busy being a cupcake warrior and election night volunteer here at the site. But the...

By Julia Beizer  |  November 5, 2008; 2:14 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Nightlife Agenda

Post-Halloween and post-election, there's no slowdown on the nightlife front with the always-engaging Dan Deacon bringing his electro beats to the Hirshhorn, D.C.'s finest soul DJs uniting for a dancefloor showdown, a new club opening in Penn Quarter, King Kong...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 4, 2008; 6:38 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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The (Cupcake) Results Are In

It's official. Georgetown Cupcake reigned victorious in The Washington Post's Cupcake Wars with its luscious Chocolate Ganache. Videographer Anna Uhls stopped by the cupcakery last week to see how the owners work their magic. Check out what the sisters (and...

By Julia Beizer  |  November 4, 2008; 5:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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On Stage in November

November is going to be a busy month for theater, and it appears there will be something for everyone, whether you're interested in irreverent stand-up, cult musicals or classical ballet. "underground," inspired by the Weather Underground, makes its D.C. debut...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 4, 2008; 1:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Theater  
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Voting Early?

Yesterday afternoon Joe Uehlein, leader of the roots-rock group The U-Liners and an Obama supporter, sent out word announcing the band's "Election Victory Celebration" concert at Iota on Saturday night. Does that seem a bit, uh, premature? Actually it was...

By Anne  |  November 4, 2008; 1:33 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Rock the Vote, Get Free Stuff

If you're wearing an "I Voted" sticker -- or, in my case, a "Yo Vote" sticker -- a number of area businesses are offering freebies and discounts today. (There's a question over whether this is legal -- Starbucks has already...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 4, 2008; 12:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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9:30 Club Bargains, Tomorrow Morning

Can you kick it? Yes, you can, and two-for-one style, at that. (By Kyle Gustafson/For The Washington Post) Once you get your fill of Election Day freebies -- coffee from Starbucks, a donut from Krispy Kreme, a taco from California...

By David Malitz  |  November 4, 2008; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (7)
Categories:  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 'What Candidates Are Really Made of and Other Famous Faces' at Sixth and...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 3, 2008; 4:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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Ready for Some Football (With Drink Specials)?

If you want to watch the Redskins/Steelers tonight somewhere other than your couch, here are a couple places we'd recommend checking out for cheap drinks and solid food specials. Velocity Five Owner Jim Speros has a Washington Redskins Super Bowl...

By Fritz Hahn  |  November 3, 2008; 3:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Up Next: Galleries and Museums in November

The art of Fritz Scholder comes to the Portrait Gallery. (Courtesy of the Smithsonian Institution) This month, the local museums and galleries are all about the big events. Up first, we have back-to-back art parties with Phillips After 5...

By Stephanie Merry  |  November 3, 2008; 11:19 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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