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Going Out Gurus: April 12, 2009 - April 18, 2009

Sipping Outside at the Gibson

Getting into the Gibson just got a little easier. The speakeasy-style cocktail bar's amazing libations, strictly-enforced 48-person capacity and bothersome rules (including two-hour time limits at tables) have made it one of the hottest tickets in town -- and also...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 17, 2009; 1:46 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Got Plans? Redux: Presidents and Single Ladies

Yesterday's chat may have been the dorkiest in the history of Got Plans. We were giving away tickets for "The Civil War" at Ford's Theatre, and we asked readers to send us their favorite piece of presidential trivia. Along the...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 17, 2009; 11:49 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Benjy Ferree on the Record (Store Day)

(This can also be found over at Post Rock.) The second annual Record Store Day is tomorrow, April 18. It's a pretty simple concept -- "the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with...

By David Malitz  | April 17, 2009; 11:35 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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The Real Hip-Hop Is ... in Adams Morgan?

"Friday night in Adams Morgan ..." conjures up some pretty unpleasant images. Lowest-common-denominator DJs spinning tired '80s hits. Drunk 22-year-olds spilling out of bars. Roaming bachelorette parties. It's exactly the time you don't want to be in the neighborhood --...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 16, 2009; 11:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs  
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Southeast D.C. Makes a Call to the Bullpen

An outdoor beer garden across from Nationals Park could be open by May 1 now that the local Advisory Neighborhood Commission voted 7-0 Monday night in favor of a developer's proposal. Plans for "the Bullpen," a 15,000-square-foot entertainment zone on...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 15, 2009; 4:39 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (5)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Restaurants  
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Three Picks for Filmfest DC

Filmfest DC opens tomorrow, and with more than 70 movies screening in theaters all over the city, deciding what to catch can be a little daunting. So let's simplify, cineastes. There will be no spoilers from Jen on how "The...

By Jen Chaney  | April 15, 2009; 11:58 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events, Movies  
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Find a Farmers Market

This time of year brings out the giddy food geek in me. Lots of area farmers markets begin opening for the season over the next few weeks and once they take off, it feels like you can't go anywhere without...

By Julia Beizer  | April 15, 2009; 10:43 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Nightlife Agenda

Hugh Masekela visits Zanzibar on Friday, and Rhome says that "if you can turn down seeing a living repository of jazz and world political history blow his horn for $25, you must already have some amazing plans." (AP Photo/Burt Steel)...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 14, 2009; 5:44 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (2)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs, Music  
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Making Tax Day a Little Less Painful

Tax day is our least favorite time of year. To help make April 15 a little brighter (and easier on the wallet), we suggest you take time out from filling in forms to sip a cocktail, enjoy a discounted dinner...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 14, 2009; 3:19 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Do You Realize the Flaming Lips Are Playing a Free Show on Sunday??

For a long time we've known there was going to be a free Earth Day on the National Mall concert on Sunday. We just didn't know who was going to play. I assumed it'd be a lot of hippie nonsense,...

By David Malitz  | April 14, 2009; 11:27 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Live From Opening Day

Today is Opening Day at Nationals Park, so I called in sick decided it would be a great idea to spend the day twittering. I'll be checking out bars and restaurants with pre- and post-game specials, exploring the beer-and-food situation...

By Fritz Hahn  | April 13, 2009; 1:23 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. Monday 'Stanley Mouse: Grateful Life' at Govinda Gallery Painter Stanley Mouse is best known...

By Stephanie Merry  | April 13, 2009; 1:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Events  
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