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Going Out Gurus: January 18, 2009 - January 24, 2009

MCCXXIII Is Closed

The club MCCXXIII, known as 1223, has closed its doors after a decade on the popular Connecticut Avenue strip north of M Street. "In short, we were there for 10 years, the lease was up and the new fair-market value...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 23, 2009; 1:10 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (9)
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The General Store Opens Saturday -- Sort Of

Comfort food lovers have been eagerly awaiting the arrival of the General Store, a new venture from chef Gillian Clark (formerly of Colorado Kitchen) and her partner Robin Smith. As Tom Sietsema reported in a November 2008 Dish column, the...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 22, 2009; 5:27 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (4)
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Nightlife Agenda

Sam "The Man" Burns, a longtime fixture on the D.C. house music scene, launches a new party at Muse Lounge on Thursday night. (Stephanie K. Kuykendal for The Washington Post) Wednesday | Thursday | Friday | Saturday | Sunday |...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 21, 2009; 4:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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D.C. Restaurant Week: The List Is Up

As you may have seen over in Tom Sietsema's chat, the wait is over for this winter's Restaurant Week dates and participants. The semi-annual deal, in which restaurants offer three-course lunches for $20.09 and dinners for $35.09, will take place...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 21, 2009; 12:20 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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The Last Words

On my way home, I went through Adams Morgan. I have to admit I was a little apprehensive, with all the pre-inaugural talk about late-night debauchery, traffic snarls and lines at the Jumbo Slice merchants that could potentially rival Ben's...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 21, 2009; 4:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Inauguration  
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Surreal Soiree at City Hall

1350 Pennsylvania Ave. NW -- 1:36 a.m.: In retrospect, it was probably a good thing I was about an hour late for the 51st State Ball at the John A. Wilson Building tonight. This party is both an unofficial inaugural...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 21, 2009; 2:12 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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At Rock the Vote: Dirty Hands on Deck

707 G St. NW -- 12:32 p.m.: Veteran hip-hop DJ Dirty Hands is capping off his inauguration week by spinning at the Rock the Vote party at Indebleu, and it sounds like he's had a busy couple of days. "Man,...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 21, 2009; 2:01 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Aloha From the Inaugural Luau

555 Eighth St. NW -- Hawaiian prints outnumbered tuxes at the Inaugural Luau, an unofficial party held in a ballroom at the Hotel Monaco. Luau was an appropriate name: The vibe here is as relaxed as some of the ukelele-led...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 20, 2009; 11:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Bohemian Caverns, a Bargain of the Night

U and 13th streets -- 10:30 p.m.: I get off at the U Street Metro with some out-of-towners. "We're still in the ghetto," one of them informs someone on a cell phone. "Maybe 20 years ago, but not anymore," I...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 11:45 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Playing with Fire at the Warehouse

Maybe it's a residual high from the day's festivities, but the mood at the Art of Change party, hosted by Artomatic and Playa del Fuego at the Warehouse, is especially jovial. Attendees are striking up conversations with any stranger standing...

By Stephanie Merry  |  January 20, 2009; 11:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Celebrating the Inauguration With Sword-Swallowers

Being in a bar when the sun is shining? Not so unusual. Watching sword swallowers and belly dancers perform in the middle of the afternoon? Not something you get to do every day. The Lucky Daredevil Thrillshow is on stage...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 5:29 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Thrill (Without the Chill) of the Moment

It used to be that if you saw a black president, you were watching the movies. But today, the black president on the screen in a SIlver Spring movie theater wasn't a figment of Hollywood's imagination. At the AFI Silver...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 4:30 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Scene on H Street NE

H and 13th streets NE -- A corner store here is already selling copies of Obama's address on CD and DVD. A boombox outside is playing the speech on repeat. -- Fritz Hahn...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 3:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Warning: Palace of Wonders Party Not Open Yet

One of the parties we were excited about this week was today's Inauguration Feast of Flesh Fest at the Palace of Wonders, which was supposed to start at noon. But I'm outside the bar right now, and it's shut up...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 3:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Inaugural Morning Toasts

12:27 p.m.: "Can I get a shot of absinthe?" is not the sort of question you expect to hear before noon, but the Brightest Young Things Inauguration Spectacular at Bohemian Caverns is not your average inauguration party. Champagne glasses filled...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 1:24 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Denzel Washington, the Lone Star at Black Tie & Boots

201 Waterfront St., Oxon Hill, MD -- 12:30 a.m.: When I first drove in to National Harbor for the Texas State Society's Black Tie and Boots Ball, the SUV right in front of me had a Bush/Cheney '04 bumper sticker...

By Anne  |  January 20, 2009; 2:51 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Where Art and Music Meet

3333 M St. NW -- Moby managed to fly under the radar somewhat during the early hours of the Manifest Hope: DC Inauguration Party. He wandered around, taking a look at the political (and mostly Obama-centric) art on display in...

By Stephanie Merry  |  January 20, 2009; 2:48 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Rookery's Inaugural Party

2519 Pennsylvania Ave. NW -- 1:42 a.m.: The Rookery's inauguration party had problems from the beginning, when host Luke Russert was forced by NBC to remove his name from the invitation. Gawker and other blogs had a field day with...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 20, 2009; 2:41 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Jay-Z and Joy at the Warner Theater

(Read a full review of the show over at Post Rock.) 13th and E streets NW -- 10:35 p.m.: Eric Benet is sitting right next to me. Samuel L. Jackson is singing along in one of the private boxes. Mary...

By Anne  |  January 19, 2009; 11:55 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Greatest [Ball] of All Time

2660 Woodley Rd. NW -- 9:13 p.m.: For the first two hours of the Kentucky State Society's Bluegrass Ball, the most popular person in the room -- and most easily distinguishable -- was Maker's Mark president Bill Samuels Jr. Wearing...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 19, 2009; 11:51 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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The Scene on the Mall

The National Mall -- The biggest show in town is currently on display on the Mall and it stars a group of teenagers from Long Island wearing matching orange scarves, a perturbed teacher reprimanding a gaggle of students and one...

By Stephanie Merry  |  January 19, 2009; 3:04 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Moby Too Powerful for the 9:30 Club

815 V. St. NW -- Sunday's late-night Moby show was shaping up to be one of the shows of the year. The 9:30 Club was packed. DJ Will Eastman had everyone dancing to an electro-heavy warmup set. The sound, as...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 19, 2009; 2:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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The Inaugural Pajama Jammy Jam

1300 Pennsylvania Ave. NW -- There was quite a mix of ages and fashion choices at the Obama Pajama Party. Attendees ran the gamut from American University students to the middle-aged set, but the variation in attire is what really...

By Stephanie Merry  |  January 19, 2009; 1:52 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Stars Speak Out at Declare Yourself Party

999 Ninth St. NW -- If you were wondering who made up the alleged youth vote, one look around the ballroom at the Renaissance Washington hotel would have told you. About 90 percent of the people milling around the Declare...

By Anne  |  January 19, 2009; 1:39 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Partying in Daylight

2003 11th St. NW -- What's the best way to get over a very late Saturday night? Spending Sunday afternoon dancing. The weekly Daylight party was in a celebratory mood today, as a few dozen people showed up at Bohemian...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 18, 2009; 9:56 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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We Are One: Voices From the Crowd

17th Street and Constitution Avenue NW -- I was a couple minutes late walking down 14th Street to the We Are One concert on the Mall today. But it wasn't the sound of music that filled my ears once I...

By Julia Beizer  |  January 18, 2009; 7:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (8)
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Party's Over

411 New York Ave. NE -- I had barely made my way into Shift, the late-night party featuring house music legends Ron Trent and Danny Krivit, when a police officer told everyone to make their way outside. Krivit was apparently...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 18, 2009; 4:36 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
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Fulfillingness at the BET Honors Afterparty

1350 Okie St. NE -- Diddy's inaugural gala at Love doubles as the afterparty for the BET Honors, so it's only natural to wonder which celebs are coming over after the ceremony. But since most of the crowd lacks the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 18, 2009; 2:26 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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All Pro, All Star, (Almost) All Hype

50 Massachusetts Ave. NE -- It's just 12:30, so there's still plenty of time for things to pick up, but as of now the All Pro, All Star gala seems a misleading name. Those expecting to see numerous Redskins and...

By Anne  |  January 18, 2009; 1:17 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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A Cold Welcome

1211 U St. NW -- The Weather Channel says it's 23 degrees outside, but that's not putting a damper on the spirit on U Street. Under the watchful gaze of Shep Fairey's iconic Obama portrait, the line outside Marvin extends...

By Fritz Hahn  |  January 18, 2009; 12:44 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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