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Going Out Gurus: February 15, 2009 - February 21, 2009

The OTHER Wedding Party

A wedding involves more than just a ceremony and a reception. If you've got friends coming from out of town, it's nice to throw a party to welcome them to Washington. And after the rehearsal dinner ... it's the afterparty....

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 20, 2009; 6:13 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Ballpark Rock?

UPDATE: To answer the question "How many post.com blogs does it take to confirm a concert?" the answer is: three. D.C. Wire is reporting that Billy Joel and Elton John will indeed be playing the first ever concert at Nationals...

By David Malitz  |  February 19, 2009; 5:59 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Music  
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Folklife Festival Announces Lineup

The Smithsonian Folklife Festival has a reputation for spotlighting eclectic themes during the annual summertime event, and this year's lineup is shaping up to be another random grab bag. The Smithsonian announced the 2009 dates and programming, and this year's...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 19, 2009; 5:00 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Barton Seaver to Blue Ridge

Barton Seaver is back. Seven months after his split from Hook, the chef will be at the helm of the new Glover Park restaurant, Blue Ridge. The 200-plus seat restaurant, which takes over the former Busara space, aims to be...

By Jane Black  |  February 19, 2009; 2:49 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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A Hip Wedding DJ? How About Three.

When planning a wedding, every couple has its priorities. It's plenty reasonable to assign lots of importance to the perfect location, great food or making sure everything looks nice. But then you get people who start obsessing over place settings...

By David Malitz  |  February 19, 2009; 11:31 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Dazzling Reception, Delicious Prices

Unless you plan on wearing this gown, chances are food will be the most expensive line item on your wedding budget. The easiest way to cut costs is obviously to cut guests, but if having a big party is the...

By Julia Beizer  |  February 19, 2009; 9:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Misc. , Restaurants  
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Wedding Photos: Saving Money One Shot at a Time

What's the point of spending so much money on the dress, the cake and the flowers if it all only lasts for one day? Hence the importance of wedding photos. People take the hiring process for wedding photographers pretty seriously,...

By Stephanie Merry  |  February 18, 2009; 5:23 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Weigh In on Restaurant Week

This Restaurant Week, my meals have had many of the trappings typical of the semi-annual promotion -- smaller portions, servers who artfully attempt to point you to the Restaurant Week side of the menu (because it's obvious you're not a...

By Julia Beizer  |  February 18, 2009; 1:09 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (11)
Categories:  Restaurants  
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Nightlife Agenda

Call it Carnival, Karneval or Mardi Gras, but there's a whole lot of celebrating going on this week, as the spirits of Rio, New Orleans, Germany and Trinidad and Tobago descend on D.C. for crazy parties. We've also got news...

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 17, 2009; 6:17 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Martin's Turns 75, You Get a Deal

In an industry where businesses come and go, a restaurant's 75th anniversary is something worth applauding. Martin's Tavern, which was established in 1933 but didn't officially open its doors until Feb. 18, 1934, celebrates that birthday tomorrow. "It's just a...

By Julia Beizer  |  February 17, 2009; 4:11 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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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. Artist Ori Gersht, whose slow-motion videos on display at the Hirshhorn feature bullets and...

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 17, 2009; 1:54 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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Farewell, Felix

Felix, the Adams Morgan martini bar once famous for its "Sex and the City" viewing parties, closed this weekend. According to a press release from D.C. Councilmember Jim Graham, U.S. marshals evicted the occupants for owing the landlords "a significant...

By Fritz Hahn  |  February 17, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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