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Going Out Gurus: May 3, 2009 - May 9, 2009

Farm-Fresh Fridays at Cafe Atlantico

The Thursday night Penn Quarter FreshFarm Market has been known to attract chefs from neighboring restaurants for years now, but this summer, you can count on seeing Cafe Atlantico's low-key chef Terri Cutrino and her cooks milling about and picking...

By Julia Beizer  |  May 8, 2009; 4:37 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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You Have to Try This: Salmon Tataki at Perrys

The fish is good, but the pearls of roe make this dish fun. (Julia Beizer - The Washington Post) The second the mercury rises above 70 in this town, we all begin taking happy hour outside. Adams Morgan's Perrys...

By Julia Beizer  |  May 8, 2009; 2:47 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Restaurants  
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Got Plans? Redux: Mole and Mother's Day

Yesterday's chat was the quintessential Got Plans? grab bag. We talked about mole. We talked about jazz clubs. We talked about Passport DC. We talked about "Star Trek" and Nissan Pavilion traffic. We even spent a bizarrely disproportionate amount of...

By Julia Beizer  |  May 8, 2009; 8:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (3)
Categories:  Misc.  
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Chocolate Fashion Show? Sweet.

As part of the annual Sweet Charity event, fifteen local chefs create costumes out of confections for a runway fashion show.

By Julia Beizer  |  May 7, 2009; 5:52 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Mother's Day Without the Cliche

Showing Mom you appreciate her can be free. And priceless. (Dominic Bracco II - For The Washington Post) When Julia gave you ideas for Mother's Day brunches last week, she touched on event organizers' penchant for stereotyping what moms...

By Anne  |  May 7, 2009; 11:10 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Empire Expands: Spike Family Buys Space Next Door

Spike Mendelsohn and family buy Zack's Taverna, the Greek restaurant next door to Good Stuff Eatery.

By Julia Beizer  |  May 6, 2009; 5:03 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (6)
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World Cocktail Week: Eight Days of Great Drinks

Chantal Tseng of the Tabard Inn has summery drinks on tap for Wednesday, May 13. (Michael Temchine for The Washington Post) Today marks the beginning of World Cocktail Week, a worldwide celebration of mixed drinks. In D.C., there are...

By Anne  |  May 6, 2009; 12:34 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events  | Tags: World Cocktail Week, bars, cocktails  
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Putting the Art in Party

Local galleries are offering plenty of options for entertainment this weekend: among the opening receptions, you can see paintings of a Color School favorite or look at a famous singer reimagined as an elephant. Friday, May 8 First we have...

By Stephanie Merry  |  May 6, 2009; 9:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Museums  
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Nightlife Agenda

We defy you not to dance to the infectious funk and soul of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings. (Lois Raimondo/The Washington Post) Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings perform for two nights at the 9:30 club, Wisconsin's favorite foods (and...

By Fritz Hahn  |  May 5, 2009; 6:16 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
Categories:  Bars and Clubs , Events , Music  
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Dancing With A (Food) Star

Reality TV's "Hell's Kitchen" season three winner Rahman "Rock" Harper, has been hired away from Next Door on U Street to be the new executive chef at the Carlyle Club, the art deco-style restaurant that serves live music with its...

By Tom Sietsema  |  May 5, 2009; 4:22 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Top Chef: The Tour Comes to Adams Morgan

Our local "cheftestants" will be showing off their skills at Marie Reed Elementary School this Saturday as Top Chef: The Tour comes to town. Spike Mendelsohn and Carla Hall will be the star attractions at the event, which includes chef...

By Julia Beizer  |  May 5, 2009; 4:02 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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The Prez Knows a Good Burger

Politico is reporting that Obama and Biden are grabbing an off-campus lunch at Ray's Hell-Burger today. Not that the commander in chief asked my advice, but I wholeheartedly recommend the Let's Get it On sandwich. So good. It's been a...

By Julia Beizer  |  May 5, 2009; 1:18 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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New on the Scene: Stir, Public Bar, Elephant & Castle and the Laughing Man Tavern

A new lounge and dance club awaits you in the old Indebleu space -- if you get past the velvet rope. (Courtesy of Stir) Bars are popping up like flowers in D.C. this spring, with two opening their doors...

By Fritz Hahn  |  May 5, 2009; 1:15 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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A Cinco de Mayo Fiesta Cheat Sheet

Our list of Cinco de Mayo parties is full of $3 Corona bottles and DJs spinning salsa, so to help you figure out which of today's events is right for you, we've compiled this list of tips. Best for Free...

By Fritz Hahn  |  May 5, 2009; 12:36 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (1)
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Farrah Olivia: At Home in Old Town, For Now

Chef Morou (shown at Farrah Olivia in 2006) will be staying put in Old Town. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post) Good news for Farrah Olivia fans: the restaurant can stay open in its Old Town Alexandria space -- for now....

By Julia Beizer  |  May 4, 2009; 5:40 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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Free Beer for Capitals Fans

Caps fans, if you're looking for a place to watch the big game tonight, we've got the perfect spot for you: Darlington House. Okay, so it's not right next to the Verizon Center, but check this out: Every time the...

By Fritz Hahn  |  May 4, 2009; 3:27 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 National Hairball Awareness Day at the National Museum of Health and Medicine In...

By Fritz Hahn  |  May 4, 2009; 1:50 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
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May Mixtape

Maybe you missed out on tickets to see Bruce. Maybe you missed out on tickets for some of the many sold-out shows at 9:30 club (Animal Collective, the Shins, Cake). As always, there's plenty of live music out there for...

By David Malitz  |  May 3, 2009; 9:05 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (0)
Categories:  Music  
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